Bones: Season 1, Episode 8

The Girl in the Fridge (29 Nov. 2005)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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Bones and Booth investigate a missing woman found in a fridge while Bones reconnects with her former professor.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Michael Stires
Neil Meredith
Joy Deaver
A.U.S.A. Andrew Levitt
Mary Costello
Scott Costello
Kate McNeil ...
Audrey Schilling
Dr. Barragan
Brian Schilling


A decayed corpse found inside a fridge on a dump-site fits the description of missing girl Maggie Schilling, whose rich parents feel guilty for failing to give her personal attention before her kidnapping. Booth shifts the new fridge in her friends Scott and Mary Costello's apartment and thus finds they're an SM couple which explains the traces of handcuff-caused wrist fractures. Bones is delighted by a visit from her former lover and forensics professor Michael Stires, who is considering a job at Washington University. They enjoy jousting about the evidence and sharing her bed 'without strings', until Booth warns her Stires is also the expert employed by the Costellos' defense. At the trial, Bones is her usual arrogant, unintelligibly jargon-clouded self, which antagonizes every jury member despite rude but correct warnings from the US District Attorney's jury consultant. After a convincing but rather misleading performance from Dr. Stires, Booth gives the District Attorney the key ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Dr. Temperance Brennan: Short-term periosteal reaction on the right proximal lateral humerus was consistent with a bound individual.
A.U.S.A. Andrew Levitt: So to rephrase
Dr. Temperance Brennan: and the placement of wrist restraints coupled with her hyperparathyroidism would account for the stress fractures on the distal anterior surface of both the radii and ulni.
A.U.S.A. Andrew Levitt: Her bones broke because she was struggling to free herself.
Dr. Temperance Brennan: Yeah. I believe I just said that.
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The slow path to humanity
29 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

The detective and science work begins as Booth (David Boreanaz) delivers a fridge to the team complete with a well decomposed body. Meanwhile Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is surprised by the arrival in the lab of her old professor, who is also her old flame.

The relationship is quickly rekindled, however Brennan unwittingly discloses key details of the investigation to to her beau only to find he is the expert for the defence in the same case.

The story itself is a little bit of a slow burner and fails to really hit home until the court scenes where Brennan as predicted comes over very much as a knowledgeable but very cold and analytical technogeek, whereas the defence expert wins over the jury with his smile.

It is only with Booths intervention with the lawyers who are pursuaded to question Brennan's motivations to find out the truth that finally win the day, an act that initially appears to cross an unwritten line but helps with the opening up of her public emotions.

As noted this is a bit of a slow burning episode that really only gets hot in the last 10 minutes when Brennan is forced to open up on public. It may not rank highly in the list of top Bones episodes but it is an important moment.

Unfortunately because the main action is less than engrossing its difficult to award top marks despite there being nothing majorly wrong (other than the obviously slimy (ex)lover). Still it does work well overall and the ending moves the characters and their relationships forwards a step.

So not great, but we'll worth an 8¡

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