Let's end with good news, so we'll start with the element that disappointed: finally having the Deschanel sisters together on the show. It pains me to write these words. It had nothing to do with Emily or Zooey (they both ROCKED!!), but rather the lack of screen time they shared. Zooey had about three scenes. I know these episodes are as jam-packed as Zooey's busy movie schedule, but I wish they had waited to have this reunion when the timing was better and we could have had Margaret around more (like Booth's grandfather a few weeks prior). Of course, the show can always invite her back (and I really hope they do), but I was hoping for more in this episode between Brennan and her Benjamin Franklin-quoting second cousin. I think it boils down to too much packed into a single episode. Perhaps, Margaret should have come for Easter instead. So, happy to finally have the reunion, but I wanted more.
That "evidence-gathering" scene wasn't the only significant moment of the hour. Seeing Brennan get emotional about something (and even better, someONE) indicates huge character development for her, and suggests that she may be even closer to the emotional level she would need to be at should things progress between her and Booth. He's an all-in, love-with-all-you-have kinda guy and she is so closed off that I often wonder if them pairing up would even work. She had tears in eyes as she thought about the victim's mother all alone at her son's funeral. Perhaps, her feelings for Booth (as deep and strong as they are) have caused her to view human connections and emotions in a more normal light.
THE GOOD: Predictably, both of the aforementioned scenes above. Great development, great emotions and great fun!
And now, here's this week's edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:
THE BAD: Not enough Zooey/Margaret. I'm sure the writers can find enough Ben Franklin quotes to bring her back for an encore down the road.
THE UGLY: This one had a lot of ugly -- as in, a lot of pieces of the bank robber/murder victim all over other people. Of course, I wasn't feeling so bad for the cab driver and his cohort at the end.
If you missed last night's episode ("The Goop on the Girl"), check it out for free at Hulu.com.