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The Secrets in the Proposal 

Bones is hurt that Booth withdrew his acceptance of her proposal, and the team sides with her. Eventually she realizes he must have a reason and she trusts him. A government accountant is ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Temperance Brennan
... Seeley Booth
... Angela Montenegro
... Camille Saroyan
... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
... Lance Sweets
... Caroline Julian
... Daisy Wick
... Aldo Clemens
... Lily Thorn
... Marianne Thorn
... Ted Norman (as Rich Ceraulo)
... Heinrich Gloeckner
... Mr. Gough
... Danny Beck


Bones is hurt that Booth withdrew his acceptance of her proposal, and the team sides with her. Eventually she realizes he must have a reason and she trusts him. A government accountant is murdered and the CIA is also interested in the case. Written by Bernie

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16 September 2013 (USA)  »

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In the last scene where Bones tells Booth that she has complete faith in him. Booth says that he will ask her to marry him when the time is right. The camera pans over to the clock under the cabinet and the time flashes from 7:39 to 4:47 and back again. 4:47 is the same time that is on the clock in the episodes "the end of the beginning", "the beginning of the end", "the hole in the heart", and "the past in the present" See more »


Aldo Clemens: Booth loves you.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Booth told you that?
Aldo Clemens: He confessed it to me. Not being married is a sin to him. I'm not sure a non-believer can understand that kind of sacrifice.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: I wanted to marry him.
Aldo Clemens: [shaking his head] Not as much as he wants to marry you.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: [after a long thoughtful pause] You want me to have faith in him?
Aldo Clemens: You know, I've seen Booth do some terrible and, and difficult things. But, only if he was compelled by a very good reason.
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References Sleepy Hollow (2013) See more »


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A FINE Start To A Season, Hint Of A New Stride??
17 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Color me hopeful.

Kudos to Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan for penning an outstanding opener for Season 9 of this wonderful TV series. "The Secret In The Proposal" was very good, and I want to think it promises the start of a high quality season of TV for this often great show.

As I write this the day after the airing, 90 persons have rated this episode an overall average of 9 stars, and I think that is evidence of the impact of solid writing and performances by everyone. WELL DONE.

I won't provide spoilers, but it was great to see Ms Wick as the squintern of the week, and it was great to see the characters re-emerge strongly from the inconsistent miasm presented by the course of seasons 7 and 8.

About myself: I came to a love and appreciation of this series only over the last 18 months, thanks to the availability of Seasons 1 through 6 on NETFLIX at that time. On the recommendation of a friend, and the strength of a Season 4 episode I watched one night, I started at S1 E1 and drilled straight through to S6 E23 over two months time. Frankly, I was blown away; the Achilles hill of many CSI shows and crime shows is their lame reliance on a formula, and linear action-driven plots that strain belief. I found that six seasons of "Bones" to be refreshingly literate and character-driven, and I made sure I learned the names of the half-dozen best writers of these episodes.

For me, the series maintained a rather high consistency and quality level in those six years, with a dozen truly breath-taking pinnacles of achievement; "Doctor In The Photo" almost made my head explode. My watching ended with "The Hole In The Heart," and "The Change In The Game," and the second of these made me start to worry about where Bones / Booth open co-habitation was headed.

I proceeded to purchase some Season 7 episodes a couple of weeks before the Season 8 FOX premiere, when Netflix added Season 7 to their offering. I forged ahead into S-7 (which I already knew created some fan dissatisfaction) while watching Season 8. I managed to watch the S7 cliff-hanger right before the S8 opener, and that S8 premiere didn't match the excellence of the S7 finale which set it up.

There's a part of the fan base which was and is enamored of the Bones Booth love affair, and I feared that the show would move in the direction of giving them the storybook ending they wanted; indeed S7 was taken up with the baby, and all of the characters were often written as simplistic shadows of their complex selves, jerked this way and that way by the writers in order to flesh out very weak story ideas. It was very unsatisfying save for a few high points. Season 8, same comments.

Sorry for the personal prologue - - my whole point is that THIS episode, THIS premiere for THIS 9th Season of THIS show - was an achievement in quality, an achievement in performance, and an achievement in restoration for the other part of the fan base, persons like me who WANT shocks and surprise, and drama, and we want our connection to characters who are written and developed in a fashion that lets great actors do their finest work. THIS is what I saw on the screen last evening.

Kudos to Hart and Nathan. Many who are like me look back on "Hole In The Heart," and all that came before it, and wonder if the show can rock the house like that again. The season premiere I saw last night said very clearly, "Yes It Can."

I love having hope. Thanks for that.

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