Bones: The Priest in the Churchyard
(S02E17) It was forced. The tension that Booth and Bones exhibited during the episode didn't seem natural at all. Yes, it was explained that their differences had increased since Sully hopped a yacht down to the warm oceans of the Caribbean, but it just didn't seem convincing to me. Especially when Booth kept saying to Temperance that they should go talk to Seely's shrink about this all. It was like he was stirring the pot just to get Bones to come along with him.
With that being said, there were some real tension-filled moments. The one that stands out for me is during one of the interrogation scenes with Bones, Booth and Father William. Bones being Bones she mentioned something about not worshiping Loki anymore or something like that, and then chuckled. Not only did the Father glare at her, but Booth gave her one of the angriest looks I've seen him give her on this show.
Now, the scenes with our two detectives speaking with Gordon Wyatt made up for that real and imaginary tension. I particularly liked how he spoke to both of them away from their natural habitats -- Booth in the labs of the Jeffersonian Institution and Bones in the interrogation room at the FBI offices. Those scenes helped add a layer of depth onto Bones and Booth that we hadn't noticed before, or hadn't realized until Gordon mentioned it. I point out Temperance in this because Wyatt hit the nail on the head about Bones' frustration that she couldn't capture the essence of Booth's 'sixth sense'
The best scene of the episode was at the end of the show between Wyatt and Angela. When Angela started up with 'Listen up, Monty Python.' you knew this wasn't going to be a doctor-patient type of conversation. It was almost a discussion between equals. All right, let's admit it, Angela had the upper-hand. She really let 'Monty' have it. Then, she concluded the quote that Wyatt referenced concerning Booth and Bones. Angela's talents are being wasted putting faces to decomposed bodies.
Once again, I wasn't too sure who the killer was this week. There were plenty of twists and turns. First, I thought it was Father Matt. The way Booth was looking at the Father when he was working out some wrestling moves with the boys on his team you could hear the voice in his Seely's head screaming 'PEDOPHILE'. Then, I thought it was Father William, because he was just a cranky, old man. After he was eliminated there was only one person left who could've done it. I do like when there's a small suspect list. It's easier to keep track.
Overall it was a good episode; alas, a bit weak. As I said at the beginning I thought that the tension between Booth and Bones was forced. I will also go so far as to say that their opinions on organized religion were a bit more enhanced this episode than in previous ones where belief systems were brought up. I actually found the goings on at the Jeffersonian more interesting this week then what was going on Seely and Temperance. I'd like to see an episode where the squints take center stage.
Next week: Daddy's Home!