Bones 9×17 ‘The Repo Man in the Septic Tank’: It’s gettin’ hot in here | Gotta Watch It!

Bones 9×17 ‘The Repo Man in the Septic Tank’: It’s gettin’ hot in here

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It’s always fun times when Brennan has to break in a new intern on Bones. When he turns out to not only be a genius, but charming and sexy in that stereotypically Hollywood Latin lover way, you can be sure the laughs and the clichés fly left and right. On top of that, we’ve got a little religious debate and obviously some murder, so it’s a packed episode. 

A body is found in a septic tank (gross), and the squints later discover that the victim, an ex-con, was alive at the time he was thrown in there (double gross), after crashing his car and fracturing a whole bunch o’ bones. He was a repo man, which meant he had a long list of people who hated him and wanted him dead, though they’re ruled out pretty quickly. His boss is shady enough to be a suspect, but she’s let go soon after as well, because she has no injuries that are consistent with what the passenger in his car would have sustained in that crash. Eventually, Sweets and Booth figure out that the real killer is the victim’s dirty parole officer, who was blackmailing him into stealing cars for him by threatening to revoke his parole. Nice, huh? His takedown is made all the sweeter by the fact that Brennan has to pose as an FBI security guard, complete in uniform, to study him through one of those TSA full-body scanners to find injuries consistent with the crash. Teamwork is the word of the day, just like it was last week.

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On the personal side of the episode, the Jeffersonian’s newest “squintern” is Rodolfo Fuentes (Ignacio Serricchio), who was the leading forensic anthropologist in his native Cuba before defecting to the United States, where his credentials are not recognized. Through a convenient plot device, the Jeffersonian is asked by the State Department to fast-track an internship for Fuentes, so that he can finish his American degree and begin work. Of course, an internship at the Jeffersonian means that he falls under Brennan’s supervision, and it goes as smoothly as you’d expect between two people who are used to being the boss undisputedly. (In other words, not at all.)

However, as blunt (and arrogant) as Brennan is, she does try to keep an open mind, recognizing that he has extensive experience, even if it isn’t up to her standards. All of this is complicated, though, by the fact that Fuentes is incredibly good-looking, and knows it. Cam and Angela are basically reduced to schoolgirl giggles in his presence, while Brennan is hilariously oblivious. Until, that is, Fuentes makes a pass at her when they’re examining the remains alone, and she pulls a little of her old ninja moves on him, slamming him down onto the table.

I’m not gonna lie, I cheered at that. It’s nice to see a little of the old feisty Brennan back, since she’s rarely thrown into situations like this anymore. While Fuentes is clearly an accomplished professional, Brennan is the boss here, and I thought she did a great job of reinforcing the lab’s protocols. Plus, I found the fawning over Fuentes’ hotness a little tiresome after the first scene, so I’m glad Brennan at least didn’t take any of his crap.

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What I found a little randomly placed was Booth and Brennan’s argument (if you can call it that) over Fuentes’ intentions, and monogamy in general, since they’ve seemed secure in their relationship ever since they became a couple. It’s true that Brennan used to say monogamy was unnatural, but I thought it was clear she’d changed her mind, and that the fact that she married Booth was proof of that, so Booth’s reaction rang a little false. Then again, Booth was annoyed, so I guess I can’t blame him too much for lashing out in the heat of the moment.

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On the other hand, it led to one of the most heartfelt, touching speeches ever of Brennan’s, and she’s had a lot of them this season. This midway point is when the episode really picked up and captured my interest. When she emotionally tells him, ‘you are my home,’ and she would never do anything to jeopardize that, I have to admit to some schoolgirl fawning myself. In any case, it’s pretty clear Booth felt like a jerk for bringing it up after that, and spends the rest of the episode reinforcing how important she is to him, including when she helps him chase down a fleeing suspect like the good old days. Between all that and that final scene of them acting adorable in their living room, legitimately having a tickle fight, I’m dreading what kind of evil plan the writers have in store for the finale.

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The other personal side plot this week was Booth and Brennan’s conflict over religious education for their daughter. Predictably, Brennan is opposed, while Booth wants to take Christine to church. Eventually, Brennan agrees; not because she’s given up atheism, but because Fuentes’ retelling of his family’s struggles for religious freedom in Cuba make her realize she’d rather Christine make an informed decision for herself, and that includes exposing her to different faiths. (Besides, she’s Brennan’s daughter, so obviously she’s going to make the ‘rational’ choice.) While Fuentes’ background was incredibly ham-fisted (hello, giant crucifix on his neck), I thought this aspect of his story was well-integrated into the episode. He’s a highly intelligent, educated person who doesn’t necessarily believe, but believes in choice, and it’s neat that Brennan recognized that in herself as well.

The new intern isn’t nearly as grating as I expected him to be, and if they tone down the Don Juan factor, I think he could be a good foil for the team. What did you guys think? Yay or Nay on Fuentes? And can Booth and Brennan be any cuter these days?

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