Bones: The Diamond in the Rough
by Shawnie Kelly (@DearShawnie)
Bones fans everywhere, rejoice! Season eight is back after several weeks of hiatus and good thing, too. TV gets a little boring without crystal-encrusted skeletons, am I right?
This week that’s just what we get — a dead body with diamonds, or some other kind of sparkly sedimentary growth. The bones are found glistening in the moonlight and the remains suggest that this person sustained some sort of ongoing wear and tear to the body over time. This narrows it down to one kind of person: a dancer! The remains belong to a woman named Katarina who was a ballroom dancer. Katarina was participating in a competition television show with all kinds of rivalry, envy, and potential for murder. The list of suspects is clearly drawn; is it her old partner, Kendrick? (Kendrick is played by Dmitry Chaplin of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars fame. I think he can kind of dance or something.) Or maybe it was the crazy dance mom obsessed with her daughter’s success. There is only one way for us to find out who killed her. Obviously Brennan and Booth have to go undercover, and enter the competition themselves. They discover that crazy dance mom’s daughter’s boyfriend (still with me?) is the true murderer. He just wanted his girlfriend to be happy. Okay.
Seeing Brennan and Booth outside of their normal roles is refreshing. Brennan is normally so buttoned up and put together, so seeing her in a leotard and full dance skirt throughout the entire episode is quite the departure. Booth also let his uptight self relax a little; we even find out he was a dance instructor in a previous life! They’re having fun together, like they always do, but in a different way. I love seeing every angle of their relationship, and this is fun way to show their goofy side. Brennan and Booth are the “constant” of Bones, the anchor for everything else that goes on throughout the series. Even in the midst of sadness and death, they know how to detach themselves from the depressing circumstances of their jobs; it’s what makes the show so enjoyable.
Someone who isn’t able to escape the gloomy shadows this episode? Angela. I appreciate how they’re developing Angela this season. I was starting to wonder about her and they’re broaching the subject of how she used to be this lighthearted artist and how she’s become a more serious addition to the lab. The dismal circumstances of the job — like murder and what not — are getting to her. She misses art and “bringing beauty into the world.” Camille and Hodgens notice that she’s getting down on herself and concoct a plan to lower her hours. Essentially they force Angela to take some time off, which should be interesting. I hope we get to see the new mom in a softer light.
Speaking of Camille, she’s still the captain of the Jeffersonian ship and I still love seeing her in that role. She manages everything so well, keeping everyone on track and still taking care of business. But I hope we see more of her personal relationships in this second half of the season. Last we heard, she was in love with an intern! They can’t leave us hanging on that one for too long.
My favorite line comes from Booth, not because of the actual words, but because of who’s saying them:
“Shift your weight through the heel with the hip action.”
We will never be the same, knowing Booth was a super-secret dance instructor. Overall, the episode was a great way to get the show back into its groove.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars