Bones: “The Sense in the Sacrifice”


Grade: A

Airdate: 10/7/13

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to give this episode of Bones a grade or not. As soon as the two climaxes, which were both rather predictable, happened I thought it seemed too simple. But then I thought maybe that was the point. Booth (David Boreanaz) and Bones (Emily Deschanel) were already engaged for a time, so Booth’s proposal was simple. And like how Bones did out of the blue and with beef jerky, Booth did it as soon as he could outside an abandon factory in Maryland.

Palent’s (Andrew Leeds) death was also simple. Booth just shot him and he died instantly. For a serial killer that was never as creepy as Gormagon or as scary as the Gravedigger, but always had me more paranoid i thought his death would have been more spectacular. After some consideration, I think simple was the point. Palent has been terrorizing every member of the team, killed numerous people and showed he was smarter than the entire team. At times he was everywhere and nowhere, he walked into the Jeffersonian just to show Bones he could walk right out and he once wiped out his entire identity so he could just walk out of the FBI. At times, he seemed bigger than a person, a undefeatable focus that was destroying the lives of all our favorite characters. But in the end, he was just a man and one that Booth killed in one shot.

Before Bones and Booth finally defeated Palent in an abandoned factory in Maryland, he was still on the loose and they were trying to smoke him out. The episode opens very well with Angela (Michaela Conlin) upping the security and the rest of the team taking a freshly dead body and turning it into a faux Palent kill. Miss Julian (Patrica Belcher) and Booth don’t like the idea but it is starting to seem like the only way. Agent Flynn (Reed Diamond), who survived the attack by Palent last season, takes the body and is told to hide it as part of the plan.

The team is then called to the scene of their fake murder. They are acting like everything is normal until Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) and Bones notice something weird about the body. it isn’t their body. Bones starts rattling off remodeled injuries and Booth knows its Flynn. Palent is still one step ahead of them.

And he continues to be for most of the episode. The team starts to blame themselves for what happened to Flynn and Cam (Tamara Taylor) has to remind them that Palent did it. Booth voices the same concerns to priest turned bartender Aldo (Mather Zickel). Yay, Aldo came back. But, he thinks someone on the team was working with Palent. No, not another Zack and Gormagon. A bunch of evidence starts landing on Flynn as the traitor but Booth refuses to believe it. Bones adorably also doesn’t because he does. Aww.

Palent keeps playing mind games with everyone. He just appears in limbo while Bones is looking at an old body that had the same injures as Flynn’s. Palent just appears like a horror movie villain and tells Bones he is about to solve a serial killer case she couldn’t. Bones looks into that and ends up finding Palent’s secret location, shortly before the rest of the team does. Booth rushes out after them.

Sweets (John Francis Daley) told us early in the episode that Palent end goal is t seduce Bones and replace Booth. It seemed a little weird and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I mean it sort of makes sense, but serial killer’s don’t usually have motives on Bones and that makes it better. So, Palent is saying all kinds of creepy comments to Bones and she pulls a guy on him. Meanwhile, Booth is sneaking in and being all stealthy. Palent eventually leads Bones in front of Booth and says the transmitter he is holding is going to blow the whole building. But, he pulled the fake transmitter trick earlier and Bones calls his bluff. Then, Booth just shots him and that quickly it is all over.

They then walk outside, Booth explains why he had to break off the engagement and proposes to her in a super cute way as everyone back at the Jeffersonian is watching through security footage on the Angelatron. It was so cute, which isn’t something I should be saying about sometime that happens moments after my second favorite serial killer is killed. But I can and that is why I love you, Bones. 


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