#BONES Season 10 ~ A Decade of Love and Loyalty

Episode 22 “The Next in the Last”
Editorial: Bones Season 10 Finale Conundrum: How Will Brennan and Booth Solve Crimes If They Leave the Jeffersonian?
Bones Finale Recap: Is a Pelant Copycat Brennan and Booth’s Final Case?

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Episode 21 “The Life in the Light”
Bones Recap: Brennan Takes Booth Back and Angela’s Real Name Comes Out
Bones Teaser: 7 Cryptic Teases About ‘The Life in the Light’

Smoochie Smoochie
Episode 20 “The Woman in the Whirlpool”
Bones Recap: Booth Learns How the Cookie Crumbles
Bones Teasers: 7 Good Things to Watch for in ‘The Woman in the Whirlpool’

Thats my BoothBones Exclusive Interview: The Writers Kathy and Kerry Reichs  Talk Brennan and Booth’s Future and a Whirlpool Death

Kathy and Kerry with Bren and Angela

Bones Exclusive Kathy Reichs Interview: The Most Difficult and Amazing Things About Being a Forensic Anthropologist

Episode 19 “Murder in the Middle East”
Bones Recap: Do Brennan and Booth No Longer Love Each Other?
Bones Controversy: Was Brennan Wrong to Kick Booth Out of the House?
Teaser: 7 Reasons Why ‘Murder in the Middle East’ Is One of the Absolute Best Bones Episodes of Season 10 

Breaking News: We’re BACK, Baby!
FOX Renews Bones for Season 11 with Some Changes
Mothers’ Day: Bones: 19 Important Things Brennan Reminds Us About Motherhood

Episodes 17 & 18 “The Lost in the Found” and “The Verdict in the Victims”
Bones Recap: A Guilty Victim and an Innocent Criminal Seek Justice
Teasers: 10 Reasons Why You Have to Watch the ‘Bones’ Double Heade

Episode 16 “The Big Beef in the Royal Diner
Bones Recap: Are Brennan and Booth Still Welcome at the Royal Diner?
Celebrate a Bones Milestone by Playing Live Bingo with Fans

Episode 15 “The Eye in the Sky”
Bones Recap: Will Booth’s Gambling Destroy His Family?

Episode 14 “The Putter in the Rough”
Bones Recap: Max Risks Arrest to Retrieve A Precious Artifact

Episode 13 “The Baker in the Bits”
Bones Recap: A Serial Killer Targets Felons and Arastoo Makes an Impossible Decision
Bones Teasers: 9 Reasons ‘The Baker in the Bits’ Will Gross You Out

Episode 12 “The Teacher in the Books”
Bones Recap: Brennan Goes Twitter Happy and Caroline Adopts Two Kids
Bones Teasers: 9 Things to Get Excited about in ‘The Teacher in the Books’

Episode 11 “The Psychic in the Soup”
Bones Poll: Should Brennan Be Punished for Committing a Felony?
Bones Recap: Avalon Channels Sweets and Brennan Commits a Felony
Bones Spring Premiere: 7 Things to Know about ‘The Psychic in the Soup’

Interview
Bones Interview: Emily Deschanel and EP Stephen Nathan Talk Game-Changing Pregnancy, Big Bads and Season 11

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Bones Season 10 Slideshows
The 23 Most Romantic Bones Episodes of All Time
The 23 Most Disgusting Bones Episodes
Top 10 Most Extraordinary Cases on Bones
The 33 Most Important Events in Booth and Brennan’s Journey
29 Interesting Facts Every Loyal Bones Fan Should Know

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.

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’

Editorials:
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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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.

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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?

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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 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.

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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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#BONES Hits It Out of the Park with “The Life in the Light”

Episode 21 “The Life in the Light”
Bones Recap: Brennan Takes Booth Back and Angela’s Real Name Comes Out
Bones Teaser: 7 Cryptic Teases About ‘The Life in the Light’ 

Smoochie Smoochie


Episode 20 “The Woman in the Whirlpool”
Bones Recap: Booth Learns How the Cookie Crumbles
Bones Teasers: 7 Good Things to Watch for in ‘The Woman in the Whirlpool’

Thats my BoothBones Exclusive Interview: The Writers Kathy and Kerry Reichs  Talk Brennan and Booth’s Future and a Whirlpool Death

Kathy and Kerry with Bren and Angela

Bones Exclusive Kathy Reichs Interview: The Most Difficult and Amazing Things About Being a Forensic Anthropologist

Episode 19 “Murder in the Middle East”
Bones Recap: Do Brennan and Booth No Longer Love Each Other?
Bones Controversy: Was Brennan Wrong to Kick Booth Out of the House?
Teaser: 7 Reasons Why ‘Murder in the Middle East’ Is One of the Absolute Best Bones Episodes of Season 10 

Breaking News: We’re BACK, Baby!
FOX Renews Bones for Season 11 with Some Changes
Mothers’ Day: Bones: 19 Important Things Brennan Reminds Us About Motherhood

Episodes 17 & 18 “The Lost in the Found” and “The Verdict in the Victims”
Bones Recap: A Guilty Victim and an Innocent Criminal Seek Justice
Teasers: 10 Reasons Why You Have to Watch the ‘Bones’ Double Heade

Episode 16 “The Big Beef in the Royal Diner
Bones Recap: Are Brennan and Booth Still Welcome at the Royal Diner?
Celebrate a Bones Milestone by Playing Live Bingo with Fans

Episode 15 “The Eye in the Sky”
Bones Recap: Will Booth’s Gambling Destroy His Family?

Episode 14 “The Putter in the Rough”
Bones Recap: Max Risks Arrest to Retrieve A Precious Artifact

Episode 13 “The Baker in the Bits”
Bones Recap: A Serial Killer Targets Felons and Arastoo Makes an Impossible Decision
Bones Teasers: 9 Reasons ‘The Baker in the Bits’ Will Gross You Out

Episode 12 “The Teacher in the Books”
Bones Recap: Brennan Goes Twitter Happy and Caroline Adopts Two Kids
Bones Teasers: 9 Things to Get Excited about in ‘The Teacher in the Books’

Episode 11 “The Psychic in the Soup”
Bones Poll: Should Brennan Be Punished for Committing a Felony? 
Bones Recap: Avalon Channels Sweets and Brennan Commits a Felony
Bones Spring Premiere: 7 Things to Know about ‘The Psychic in the Soup’

Interview
Bones Interview: Emily Deschanel and EP Stephen Nathan Talk Game-Changing Pregnancy, Big Bads and Season 11

Backstrom Season 1 Archive >>>

Bones Season 10 Slideshows
The 23 Most Romantic Bones Episodes of All Time
The 23 Most Disgusting Bones Episodes
Top 10 Most Extraordinary Cases on Bones
The 33 Most Important Events in Booth and Brennan’s Journey
29 Interesting Facts Every Loyal Bones Fan Should Know

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.

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’

Editorials:
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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What the Hell is Going On In Crazy #Wayward Pines?!

Welcome to the growing archive for Wayward Pines‘ Freshman Season

WAYWARD PINES:  Ethan (Matt Dillon, R) has questions for Kate (Carla Gugino, L) in the "Where Paradise is Home" Event Series Premiere episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Ed Araquel/FOX

WAYWARD PINES: Ethan (Matt Dillon, R) has questions for Kate (Carla Gugino, L) in the “Where Paradise is Home” Event Series Premiere episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Ed Araquel/FOX

The 9 Most Shocking Things on Wayward Pines So Far
4 Reasons Why You Should Watch Wayward Pines

Episode 3 “Our Town, Our Rules”
Wayward Pines Recap: Will Ethan Turn Into One of Them?

Episode 2 “Don’t Discuss Your Life Before”
Wayward Pines Recap: Things Get Even Weirder and a Main Character is Killed Off

Episode 1 “Where Paradise is Home”
Wayward Pines Premiere Recap: Ominous Psychological Thriller Off to an Intriguing Start
Wayward Pines Review: An Edgy, Surreal and Terrifying Psychological Thriller


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This is How It’s Done When You’re a #BONES LOVER … BOOM!

Episode 21 “The Life in the Light”
Bones Recap: Brennan Takes Booth Back and Angela’s Real Name Comes Out
Bones Teaser: 7 Cryptic Teases About ‘The Life in the Light’ 

Smoochie Smoochie


Episode 20 “The Woman in the Whirlpool”
Bones Recap: Booth Learns How the Cookie Crumbles
Bones Teasers: 7 Good Things to Watch for in ‘The Woman in the Whirlpool’

Thats my BoothBones Exclusive Interview: The Writers Kathy and Kerry Reichs  Talk Brennan and Booth’s Future and a Whirlpool Death

Kathy and Kerry with Bren and Angela

Bones Exclusive Kathy Reichs Interview: The Most Difficult and Amazing Things About Being a Forensic Anthropologist

Episode 19 “Murder in the Middle East”
Bones Recap: Do Brennan and Booth No Longer Love Each Other?
Bones Controversy: Was Brennan Wrong to Kick Booth Out of the House?
Teaser: 7 Reasons Why ‘Murder in the Middle East’ Is One of the Absolute Best Bones Episodes of Season 10 

Breaking News: We’re BACK, Baby!
FOX Renews Bones for Season 11 with Some Changes
Mothers’ Day: Bones: 19 Important Things Brennan Reminds Us About Motherhood

Episodes 17 & 18 “The Lost in the Found” and “The Verdict in the Victims”
Bones Recap: A Guilty Victim and an Innocent Criminal Seek Justice
Teasers: 10 Reasons Why You Have to Watch the ‘Bones’ Double Heade

Episode 16 “The Big Beef in the Royal Diner
Bones Recap: Are Brennan and Booth Still Welcome at the Royal Diner?
Celebrate a Bones Milestone by Playing Live Bingo with Fans

Episode 15 “The Eye in the Sky”
Bones Recap: Will Booth’s Gambling Destroy His Family?

Episode 14 “The Putter in the Rough”
Bones Recap: Max Risks Arrest to Retrieve A Precious Artifact

Episode 13 “The Baker in the Bits”
Bones Recap: A Serial Killer Targets Felons and Arastoo Makes an Impossible Decision
Bones Teasers: 9 Reasons ‘The Baker in the Bits’ Will Gross You Out

Episode 12 “The Teacher in the Books”
Bones Recap: Brennan Goes Twitter Happy and Caroline Adopts Two Kids
Bones Teasers: 9 Things to Get Excited about in ‘The Teacher in the Books’

Episode 11 “The Psychic in the Soup”
Bones Poll: Should Brennan Be Punished for Committing a Felony? 
Bones Recap: Avalon Channels Sweets and Brennan Commits a Felony
Bones Spring Premiere: 7 Things to Know about ‘The Psychic in the Soup’

Interview
Bones Interview: Emily Deschanel and EP Stephen Nathan Talk Game-Changing Pregnancy, Big Bads and Season 11

Backstrom Season 1 Archive >>>

Bones Season 10 Slideshows
The 23 Most Romantic Bones Episodes of All Time
The 23 Most Disgusting Bones Episodes
Top 10 Most Extraordinary Cases on Bones
The 33 Most Important Events in Booth and Brennan’s Journey
29 Interesting Facts Every Loyal Bones Fan Should Know

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.

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’

Editorials:
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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< < < Backstrom Season 1 Archive > > > 

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#TheVoice Archives

 S8 Coaches

Season 8

The Final 4
‘The Voice’ Recap: The Final 4 Perform
‘The Voice’ Season 8: Top 4 Performance Rankings

The Top 5
‘The Voice’ Recap: The Top 5 Perform in the Semifinals
The Voice’ Season 8: Top 5 Performance Rankings

The Top 6
‘The Voice’ Recap: The Top 6 Perform and One Artist Steals the Show
The Voice’ Season 8: Top 6 Performance Rankings

The Top 8
The Voice Live Blog: Gwen, Usher and CeeLo Return to Advise the Top 8
‘The Voice’ Season 8: Top 8 Performance Rankings

The Top 10
The Voice Season 8: Top 10 Performance Rankings
The Voice Recap: The Top 10 Perform

The Top 12
The Voice Season 8: Top 12 Performance Rankings
The Voice Recap: Reba McEntire Advises and the Top 12 Perform
The Voice Results: The Top 12 Revealed

The Live Playoffs
The Voice Season 8: The Live Playoffs Performance Rankings
The Voice Recap: The Live Playoffs Night 1

The Knockouts
The Voice Season 8: Top 20 Performance Rankings from the Knockout Rounds
The Voice Knockouts Night 3 Recap: Who Does Christina Steal?
The Voice Recap: The Knockouts Begin and One Artist Drops Out

The Battles
The Voice Season 8: The Battle Rounds Performances Rankings
The Voice Recap: The Battles Continue and Two Artists Shock the Coaches

The Blinds
The Voice Rankings: The Best Blind Auditions of Season 8
The Voice Recap: The Blind Auditions End and the Battle Rounds Begin
The Voice Recap: Which Coach Makes a Major Comeback?
The Voice Season 8 Premiere Recap: Which Coach Doesn’t Get Any Singers?

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S7 Coaches

Season 7

The Top 4
20 Best Performances from The Voice Season 7
The Voice Season 7: Top 4 Performance Rankings
The Voice Recap: The Final 4 Perform

Top 5
The Voice
Season 7: Top 5 Performance Rankings
The Voice Recap: The Top 5 Perform in the Semifinals

Top 8
The Voice
Season 7: Top 8 Performance Rankings
The Voice Recap: The Top 8 Perform
The Voice Results: The Top 8 Revealed

The 10
The Voice Season 7: Top 10 Performance Rankings
The Voice Recap: The Top 10 Perform

Top 12
The Voice Season 7: Top 12 Performance Rankings
The Voice Recap: The Top 12 Perform

The Live Playoffs
The Voice Season 7: The Live Playoffs Performance Rankings
The Voice Recap: The Final 8 Advance to the Live Playoffs
The Voice Recap: The Live Playoffs Begin

The Knockouts
The Voice Recap: The Knockout Rounds Begin

The Battles
The Voice Recap: Night 3 of the Battle Rounds
The Voice Recap: Two Singers are Stolen as the Battle Rounds Begin

The Blind Auditions
The Voice Rankings: The 15 Best Blind Auditions from Season 7
The Voice Interviews: Advancing Artists Weigh In on the Flirting, Critical and Happy Coaches
The Voice Recap: A Returning Singer Stuns the Coaches

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#Backstrom Season 1 Archive

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Backstrom is the love child of Bones Creator Hart Hanson and criminologist and international best-selling novelist Lief Persson. Persson is the Kathy Reichs of criminologists so this was a natural fit for Hanson, a fit further confirmed by the masterful product the two men have delivered this past prime time season. The moment the news of this creative marriage broke I made a plaintive bid to my editors to give me the assignment. Thankfully, BuddyTV gave ther blessing and the rest is history.

These are the recaps and articles from season 1, hopefully soon to be added to by more from season 2.

Ep 13 Recap “Rock Bottom” Does Backstrom Find Resolution at Rock Bottom?
Ep 12 Recap “Cork Screwed” Backstrom Gets His Cork Unscrewed
Ep 11 Recap “I Like to Watch” Backstrom Tells Val to Go Fly a Kite
Ep 10 Recap “Love is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It” Backstrom Has Breast Issues
Ep 9 Recap “Inescapable Truth” Backstrom Learns the Shocking Truth About Valentine
Ep 8 Recap “Give ‘Til It Hurts” Has Backstrom Sunk to a New Low?
Ep 7 Recap “Enemy Of My Enemies” Backstrom Attempts to Slay His Father
Ep 6 Recap “Ancient Chinese Secret” Backstrom Learns What His Future Holds
Ep 5 Recap “Bogeyman” Can Backstrom Outrun the Bogeyman?
Ep 4 Recap “I Am A Bird Now” Is Backstrom’s Career Over?
Ep 3 Recap “Takes One To Know One” Backstrom is a Dead Man Walking
Ep 2 Recap “Bella” Backstrom Faces His Childhood Foes
Pilot Recap “Dragon Slayer” Does Backstrom Sink or Sail?
Backstrom Preseason Teaser 5 Reasons You’re Going to Love Backstrom

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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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