'Bones': The 'silence' before the storm

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If you watched the preview of next week's "Bones," chances are you aren't really in the mood to rehash "The Signs in the Silence," but maybe focusing on this for a while will help us not think about the looming death-sex-pocalypse.

... still not working? Well let's recap anyway.

Our all-time favorite gal Caroline Julian ( Patricia Belcher) interrupts Booth ( David Boreanaz) and Brennan ( Emily Deschanel) discussing Brennan's maternal prospects (!) with an interesting case. A deaf and mute girl is a witness/suspect to a murder and the only way to figure out if she committed it or not is by looking at x-rays of her bones. Well, here's a twist we haven't seen before -- and an excuse to bring up some long-simmering Brennan issues.

For the squints:

  • The young girl, Amy, arrives covered in blood and dirt, fighting off attempts at x-rays or any examination, but her inability to communicate and clear history of abuse strikes a chord in Brennan, allowing her to form a bond with the girl.
  • After a little coaxing they learn that she's been beaten by her parents since she was three -- only her parents aren't her real parents. Through some bizarre nose-picking thing, Brennan learns that neither suffer the same genetic disorder that rendered Amy deaf. Not only did they abuse this girl. They kidnapped her.
  • It turns out the dead man was a friend of the parents, who they'd gotten to bring Amy home after she ran away. They're just as responsible for his death, as they found him bleeding out.
  • Here's where it gets even sadder. While Brennan is coaxing a confession out of Amy, via the previously-antagonistic-but-now-kind-of-nice interpreter, Amy breaks down, saying that even though it was self-defense, she killed a man. And then she speaks her first word of the episode: "Sorry." We cry.
  • To make us full-on sob, acoustic Yeah Yeah Yeahs play while Brennan looks at the Amy's wisdom tooth to figure out how to reunite her with her real parents. Is this scientifically possible? We can't imagine so. Does it matter? Not one bit.

For the shippers:

  • There's little to tell for Booth and Brennan this week (it's the last time we'll be able to say that for awhile), so we do get another fantastic episode of Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) dealing with many false-labors.
  • When it appears Angela is finally about to pop, Hodgins has the classic "I'm about to be a father" meltdown, displaying one of the greater showings of physical humor seen on this show in ages. "Baby! Baby! Baby!" The only thing that could have made it better was if Angela had actually gone into labor....
  • Alas! It's a fake-out, and it's a good thing, too. This baby needs another month in the womb, and we wouldn't want it to bear witness to all of the violence and sex going down next week. Wait for the finale, little Hodgela! 

Did you like this particularly heart-string-pulling "Bones" outing? And what do you think of what's going down next week? Sound off.
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