Bones: Season 5, Episode 16

The Parts in the Sum of the Whole (8 Apr. 2010)

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The milestone 100th episode takes viewers back in time six years as Brennan and Booth recount the first case they worked on together. With Sweets finishing his book on their partnership, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Seth Isler ...
Theodore Borders ...
Jocelyn Arrington (as Angela E. Gibbs)


The milestone 100th episode takes viewers back in time six years as Brennan and Booth recount the first case they worked on together. With Sweets finishing his book on their partnership, Brennan and Booth take this opportunity to set the record straight. A young and rebellious FBI Agent Booth seeks the help of an team of anthropological scientists and a street artist to find the evidence that will prove his high-profile suspect guilty. Although in unfamiliar territory, Dr. Brennan, her grad student Zack and Hodgins get right to work, impressing Booth with their knack for uncovering new leads and substantiating his theory about a well-connected district judge. While the case cements a foundation for a successful future partnership, it also reveals the convoluted romantic beginnings of the formidable duo - whose feelings for each other almost destroyed the team but still linger years later. Written by Fox Publicity

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David Boreanaz' father, Dave Roberts, makes a brief appearance as a person using a copier. Dave is a longtime weatherman in the Philadelphia area. See more »


They determine that the gaping head wound was created by the trunk of a '56 Bel Air, but the car they show when checking for evidence is a '57 as evidenced by the larger pointed tail fins. See more »


Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Can we still work together?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Yeah.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Thank you.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: But I gotta move on. You know, I gotta find someone who's- who's going to love me in 30 years, or 40 or 50.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: I know
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12 December 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

It seems there is some controversy on this episode despite the high rating (8.7 at the time of writing). So, having watched Bones from the beginning, what do I think of this?

The Structure. I like that this is not one of those ancient "Then We Switch Straight to the Past Where We Shall Remain Until the Flashback Ends". There is a gradual switch from present day to the past during the Teaser Sequence. And while after the Title Sequence most of the episode takes place in the past, we occasionally switch back to present day, which *links* the flashbacks better to the framing story. Smooth.

The Beginning. I really wasn't that impressed with Bones. The series, that is, not the character, whom I instantly connected with. Temperance Brennan is pretty much my ideal woman. She will *never* fall into irrational arguments. And in any relationship, there *will* be arguments. When you can rationally work them out and in the end one side - EITHER side - will admit being wrong and will then move onwards, the relationship has a better chance of surviving. Temperance Brennan is a rare and precious character. On the other hand, I was already a huge admirer of David Boreanaz's work. He may not be the Robert De Niro of his generation, *but* Buffy, Angel and Bones have proved that he is like Wolverine - the best there is at what he does. He is the master of straight-faced comedy, who doesn't have to resort to caricature quirks to be funny. But! He can pull of emotion when needed without falling into sentimentality. Together, B & B are some of the most fully realized characters on TV - they feel *human*.

The Pay-off. Whether you are new to the series or have watched it from the beginning, this episode is most likely to make you at least want to watch the first season again. I, for one, intend to. Maybe I was too harsh on the premise of the series, dismissing it as another CSI imitator. Over the years, Bones has proved to be the superior series, funnier, wittier, sexier, and, if you like that sort of thing, more gruesome - the said Bond in the Boot and the Gamer in the Grease (especially his flesh falling off in what must be the most eye-dropping gore effect on a national American TV series ever) spring to mind first. Also, this is more than a flashback episode. It offers *more* That is what can be safely written without spoiling anything. A 8/10 triumph.

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