“The Killer in the Concrete”
Written by: Dean Widenmann
Directed by: Jeff Woolnough
After B&B bicker at the crime scene as usual, Angela and Brennan visit a grave.
BRENNAN: I’m really not good at this kind of thing, you know? I don’t – I don’t get the significance.
ANGELA: One year ago, today, you buried your mother. You laid her to rest, here. You’re marking the anniversary.
BRENNAN: Angela – I simply don’t believe my mother retained sentience beyond death.
ANGELA: Well, part of you is made up of your mother, right?
BRENNAN: In a manner of speaking.
ANGELA: So, honor that part of yourself. Visualize a memory of her. See what it brings up.
BRENNAN: I have very few distinct memories of my mother.
ANGELA: I’ll wait in the car.
MAX: Hiya, honey. I was hoping you might show up.
BRENNAN: I don’t- I don’t want to talk to you.
MAX: You’re standing here in front of your mother’s grave. Obviously, you’ve come for some kind of answer. Maybe I can provide ’em.
BRENNAN: You’re a killer. You burn people. Yeah. I’d like to report a sighting of Max Keenan at Eternal Spring Memorial Gardens. He’s a wanted fugitive.
MAX: I love you.
BRENNAN: (on the phone) Yes, I’m sure….Because he’s my father.
Booth asks Brennan about her dad.
BOOTH: So, did you talk to your dad at all before you called the cops?
BRENNAN: No. Why would I?
BOOTH: Well, I mean, I haven’t seen my dad in a long time and if I had the opportunity to talk – ow, god.
BRENNAN: Go to a dentist.
BOOTH: Well, I will if it doesn’t get any better.
MAX: Don’t freak out.
BRENNAN: Oh! You broke into my house? That is not acceptable.
MAX: This, uh, little device here – it jams cell phone frequencies.
BRENNAN: That is illegal.
MAX: Unfortunately, illegal is what I do best. I’m not staying. I just want you to do something for me. I want you to look at my rap sheet.
MAX: Why? Because I want a chance to talk to you- actually talk to you – without you calling in the 82nd airborne.
BRENNAN: How is reading your police report going to change my mind?
MAX: Just do it.
B&B discuss the case.
BRENNAN: So – you think Ice Pick might still be alive.
BOOTH: As a friend of mine likes to say “Don’t jump to conclusions until all the evidence is in.”
BRENNAN: But if the facts are in, then it’s not jumping to conclusions. So I never said that.
BOOTH: I never said that the friend is you, okay?
Booth meets the bounty hunter at the diner.
VELESKA: I’m a little disappointed. I was hoping you’d keep me here a while, ask me some dumb ass federal questions, check me out.
BOOTH: How’s about I buy you a nice breakfast then?
VELESKA: A guy like you must be going crazy in the FBI.
BOOTH: What kind of guy is that exactly?
VELESKA: I’m a bounty hunter, sport. I read people fast or I die. You are not standard government issue. Take a walk on the wild side. I have more fun, fewer rules and a lotta money.
BOOTH: You know, you make a compelling case.
Brennan schools Cam on the proper nicknames of the case.
CAM: Coroner’s report said Kennedy’s leg was severed in the car accident.
BRENNAN: We don’t call him “Kennedy.” We call him “Ice Pick.”
Booth catches Brennan up on her dad’s rap sheet.
BOOTH: You know, I was going through your father’s criminal –
BOOTH: …criminal record, and he was right about one thing. Alright, he never ended anyone’s life who didn’t have it comin’ to ’em.
BRENNAN: He’s a sociopath.
BOOTH: Well, maybe, but at least he aimed in the right direction. Ow! God!
BRENNAN: Let me take a look at your tooth.
BOOTH: Alright, just – go easy. You promise?
Someone’s excited to do an “exam” lol
BRENNAN: Open up.
BOOTH: In the Old West, he would have been considered a hero.
BRENNAN: Yeah, well, the Old West was a time of chaos –
BRENNAN: And violence that, anthropologically speaking, our country it still trying to recover from. Yeah. I was right. Anterior molar on the left side – it’s infected.
BOOTH: You know, your father never killed any hard working, tax paying citizens or honest cops. Ow.
BRENNAN: You still think that society should forgive him?
BOOTH: Well, I’m saying, if I have the opportunity to arrest him, I will. But you know who maybe should forgive him? His daughter. Oh. Look at that. Our small-town crime boss is here. Let’s go have a little chat with him, shall we?
The squints get on B&B’s nickname party.
ANGELA: Billy Ray McKenna shortly before he was known as “Cement Head.”
ZACK: I like nicknames. They’re universal mnemonic devices.
Max returns. Brennan is still not thrilled.
MAX: Hey, I haven’t committed a crime in over 15 years. I’m straight.
BRENNAN: Except for killing, gutting and burning the deputy director of the FBI.
MAX: He was tryin’ to kill Russ and then he was going after you. It is not a crime to protect your family.
BRENNAN: Well, some fathers do it without killing.
She does have a point!
MAX: Did, uh, you and Booth take a look at my, uh, rap sheet?
BRENNAN: He’ll arrest you if he has the chance.
MAX: What else? So, these snicker doodles – Come on. You don’t remember? You loved them as a little girl.
BRENNAN: I don’t remember.
MAX: I’d come home and then you’d be jumpin’ around, you were five or six years old, and you’d say “Why don’t you put on the ‘trying song’? Put on the ‘trying song’.”
BRENNAN: The “trying song”?
MAX: It was my favorite song. I used to sing it. It was, uh, by Poco? The band?
MAX: “I’ve been thinkin’ about all the things you told me. I know you’re full of doubt cannot let it be. But I know if you keep on coming back for more, then I’ll keep trying. I’ll keep on trying.” It’s a good song.
Booth gets captured.
Brennan is distraught that he is missing. She calls in her dad.
BRENNAN: I want to do something but I don’t – I don’t know what.
MAX: Are you asking?
BRENNAN: You’d help find the man who’s going to put you in jail?
MAX: Well, Booth will – will do the best he can. I’ll do the best I can and we’ll see how it works out when we get there.
Brennan and Max go on the lookout for Booth. They find the bounty hunter…and a tooth.
MAX: What do you got?
BRENNAN: It’s a left anterior molar. It’s Booth’s tooth.
* Brennan punches the bounty hunter*
BRENNAN: Where’s Booth?
MAX: Temperance, honey.
BRENNAN: Kennedy has Booth, Dad. He’s got Booth!
Booth gets tortured.
The squints band together to help.
ZACK: Definitely Booth’s tooth.
BRENNAN: I knew it.
CAM: Brennan. You’re not alone in this.
BRENNAN: I know I’m not alone.
CAM: We all want to find Booth.
BRENNAN: I know.
ZACK: This is one of those times when I have no idea what’s happening.
ANGELA: Brennan, wait.
BRENNAN: I have to go, Ange.
ANGELA: What’s goin’ on?
BRENNAN: I’ve got to find Booth.
ANGELA: I’m coming with you.
BRENNAN: I- I already have help, Ange.
ANGELA: From whom?
BRENNAN: From someone worse than Kennedy.
ANGELA: Are you serious?
BRENNAN: Don’t say it.
ANGELA: Your father is helping you?
BRENNAN: I have to go.
BRENNAN: Yes. This is Dr. Brennan at the Jeffersonian. I just received a call from Agent Booth that he’s being held at the Perdue Airfield in Oakville, Virginia. Send backup. I’m going in. (she hangs up)
ANGELA: You just lied your ass off to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
HODGINS: That is so hot.
Booth and Max meet up.
BOOTH Max Keenan, you’re under arrest.
MAX: Not if I get the keys.
BRENNAN: They’re in the ignition.
BRENNAN: Well, it’s not like I actually gave him the keys.
Time for “Diner Wrap Up”.
BRENNAN: Why didn’t you just – just tell them about Kennedy?
BOOTH: Well, ya know, I needed to give you time to find me. Ah, I’ve been tortured worse. So, uh, you hear anything from your old man?
BRENNAN: He left my car in the garage.
BOOTH: He’ll be back.
BRENNAN: How do you know?
BOOTH: Max Keenan does not strike me as the kind of guy who, uh, leaves things undone.
BRENNAN: Next time he shows up, what do I do? Do I call you? Do I knock him on the head? What’s my obligation?
BOOTH: Well, if I were you, Bones, I’d wanna know what he has to tell you about your mother, but, uh, that’s just me.
BRENNAN: There’s, uh, this old song. It’s called “Keep on Trying.”
BOOTH: Yeah. Poco.
BRENNAN: You know it?
BOOTH: I’ve been drinking now, just a little too much. BRENNAN: Much.
BRENNAN: I can get in touch with you. BOOTH: You.
BOOTH & BRENNAN: And there’s only one thing for me to do.
BRENNAN: It’s to keep on tryin’ BOOTH: Tryin’.
BOOTH: Yeah, what about it?
BRENNAN: It’s a good old song, right?
This is one of my favorite endings of all time, even made more so by being able to see how they end up together and they do “keep trying” to get home to each other. I like how Brennan didn’t just magically trust her dad, but that it’s a process, and she trusted him to get Booth back. I love Fierce Brennan and this episode gives us a lot of that.