Review: Bones: Season 4 (2008 – 2009)

Bones Season 4 Poster and DVD Cover


Synopsis: We begin the season with the team trying to recover from the bad knock they suffered at the hands of Zack Addy (Eric Millegan). Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) and Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) put an end to their relationship, both drifting their own ways, and losing each other. Hodgins loses something that used to be a large part of his identity: his ability to be a rich conspiracy buff. He gets cocky, short and rude with people, no longer overly caring about his appearance, and his amusing insight to government dwindles to non-existence. I blame this on his trauma of losing Zack, his best friend, as well as the love of his life.

A steady stream of interns come through the lab. Dr Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is unable to pick one, and so we meet up with the extremely depressed and gloomy Colin Fisher (Joel David Moore), uptight and work-oriented Dr Clark Edison (Eugene Byrd), the calm Muslim Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vahdat), the permanent fact-spewing Vincent Nigel-Murray (Ryan Cartwright) and my personal favourite, Wendell Bray (Michael Grant Terry). Each with their own distinctive skill set that they bring to the table, they all vie hard in hopes of being granted the full time position.  Brennan and Dr Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) establish soon on in the intern that they will not, under any circumstances, be able to work with: Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo), and neither can the rest of the team. She is ditzy, irritating and frankly just grates on everyone’s nerves. However, Dr Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) gets into things with Daisy, but they have to keep in under wraps from the rest of the team as they aren’t prepared to really put it out there that they are an item. When Daisy returns to the team for another case to help out on, Camille approaches Dr Sweets, desperately seeking his help to rid the team of Daisy. Dr Sweets says that he will do the firing, and he and Daisy announce to the world how they are together.

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Zack Addy assisting on a case

On a particular case, Hodgins goes to see Zack Addy at the mental institution, and discusses the case with him. In the middle of the case, when the team is ready to give up, Zack walks back into the Jeffersonian. Booth’s first instinct is to take Zack in, but they need his help. With his assistance they solve the case, and Sweets is tasked with delivering him back to the institution. Sweets is terrified of being alone with a killer when Zack admits to him that he never killed anyone, although claims he would have had the “master” asked him to. Sweets is upset, and tells Zack that he does not know what he will do in a situation until he is in it, and wants to inform everyone of Zack’s innocence when Zack forbids him. He knows he will not make it in prison, and so he will stay where he is. Sweets knows he is sitting on a big secret now.

Dr Gordon Wyatt (Stephen Fry) returns for a few episodes, and reads the book that Dr Sweets is compiling about Brennan and Booth. Again, Dr Wyatt feels the books tells more about the writer than the subjects, and he informs Brennan and Booth that Sweets has had a more difficult life than they know. Inviting Sweets to join them for dinner, Brennan shares a fragment of her past that has been hidden away for so long. Sweets feel sorry for her, and Booth is shocked that Brennan has been through the things that she has. Angela’s father (Billy Gibbons) returns to town, and Hodgins is freaking out. He is desperate to avoid the man, and Angela speaks to her father, telling him that the breakup was mutual. Just when they think all has blown over, Angela’s dad kidnaps Hodgins, who wakes up in the desert with Angela tattooed on his bicep. Sweets suggests that Angela take a sexual hiatus after her relationship – that she started shortly after calling it off with Hodgins – with Roxie Lyon (Nichole Hiltz) also ends badly.

Booth and Brennan join the circus for a case, and Brennan gets very attached to the place, the familiarity the people share, and the dedication. She fools Booth into being far more reckless than he was prepared to be, but the pair leave there feeling particularly good about themselves. Camille hires Max Keenan (Ryan O’Neal) to teach at the Jeffersonian, which causes major disagreements seeing as Brennan wants him gone and out, nowhere near evidence and crime scenes, etc. Eventually Brennan relents and her father stays.

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The Booth brothers

The Gravedigger returns, demanding evidence that was stolen be turned over to them, and kidnaps Booth for the incentive. It turns out Hodgins stole the evidence, and they are almost killed when returning it. Just in the nick of time, Booth is rescued by Brennan. Booth saw a dead Private on the boat that he was kept on by the Gravedigger, Teddy Parker (Noel Fisher). In the midst of all of the Gravedigger drama, they manage to ascertain who they are, and state attorney Heather Taffet (Deirdre Lovejoy) is arrested for the crimes, while Jared Booth (Brendan Fehr) is in deep trouble with the government for having pulled some highly illegal strings to finally grow up and help his brother out for a change. Camille’s ex-lover turns up dead, and she goes on an emotional roller coaster ride with his daughter, Michelle Welton (Tiffany Hines), and eventually ends up adopting her, throwing herself headlong into parenthood.

Brennan decides out of the blue that she wants a baby, and that Booth must be the donor. This shocks the whole team, and even more so that Booth gives into Brennan’s wishes that he be the donor. However, Booth is having difficulty with the concept of bringing a baby into this world and not being allowed to be the father. Brennan figures this out because Booth is talking to things that are not there, and tells him she will not have the baby, but that he needs to trust her and see a doctor. It turns out Booth has a benign tumour in his brain that needs to be surgically removed. The last episode of the season revolves around the antics of Brennan and Booth in an alternate universe where they are an item and everything is distinctly different from what it is.

Best Episode: The Hero In The Hold

Worst Episode: The Yanks In The UK (Part 1 & 2)

I was not particularly enamoured with this season. I missed the way Hodgins and Zack brought life to the show, and the surly guy that replaced Hodgins really got to me. I missed all the conspiracy stuff that he used to cook up. I don’t know, having Zack gone really screwed with the whole make up of the show. I like the fact that Zack was not the loon that we thought he was, that clears up a lot. I like the new lab techs that are floating in and out, they each have their perks. My favourite is Wendell of them all, but Clark gets me, too. He is so anal about everything, and such a stickler and so unsocial at work. Brennan suddenly wanting to have a child took me by surprise, and the fact that Booth insisted on being the father is something that could not be taken lightly. I am glad that Jared, for all the silly, stupid and immature things he has done, finally stepped up to help Booth. It was high bloody time he did some of the protecting. Booth’s tumour is heavily scary by the end of it, and the alternate reality he has woven for himself featuring Brennan is very heavy. Overall, a rather slow season. However, I loved Angela’s dad coming back for Hodgins, and the dodgy tattoo that was left. I was heartbroken when they went their separate ways as they were so great together. I wish Booth and Brennan would finally just say what they have to say! Brennan and her father finally laying things to rest is a relief, too, and Sweets suggesting that Angelo go celibate had me in stitches. The latest love of his life, Daisy, is really annoying, though you could see why they would be drawn together. Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher) was again an absolute pleasure to watch, she is so amusing and always a treat when she has a role to play. Not the worst series season I have ever watched, but I expected more bang after the conclusion of season 3.

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Bones: Season 3 (2007 – 2008)

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Absolutely no time was wasted from the end of season two and then into this. I thoroughly enjoy Bones. I will not lie to you and say it has always been my favourite, because season one really didn’t do much for me, and took me an awfully long time to get into.


Synopsis: This season kicks into full throttle with the case of a brilliant murdered musician who turns out to have been eaten by cannibals, thus bringing in the “main case” as such for this season. They are hunting a killing partnership that are killing their victims, eating parts of them, and building a skeleton with selected parts of the corpse. This chills the team, as the logic seems flawed. FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) is struggling bitterly to come to terms with the death of Howard Epps (Heath Freeman) and ends up in counselling when he shoots a clown on top of an ice cream van. His anger is bubbling to the surface and without check most of the time. Dr Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is battling to find a replacement for Zack Addy (Eric Millegan), and is relieved when he returns from Iraq after just three months, intent on working with his friends again. Brennan teases Booth when she sees how the therapist is changing Booth. Dr Gordon Wyatt (Stephen Fry) is helping Booth deal with unresolved anger and control issues and the blame he has assigned himself for Epps’s death.

The Gormogon skeleton
The Gormogon skeleton

Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) and Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) are desperately trying to locate her husband so that she can get divorced and begin her life with Hodgins. She tries everything, including hypnotism, to locate him, which actually turns out to be far more useful than she gave it credit for! As soon as they have the relevant information, they hire a woman to track him down and serve his divorce papers. They are unimpressed that it takes so long to track him down, and when they do, he is not at all interested in letting Angela go. If anything, he feels she is the love of his life, and is not prepared to sacrifice that. Through all of, Gormogon is starting to become a real problem. With no further leads to follow up on, the team is wholly upset when a case arises that might have the hand of Gormogon in it. However, instead of catching their killer, Gormogon attempts to bomb Booth and Brennan, and although he fails, they are horrified to learn that he ripped all his teeth out of his skull to add as fragments.

Brennan’s brother, Russ (Loren Dean), is still on the run while their father, Max Keenan (Ryan O’Neal), gives himself up for arrest. Booth takes him in. This results in Brennan and Booth being sent for counselling and seeing Dr Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley), who says that he has the power to put them back together or split them apart. He tries in vain to get them both to open up, and cannot believe that there are no underlying issues between Brennan and Booth about the fact that Booth arrested Max.  Russ’s wife, Amy Hollister (Bess Wohl), goes to Brennan, begging for her to get into contact with Russ. His stepdaughter, Hayley (Skye Casey Arens), is extremely sick, and she just wants to see her father again. Brennan attempts to get it all sorted at the prison with her father, who refuses to drag Russ back to D.C., where he is sure to be imprisoned. This again leads to another fight between them. Brennan eventually pays for Hayley’s treatment, and Russ shows up to see her. Booth arrests him, but does him the favour of taking him to the hospital so that he can see his daughter, and let her know that he has not forgotten her. They go to elaborate lengths after his imprisonment not to let his stepdaughters know that he is has been sentenced to thirty days in country jail, but rather working overseas. This is really not bad sentencing all considered.

While in prison, Max talks to Brennan of Christmas, and tells her he would love to have a whole Christmas with the whole family while awaiting trial. Brennan gets the plan into her head to find a way to make her father’s dream Christmas come true, while Booth is surly about not having Parker (Ty Panitz) with him for the festive season. Eventually Brennan caves, and they have everything organized for Christmas with the exception of the tree. They even went as far as to get Russ civilian clothes so the kids would be none the wiser as to his interment. However, Booth is feeling giving when it all works out that Parker is with him over Christmas, and they set a tree up outside the prison, lights and all, for Brennan and her family.

Grayson Barasa (Sean Blakemore) returns to Washington D.C. to fix things between him and Angela, and serves no other purpose than to infuriate Hodgins. Hodgins simply wants them to divorce so that he can begin his future with Angela. This is starting to seem damned impossible. However, after much arguing, begging and pleading, Grayson realizes that Angela is no longer in love with him, and will most likely never be. He grants the divorce, and Dr Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) offers to drop him at the airport. As though more complications were necessary, she sleeps with him. This does nothing but make Angela and Hodgins nice and edgy with her, as though she has overstepped a boundary, which in a sense, she has.

Russ has been released from prison, and Brennan and Booth have been separated on their cases and from one another by the FBI seeing as Max’s trial is soon coming up, and Brennan’s whole team is with the prosecution, and it is their job to have Max convicted for the murder of the crooked FBI director that he assassinated. The trial is not going well, until the kid, Clark Edison (Eugene Byrd), that Brennan brought in to help her search for missed evidence finds something. This does not overturn the case, but it does grant a reprieve for the defense to build on this more. Brennan and Booth meet up, and he advises that she act from her heart occasionally, and not just her head. Heading into court, Max is cleared of all charges when Brennan successfully shifts the blame, saying that it is unreasonable to think that Max was the only one able to have pulled off the assassination, though it means casting herself in a bad light. She finally has her family, but has no idea what to do with it further than this.

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Who is The King Of The Lab?

Brennan’s emotional tolerance is tested severely when a stalker case they are dealing with blows out of proportion and Booth becomes the object of obsession. Booth is shot and killed by Pam Nunan (Jennifer Hasty) while out with the team for some after hours relaxation. Brennan is barely holding it together, and adopts a more cut off, clinical and cold approach to it all than ever before, but her temper flares out of control when Booth appears at his very own funeral to take catch some man who has been after Booth for years. Everyone else is thrilled about him actually being alive, whereas Bones feels aggravated and hurt.

While all of this goes down, Gormogon strikes again, and in a hurry to figure out what is going on, there is a lab explosion, and Zack gets seriously injured. Zack is immediately hospitalized, with his hands predominantly shredded. While the explosion had taken place, the incomplete Gormogon skeleton was stolen right out of the vault. The team bands together, needing more than anything to find out who Gormogon is and stop him for good, seeing as it would seem he is an insider to the Jeffersonian. Rumours run rampant that Hodgins is the best candidate to be Gormogon, seeing as he is rich, a conspiracy buff and placed prominently in the Jeffersonian, and he works hand in hand with the FBI members dealing with the Gormogon manhunt. However, when it is discovered that Gormogon could be one of them, many lab students are pulled from their jobs and tasked to go through all the remains that are stored in the Jeffersonian, looking for ones that are not documented. This leads to the horrifying discovery that many of the skulls in storage are missing their canine teeth, and this leads to the shocking realization as to to who Gormogon’s apprentice is: Zack. Everything falls into place; his deliberate screw up with the evidence, the explosion as a diversion for theft and the entire Gormogon story. Betrayal runs deep within the team. Booth is extremely unimpressed, and finally gets Gormogon’s (Laurence Todd Rosenthal) whereabouts from Zack, and goes to personally ensure that he is taken care of.

Best Episode: The Pain In The Heart / The Verdict In The Story

Worst Episode: Death In The Saddle

The pain! Oh the pain! What a fantastic season, truly. It was again energetic, convincing, emotional and intelligent. I loved it, really. The dynamic in the team was thrown off kilter for long enough when Zack was in Iraq to show us how attached we are to the characters they have given us. The introduction of Dr Lance Sweets had me very skeptical, and it took a very long time for him to grow on me because he had me very suspicious a lot, but in the end you really do get used to him, annoying as he is and all. Angela’s husband, Grayson, was a real pain in the ass, and I was with Hodgins all the way on just getting rid of him, but loved the poetic justice he used to justify finally giving Angela the space and freedom she needed to marry the man she loved. I finally really like Camille, even though it took a while, she is pretty cool now. I am glad that Brennan’s father was freed (as demented as that sounds). The whole Gormogon case really sort of tainted my little skeleton earrings that I got recently (makes me really think of that skeleton in the vault, while it was all still so shiny), but not in a bad way, it just makes me think of how that case concluded. I really loved Stephen Fry in this season, he did not fail to entertain me, and give further insight into Booth and how he is, and why. It is amusing to see he became the team’s go-to man for a while, but was rapidly replaced by Dr Sweets, though nobody seems to like or appreciate the notion of psychology. I absolutely adore Caroline Julian (Patricia Beltcher), she is damn funny, über sarcastic and sharp as a whip. But all of that seems irrelevant with the conclusion of the series. I have never been so shocked, horrified and hurt by a series in my life. I did not see it coming, and I will never ever forgive the series creators, however, kudos to them for inciting such an emotion! Wow!  But all of that does not change the fact that I went into mourning!