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Bones: The Girl in the Gator

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 7th 2007 10:30PM

Bones -- The Girl in the Gator(S02E13) That was not good. -- Bones to Booth after he shoots an innocent clown head.

Hey, it's Bill!

Did you recognize the actor who portrayed sleazebag Monte Gold? It was none other than Alex Winter, the man who played Bill S. Preston, Esq. in the Bill and Ted movie duology (is it a word? I don't know, but I'm using it anyway). You don't remember him? Let's see if this jogs your memory . . . he was the friend of Ted Logan, played by the much more successful Keanu Reeves. Ah, now you remember! Nice bit of casting there by the producers of Bones.

Two other guest-stars of interest this week. Stephen Fry was cast as the therapist that Booth was assigned to see after our pal Seely decided to shoot an ice cream truck's clown head for making too much noise while on a phone call (which was quite an amusing scene, by the way). Fry is known to many from his appearances in various Blackadder series. He also paired with Hugh Laurie in that show, as well as in their own comedy program (A Bit of Fry and Laurie) and a light mystery series (Jeeves and Wooster). Of course, these days Laurie is known for playing the cantankerous Dr. House on the show that bears his name, which happens to be on the same network as Bones.

The other guest star was 3rd Rock From the Sun's French Stewart. Did you recognize him? He played Isaac Horn, the fanatical religious guy who followed Monte and his bus of barely legal girls (shades of Girls Gone Wild) around the country to 'save' them. Turns out he was doing more than just saving their souls . . . there seemed to be a lot of touching going on as well. I didn't recognize Stewart in this role. Frankly, Isaac reminded me of Harold Green (Patrick McKenna) from The Red Green Show (Gosh, I'm referencing a plethora of public television shows tonight!). French played it over the top on 3rd Rock and this straight-laced character on Bones was not something I was prepared for. That's why I didn't even know it was him.

Let's move on to this week's show as a whole. Another solid performance from all in an episode that was a bit lighter in tone when compared to last week's tension filled romp. The case itself was a bit drab to me, and I sort of knew who the killer would be somewhere in the middle of the show (although I did not know how he did it). I also knew that the victim's father was going to kill Monte after he spoke with Angela in the diner. You just saw it on his face and heard it in his voice. When the father told Angela he was sorry he bothered her you knew that was not what he meant, that he had other plans.

I didn't like Booth's replacement in this episode. Well, at least not at first. Agent Tim Sullivan seemed a bit fake to me at the beginning, with his okee-dokeys and his distractions. But, as the episode progressed I began to warm up to the character. It seems that he's pretty damn bright, and a decent match for Bones. You could see Temperance changing her view of the man as well throughout the episode. So much so that she agreed to go out on a date with him fairly quickly. Sullivan is on next week's episode as well, but I don't know if he will remain a part of the show after that.

Speaking about Booth (I did in the previous paragraph. Take a look.), he's a bit stressed out about the death of Howard Epps from last week. Not that he doesn't believe that the bastard deserved to die, but Seely is just not sure if he's the one who caused his death. This uncertainty is just eating at him (hence, the reason for shooting the clown head), mostly because he always wants to be in control of the situation. In this instance he feels that he isn't. And, according to the therapist, that's just normal. Although these types of therapist-patient scenes have been done over-and-over on television I liked the interaction between the characters Boreanaz and Fry played. Oh, by the way, how the heck did the therapist get Booth to build that barbecue for him?

That's all for this week. Next week love is in the air for Bones and . . . someone.

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The Booth-therapist (Fry) scenes were priceless! Some of the best stuff on the series. As for the generic Fox VP casting mimbo....I got a glimpse of just how boring this show would be without Boreanaz.

February 08 2007 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jeeves and Wooster is a "light mystery" series? The only mystery in any of the books or shows is "how will they get themselves out of this fine mess?" I'd have to say that it's pretty much straight comedy.

February 08 2007 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was overall an enjoyable episode. I enjoyed the interactions between the shrink (Fry) and Booth, and how it wasn't your typical in the office type of session. I mean how many shrinks can get their patient to build them a BBQ as part of the therapy?

I had to re-watch the episode on my pvr to take a close look at French Stewart. He played such a different character the one he played on 3rd Rock.

I must also say that I enjoy the dynamics that Cam brings to the team. I think she's added something to the team in the second season that was missing in the first season. I don't know why so many people hate her.

February 08 2007 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bones is always preaching that the evidence must lead them to the killer, but as soon as she saw a picture of Monte with the dead girl she said something to the effect of "I wonder if he knows that he can't just pay a fine for murder". At this point there was absolutely no evidence pointing to him, it was just based on what he did for a living.

I didn't like her jumping to that conclusion.

February 08 2007 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The funniest bit of the episode to me was when Hodgins is explaining his knowledge of hsb.com (the college porn site)

"What? I clicked on a pop up and got caught in a pornado"

February 08 2007 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jonathan Dobres

Are you kidding me? How can you NOT recognize French Stewart? He hasn't changed his look much since 3rd Rock, and his voice has a really distinct, scratchy/nasal quality to it. I'm amazed that a pair of glasses and a Southern accent (despite his character supposedly hailing from the Midwest?) could throw people off so much.

As for the show itself, this is the first episode I've seen in a long time. I'm glad to see that they seem to have done away with some of the more ridiculous pseudoscience (fewer flat panel monitors, no damn hologram demonstrations). Still, the show feels weak to me. The characters' motivations are pretty obvious. I saw the father's murder coming a mile away, and French Stewart would've made a good red herring if he wasn't, in fact, the girl's killer. Stephen Fry was enjoyable, but I would've liked it more if the writers weren't playing him off like a quirky caricature of a British psychologist.

February 08 2007 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have had enough of this "booth is unstable" stuff, frankly, and don't like them introducing these new characters to "spice things up". I don't like Cam, and this new agent replacement for Booth is lame.

Get back to what the show does best - Booth and Bones investigating crimes, the team processing the evidence. Then all will be well.

I don't like it when they undermine a main character like they are with Booth. He should remain a strong and competent element of the show, imo.

February 08 2007 at 2:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That was Alex Winter!? Wow. I saw French Stewart's name in the credits, so I was expecting to see him... and when he showed up for a second and disappeared for 30 minutes, I was pretty sure he was the killer. Kinda sad that using a known actor can ruin things like that a little... especially since I thought he was pretty good.

And Hodgins' line about "getting caught up in a pornado" was hilarious.


February 08 2007 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bruce Bromley

I'm not in avid "Bones" watcher so I thought it was a good episode. It is great to see Stephen Fry on tv. Now they just need to transfer his therapist character to "House". Fry and Laurie must reunite.

February 08 2007 at 1:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have the first 4 seasons of 3rd Rock on DVD, I watch them constantly, and I still had no idea that was French Stewart. I knew he looked familar, but I couldn't place it.

I also didn't like Sullivan at first, but then began to warm up to him. I'd like to see him stick around for a while.

and I'd like to state yet again, that this season has been fantastic.

February 07 2007 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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