Bones: “The Patriot in Purgatory”

Grade: A

Airdate: 11/12/12

Though it took me a while to make the connection because I watched the episode the day after it aired, I like that Bones decided to take a different approach to Veteran’s Day and give the episode a 9/11 theme. Bones has never had a 9/11 episode because usually the show isn’t on in September. I think pegging it to Veteran’s Day was a good way to make an emotional episode.

The episode started with Bones (Emily Deschanel) calling her five best interns — Astraoo (Pej Vahdat), Clark (Eugene Byrd), Finn (Luke Kleintank), Fisher (Joel David Moore) and Wendell (Michael Terry Grant) — to help identify the remains in “limbo” because the Jeffersonian recently got a digital system for it. I sort of had to laugh at the show inadvertently insulting Daisy because I read in an interview Carla Gallo could not be in the episode due to scheduling issues. The squinterns get incredibly competitive with each other until they realize something is weird with Astrasoo’s remains.

His are of a homeless guy that was apparently beaten to death. With a little help from Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) and Cam (Tamara Taylor), the squinterns are able to figure out that he died on Sept. 21, 2001 but had a bunch of wounds from an apparent beating ten days earlier, Sept. 11, 2001. The episode did a good job of hiding the fact that the victim was injured during the 9/11 attack on The Pentagon by having the squinterns slowly piece together all the evidence. Booth (David Boreanaz) is able to find out that the victim was a homeless Desert Storm veteran.

Finding out all the information about the victim created a lot of sharing of 9/11 stories. Cam was the coroner of New York at the time and signed 900 death certificates. Later, we are also told that Bones worked to identify remains at Ground Zone for two weeks. Even Hodgins, who has a conspiracy theory for everything, says there is only one theory for 9/11. While the squintern are working on the case, Finn makes a racist comment to Astraoo, which leads to him into a rant about how he hates the terrorist just as much as everyone else does. Finn apologizes and Fisher decides that everyone should share their “where they were” stories to get over the tension. Obviously it was a very emotional scene.

After Booth and Bones talk to the victims wife and some workers at The Pentagon, they are able to figure out that the victim stood outside the building almost everyday repeating “walk in more park,” but nobody knows what the means. Booth does some more research and finds out that the victim was really saying “Walkin, Moore, Park,” which were the names of his three squad members that were killed in Iraq and he wanted them to get medals.

The episode was different from most because it focused a lot on the victim himself and not so much on suspects. Also the evidence was really confusing so a lot of time was spent in the lab. In the end, the squinterns and Angela (Micheala Conlin) are able to figure out where the victim was standing during the attack and that he got his injuries rescuing three people from the building. He died of his injuries ten days later. The episode ended with a military funeral for the victim and Booth saying that he is going to try to get the victim  and his three squad members medals.

Lots of emotion, good story line and seeing all the squinterns together made it a good episode.

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