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Friday, August 24, 2007

Bones: The Girl in Suite 2103

Whew, I was scared there for a moment. When this episode began without seeing a horrendously mangled body in the first 30 seconds I thought that Bones was about to 'jump the shark'. I was especially fearful when Booth and Bones entered the murder scene (after a very interesting conversation about Booth's reaction to elevator music) to see intact bodies. Luckily they came across a charred skeleton near the end of the first scene, so my fear ebbed. Then, they found a second unrecognizable skeleton hanging from a light fixture, and I could breathe easily again. Especially since the second body was the focus of an entertaining episode.

I have to tell you, Emily Deschanel as Doctor Temperance Brennan, otherwise known as "Bones", really had a great episode. I don't remember her being so frank to so many people since the second season began. She was particularly brusque to State Department representative Alex Radzwill, who is a little person. She went off on Radzwill several times about his need to push around taller people because of his lack of height. Many of the lines she got out were very funny. Oh, also, she needed to get a translation from Booth about something Radzwill said. Good to see that the shoe sometimes fits on the other foot.

In general, everyone had a good performance this week. I am really enjoying the scenes at the Jeffersonian Institution sans Booth or Bones (who seems to be distancing herself from the rest of the team). I finally got to see a little bit more of Zach Addy. While he is respectful to his superiors, Zach does seem to have a bit of a devilish side underneath his scholarly frame. He loves to give digs to Booth when describing unusual findings on their victims. He also interacts really well with Jack Hodgins. When those two get together it's like teenage boys playing with a chemistry set.

Oh, and speaking about Jack, the sexual tension is growing between him and Angela. When those two are together in a scene you can just see it all around them. As I said last week, get these two kids together.

Let's talk a bit about this case: the murder of a waitress at a, I guess, hotel (wasn't quite sure where). I really had no idea who the murderer was until the very end. I love this stuff, because it allows the viewer to follow along with the evidence and the logic to see if they come up with the conclusion faster than their television counterparts. It's almost like the classic board game Clue, except with many more dead bodies. This mystery had plenty of twists and turns to keep moving my attention to another suspect.

One more thing to talk about this time around . . . Seely Booth, Real American Hero. Many leading men in crime dramas have plenty of gray edges to them. Not Booth, who is truly a white hat hero. He proved it when he disposed of fake evidence that could have been used to get the murderer to confess that she had killed the waitress. Even though he didn't respect the diplomatic immunity that the murderer hid under, he abided by the decision. Booth is really a good man.

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