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This week’s ‘Bones’ episode did more than just redeem itself from last week’s mess of an episode. From start to finish, “The Bump in the Road” was funny, heartbreaking, and full of enough guts and drama to tide any audience over for another week.

“The Bump in the Road” began with a beautiful family moment between Bones, Booth, and their new daughter, Christine. The whole idea of her “winking” and both of them feeling pride as parents made me smile. Christine is a beautiful, and well behaved, little baby and I cannot wait to see more of her on screen.

This episode “murder” centered around a body found across a stretch of highway which ends up being the body of an extreme couponer who ended up being drug along by a semi truck. Within minutes of the show, there was tons of guts, blood, and body pieces strung all over the place.  However, despite this amount of gore on the screen, Bones toned down it all with the constant photographs of her daughter she receives (one every thirty minutes). I absolutely loved her awkwardness as she accidentally sends a picture of the murder remains to her daycare director. Spot on, Emily. Spot on.

An interesting relationship dynamic was introduced in this episode that, at first, I was unsure would make any sense/be awkward and weird. Finn, the intern, and Michelle, Cam’s daughter, began dating this episode and not to Cam’s likeness. Throughout the episode, her upset at the thought of them dating was very well played and I even though I thought the relationship was rushed, I began to feel sorry for Finn and Michelle. At one point, Cam strictly tells Finn to not see her again and he gives in. His apparent heartbreak was believable and even more believable when he shows up at the end of the episode basically declaring his love for Michelle. Cam gives in and allows them to see each other and my heart fluttered. I’m actually excited to see where this relationship goes…hopefully – it doesn’t end badly.

Another surprise in this episode was Shaw’s character admitting to having a child. I was blown away by how she inadvertently made it clear how separate she keeps her work and her personal life from her co-workers. Booth could learn a thing or two from her. I’d say – give Shaw some cases and see what she does with them. I absolutely LOVE her character. More Shaw, Hart Hanson. More Shaw.

The relationships in this episode were superbly depicted unlike last week’s episode where ever scene felt forced and fake. I felt the genuine passion from Bones at the end of the episode as she cried holding her daughter, professing how much she misses her and loves her. I felt the conviction Booth felt as Shaw gave him a one-two slap in the face with some harsh truth about work professionalism. I felt Finn’s dire need for companionship and Cam’s defensiveness as a mother.

Despite the fact that the murder turned out to be rather lame and boring in the end, the relationship dynamic made up for it.

Fingers crossed next week’s episode is also full of the same guts, love, and drama.

Catch an all new episode of ‘Bones’ Monday, April 16th  on FOX at 8/7c

[ As seen on HRC ]

I hate waiting for new episodes of shows that decide to go on hiatus mid-season. It kills me, puts me on edge. Especially after an episode such as “Crack in the Code.” Granted, I’m well aware Emily Deschanel needed to have some kind of maternity leave after having her child, but I hated waiting three long months to then be massively disappointed.

“Prisoner in the Pipe” was such a let down episode in my opinion. Despite the fact I was really looking forward to a continuation of “Crack in the Code,” most of the acting seemed force and fake, and the story was completely contrived and unrealistic. It seemed as if the episode wasn’t really focused on the case, but more on the relationships within the show.  For instance, I found myself shipping Hodgins and Daisy at the end of the episode … WHAT?! WHY?! HOW?! The writers decided it would be fun to put those two together for a bulk of the episode and have them flirt with each other. Weird and unrealistic, in my opinion. Plus Daisy and Sweets attempting to have sex in Bones’ office? Yeah, that was weird. There was lots of weird in this episode.

In regards to the whole Bones/Booth dynamic of this episode, Emily Deschanel was superb as always. David Boreanaz not so much. We, the audience, get that your character is catholic. But you don’t have to do a Hail Mary every time you walk by a cross. We’re educated, we get it. Also, the whole ‘hospital birth’ argument got a little old. I understand they were building it up for the actual birth later in the episode, but it was still annoying.

Even though there was a TON wrong with this episode there was one moment that really stuck out in this episode: the birthing scene. Bones giving birth…in a barn…on hay. After being told there was no “room in the inn.” Could it have gotten any more lame/cheesy? I get they were building up this birth with the constant argument of hospital vs. home birth…but REALLY?! It was completely unrealistic that they wouldn’t just drive the extra ten miles to a hospital or that someone wouldn’t drive from the hospital. Where was her midwife? I’m assuming she would have had one if she was having a home birth. I just find it lacking credibility and just plain stupid. Plus Hodgins comment at their home, “Worthy of a manger?” Yeah. I wanted to turn the TV off.

‘Bones’ better redeem itself in the next episode. I want more action. I want more drama. I want more sexual tension between SOMEONE. I get that having a child dilutes the story and makes it impossible for anything to be “dangerous.” I just wonder if they will pick up the story with Christopher Pelant or wait a few episodes so that the “new” parents can get into the swing of things. I’m crossing my fingers for more danger.  I guess we shall see tonight.

Catch an all new episode of ‘Bones’ tonight on FOX at 8/7c

[ As seen on HRC ]