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'Bones' recap: Foiled again

Season 10 | Episode 5 | “The Corpse at the Convention” | Aired Oct 30, 2014

Brennan once said that if there were an anthropology fantasy camp, she’d be the main draw. She was right. When she rolls into the National Forensic Sciences Convention, everyone in the room wants her autograph—until a body goes up in flames during the first line of her keynote address. Now, everyone wants to help her solve the case. Kids in candy stores have nothing on forensic anthropologists at a crime scene.

To complicate matters, the victim turns out to be entomologist Leona Saunders, who made millions of dollars by stealing one of Hodgins’ ideas. There was a time when Hodgins wouldn’t break a sweat over $4 million, but he could really use it now. He also argued with Leona just before she turned up dead, and a Band-Aid with his DNA is found at the crime scene. In order to prove that he’s not playing favorites, Booth has to bring Hodgins in for questioning. (Hodgins: “This is the third time I’ve been a murder suspect. It makes me want to kill someone so you don’t waste your time.”)

Hodgins explains that he cut himself making breakfast and threw out his Band-Aid when he got to the convention; it only made its way to the body because someone dumped trash all over the remains in an effort to confuse investigators. Booth lets Hodgins go without another question, because he knows what it’s like to be framed. There’s a lot of intentionally misleading evidence planted on this body: Punches were thrown with both hands, and an obsidian knife that melted away in the fire turns out not to have delivered the fatal stab wound. Fortunately, Brennan and Wendell know a good lie when they see one.


Wendell is doing a lot of lying to himself lately. Thanks to a clinical trial that Brennan recommended, he’s in remission from his cancer—three cheers for that—but he seems just a little too chipper. It takes a beer with old hockey buddy Booth to crack that happy facade. Wendell admits that a friend and fellow trial participant, Ben, died earlier this week. Ben was doing well just four weeks ago, and now he’s dead, and Wendell worries that it could happen to him.

Booth is ready with the tough love, which comes in the form of a war story. He once saw 12 of his Army brothers die in front of him. Wendell can’t feel sorry for himself right now. He has to fight, and he has to survive, because Booth isn’t going to lose another brother. It’s good to know that Sweets’ death only made Booth care harder, when it just as easily could have shut him down.

While Booth and Wendell are sharing a moment, the lab is in chaos. Hodgins invites a convention attendee to the Jeffersonian in order to pick his brain on arson, but another attendee rigs a security card and invites himself in. This show has such a high opinion of security in our nation’s capital. The men fight, giving Hodgins an idea. What if the chemicals that ignited the fire were layered between sheets of aluminum foil? The foil would have burned away slowly, delaying the blaze and giving the killer time to stage an alibi. This is the coolest science I’ve seen on Bones in a while, maybe because it feels like a sixth-grade lab experiment.

Now that everyone’s alibi is essentially irrelevant, it’s back to the drawing board. Leona’s last meal consisted of chocolate-covered strawberries and a rare, expensive wine, both of which were delivered to the hotel room of convention director Edward Harkness. Harkness admits to having an affair with Leona. Before they were together, he had a fling with forensic novelist Tess Brown, Brennan’s favorite rival. Brown is even writing a novel about a murder at a forensic convention, and the weapon in the book is an obsidian knife.


But this crime is all about misdirection, so if the evidence is pointing to Brown, it can’t be her. The obsidian knife wasn’t the only weapon. Brennan finds another puncture on the ribs, and it matches a thermocouple they borrowed from a scientist named Aldous Carter. Carter has been using the murder as an excuse to market his new rubber gloves, but he left a sliver of one of those gloves on the body, and it has his DNA. He killed Leona because she slept with him in order to steal his designs.

Case closed, Brennan is even more of a convention celebrity than she was 24 hours ago. She was worried that she wouldn’t solve this murder, and then she knocked it out in a single day. Like Booth says to Wendell, the key is to stop doubting and just start doing the work. Then again, Wendell and Brennan both needed the support of the team, so it’s a group effort. Brennan even tries incorporating one of Booth’s jokes into her keynote speech. It falls flat, but at least Booth laughs, and Brennan’s own joke is a hit. Everybody wins.

What did you think of this week’s case? Are you still worried about Wendell? And would you ask Brennan for an autograph or an internship?

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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