Bones: “The Lady on the List”

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Grade: B

Airdate: 10/14/16

Last week on Bones a serial killer was killed off and Booth (David Boreanaz) and Bones (Emily Deschanel) got engaged, again. I was not expecting anything crazy or out of the ordinary from this episode and that is what I got. Sometimes I like the predictability of this show and sometimes I get annoyed with it. It was all right this episode.

It did start in a rather textbook Bones sort of way. Booth and Bones are repelling down a cliff and stop with a mutilated murder victim hanging between them. They have two conversations at once. One being about the murder and the other about plans for their wedding and if they want to let anyone held them plan it. Booth says no because if he wants pigs in a blanket at his wedding he is going to have it and Bones doesn’t like being told what to do.

The victim ends up being a high school principal who had terminal cancer and made inspiration web videos, which he sold for $2 a video. I thought that was weird, why not just put them on Youtube? It turns out the guy was trying to get rich quick before he died, like a boring Walter White.

The victim also had an extremist bucket list and that was why he died rock climbing. That creates a bucket list theme with every character making one, including squintern Dr. Oliver Wells (Brian Klugman). Somehow I missed everyone episode Wells had been in before and I am glad because I really don’t like him. I get that he is supposed to be brash and an asshole version of Bones, but really he was just pissing me off.

The running comical conflict is that the FBI is testing out a profiling computer program called VAL. Booth wasn’t supposed to tell Sweets (John Francis Daley) about it but he did and was competing against it all episode. Booth and even Bones at one point said nobody or nothing could replace Sweets. The program ended up thinking the killer was a former school employee that was arrested after the victim reported her for stealing from the school. But, she watched his videos and realized he was just doing what he thought was right.

Sweets got it right and it was the victims son-like friend who killed him because he wasn’t getting a cut of the web series money even though he helped the most.

The big wedding was not talked about that much. Bones asked Angela (Michaela Conlin) to be her maid of honor and I’m a little surprised that Angela acted surprised. I’m mean, Booth will make Sweets his best man next episode. There was two very cute scenes with Bones admitting that she was hurt that Angela stopped trusting Booth for a while. Of course, Bones never actually said it but Angela and the audience could understand. Also, Bones picked out a wedding dress from a bridal magazine when she was eight and still had it. Angela approved, Bones said it was the only thing she wanted help with and the scene was super touching.

Maybe the other shows I have been watching have been too exciting and unpredictable lately, but I just really couldn’t get too excited about this episode. It was good, but nothing surprised me.

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