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'Bones' recap: Two shades of grey

Season 10 | Episode 3 | “The Purging of the Pundit” | Aired Oct 9, 2014

Mourning on television moves slightly faster than it does in real life, like dog years or kids in soap operas. The Bones team gave Sweets a warm and proper send-off last week, so it wouldn’t be surprising if this week returned to normal, with maybe a mention or two of our fallen team member. What we got instead was an episode about returning to normal, so in a way, Sweets loomed just a large.

The mourning process happens differently for everyone, but it’s been hardest on Booth, who’s still dealing with the FBI’s betrayal. Basically, he feels like everyone around him is either corrupt or about to get killed. Brennan is worried that Booth has stopped believing in something bigger than himself. He only believes in his family. Some people might be satisfied with that. Some people aren’t Brennan. She wants Booth to have a whole circle of people he can trust, so she pushes him to team up with Aubrey on their new case.


Conservative radio pundit Hutch Whitehouse has been found in a sewer. His producer, billionaire Bob Gordon, says that he last heard from Hutch three days ago, when he called in sick. Hutch’s extreme opinions made him a lot of enemies, so Booth sorts through his mail—that’s too much responsibility for Aubrey—and finds a repeat writer who definitely has enough rage to be a killer. The man’s name is William Byers, and he’s actually mad that Hutch isn’t conservative enough. Booth takes Brennan to visit Byers with him; as much as she loves being out in the field, she wants to know why he didn’t take Aubrey.

A second armed agent might have come in handy with Byers, who’s got an angry, racist manifesto and the blueprint for a homemade bomb. Byers gladly confesses to the killing, but he gets the details of the murder all wrong. He just wants the attention. On the positive side, Booth gets to throw a real dirtbag in jail. Back at the lab, Brennan and her intern of the week, Dr. Fuentes (Ignacio Serricchio), find signs of torture on Hutch’s bones, but none of the torture was enough to kill, and some of it appears to have happened repeatedly over time. Hutch was tortured, but he chose to be. The implication is clear from the way Brennan wags her eyebrows at Booth.

Hutch had a kinky life on the side that no one knew about. He even paid big money to soundproof a sex dungeon, which fascinates Brennan and terrifies Booth. Angela factors one of Hutch’s ball gags into her simulator (using a squash ball as an approximation, because her software is classy) and recreates the rest of the injuries to the face. If Hutch were gagged, the blow to his nose would have been enough to block all of his air. He suffocated to death. Since no one removed the ball gag to let him breathe, it’s still murder.

Booth interrogates Hutch’s dominatrix, Selena Skarsgard, but her role wasn’t as straightforward as it seems. Skarsgard is also a licensed therapist, and she was working with Hutch to overcome the guilt he felt for spreading so much anger. She says that he was making progress and even considering quitting his show. She also promises that he was alive when she left him. Brennan wonders if Hutch was seeing more than one dominatrix; there’s evidence in his bones that he was stretched, which doesn’t match any of Skarsgard’s toys.


Booth checks with Hutch’s wife, Miriam, to see how she felt about this double life, and he finds a few holes in her alibi. Miriam was out of town, staying in a hotel, but she was very insistent that she get a room on the first floor, where she could slip out easily. She says that it was to buy drugs. Hodgins also finds traces of whitetail deer on Hutch’s clothing, and Bob Gordon is a hunter. What’s more, the stretching on Hutch’s bones occurred after death, as though he were hung from a deer stretcher. Gordon admits that he transported the body: He went to Hutch’s house to drag him to the station, and a phone call with Miriam directed him to the sex dungeon. When he found his star pundit dead, Gordon decided to move him to save his career.

Angela analyzes the call that Hutch made to Gordon when he called in sick, and it turns out that it wasn’t actually Hutch who made the call. It was his coworker, Alan Spaziano, doing an impersonation. Spaziano found Hutch in his bondage, and they fought; panicked for his career, he struck Hutch on the face with his phone, killing him. Booth even lets Aubrey do the final interrogation, though that takes a lot of pushing from Brennan.

Aubrey is moving into Sweets’ old role faster than Sweets even did, given that Aubrey already has the license to join Booth in the field. I’m not sure what this means for Brennan’s fieldwork, but for now, it’s great to see Brennan fight to make sure that she’s not her husband’s entire belief system. She can see that Aubrey is good, and she wants Booth to trust good people. This probably puts any fears about Aubrey’s loyalties to rest, because with as much as this show has done to Booth lately, they’re not going to make Aubrey a trusted member of the team only to have him betray everyone.

Aubrey shows up at Booth and Brennan’s house with cheap wine, because he’s an underpaid Millennial, and don’t you forget it. He thanks them for letting him join the team, but he declines to stay for a drink; he’ll take this slow. Brennan and Booth share drinks and talk about their partnership. Is this one of the first times we’ve seen Booth smile all season? He’s making progress.

What did you think of how this episode dealt with the loss of Sweets? How are you feeling about Aubrey?

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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