Is it just me, or does this show take the longest in-season hiatuses?? The last time we had a new episode was February 19th. Before that it was January 22nd and before that, November! Fox has promised a long run from here on out, so let's hope there aren't any more interruptions. This week's outing, directed by series star David Boreanaz, had a little bit of everything, so here's a look at what worked, what didn't and what had me reaching for the Pepto.
Simply having the show back would have been good enough for me, but thankfully for the rest of you, they threw in some funny scenes, an intriguing case and a really sweet car (which, incidentally, led to a great closing scene with Booth and Bones acting more married than partnered). Overall, I think I enjoyed the fact that Bones finally acknowledged that Booth is better at something. She's so focused on book smarts and her research/academic accomplishments that she fails to give Booth credit where credit's due. He has a set of skills that no book or recognition is going to give her. Period. Now that she realizes this, she might begin to appreciate what he does a bit more.
Ever since TV Guide (WARNING: Links to major spoiler!!) spilled the beans about the season finale, I feel like we're watching a countdown to the big reveal. Thus, I found myself seeing meaning in all sorts of things that I would have dismissed as benign conversation in the past. For instance, I spent so much time analyzing Bones's obsession with learning how to read and relate to people the way Booth does. I'm telling you, I tried to forget that spoiler. I really did. But TV Guide wasn't content to simply spill the beans in a column in the print edition. They dedicated an entire cover and story on the spoiler a couple of weeks later (not that I'm complaining because it was great to open my mailbox and find Booth and Bones inside). Now, it's all I can think about when I'm watching the build-up. Ugh.
Call it bad timing, kismet or the TV gods' sense of humor, but I always seem to be eating dinner when I watch this show! Why??!! Actually, this one wasn't too bad in the stomach turning department despite that morbid plunge and the ensuing green foaming bones. Neither got me this week (maybe I'm getting a tougher stomach?). I didn't even flinch when the disintegrating bones turned into hard shell candy. The thing that got me this week was that horrible broken tibia in the beginning of the episode. It creeped me out so badly, I'm still nursing a nauseous stomach. I think it's the pain element to it rather than the gross-out factor.
If you missed last night's episode ("The Bones that Foams"), check it out for free at Hulu.com.