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The 100th episode is almost as flamboyant and "out there" as the dream episode that wrapped up one of the previous seasons, the one in which Bones and Booth are married. In "Whole," B&B tell Sweets, who is wrapping up work on his book about them, about their very first case together. It involves a young woman's skeleton, back when the team wasn't really yet a team. The episode is a howl. Zach is back, because of course he was there at the very beginning. Hodgins sports a wild wig (remember his goofy hair in the first couple of seasons?) and is even more ornery than usual. Angela is a sidewalk artist, although she and Brennan know each other and Brennan will soon enlist her services in the female skeleton case. Booth and Brennan are incredibly awkward around each other at first. There is a surprising coda to the episode that will either endear or infuriate series fans. While not as deliciously creative as the dream episode, this one has more than its share of memorable moments. Wait until you see B&B calling each other names.
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.
Let's start with the positives. My favorite part of the whole episode
was the very last scene. Why? Because the actors were fantastic. Even
throughout the whole episode, they took a sub-par script and made the
best of it.
Some people are going to love this episode and I completely understand why. Bones and Booth finally kiss! Twice! However, although there are some great moments, that doesn't make the script great at all.
I am a huge fan of Bones, however this one of the worst episodes of the series so far (another bad episode being that dream sequence episode at the end of last season). Both of these episodes were disjointed and didn't really fit into the series well. Apparently the creator, Hart Hanson, wrote both episodes. It just felt that although he created the series, he hasn't actually watched an episode in years. It wasn't just that there was an overall detachment from the series, it was also the writing. At times certain things that Bones said were just plain stupid, like the "broiling a suspect". I was actually surprised that the writer hasn't written for NCIS, writing dialog for Ziva David.
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This episode was fantastic. Easily the best episode of the season thus far. This took us back to B&B's very first case. One of the many, many things that made this episode for me was the fact that Zack was in it. But here are some of the other highlights- Hodgin's crazy hair, Zack and Hodgin's first experiment, Bones nicknaming Booth "shoes" (I wish that one would have stuck), B&B loudly fighting and calling each other names at a crime scene, the 2 kisses(!!!), and finally the ending. The ending of this episode was absolutely phenomenal. It had me thoroughly convinced that David Boreanz and Emily Deschenal are two of the best actors on television. Booth finally told Bones that he loved her (more or less) and that they needed to take a chance on a relationship. Bones said no because she was scared and didn't know how to change. Unfortunately, Booth basically said that he couldn't keep waiting for her and that he would have to move on. It ended very emotionally with both B&B crying on the steps. I really think that this is what viewers have been waiting for. The only thing I am a bit upset about is that Bones was to scared to give a relationship a try. Her character has come so far that I think she is ready for this. She has said that she would do anything for Booth, so why can't she give him a chance? He would kill or die for her! Guys like that just don't come around everyday and the sooner she realizes that the better. I can't wait until Brennan finally puts her fears aside; hopefully Booth will be waiting for her. I for one thing will continue watching and be eagerly waiting for B&B to be together.
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