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'Bones' Season 6, Episode 22 Recap

by Rich Keller, posted May 13th 2011 5:10AM
Booth has Bones stay at his apartment to protect her from sniper Jacob Broadsky on 'Bones.'['Bones' - 'The Hole in the Heart']

Off-screen, the news has been nothing but good for the 'Bones' family. The series has been renewed for a 7th season while 'The Finder,' the backdoor pilot which aired a few weeks ago, was picked up.

If that wasn't good enough, 'The New Girl,' a comedy starring Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel's sister, was also ordered by FOX for the 2011-12 season.

On-screen, the news wasn't as good. In fact, it was quite tragic. Sniper Jacob Broadsky was back and this time he was literally gunning for Booth. Lining himself up in a construction crane which pointed towards the Jeffersonian, Broadsky thought he had Booth in his sights. Unfortunately, the thermal imaging he used did not show faces. Instead of killing Booth, he killed someone else.

Mr. Vincent Nigel-Murray -- recovering alcoholic, 'Jeopardy!' winner, master of inane trivia and all-around nice guy. From this week's preview blurb, the logical conclusion pointed to Vincent as the victim. For the briefest moment I personally felt Special Agent Shaw, brought into this episode to help in the investigation, was going to be Broadsky's target. However, she wasn't close enough to anyone to be considered the viable victim.

The clues were all there from the beginning of the episode. Nigel-Murray received more screen time in the first 20 minutes than he normally did in previous episodes. He was overly excited about the upcoming presentation pitting man against T-Rex in an arm wrestle to the death. He even partook in a final, unconnected piece of trivia, which he hadn't done for much of the season. Adding it all up, he was just bound to be the intended victim.

Luckily -- and sadly -- his death was quick. Despite the amount of pressure Booth put on the wound, he was unable to save the Squintern. Some of the most heartbreaking moments came when Nigel-Murray was pleading not to take him away, but to keep him alive because he liked it there. It was comparable to listening to a little child plead with someone not to take their special possession away. Childlike in his enthusiasm while alive, this request for another chance seem to fit with Nigel-Murray's persona.

Was it a more emotional departure than the one for Zack Addy? Most definitely, yes! The departure of Zack was more annoying than sad since it seemed like a pointless plot device to shake things up in the Squintern universe. Plus, he admitted later that he didn't commit any of the murders. If anything, it made us more frustrated than sad.

So, we tip our hats to you, Vincent Nigel-Murray! Though you may have been irritating at times, you did leave an indelible mark on your co-workers, who actually took your advice, as well as your fans in television land. Thanks for all the good times you gave us.

On to the other big event in tonight's episode: Boot and Bones jumping into bed together. All we saw was Seeley comforting Temperance over the death of Nigel-Murray. But, from the way Brennan was smiling when she told Angela, more than just comforting may have taken place. Perhaps something in the vein of how Harry and Sally ended up getting together.

Of course we, as well as Bones, could be misinterpreting the whole event. Perhaps nothing at all happened and Temperance thinks the snuggle session meant something more. Then again, Bones is a very smart woman and knows the difference between lying in bed together and being "in bed." Which means something did happen.

Now it comes down to if we'll find out what happened. The title of next week's episode is 'A Change in the Game.' While it focuses on murder within bowling leagues, producers of the show have also inferred it can also pertain to changes in the lives of the main characters. We already know Angela and Hodgins will encounter a game-changer in the form of their new baby. It can also mean we'll find out if something did happen between Booth and Bones after she stopped crying. Purveyors of the belief these two should get together will be on the edge of their seats next week.

Other items of note in this week's 'Bones':

-- Two intense moments in this episode. The first was Broadsky prepping for the shot while all of the primary cast members went about their business. It gave the viewer one of those feelings of panic where they just wanted the other shoe to drop. I'm sure there were plenty of people screaming "Yes, shoot her!" when they saw Agent Shaw looking out the window. When the camera panned to the Jeffersonian there were probably more agonized shouts of "No, not Vincent!"

-- The other intense moment was the cat-and-mouse sniper chase between Booth and Broadsky. Back and forth through the maze of storage containers, with the advantage going between the two, one had to wonder if Booth was finally going to get Jacob or let him slip through his fingers again (leading up to several more episodes next season). Thankfully, the writers were gracious to us and allowed Broadsky to be captured alive by a Booth who took to hiding low to capture the sniper.

-- The Port of Wilmington was an interesting choice for Broadsky to work. Especially since there was an even larger port only about 30 minutes away in Baltimore. Then again, everyone tries to forget about Baltimore (apologies to the citizens of that fine city).

-- Despite the seriousness of the episode there were a number of lighter moments. Particularly at the beginning, when Nigel-Murray decided to put on the replica of a T-Rex exo-skeleton. The arm-wrestling match between him and Hodgins was one of the more amusing of the evening. Another light moment came when Angela shouted Hodgins away from her and Bones after she found out about their ending up in bed together.

-- Booth did a great job of comforting Bones on Vincent's death. While she thought he was talking to her when he kept asking why he couldn't stay, Booth made a convincing argument about Nigel-Murray really asking God to stay. When Brennan said Vincent was an atheist, Booth said he was probably talking to the Universe rather than God himself.

-- A fine tribute to Nigel-Murray took place at the end of the episode with everyone spouting off one of Vincent's pieces of trivia which stuck with them. Having them sing Vincent's favorite song, 'Coconut,' while putting his coffin in the hearse, was a great emotional touch.

Next week on 'Bones': the season finale finds Booth going undercover in a bowling alley to find a killer. Plus, it looks like Angela and Hodgins finally find out about their baby's health.

'Bones' airs Thursday, 9PM ET, on FOX

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I just watched the episode again and I have to say 'Bravo' to HH and SN. These guys really know how to evoke some emotion and yet, leave things vague. The VNM dying scene was very moving - I imagine even the cast shed a tear. AND the build-up/lead in...cameras angles of all the characters as potential targets, backed with the erie "Keep the Streets Empty for Me' - genius! With respect to B&B - did they do it or not??!?! I could argue either side of that question. All the clock blinking 4:47AM, walking into his bedroom, a death in 'The Lab' etc are great for the conspiracy theorists that want to link this to the Season 4 finale. Having said that, I am of the opinion that they probably did not actually have sex, but shared the intimacy that moves them forward. In the end, the act matters less than the emotion they are embracing. Looking forward to next week and the long wait until next season.

May 14 2011 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You may have heard that Bones is pregnant in real life. This may be their way of getting her pregnancy into the show and changing her views on life and death. Who knows?

May 14 2011 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Goodbye, Mr. Nigel-Murray.

May 13 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you heard or saw anything about new shows coming out, the actor who portrayed Mr. Vincent Nigel-Murray is cast in a show called "Alphas", so I kinda knew who was going to die but it was still really sad. And for us loyal fans who have waited for years, if Booth and Bones did do something, it stinks that they did't even show anything about it and just hinted at it.

May 13 2011 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Richard Keller

Sure, but he was also on 'Mad Men' when he played Nigel-Murray on 'Bones.' So, I'm not too sure why he couldn't do double-duty.

May 13 2011 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I still miss Zach. And I was wondering the other day, why there hasn't been any more references to him. I know he might not be able to be on the show-----loved him being there for the flashback episode....but it would be nice to see them behave as if they still visit him.

May 13 2011 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I stand by my opinion, and I happen to know a lot of Bones’ longtime viewers that happen to think the exact same way, just as I am sure there are others that think differently. I respect everybody’s different points of view. But I CAN speak for me and my friends.
Each death has been emotional in a different way Zach’s has had a heck of a lot more impact.

May 13 2011 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great acting in an emotionally charged time, buckets of tears! As to Zack, I think, we have to remember that all "went down" during the writers strike and the weeks of no new shows. I always felt that even though the outcome would have still got us to the same place, the trip would have been better connected and easier to comprehend. I always thought (especially after watching that season again) that they did a good job within that situation to tell the story.

Looking forward to next week, and the horribly long wait for the new season!

May 13 2011 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christina Draper

I really enjoyed the review. And I completely agree, sorry Dani, this was more EMOTIONAL than Zach leaving. Even though Zach expressed remorse for what he did, and we all know that he was more or less taken advantage of, in the end he got what he deserved. he isn't wasting away in prison, but rather getting the help he needs.

not so for Vincent, and I think that is what made this more emotional. He was just a sweet kid trying to help and fit in, and he paid the ultimate price for that.

So, Dani dont' speak for all us longtime viewers (never missed an episode myself).

May 13 2011 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am going to disagree with this review on one MAIN point; the departure of Zach was JUST AS BAD if not worse! Because it made NO sense whatsoever and it affected the team just a bit more than Vincent Nigel-Murray. Please don't think that I didn't like his character, he was one of my favorite Squinterns, but saying that this was more emotional than Zach going to the loony bin is downright ridiculous there is NO comparison for us long time viewers of this show

May 13 2011 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was, by far, the best episode of the year. It's sad that Mr. Nigel-Murry wont be back, but I'm happy it wasn't Sweets.

May 13 2011 at 8:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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