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.
As a forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan deals mostly with the dead, whether it be a recently murdered victim or a skeleton from an ancient civilization. However, her particular career path does also allow her to explore the characteristics of living beings when needed.
Such was the case with this week's 'Bones,' as the good doctor was asked to use her skills to determine how a deaf and uncommunicative teen came to be covered with blood and holding a very imposing knife. Her subsequent investigation brought to the surface a number of feelings amongst those helping with the investigation. The result? A twisty, tension-filled, emotional episode which was quite enjoyable.
It was bound to happen. Hart Hanson, co-creator of 'Bones' probably stepped into the special effects room one day and asked, "Hey, could you provide us with a few of your most disgusting decomposing bodies for a body farm?" After a resounding chorus of "Yes!" the team set forth to produce some of their grossest corpses yet.
The results were on display this week as Booth and Bones tiptoed through the decaying bodies during a murder investigation. Lesson to be learned by their visit: Don't stand near a corpse whose bodily gases and acids come together to make his insides come out in a grand explosion. It doesn't make for a pleasant meal time.
"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons." -- Jim Rohn
There comes a time at least once in a person's life where the death of a total stranger has a profound affect on you. It may be due to a similarity in age or other characteristics such as profession or social life. Regardless, when you hear about that person's death it can be a harder blow for you than the death of a close relative because, as you gather more information, you realize that this person could have been you.
Such was the case with Temperance Brennan in this week's episode of 'Bones,' in a story that focused more on the good doctor rather than the victim.
TV Guide reports Grier will appear on 'Bones' as Professor Bunsen Jude the Science Dude -- a children's television host modeled after real-life Bill Nye the Science Guy. Professor Jude will volunteer to help solve a murder case with the "squinterns" -- the squint assistants -- after Dr. Brennan declines an invite to appear on his show because she doesn't deem him a real scientist. In turn, Brennan will appear on his show -- if he's able to solve the week's mystery.
Thankfully, in this instance, all of the above occurred on 'Cold Case' (Sun., 10PM ET on CBS) rather than the evening news!
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Why should Flashpoint get a break while an interesting, quirky and outside-the-box drama like Swingtown may not? It's disheartening to me that CBS is searching for a cable network to take Swingtown, while a "safe" crime show like Flashpoint doesn't have that concern.
I didn't set out to watch In Justice, and the last thing I need is another courtroom drama to love. But it was Sunday, all of my favorite shows were in re-runs or supplanted by tedious TV movies or double-length episodes of Extreme Makeover, my boys were all feverish, and I wanted to do nothing for a while. And so, I didn't change the channel from the very dull Desperate Housewives recap.
And look! There's Kyle MacLachlan, who last played Charlotte's impotent Scottish husband on Sex and the City. And hey! That's Constance Zimmer, who I finally identified as the only reason worth watching the insultingly awful Good Morning Miami. And the criminal who is so grateful to be taken in by the Justice Project - that's one of my faves, she played Sela Ward's sister on the fabulous and much-missed Once and Again. (And if you're still wondering where it is you've seen Marisol Nichols - she played Audrey Griswold on Vegas Vacation. *groan* She's still a hottie, though.)