Bones: Season 2, Episode 21

Stargazer in a Puddle (16 May 2007)

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As the wedding approaches, the team investigates the life/death of a little girl. Bones's father shows up, with an heirloom and a message from her mother.

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A corpse is found in a popular dumping pool, apparently shot. It seemed a child, but Zach also finds adult, even aged traits. The only explanation is an aging disease, actually Winters syndrome, which also affected the brain of Cynthia Cole's missing daughter. She falsely accused social worker Joe Mellon of abusing the girl. The real cause of death is a striking OD. Meawnhile, Max brings Bones things from her grandma. Booth must arrest him, but first has to prove his criminal identity. Zach declines being Hodgins' best man, to serve the nation, but there are more problems. Written by KGF Vissers

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Zach's full name is given as "Zachary Uriah Addy". See more »

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In this episode, Angela is surprised to find out she has a husband, and in the next few episodes tries to remember who he is and when she got married. However, in "The Woman in the Car," Agent Pickering asks her about the last time she saw her husband, and her answer indicates she remembers the wedding. See more »

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Dr. Temperance Brennan: I would like to marry you.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Kind of sudden, Bones. Let me think about that.
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It was good...up until they decided to be horrible.
28 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

I will jump right into the spoilers, as my review is mostly about the end of the show. Angela and Hodgins' almost-wedding was cute. If the case had been an actual case, and not one that interpreted murder as a "mercy killing out of love," I would have loved this episode! But it wasn't. The case is about a disabled person being murdered by their mother. The reason given was that the mother was dying and was afraid of what would happen to her daughter. She feared that no one would take care of her daughter. This is a very real fear, but one that obviously does not warrant murder. Disabled children are often treated horribly in the foster care system, not adopted, and either thrown out on the streets or institutionalized when they grow up. (Though some states prefer to imprison them instead, having shut down their institutions due to the heavy abuses committed there.) Even if they are adopted, they're 5 times more likely to suffer abuse or have crimes committed against them. Did the show treat this as a legitimate fear and acknowledge some of these things? Yes. Did the show still condone murder? Yes. After the murder is proved and the mother is in jail, Brennan goes to her and says, "What you did was wrong, but you did it out of love!" Right before this scene, Brennan had realized that she needed to forgive her parents for abandoning her. The implication is that because in both cases the parents loved the daughter, it was worthy of forgiveness. That it was excusable. That murdering your daughter because you thought their death was better than any chance at life- a chance you refused to give them- was excusable. So many disabled children are abused and murdered by their parents because they're "too difficult to handle" or "too demanding" or what have you. (Some even think their children are possessed or that they're trials from god.) To portray the message that this is okay? That these parents are anything more than despicable human beings? Not okay by any stretch of the imagination.


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