Bones continued its seventh season Thursday night on Fox 5 in Queens with episode 4, “The Male in the Mail,” and it was a tough one for Booth, as his grandfather visited to tell him his father died.
Bones “The Male in the Mail”: Victim in boxes, Booth’s father
The case this one was actually pretty entertaining, especially with the possibility that Ben Savage’s character (Cory Matthews on Boy Meets World) was the murderer. Though it did seem very unlikely (he was the submissive to his wife’s dominant personality), there were certainly reasons to suspect him. While they focused on the lottery winnings for most of the episode, it turned out that it was the one guy whom they didn’t suspect: Tony. It was a nice touch that it came back to the necklace Brennan noticed when she first met him. The poor guy even tried to argue that he had been peaceful for so long, so this one slip up wasn’t too bad. It’s murder. Yes, it was bad.
This episode of Bones featured the returns of squintern Clark and Agent Shaw. While the scenes with Clark mostly provided some comedic relief in an otherwise very serious episode for Booth as he ended up stuck between noticing too little and noticing too much about Brennan’s pregnancy, Shaw was a little too determined to prove herself to Booth. In the end, she did end up doing so, and though her last appearance was much better, it would be nice to see her in another episode.
Finally, the main part of this episode was Booth dealing with his father’s death, which let David Boreanaz shine. And shine he did. Boreanaz was impressive in this week’s episode, and it may have easily been his best episode to date. There had been talk that there would be a flashback in this episode, which was later cut, and it wasn’t needed. Boreanaz carried it all as Booth refused to care about his father’s death, then after his grandfather—and the scenes between Ralph Waite and Boreanaz were the best of the episode, as was the final scene—reminded him that this was his son and read the letter from him, he did look in the box his father left him. Last season saw Booth so desperate to keep those World Series seats, and it wasn’t surprising to find out that game meant something to his father too. Brennan may not have known how to help him out this episode, but she did end up doing so when she sat with him as he opened the box.
Bones continues Thursdays at 9PM on Fox 5 in Queens. What did you think of “The Male in the Mail”?
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