Friday, July 10, 2009

Bones Starter Kit: Four Seasons of Storyline, One Season of Time

It's summer, and it seems like everyone's in catch-up mode: we're finally get into series that we've so far missed. It's fun, but sometimes it gets a little daunting. Even though we here at Chaos in General are quick to recommend Bones to our fellow fangirls, catching up with this series means almost 100 hour-long episodes--that aren't available on Hulu.

So we've put together a "Starter Kit" of sorts. It's 24 episodes (plus a few assorted scenes) that contain basically everything you need to know about Bones for the fall. So if you're put off by the thought of spending the next two months glued to a computer screen scouring the internet for these episodes (and you're not like me and Mae, who caught up with the first three seasons in a matter of days), fear not. Here's what you need:


Note: Links to clips are download links--they're totally safe and contain only the designated clip, I promise!


We are introduced to a man and a woman, henceforth known as "partners." Bet Mulder never backed Scully up against a wall at the firing range.

"The Man on Death Row"

Here, the writers try to introduce a story arc. So rarely do they do this that it should be noted. Brennan kicks some serial killer ass and it is AWESOME.

"The Man in the Fallout Shelter"

It's lockdown, so B&B (and the rest of the squints--boo) are forced to spend Christmas together. Also, good Brennan backstory and we're introduced to the wonder that is Parker Booth.

"The Woman in the Garden"

You really just need the second-to-last scene. It's the first time Booth physically stands up for Brennan, and DAMN he brings it. I mean, whoa. That's hot. (Sorry, I can't find the clip. Anybody have it?) Note: This is the scene Mae used to get Leigh hooked on Bones. It worked.

"Two Bodies in the Lab"

Arguably the shippiest episode from season one, this episode shows B&B's relationship blossoming outside of work, whether it's watching movies at the hospital or (yes) dancing around to Foreigner. This is also their first rescue scene and it is awesome.

"The Soldier on the Grave"

Turns out, Booth's kind of fucked up. Good thing Bones is learning how to be there for him with just the touch of a hand.

"The Woman in Limbo"

Oh, right, and Brennan's not all that together either. Also, her name's not really Brennan WHAT.

"The Titan on the Track"

Goodbye, Goodman (very sad). Hello, Cam (very sad). She will later become an awesome HBIC, but for now, she appears to be supremely In The Way. And also kind of a bitch.

"The Blonde in the Game"

What? More story arc? Here, we return to the story of Howard Epps. Really, probably the most fascinating recurring murderer ever.

"The Girl with the Curl"

Just this scene. Because it shows how, even though Booth dabbled in a little Cam for a time, his heart never stopped belonging to Bones. Oh, and he thinks she's hawt.

"The Woman in the Sand"

Booth and Brennan's first annual undercover op--not to be missed. Highly amusing--and HOT. This episode also kicks off a much-beloved second-string OTP.

"Aliens in a Spaceship"

Important to the canon--this episode introduces The Gravedigger, a serial killer with a truly bizarre MO. (And, no, we still don't know what was in that letter.)

"Judas on a Pole"

In which we return to the ongoing saga of Brennan's family. She and Booth meet a priest who says he can shine some light on Brennan's past...and things get interesting.

"The Man in the Cell"

Epic and awesome, this episode features so many memorable (not to mention suspenseful) moments: Booth's terrible boyfriend behavior, Parker Booth, a visit to Sydney Bristow's carousel, and the creation of what will forever be known as The Line.

"The Killer in the Concrete"

Here, we turn the tables for a change--it's Booth who's in trouble and Brennan's going to have to use unorthodox methods to save him, including finding an unlikely ally in her search for her kidnapped partner.

"Stargazer in a Puddle"

In the second season finale, our second-stringers are getting married, but, as usual, it's Booth and Brennan who get the real moments. In a scene that takes place in a parking lot, Booth proves just how far he'll go to do right by Bones. (And this chivalry won't go unnoticed--by anyone.)

"The Widow's Son in the Windshield"

We pick up a short time later, with the introduction of another serial killer, one who'll prove to be the ultimate undoing of a much-beloved character. Also, Booth and Brennan share a very sweet (if woefully green-screened) moment at the end. With this episode, we begin the rarely-strayed-from format of ending every episode with a requisite Scene of Fluff. I'm not complaining. In fact, when episodes do not contain this scene (*coughDoctorintheDencough*), it feels incomplete.

"Death in the Saddle"

Booth explains the difference between sex and making love. His eyes make it obvious just who he'd like to practice with. This is the scene Mae used on me to get me hooked on Bones. And look, it's on YouTube!

"Mummy in the Maze"

Booth and Brennan's "undercover" episode for season three, this one's set on Halloween and, in addition to being a really creeptastic case, involves Booth and Brennan dressed up as a squint and Wonder Woman, respectively. Not only do the characters find each other almost irresistible, but the actors admitted on separate occasions that they found themselves attracted to each other during the filming for this episode. SOMUCHTENSION.

"The Knight on the Grid"

Another "Widow's Son" case, this one, arguably the best of season three, literally brings everything. You've got an awesomely terrifying case, Brennan Family drama, plenty of romance, Booth at the firing range, and also some really funny moments. (Try not to laugh when Brennan talks about how taking the silver skeleton to Bethesda.) I'll even forgive that this episode fails at bringing the End Scene of Fluffiness.

"The Santa in the Slush"

Caroline was feeling puckish. Enough said. (Oh, the End Scene of Fluffiness is ridiculously perfect--and involves Parker Booth.)

"The Baby in the Bough"

Sometimes Bones hits you over the head with a baseball bat. This is one of those times. Here, Booth and Brennan, in a series of unfortunate and diaper-related events, are forced to spend an entire episode taking care of an infant. The words "But you're the babydaddy" pass through Brennan's lips. Does nothing for the plot at ALL, but this episode is epic in its silliness.

"The Verdict in the Story

As pointed out in the comments, this episode is needed to give some much-needed closure to Brennan's family backstory. Also, epic hugs.

"The Wannabe in the Weeds"

You really just need this end scene, where Booth fulfills one of Brennan's childhood dreams. (And then seriously ruins her day.)

"The Pain in the Heart"

So contrived, so ridiculous, practically unforgivable from start to finish, but this episode does involve a hat that dispenses beer. And our guys solve the Widow's Son case. It's stupid. You can choose to blame the writing or the strike. I just choose to blame Hart Hanson, who I feel was responsible for both.

"The Man in the Outhouse"

Again, one scene (coincidentally, the End Scene of Fluffiness) is enough. After Bones's experiment with dating multiple men ends in disaster, Booth schools Brennan on love again, this time on a promise that there is someone out there that she's meant to spend the rest of her life with. And by "out there," he really means "right here." Just look at that eye contact!

"The Con Man in the Meth Lab"

We've temporarily figured out a lot of things in Brennan's family, but now we've got to deal with Booth's family drama, which, while not quite as unusual, does suck pretty hard. Here, we meet his brother, Jared, who's got some problems and who also has his eyes set on (wait for it) Temperance Brennan. Watch what happens when "Booth-Lite" makes a move on his brother's girl! (Hint: it ends with a six-minute End Scene of Fluffiness.)

"The Hero in the Hold"

While this episode did not live up to expectations (even those developed midway through the episode), it's still pretty epic and important. Gravedigger's back, and this time they've got Booth--and they gave him some meds. He is affected.

"The Cinderella in the Cardboard"

In this End Scene of Fluffiness, Brennan tells Booth that she wants to be able to love the way Booth loves. They drink scotch, sit close, and he promises her that she'll find that one day.

"Mayhem on a Cross"

In this whole thing, I haven't mentioned my Third-Favorite Bones Character (Maybe Second), Dr. Lance Sweets. I pretty much want to go into the Bones canon and marry Sweets. Here, we get some of his backstory and some delicious character development for Booth and Brennan. (Hint: there are tears.) This last scene solidifies the fact that B&B need babies, if solely for the reason that they would never lock her in the trunk of the car.

"Critic in the Cabernet"

Sometimes I pretend this was the season four finale. Brennan discovers she would like to have a baby (for an even dumber reason than "because I wouldn't lock her in the trunk of the car"), and convinces Booth to donate sperm. Of course, things don't go well, especially when Booth starts hallucinating Stewie from Family Guy. It's way more awesome than it sounds.

"The End in the Beginning"

The actual season four finale is just painful for me to watch, as it represents months of dashed hopes, misdirection, and out-and-out-lies. But you should watch it if you want to consider yourself caught up.

So there you have it. These twenty-four episodes and you'll be good to go for September 17. Join us then!

31 Responses to “Bones Starter Kit: Four Seasons of Storyline, One Season of Time”

ForensicMama said...

Such utter genius! These are definitely the cream of the crop! :)

Hannah said...

Excellent choices! All fantastic episodes!

Two episodes that I might add would be Passenger in the Oven and Fire in the Ice, but I understand the necessity in limiting the number.

Unknown said...

@Hannah--Totally LOVE both of those (definitely in my top five of season four), but they don't really advance the plot, do they? They're fluffy and sweet, but they're not exactly groundbreaking.

Hannah said...

@Caroline Ver true. I mean, what? Bones has plot? It isn't just Demily looking hot and bickering with each other?

You got me thinking about what episodes I might tell people to watch to get caught up on other shows I watch. Alias? Maybe in 24 episodes. Grey's? Again, maybe in 24 episodes. Lost? Umm... the first five season, LOL.

Manual84 said...

I have never heard before about the actors admitting to being attracted to each other during Mummy in the Maze... would love to read/see those interviews!

Carrie said...

Great list!

Where can I read/hear about the actors finding each other attractive during "Mummy in the Maze" filming?

Unknown said...

@Manual and @Carrie OMG classic. Here's Emily's take:

David's was a radio interview--I'm searching for it right now. It's EPIC.

Breda said...

What about The Verdict in the Story? Not only is it an awesome episode, it also gives a necessary resolution (if, probably, temporary) to Brennan's family drama and sets up the current situation. (Plus, it's one of my favorites.)

Unknown said...

Okay, found it! (Thanks, Mae!) It's at 11:00 of this interview, which you have to download:

I highly recommend listening to the entire thing, especially David's comment at about 4:10 about who he'd choose between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Emily.

Hannah said...

@Caroline- Thank you for the Demily links!

Mona said...

This is like, the perfect mix of episodes. Thank you :) i'm going to use this to rec to friends. :)

Deepa Dev said...

This is slightly off topic but I saw the premiere of Warehouse 13 on Hulu and it made me want to watch Bones again - B&B are the genuine article. Everything else seems a pale imitation...

Hannah said...

@Deepa Dev- That's exactly why I can't get into Castle or Mentalist. They're not bad shows, it just seems like it's Bones-lite. ;)

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you included my favorite B&B moment ever....the end scene from Death in the Saddle. That scene just slays me every time I watch it!

Good list. Except I would never recommend anyone watch the finale from this past season. LOL...but I'm still way bitter.

Anonymous said...

Great list but I'd defo add Fire in the Ice - for awesome hot tough Booth, hockey and B&B skating! Fluffyfantastic!


Dianna said...

This was TOTALLY wonderful.
All the reasons I got hooked basically.

I wish I could remember the first episode I actually watched. I know it interested me enough to watch a second one and I know THAT one was the Christmas Fallout Shelter episode ... and I've been hooked ever since.

Thanks so much for posting these.

LaughOutLeigh said...

this list was terrific, especially b'c i am totally going crazy with waiting for season 5.

totally agree with sweets' hot=some-ness; i want to marry him too!

disagree about the whole end scene of fluffiness and the animosity toward HH though, esp. about the S4 finale. if B&B can't rustle up the angsty romantic stuff and just *boom* get together, we lose the brain and heart of the series. my guess is around S6 (or S7, crossing fingers) they get to that point. for now, i'm just loving their "dance."

Groovycathers said...

I loved the list, would like Double Trouble in the Panhandle, that was hot :-) I loved Booth/Buck's accent, made him sound like Robert Wagner!

Unknown said...

Made some adjustments as per the comments. "Mayhem on a Cross" has been downgraded to an only-one-scene-needed, and "Verdict in the Story" has been included. Breda was right. :)

Las Meninas said...

Bravo on the list! You really did hit all of the high points.

The only episode I would suggest including as an extra holiday hour somewhere is Priest in the Churchyard. Something clicked for me when Bones admits she wants to "be one" with Booth (even if she says in a scientific sense). And then there is Gordon Gordon, Booth explaining his problem with the platform and Shakespearean quotes abound - whats not to love? :)

Oh - also thanks for the DB radio link! I'd never heard that interview before - WOW on the Wonder Woman love.

Anonymous said...


I don't know if you still need it, but I can provide the clip! Hands down, best thing he did for her without her even knowing.

BonesLover said...

Hai! Love the 24 episodes. I think I've already seen them all, but you did a great job. I have my own site and link here often, I actually added some of your work, Caroline, to my page for my viewers to, well, VIEW. XD I gave all credit to you, of course! You are a great writer, and so are the other people on this site. I might be interested in joining....but I'm not the BEST writer like you guys. Check out my page if you want, it's linked with the Name/Url tag.

BonesLover said...

You know what? I've been getting so annoyed with Bones that I've been writing my own episode book. It's called 'Diving Too Deep' and it's got family drama, hero situations and a twist you'll never see coming. If you wanna read some (although it is not finished) check out my site

Unknown said...

Hey, BonesLover, thanks for sending the link to your Web site--love it! If you don't mind, please don't copy/paste our work over there, even though you're doing an excellent job of crediting us. Instead, please hyperlink to our posts! Thank you!

BonesLover said...

Oh, ok! I'll hyperlink from now on. Thanks for the props on my site! :)

BonesLover said...

Hey, Caroline- I think I might be interested in joining Chaos in General. I'm not super good with the other topics on this site, but I'm a long time House and Bones watcher, and would love to share my thoughts about the two shows with the CIG followers. I know, as by what your side bar reads, 'What do you watch that we're not covering? Are you interested in bringing the voice of that fandom to Chaos in General?', that you're just looking for new shows, but I would love to join. May I?

Unknown said...

Hey BonesLover, why don't you send me an email at carolinejanecarter[at]gmail[dot]com? Thanks!

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