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'Bones' Season 6, Episode 23 (Season Finale) Recap

by Rich Keller, posted May 20th 2011 1:00AM
Bones and Booth go undercover at a bowling tournament in the season finale of 'Bones.'['Bones' - 'The Change in the Game']

After the tragedy of last week's 'Bones,' we were presented with a light and fluffy episode to round out the sixth season. Well, as light and fluffy as someone being crushed by a bowling pin resetting machine can be. Of course, being 'Bones,' the whole thing was treated with humor.

We also closed the season-long story line of Angela and Hodgins' new baby, welcomed Squintern Wendell back for another run, and said hello to a wheelchair-bound Max Keenan, who knew the murder victim. Oh, there was also this tiny, unimportant little thing at the very end of the episode that probably made long-time viewers of the show jump and scream for joy.

Big Spoiler Warning: Do not read ahead if you haven't watched this week's episode. You'll be angry if you do.

So Bones is pregnant and it's Booth's. Finally! First, this answered the question of whether they did or didn't do it when Bones ended up in bed with Seeley last episode. It was implied during Bones' conversation with Angela, but no details were given. Now we can finally exclaim "It's about damn time!"

Second, this wasn't really much of a surprise. Since Emily Deschanel announced she was pregnant and show creator Hart Hanson mentioned her pregnancy was going to be part of the show, it wasn't hard to piece everything together to come to this conclusion. And they were telegraphing it to the hilt this episode! The talk, while in their undercover roles, about not raising their child to be like one of the bowlers, the lingering shot of a contemplative Bones in the hospital waiting room, the, pardon the expression, pregnant pause when visiting Angela. It all added up to an episode-ending announcement.

Plus, they were being more personable to each other then they normally are. Even Max caught this, both in the diner and at the bowling alley. Watching the glimpses between them told you something else was going on. The question remains whether they were making secret glances due to a one-night stand, or if they are in a committed relationship, which they are trying to hide from everyone else.

Does this mean the show is ruined? That they'll now resort to a David-Maddie or Sam-Diane relationship full of bickering and anger? At first glance, no. The writers of 'Bones' seemed to want to assure fans nothing would change between these two now that the sexual tension was broken. Which is why their back-and-forth was much the same as in all of the other episodes when they weren't dating.

You can also think of it in this context: These two have been best friends for a very long time, while the other two couples mentioned above always had a contentious relationship before they moved to the next level. It was really the next logical step for them and, besides having a baby (which Booth seems very happy about), it doesn't look like their professional relationship will change. Then again, they could hate each other before the new season begins. It's all at the mercy of the writers.

Moving on, while there was a murder investigation, which featured Bones and Booth going undercover as a white-trash bowler and his fiancee, it took second place to the birth of Angela's and Hodgins' baby. Though we've seen the crazed mother-to-be and the unknowing father-to-be plot on dozens of other shows, it was still quite amusing. Particularly the moment when Angela went into labor. After being crazed for so long, Hodgins was finally being the calm father. Then Angela screams at him to get the car.

There were also a number of amusing moments in the delivery room as Angela went through the wonderful steps of natural child birth. Needless to say, there was some pain involved and she took much of her anger out on everyone else. One particularly painful moment involved her grabbing on to Hodgins' chest hairs for physical support during a contraction. I have a sore spot on my chest just thinking about it.

But then it got serious. With the baby about come out, Angela and Hodgins delivered some of the sweetest sentiments to each other. Then the tension mounted as the doctors checked the newborn's eyes to check for any of the blindness the two worried about. No problems whatsoever with Michael Staccato Vincent Hodgins. Frankly, it shouldn't have been any other way with this loving couple.

Okay, before we end for the season I need to make one more personal appeal to the creators of 'Bones' to promote Wendell to regular cast member. Out of all the Squinterns he appeared the most this season and had some of the meatier plots. With the passing of Mr. Nigel-Murray, Wendell is the most interesting, and most even-keeled, Squintern they have. Plus, the others have just gotten too annoying. Time to chuck them all and get a true replacement for Zack after all these years.

Next week on 'Bones': The team takes the summer off as Emily Deschanel gets ready to have her first child. See you in September.

'Bones' airs Thursdays at 9PM ET on Fox.

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Diana Costa

the background music is turning tables, from adele?

November 24 2011 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved the last show. Bones and Booth are great together and I hope it continues on a happy note. Love the show and hope it goes on as long as possible.

August 09 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin Clark Dooley

I feel that hodgins creats an indowment and build a really kick ass lab.and they all go out and subcontract some high profile cases (sealy and brennan can't work togather FBI rules prohibit this.) Brennan has money from book deals hodgins has his family money . they could solve what mear mortals can't

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June 02 2011 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
William Rosenberg

I personally think this was brilliant. Bones wanted a baby in season 4 and even asked Booth to be the father. He even donated his sperm but then the comma thing threw him off course. Bones was sad about Vincent's death and so out of the moment they slept together it was accidental but not accidental at the same time. She's always wanted a baby somewhere down the line she knew what was going to happen.

May 30 2011 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I expect this upcoming season to be the last for Bones. They've run out of interesting stories to tell about these characters. Even the Jacob Broadsky story arc was weak. I'd like to see Booth & Bones together for a season to explore them having a relationship but the rest of the creative well has been tapped.

May 25 2011 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How the hell can Bones be pregnant and know it's Booths unless she did it deliberately and it's been a month or more since the last ep. No where did it suggest that it's been weeks since the last ep so did she use IVF?

May 21 2011 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Bones got pregnant by accident I'm out of here. That would be plain stupid. Actually I'm against the whole baby thing period. They just ruined the show.

May 20 2011 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Does this mean the show is ruined?"
What has ruined the show for me is that this took toooooooooooo loooooooong to happen! I lost interest, and hope, in this show midway through last season. I tried to give it another try at the beginning of this seson but the whole Booth girl-friend thing and resetting Bones back to square one emotionally just turned me off.

All the characters "seem" to be in a happy place right now so I'm going to stay off this ride. To those who are staying, I truely hope the writers give you all something good, and much better, than this season. Maybe I'll catch it on DVD some day. Cheers.

May 20 2011 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yeah they should bring back zack on work realese man n let him teach clark n wendel but sorry my friend i like clark more much more funnier n has alot more to bring to the show n i really would like to see booth past with his dad n with (broadsky) while learning from his mentor father like figure well i wish my best for the cast a crew ova the summer n see ya in fall

May 20 2011 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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