Bones: “The Twist in the Twister”

 Grade: A

Airdate: 12/8/11

Bones doesn’t do this very often but sometimes characters will be paired off and have their own story lines within those pairs. Of course the pairs are easy to determine; Angela and Hodgins and Booth and Bones. But the show did a very good job of them having seperate story lines with an identical theme: over protection.

The episode starts with a body being discovered at a kids’ summer camp. The scene quickly switches to Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Hodgins (TJ Thyne) desperately trying to get Michael to fall asleep because he hasn’t slept in weeks and they are exhausted. Just as they also get him to sleep Angela’s dad walks in with a toy guitar and gets Michael all excited. For a good part of the episode they are trying to avoid letting him take Michael out of daycare because they are afraid he will “over stimulate” him and then he won’t fall asleep. They let him babysit Michael later in the episode because they have to go to Virginia to look for evidence.

The scene switches back to the crime scene. Bones (Emily Deschanel) is confused by the body because it has a lot of injuries that can’t be explained. Booth (David Boreanaz) spends most of this scene worrying about Bones and she keeps telling him he is being too overprotective.

Bones, Hodgins and this week’s squintern Fisher (Joel David Moore) discover that the victim was killed by being hit on the head with something and then dumped in the path of an tornado, which caused all his other injuries. Angela identifies the victim as a storm chaser. Booth with the help of Sweets (John Francis Daley) track down all the other storm chasers that the victim was competing with to get a IMAX movie contract.

Bones calls and ask where they are going and Booth lies saying that the storm chasers are in North Carolina and he and Sweets are just going to the grocery store. Luckily Sweets is there to asks the audience’s question: Why are you lying to Bones? Booth says he didn’t want Bones to come with them because the storm chasers are all in the path of a possible tornado. Sweets seems like he is siding with Bones that Booth is being too overprotective.

But Sweets changes his mind when a tornado starts coming toward the camp. They scramble to trying and identify the murder weapon and question suspects, but they run out of time. Booth has to run away from the tornado–which had impressively good special effects– at what seems to be the last second and jump into the storm cellar. But a few seconds later the cellar door opens and Bones is there yelling at Booth for lying to her. Bones ended up tracking the GPS on Booth’s cellphone and locating him. There is a little bit of banter between the two of them and then they get to questioning the suspects they are trapped in a cellar with.

Booth and Bones have a few more arguments about Bones driving into a tornado and Booth lying to her. Bones and Angela are able to figure out that murderer was the cameraman by matching his footage of the tornado to the wreckage it caused. He ended up killing the victim because he thought he was sleeping with his girlfriend. He actually killed the guy. I was happy though because the murderer wasn’t the first seemingly innocent person they met.

Angela and Hodgins’ problem with Michael is wrapped up pretty comically. Angela’s dad was able to get Michael to fall asleep by playing ZZ Top. He also gave him a push-on tattoo, which matches the own Hodgins has.

The final scene is in Booth’s apartment. He apologies to Bones for being too over protective but says she is just going to have to deal with it because protecting her and their daughter is too important for to him. Bones tells him that he is being delusional and he agrees. Seeing Booth and Bones fight is still really weird even though it has been done more in the season so far than the first six combined. I do like that the show is able to resolve the fights the same way it always has; one of them eventually gives in to the other and everything is good again.



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