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'Bones': Everything Is (not) Illuminati

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Bones_lSo, they faked us out with last week’s teaser about the Illuminati story line: last night’s death and incineration of the pretty young Jeffersonian intern was not connected to the cannibalistic serial killer who started off this season. Hey, I don’t begrudge them the feint. It was a good way to keep that long-running plot device fresh in our minds, not to mention confuse this week’s whodunit and provide us with a catchy new word: Gorgonzola Gormogon. (True fact: Gormogons did exist but they don’t appear to have been all that menacing.)

Once again, things were a little topsy-turvy as the squints were the ones quick to make assumptions while Booth and Camille worked to rein them in. As the show progressed, I was a little surprised that the more logic-bound Brennan and Zach were so quick to connect the current case to that past one but once Booth explained it to Brennan at the end, it seemed like a no-brainer. The very thought that someone they trusted, whose credentials matched theirs and allowed them into the “house of reason,” would commit such a heinous crime was more distressing than the possibility that a face-eating maniac was in their midst. The revelation that the girl’s murder and that of her arrogant married lover/colleague, was all just part of a scheme to cover up a smuggling operation was nice and tidy and totally satisfying.

Also on my list of curious occurrences: Brennan breaking the news ofthe girl’s death to her father. I get that it was probably because ofher previous connection to the professor, and it did serve to give hermore insight into Booth, as well as another “cop thing” she got to doin this investigation (stakeout, solo interrogation). But really,comforting is not really her strong suit, even with all of her growth.

Though she did do a great job of comforting Booth here:

Booth: “He thinks I’m stupid.”
Brennan: “You’re not.
Booth: “Thanks, Bones.”

It was one in a long line of poignant exchanges that showed how muchthey get each other. Hodgins’ knowing look as Booth called outBrennan’s favorite- and second-favorite flowers (daffodils, daisies)and guessed which planet she’d pick (Jupiter) for a password, told thewhole story. Still, even knowing all of Brennan’s abandonment issues,it was a little off-putting to hear her direct and vulnerable questionto Booth over drinks: “Are you going to betray me?” In what facet oftheir relationship did she mean that? Did it have anything to do withthat look she had when she learned of Booth and Camilles’ dinner?Wherever that came from, how could you not believe Booth’s resounding”No”? (Having just ended a 16-hour workday sharing a drink withcolleagues, I may have been just a little open to the camaraderie inthat scene.)

The whole Camille/Booth pretend-boyfriend-for-a-night setup was ahilarious B-storyline, what with Booth’s enthusiasm over his universalremote present for her father, his sputtering as he got caught up inher family drama, his bonding moment with Hodgins. I really appreciatedthat the show acknowledges the fact Camille and Booth had a realrelationship — one in which he knew her family and understood herfamily dynamics. Which is one of the many reasons why I don’t buy thatshe’s completely over him. (And is there any question that he kissedher sister back?)

Did you notice the smoky cutaways? Tell meyou’re hoping, like I am, that next week we get to see a picture ofBooth or Brennan during the ’80s?