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Bones: The Man in the Cell

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 31st 2007 9:40PM

Temperance Brennan of Bones

(S02E12) Forty-nine days. That's how long we've waited for Bones to return to the schedule with new episodes. It would have been 42 days, but that big bully known as American Idol pushed the show out of last week's schedule so viewers could watch Simon berate another bunch of poor singers. Hopefully, FOX is done with that little stunt; however, as we are now entering February sweeps I highly doubt it. So, let's just be happy that we get to see the return of FBI Agent Seely Booth, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, and the squints of the Jeffersonian Institution. At least for this week, that is.

All right, enough griping! Time to get to the review.

Well, they certainly didn't mark their return with a weak episode. This was, by far, one of the tops for this season, right up there with the 'Aliens in a Spaceship' episode. It was tense, dramatic and, at times, quite uncomfortable (in a good way) to watch. Even though you could kind of see where some of the scenes where moving you got that feeling on the back of your neck that whatever was going to happen wasn't good.

The episode dealt entirely with the escape of serial killer Howard Epps (not to be confused with House star Omar Epps). Booth and Bones had an encounter with the murderer earlier this season, where he seemed to get the upper hand. He continued to believe that he still had that advantage after breaking out, and he got more dramatic in whom he killed. It wasn't blond-haired women anymore. It was the firefighter that saved him from a prison fire, and his former wife, whose head he left in a refrigerator for Bones and Booth to discover.

There was plenty that went on in this week's show. There was the hunt for Epps, which was strewn with clues that the murderer left for Booth and Bones to solve. There was the continued romance between Cam and Booth, which seemed to be moving to the next level. Then there was the poisoning of Cam, which was quite disturbing. It wasn't just her inhaling some unknown poison (embedded in a glass capsule in Epps' wife's severed head. Don't ask.) and fainting. It was her falling to the ground, lack of air in her chest, foaming at the mouth. I really thought that she was not going to make it this episode. And that's too bad, because she has integrated quite well into the show. I won't go any further in revealing what happens to her, just in case any West Coast people are reading this.

Booth was wearing his emotions on his sleeve this week when it came to Cam. You could really see that the relationship he had with her over the last few weeks wasn't just some fling; he was falling in love with her (again). At the end of the episode, once Epps had been dealt with (once again, not going to tell you what happened) Seely decided that workplace relationships, particularly in the dangerous environment they work in, cannot happen. He said this while sitting right next to Bones. So, not only did this have implications between himself and Cam, but also between he and Bones as well.

Not everything was doom and gloom this episode. Even though he's all growed up now Zach Addy (that's Doctor Zach Addy to you and me) still has trouble working well with Booth. Together they had a few amusing moments, particularly after Bones and he survived a bomb blast. That was when a debate began as to who the bigger hero was . . . Zach or Seely. Another funny moment was when Bones showed Angela the humongous gun that she was packing. Of course it broke down into a conversation about firearms that was filled with sexual innuendo. You know, that's the second show I've reviewed this week that involved sex talk about guns (see this week's Boston Legal review).

Really a good show all around, and a great welcome back for the show. Next week, events from this week's episode cause Booth to go a bit loco.

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If we're talking about stretches, how 'bout Zach and Booth surviving the bomb planted in Caroline's body? In reality, I don't think either would have survived it, or at least the very least, would have lost some body parts (especially considering how the blast blew out the shop-- unless that was somehow faked, like the report of Zach's death).

But, it was an entertaining episode and so I'm willing to let it slide.

February 01 2007 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I started watching this show at the very beginning due to my love for David Boreanaz. The first season the episodes were pretty much hit or miss. Some were pretty cheesy, but I couldn't help it, I got hooked.

I'm glad I did, because this season has been spectacular. This episode was fantastic. Here's hoping for a 3rd season.

February 01 2007 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i was only really half-paying attention last night as i watched it, but much of it was a bit of a stretch. Especially the body switch-a-roo with the fireman. That was never explained to my satisfaction.

so if i get this straight, Epps started a fire in his cell. Automatically, all the cells doors opened - that's why all the prisoners were crammed into holding blocks, or something. Presumably, the fire department was dispatched. Somehow, though, Epps was able to get to a single fireman, trade clothes, break his wrist, then put him back in the cell while the fire was still burning bright, ready to fry him to a crisp? He did all this somehow without any of the other firemen that would have showed up, or the prison guards? Am I supposed to believe a solitary fireman was dispatched, then went into a cell with a serial killer, who proceeded to do everything I described, without anyone noticing....?

February 01 2007 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was a fun and gritty episode. In fact, this whole season has been an improvement over last year. I really like how they developing the whole team and not just focusing on the to main stars of the series. Bones is quickly turning into an ensemble drama and I think it makes for a better series. It was nice to see David Boreanaz actually act for a change instead of giving us his usual wooden and one dimensional perforamnce; I especially liked the scenes with his son.

February 01 2007 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is a great show but last night's episode was one of the very best!! Yes, it was a bit gruesome at times but then again, so is life. It's a fast paced show that could easily encourage younger people to pursue a career in science. Keep up the good work!!

February 01 2007 at 8:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is one totally AWESOME show. The writer is so on top of creative. Not only is it interesting but also educational as what really goes on in the forensic business. Can you imagine all the technical medical terms you have to memorize for these parts? Its perfect for parents , grandparents and kids to all watch at family hour. It answers alot of curiosity we all have about death and what happens then. Its so amazing the in detail the crime labs have progressed over the last 10-20 yrs. Thumbs up to "Bones". Keep up the goodwork. And as for American Idol the judges need to mount up on those dead horses they keep beating and ride outta town.

February 01 2007 at 7:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was fun to watch the show again. Now, I don't know if it's just my browser or settings, but your image is just a box o' black. It could be me, but that's what I see.

January 31 2007 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really like this show, the charaters just blend together nicely.

January 31 2007 at 10:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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