This week on Bones, the Jeffersonian investigates the murder of a man who is used to making things disappear. Which is convenient, because you know what else disappeared? Hodgins’ bad mood! And, apparently, Christine’s real grades on her report card. Yikes!
Let’s jump right into Hodgins’ and Angela’s arc in ‘Fight’: having seen the error in his ways in how he was treating his wife, Hodgins repents big-time. Only, he seems to be begging forgiveness so fiercely that he’s almost losing sight of who Angela really is. It’s part of what has made his paralysis story so heartbreaking, because like Angela says here, no matter how much things improve on any given front, they still aren’t back to the way they used to be — and maybe never will be. (I sense a lesson coming…)
Hodgins, here, is more like the man we know, fully immersed in his work and loving it. Though Dr. Wells (guest star Brian Klugman) is never my favorite intern, I must admit that I almost always enjoy his repartee with our bug guy. (I mean, look at them.) It was so comforting to watch Hodgins throw himself into his crazy experiments yet again, consequences be damned— or celebrated, if he’s being honest.
I loved how the scene played out, with Brennan calling him out on his, um, lack of safety protocols (“Is this the same furnace that almost burned down the lab last year?” Three cheers to his history of blowing stuff up!), but that in the end she really doesn’t care how it gets done if it gets results. Her re-crowning him “King of the Lab” was sweet within this context, but had far greater implications regarding his new position within the team. Following last week’s intense discussion, I’d like to think that Brennan’s words played some role in Hodgins’ attitude adjustment. (How great are they when they team up?!)
While we’ve got “our” Hodgins back at work, earning his title and then some, his behavior with Angela is the real turnaround here. It was a relief to watch him appreciate his wife for her support in this ordeal — namely, in standing by him as he treated her like crap for months — but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who said “this won’t end well” the more he fawned over her and bought her expensive jewelry. (I wonder if he found that matching set in the Jeffersonian gift shop, too?) I don’t know in what universe those baubles would be remotely Angela’s style, and Hodgins had to have known that, but it was painful and awkward to see the desperation in his eyes as he implored Angela to accept his gifts. (Maybe he’s taking a page out of Booth’s playbook from last year?)
Yet, I like that the discomfort didn’t drag on, either. I wondered if they would play up the unease for weeks, as they did his anger, but it was refreshing for Angela to nip this diamond shopping spree in the bud so quickly. On the one hand, I can see how the easy road would be to just let Hodgins get it out of his system and accept the tokens, as impersonal as they are, because at the moment this is the only way he can quantify his remorse. I like that instead, Angela helped him work through that and found a compromise they could both live with as they continue to adjust to this new life. It’s good to see Hodgins getting back out there, one night out at the Founding Fathers at a time. (Maybe Cam should just keep the jewels permanently as a thank-you for said explosion.)
The take-home is that though Hodgins still has a lot of work ahead of him — mentally, emotionally, physically, hell probably spiritually — he seems to have turned a corner. Things aren’t perfect, and he’s definitely overcompensating enough at the moment that he still doesn’t quite understand either Angela’s feelings or his own. But, the difference now is that he’s willing to open himself up again, which is half the battle. I may have understood why he was acting like a jerk before, but I’m glad he’s reacquainting himself with who he truly is, and that’s not the anger-ball we’ve seen this last while. (Besides, Dr. Wells can be enough of a jerk for both of them.)
Speaking of people being irritating, Wells was in fine form tonight. Not one to ever leave Brennan alone, he next set his sights on Christine, claiming she can’t truly be as gifted as her recent report card would have her parents believe. (Need I remind anyone that Brennan’s mini-me is six years old?) At first I was annoyed that this stranger to the family would care so much about proving a child wrong, but as the hour wore on, I found myself siding with Brennan to just discredit him already and rub it in his smug face.
That being said, I did enjoy the reactions it elicited: from Brennan’s initial Mama-Bear defense of her daughter, demonstrating absolute faith (sense a theme?) in not only her talents, but her integrity as well, to the embarrassment of losing the bet to Oliver, and realization that she was going to have to have a talk with Christine about cheating. (Gotta love the callback to the “insensitivity” of making a bet when her husband is a gambling addict.) It may have blown the family-issue-of-the-week out of proportion, but I love when Brennan gets feisty. Besides, I thought it demonstrated great parenting chops that she was willing to set Christine straight about her “fraud” — until Booth exonerated her, and all was right in their world.
Elsewhere, Sara Rue’s Dr. Karen Delfs dropped a parting bombshell on Aubrey that his absentee father is investigating him, since that’s apparently what all parents do on this show, but it should be interesting to see him get some more meat to work with.
What did you like most about ‘Fight’?