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Bones: The Wannabe in the Weeds - VIDEO

by Jen Creer, posted May 13th 2008 12:15AM
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(S03E14) "I am deceptively strong." Dr. Zach Addy
"I'm... deceived." Dr. Cameron Saroyan

This was a very lighthearted and playful episode, particularly after the gravitas of last week's trial. Not only was it a great send-up of FOX's sister show, American Idol, making light fun of the show and its contestants, but there was also a lot of joking around and funny moments, reminiscent of the best of Bones' first two seasons with the Squint Squad. It was nice to see them back in full force this episode. Simultaneously, there were plenty of clues from the beginning of the episode about what was going to happen. But I'll talk about that in a minute. Can we talk about Eric Millegan first? Did you know that he actually is a cabaret singer, and he has an act in LA, as well as a Broadway history pre-dating the show?

We have all of the pieces of the crime very quickly (except the head, ha ha). Before I get into the clues, let's talk for a minute about the humor from the beginning: Cam says she has brain matter, so the victim must have had a head, which is funny because presumably he had a head because he was a person, and not just because there is brain matter at the scene. Brennan's glee at finding the head in the mower's grille just exemplifies that fact that this is not a heavy-duty crime. The victim was an ass who stole money, disturbed his neighbors, made fun of his clients, and had delusions of grandeur. Even his name was funny: Tommy Sour. Nobody really seemed to care that he was dead: Except Pam.

From the minute they interview the artist, they have motive (the noise) and method (Bone makes a big show of admiring the artist's sculpture, which is held together with the same kind of wire that was used to kill the victim alter). So, even though we don't know yet that we have all of the pieces, the rest of the episode is window dressing, used to introduce us to Pam, the catalyst for the climax of the episode. So to speak.

Here is where Dr. Sweets comes in handy. His analysis identifies Pam as both manipulative and dangerous. He warns Booth openly about Pam, and Booth is dismissive. Booth even laughs off Pam's socks gift later, when, as an FBI agent investigating her in a murder, I am pretty sure he cannot accept gifts. For Booth, who reads people like books usually, it was unusual for him not to see Pam more clearly when she wanted to see him without Bones. However, it is plausible that Bones tends to make people uncomfortable.

There were so many nice moments in the episode: Zach talking about how buff he is. Zach breaking out into song in the lab. Booth busting the fake talent agent, who was drawing cartoons in his notebook. And probably the best part of all, when Brennan got up and sang, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." Wait. Temperance Brennan did what? She spent a lot of time talking about the open mic night and the need for people to have affirmation. Was her singing, as Sweets would put it, Presentational (ego-driven) or Relational (trying to make the audience feel something)? Cold, rational Temperance Brennan got up and belted at an open mic? Is this true to her character, or is the show starting to jump the shark?

Actually, I would love to have seen the open mic become a showcase for Zach, and have that become a new sub-plot, even though they established that Brennan's mother had a high opinion of her performance of that song. Perhaps that set up was enough, paired with Brennan's obliviousness about other people's perceptions of her, to make her performance believable. Believability aside, even though part of my brain was sounding alarm bells, I still enjoyed it.

And, of course, the real reason for Temperance to sing was revealed when Pam The Stalker showed up to see her new true love Booth. "Who will love me now?" Booth's placing his hand on her shoulder was an answering response, and Sweets was absolutely right to mutter, "No, don't touch her." Perhaps Pam should have been Tommy's killer, considering how easily and fast she was willing to fire that gun. She was trying to eliminate Brennan, and Booth took the bullet for her. Whoa! Even though I knew Pam was scary and dangerous, I didn't expect that. And how BAD-ASS was it when Brennan picked up Booth's gun and shot and killed Scary Pam? Nobody messes with her man. Nobody.

In some ways, it's a rip-off because they aren't going to kill off Booth. Of course he is still alive. So, I hope there is a purpose behind this, like this makes Brennan realize the depth of her feelings for Booth. You can bet your bottom dollar Sweets is going to have a lot to say about the fact that Booth stepped in front of a bullet for Brennan-- and then Brennan shot Pam without hesitation. You can also be sure that Booth will say that it was a combination of training, instinct, her protecting his partner, and Brennan will say that Pam still had the gun so it was self-defense. None of it had anything to do with deeper feelings they might harbor for each other... Yeah, riiiiiiight. But we'll see. I could be completely wrong. What do you think?

Did you like Brennan singing or did it Jump the Shark?
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scott

I think Zach is Gormogon, or the apprentice.
He snapped in Iraq. It seems to me that they've been making his character less quirky and more cold/calculating - not that he wasn't that before, but there was a levity that has been missing.
I heard (I'm guessing it was here somewhere?) that Eric Millegan wasn't returning next season, and it seems like they're setting Sweets up to replace the Zack character, plus his rival was at the Jeffersonian a couple episodes ago during the trial.
Check out the quote up top that you pulled from the show.
The singing was great, but it seemed a little creepy - though that could just be cause I'm convinced he's the serial killer...

May 14 2008 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ironmansuit

Sweets better not be w/ Gormogon because he actually pushes Booth and Brennan together.

the episode was great but they should of done Booth's injury the season finale because it gives the season 4 more enthusiasm in the beginning

May 14 2008 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jen

@Jack: Ooh, I like that!

@Dorv: Here is information about Zooey singing!

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/She-and-Him

http://sheandhimfan.com/2008/04/

Did you see Elf? She did a great rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

May 14 2008 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

Any repercussions from the defense used in the trial last week and Bones' shooting of Pam?

(Zooey can sing??? Where, and why the )*%%$ have I missed this?)

May 14 2008 at 1:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jack

Booth is going to have to convalesce somewhere.

May 13 2008 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

He wasn't beheaded in the apartment. And the answer to your question: the type of guy who would behead someone over making noise (would break into the guy's apartment to stop an alarm clock from buzzing every few minutes which has got to be worse than the guy's singing no matter how bad it may have been).

May 13 2008 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kate

Yeah. It had better not be Sweets!

I loved Emily Deschanel's singing. I have often wondered if she could sing like her sister. Apparently belting it runs in the family.


May 13 2008 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vito

It had better not be Sweets! His interactions with Brennan and Booth are hysterical.

May 13 2008 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer

I thought her singing was adorable, and worked within the show. Especially with her commenting on (a) people wanting attention, and (b) her considering anyone who was bouncy on stage to be a good singer. And Booth's bouncing just as hard as she was was adorable too.

Zach's got quite a pair of lungs on him, don't he?

Yeah, I was with Sweets on the "don't touch her." Eeek. Totally enjoyed her shooting Pam in the throat (appropriate for a karaoke episode!).

May 13 2008 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
reverenddebby

A couple of things about the epi - Yes, I laughed at Cam's comment too and thought, 'well, duh.' I liked Cam and, especially, Angela's reaction to Zach's singing. They exhibited the fan reaction most singers are looking for and Zach was oblivious, and I think Hodgins felt a little jealous/threatened. Zach was king of the lab that day. Bones' actions at the end mirror almost exactly what her father did - killing a person who is threatening someone who means alot to her, without hesitation, and would probably do it over again, no regrets. Of course Booth will live, but this definitely changes the emotional dynamic of their relationship, even if it doesn't become romantic.

May 13 2008 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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