Bones Review: Big Moments, Closed Doors
I liked this finale a great deal, in spite of the fact it didn’t bring out the big shocker finale guns, with one small but notable exception. We’ll get to that at the end.
The night started, of course, with a case.
Well not actually. It actually started with Angela (Michaela Conlin) spreading copious amounts of hot sauce on her lunch in order to induce labor for this baby that doesn’t want to come out. I wouldn’t have worried, if I were her. She should have known the baby wanted to make its debut in the season finale. It’s clearly an aspiring star.
At any rate, the case.
A body falls into a bowling lane with the pin reset, effectively scarring a bunch of children at a birthday party for the rest of their lives. Our team begins to investigate, and it doesn’t take them long to find out the bowling team contains a member we all know and love – but don’t trust – Max Keenan (Ryan O’Neal). Turns out everyone’s favorite criminal/loving father is an avid bowler, and when they go to him for advice he insists the only way to get the teams to talk during a tournament will be to go undercover. He seems to have ulterior motives in pushing his daughter and Booth (David Boreanaz) together as a couple even if it’s for show, which is kind of cute but also kind of weird, if you ask me.
So the two of them head undercover, Booth sporting a gorgeous mullet and Bones (Emily Deschanel) with 1980’s curls and a wad of gum the size of her face. They’re often at their best while playing other characters, and this assignment is no exception. They’re hilarious, from their accents to their wardrobe, to their (faked?) affection for one another. In the past the writer’s have taken these scenes over the top (anyone recall the Jersey Shore episode?) to a point where they are nothing but insulting but tonight, while they do make fun of the, um, stereotypical person who might frequent a bowling alley, it seems to be in good fun.
After last week’s heavy episode, which included the death of one of our favorite squinterns, this finale is very tongue in cheek, lighthearted, and funny bordering on ridiculous at times.
While Booth and Bones ferret out the killer at the bowling alley, Sweets (John Francis Daley) interrogates their prime suspect in yet another interview scene that leaves me in stitches. I hope they write in more scenes for the shrink/man-child next season because for me, he really makes the show.
Angela goes into labor while trying to help Wendell (Michael Grant Terry) and Hodgins (T.J.Thyne) identify the murder weapon. Hodgins does such an adorable job portraying a nervous, first time husband and dad, and he has for the entire season. They are, in my opinion, one of the best written “happy” couples on network television and it’s refreshing to see a relationship play out that feels real, like we could learn something from them. They don’t have any manufactured drama, their love for one another is a foundation that keeps everything that comes at them on an even keel, and they’re just beautiful to watch.
As Angela breathes and screams through the pain of natural childbirth (you go girl), Wendell Skypes in from the lab and the three of them continue to work on the case. Their help gives Booth and Bones the answers they need, and they catch the killer – the guy who works behind the shoe counter. Apparently the deceased thought it was unlucky to wear socks in his rented bowling shoes (now THAT is disgusting) and some fungus made the man’s fingernails fall off, after which he lost his girlfriend. Sadface.
When he admits to killing the guy, the rest of the people at the bowling alley advise Booth to just let the killer go since the guy he killed was pretty much an all around jerk. Sometimes when the show’s writers go for funny cases or outcomes they miss the mark completely, but for this finale it worked.
It’s a good thing they went with a funny case, too, because when Angela has her baby – a boy, who is not blind – I cried like the silly woman I am. Hodgins brings the little guy out to meet everyone while Brennan sneaks in to give Angela a gift and ask how it went.
Booth and Brennan are walking home, talking about the night, when Bones comments on how happy Angela and Hodgins seemed. Booth seems surprised he has to explain but he does, telling her “they love each other and they just had a healthy baby. It’s the best day of their lives.”
At which point Bones tells him she’s pregnant and that its his, and Booth responds as we know he will, with a stunned but growing smile.
Okay. I am personally of the opinion that Season 7 will be the final season of this show, and it is time for these characters to get together and see if they can make a life as a couple. I suspected something like this would happen when I learned Emily Deschanel and her husband are pregnant in real life, and honestly, I think this is an interesting way to push her beyond her character’s established emotional limits.
What I didn’t like?
We’ve watched, and waited, and had some near misses when it’s come to these two. For SIX YEARS the faithful have suspected one day we would be rewarded for our loyalty, and that even if we had to wait for the close of the series we would get to see the main characters get together. Now they’ve robbed us of the chance to SEE it. We didn’t get to see them kiss, or the expressions on their faces, or revel in the triumph of the moment. I’m not bothered this is the direction we’re going, I just wish the writers had given their audience our due.
Season 6, Episode 23 “The Change in the Game” (original air date May 19, 2011)
Bones has been picked up for a 7th season and will air Thursdays this fall at 9/8c on Fox.