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Bones 7x03: The Prince in the Plastic

Posted on the 20 November 2011 by Tvgeek @TVGeek_blog

Bones 7x03: The Prince in the Plastic

Original Air Date: 17 November 2011

Storyline: After the remains of a female toy company executive are found shrink-wrapped with a Prince Charming doll, the company's CEO gives Booth and Sweets access to the company headquarters' highly classified prototype lab, where details of the victim's personal life begin to emerge. Meanwhile, Sweets, with the support of Daisy, prepares for his gun certification test, despite Booth's opposition to him carrying a weapon. Brennan wonders whether she will be a good mother and uses the case as a way to understand the importance of toys and playing with her child. Best Quote:

Booth: Just tell him that it's crazy for him to carry a gun, that's all.
Brennan: But it is not.
Booth: It is!
Brennan: At the very least, he could draw fire away from you and get shot himself, which would reduce the likelihood of me becoming a single parent.
Sweets: We, we, we don't have to go through every eventuality.

Review: With each day that passes buy into her pregnancy, Brennan learns new things about having a child, either from already parents Angela and Hodgins or from getting in contact with things unknown to her, like toys. As someone who had never played with toys as a child, because she was too busy dissecting frogs and whatnot, the importance of this activity is lost to her, as is everyone's excitement about the Prince Charmington doll found with the remains of the latest victim whose death they investigate.

For the second week in a row, the case was not all that entertaining, except for draining the liquefied tissue from the plastic wrap, which threw Daisy off the roof with excitement regarding her job and made me remember why this show is so different from other crime procedurals. That, and Daisy performing an autopsy on the Prince Charmington doll, whose murder seemed more important to her than that of Debbie Cortez'.
In fact, Daisy got a lot of air time this week. I sometimes find her over-the-top personality incredibly annoying, as with her behavior towards Sweets. We get it, she thinks he's the best, bravest and cutest guy on the planet, but we don't need to be reminded of that constantly. Taking it down a notch wouldn't hurt her level of likeliness among the fans of the show. On the other hand, I found her devotion to her childhood ideal guy hilarious.
Of course, Daisy was brought in to emphasize Sweets' own story arc - getting certified to carry a gun. Booth's overprotectiveness is oftentimes an issue for the ones around him and this is no different a situation. He doesn't think Sweets should have a gun and this causes friction between the two, and Brennan's hilariously logical approach to this is of no help to wither of them. Booth comes through in the end, as he usually does, and the final test was a bonding moment that showed a lot of trust in the man with the couch - something he didn't have in his regular partner when Brennan applied for a gun permit back in season 1.
The relationship between Brennan and Booth is in a comfortable place right now, something that is both fun and sweet. They still haven't found a place to live and that's reason enough for friction, though I can't even begin to understand why would Booth - the family man - want to get a man-cave; doesn't he already have one? That's one of those unexplainable plot holes the writers sometimes forget about. But they still have warm and funny moments, like Booth reassuring Brennan she will be a good mother or their foam balls fight at the end.
Playing with toys is a great challenge for Brennan, one she will have to overcome in light of her becoming a mother. Learning new things is her second nature, but this one may be more difficult than knowing every small bone in the human body. Trying to play with the dismembered Prince Charmington doll made for the funniest scene of the week - "Hark, subjects! I am Prince Charmington. My arm and leg have been torn asunder from my body. Although the cervical portion of my spine is intact, if I had a functioning respiratory system, my lungs would be filled with liquefied human tissue. Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho."
Toys were the focus in this episode, with Angela unsuccessfully trying to assemble one for Michael. It was hilarious watching her freak about about the poorly translated instructions, which said to "gently forward piece to coupling for together about worrying for many danger" and other similarly amusing directions. Angela and Hodgins still make the most adorable couple, and seeing baby Hodgins in the lab from once in a while is a real treat and vigorously reminding me about my own biological clock.
Bones will take a two weeks break before the next episode, at which point it looks like they return with an interesting murder, so I'm psyched about it.Bones 7x02: The Hot Dog in the Competition Back to Season 7

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