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'Bones' - 'The Rocker in the Rinse Cycle' Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 29th 2010 9:30PM
(S05E19) "It's not music. It's rock and roll, baby." - Booth to Brennan

This week's 'Bones' may have had a rock 'n' roll theme since it's "Fox Rocks Week," but the real topic on almost every character's mind was ... sex! Then again, there is a saying that pairs sex and rock 'n' roll together, so it was probably fitting to have both go hand in hand in 'The Rocker in the Rinse Cycle.'

In this episode, Booth and Brennan rocked the place while investigating (see picture above for proof), Cam found a gynecologist for Michelle, while Arastoo compared everything and anything to baseball!

Since the episode was really about sex, let's do the review in a "couples" format.

Booth and Brennan

Brennan is so jealous of Catherine and Booth! She couldn't stop talking about the fact that Booth and Catherine were now in a social contract since she bought him a tie and that "I prefer to be alone" speech she told to Cam was so untrue. Brennan may be of the solitary type, but it's crystal clear to everyone but her that she should be with Booth.

Nonetheless, Brennan continues to date Hacker, which is fun to watch unfold. Even if Hacker was nowhere to be seen, the aftermath of his romantic gestures was felt at the end of the episode when Brennan mentioned to Booth that Hacker gave her a mix CD of songs he enjoyed. This offered us a funny scene in which Brennan not only said that she didn't like much Led Zeppelin songs, but that she turned down tickets to one of their concerts!!! Say what?!? Seeley "Rock 'n' Roll" Booth was not pleased with Brennan's decision. How she could not think of giving him the tickets instead of refusing them!? Simple, if Brennan didn't like Led Zeppelin, she probably thought that no one else in her entourage did! How could they like such a group?

Speaking of Brennan and rock 'n' roll, one of her best lines of the episode was definitely when she said that the word "groupies" was not accurate enough and that we should use "groupers" instead.

Cam and Dr. Lidner

Having only seen Elon Gold in action when he acted as a judge on 'The Next Best Thing: Who Is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?' I must say I was a little scared of his portrayal of Dr. Lidner when I've heard a few weeks ago that he landed a multi-episode arc on the show. I must admit that Gold was not that bad as Dr. Lidner. His character and Cam were actually rather cute in the park scene where they talk about bad past experiences. It's about time that Cam gets some lovin', don't you think?

This storyline also showed us how the relationship between Cam and Michelle matured. Even if Cam is still a little uneasy around Michelle, especially since she is turning into a woman, which means losing her virginity soon, it's nice to see Cam make an effort to connect with Michelle and insure she'll be safe, informed, and will grow to become a healthy adult. In return, Michelle seems to now fully accept Cam as a mother. It was very mature of Michelle to tell Cam that she should date Dr. Lidner as she needed to think of herself, too.

I don't know about you, but I enjoy seeing the lives of the squints, so seeing Cam try to find a gynecologist for Michelle, go on a date, and interact with Michelle, was a welcome storyline. Let's hope the show keeps sprinkling backstory for our favorite characters here and there in the episodes.

Hodgins and Angela

The couple came a little closer to giving their relationship another chance when Hodgins told Angela that it was so hot that she was able to discover what the weapon of the week was. Hodgins may have quickly changed the word "hot" to someone else, but you could sense he totally meant "hot" and that it came naturally to him. Can we expect them to go on a date by the end of the season?

Arastoo and baseball

Some of the squints of the week are really fun. Arastoo is one of my favorites. This week, he not only bonded with Hodgins over baseball, but he compared everything and anything to baseball, which had Brennan react in, well, a very Brennan way. My favorite was when she told Arastoo what she thought Sweets would say about baseball: that the need to hit balls with a large bat is probably to compensate for insecurities! I don't think Sweets would dare say that about baseball.

Other tidbits of interest
  • "She is a good girl, so she isn't having sex." - Booth about Michelle having sex. Booth needs to open his eyes soon as his son will get to that age too, sooner than he thinks! Being good doesn't mean you won't have sex at 16.
  • "This is not an eyeball." - Cam holding a male body part. Poor Booth, who couldn't stand the ladies mentioning sexual body parts! How else could they talk about the body when some of the biggest clues came from these body parts?!
  • "Our victim was beaten to death by a quarter of a million dollar." - Angela. Her ZZ Top father would have been really proud of her this week for using her rock 'n' roll knowledge to solve the case. Too bad he didn't appear in the episode.
  • Brennan doesn't know who Kurt Cobain was? I get that she is very work-focused, but are we to assume that she never read a newspaper and never heard his name before? Angela needs to get Brennan with the program and have her study up on pop culture, stat!

Only three episodes left this season! Next week: An episode penned by the creator of Temperance Brennan, Kathy Reichs.

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The B plot with Cam was completely unbelievable. She's easily the most attractive person on the show, her character is the most level headed, she's successful, dresses well, and again, gorgeous... and she has trouble dating?

But more than that, dating her kid's gynecologist is the sort of bone head move Bones would make, her not getting it would be immediately gross for daughter is just lazy writing.

April 30 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Minor quibble: Guitar would only have been worth however much they said it was had it not been restringed.

Guitars are like old cars - worth more if they are used less and never changed, unless of course they are owned by some notable celebrity.

And I'm not a big fan of Led Zepplin either, so i would have blown off those tickets too.

April 30 2010 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to beanspants1's comment

The guitar was worth that much at the moment it was used as the murder weapon. The restringing was done afterward to eliminate evidence.

April 30 2010 at 11:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I still get a kick out of watching this show, I find myself growing more and more annoyed with the Booth character. It's the 21st century: women have sex and they go to the gynecologist, get over it. Writing the character like he's just stepped out of the 1950s got old quite some time ago. I know Booth is supposed to be an old fashioned, conservative guy but this is just stupid.

April 30 2010 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ok, so first, the 16yo still inside of me cringed when Cam accepted the Dr.'s invite. That is just so wrong on so many levels, not to mention the professional level! Imagine a Dr. hitting on a patient's close relative?! It isn't supposed to happen , ethics and all. Though I was very impressed by the said 16yo's maturity in the situation, though it's highly out of character for the average teen, this character is obviously not your average teen.

Bones and Booth rockin it out?... while I liked Bones's ability to make a guitar sing(yes I know it wasn't her playing the rifs but still..) , neither of them were on key nor were they making the song worth listening to. I was surprised the group encouraged it instead of booing and hissing. And Bones telling Booth he was a good singer?... though I have heard him carry a tune in the past, I didn't think he did well in this one.(ok Idol judge moment done...)

Angela and Hodges ... YAY! and the coming attractions for next week? YAYAYAYAY!!! They should never have broken that connection.

Arastu , gotta love his totally apple pie addiction! Though I still haven't forgiven him for playing false in the beginning. I would have respected his character more if he was apple pie and devout muslim from the beginning. Though, I'm pretty sure the Koran has some strictures about his obsession with anything but religion, it's still nice to see his devotion to the sport.

Poor Angela when they said the guitar had to be taken apart! I thought she'd cry when they decided that. Though I was disappointed , this being a rocker episode, they didn't include her father for professional consultation. That would have been truly cool.

I disagree with your thoughts about Zeppelin and Bones. True to character she took it literally and discarded the tickets because she thought it was a dirigible exhibition , not because of her dislike for the band, which had obviously come much later than her receipt of the tickets! Booth wasn't angry with her over it, frustrated it seemed. It was a playful scene.

April 30 2010 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Past time for this show to end. How can they keep dumbing down Brennan?

April 30 2010 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to KVC's comment

I don't think they're actually "dumbing down" Brennan, as much as they are accentuating her sad ignorance of social norms despite her being an anthropologist (which would suggest she would be fascinated by all social activity and relatively current on the ways of people of today's society, as it relates to the past and future, instead of ignorant)
Her ineptness is endearing and that is why they keep doing it.

April 30 2010 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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