Friday, May 13, 2011

Bones 6.22: Phoenix Love

Well, I thought last night’s Bones 6.22 was a just-about-perfect episode, even though my prediction that the team member who would succumb to Brodsky’s bullet would be Cam was incorrect.   I’m actually glad about that.

I had ruled out the assistants, saying they each played too minor a role to deliver the requisite trauma from their death, but I was wrong about that, too. Mr. Nigel-Murray’s killing was handled so well that it did indeed carry this powerful story.

The way of each of the team responded, each in his or her own way, was utterly real and convincing. This includes Booth’s almost matter-of-fact insistence that Bones spend the night in his apartment, for safety’s sake.

So was the way Bones comes into Booth’s bedroom in the wee hours of the morning – seeking comfort from her being haunted by Nigel-Murray’s last words, please "don’t make me go".  Bones is sure that Nigel-Murray was speaking to her, and she's deeply wounded in wondering why he thought she would want him to leave. Booth’s response, that Nigel-Murray was talking to God or the Universe – he just wanted more time on this Earth – was perfect and heart-rending.

It was also perfectly logical that Bones ask Booth if she could lay on his chest in bed, and his answer, that’s what I’m here for, was just right, too.

We don’t see what actually happened, but I think it’s clear from the expression on Bones’ face as she starts to tell Angela what happened, that the comfort was more than psychological.  It was just as it should have been.

It was wise of Hart Hanson to tuck this amazing development into a story about the loss of Nigel-Murray, which gives both Booth and Bones the option of saying and maybe even believing that what happened in Booth’s bed was a result of both Booth and Bones being in state of shock, and not indicative of a new path for the two of them.

Nah – I think everything has changed, and that’s all to the good, at least as far as Booth and Bones and fans including me are concerned.

See also Bones 6.1: The Linchpin ... Bones 6.2: Hannah and her Prospects ... Bones 6.3 at the Jersey Shore, Yo, and Plymouth Rock ... Bones 6.4 Sans Hannah ... Bones 6.5: Shot and Pretty ... Bones 6.6: Accidental Relations ... Bones 6.7:  Newman and "Death by Chocolate" ... Bones 6.8: Melted Bones ... Bones 6.9: Adelbert Ames, Jr. ... Bones 6.10: Reflections ... Bones 6.11: The End and the Beginning of a Mystery ... Bones 6.12 Meets Big Love ... Bones 6.13: The Marrying Kind ... Bones 6.14: Bones' Acting Ability ... Bones 6.15: "Lunch for the Palin Family" ... Bones 6.16: Stuck in an Elevator, Stuck in Times ... Bones 6.17: The 8th Pair of Feet ... Bones 6.18: The Wile E. Chupacabra ... Bones 6.19 Test Runs The Finder ... Bones 6.20: This Very Statement is a Lie ... Bones 6.21: Sensitive Bones

And see also Bones: Hilarity and Crime and Bones is Back For Season 5: What Is Love? and 5.2: Anonymous Donors and Pipes and 5.3: Bones in Amish Country and 5.4: Bones Meets Peyton Place and Desperate Housewives and Ancient Bones 5.5 and Bones 5.6: A Chicken in Every Viewer's Pot and Psychological Bones 5.7 and Bones 5.8: Booth's "Pops" and Bones 5.9 Meets Avatar and Videogamers ... Bad Santa, Heart-Warming Bones 5.10 ... Bones 5.11: Of UFOs, Bloggers, and Triangles ... Bones 5.12: A Famous Skeleton and Angela's Baby ... Love with Teeth on Bones 5.13 ... Faith vs. Science vs. Psychology in Bones 5.14 ... Page 187 in Bones 5.15 ... Bones 100: Two Deep Kisses and One Wild Relationship ... Bones 5.17: The Deadly Stars ... Bones Under Water in 5.18 ... Bones 5.19: Ergo Together ...  Bones 5.20: Ergo Together ...  Bones 5.21: The Rarity of Happy Endings ... Bones Season 5 Finale: Eye and Evolution




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