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'Bones' recap: Called the doctor, woke him up

Season 10 | Episode 2 | “The Lance to the Heart” | Aired Oct 2, 2014

There are empty spaces on Bones where Sweets used to be. He should still be poking someone’s brain at the Jeffersonian (not a figure of speech on this show) or setting up camp at the FBI conference table. It’s weird without him. Every time Aubrey walks into the room, I instinctively mistake him for Sweets, but then he says something about Millennials, and the moment passes.

That’s actually this episode’s greatest strength: It captures the way something so final can feel so shaky and unreal. Just yesterday, Sweets and Daisy were making plans to take Christine to the park. Now Booth and Brennan have to break the news to their daughter that she won’t be seeing her “Uncle Sweets” anymore. The only normal thing about any of this is their determination to catch the killer.


Hodgins find a fiber on Sweets’ clothes from the floor mat of a specific Mercedes, which Booth and Aubrey track to a parking lot a block from Sanderson Chemical. They find the killer dead on the roof of the closest office building, and Aubrey recognizes him as Kenneth Emory; Emory and Aubrey were in training together at Quantico before Emory was accused of assaulting a cadet. Before his case could be processed, it was swept under the rug, which must be when the blackmailers got to him.

Booth is proud of Sweets for getting a shot at his killer, but an autopsy shows that Emory didn’t die of a gunshot wound. Someone stabbed him to be sure that he would bleed out, and they used the open wound to cover their tracks. Whoever killed Emory must have also taken Sanderson’s documents, just as Emory took them from Sweets. This is all pointing back to Sanderson, but they can’t serve another warrant on him, so Booth decides to take things into his own hands.

Brennan finds Booth cleaning a new collection of guns, determined to get revenge on Sanderson before he comes after them. Booth was already rattled by his time in jail, and Sweets’ death has sent him over the edge. Brennan won’t let him kill a man on a hunch. She knows that he could never live with himself. (“You’re a good man, Booth. Don’t let them take that away, because that really will be the death of you.”) Booth shaves, puts on a suit, and returns to the FBI to do this right.


At the lab, Brennan finds Daisy with Sweets’ remains. While the others look at the bones and sees the way Sweets died, Daisy sees the way he lived. Sweets played soccer as a kid. He fractured his arm falling out of a treehouse. He played piano. Brennan can see it too. She wants to know if Daisy has any family that she can call, but the lab is Daisy’s home. That shouldn’t even be a surprise at this point. Everyone on this team is the kind of person who chose to make a life out of their work because they had nothing else.

So what’s Aubrey’s deal? He seems right now like your stereotypical upstart kid who memorizes FBI trivia for fun, although that comes in handy when Angela maps out every connection in this conspiracy. J. Edgar Hoover must have left his files to someone he trusted, so Aubrey points them in the direction of Desmond Wilson, a Hoover aid. Hodgins and Aubrey head to Wilson’s old house to look for evidence. It should be noted that Hodgins’ old Mini Cooper isn’t running too smoothly. We just lost Sweets. I will not lose the Mini Cooper too.


A wire in Wilson’s fallout shelter turns out to contain a recording of JFK, which is enough to prove that Wilson had the files at one point—but even though his land belongs to a company owned by Sanderson, they still don’t have enough for a warrant. Brennan might have the answer. She and Daisy have been looking at Harold Cooper, the original blackmail victim. She recognizes a child in one of Wilson’s old pictures: It’s Dr. Durant, the man who treated Cooper and covered up his hit-and-run. Durant is Wilson’s stepson. He inherited Hoover’s files and set up Sanderson as a fall guy.

Booth and Brennan confront Durant, who says that he’s just carrying out the founding fathers’ wish for a ruling elite. Booth punches him, and Brennan pretends not to enjoy it. The blood on Booth’s hand is enough to pull Durant’s DNA, which matches DNA found inside Cooper’s bone marrow. When Durant injected Cooper, he cut himself, leaving a permanent signature in the process. This is enough to put him away, but as long as he has the files, Durant is still in control.

It’s time for Sweets to solve one more case. In some of his last notes, Sweets wrote that the killer was an acolyte of J. Edgar Hoover. He would have kept the files in a place that Hoover considered sacred. The team finds Hoover’s files in his office, now an exhibit at the Jeffersonian. The documents were hiding in plain sight; Booth just has to reclassify them.

With that taken care of, the team gathers to say goodbye to Sweets. It’s fitting that his funeral should be all about how he was family to them, since they were his. According to Daisy, Sweets wanted to name his son after Booth. Brennan gives a speech about how much he changed their lives, and they sing Sweets out on his favorite jam: “Lime in the Coconut.”

What did you think of this farewell? Does it feel any more real now? And do you believe that the conspiracy is over?

Bones, rated TV-14, airs Thursdays at 8/7C on Fox.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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