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'Bones' recap: I knew your dad

Season 10 | Episode 8 | “The Puzzler in the Pit” | Aired Nov 20, 2014

Bring out your lab-coat onesies, your skeleton onesies, and the biggest stuffed dog you can find, because it’s time for another Bones baby. Daisy is back, and Booth and Brennan are giving her all of Christine’s old toys, which is no small donation. The North Pole would be jealous of this haul. Booth and Brennan are the crazy, honorary aunt and uncle already, and they’re not going to miss a minute of this kid’s life. They loved Sweets, and now they get to love his son.

Daisy seems entirely too pregnant to be at the lab, but she’s here anyway; her doula says the baby won’t come for another two weeks. Yes, Daisy has a doula now, and she meditates to keep calm. Her whole focus is on connecting with her baby. Remember when Daisy shattered a skull because she was so eager to hold it? Sweets taught her breathing exercises, but then he realized that he was controlling her. Now that he’s gone, Daisy’s basically taken those breathing exercises to the extreme.

She puts her new outlook to use investigating the murder of Lawrence Brooks, a famous crossword-puzzle master whose body was found in a pit at a fracking site. A cast on his arm is covered in crossword clues, but most are basic—nothing like his work, which stumped geniuses—and not all are written in his handwriting. (Cam knows Brooks’ handwriting because she’s a crossword-puzzle fangirl, which is your Cam fact of the day.)

Brooks’ wife Emilia points Booth and Aubrey to Alexis Sherman, Brooks’ assistant, who resented the fact that she never got to write her own puzzles. Alexis insists that she’s innocent and tells the agents to look into a threatening message left on the machine. Around the time someone left that message, a man showed up claiming to have an appointment with Brooks. That same man was in the parking lot yesterday.

The FBI compiles a sketch based on Alexis’ description, which matches a man named Emory Stewart. Before his parents died, Emory was a model student (oh look, the media’s favorite thing to say about privileged killers), but lately he’s had some trouble with the law. Emory says that he’s writing a book on Brooks. He directs them to Donald McKeon, a former roommate and jealous puzzling competitor who happens to be staying at the hotel where the angry phone message originated. We’re really playing musical chairs in the interrogation room tonight.

The Bones team investigates a dead puzzler

McKeon admits to leaving the message, but the only action he planned to take was legal. He sent Brooks one of his puzzles, and instead of offering feedback, Brooks published it as his own—though that might not have been intentional, since his bones show evidence of a chemical treatment for Alzheimer’s. Brooks’ wife confirms that his head trauma, the result of a boating accident three years ago, led to an early onset of the disease. She published McKeon’s puzzle by mistake, because she needed the money. All of their savings were gone.

Brooks was gambling online, and Booth looks a little too eager at the prospect of setting up a sting. Aubrey shuts him down. He knows about Booth’s gambling addiction, and he won’t let him get involved. Booth looks impressed—not only by Aubrey, but by the fact that he has someone else to look out for him. Booth is always surprised when people care enough to watch his back.

The bookie tells Aubrey that Brooks never gambled; he was only bankrolling Alexis. Once she figured out that her boss had Alzheimer’s, she used his money to pay off her debts, but she still insists that she didn’t kill him. The evidence backs her up; cause of death is a broken neck, which Alexis wouldn’t be strong enough to pull off. But Daisy is in labor now. Crime can wait.

Daisy’s doula, Valentina, meets her at the hospital with candles and bird sounds, and Daisy suddenly wants none of it. She doesn’t want to be told not to scream, and she doesn’t want to be told who can and cannot be with her during the delivery. Booth has to be here. He’s the godfather. Daisy trades Valentina for shiny machines and squeezes Brennan’s hand with everything she has.

Daisy holds Brennan

Brennan distracts Daisy by telling her to focus on the case, because they’re both the kind of people who clear their heads by thinking about murder. Daisy realizes that all of Brooks’ wounds are offensive, which means the blood on him would belong to his killer, even though it seemed to match his. The killer must be a relative. Aubrey looks into it and finds that Brooks had a son with his college girlfriend, who died in childbirth.

That boy, who was given up for adoption, grew up to be Emory Stewart. He finally called his father to reach out, and Brooks sounded happy about it, but he didn’t show up to dinner. When Emory confronted him, Brooks wouldn’t even acknowledge that they’d spoken. Brooks got worked up, so Emory shoved him back, snapping his neck. Emory breaks down when Aubrey tells him that his father wasn’t trying to deny him; he just had Alzheimer’s.

Booth gets to the hospital just in time, stuffed dog in tow. He’d much rather stay in the safety of the waiting room, but Daisy wants him by her side, and he can’t say no. They’re family. Hodgins told Daisy earlier that he didn’t want her to push anyone away because she was afraid of getting hurt again. That’s not going to be a problem, because no one in this hospital room will let it become one.

Booth visits Daisy as she gives birth

Daisy honors Sweets’ wish to name their son after Booth, but she also names him after Sweets: Seeley Lance Wick-Sweets. Booth holds him first; Sweets would have wanted it that way. He tells the baby that he knew his dad, and it hits me again that this boy never will know his father. All he’ll have are stories, but we know they’ll be really good ones.

What did you think of the arrival of baby Sweets?

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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