Friday, July 27, 2012

Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van

The episode starts with the deceased at a soccer game, looking wistfully at the girls playing. She takes out a note, leaves it in her car, gets in and is blown up. It is fairly unusual for the show to start with the crime, instead of Brennan and Booth's investigation of it, which happens soon enough.

At the explosion, Booth tells Bones that Caroline got her jail visitation with Max in a private room (rather than behind glass) and she should use it. She wonders why he cares, since he was happy to arrest her dad. Even before Max came back to town, Booth told her that she should talk to her dad. He also told her her father only killed bad guys and was simply protecting his family. So, why does she act like Booth has been unsympathetic about her dad? She's been colder than Booth towards Max, at times. Booth tells her he was just doing his job.

Hodgins is infatuated with busty bomb expert, Frost, who comes to get clues from the remains in the car (in which the soccer mom was blown up that they've taken to the Jeffersonian ). Angela seems more amused than jealous, though she lets the expert know that she does facial reconstruction "and him" (meaning Hodgins).

Booth is ready to go question the victim's husband, but Bones suddenly says she has to visit her father. Is she still avoiding Booth? She also snapped at him at the crime scene, telling him she was not asking him about the explosion, but asking the FBI bomb guy. I thought they reconciled their differences at the end of the last show.

She recalls that Max used to always beat her at cards and that most fathers would let their kid win. Max said he didn't believe in coddling her self-esteem. He wanted to teach her that no one was going to hand her anything. She says, in that case, "you were a great father."

Back at work, Jack asks her about her visit and she tells him it's not germane to the investigation. She notices Hodgins' infatuation with expert and has him stop standing around hankering after Frost, telling him he should have better things to do.

Angela tells Jack she doesn't care what's going on in his pants as long as it stays there.

Booth reminds Bones that if she lost her father, she'd give anything for one more day with him. I bet the show will end with her playing that card game, Blitz, that her dad mentioned during their visit. So predictable.

Cam is wearing a sleeveless dress and her arms are very toned. The form-fitting dress shows off her slim figure nicely.

From a tattoo, they find that the mom was in the National Liberation Army, a student radical organization. Like Patty Hearst I guess. She probably committed a crime and started a new life and then her past caught up with her. Booth huffily remembers the NLA shot and killed a cop in 1975. The FBI has been looking for the deceased woman for 30 years.

Caroline is aware of the victim's, June Harris', legend. She was going to turn herself in. Caroline arranged for the surrender. It was going to take place in just 4 days. Booth is perturbed that she made a deal to just get 9 years, for the crime of killing a cop.

Booth wants to talk to Sam Reilly an FBI agent who worked the case for 30 years. He said the guy deserved to be consulted about the plea bargain Caroline got for June. Why? She's dead now. Maybe Sam killed her because he was upset she'd get off with just 9 years. He asks Bones to come when he talks to Sam and she again claims work and says that she is going to buy socks for her father. Caroline pulls Booth away and tells him absence makes the heart grow fonder. "Socks?" Booth queries over his shoulder. The father had complained about his feet and Bones was annoyed, but maybe she is rethinking it because of what Bones said to her.

Max apologizes to Bones and she says he's right. He was rotten. He says expected forgiveness from her rather than that tart reply, tears or something. He's got a hearing coming up and asks her to testify on his behalf as a character witness. Is that why he apologized, she asks, just to use her?

Zach tells Cam that the victim was also shot, but it was a shoulder wound and she could still be ambulatory. Cam wonders why he just doesn't say the victim could still walk. She wouldn't fire him, if he did. Why should he? Booth isn't there. Cam understands what he said. She's the only one there and he doesn't need to break down the technical terms for her. So, why is she needling him? It's not even humorous coming from her, as it would have been if a layman like Angela or Booth had said it.

They think Danny Valenti, the son of the cop who was killed might be a suspect. It makes Sam Reilly mad that they would think this. He and Bones get into an argument and Booth tries to keep her from fighting with Sam by pushing her and grabbing at her arm. Sam wonders if she is even necessary and Booth says she is his partner.

Sams says he'd hit her if she was a guy. Bones: "That distinction is no longer necessary, but I wouldn't recommend it." Booth just silently tries to keep them apart.

She says mentors often feel threatened when their students surpass them. I don't know what she means. I don't know who the mentor would be in this case. Sam? Mentor to who? Booth?

When they get the ballistics report, Sam says that it shows that it didn't come from Danny's gun. Bones tell him Booth should have had the report first, because he's the lead. Sam says, "You know Booth, she must be really good in bed," because he can't see any other reason to have her around. Booth should have hit him then.

Bones says, "I am. Very good. But Booth has no direct knowledge of that fact." Very nice.

Sam grabs Booth's arm and says "don't cut me out. I've worked my whole career for this." That seems to touch Bones. DB does a nice job playing Booth as both empathetic with his fellow FBI agent and also firm and serious, not letting Sam's emotions ruin the investigation (Sam had earlier physically attacked one of June's friends who was being interviewed and Booth had to pull him off, so he knows he has to keep a lid on the older man). He's upset about the cop killing too, but not enough to lose control.

Turns out June's old boyfriend, Watkins, killed the cop (whom June tried to shield) and then killed June because she was going to turn herself in and incriminate him. Why? He was already wanted. Her saying he did it would not have gotten him in any more trouble than he already was, unless he was afraid she would give up his location too.

Bones doesn't want to talk about her father with Booth. He says he shouldn't have gotten in the middle. He just wanted to help. That softens her up and she says Max wanted her to testify. He wants to use her. Booth says that he's a conman, but that doesn't mean he doesn't love her. He wants his payback. He got arrested to be with her and now he wants something in return. She says she doesn't want a father who is always keeping score. Booth: "Yeah. It sounds like you are too."

She says he's right, it's none of his business. Booth says she should not refuse to cut Max some slack just because she's afraid of getting hurt.

Hodgins is turned off of Frost immediately when she tries to destroy the car's air filter, something that he thinks could yield important evidence (tell them where June's car had driven and find Watkins' current location). So, despite her physical attributes, he loses interest in her. He tells Angela that Frost was irritating and he intends to rendezvous with Angela later.

The camera pulls back and reveals that while Angela and Jack were doing all their close canoodling, Booth and Bones are looking down at them from the 2nd story of the lab, waiting for the results from Hodgins' air filter examination. There's no way Booth would have been that patient if he could actually look down and see Hodgins dilly dallying while Booth waited for data.

Bones thinks it is crazy to let Sam meet them where Watkins is for the arrest. She says Sam's irrational and going through male menopause. Booth says there's no such thing. She says hormones drop. There's less of a sexual appetite. There's erectile dysfunction (she looks towards his lap at that and he tells her to keep the conversation pointed up, instead), you lose muscle mass and some men become very unstable. Booth wants to change the subject. "Can we start talking about your father again."

She says, "you're very testy."

"And 35. I'm only 35." [Angel was a perennial 26. They'd have to deal with DB's aging in a Buffy/Angel sequel] Even though 35 is not that far from DB's true age (39, I guess at that time this episode was shot), he's not a youthful looking 35.

"They've got blue pills for that," he mutters. DB seems to be smiling on that line, which I don't think Booth was supposed to do.

She takes out her gun and he chides, "Gee why didn't you bring the big one." But when they come upon a house where the killer might be and Booth finds that it's just "too quiet" with Reilly nowhere in sight, I bet he's glad that she has her gun as back up.

He pulls her back so she doesn't go into the room first, because she was ready to just charge ahead. Reilly is standing over the body and says that Watkins killed himself. "I didn't do this Booth." It was stupid of Booth to let Reilly go alone anyway. If he went at all, he should have traveled with Booth so they'd arrive at the same time. If Sam is found to have done it, I think Booth needs to be suspended.

In the lab they determine that Watkins could not have shot himself, because he had arthritis in his finger and could not have pulled the trigger, nor could he have assembled the bomb that killed June. One man knew how to make Watkins' bomb, the man that worked on the case for 30 years: Sam.

They confront Sam who says he didn't do it. Booth tells Sam to get a lawyer. It's not clear whether Booth believes Sam is innocent or not. I'd like to know whether he had faith in the older man or if he thought him guilty, but also wanted the system to be as lenient on Sam as possible, under the circumstances. We don't get to see his opinion. There's a fingerprint on the battery inside the watch that triggered June's explosion. It belongs to June's husband. He found her going to see Watkins and felt betrayed. She used them, her husband and child, to keep her cover, the father declares.

However, the mother left a note, which Bones gives to the daughter and the note explained that June only went to see Watkins to try to get him to surrender too. She was not cheating on the husband the daughter cries out, after reading the note.

The note says don't let the chaos and injustice make us so blind with anger that we become part of the problem. Practice love and compassion or you lose your humanity. Does Bones take this as a message about her dad? Ugh. Give me strength. The mom's letter is a bunch of 'be charitable to others and thankful' nonsense that is supposed to be inspiring, but is just nauseating. How can the same writers who give cool, witty dialogue to Bones and Brennnan be so sappy?

Next scene finds Brennan at the jail cell. She wants to see if Max and she can remember that card game. Gag.

Sam brings a bottle of scotch to Booth. He's not holding a grudge, huh? Booth apologizes, but Sam says he would have done the same. Only, "I would have slapped me around a little bit." He drinks a toast, "To the changing of the guard." I guess Bones did mean that he was Booth's mentor.

We see her playing cards with her Dad. Later, she and Bones meet at the Lincoln monument this time. Booth is a little drunk. Says he would have invited her but Sam doesn't like her. Is that rude to say, he wonders. She says, "not from someone who's been drinking."

He says he loves the place and their country. If he had been in law enforcement for the Boston tea party and they threw all the tea in the harbor, he says he would have rounded everyone up, arrested them and we'd still be English. Is he admitting that he is close-minded and that sometimes people need to fight for their civil liberties to achieve justice and he should realize that? It's not clear that he's disclosing a shortcoming or if he's bragging.

She says that she saw her father and as an anthropologist, she should have observed change and realized that his behavior has evolved and, seeing that, she'd have to conclude that he loves her. I agree, because why get arrested for someone you didn't love? But she thinks he does, because they played cards together and she killed him. Does she think that he let her win at Blitz (which would have been a nice gesture on his part). I wonder if that's what the plot is because her just winning on her own now that she's a genius adult and not a 5 year old girl would not be emperical evidence that he loved her. Or maybe she is just telling Booth that sharing the card experience with Max again is what changed her mind and allowed her to see Max more objectively.

Booth laughs and leans his head on her shoulder as they stare across at the Washington monument.

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