In the Season 10 premiere of BONES, Brennan and the Jeffersonian team are desperately working to get Booth out of jail, clear his name and absolve him of crimes he did not commit. The remains of a man who has been dead 16 years could be the point of origin in the entire government conspiracy that ultimately put Booth in jail. Meanwhile, Booth is faced with a challenge from a new and politically ambitious FBI agent (guest star John Boyd). As he awaits trial, Booth also realizes that many of the convicts with whom he is locked up are criminals he put in there, and Daisy and Sweets have a surprise for the rest of the Jeffersonian team.
Booth is in jail. It’s been three months since the FBI framed him, claiming he murdered innocent agents in order to derail his investigation into the murder of Wesley Foster, who knew something about a serious conspiracy. Brennan’s first order of business is to get her husband out, so she combs Foster’s files until she finds information on Booth’s prosecutor, Brady. Brady’s crimes, which include witness tampering, money laundering, and accepting bribes, are enough to get him killed, and Brennan is more than ready to release that information unless Brady clears Booth of all charges. Brady asks if she has any idea what she’s doing. Brennan: “Yes. I am blackmailing you.” Oh Brennan, my fearless queen, I’ve missed you.
Booth isn’t happy that Brennan went behind his back, but he’s glad to be home, even if it’s not the same home he knew before. On that note, four stars for Brennan’s interior design skills, and four stars (actually, every star in the sky) for Sweets, who helped Brennan and Christine with the move. Sweets is going to be a dad, you guys. Daisy is pregnant. Booth and Brennan will of course be godparents to the smartest child in the D.C. area to ever carry on an entire conversation in emoticons.
Even with all of the good news, Booth can’t relax; his only thought is to catch whoever did this to his family. Brennan may have a lead on that. Foster’s files had information on a man named Howard Cooper, who died 16 years ago after rising quickly through the ranks at the EPA. His official cause of death was leukemia, but Brennan and company exhume Cooper’s body and confirm that the cancer never reached his bone marrow. He was murdered.
Just days before Cooper’s death, he denied a request to construct a new chemical plant, and just days after, that company applied again and was approved. Did someone kill Cooper for a permit? Booth tries to intimidate the CEO, Hugo Sanderson, but Sanderson lodges a complaint with Booth’s boss, Deputy Director Stark. Stark assigns a young agent by the name of James Aubrey (John Boyd) to keep Booth out of trouble, but Sweets promises to take full responsibility.
Booth doesn’t seem interested in justice anymore; he just wants revenge. He’s angry, even after a sweet night with Brennan, who pulls off his shirt, studies his bruises, and promises that she won’t hurt him. Brennan is worried, so she has lunch with Sweets to get his opinion—not as a doctor, but as a friend. Sweets explains that without the FBI on his side, Booth’s entire belief system has been shaken. Brennan agrees and tells Sweets that he’ll be a good dad.
Cooper’s bones show signs of having been in a car accident, but he went to the hospital for what he said was a fall down a flight of stairs. His doctor knew it was a hit-and-run, but the conspirators blackmailed him into keeping quiet so they could hold the hit-and-run over Cooper and force him to do their bidding. It worked until his cancer made him bold. Cooper started to fight the system, so someone killed him with an experimental antacid that was lethal in combination with his chemo drugs.
But who was blackmailing Cooper? The blackmailers had access to hospital security footage, so Agent Aubrey looks into it and finds that the security guy was a man named Gerald Norsky. After his time at the hospital, Norsky worked for a subsidiary of Sanderson Chemical. Booth and Brennan visit him at a ritzy retirement home, and while his sense of past and present seems fuzzy, he says he was an FBI agent. There’s no time to elaborate: Aubrey calls, and he needs them right away.
Booth and Brennan pull into a parking garage and find Sweets bleeding on the ground. He hasn’t been shot; he actually shot his attacker. (“I fought back,” he tells Booth. “You’d be proud.”) The guy got away with the evidence Sweets had on him, but that doesn’t matter anymore. Sweets is suffering massive internal trauma. He’s dying. He asks them to tell Daisy not to worry, and then he tells Booth that the world is a lot better than he thinks it is. He still believes that the world is good, even after everything that’s happened in his life. That’s our Sweets. He stops responding.
Sweets’ body bag is wheeled in to the lab with Daisy by its side. Cam says that she doesn’t think Daisy should be here for this, but Daisy insists that she needs to help, and Brennan gets it. She puts her arm around Daisy and guides her into the room as Cam unzips the body bag. It really is Sweets in there. He’s ghastly pale. Cam isn’t sure she can conduct the autopsy, but Brennan tells her to think of it as a set of remains. Those remains aren’t Sweets, but they can lead to his killer. I have no doubt that our team is going to make that killer pay.
- Temperance Brennan - Emily Deschanel
- Seeley Booth - David Boreanaz
- Jack Hodgins - T.J Thyne
- Angela Montenegro - Michaela Conlin
- Camille Saroyan - Tamara Taylor
- Lance Sweets - John Francis Daley
Intern of the WeekEdit
- Patricia Belcher as Caroline Julian
- John Boyd as James Aubrey
- Sterling Macer, Jr. as Deputy Director Victor Stark
- JD Cullum as Glen Durant
- Sam Anderson as Hugo Sanderson
- David Fabrizio as Kevin Brady
- Daniel Lee Robertson III as Kenny
- Sunnie Pelant as Christine Booth
- Rance Howard as Jerold Norsky
- The Gilded Hand by Radical Face
- This episode saw the death of Lance Sweets, who was a regular in the series since the season 3 episode, 'The Secret in the Soil'