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Season 10 | Episode 6 | “The Lost Love in the Foreign Land” | Aired Nov 6, 2014

The people who succeed on Bones are the ones who push themselves out of their comfort zones. Brennan wants her interns to impress her, but not because they’re trying to flatter her or cater to her interests, which is why Arastoo should have known from the start that she wouldn’t approve of his dissertation proposal. What impresses Brennan the most is an original thought. No one who tries to think like her can ever come close anyway.

Brennan would rather tell Arastoo in private that she believes him to be capable of a more creative dissertation, but Cam and Angela ambush her on the forensic platform. Under pressure to get back to work, Brennan doesn’t explain herself; she basically tells Arastoo that she’s turning down his proposal and runs off. Cam, who just backed away from a marriage talk with Arastoo and might be feeling the need to prove that she cares, approaches Brennan on Arastoo’s behalf, which he takes as a sign that she doesn’t respect him. All of this messy personal business is not Cam’s strong suit. She doesn’t want to be the office gossip, but Angela suggests that what feels like gossip is actually just a group of coworkers who care about her. It’s not a bad deal, especially given the alternative that’s presented in their latest case.

rsz_bones_ep1006-sc9_6997_hires2A Chinese woman’s body has been found in a field outside Baltimore, malnourished and missing toes on each foot. Hodgins recovers the serial number on a watch found in her possession; it belongs to a British woman named Sandra Zins, who identifies the victim as her maid, Theresa. Having spent much of her career in East Asia working for an international relief agency, Zins speaks a bit of Chinese and was hoping to ease Theresa’s transition to America. She offers to help with funeral arrangements. Booth looks impressed by her compassion.

According to Victor Lee, owner of Sunny Helpers temp agency, Theresa’s real name was Ming-Yung. She came to America from an impoverished village in China, and the watch was not her only theft. Victor received complaints from other customers just last week; he was going to confront Ming-Yung, but he never saw her again. He provides a list of her clients and directs Booth and Aubrey to one man in particular: a former prep school teacher and registered sex offender named Jeremy Wolford. Wolford was kicked out of his teaching position for improper conduct with young Asian girls, and Ming-Yung said that he was hitting on her.

Aubrey looks into Ming-Yung’s work schedule and sees that she cleaned Wolford’s house on the day she disappeared. He’s eager to solve this one, because it would be great press for the FBI. Booth looks at Aubrey like he’s undone all of the work that Zins just did to restore his faith in humanity. This isn’t about the press; it’s about bringing a woman’s killer to justice. Wolford insists that he’s innocent, but he did repeatedly ask Ming-Yung to go out with him. He went so far as to walk her to the bus stop, which is how he knows which route she took to get home.

rsz_bones_ep1006-sc17_0031_hires2That route, combined with evidence that Ming-Yung was breathing in bat guano, helps Hodgins narrow down where she might have lived. Booth and Aubrey visit a home in the area, only to be met at the door by Victor Lee, who tries to keep them outside. It doesn’t work; Booth has a warrant and absolutely no patience for people who take advantage of others. Huddled in a small cellar beneath the floorboards, he finds a group of women. Victor has been keeping his employees as slaves.

As medical professionals tend to the women, State Department official Alex Radziwell shows up to check everyone’s legal status. Aubrey protests. He doesn’t want to see the women locked up again, though Alex notes that they might qualify for asylum. A woman named Tammy offers to speak for the group. Through a translator, she tells Booth that she last saw Ming-Yung on Monday night. Tammy is hesitant to say much else; Booth remembers that Brennan found signs of old beatings on Ming-Yung’s bones, and he can see a bruise on Tammy’s cheek. When he asks who hit her, she glances at Victor.

Booth orders Victor out of the room in a flash of finely directed anger. It doesn’t need saying that he’s remembering his own abusive father; it’s all on David Boreanaz’s face. Boreanaz does incredible work in this scene, as Booth gently draws Tammy out of her shell by complimenting her bag, which she clings to, and asking if she brought it to America from her village. Tammy says that it was stitched by her eight-year-old daughter, who is waiting back home. Victor threatened to hurt her to keep Tammy in line. He did the same for all of these women, denying them the right to speak to their families and holding their loved ones over them as blackmail.

Victor gets a hot-shot lawyer and clams up in the interrogation room. Meanwhile, Angela reconstructs a photo that was found with Ming-Yung. The man in the photo, Sung Dae Park, is a fugitive wanted in China for killing Ming-Yung’s father, but this isn’t what it looks like. Sung and Ming-Yung were in love. Her father beat her and was selling her to someone in the village, so Sung killed him to protect her. Sung was trafficked to the States just like Ming-Yung, and he had no idea that she made it to America. She lost her toes trekking through the snow to get to him.

rsz_1bones_ep1006-sc9_7153_hires2Booth asks Alex to be sure to treat Sung fairly, because everyone is taking this case to heart. Aubrey apologizes to Booth for putting his career before someone else’s pain, and Booth accepts, but he doesn’t seem to think that this is the last time it will happen. It’s a little harsh, but Booth has reason to be cynical right now; Sandra Zins turns out to finance and benefit from the trafficking ring in China. Booth arrests her, even though he doesn’t have enough evidence for a murder charge to stick.

When Arastoo finds the fatal injury on Ming-Yung’s jaw, Brennan matches the marks on the bone to a cuticle pusher. Tammy works at a nail salon. Bones has always been good at the tragic murderer, the killer who made a huge mistake or was put in an impossible position. Ming-Yung kept sneaking out to find Sung, and Victor threatened to hurt everyone’s families if she did it again. Tammy killed Ming-Yung because she feared for her own daughter’s life. Booth leads her out of the interrogation room with his hand on her back.

This is one of the heaviest cases the team has tackled in a while, but there are some silver linings. Arastoo has a new dissertation topic—forensic methods to prove human-rights atrocities—and Brennan approves. Brennan also notes that, horrible as it sounds, Ming-Yung’s death exposed the whole operation and saved all of those women. She and Booth process the case; he considers how far he would go to protect his family if he were in Tammy’s position, and Brennan is just grateful that she didn’t miss the chance to spend her life with him. They dance in their living room, because what else are jukeboxes for?

Will Cam and Arastoo make it work? Do you want them to? What did you think of this week’s case? This one was intense, so let’s discuss!

Bones 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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