‘Bones’: At Rest

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Bones Season 9 Episode 11 Brennan Cam Top1 Bones: At Rest

[This is a review of Bones season 9, episode 11. There will be SPOILERS.]

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Well, folks, the midseason finale is upon us once again in the land of Bones and it’s time to take stock of season 9 thus far. It’s been a good one, all things considered. Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) survived a rocky start, took out a major baddie, tied the knot, and solved some stellar cases along the way with only a few “filler” episodes to speak of. And tonight’s ‘The Spark in the Park’ is right up there with the best of them. In fact, it could be argued that it’s the best in the series.

One of the things it does nicely is it ties up the final loose ends of Cam’s (Tamara Taylor) battle with identity theft. The episodes opens with her confronting one-time friend Haley Kent (Bonnie Root) with a slap, then takes us along on Cam’s emotional journey.

On one side she has heard but not seen Caroline (Patricia Belcher) encouraging her to up the charges Haley is already facing, while Arastoo (Pej Vehdat) champions forgiveness and moving on. It’s touch and go for a while, making for some fantastic scenes between the pair, and an equally good scene between Cam and the unrepentant Haley. Cam chooses forgiveness in the end and you can almost feel the emotional burden being lifted from her shoulders.

Bones Season 9 Episode 11 Brennan Booth Bones: At Rest

On the case side, we are shown what happens when forgiveness goes awry. Nationally ranked gymnast Amanda is killed for breaking a pact with fellow child prodigy Rachel (Cherami Leigh). Unlike Cam’s identity thief, Rachel shows true remorse for what she did to her victim and proves herself the poster child for what can go wrong when parents put too much pressure on their kids to succeed.

The deepest story of the night, however, belongs to Brennan and the victim’s father, Professor Leon Watters. West Wing alum Richard Schiff lends breadth and depth to the character and opens a debate surrounding the complex issue of grief. Booth is sure that Watters is the killer because he so aloof and seemingly devoid of emotion regarding his daughter. Brennan, however, sees herself and Watters as very similar and argues for his innocence.

The disagreement between them creates a heated atmosphere and can probably go down in the books as their first genuine fight as a married couple. That they drag Sweets (John Francis Daley) into the middle of it only makes those scenes better as the young psychologist is at a loss as to whose side to land on.

Bones Season 9 Episode 11 Brennan Dad Bones: At Rest

In the end, however, the show belongs to Brennan and the Professor. She is his advocate from beginning to end and even after the case is solved she feels a need to check in and make sure he’s alright.

What follows is one of the most intellectual, yet touching, eulogies on television. The last time she had seen him in the classroom, Watters had cleared the board of its earlier equations. A new equation now fills the emptiness.

Brennan begins doing the calculations only to discover that he has tracked Amanda’s motions throughout her life using math. Crawling. Skating. Being carried on her father’s shoulders. Her gymnastic moves and twists through the air. And the final equation: at rest. Brennan sees the beauty in it.

Did you?

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Bones will return with brand new episodes on January 10th, 2014.

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  1. I don’t even watch this show, but you don’t even mention in the review that Mckayla Maroney, America’s sweetheart is in this episode?

  2. The last scene with the equations on the board had me tearing up. It showed that the father was really crushed by what had happened, but didn’t know how to express it. Bones got it and the last part before the fade to black showed her moving close to the father to give him support. I think it was a well done episode.

  3. One of the best episodes I’ve seen in a while. The eulogy had me sniffing, it was just unique and beautiful. I did notice Maroney in the episode, she delivered her line well but otherwise was unremarkable. Which is way better than having tons of line and then being horrible.

  4. did they use that screen shot to highlite that gmnast ass??

  5. Do people really watch this s**t?

  6. I thought it was a beautiful way to eulogize and process grief for someone who likely doesn’t have a religious orientation to the world. I posted about it on the Facebook group “Grief Beyond Belief” which is for people who are atheists or agnostics and dealing with grief. I think this could be useful to others. And I think the episode highlighted how genius can separate you from fellow humans who don’t see the world in quite the same way. We see that from time to time as others don’t understand Brennan and she doesn’t understand them. It’s easy to be envious of people with very high IQs but there is a price.

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