Bones: “The Sign in the Silence”

 Grade: A

Airdate: 5/5/11

Most episodes of Bones that focus around kids are pretty good, I think this was one of the best. Focusing on kids or childhood in general always makes for a good episode, because the three characters with rough childhoods (Bones, Booth and Sweets) have to face something about their pasts.

It was easy to tell that this is going to be a good episode for the start. Bones (Emily Deschanel), Booth (David Boreanaz) and the team  aren’t given a body, but rather a 15-year-old girl, who is deaf, unable to speak and apparently homeless. The team is supposed to figure out if she killed someone because she was found covered in blood and wielding a knife. After getting some x-ray’s, Bones figures at that the girl isn’t homeless but has been a victim of child abuse.

At first the girl, played by McKenzie Applegate, refuses to tell them anything. Sweets (John Francis Daley) convinces Bones to not treat her as a suspect but someone with abusive parents. She eventually helps them and they find her parents, who she ran away from. This creates an emotional episode for since Sweets’ biological parents were abusive, as were Bones’ foster parents and Booth’s dad.

Bones shows a fair amount of emotion much to Sweets’ surprise. Booth is quick to reassure her that everyone know she isn’t as cold as she appears. Bones has a personal connection to the girl and ends up figuring out that her abusive parents, who ended up hiring the victim to kidnap her after she ran away, aren’t her real parents. Booth and Bones find her real parent, who she was kidnapped from when she was three, and figure out that she killed the victim in self-defense.

Booth and Bones have a lot of couple stuff throughout this episode. This season is setting up something big between Booth and Bones for the finale. I just hope it is less anti-climatic than the end of last season.

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