“The Woman in the Garden”
Written by: Laura Wolner
Directed by: Sanford Bookstaver
B&B arrive on the scene of another crime…
BRENNAN: Why’d they call in the FBI to Little Salvador?
BOOTH: Well, the car’s got Virginia plates, crossed the state line. Then there’s a suspected gang member. Then there’s RICO to deal with. What, Bones, do you really wanna know?
BRENNAN: No, I was just using it as an excuse to make conversation and reestablish our connection.
BRENNAN: I read a book about improving work relationships. It’s not fair to expect you to tell me everything.
BOOTH: I appreciate the effort Bones.
They find a body recently dug up in the suspect’s trunk. Of course it is sent to the Jeffersonian.
But our duo has to duck a hail of bullets first!
BRENNAN: Make a sketch of the face. I’m not sure we’ll find a match, she might have been undocumented. Goodman is an expert in religious iconography, maybe he’ll be able to determine where this rosary was made.
BRENNAN: She was religious; she should’ve had a casket, a proper burial with her name on a headstone. We are going to find out who she is, and we are going to give her that.
Booth interrogates scary-looking gang types while the squints work on the body. Booth joins them with info.
BOOTH: K, I have it on good authority that the guys who shot at our killer were doing it so he’d have a chance to escape.
BRENNAN: The victim was pregnant when she was hit over the head.
BRENNAN: Yeah, five weeks along.
HODGINS: I ran samples from the body, shovels and burlap through the gas chromatograph and it all came back full of organic compounds. Plant detritus, root remnants, fertilizer.
BOOTH: Sounds like stuff you’d find in a cemetery.
HODGINS: Well, I also found this. Fernaldia pandurata, otherwise known as loroco buds.
BRENNAN: Loroco is an edible flowering plant, it’s native to El Salvador. It’s grown in vegetable gardens, not cemeteries.
BOOTH: She was buried in a vegetable garden?
BOOTH: Ok, can you recognize this loco plant?
HODGINS: It’s quite distinctive. I’m also analyzing the dirt and particulates on the shoe you got off the suspect. At first glance it matches the vegetation we’ve already found but with a couple extras I’m still checking out.
BOOTH: Ok, Hodgins, suit up, you’re coming with us. We’re going to the barrio.
HODGINS: Field work. Cool! Do I get a gun?
BRENNAN: You can’t arm Hodgins and not me!!
BOOTH: What is with you people and the guns, huh?
B&B&Hodgins find evidence of two bodies buried in a community garden, instead of just one. B&B discuss:
BOOTH: Our gang unit’s gonna bring in the leader of Mara Muerte, see if we can identify the gangbanger that got away.
BRENNAN: Why would a gang leader cooperate?
BOOTH: I’m gonna ask him very, very nicely, Bones.
BRENNAN: You know that book I’m reading, about getting along with your coworkers? It says that sarcasm is never helpful. I could lend it to you if you want.
HODGINS: I found Spodoptera, Ornithogalae and Tetranychus urticae on the suspect’s show and on the victim. I also found Notonectidae and Corixidae. It’s aquatic fauna typically only found in and around ponds and streams.
BRENNAN: There are no ponds or streams at the burial site.
HODGINS: Yeah, and here’s the kicker. There was also evidence of genetic material from a Franklinia alatamaha on his shoe.
BOOTH: You’re kidding. I’m in shock. Frankie Alabama, you don’t say?
BRENNAN: Did you hear what I said about sarcasm?
HODGINS: It’s a rare flowering plant that hasn’t been seen in the wild since 1800. The only known specimen in this area outside a specialized botanical garden was given to Senator Alan Corman as a gift. Oh, I love going after senators.
BOOTH: Whoa, just simmer down there. We’re gonna check out the botanical garden first.
HODGINS: Fine. It’s at the White House.
BRENNAN: Yeah! *high five*
BOOTH: Ok, you guys should do that even less than normal people.
HODGINS: I call shotgun.
Meanwhile in the car…
HODGINS: I called shotgun. What does it mean to a society when the niceties are no longer observed?
BOOTH: Ok, look, we got two bodies, alright? One unaccounted for. We’ve been shot at, and now we know that there’s a gang member walking around a US senator’s place. Any theories? Oh, come on guys. Let’s think of it as a puzzle, and there’s a missing piece.
BRENNAN: I like puzzles, I find them relaxing. I just finished “The Anatomy Lesson”, Rembrandt.
BOOTH: You’re kidding, right?
BRENNAN: No. What do you find relaxing?
BOOTH: I restore vintage cars.
HODGINS: I know what I find relaxing.
BOOTH: Everybody finds what you find relaxing, relaxing.
The three amigos interview the Senator and his wife and see evidence of the second missing body.
And David is the master of the face. LOL.
Then they find the body.
Back to the Jeffersonian where they find evidence of the woman’s origins. B&B head off to find clues and find a woman hidden in the walls of a home.
BOOTH: Do you wanna be deported? Do you wanna see your baby again? Because if he was born here, he doesn’t have to go back with you. We can keep him.
BRENNAN: Booth, stop. She’s frightened enough.
BOOTH: Bones, we have a double murder on our hands.
BRENNAN: But she didn’t do it.
BOOTH: Just tell her what I said, ok? Tell her we’re calling immigration. Tell her we’ll get to Jose.
BRENNAN: No! She’s lived with terror and intimidation her whole life. I’m not gonna add to it.
BOOTH: Alright, you know what, you’re acting like I’m gonna hurt her or something. I was just trying to get a little information.
BRENNAN: I am asking you as a favor not to make me do this…to scare her. Please?
At the lab. Zack, Brennan and Angela are examining the remains some more.
ZACK: This is interesting.
ANGELA: Interesting or horrible? Because sometimes, it’s the same thing with you.
BRENNAN: It’s a hereditary condition. The two victims were related.
ZACK: Based on their ages, father and daughter.
ANGELA: So father and daughter buried next to each other, right? Then dug up. But then the father is reburied, why?
BRENNAN: This is the stuff that Booth is good at…the murky ways of the human heart.
BRENNAN: All that.
ZACK: We work the hard evidence.
HODGINS: We’ve used up all the evidence.
BRENNAN: OK. Let’s just…you know what? Let’s pretend we’re Booth, ok?
B&B try to talk to a man in the hospital, who they find is brother to the victim, but he won’t talk. They are not pleased.
Then, B&B attempt to interrogate a man in connection with the murder.
ORTEZ: You know what, lady? You think too much. Maybe you need a man like me to get your mind off of things. You know what I’m saying? I can be your adoring Salvadoran. Look, I don’t know who killed Jose’s sister. But I’ll tell you what, because I like you so much, if I find out who did it, I’ll kill him.
Afterward, Brennan runs into the man at the elevator.
ORTEZ: You’ve been waiting for me? Push that button again, and we can go down together.
BRENNAN: You think you can intimidate people into doing what you want?
ORTEZ: Ok, I’ll push it myself.
BRENNAN: How do you handle someone who isn’t afraid of you?
ORTEZ: Just get out of my way. I said move your ass, man.
BOOTH: I wouldn’t …oh.
Brennan smashes his nose.
BOOTH: That’s gonna hurt in the morning.
Brennan kicks him.
BOOTH: Feel better?
BRENNAN: Yeah. I really do.
Angela is not amused.
ANGELA: You beat up a gang leader?
BRENNAN: Booth told you that?
ANGELA: You did. You got into a fight with a gangbanger.
BRENNAN: You’re mad at me?
ANGELA: The guy’s a killer, Brennan.
BRENNAN: Angela, relax. We were in the FBI building.
ANGELA: Look, I know you’re all about self-reliance and fighting your own battles and standing up for yourself, but now, as your friend, and knowing how much you hate psychology here, you need therapy.
BRENNAN: I’m sorry I upset you. It’s just that I’ve dealt with him before.
ANGELA: With who?
BRENNAN: People who get what they want through fear. Gangbangers, members of death squads…
ANGELA: I know it’s psychology again, but you said “him”, like one guy.
BRENNAN: I didn’t mean Ortez specifically, I meant people like him. On my last trip to El Salvador…
ANGELA: Yeah, I remember, I tried to get you to go to Italy with me.
BRENNAN: I was in a tent set up by one of the grave sites. I was working with the remains of a young girl, maybe 13. She’d been shot in the head and dumped into a well. This cop shows up and he might’ve been a solider…it’s not easy to tell. I thought he was there to guard me, but he told me to stop. When I refused, he called in two others. They put a bag over my head and tossed me into a cell with a dirt floor and no windows.
ANGELA: For how long?
BRENNAN: Later I found out it was three days. But, I thought it was a week, maybe more. He came in every day and made me believe I was going to die. He said that he’d shoot me and toss me into a well and that no one would ever know who I was or what became of me. I promised myself if I ever had the chance, I’d get even. That doesn’t mean I need therapy.
They find out that the murdered girl was a maid involved with the Senator’s son. The manager of the house accidentally killed her while pulling her off of a ladder, mad at her for getting involved with the boss’ son.
Back at FBI office, another agent approaches Booth in the hallway.
AGENT: Message from the Gang Task Force Unit. Mara Muerte has put a hit out on your lady scientist.
BOOTH: Oh, man.
AGENT: You got a response?
BOOTH: Yeah, just tell ’em…tell ’em I got the message and tell ’em thanks.
There is a funeral for the dead man and his daughter.
ANGELA: This is nice of you, not many people would pay for a funeral like this.
BRENNAN: Where’s Booth? He said he’d come.
ORTEZ: Are you crazy? This is my neighborhood.
BOOTH: You put a hit out on my partner?
ORTEZ: She’s not FBI.
BOOTH: I never said anything about FBI. She’s my partner, ese. And if anything happens to her, I will find you and I will kill you. I won’t think twice. Come here, look in my eyes. Look at my face. If anything happens to her, I will kill you. This is between you and me, and nobody sees, nobody knows. You got nothing to prove, understand? You understand?
BOOTH: Yeah, I thought so. Ok, now if you don’t mind, I’ll leave first because I have somewhere I have to be.
Back at the funeral, which has ended, Booth joins them.
BOOTH: Am I in trouble?
ANGELA: You’re late for a funeral, of course you’re in trouble.
BOOTH: Sorry. I apologize, I…everything ok here?
BRENNAN: Where were you?
BOOTH: I had something to do.
BRENNAN: More important than a funeral?
BOOTH: I thought so at the time.
So…when did Booth tell her about this? Did he ever tell her? How much did he tell her?
Lots to discuss in this episode….thoughts?