Bones: The Maiden in the Mushrooms
by Shawnie Kelly (@DearShawnie)
On this week’s episode of Bones, our favorite Jeffersonian team is investigating the murder of a TV producer while Brennan struggles with the idea of her daughter being an average child, and not the baby genius she was expecting. The idea that Christine could be “average” comes about when she bites another child at preschool. Brennan is horrified and claims that without solid proof, there is no way she will believe her child is capable of something so normal.
Brennan’s expectations for little Christine are pretty funny, and we see an entertaining give and take between she and agent Booth over the issue of their child’s intelligence. Once again, it’s obvious how different they are in their individual expressions of love for Christine. He wants her to be happy and normal, less pressure is the key. Brennan has high standards and believes little Christine is capable of meeting those standards — even before she’s two. Both of them want nothing but the best for her, but it is manifested in two entirely different ways. We see this on display when they are looking at one of Christine’s paintings from school. Brennan is certain she sees “abstract expressionism” in the work. Booth’s “you’re crazy” look is all we need to know about his thoughts on the matter.
Meanwhile, the body of Rebecca, a young producer of a courtroom reality show, is the focus back at the lab. She was found under a dirt pile in an old warehouse with mushrooms growing all over her, and there are several instant suspects: the judge who happens to be a sloppy drunk, the production assistant that takes Rebecca’s job, the courtroom bailiff/ex-boyfriend, and last but not least a disgruntled defendant who’s angry over losing her case. All we know is that she was strangled. As the case develops, we find that it is indeed her ex that strangles her… with his dog’s collar. He was angry that his dog died while in her care. I mean, I kind of get it. Maybe? Don’t answer that.
I did enjoy this episode overall. However, I am wondering what happened to the whole “softer side of Brennan” idea that we were essentially promised earlier this season. Brennan was shot and encountered her dead mother who convinced her to soften the rough edges and use her heart more. I feel like we haven’t seen that side of her since she was lying in the hospital bed, post-shooting. She is still really hard on others, especially those closest to her. Of course we know this will always be a part of her character; I’m not suggesting it shouldn’t be. But I liked the glimpse of vulnerable Brennan that we saw and hope to see her again. It makes her character more relatable and also tends to bridge the great personality divide between she and Booth to some extent. Either way, we still love her. It’s just that a little character dimension goes a long way.
My favorite part of this episode was the storyline with Finn and Hodgins. Finn remembers his late grandmother and this special hot sauce she used to make. The recipe died with her, and he’s sad that he’ll never taste it again. Hodgins, determined to use every tool in the lab to figure out the recipe, devotes time, energy, and resources into finally reproducing the exact sauce Finn’s grandmother made. It’s the mark of a true bromance and I really felt the love! I’ll forgive the fact that they just waltzed into the kitchen of some restaurant, forced the head chef into trying their sauce, and got an investor on the spot. Not too believable. But, hey, Hodgins lost his entire fortune so he has to get it back somehow. Hot sauce is the logical answer to this.
Oh, my other favorite part? Hodgins and his new haircut! He looks 200% better with a closer crop and these aesthetic things are super important, you know.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars