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Welcome to my archive of BuddyTV.com Season 10 articles, slideshows, and editorials. This page is updated weekly, so make sure to come back on Friday after each episode.
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
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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’
Bones Interview: Emily Deschanel and EP Stephen Nathan Talk Game-Changing Pregnancy, Big Bads and Season 11
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The 23 Most Disgusting Bones Episodes
Top 10 Most Extraordinary Cases on Bones
The 33 Most Important Events in Booth and Brennan’s Journey
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Episode 10 “The 200th in the 10th”
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Detectives Flynn (Kristin Lehman of Judging Amy, The Killing) and Vega (Louis Ferreira of SGU Stargate Universe, Missing) 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.
Cinematographically, this episode was a delight. It could have been called ‘Motive: Starring Kristin Lehman’s Dimples—facetiousness unintended. Resplendent with close-ups, this episode brings the gold: that intimacy that engages viewers and eventually compels them to invest in the characters. I actually caught myself in a smiling sigh as the subtleties of Flynn’s personality began to reveal themselves. Through her complimentary banter with Vega (Louis Ferreira), her understated aesthetic as she interacts with and observes of all the players, and her innate understanding of the underpinnings archetypical humanity she appears as a woman who understands that sometimes good people do unforgivable things when they are in great pain. For example, as she concludes her interview with Crewson, she compassionately and respectfully observes, “Only betrayal like that could make someone do what you did.” Her tone suggests that though he is certainly responsible, she didn’t blame him for his actions. Wow.
Flynn and Vega—what’s going on with these two? They are like an old couple who still enjoys being married. At least forty percent of their communication is delivered in the form of glances, grimaces, shrugs accompanied by frowns, and raised eyebrows. We’re not talking eye-sex here. They simply know each other that well. Will something romantic ever develop between them? Who knows? It’s apparent that Vega doesn’t want for female company to share his bed, but what about Flynn? I guess we’ll have to tune-in next week to find out.
Scott foolishly appears in Leanne’s stead at the agreed-upon getaway spot and derisively reveals to Crewson how thoroughly he’s been taken for a ride—but not a limo ride. Scott, who never thought about the fact that Crewson might have a gun (Duh, implied), gets shot dead while trying to detain Crewson. Angered by the betrayal, Crewson sets Leanne up to get caught with the steroids and takes off with the money. Flynn and Vega find him, of course, and take him in. The rest is history.
This episode was cleverly directed by none other than Charles Martin Smith, the director at the helm of “Welcome to the Hellmouth”, the maiden episode responsible for launching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Another generation of viewers might recognize Smith for his roles in American Graffiti, The Buddy Holly Story, and The Untouchables.
Where have I seen that guy, he looks terribly familiar!
Over the last 20+ years, Scott Michael Campbell, this Motive episodes killer, Ben Crewson, has played minor roles over 85 of the most successful television series produced since1991. From Hell
on Wheels (2013) all the way back to Sisters (1991), this guy has had no extra room on his dance card! Credits include Major Crimes, Bones, Dexter, Castle, Drop Dead Diva, Supernatural, Southland, Private Practice—now let me catch my breath!—Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Burn Notice, 24, NCIS, Crossing Jordan, Chicago Hope—Need I go on? He’s also had recurring roles in The Event, CSI, House and ER. His longest gig was the 20 episode gig playing Father Eric in Nothing Sacred. That’s why you recognize Scott Michael Campbell.
In next week’s episode, ‘Against All Odds’, a grocery store clerk in the middle of a nasty divorce breaks into a home and kills a high-powered lawyer. For al intents, it looks like a regular B&E, but nothing of value was taken. So – what was the motive? You’ll have to tune in THURSDAY, JUNE 6 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC to find out!
But is the whydunnit premise sufficiently entertaining to warrant a spot on your DVR or a live viewing? The short answer is yes. Motive’s concept does work. The debut episode, ‘Creepy Tom’ begins before the murder occurs, identifying the victim, Glen Martin (Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block) and the killer Tom (a young Tom Cruise-ish first-time tv actor, Tyler Johnston) in their day to day lives as alcoholic moonlighting karaoke fanatic and downtrodden ‘invisible’ pubescent miscreant. Then we’re swiftly directed to the scene showing cops swarming the murdered victim’s home. As the investigation advances, we are given a series of cinematographically ominous flashbacks depicting the fated events leading up to the murder, and eventually, the murder itself. I tell you, folks, it really works.
The troubled high school marching band drum-player, Tom, kills the cuckolded singing science teacher, Glen when he awakens unexpectedly as Tom is creeping through his house. Though ‘creeping’ has become a pastime for Tom and his best friend, Willie (Iain Belcher), a messed-up dead ringer for Ron Weasley, this time Tom goes alone on a mission to retrieve some confiscated property including a diary filled with frightening images and ominous manifesto-worthy thoughts.
After bludgeoning the awakened teacher, a frantic Tom, unable to flee the scene, hides in the attic, terrified to the point of messing his drawers. When the two time periods collide, the killer is frantically trying to unscrew the vent screen to escape the attic while Detective Flynn is climbing up the ladder to pop open the trap door leading to the attic. Without giving too much away, let me just say that the motive did surprise, as did the final revelations about both the victim and the killer.
Pilots are challenging to review, people. We aren’t yet invested in the characters and their relationships. What we can do is figure out who’s single (everyone), who’s hot (Flynn, Lucas), who’s a little bit naughty (Rogers), and how plausible the premise is. In other words, we see all the ingredients on the table, but can’t quite taste the cookie yet. So the question is, do we like it enough to sign it up for a season pass on TiVo? You will have to be the judge of that.
As for me, I give this baby a 6/10 and have already programmed my TiVo for Thursday when episode two, “Crimes of Passion” will air in its usual timeslot.
Best lines of the show:
Flynn: I got a way with animals.
Vega: Thought you had a way with men—
Flynn: Well, the same principles apply … you just gotta take control.
(Flynn gets chased out of the room by the boisterous canine)
Flynn: Usually takes a couple dates—
Flynn: There’s no good or bad news in homicide. Just news.
Flynn: Nothing says Friday night like a homicide.
Rogers to a young police officer as she gives him a salacious once-over: “They told me you have a body and I see that they were right.”
Lucas: I’ve never been to an autopsy.
Rogers, in a suggestive tone: Always happy to be someone’s first!
Manny, Flynn’s son: Can Crystal stay for breakfast?
Flynn: Can her boobs make coffee?
Willie: Check out this molester van. Shag carpet, wood paneling. Ahh, where can I get one?
Willie to Tom: Those gloves were so emo. I don’t care about fingerprints. We’re minors. What are they going to do if they catch us? Put us in counseling?