“The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond”
Episode 4×05 / Production 4×01 (We finally have production in the same season it aired!!)
Written By: Josh Berman
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
There is a body found, and its purpley. Alos, they continue to “explain” the Zack/murdery storyline.
ZACK: As I’ve told you many times before Doctor Sweets, I do feel remorse.
SWEETS: But not for stabbing a man in the heart.
ZACK: No, for succumbing to the faulty logic that persuaded me that his death was desirable.
SWEETS: You know a sane person would regret murdering someone more than being taken in by a line of crap.
ZACK: Define ‘crap’.
SWEETS: Drivel, blarney, nonsense, uh, balderdash, twaddle, bull, bunkum, hooey. Like that.
ZACK: Now I realize it was drivel, blarney, nonsense, balderdash, twaddle, bull, bunkum, hooey. Then I perceived it as logic.
We are introduced to a cranky back-pain ridden Booth, and meet the new squintern, Wendell.
CAM: Doctor Hodgins, have you moved yet?
HODGINS: Nope. If you hand me those shoes, I can check for particulates.
BRENNAN: Where is Hodgins moving?
ANGELA: Oh, Cam thinks that Hodgins should move into Zack’s room.
BRENNAN: Oh. Cam’s right. I tell all of my grad students not to be distracted by the standard set by Zack.
WENDALL: I don’t know who that is.
ANGELA: You and me, Wendell, we need to talk.
BRENNAN: If your back doesn’t hurt, then why are you letting me drive?
BOOTH: Well, you know what? Don’t get used to it, okay? I heal really, really fast…Breaking in a new intern aren’t you?
BRENNAN: How did you know?
BOOTH: Well, because, you know, you always get overly precise… that’s how I usually know. Hey, so, you want me to uh, talk to them, break them in a little bit?
BRENNAN: No, Booth, you don’t need to fix everything for everyone all the time. You know? I can handle myself.
BOOTH: Partners watch out for each other.
BRENNAN: Well, if that were true, you’d let me fix your back.
BOOTH: My back is fine, alright? All I need is an aspirin, a hot bath, maybe a nice single malt scotch.
Meanwhile, there’s tension back at the lab.
HODGINS: I’m an entomologist. I have to hatch this insect egg in order to identify an important piece of evidence in a murder investigation. Where’s the funny in that?
CAM: I know you’re upset about breaking up with Angela, Doctor Hodgins, and I know you’re upset about losing Zack, but despite your personal problems, this is a workplace and your attitude leaves a lot to be desired.
HODGINS: Fine, if you want to make a change, you make a change. Otherwise, you let me do my job, and hatch this egg.
B&B & Sweets go to the victim’s home to search for clues. Sweets and Booth think a girl was involved.
BOOTH: Oh! Check the shoes.
BRENNAN: He’s not going to find it in the shoes. (Booth finds a piece of paper) Do all boys keep their masturbatory aids in their shoes, or is that particular to you?
BOOTH: Oh, that’s for me to know and you to find out.
Hodgins visits Zack.
Wendell misconstrues a case question from Brennan into thinking she was hitting on him. He talks to Angela.
ANGELA: She’s direct. And awkward. Now, you’ve got two choices here. You either answer the question, like me or Zack, or you tell her she’s being inappropriate, like Booth or Cam. Either way, she’s not going to hold it against you.
WENDELL: You’re sure about this.
Then Angela misconstrues Wendell owing people money to him owing the mob. He says its his neighborhood.
WENDELL: I don’t get you people. I’d like to work here but it’s like a minefield. Too many ways to step wrong.
ANGELA: I admit, it takes some getting used to. Good luck.
Zack sneaks out and he and Sweets discover the victim’s mother was his killer.
SWEETS: He was overcoming his disorder. Jared Addison was ready to take control of his professional life. He’d found love, and was ready to leave her house. It wasn’t just his patterns he was destroying. It was hers. And as a result, she suffered a psychotic break and murdered her own child.
Booth and Sweets bring Zack back to the institution. Booth gives Sweets and Zack an alibi to use.
SWEETS: Wait. What if he… I don’t know, what if he overpowers me or…
ZACK: I’m much stronger than I look.
SWEETS: He’s done it before. He killed a man.
BOOTH: Okay, Zack, promise you’re not going to kill Sweets.
ZACK: I promise.
BOOTH: There you go.
Zack reveals to Sweets that he did not physically commit murder and tells Sweets to keep it quiet for the next 10 years until the finale season. Then, B&B have a super important partner chat.
BOOTH: What are you doing?
BRENNAN: Throwing out my book.
BOOTH: It’s still on your hard-drive, right?
BRENNAN: Nope, not any more it’s not.
BOOTH: You erased it?!
BOOTH: Woah. Woah, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, stop.
BRENNAN: But I don’t want to be a writer any more.
BOOTH: Oh, why? Because of what that publisher said? He was an idiot, did you see his glasses?
BRENNAN: But I don’t wanna be a sexy scientist.
BOOTH: Well that’s like me saying I don’t want to be a sexy FBI agent. We can’t change who we are. …Temperance Brennan leads the pack. Anthropology has never been more exciting.
BRENNAN: You memorized my reviews?
BOOTH: Angela can scan these, and get them back on your computer.
BRENNAN: You know my reviews, Booth, but do you read my books?
BOOTH: Every single word.
BRENNAN: You never said anything.
BOOTH: Well I figure you know, I’m all over your real world, why would you want me in your fantasy world too?
BOOTH: It’s give and take. We’re partners, huh?
BRENNAN: Except you won’t let me fix your back.
BOOTH: Oh, come on, my back is fine, it’s just-
BRENNAN: Oh really?
BOOTH: Okay, how do I know you’re not gonna like, paralyze me or make it worse?
BRENNAN: I also help you by explaining a lot of things to you.
BOOTH: Yeah, well you know, I explain things to you just as much as you explain things to me.
BOOTH: Ah, the way you really help me is, is, you let me be a guy.
BRENNAN: I help you be a guy?
BOOTH: Yeah, you know, it’s a guy’s thing to fix things and make them right. When I fix things I feel like I am one with the universe. Oh! Ah. Woah! God! That’s amazing. How’d you do that?
BRENNAN: See? We help each other. Quid pro quo.
BOOTH: I know what that means, quid pro quo.
BRENNAN: I’m sure you do.
BOOTH: I know a lot of things.
*In hindsight, how do you feel about the Zack/strike season storyline. Is it better or worse with time?
*Why does Booth resist Brennan’s back help? Is it just fear of more physical pain, or fear of letting her touch him? Or just fear because she’s not a chiropractor?
*Why is Brennan so quick to throw her own novel away because a guy thinks she’s attractive?
*First impressions of Wendell?