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Bones recap: The Woman in the Whirlpool

A case about addiction hits close to home for Booth.

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TV Show
Drama, Crime
run date:
David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel
Current Status:
In Season

Bones is getting bold in its 10th season—this must be the show’s longest streak of consecutive episodes to open with “previously on” segments. In the early years, big revelations were usually allowed to set in for at least a week before they were brought up again, but there’s no way to ignore what’s been going down lately. Brennan kicked Booth out of the house. That changes things.

Brennan meets up with Angela at the playground to worry about Booth while their kids hold hands. “This is gonna work out,” Angela promises. “Booth has a problem, but he’s a good man.” She’s right, of course, but I’m surprised that she’s being so generous, given how quickly she gave him the cold shoulder when he took back his marriage proposal. I was kind of looking forward to an “ovaries before brovaries” speech here, because as certain as I am that Booth and Brennan will be okay—and as much as I appreciate that no one is writing him off—I want someone to tell Brennan that she was right to stick up for herself. Not that Brennan needs anyone’s approval for that.

Meanwhile, Booth is going to Gamblers Anonymous meetings, but he’s not talking yet. He tells his longtime sponsor, Gavin, that just being in the room is good enough. Gavin shuts that down. Being in the room won’t cut it. But Booth is stubborn and in denial; he’s alone in this, even compared to Brennan. I can’t help thinking that if Sweets were here, Booth would have moved in with him. Sweets did crash with Booth and Brennan for a long time after his break-up. Without his friend, all Booth has is a “new place” and a moody leather jacket.

Booth and Brennan’s relationship is so unstable right now that she’s ordering her lunch to go from the diner (and we know how these two love that diner). They make sad eyes at each other from across the counter. When Booth suggests that she eat with him, Brennan is happy to accept, but he just wants to talk about moving back in. Booth doesn’t want to make this “a bigger deal than what it is,” but he put Brennan and Christine in danger. She can’t just let that go until he takes real responsibility for it. Brennan’s getting that sandwich to go after all. “It’s too hard right now, Booth,” she says, before adding the all-important “I love you.” His relapse has changed a lot for them, but it can’t change that.

Booth channels his frustration into their latest case: An obsessive cookie jar collector named Leslie Hodsoll was found in the Potomac. Somehow, the fact that Bones would tell a serious addiction story about cookie jars makes complete sense to me. Leslie’s 20-year-old daughter, Courtney, says that her mother was too busy with her collection to pay much attention to her, and she didn’t even get dessert out of it. (“It was all about the jars. There was rarely a cookie in the house.”) It really is the family that suffers most.

Shortly before her death, Leslie used every online platform at her disposal to tear down a seller named Cheryl. Cheryl insists that she and Leslie were friends anyway. “You really think I killed Leslie because of some bad reviews?” she asks. “Have you ever been on the Internet?” The bad blood between them started when Cheryl promised Leslie a Babe Ruth cookie jar, then sold it over her head—to a man who turns out to be hiding in Leslie’s attic. Scott Simon isn’t a cookie jar collector; he’s a Babe Ruth obsessive, and Leslie stole the jar from him when he refused to sell it. He snuck into her house to get it back.

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