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Thanksgiving Sweets: 10 times we were grateful for Sweets on 'Bones'

It’s been two months since Bones said goodbye to Sweets (John Francis Daley), but we’re still seeing him everywhere—in the lab, in Booth’s office, and, as of last week, in his son. Seeley Lance Wick-Sweets (who will have a nice nickname soon, if there’s any justice in the world) gets to grow up with the smartest extended family out there, and they’ll all have great stories about his dad. It’s fitting that Daisy gave birth around Thanksgiving, because we were thankful for Sweets on more than one occasion. Here are 10 of them.

“You complement each other.” (“The Secret in the Soil,” 3×04) When Booth was forced to arrest Brennan’s father, someone at the FBI figured it might be a good idea to get those two some counseling. They handed the job to a 22-year-old Sweets, who had no idea what he was getting himself into. He was just supposed to help Booth and Brennan function as FBI partners, but then he watched them struggle to explain who they’d be to each other if that partnership were taken away. They settled on coffee buddies. Sweets had only just met them, and he already knew they were lying to themselves.

Sweets Booth Brennan deep emotional attachment

“This is how we roll. Right, guys?” (“The Knight on the Grid,” 3×08) Cannibalistic serial killers don’t excite many people, but they excited Sweets, who unlocked the killer’s next target using Star Wars references and cutting-edge research. (“Point of investigation: How do masters find their apprentices? Not on Craigslist. I checked.”) In the process, he finally got to see Booth and Brennan in their element. Enthusiastic Sweets was the best Sweets.

Sweets Star Wars Bones

“You want us to go on a double date?” (“The Man in the Mud,” 3×11) Booth and Brennan liked talking about murder just a little too much, so Sweets made them change the subject. Their pottery class double date wound up going better for Booth and Brennan—who like talking about murder the most, but who can talk about clay, too, if that’s what you’re into—than it did for Sweets and his girlfriend, April. She dumped him, but Booth and Brennan took him bowling, so it all worked out in the end.

Sweets bowling chair

“So he imprinted on us like a baby duck?” (“Mayhem on a Cross,” 4×21) After learning that Sweets was a victim of abuse at a young age—and that he lost his elderly adoptive parents shortly before he joined the FBI—Brennan dragged Booth down to Sweets’ office. To show him that he wasn’t alone, they shared their own traumatic stories, brought Sweets home for dinner, and made the “baby duck” a part of their family.

Sweets Booth Brennan dinner

“I don’t want to spend any more time away from you than I have to.” (“The Bones on the Blue Line,” 5×15) Sweets reconsidered his priorities after watching someone die, and it looked like he was pulling away from Daisy until the minute he proposed to her. They were still two kids with a lot to figure out, but his sincerity made him older. All Sweets wanted was the kind of relationship his adoptive parents had.

Sweets Daisy proposal

“My book is crap.” (“The Parts in the Sum of the Whole,” 5×16) Remember when Sweets was going to write a book about partnerships? More than one? He tried. His book turned into an in-depth study on Booth and Brennan, but he reached his conclusion—that they’re in love with each other, obviously—without knowing the full story. The revelation that Booth and Brennan made out on their first case, only to fall apart in spectacular fashion, almost made Sweets fall apart along with them. He pushed Booth to admit his feelings for Brennan, which didn’t go well in the short term. In the long term, though, they probably needed his nudging.

Sweets frustrated book

“I consider you one of my closest friends.” (“The Doctor in the Photo,” 6×09) Brennan saw herself in a brilliant, emotionally unavailable doctor who disappeared without a trace. Worried that she, too, would have no one to miss her, she started to unravel—until Sweets called her on it. He reminded her that she wasn’t as similar to this doctor as she feared, because she wasn’t alone. Sometimes being so attached to everyone made Sweets a terrible psychologist. This wasn’t one of those times.

Sweets Brennan closest friend

“Stop shrinking around the bush.” (“The Blackout in the Blizzard,” 6×16) When a blizzard trapped Booth and Brennan in an elevator, Sweets talked them into facing their relationship issues. In his spare time, he helped Booth’s neighbor learn how to talk to her daughter, because he just wanted to help people. And he did it all in a “World’s Best Grandpa” sweater.

Sweets Blizzard Bones

“That’s my jam.” (“The Hole in the Heart,” 6×22) Sweets always knew what to say—or, in the case of Vincent’s death, what to sing. It was a little unconventional, but it brought everyone together, which pretty much sums him up.

Sweets lime in the coconut

“The world’s a lot better than you think it is.” (“The Conspiracy in the Corpse,” 10×01) Despite everything that happened to him, or maybe because of it, Sweets was kind, and he believed that other people were kind too. He was killed helping his friends, and he used his last words to reassure them. Not bad for a baby duck.


What were your favorite moments with 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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