Before I get to the meat of this week's "Bones", I just wanted to say how much I adore Tina Majorino, and getting a guest appearance from her -- just a few weeks after her guest spot on "Castle" -- was a nice suprise.
Now, with that out of the way, let's focus on what I think was the best episode of the season. "The Hole in the Heart" was the continuation -- and seeming conclusion -- of the ongoing Broadsky story, which itself was a spinoff of the Gravedigger story that spanned multiple seasons. And for the second time, a major ongoing story ended in tragedy for a Jeffersonian Intern.
During the past three seasons of watching "Bones", I've never connected with the rotation of interns like I did with Zach Addy, but that didn't make Thursday's episode any less emotional. After some typical posturing between Booth and Broadsky over untraceable phone calls, Broadsky took the fight too Booth -- who he no longer considered one of the "good" guys. He set himself up to take a shot at Booth, only he was relying on thermal imaging to see into the Jeffersonian and couldn't see that he was actually taking the shot at Vincent Nigel-Murray.
I was incredibly impressed with how well all three actors involved in the scene -- Ryan Cartwright (Vincent), David Boreanaz (Booth) and Emily Deschanel (Brennan) -- played it. Cartwright's pleading reminded me so much of Amy Acker's death scene on "Angel", and ranks among the better death scenese I've seen on TV.
The rest of the episode wasn't quite as emotionally impactful, but I didn't expect it to be. It's hard to follow a moment like that, and nothing short of Booth putting a series of bullets into Broadsky's brain was going to live up to it. And when Booth grabbed his assault rifle and started chasing after Broadsky at the docks, that what I thought was going to happen. Sadly, Booth only shot him in the leg and took him into custody.
It was subtle, but I thought the reaction from Brennan upon hearing the news on the phone was one of disappointment at first, then relief, as if she was also hoping that Booth would kill Broadsky. Now, It'll be interesting to see if there's a follow-up episode with Broadsky facing trial, a la the Gravedigger episode.
Obviously in the aftermath of the episode, there's going to be a lot of discussion of the moment when Booth and Brennan -- both feeling vulnerable -- got into bed together, but beyond it being the obvious next step for them, I'm not sure a lot is going to change.
I think the only thing the episode could have used is a scene with the other interns being told about Vincent's death. Maybe that'll come in next week's season finale, but it seems unlikely. Even if they'd just been present in the final scene with the crew from the Jeffersonian turning over Vincent's body, that would have been nice.
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