Bones: “The Archaeologist in the Cocoon”

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Grade: B+

Airdate: 1/14/13

With all the crazy promotion Bones was doing for the ballroom dancing episode and its two episode in one night, I thought they would be connected in some way. Sadly they weren’t in the slightest. But, this episode did focus more on the murder and was more interesting than the ballroom dancing.

The episode starts with a skydiver caught in a tree talking to his wife on the phone and then finding a skeleton wrapped in a cocoon. The show is getting creative with the screamers — the characters who find the body then scream — lately.

Over at Bones (Emily Deschanel) and Booth’s (David Boreanaz) house, Bones is concerned because Christine doesn’t understand peek-a-boo. According to Bones’ tracking of her development, she should by now. Sweets (John Francis Daley) gets all shrinking about it and Booth acts like he isn’t concerned.

The team gets called to the crime scene and Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) instantly starts going on about Moth Man because the skeleton is in a cocoon. Bones and him arguing about that is cut with Cam (Tamara Taylor) and Booth examining the Jeep under the tree. They figure out the Jeep was rigged to make it look like an accident and the victim must have been flung into the tree after the Jeep went off the road. Bones cuts into the net around the body and a bunch of worms fall on her face. Hodgins is left in charge of the evidence finding for while.

Booth finds out that the victim was a adventurer, explorer, archaeologist, novelist named James Sutton.  He also sold bogus artifacts to go along with his factually incorrect books. Booth and Bones interview the victim’s pregnant Russian wife and her brother, who lives in Cleveland–random Ohio reference.

The wife gives them a key to the victims swank storage locker/office. Bones finds that he had prehistoric bones and real artifacts and they take them to the lab. Because the bones are prehistoric, they fall into Clark’s (Eugene Byrd) new position and Bones is not happy about it.

Cam and Hodgins do their best to stay out of the Bones-Clark duel over the ancient find, but after Angela (Michaela Conlin) starts helping him Hodgins is sucked in. Cam tells Bones and Clark they have to share and Bones goes back to the murder solving for a while.

Competitiveness is a theme in this episode, which is made very clear with the duel and a little more hidden with Bones being overly competitive about Christine. Sweets is worried she is putting too much pressure on her and Booth cautiously agrees. They later agree they need to work on that and not passing on their failings to Christine.

The victim sold most of his bogus artifacts to a paradoxical creationist oil mogul from Texas, who owns the largest creation museum in the country — random Kentucky reference. Is one of the writers for this episode from the Midwest? The victim’s publisher, who knew his books were crap, also joins the suspect pool.

But the team turns their attention back to the wife and brother after they discover the victim was in Russia about three months before he died and was flogged. The wife tells Sweets it was her family because he wasn’t Russian. That makes the brother a suspect for a while, but it ends up being the publisher. The victim was going to leave the crap novel business and become a real archaeologist and be with his family.

Apparently, the victim was on his way to being a respected archaeologist because the prehistoric bones were from a mixed neanderthal-homo sapien family that was murdered. Clark discovers all this with help from the rest of the team. They act out the murder, which was weirdly sad and beautiful because it was what Booth called “the world’s first hate crime.” I’m not sure if all the evolution stuff was accurate, but it seemed to make sense and worked for me.

So, good episode overall. Clark isn’t my favorite squnitern but I like that the show was able to work him in. I’m not sure how it is going to keep that up though.

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