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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bones 8.4: Slashing Tiger and Donald Trump

The topic du jour between Bones and Booth in Bones 8.4 tonight was her semi-serious notion that she might be a good candidate for U.S. President.  After all, she replied when Booth expressed reservations, "Donald Trump" was thinking of running.  Point well taken, and I was thinking of titling this review "Bones for President".  But given President Obama's poor performance in the debates last week, and my concern about what might happen as a result in the election, I just couldn't bring myself to mix Bones and any Presidential election - even though the Trump line was the best in the show.

But "Slashing Tiger" is a pretty good title, anyway, don't you think?  It conveys an aura of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which, come to think about it, was a good title, too.  The beautiful Siberian tiger was the killer in tonight's show - or, at least, cause of death - and Bones' reaction when she finds that someone killed it was a powerful little tableau of who she is.   It's not that she doesn't care about people, but shooting a wild animal is destructive of her deep sense of nature and her place in the universe.   Booth, for his part, brings that point home, by comparing Bones to a wild tiger - a compliment she not only understands and accepts, but which gets her to see that she's too unconventional, too untamable, to be President.

And, not to stretch the metaphor too far, but there was another tiger set loose in tonight's episode.  As I mentioned last week, the writing was on the wall for Daisy, given Sweets' visceral response to Olivia.  And, although as I said last week, I never much liked Daisy, I couldn't help but feel bad for her as Sweets at last unleashed his hidden tiger of wanting to break free of her.  But, consistent with Sweets being his own worst patent, he breaks up with Daisy in the lamest way (though I guess there is no un-lame way to do that).

Hodgins had the best toy tonight - a model plane with a camera that helps with the case, but crashes into a high wire.  A tiger, a Trump line, a crashing toy plane and a broken almost toy relationship - but Booth and Bones are still flying high, and I look forward to seeing them again after the World Series and the U.S. Presidential Election.

See also Bones 8.1: Walk Like an Egyptian ... Bones 8.2 of Contention ... Bones 8.3: Not Rotting Behind a Desk

And see also Bones 7.1: Almost Home Sweet Home ... Bones 7.2: The New Kid and the Fluke ... Bones 7.3: Lance Bond and Prince Charmington ... Bones 7.4: The Tush on the Xerox ... Bones 7.5: Sexy Vehicle ... Bones 7.6: The Reassembler ... Bones 7.7: Baby! ... Bones 7.8: Parents ... Bones 7.9: Tabitha's Salon ... Bones 7.10: Mobile ... Bones 7.11: Truffles and Max ... Bones 7.12: The Corpse is Hanson ... Bones Season 7 Finale: Suspect Bones

And 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 ... Bones 6.22: Phoenix Love ... Bones Season 6 Finale: Beautiful

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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