To find out who framed Booth for murder, the Jeffersonian team, with the help Special Agent James Aubrey (guest star John Boyd), continues to investigate who is behind a conspiracy within the Federal Government that dates all the way back to J. Edgar Hoover. Then, when foreign DNA is found in a previous victim linked to the scandal, the team is able to narrow down the number of suspects, leading them closer to cracking the case. In the beginning of the episode, Booth and Brennan are giving orders over their phones. Later Christine walks into the room saying that "Uncle Sweets and Daisy said we're going to the park", after Booth and Brennan give each other sorrowful looks Brennan calls Christine over to give her the news about Sweets's death.
The Case Edit
The Victim: Dr. Lance Sweets, resident baby-duck and friend to B&B. The episode begins as they discuss Sweets’ death. Booth feels like the death is his responsibility; Brennan urges him to focus that emotion into solving the case. Christine joins them and announces she is ready to go to the park with Uncle Sweets and Daisy. Cue the tears #1.
The Suspects: Within the FBI conspiracy, there are many possible suspects/henchmen, but Booth and Agent Aubrey identify a blood trail from former Navy Seal Kenneth Emory. Sweets shot him as part of their struggle, and the team must now connect him with the conspiracy.
The Case Progression:
At the lab, the team (including Clark and Daisy) examine Sweets’ skeleton. When Angela says she wishes they’d never uncovered the conspiracy, Hodgins declares that since they have, they must crush its central nervous system. Brennan insists the conspiracy is a non-sentient being, but Hodgins disagrees — it grows like any organism grows. Angela catches the metaphor and decides to map the DNA of the conspiracy.
When Booth and Aubrey track down Emory’s body, Cam, Brennan, Clark and Daisy examine his remains and find that beyond the bullet hole wound from Sweets, an artery was sliced—the ultimate cause of death. They surmise that the killer used that point of entry to hide the murder and make sure Emory didn’t survive.
Booth continues to go rogue. He threatens/intimidates Sanderson, and when Caroline tells him “it’s how the world works” when he hits a block in the case, Brennan later finds Booth stocking up on weaponry. They argue about Booth’s methods and motivations, completely taking my breath away in a perfect, jaw-dropping exchange that leads to Booth confessing he just wants it all to be done. Cue the tears #2.
Booth tasks Aubrey with analyzing every possible connection between Sanderson and the FBI, and Angela and Hodgins are able to pull etchings from some of Sweets’ notes regarding Howard Cooper and Hugo Sanderson. They turn up connections between Glen Durant, Hadley, Sanderson, Emory, and Norsky among others. Angela also tracks down evidence of several conferences where Durant and Cooper were attendees.
Brennan finds Daisy examining Sweets’ skeleton, and when she offers to give Daisy privacy, the younger woman begs Brennan to stay and help identify important skeletal markers as a sort of oral history of Sweets. It’s a beautiful moment as they do what they do best and identify various moments in Sweets’ life like soccer, a fall from a treehouse, being a good pianist, etc. Cue the (big time) tears #3.
Booth brings Durant back in for questioning, and when Durant recognizes a picture of Norsky, Booth promises him they will protect him. But when Booth pays another visit to Norsky, the older gentleman is very lucid and evasive. Booth realizes he’s either part of the conspiracy or a new blackmail victim. He reminds Norsky that as an FBI agent, he took an oath to protect the country, and Norsky replies by insisting that is what he’s always done. Interesting!
At the lab, Brennan and Clark examine Howard Cooper’s bone marrow and discover extraneous cells not linked to his leukemia. They figure the killer accidentally injected some of his DNA into Cooper. Meanwhile, Aubrey, Angela, and Hodgins try to identify a missing link in the conspiracy DNA. Aubrey remembers Desmond Wilson, one of Hoover’s top aides. He retired a few months before the blackmail files were supposed to be destroyed and also died the same year as Howard Cooper. When Hodgins and Aubrey visit Wilson’s previous home, they find a long piece of wire. The J-Team analyzes it realizes Hoover’s files were not destroyed.
Caroline tells Booth that Wilson’s house was owned by a property management group with ties to Sanderson, but it’s not enough to bring him in for questioning. Booth is annoyed and later works with Aubrey to try to find a connection between Sanderson and Wilson. They catch a break when Brennan notices that a picture of Wilson also includes Glen Durant as a child; he’s Wilson’s stepson. They just need to get some of his DNA to know whether or not he’s a match for Cooper’s killer.
B&B visit Durant in a park where, like a comic villain, he proudly declares his innocence while also basically laying out his entire manifesto against democracy as a true patriot/disciple of J. Edgar Hoover. It was a little over the top but still satisfying when Booth punched him in the face and came away with enough blood to run a DNA report, getting what they need to pin Cooper’s death on Durant. But when they bring him in for questioning, his lawyer insists he won’t answer anything, leading Booth to indicate he has blackmailed her as well. Brennan points out the evidence they have from Howard Cooper’s bone marrow, and Booth doesn’t back down either. Durant seems nervous, but Booth knows they need to find the original Hoover files to make sure Durant isn’t able to blackmail himself out of prison.
The Verdict: Booth pulls Brennan and Aubrey to look at Sweets’ notes, to examine the case from Sweets’ point of view. They realize that Durant, Norsky and Wilson all treated their version of patriotism as a religion, so it’s likely the files are located somewhere they considered to be holy. Booth wonders if they are in Hoover’s office, and when Aubrey points out that it doesn’t exist any longer, B&B share a knowing smile — the Jeffersonian has an exhibit on Hoover, and sure enough, all of the “office props” are real, actual documents.
With the case closed, it’s now time for the team to let Sweets’ remains be released. They join Daisy and give Sweets a proper sendoff. Cue the tears #4.
- Temperance Brennan - Emily Deschanel
- Seeley Booth - David Boreanaz
- Jack Hodgins - T.J Thyne
- Angela Montenegro - Michaela Conlin
- Camille Saroyan - Tamara Taylor
- James Aubrey- John Boyd
Intern of the WeekEdit
- Patricia Belcher as Caroline Julian
- Sunnie Pelant as Christine Booth
- Sterling Macer Jr. as Deputy Director Victor Stark
- JD Cullum as Glen Durant
- Sam Anderson as Hugo Sanderson
- Rance Howard as Jerold Norsky
- Shelley Robertson as Linda Dugan
- Laurence Leong as FBI Tech
- Susan Angelo as Susan Sprung
- Ian Harris (Voiceover) as John F. Kennedy
- During Sweets' funeral the group sing 'Coconut', (this is a song they also sang for Vincent Nigel-Murray on his funeral, after Brennan said that it was his favorite song, with Sweets saying it was also his "jam", so started singing it).
- This is the first episode in which John Boyd (who plays James Aubrey) is given credit in the opening sequence, as well as the first since The Santa in the Slush to not feature John Francis Daley in the opening sequence.
- The episode title is a pun on Lance Sweets's name, who had died in the previous episode.
"We have to do that, All right? He [Sweets] was family."
-Booth to Brennan