Bones Review: Smackie Kennedy and the Roller Derby Girls

Earlier this season we got to see Brennan and Booth go undercover as so-called professional dancers. Now, it’s Angela’s turn as we see her transform into “Smackie Kennedy,” a roller derby enthusiast trying to infiltrate a team to uncover a murderer.

First off, though, someone calls the police to report a breaking and entering at a disused slaughterhouse. Two rookie cops are investigating the place when one of them somehow slips and falls into the victim’s remains. Gross.

The victim turns out to be Melinda Perkins, a roller derby enthusiast. The time and location of her death is uncovered through unlocking the information in her GPS-enabled wristwatch. And as it turns out, Melinda was murdered in the roller derby rink across from the slaughterhouse.

The cool scenes in this episode, of course, are the roller derby scenes. It’s not just a bunch of girls skating in circles. This sport is brutal. So it’s no wonder Hodgins is concerned when Angela throws her hat into the ring to try out for the roller derby team (undercover, of course). She’s a “wild woman,” after all, as she reminds Hodgins. And Angela is actually rather good at the whole thing, although she does get pretty beat up. She’s so good that she actually ends up being offered a spot on the team – which, you know, she probably would’ve accepted if she weren’t undercover

The suspects are an interesting crop of people, from a jealous ex-husband to a competitive teammate. Finally, it’s the competitive teammate, Ivanna Kick Ass, who admits to murder – supposedly because she was tired of Melinda being a petty thief? The case wasn’t very strong this week, and if it weren’t for the roller derby, it would have fallen completely flat.

Lastly, in a secondary plot, Booth has been making secretive visits to the hospital. Brennan is the only person who knows why. Angela overhears Brennan talking on the phone with Booth, but Brennan won’t say why he’s at the hospital. So Angela tells Cam, who also begins poking her nose into their business. She even goes so far as to visit the hospital and inquire with a doctor. Busy body, much? If it were something really serious, Brennan and Booth would tell everyone in due time.

But Booth is not dying from cancer or anything. He’s just looking to do a good deed and give back to sick children, but anonymously as recommended in the Bible. He’s put together a carnival for children with a disease called Neurofibromatosis (NF), which can cause the growth of tumors. I suspected his visits to the hospital had more to do with charity than a personal medical condition; that’s just the type of person Booth has always been.

Season 8, Episode 9: The Doll in the Derby (originally aired Feb. 4, 2013)

Bones airs Monday nights on FOX at 8/7c.

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