Celebrating #BONES 200th Episode: Deschanel & Boreanaz Shine as Hollywood Royalty

CoverIt’s been such a whirlwind week of Bones‘ 200th episode that I’ve had no time to promote all the goodies we posted. Here you can find them all now, articles, slideshows, and recaps — everything I’ve published so far in celebration of this momentous occasion. Thank you 200 times, Bones Fairies for all the joy, love, and humor you have brought into our lives one hour at a time.

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Article: Bones‘ 200th Episode and Mid-Season Finale Recap: Brennan and Booth Shine as Hollywood Royalty

“The 200th in the 10th” is a veritable orgasm of giddy colorful entertainment that will go down in the annals of Bones history as one of the most enjoyable of all time in several Bones-y sub-categories. Visually stunning and masterfully scripted, Bones makes rolling the clock back seven decades look as easy as flipping a light switch. From the cool blue-green and butter-yellow scenery, the breezy winding seaside cliff-driving, the impeccably manicuring of hem and crown, and the lively dialog dripping in suave jocularity reminiscent of Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint on the set of one of Hitchcock’s finest, this was one of Bones’ most sumptuous treats … (Read more.)

Slideshow: Best Bones Quotes from ‘The 200th in the 10th’

The highly celebrated 200th episode of Bones is a farcical romp reminiscent of the cinematography and aesthetic of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and the chemistry-ridden repartee of McTiernan’s The Thomas Crown Affair during which, Brennan is reimagined as an officer with the LAPD while Booth is one of the best jewel thieves in the business. The dreamscape dramedy is a love letter from the Bones fairies to their 17 million fans worldwide who have stuck by them through a decade of love and loyalty. View the slideshow of our 41 favorite moments from the momentous event.

Article: Bones 200th Episode Infographic: Have You Found All the Easter Eggs?

How many times has Special Agent Booth saved Dr. Temperance Brennan’s life? How many times did the two have drinks together before they finally had their first real kiss? How many kisses have they shared since Christine was born? These are just some of the intriguing quantitative nuggets the Bones fairies wanted definitively calculated as they headed into their tenth season and toward the comedy-drama-crime-science-romance’s 200th episode airing December 11. The next important question they faced was how in the world they were going to amass all that minutia in the brief and sporadic moments they had between writing, directing, editing, staging, crafting, creating and promoting the nine episodes scheduled to air between the fall premiere and the 200th in December …  (Read more)

7 REasonsPre-episode Teaser Article: 7 Reasons Bones 200th Episode Will Be One of Your Favorites.

Folks, seven minutes into previewing the Bones 200th episode, “The 200th in the 10th” I already wanted these 45 minutes to stretch out to a couple of hours. The cinematography is rich and delicious. The dialog is smooth and dry. The characterization manages to magically reflect the mood and aesthetic of the 50s without tampering with the quintessential characterizations of the people we have fallen in love with over and over these last ten years of Bones viewing … (Read more)

Slideshow: The 33 Most Important Events in Booth and Brennan’s Journey

The chemistry was immediate and undeniable when Special Agent Seeley Booth sought out Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan to help him with a seemingly unsolvable case. He was an alpha-egotistical maverick concerned only with catching the most nefarious criminals. She was a brilliant, arrogant and socially awkward pragmatist; a genius focused on finding facts and following protocol. Though well-suited for each other despite their differences, they allowed their pasts to keep them at a romantic distance bridged only by affectionate glances and tender words of love and support disguised as partnership gestures. (View the slideshow here.)

Alternate CoverSlideshow: 29 Interesting Facts Every Loyal Bones Fan Should Know

Most Bones aficionados can identify any episode based upon a single screen grab. But do most fans know the franchise stats in their entirety? Well, not all the details are important, but some certainly are. Since FOX Spec Ops and a Squint Squad of 11+ mega Boneheads captured over 20,100 pieces of data about Bones’ first decade for the Bones: 200 Episodes to Die For Infographic there’s really no reason the diehard fans shouldn’t ‘bone up’ on the 29 most interesting facts we uncovered while examining the Bones’ universe. Pay close attention, there might be a quiz later … (View the slideshow here.)

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#BONES Season 10 ~ A Decade of Love and Loyalty

Greetings Bones Lovers!

Welcome to my archive of Season 10 articles, slideshows, and editorials. This page is updated weekly, so make sure to come back on Friday after each episode.

Episode 10 “The 200th in the 10th”
Recap Bones‘ 200th Episode: Brennan and Booth Shine as Hollywood Royalty
Best Bones Quotes from ‘The 200th in the 10th’
Bones 200th Episode Infographic: Have You Found All the Easter Eggs?
7 Reasons Bones 200th Episode Will Be One of Your Favorites.
The 33 Most Important Events in Booth and Brennan’s Journey
29 Interesting Facts Every Loyal Bones Fan Should Know

Episode 9 “The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator”
Recap: Brennan and Aubrey Team Up With Surprising Results
Best ‘Bones’ Quotes from ‘The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator’

Episode 8 “The Puzzler in the Pit”
Recap: Can Baby Seeley Heal The Jeffersonian?
Best ‘Bones’ Quotes from ‘The Puzzler in the Pit’

Episode 7 “The Money Maker on the Merry-Go-Round”
Recap: Is Aubrey Too Angry for Fieldwork?
Best ‘Bones’ Quotes from ‘The Money Maker on the Merry-Go-Round’

 Episode 6 “The Lost Love in the Foreign Land”
Recap: The Team Investigates a Life Worth Killing For
Best ‘Bones’ Quotes from ‘The Lost Love in the Foreign Land’

Episode 5 “The Corpse at the Convention”
Recap: A Convention Turned Carnival of Hedonistic Pleasures
Best ‘Bones’ Quotes from ‘The Corpse at the Convention’
Editorial: 7 Reasons Why Aubrey Kicks Ass and Fits Right In

Episode 4 “The Geek in the Guck”
Recap: Brennan Lets Booth Make an Important Decision
‘Bones': Is Brennan Really Against Public Education?
Best ‘Bones’ Quotes from ‘The Geek in the Guck’

Episode 3 “The Purging of the Pundit”
Recap: Can Booth Move on Without Sweets by His Side?
Best ‘Bones’ Quotes from ‘The Purging of the Pundit’
Why ‘The Purging of the Pundit’ Was About More Than Conservatives and S&M

Episode 2 “The Lance to the Heart”
Recap: Brennan and Booth Avenge Sweets
Best ‘Bones’ Quotes from ‘The Lance to the Heart’
Spoilers: 9 Things to Know about ‘The Lance to the Heart’

The 17 Saddest Moments in ‘Bones’ History
The Absolute Best (and Worst) Advice Sweets Ever Gave on ‘Bones’
7 Reasons Why Sweets was Good for ‘Bones’ (and Why We’ll Miss Him)

Episode 1 “The Conspiracy in the Corpse”
Recap: Season 10 Premiere: Brennan Resorts to Blackmail & A Beloved Character Dies
Quotes: Best ‘Bones’ Quotes from “The Conspiracy in the Corpse”

Pre-season Comic-Con
[Video] ‘Bones’ Comic-Con 2014 Spoilers: Booth Traumatized, New Digs and the 200th Episode

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#Bones ‘The Recluse in the Recliner’ Review: Greater Love Has No Man

ReclinerScreen Shot 2014-03-29 at 10.32.14 PMAn epic tale deserves epic consideration. Fix yourself a glass of your favorite poison—be it diet Coke, kelp slushy or 30 year old single malt—and find a comfortable chair. Reading this may take a while … as it certainly should after such an epic experience.  #ThatIsAll

Riveting. Disquieting. Masterful.
Leaving viewers stunned and relieved in equal measure, this year’s Bones finale, “The Recluse in the Recliner,” was possibly the most riveting hour of entertainment in Bones history. Booth took no prisoners, Brennan kicked radical patootie, and the two fought mightily for each other. No surprise, as David Boreanaz’s forays into directing are action-packed more often than not, and always rife with emotion. This finale was even more so without going a centimeter overboard. How do they do that?

The final hospital scene was a gut-wrenching heartbreaker; the Mighty Hut massacre was an impressive tableau rivaling Guernica. Booth (Boreanaz) and Brennan’s (Deschanel) mounting anxiety was palpable, yet somehow stealthy, creeping up on us until we found ourselves in over our heads and gasping for air. In the center remained the steadfast love of one man and one woman willing to sacrifice their lives for each other; and one sentinel soldier’s the loyalty to and faith in his country which he would go to the mattresses to protect even if he be the last man standing. All this leapt right out of the screen to land heavy on our hearts in dewy, angsty sentiment. Throughout, Booth is the embodiment of integrity, courage and sacrificial love while Brennan exemplifies steadfast commitment, truthfulness at all cost, and tremendous fortitude.

Despite being emotionally saddle sore from the ride, fans around the world nod their collective approval. Why? I’ll tell you why: Booth is alive and he and Brennan are solid. That is what matters most to Bones fans. As long as B&B are alive, they will prevail.

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Brennan is an excellent shot.

Brennan is an excellent shot.

“The Recluse in the Recliner” was clearly Booth’s episode, but Brennan’s star sparkled in her portrayal of a woman we have rarely, if ever, seen so startlingly convicted and on the verge of flying apart. It was amazing. She was amazing. On top of her pull-out-all-the-stops desperate scenes as she verbally sparred with Booth, she also, as mentioned above, brought back the gun-wielding ‘stop-or-I’ll-kick-you-in-the-testicles’ attitude we rarely see post Christine’s birth.

Many aspects of Bones’ highly satisfying finale deserve notice, but most unexpectedly gratifying, other than the obvious fantastic action and phenomenal performances, were the energetic though not frenetic pace which didn’t sacrifice plot, and the cliffhanger that demonstrated the frightening power behind the FBI conspiracy without killing or permanently maiming either beloved protagonist or their relationship. Thank you, Bones fairies. (Hand on my heart) This was a welcome surprise after the last two cliffhangers left the key relationship in massive turmoil as was hinted by in the previews for this one as well.

Post Dramatic Stress
Are fans ready to rehash that mind-numbing, magnificently-executed, phenomenally filmed, even-paced, heart-rending, breath-stealing, Bruce Willis-Meets-Charles Bronson in a remake of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly-esque Bones finale butt-kicking? Viewers still linger unsteadily in front of their flat screens and handhelds fingering their remotes or keypads wondering if they have the energy to re-watch “The Recluse in the Recliner” one more time. Why? Because the condition of our psyches in the aftermath of the Bones apocalypse mirrors the decimated combat zone that the Mighty Hut has become after what Nathan, Hanson, Deschanel and Booth, er, Boreanaz … put us through with last week’s hour of crime-u-tainment. A week later and my cheeks still flush crimson just thinking about it. >.<

Quality Over Quantity
In keeping with the Bonesian formula, “The Recluse in the Recliner” delivers a particularly nasty death, a super cool memory chip in a titanium-quality nipple ring, and the most dangerous kind of assassin: A team of government-trained Delta Force operatives. Surrounding the drama, thanks to a two day time jump and a flashback, is the full-circle trauma-drama depicting an unconscious bullet-and-blood-riddled Booth (!) being rushed into emergency surgery as Brennan hysterically (understandably) screams his name from the hallway. Two minutes in and we’re already sweating bullets. Holy crap on a cracker, people. Spfh–wow.

Good shot of Brennan and Booth With Stark

Brennan and Booth meet Stark outside the court room and assure him the Foster case was an accident.

So masterfully balanced are the three story lines — that of the unfolding murder investigation, the congressional process surrounding Booth’s promotion, and the burgeoning FBI conspiracy/Delta Force battle — that none is subverted to subplot status. Perhaps we could call the occasional though short-lived emotional tussle between Brennan and Booth a subplot … though it’s more of a device to define their mutually intense anxiety over their plight and their fear for each other’s safety.

Finally, the dialog pace, scene changes and cinematography advanced the plot and the action at a decent clip, yet were deliberate enough that no details were lost along the way–an incredible feat when cramming all that activity into 43.7 minutes. Especially impressive was the stealthy build of dark intensity during the last fifteen minutes, from Booth’s shocking confirmation hearing to the final hospital scene. Let us have a moment of silence for whatever we felt as we watched that final hospital scene. Words cannot express … Was anyone else surprised how shallowly you’d been breathing? I almost passed out from oxygen deprivation.

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The Malice in the Manicure
As this Bones finale is the continuation of a complex storyline involving Pelant, the Ghost Killer, and gross wrongdoings within the FBI and beyond, it’s important to briefly review the facts.

  • Stephanie McNamara, assumed Ghost Killer, was found murdered by Dr. Herman Kessler, the man expeditiously framed and locked up for Stephanie’s murder of Maya Zinko 18-20 years prior.
  • Kessler spent his years in prison pouring over classified documents about the McNamaras which were provided to him by an unknown FBI source.
  • Stephanie’s many murders had been covered up by daddy Giles McNamara (Wonder if she killed him too?)
  • The SEC investigated McNamara eight times though never convicted
  • McNamara funded congressional campaigns and God only knows what else
  • Deputy Director Victor ‘I’m-bascially-clueless’ Stark (Sterling Macer Jr) made it clear that powerful FBI suits want the McNamara business dealt with swiftly, judiciously, and quietly
  • Booth is being vetted for a much deserved yet suspiciously-timed promotion to head of the Berlin FBI field office
Brennan and Booth Cyrus Chick

Booth and Brennan interrogate a representative from Cryus Securities who tells them her company provides services for powerful people within the FBI, but refuses to say whom.

Though Kessler has been captured and Stephanie is dead, several questions remain.

  • Who was Kessler’s contact inside the FBI?
  • Where is Kessler now?
  • How deep does the FBI corruption go?
  • Is Stark part of the conspiracy?

By the end of the finale some of these questions are answered, others … well … they’ve been saved for season ten.

La-Z-Boy Swan Song
“The Recluse in the Recliner” opens with a bloody and badly wounded Booth heading into the OR and a frantic blood-smeared Brennan running in after him. You’ve got our attention, Bones fairies. What’s next?

Flash back two days. Booth receives an anonymous call from an informant teasing proof about McNamara, an FBI conspiracy, and government corruption. Before Booth can get to him, the informant has been blown to pieces, Molotov cocktail style.

The victim, Wesley Foster, was held down, tortured, administered CPR until his ribs broke, and then tortured again, this time to death without giving up the goods to his three assassins who turn out to be nameless Delta Force ‘bastards’ whose identities we never learn. Wesley ‘Molotov cocktail’ Foster’s killers ministrations blew off the top of his head; charred, splintered and splattered viscera and bone all over the interior of the mobile home, and fused his remaining skin to the vinyl of his recliner. Now, that’s nasty. Even for Bones. #Excellent

Conspiracy Theorists Justified
The memory chip in the nipple ring reveals emails, bank records and documents proving corruption among businessmen, politicians and foreign officials. Booth asserts that whomever is at the top is so well insulated that the victims probably don’t even know who is blackmailing them … not for money, but for power.

Booth is stunned by the sheer volume of proof and its implications. Only one viable option makes sense: pretend they know nothing, declare Forster’s death an accident, and covertly investigate everything before involving anyone else.

Brennan is not at all happy with this option at first. It’s not rational, she spits. Her anxiety is palpable. The level-headed anthropologist so rarely looses her cool that it’s startling when she does. She knows Booth’s life will be at risk if he goes up against people who have Delta Force, who Do. Not. Take. Prisoners, at their beck and call. She’s frightened as hell and her usual calm is cracking under the strain.

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Order in the Court
Encouraged by a congenial lunch with Stark and Congressman Efran ‘I’m-a-douche-of epic-proportions’ Hadley (Peter Mackenzie), Booth attends his hearing with Brennan by his side. Hadley takes the floor and verbally attacks Booth about his military activities as a sniper in Pakistan and accuses him of being an anti-American assassin. Hadley escalates the situation, besmirching Booth’s name irreversibly.

Booth, never once cowed by Hadley’s inappropriate and boisterous attack, unflinchingly accesses his inner reservoir of honor and integrity, refusing to defend himself if it means revealing classified information. You see, Booth understands that two wrongs do not make a right and that he stands alone in front of his Maker to account for his behavior … no matter what anyone else does. Booth’s righteousness (and Boreanaz’s delivery of it) sends tingles down the spine and makes a person want to either cry or jump up and down cheering. Hear that guys? Integrity engenders some strong chemistry in the realm of serious, life-altering affinity. This is why we so, so, so love Booth. He is so damn good. Solid, solid good. He’s so much more than the fine Boreanaz face he shares with the outside world. The man’s got a cowboy heart of solid gold (I suspect DB does as well, but that’s really none of my business, nor is it yours #Fact). I digress …

As a result of the accusations and Booth’s refusal to stoop to Hadley’s level, the press swarms, yelling and screaming accusations. Brennan, her heart breaking for her partner, valiantly defends Booth as a decorated veteran and one of the most successful FBI agents ever, but Booth ends up getting fired anyway. Stark remains befuddled. More on this later.

Booth testifies in court and is attacked by Congressman Hadley

Booth testifies in court and is attacked by Congressman Efran ‘I’m-a-two-faced-douche’ Hadley

Booth, brilliant man that he is, knows this means Hadley has been compromised. He also knows the public shaming was intended as a huge smack on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper. The last thing the bastards expect is for him to turn around and smack them right back. Bazinga, bastards, take that.

Nolite Te Bastartes Carborundorum, or Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down
Seeley Booth is made of different metal than a lot of men are. He answers to a commander who outranks everyone at the FBI, the White House, and even the Vatican. That commander demands integrity, humility, and obedience in exchange for which He confers righteousness and discernment, or the ability to see clearly what is morally right in the face of impossible circumstances.

Booth has dedicated his life to a justice system he believes in wholeheartedly, but understands that sometimes even good systems suffer for the immorality of power-hungry people. Booth will not stand down while bastards with superiority complexes rape America of everything she (and thousands of men and women) has fought for. Neither will his wife and partner in everything.

Some have speculated about the effect this FBI betrayal will have on Booth’s faith in the country he’s loved and served for over 25 years. However, while he may question where his directives came from when he was in the field, it is more likely that he will view the current discoveries as a bruise on the face of a beautiful and worthy piece of succulent fruit. The failure is not in the institution, the spirit, or the souls of the many good people, but in the poison of the few. Fortunately for him, Brennan is an expert in the realm of humanity’s power struggles across antiquity and will support him along the way. That is her super power.

Brennan Shot

“I-I have a gun! I’m an excellent shot! You know we are better together!” Brennan chokes out. “We have a daughter to think about I’m not asking. I’m telling. Do you understand?” “I hate you for telling me to walk away … don’t you die!”

I-I Am An Excellent Shot!
God. In a heart-crushing scene back at the Mighty Hut Brennan watches in amazement as her husband, the center of her universe, assembles his arsenal of firearms, ammo and explosives.  Her recent declarations ring, unspoken, in the air: ‘You and I are bound to one another. So much so that I don’t feel that I could survive without you. You nurture me, you protect me. You are my home.’ The fact that she could now lose it all is devastating for her and for us.

Sometimes the time to choose our words and tone judiciously is a luxury we cannot afford. Sometimes we need to be loud, aggressive, authoritative. Booth recognizes this as one of those times and commands Brennan to take Christine and leave for safety. This is Booth’s battle, he insists. Brennan understandably panics at his unacceptable command.  “We are better together! I-I’m an excellent shot!” Gulp. But they have Christine to think of. Brennan is beside herself like we’ve never before seen her. When she says I hate you, she means, I love you with ever fiber of my being and walking away goes against everything I am. She hates that she has to leave him to fight his battle alone. She hates that she can’t protect him. She hates that he is her heart and she has no control. And she hates that she knows he’s right. Wow. Gulp again. The final I love yous and you better not dies are so … God … how do you describe them? Dang, that Emily Deschanel can rip our hearts out.

Yipee Ki-yay, Mothersuckers!
Booth, in full-on Ranger mode, hides firearms, ammo and explosives in odd places all over the house. He is scary prepared and wound up tightly. But why didn’t he call in the cavalry?  Whom else can he trust? Who has the necessary skill set and experience? No one. Booth is the cavalry.

Booth is the cavalry.

Booth is the cavalry.

The combat preparation and action sequences were outstanding, riveting. Gun powder and dry wall dust, splinters all over the place, motes of detritus and gun powder plume in the shafts of light snaking through the blinds. You can taste the sulfur in the air and lots of ground upward smoke-filled camera angles intensify this breath-stealing sequence. Wow.

Booth picks off three of the five assassins before Brennan returns to find him bleeding on the ground. Taking up a gun, she aims and hits one of the advancing targets perfectly. When her gun runs out of ammo, Booth finds the strength to throw himself upon the final assassin, breaking the operatives neck and saving Brennan’s life before slumping over exhausted and wounded on top of his foe’s dead body.

Mighty hut no more.

Brennan, crouching on the floor with Booth amid the decimated mess which was once their home, desperately tries to revive her partner.

The ensuing hospital scenes are heart crushing, but Booth is alive though guarded and handcuffed to his hospital bed.  Thank God Booth is alive and out of danger! Can I get an Amen?

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In the final moments of “The Recluse in the Recliner, Bones’ ninth finale, Brennan is carted off, thrashing and screaming, to be questioned by the FBI and Booth is headed to jail for three months. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot, Bones.

Booth, Buddy, What Were You Thinking?!
Booth had been stripped of his access to the FBI, his badge, and probably his gun. After that day, there would have been nothing he could do to get to the bottom of the conspiracy. Booth had to act swiftly after being ousted from his position.

Was it worth it? For the most part, yes. Time will tell about the rest. Failure is merely a lack of perspective, people. The FBI knows they haven’t seen the last of Seeley Booth. They also know that he has incriminating information against the bastards who have sullied the country Booth so dearly loves and endangered his family and millions of innocent people both at home and abroad. That gives Booth leverage. Brennan and the Avengers will continue to dig while Booth heals and faces whatever the FBI has planned for him.

But what gave Booth the courage to attack rather than pack it in and move to Italy? He truly loves his country; he’s fought hard and paid dearly for the freedoms that country provides him and his family. And he loves Brennan more than life itself and would do (has done) everything n his power to keep her safe … even if it means laying down his life. He’s said it many times, and his word is his pact.

Brennan Montage

Brennan at the hospital awaiting news of Booth’s status, then learning he’s going to prison while she’s carted off to the FBI for questioning.

Another thing, and it’s a big one: It’s that Commander Booth answers to. He gives Booth strength. As a man of faith, Booth knows that God tests us so that we more deeply appreciate what we have. Sometimes God uses the strong to  protect His little ones. Sometimes God gives trials to the weak, so they can become strong. Other times He challenges the weak in order to help others be strong for them. No matter what, Booth always knows that his life is in God’s hands and that he will answer to Him one day. That’s what gives him the courage to lay down his life for his family and his country.

Well, Bones fans. There you have it. Only the Bones Fairies with  Stephen Nathan at the helm (and Hart Hanson in his back pocket) know what’s in store for the Brennan-Booth Duo and The Avengers in season ten. I, for one, prefer to be surprised … something I’ve come to rely on in regard to the Bones troupe: a mastery of surprise which I can have faith in.

One thing is for absolutely sure: Bones has thrived (thriven?) for nine seasons and the tenth is in it’s gestational period. Maybe Bones will take us past the decade mark. Anything can happen in the world of make believe. With a humdinger of a finale like the one we just had, things are gonna be different next year. I’ve already purchased my ticket for that ride, kids. How about you?

As we wait out the long summer hiatus, I’ll be posting the occasional Bones article or slideshow on BuddyTV. The most recent postings are listed below along with my S9 episode and interview archive link.

(Images courtesy of FOX)
‘Bones’ Season 9 Article and Interview Archive >>>
‘Bones': Why the Show is So Damn Good >>>
You Rock. Yes, you, Bones reader. >>>
‘Bones’ Quotes: The 43 Sweetest Things Booth Has Ever Said to Brennan >>>
‘Bones': 37 of the Most Fabulous Dresses of Dr. Camille Saroyan >>>
‘Bones’ Season 9 Finale Cliffhanger Poll: What Fresh Hell Is in Store for Us this Time? >>>

Now everybody pray real hard that I get my very own FOX press credentials (I used ScreenSpy’s before) in the fall so I can resume interviewing the BONES Fairies and screening the big episodes so I can provide you with teaser articles again!


Thank you allowing me to do what I love most while sharing something we both enjoy.
Blessings on you and your families! ~ Catherine
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The Parenting Paradox in ‘#Bones’ The Cold in the Case: Holding On While Letting Go

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Very few things in life are stronger or more extraordinary than the bond a parent feels for their child. For better or worse, that bond is powerful and inescapable; it is self-sacrificing and fraught with complicated emotions. Leave it to the Bones fairies to so eloquently remind us of this while making our skin crawl, our stomach ache with laughter and our eyes fill with tears. Damn you, Bones fairies … and by damn you, I mean, God bless you.

Bones’ April 14th episode, “The Cold in the Case,” presented three significant events in the lives of four very different parents. Two subplots sandwiched between scenes of case details provided several stand-out performances, a resolute display of Bones-y support, and a brief yet intimate glimpse into Booth’s apprehensive heart, his convicted soul. The crowning glory, however, was vignetted in the stirring scenes between Arastoo and his parents.

The Parent Trap

While the instances of parental strife in “The Cold in the Case” ranged from the absurd and disquieting to the precious and affirming, each parent’s behavior reflected the commingled love and fear that pervade the experience of birthing, nurturing, and fiercely loving another human being from conception to death.

A Love That Transcends Death

Our first parent under inspection is Madaline ‘Popsicle Turned Swamp Thing’ Papadelis who sought to assuage her unbearable grief by cryopreserving her deceased daughter’s remains. They say that to be a parent is to forever have your heart walk around outside your body. Conversely, to lose a child is to have your heart disintegrate before your eyes and then be carried away on a chilling breeze buoyed by your dry silent scream of numbing hysteria. Such was the pain of Madaline Papadelis.

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As unconventional as it may have been, cryopreserving her daughter’s remains was Madaline’s way of holding onto her daughter. Though it may seem rather extreme, morbid, or misdirected, Madaline’s behavior testified to the depth of sorrow ravaging her heart. Few life experiences are more sobering than grieving a loved one. Few things bring us to our knees more devastatingly than caring for a loved one through a prolonged fatal illness as they waste away, and this is what Madaline had to endure. This takes a visceral toll on a person, a toll which can manifest itself in unique and surprising and ways. #NeverJudge

Frozen Hearts Break Like Glass

“The Cold in the Case” opens with the defrosting remains of a woman who was chloroformed, sedated and vivisected while still alive. Bravo, Bones fairies for coming up with a new level of freakish abomination. Madaline ‘It’s Getting Cold In Here’ Papadelis’ had been given a chemical cocktail transfusion to keep her oxygenated and prevent her from moving until she was frozen. Fun fact: These chemicals are used to vitrify bodily fluids, or ‘convert them into glass.’ What? Oh, hell no. Can it get much creepier? Of course, this is Bones after all …

A crackphone (That’s a real thing, btw, *Shudder*) was inserted into a hole in her cranium to detect and record brain acoustics … not brain activity, because at this point the woman was dead, dead, dead. The crackphone looks for signs of the brain ‘cracking’ as it’s frozen. Once frozen, Madaline ‘I’m Just Not That Into You’ Papadelis’ cadaver was placed in a huge stainless steal cryogenic storage tank called a dewar where she remained for quite some time. Again, creepy to the max!

The Lady Thrown Out with the Bathwater

Four months later her frozen cadaver was removed from the dewar, tossed into a sleeping bag and left in the swamp of a high-end housing development to be gnawed on by larvae at enough differing stages of development to keep Bug Boy gleefully entertained for a while.

Brennan & Arastoo

Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Arastoo (Pej Vahdat) discuss the discovery of a cranial crackphone perforation.

With Arastoo on deck, The Avengers identify the bizarre constellation of facts that fascinatingly unraveled the case creepy bit by creepy bit. The stuttered decomposition and the presence of tiny amputated tongues and snouts of woodland creatures alerts them that she was frozen. Why the animal parts? Because the unfortunate creatures’ little tongues and lips got frozen against the icy meaty parts of Mrs. Popsicle as they attempted to eat her. Youch!

The lack of micro-structural changes caused by liquid expansion—cells burst when frozen—the sedation, the lack of physical trauma, the expertly drilled cranial crackphone perforation, and the presence of specific chemicals (anti-freeze & anti-dance elixirs for humans), indicated this was not your run of the mill ritualistic killing or a mob hit. This was an expertly executed $200,000 procedure done with a great deal of care, most likely by someone who loved her. But why? And why was she removed from the dewar and discarded? This is where things start to get hella creepy.

Loving Means Never Having to Say ‘I Won’t Kill You’

The evidence leads the team to CryoNova and Dr. and Mrs. I. B. Frankenstein, er, I mean cryonicists Noah ‘Brain Freeze’ Summers (Christopher Matthew McGarry) and his wife, Michelle ‘We’re Happily Married-NOT’ Summers (Kare Orsini). CryoNova is a facility which cryopreserves bodies in the hope of reanimating them in the future, if and when, the world is disease-free and scientists have invented a way to reanimate popsicle people without degradation of their physical and mental personhood.  That’s a huge if, but who’s judging? #Whatever

Both Noah ‘She Was Alive When I Killed Her’ Summers and Michelle ‘I Talk To Dead People’ Summers had ample means and opportunity, but what on earth could be their motive?

Noah Dissects Popsicle-y Smurf and Michelle Talks to Dead People

Noah is caught on surveillance tape slicing a blue cadaver in half with a circular saw. Apparently he was late paying his bills which made him fair game for having his organs poached and sold. #Harsh

Listening to the recording extracted from Madaline’s crackphone, the team finds Michelle’s menacing voice telling frozen Madaline,  “I knew what was going on with you, bitch,” and “Noah is mine not yours and it’s time we finally end this.” When questioned she says she was talking to a fellow employee, but it’s abundantly clear she was talking to dead Madaline.

Move Over, Mary Shelley, You’ve Got Competition

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Brennan and Booth interrogate killer Noah ‘I Can Make You Love Me Summers (Christopher Matthew McGarry)

In the end we learned that Noah harbored an obsessive yet unrequited love for Madaline. When Noah began sending Madaline suggestive emails, she vehemently resisted. So, logically, he decided to put her in a little frozen time-out until she changed her mind. He told Booth and Brennan that he wasn’t guilty of murder because he didn’t kill her. Hmm. Interesting.  Yes, he said he’d simply slowed her down a bit. Uh, like completely? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, people? If that does make you break out in a cold sweat, I just don’t know what will. #Twisted

It turns out that Michelle saw her husband’s amorous emails to Madaline and was suddenly in the mood to Spring (Winter) clean the dewars. She was the one who dumped Madaline’s body in the swanky swamp. According to Noah, that made Michelle the real killer, not him.  Sick, sick, sick. Case closed … on to the juicier stuff.

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Once a Parent, Always a Parent

Parents Azita (Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog) and Armin Vaziri (Braeden Marcott) came to D.C. to have dinner with Arastoo, requesting that Cam join them. Apprehensive, Arastoo assumed they would judge his unconventional life with disdain. His career choice and his non-Iranian non Muslim black girlfriend would be a disappointment, he feared, just as his impetuous childhood mistakes had been. Now, why would an adult child do that? Because that is the nature of family dynamics for most people.

Awash in the throws of the universal Child Versus Parent fight for freedom, Arastoo’s narrow assumptions precluded him from appreciating his parents’ guileless invitation. He viewed them through the defensive eyes of a child rather than with the heart of the experienced and poetic man-scientist he has become. His parents’ response, in the end, was to bestow upon Arastoo the kind of grace and love that comes from the unparalleled perspective of the life-ling observers that are his parents. It seems that they were much more prepared to let go of Arastoo’s childhood than Arastoo was. And they knew just how to hold on to this new and very fine man that is their progeny.

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Armin and Azita visit Cam and Arastoo to extend an olive branch.

Exquisitely portrayed by guest stars Shohreh Aghdashloo and Pej Vahdat, two scenes of “The Cold in the Case” stand above all others (except for the final scene between Brennan and Booth, but we’ll get to that in a moment). First, the restaurant scene where Azita and Armin awkwardly attempt to get to know Cam. This scene ended in a Farsi shouting match where Arastoo accused his parents of ruining his brother’s life and Azita chastised Arastoo for his impudence and for making such a scene in public.

Most impressive, however, was their final shared scene in which Azita and Armin come to make peace. Aghdashloo’s masterful delivery of the ‘Let Us Be Proud of You’ speech brought the house down. Pass the kleenex please! In that moment, Arastoo grew into a man. In a word, it was beautiful …

A Parent’s Love Versus a Patriot’s Responsibility

Booth was confronted with the possibility of a promotion (possibly) to an American counterterrorism outpost in Germany or elsewhere which could significantly impact his relationship with Christine and Parker, even leave them fatherless. Having been fatherless himself, even though he had Pops, Booth is fervently against doing that to his own children  despite his lack of face time with Parker.

Booth’s current responsibilities are triple what they were in the past when he risked his life in the service of his country. The weight of his domestic responsibilities, a weight that nonetheless gives him wings to soar, is further complicated by his altruistic nature. It’s clear he questions his own right to be happy and safe in his family’s bosom while others suffer torture and death at the hands of warring factions.

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Booth (David Boreanaz) contemplates the impact a promotion would have on his life if it involves using his skills as a Ranger and Sniper.

Altruism’s Bill Has a Nonrefundable Tax

Aside from the potential physical and familial sacrifices, Booth’s disquiet is most likely magnified by the emotional and spiritual toll being a sniper will take on him. He’s already said that he dies a little bit with each kill. It’s safe to assume that his deeds in the field have resulted in cold sweat, night terrors and the kind of pain veterans don’t talk about. Green lighted from above through a chain of command, killing is killing. As a christian, Booth knows the commandments. Thou Shall Not Kill. Hopefully Brennan, Aldo and the Holy Spirit will be able to convince Booth that it is not ignoble to fight for one’s self … and that maybe this time the life he gets to save is his own by finally saying no to the military.

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Despite all of that, Booth’s intensely service-oriented psyche is fully capable of choosing once again to pay a personal price for the safety of defenseless war victims. If it weren’t, this choice would be simple.

The jury is still out as to Booth’s response, but you know that if Seeley ‘I Have a New Life’ Booth’s patriotism and his commitment to his family are at cross purposes it will gnaw at him from now until the finale on May 19th and possibly beyond.

Now, in the next episode, “The Nail in the Coffin,” Booth’s apprehension will appear to have been replaced with excitement, but take note that there is no mention of what his promotion will entail. The team is hot on the trail of the Ghost Killer and potential conspiracies within the FBI. There’s an unfortunate possibility that the promotion—as well deserved and overdue as it may be—is merely a diversionary tactic to take Booth’s focus away from the corruption going on inside the FBI. Only the cast and crew of Bones know the truth, and they aren’t telling, bless their little pea-pickin’ hearts.

Stand By Your Man

Delightful and refreshing as all get-out was seeing a lighter side of Cam this episode. Have we ever seen the hard-nosed, self-possessed head of the Jeffersonian’s Forensic Division in such a demure and subordinate role?

For her part, Temperance ‘I’d Follow You Anywhere’ Brennan was fantastically supportive of Booth’s impending professional advancement throughout, going so far as to think about working abroad and the benefits of cultural exposure for Christine.

This final scene with Brennan and Booth was exquisitely executed by Boreanaz and Deschanel. Booth’s pain was palpable as he thought about the potential choice before him. Boreanaz is the master of wordlessly delivering complex emotion in a simple look or gesture. That is Boreanaz’s super power. And every time, he takes us with him (super power number two) and we feel it as he does.

Brennan’s response was fantastic and her delivery was spot on: You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. She’s grown to trust his gut almost as much as he does. Regardless, she trusts him implicitly. She will follow him anywhere, as he would her. That’s the kind of blind faith a partnership … and a marriage … are made of. With or without the piece of paper, Brennan and Booth have always had it.

This final scene was quintessentially Bones and the reason we all come back time after time.

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Brennan and Booth Cold Case

Brennan gets Booth. She recognizes when his gut is in competition with what he thinks is right and gives him permission to go with his gut. She assures him she wouldn’t hesitate to uproot her life for him.

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#BONES Season 9 Archive

Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 6.50.36 PMThese articles, interviews, polls and reviews remain among my all time favorites. Enjoy, fellow Bonehead!

Coming Soon to BuddyTV by Catherine Cabanela: Lots More Bones Love! Also this summer: America’s Got Talent, Mistresses, America’s Next Top Model, and more. 

Editorial: Bones: Boreanaz, Deschanel & Nathan Rock Comic-Con
Editorial: “7 Reasons Why Dr. Jack Hodgins is No Fool”
Editorial: Slideshow: 19 of Dr. Jack Hodgins’ Most Outrageous Conspiracy Theories

Collection: Slide Shows for #BONES Lovers
Editorial: Bones Quotes: The 43 Sweetest Things Brennan Has Ever Said to Booth
Episode 24: “The Recluse in the Recliner: Greater Love Has No Man”
Editorial: “Camille Saroyan’s Fabulous Dresses”

Editorial: ‘Bones’ Why The Show Is So Damn Good
Editorial: ‘Bones Quotes: The 43 Sweetest Things Booth Has Ever Said To Brennan
Bones S9 Finale Cliffhanger Poll: What Fresh Hell is in Store for Us This time
Episode 21: “The Parenting Paradox in The Cold in the Case: Holding On Without Letting Go”

Episode 20: The High in the Low: Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them”
Episode 19: “The Turn in the Urn is a Holy Grail of Compassion & Sacrifice”
Episode 17: “The Repo Man in the Septic Tank is a Constant Surprise”
Episode 16: “The Source in the Sludge Review”
Episode 15: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother: Bones The Heiress in the Hill”
Episode 14: “Pulchritude and the Canuck: The Master in the Slop

Review” Teaser: “9 Scoops on Bones Big in the Philippines”
Episode 13: “Dance to the Music That’s Playing: Big in the Philippines
Review” Teaser: “7 Teases About Bones ‘The Ghost in the Killer'”
Episode 12: “Shadowboxing the Specter: The Ghost in the Killer”
Review” Episode 11: “Angels in Motion: The Spark in the Park Review”

Episode 10: “Brennan Lets Loose in The Mystery in the Meat”
Op-ed: “Bones The Fury in The Jury Editorial by MoxieGirl44
Episode 9: “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Fury in the Jury Review”
Interview with Stephen Nathan: “Bones EP On Brennan’s New Obsession, Cam’s Crucible & The Ghost Killer”

Episode 7: “Agent Andy Plays Hard Balls in The Nazi On The Honeymoon
Episode 6: “Two Ducks in a Row: Bones The Woman In White Review
Episode 5: “Daydream Believer: Bones The Lady on the List Review”
Episode 4: “A Righteous & Riveting Takedown in The Sense in the Sacrifice” Episode 3: “Make Mine Well Done: Bones El Carnicero En El Coche”

Episode 2: “You’ll Never Fugetaboutit: Bones The Cheat in the Retreat‘ Review”
Episode 1: “Paradise Lost; Regained The Secrets in the Proposal Review”

PreSeason Interview with Executive Producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan: “Bones Bosses Tease Season 9 Deaths, New Adversary & Wedding Bells”

After completing my 67th post for ScreenSpy, I joined BuddyTV. Keep your eyes peeled for my Bones articles there!. I’ll still be tweeting about Bones and the new shows I’m covering ad nauseam, so join me at @MoxieGirl44 or @CatCabanela if you dare. I tweet … A. LOT. #Truth You can find my BuddyTV articles here. So far I’ve written for Suits, Scandal, Revenge, Arrow and The Tomorrow People and have loved every minute of it.Who knows what will be next?

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SlideShows for #Bones Lovers

The Best Bones Quotes from “The Puzzler in the Pit”

The Best Bones Quotes from “The Money Maker on the Merry-Go-Round”

The Best Bones Quotes from “The Lost Love in the Foreign Land”

The Best Bones Quotes from “The Corpse at the Convention”

The Best Bones Quotes From “The Geek in the Guck”

The Best Bones Quotes From “The Purging in the Pundit”

The 17 Saddest Moments in Bones History

The Best Bones Quotes from “The Lance to the Heart”

The Best Bones Quotes From “The Conspiracy in the Corpse”

‘The Top 29 Snarkiest (Or Affectionate) Comments Ever Made About Sweets”

‘The Absolute Best (And Worst) Advice Sweets Ever Gave on Bones

‘The Best Advice Angela’s Ever Given to Brennan”

’19 of Dr. Jack Hodgins’ Most Outrageous Conspiracy Theories’

The 43 Sweetest Things Brennan Ever Said to Booth

The 43 Sweetest Things Booth Ever Said to Brennan

37 of the Most Fabulous Dresses of Dr. Camille Saroyan

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#Bones ‘The Woman In White’ Review

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Review as it appeared on ScreenSpy.com on October 22, 2013

Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 6.58.55 PMDeschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) were eventually able to find and focus on the only things that really mattered: that their chase was over, their ducks were lined up, and their vows were delivered. In doing so without breaking out of character or skimping on substance and humor, Bones fulfilled on the ambitious pinkie swear made months ago by the executive producers; a promise that the fans would get the wedding they wanted, but in a way that only Bones could do it. When there’s this much hoopla surrounding a coupling—including an obnoxious number of previews, spoilers, interviews, and still shots—there are bound to be disappointments, right? Fine, but so much was done right in ‘The Woman in White’ that focusing on the picayune would be, well, petty.

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Christine Angela Booth at her parents’ wedding. The actress was uncooperative and her scene was cut, but she was there!

For example, we can digest the absences of Squinterns Fin, Zack, and Vincent Nigel-Murray (off making hot sauce, locked up in a mental institution, dead), but the absences of one Russ Brennan, Jared Booth, and Baby Christine were strange in retrospect. Not a complaint, just an observation. Next time you’re in an elevator with Hart Hanson, please ask him what the deal was with that, then come back and report to the rest of us. Here’s what happened, and what went well. ‘The Woman in White’ opens with a wedding rehearsal being interrupted by tag-team cell phone ringers. The practice is presided over by guest star straight man and Emily Deschanel’s real life husband, David Hornsby, playing Father Harrow. Yeah, that took chutzpa. Despite skepticism (by yours truly) that Hornsby’s presence could derail the ambiance of this long anticipated make-believe marriage, the actors used the absurdity of the situation as a point of humor, turning what could have been awkward for all into a delightfully amusing farce. The practice put on hold, Booth encourages the team to keep Brennan busy with the decades-old remains of an unidentified female while he picks up Parker (Ty Panitz) from the airport, discovers Max’s (Ryan O’Neil) muddy satchel full of suspicious greenbacks, meets with Aldo ‘If-Anyone-Has-Any-Objections-Keep-Them-To-Yourself’ Clemens at the church, and lights a candle in Christine Brennan’s name. Meanwhile, Hodgins (TJ Thyne) starts a pool on when the nuptials will be cancelled, Angela (Michaela Conlin) presents Brennan with a old, borrowed, and blue Parisian hairpin to wear at the wedding, and Brennan callously blows her off as she single-mindedly focuses on the case despite various stages of undress, wet nail polish, and a head full of saucer-sized curlers.

Brennan and Booth listen to loving speeches in their name from their parents.

Brennan and Booth listen to their parents’  loving toasts to their union.

Brennan’s floundering awkwardness during these scenes are highly uncomfortable to watch until you understand what’s going on. However, we have seen time and again that this is the behavior Brennan reverts to in times of intense duress. In season eight’s ‘Partners in the Divorce’, Brennan and Booth didn’t just banter as usual; Brennan froze while they fought like Rottweiler’s as they tried unsuccessfully to reconnect after her stint as a fugitive. Ouch. Most recently in ‘The Secret in the Proposal’, we saw Brennan and Booth at odds in the wake of Booth’s marriage jilt, with no clear way to put an end to the cycle of destruction. In then end, just when you think all is lost, the wonderful happens, and the two come together and recommit to their faith in each other. In ‘The Woman in White’ Brennan’s stilted behavior at the lab borders on being forced and ridiculous until Angela confronts her—God bless Angela. Brennan emotionally confesses to Angela that her feelings about the wedding are overwhelming and confusing, but the case is something she understands, and that’s why she keeps going back to it. And now we understand. The air cleared, Brennan mounts the laboratory platform, performs a cursory inspection of the remains, delivers several commands, and goes off with Angela to do girlie wedding stuff. Angela is touched, of course, and all is right with the world. That is, until the church burns to the ground, Parker spills Chicken Con Carne (?) all over his tux, the wedding is postponed, and Brennan goes back to working on the case.

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Booth looking dapper in his wedding tux.

It wouldn’t have been Bones without the crime quadrafecta: unrecognizable remains, a mysterious cause of death, a surprising motive, and an ill-fated killer. It would have been easy to skimp on the science with so much else at stake, but the details and delivery of the case’s progress was impressively substantial enough to make it believable. This would not have been possible without a whole team of squints at the ready to attack the mystery. Enter Dr. Clark Edison (Eugene Byrd), Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vahdat), Wendell Bray (Michael Grant Terry), Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo), Colin Fisher (Joel David Moore), and Dr. Oliver Wells (Brian Klugman). The sqinterns—called upon by Edison, Hodgins, and Cam to make it appear Brennan was not needed in the lab—provided a fair amount of humor as they competed for top dog distinction and bickered like a set of five-year-old brainiac sextuplets. This was also a good ploy to bring these recurring characters to the wedding location. Next comes a cosmically ironic twist reminiscent of the modest young couple in O. Henry’s ‘Gift of the Magi’. In ‘Gift of the Magi’, a wife sells her tresses to buy a chain for her husband’s cherished heirloom pocket watch which it turns out he’d sold to buy a set of hair combs for her. The message of that story is about the lengths to which people will go to show their love for each other, and how priceless their love truly is. In this Bones wedding episode, after the wedding postponement Booth despairs over being unable to give Brennan the white dress, the guests, the cake, the pomp and circumstance; all the fuss Brennan dreamed of as a young girl. Though he loves their everyday life, he knows how important it is to her that their wedding be an extraordinarily special day, not just a stop at the justice of the peace on the way to The Founding Fathers for free wings. Brennan, on the other hand, believes Booth’s happiness requires a Catholic Church wedding. Devastated over the unavailability of a church at such short notice, Brennan allows herself to fall apart in her office, giving us an unprecedented view of her emotional commitment to Booth’s happiness. Brennan and Booth finally come together in a tender scene where they each reveal they’ve been trying to make the other happy. Booth admits he’d be willing to wear elephant tusks and have a squirrel monkey do the wedding ceremony, (God bless that man) and Brennan says the only thing she cares about is that Booth is there with her (and she says she’s not romantic?). Angela, the quintessential bridesmaid and the biggest B&B shipper, moves heaven and earth to arrange to have the wedding conducted at the Jeffersonian Rose Garden. How believable is this, really? Well, Hornsby, er, Father Harrow is most likely off fighting figurative fires, but they have Aldo ‘By-The-Power-Vested-In-Me-By-The-District- of-Columbia-And-The-Internet’ Clemens. The food and flowers had already been prepared for that day, and Hodgins pretty much owns the building. So … yeah, why not? I’ll buy that for a dollar.

Max walks his daughter down the aisle.

Max walks his daughter down the aisle.

The wedding back on and the case solved, the squints are invited to join in but must dress in period wear from a Jeffersonian History of Fashion exhibit. This was a strange and silly twist, however, it answered the challenge of getting those people to the wedding within thirty minutes wearing more than street clothes or lab coats. So … okay … let’s overlook the oddity of this development. The vows were sandwiched between two slow-motion shots which added a creamy dreaminess to the proceedings: the walk down the aisle as Avalon ‘He-Sees-And Is-Dazzled-By-You’ Harmonia (Cyndi Lauper) sings a sultry version on ‘At Last’, and the wonderfully prolonged delivery of the first kiss as man and wife. The slow-mo was conducted at a speed which neither halted the progression, nor gave it a campy aura. I’m telling you, people, it’s a challenge to find much wrong with this episode. Perhaps a first time viewer of Bones would find the vows quirky or silly. However, the Bones franchise made it clear in their promotional materials that these vows were written as a love letter to the faithful who have followed the show from time slot to time slot, year after year, and who will revel in the words encompassing the journey that brought them (and us) to this time and this place.

Booth slips the ring on his bride's finger.

Booth slips the ring on his bride’s finger.

Not much more can be said to do justice to Booth and Brennan’s vows other than that they were perfect for who they are and what they’ve endured. There, I said it. Perfect. Booth tearfully spoke from the heart recalling when they first worked together and talked on the very spot where they stood to say their vows. He spoke of ducks and wars and serial killers and ghosts and snakes. His life’s smartest decision and greatest joy. And how the chase was over because they’d caught each other.Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 1.22.47 PM Brennan read from the note she wrote to Booth in ‘Aliens in a Spaceship’ when she thought she may never have the chance to tell him how he made her life messy and confusing and unfocused and 
irrational and wonderful. Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 1.23.32 PM So, there you have it, folks. Another very well-rounded Bones execution. For a show about the unlikely pairing of a sentimental cowboy sniper who believes in fate and angels and probably Santa Claus, and a brilliant exacting empiricist who vociferously eschewed the concept of marriage, calling it an antiquated ritualistic blending of familial obligations and property consolidation sealed by the delivery of one man turning over a woman to another like property, this was a coup well played. So far this season we’ve had five truly outstanding episodes. There is no doubt that fans will continue, as they have for eight years already, to follow Bones all over the broadcasting schedule, even to Fridays when that occurs on the delayed new move date, November 15th, 2013. Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 8.13.23 PM Those who are up to date on all the promotional materials know that from the walk back down the aisle, Brennan and Booth live happily ever after … until Monday, November 4th* when Brennan and Booth go to Buenos Aires on their honeymoon and end up working a case with the local authorities in “The Nazi on the Honeymoon” (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. White1White2White3 White4 White5White6 White7 White8

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The Wedding Season Archive for #BONES Lovers

These articles, interviews, polls and reviews remain among my all time favorites. Enjoy, fellow Bonehead!

Coming Soon to BuddyTV by Catherine Cabanela: Lots More Bones Love! Also this summer: America’s Got Talent, Mistresses, America’s Next Top Model, and more. 

Editorial: Bones: Boreanaz, Deschanel & Nathan Rock Comic-Con
Editorial: “7 Reasons Why Dr. Jack Hodgins is No Fool”
Editorial: Slideshow: 19 of Dr. Jack Hodgins’ Most Outrageous Conspiracy Theories

Collection: Slide Shows for #BONES Lovers
Editorial: Bones Quotes: The 43 Sweetest Things Brennan Has Ever Said to Booth
Episode 24: “The Recluse in the Recliner: Greater Love Has No Man”
Editorial: “Camille Saroyan’s Fabulous Dresses”

Editorial: ‘Bones’ Why The Show Is So Damn Good
Editorial: ‘Bones Quotes: The 43 Sweetest Things Booth Has Ever Said To Brennan
Bones S9 Finale Cliffhanger Poll: What Fresh Hell is in Store for Us This time
Episode 21: “The Parenting Paradox in The Cold in the Case: Holding On Without Letting Go”

Episode 20: The High in the Low: Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them”
Episode 19: “The Turn in the Urn is a Holy Grail of Compassion & Sacrifice”
Episode 17: “The Repo Man in the Septic Tank is a Constant Surprise”
Episode 16: “The Source in the Sludge Review”
Episode 15: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother: Bones The Heiress in the Hill”
Episode 14: “Pulchritude and the Canuck: The Master in the Slop

Review” Teaser: “9 Scoops on Bones Big in the Philippines”
Episode 13: “Dance to the Music That’s Playing: Big in the Philippines
Review” Teaser: “7 Teases About Bones ‘The Ghost in the Killer'”
Episode 12: “Shadowboxing the Specter: The Ghost in the Killer”
Review” Episode 11: “Angels in Motion: The Spark in the Park Review”

Episode 10: “Brennan Lets Loose in The Mystery in the Meat”
Op-ed: “Bones The Fury in The Jury Editorial by MoxieGirl44
Episode 9: “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Fury in the Jury Review”
Interview with Stephen Nathan: “Bones EP On Brennan’s New Obsession, Cam’s Crucible & The Ghost Killer”

Episode 7: “Agent Andy Plays Hard Balls in The Nazi On The Honeymoon
Episode 6: “Two Ducks in a Row: Bones The Woman In White Review
Episode 5: “Daydream Believer: Bones The Lady on the List Review”
Episode 4: “A Righteous & Riveting Takedown in The Sense in the Sacrifice”
Episode 3: “Make Mine Well Done: Bones 
El Carnicero En El Coche”

Episode 2: “You’ll Never Fugetaboutit: Bones The Cheat in the Retreat‘ Review”
Episode 1: “Paradise Lost; Regained The Secrets in the Proposal Review”

PreSeason Interview with Executive Producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan: “Bones Bosses Tease Season 9 Deaths, New Adversary & Wedding Bells”

After completing my 67th post for ScreenSpy, I joined BuddyTV. Keep your eyes peeled for my Bones articles there!. I’ll still be tweeting about Bones and the new shows I’m covering ad nauseam, so join me at @MoxieGirl44 or @CatCabanela if you dare. I tweet … A. LOT. #Truth You can find my BuddyTV articles here. So far I’ve written for Suits, Scandal, Revenge, Arrow and The Tomorrow People and have loved every minute of it.Who knows what will be next?

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America’s Got Talent Press Archive Season 9

 ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale Predictions: Who Will Win Season 9?
‘America’s Got Talent’s’ Guest Performers are a Who’s-Who of Grammy Award-Winning Entertainers
‘America’s Got Talent’ Predictions: Which Six Acts Will Advance to the Finals?
‘America’s Got Talent’ Predictions: Who Will Be the Final Six Acts in the Top 12?
‘America’s Got Talent’ Predictions: Which Six Semifinalists Will Advance?
‘America’s Got Talent’ Predictions: Who Will Be the Final 5 to Advance from the Quarterfinals?
‘America’s Got Talent’ Predictions: Which 5 Acts Will Be the Next Semifinalists?
‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 9: Quarterfinals Part 1 Performance Rankings
‘America’s Got Talent’ Predictions: Which 5 Acts Will Advance to the Semifinals?
‘America’s Got Talent’ Recap: The First 12 Acts Perform Live for Your Votes
‘America’s Got Talent’ Recap: Next Stop…Radio City Music Hall!
[Video] ‘America’s Got Talent’ One Act to Watch: A Preteen Songbird with a Rock ‘n Roll Voice
[Video] ‘America’s Got Talent’ One Act to Watch: An Army Crooner Moves the Judges
[Video] ‘America’s Got Talent’ One Act to Watch: Smoothini Wows Judges with Big Tricks &Small Props
[Video] ‘America’s Got Talent’ One Act to Watch: A Talented (and Dreamy) Singer
[Video] ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 9 Premiere: The One Act to Watch Becomes an Early Favorite
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#Arrow Press Archive Seasons 3 & 4

Season 4

‘Arrow’ Recap: Has Felicity Already Moved On?
‘Arrow’ Recap: Is Roy Really a Murderer?
‘Arrow’ Recap: Smoak on Fire and a Killer Cliffhanger
‘Arrow’ Recap: The Devil Returns to Starling City
‘Arrow’ Recap: Oliver Brings Thea Home
‘Arrow’ Recap: Is Laurel Turning into a Killer?
‘Arrow': The Top 11 ‘You Have Failed This City’ Moments
‘Arrow’ Season 3 Premiere Recap: Can the Arrow Ever Be Oliver Queen Again?

Season 3

‘Arrow’ Recap: Oliver Makes a Hero’s Choice
‘Arrow’ Recap: Roy Rage and Mirakuru Madness Reach the Point of No Return

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‘America’s Next Top Model’ Season 21 ‘Guys and Gals’

America’s Next Top Model Media Archive for Season 21

‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: Which Guy’s Got Moves Like Elvis?
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: Sex, Lies But No Video Tape?
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: A Bodacious Babe Is Sent Packing
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: A Top Model Goes Home, Two Return
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: Is a Fan Favorite Sent Home?
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: Denzel Can’t Get Anything Right (Except the Challenge)
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: Who Does Nick Cannon Choose for His Ad Campaign?
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: Who is Disqualified for Attacking Adam?
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: Optical Illusions and Makeovers Cause Breakdowns and Tantrums
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: Party String and a Cold Shower Spell Trouble
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Recap: The Top 14 Are Chosen
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Cycle 21 Premiere Recap: 22 Move Forward with Striking Selfies
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Winners: Where Are They Now?

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Motive Addresses a Parent’s Worst Nightmare in ‘Crimes of Passion’

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Image of review as opted on ScreenSpy on May 25th, 2013

The Rest of the ReviewDetectives Flynn (Kristin Lehman of Judging AmyThe Killing) and Vega (Louis Ferreira of SGU Stargate UniverseMissing) identify the vehicle-turned murder weapon almost immediately and take the boyfriend, Kevin West (Anthony Konechny) into custody. West, whose brains have yet to catch up with his biceps, has his own apartment, and a life that revolves around nailing his girlfriend and playing with his car (not in that order), is an easy target. Jacobs, ever the faithful Greenwood family friend, pressures Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom (Jamaican-born, Canadian-bred Roger R. Cross,Arrow and 24) to put the heat on Flynn and Vega for a swift close before the truth surfaces. Hmm, typical CYA maneuver.

Every crime procedural has their own angle, be it relentless evidence collection and interpretation, powerful observational skills, or brilliant forensic anthropology—and sometimes all the above, but in a different location: Las Vegas, Miami, New York, for example. Motive takes a sideways approach as evidenced by Detective Flynn’s comment to Vega, “Let’s forget about the who—and focus on the why.” In doing so, a motive is uncovered, suspects are eliminated, and the true murderous impetus is revealed along with its perpetrator. Motive’s premise is that the crux of any crime is the nasty life-threatening, career-ending secrets the killers are desperately determined to hide—even to the point of committing murder.

So, what would compel a viewer to sit through eleven more episodes of Motive’s freshman season? Good acting, to start. The relationship between Detectives Flynn and Vega, (who exudes the confidence and subtle sexiness of one such as Armand Asante, by the way), is not the center of this drama, though their easy banter and amused cajoling of each other is a pleasure to watch. An example:

Flynn: When you’re seventeen, yours is the only opinion that matters.
Vega: I was never a seventeen-year-old girl.
Flynn: Well, I was.
Vega: Yes, I know you were—a very long time ago.
Flynn, holding up a piece of paper to shield her hand as she flips Vega the bird: “Guess many fingers am I holding up?”

Neither are the forensics served up as the main course. My favorite line so far this season flies in the face of what all the other procedurals seem to be enamored of. During an interrogation, Flynn tosses off, “The forensics guys are doing their thing with all their stuff.” How many fingers do you think she was holding up toward Las Vegas, Miami, and New York that time?

Two other compelling reasons to continue watching are more personal. We live in a world where seemingly innocuous people are hiding big ugly secrets, which sometimes go terribly wrong—as they always do each episode. Last week’s case of the boy with the manifesto was reminiscent of the Unibomber and the Sandy Hook tragedy. This week’s case brings to mind Sandusky’s atrocious covert activities while assistant coach at Penn State. We all have dark spots in our personalities or pesky skeletons in our closets. What I want to know is—what makes a person go over the edge like these did. What turns fear into a Motive?

In next week’s episode, ‘Pushover’, Crewson,  a mild-mannered cruise ship customs agent is compelled by his lover, a waitress at Crewson’s greasy spoon, to kill a limousine driver. Why? You’ll have to tune in THURSDAY, MAY 30 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC to find out.

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