Bones “Finger in the Nest”

Gina Ascola (’09)/Eastside Staff

bones_main.jpgSeason four of Bones has started with FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth and his partner, world-renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan, going to London to assist the local law enforcement with the corpse of an American woman found in British waters. Meanwhile, Brennan’s team back at the Jeffersonian Institute is busy trying to find a new grad student capable of becoming Brennan’s new assistant, which means that a different grad student will be featured in each episode until a permanent replacement is found. Also, the engagement between forensic artist Angela Montenegro and Dr. Jack Hodgins has been called off after a visit from Angela’s ex-husband, Grayson.

In this episode, Booth’s son, Parker, found a human finger in a bird’s nest which leads to the unveiling of the corpse of Dr. Seth Elliot, a local veterinarian. Brennan and her team at the Jeffersonian are able to identify the murder weapon as a dog. It also opens the team to the possibility that may have uncovered something bigger than a man’s unfortunate death.

This week’s episode was very well done and reminds fans of why we love the show in the first place. In this episode, Brennan’s team identifies the murder weapon as a dog and soon after Booth and Brennan learn that the dog was used in dog fights and is, therefore, trained to kill, and will kill if the order is given from his master. This meant that Booth and Brennan had to find the dog in order to find its owner. To help them, the dynamic duo enlisted the help of Casar Millan, the Dog Whisperer. The writers did an excellent job of incorporating Millan and not making his presence overdone, which can happen when special guests are on a show. The writers also did an excellent job in dealing with such a sensitive topic like dog fighting and showed how, even though only one person was murdered, there were multiple victims. Also, we were able to see the “emotionally cold and distant” Brennan actually show open compassion when she makes the decision to adopt Rigsby, the dog who murdered Dr. Elliot, only to find that he was already put down because he murdered someone.

Another great element in this episode was the character relationships. Although Bones is considered a procedural drama, such as shows like CSI, the character relationships are what truly drive it and make it stand out, and this was evidenced in this episode. The character relationship that first comes to mind was Booth and Brennan’s. The two were on the top of their game bickering back and forth about some of their favorite topics, the existence of God and parenting. Yet the two know when to put the bickering aside and comfort and support each other when necessary, bringing the two even closer together with each episode. Additionally in this episode the recent events involving Hodgins’ and Angela’s breakup and last season’s revelation that Zack was Gormogon’s apprentice have caused hardships that Hodgins must learn to face with the help of the FBI’s therapist, Dr. Lance Sweets.

All in all, this episode has brought about the rise of quite a few questions: how has Zack’s true identity affected the rest of the team? How will Angela and Hodgins’ break up affect themselves as well as the rest of the team? And has the time come that Booth and Brennan will finally get together?

Overall Grade: A

A+: Episode is nearly perfect. It doesn’t get any better then this  

A, A-: Excellent Episode with only minor flaws or imperfections, a must-watch episode for anyone who enjoys TV  

B+, B: A Good but not great episode, has flaws in a few key areas but still a great television experience  

B-, C+, C: Enjoyable show that has some obvious flaws, but has certain aspects that make it a decent show  

C-, D+, D: Episode with more weaknesses than strengths, barely watch able. But, worth a look if one is a fan of the genre  

F: Episodes receiving this grade are not worth the time. These have numerous shortcomings and flaws. Minimal to zero entertainment value