Quick Recap and Review:
A couple of ‘freegans’– kids who dumpter-dive for all their food and live free on the street, off the grid– find a head and some hands in a choice dumpter, leading the team to look for the body. The case turns out to concern a dead bounty hunter, who was killed and his identifying parts taken to a dumpter miles away from where his body was left in a shallow grave in the woods. Okay, sure. And there’s another bounty hunter who looks like a cheap knockoff of Scarlett Johanson in Iron Man 2, and doesn’t really have much in the way of personality or plot. And there’s a bail bondsman who has terminal cancer and wants to make up for being a creep in the past. And there’s a wife who, honestly, made little impact on this reviewer’s memory. All not very interesting at all, and weirdly complicated to be so uninteresting.
The fun part was that this week’s intern was Dr Bunsen Jude, Science Dude, played by David Alan Greer, who is some kid’s science show host. He wants Bones to be on his show, but he has to prove he’s up to her scientific standards before she will, no matter that the Jeffersonian could use the good publicity or that she’d be inspiring tons of little girls. She gives him the chance to prove that he actually is a scientist, and he does. Remarkably well. And manages to win over most of the staff to his up-beat cheerfulness about science. Which the team could always use, since they’re, you know, dealing with death and mayhem and distruction all the time.
It was a cute subplot that blessedly overshadowed the main plot, and the episode would have been better if the main plot wasn’t so annoyingly uninteresting. Maybe it’s just that bounty hunters all all of a sudden all over TV, both in real life and in tv-life, both as plot devices (see the recent ep of Castle), and as their own plots (Chase, and, like, everything that’s on cable, more and more). Maybe all the exposure made it less interesting then it could have been. We’re more inclined to think that it just wasn’t sold well. The repartee was great, the sublots were fabulous, the character interaction was great, but there just wasn’t anything fun about the whole bounty plot.
This week’s grossness: A face with the flesh falling off in a hippie-girl’s hands. Eeew.
The whole discussion of how Bones would commit the perfect murder and how she can’t tell Booth because he’s dating a reporter. Not because she thought he’d catch her.
Hodgins being all fan-boyish around Dr Dude. And his drinking game built on a kids’ show.
Bones saying ‘Dude’ all episode, with a very serious face the whole time, oblivious to how silly she sounds.
The return of Tootie, the corpse-sniffing dog!
The test-body they built out of household objects and all the attempts to bust his bones and organs along the way. The parts with the home-grown and semi-destructive experiements are always the best parts, and this looks like Hodgins hasn’t had this much fun since Zach left.
Booth at the end of the show in an audience with two dozen little kids, smiling like a doof. And he didn’t get shot or anything, like the last time he was smiling like a doof when she was on stage (singing, that time).
Bones very seriously wearing a silly outfit to be on the show. Which was adorable. Though it would have been nice to see her actually talking about bones, since that was why she was on the show.
The afore-mentioned main-plot.
Why wasn’t Hannah even mentioned in a personal context? No ‘how’s it like living with your girlfriend?’. She’s in the way of the romance, but if they’re done with that, shouldn’t she be at least talked about? Or, if they’re not going to talk about her, shouldn’t there be some indication that they’re specifically avoiding the subject?
Bones, FOX, Tursday nights at 8.