New season, new cast member! Off we go!
Written by: Hart Hanson
Directed by: Tony Wharmby
B&B are back at it again, and apparently Brennan has recently taken some time off.
BOOTH: What’d you do?
BRENNAN: I read, walked on the beach, chilled.
BOOTH: You chilled. In Darfur. You chilled in Darfur.
BRENNAN: In North Carolina. I changed my vacation plans to spend time with my brother. Russ and I talked about it and we really want to find Dad.
BOOTH: Okay, Bones, why don’t you have a little, uh, you know, faith in me, okay? I’m not gonna backburner the case all right? I’m gonna…find your father.
BRENNAN: My brother said you’d say that.
BOOTH: You really keep saying ‘my brother’ a lot.
BRENNAN: Well, I lost Russ for fifteen years. I like the sound of it. …my brother.
CAM: Don’t call me Camille.
BOOTH: Don’t call me Seeley.
CAM: Why are you still here, Dr. Brennan?
BRENNAN: Because I’m not a coroner, and I don’t work for you?
CAM: You got that half right.
CAM: Every survivor is one less person for me to autopsy. You look good out of your suit, Seeley. But then, you always did.
BRENNAN: One minute she’s holding a severed arm, the next, she’s hitting on you.
Jealous, eh, Brennan??
BOOTH: No, she wasn’t hitting on me, and you know what, she is your boss, Bones.
BRENNAN: What? Goodman’s my boss.
BRENNAN: Why didn’t Goodman hire me?
BOOTH: Oh, my guess? People skills.
BRENNAN: I have people skills.
Back at the lab, Angela and Hodgins discuss the new boss while Cam and Booth talk.
ANGELA: They have a past.
HODGINS: Cam and the senator?
ANGELA: Cam and Booth. Look how she touches his arm when he laughs.
HODGINS: You touch my arm when I laugh.
ANGELA: No, no. You touch me. It’s a big difference.
The team figures out a high profile athlete and a senator were killed.
HODGINS: Warren Lynch and Senator Davis, killed in one accident? No way it’s a coincidence.
CAM: Hey, Hodge-Podge, all engines reverse. First we identify beyond a shadow of a doubt, then we get paranoid.
HODGINS: Cool. As long as paranoia’s on the schedule somewhere.
Hodgins can tell Brennan is not super happy about Cam coming on the scene.
HODGINS: You should be okay with Dr. Saroyan getting the Head of Forensics job.
BRENNAN: Why is that?
HODGINS: Because you are strictly rubber-to-the-road, hardball scientist. Not a flesh pressing, ink stained, policy making…wanktard.
BRENNAN: What are her qualifications?
CAM: Chief Coroner of New York for two years, Assistant Federal Coroner before that. How am I doing?
BRENNAN: Very well. Impressive.
Angela and Brennan talk about Cam.
ANGELA: You didn’t actually want the job, did you?
BRENNAN: I don’t even know what the job is.
ANGELA: Well, Goodman won’t explain his decision.
BRENNAN: Goodman appointed Dr. Saroyan while I was on vacation, then took a two-month sabbatical to avoid me. That explains a lot.
ANGELA: Okay, well I think it’s because you are very task-oriented.
BRENNAN: Task oriented is a euphemism for lacking overall perspective.
ANGELA: Oh, no. No! …well, yeah. Yeah, a little. Like, when’s my birthday?
BRENNAN: I can get the computer to remind me about birthdays.
ANGELA: That’s one of a gajillion examples.
BRENNAN: You could tell me the other gajillion minus one.
Brennan tries to test Cam.
CAM: Gas chromatography shows there’s also fentanyl in the heroin.
BRENNAN: What’s that?
ZACK: This reminds me of when you interviewed me to be your grad student. She knows what fentanyl is.
CAM: It’s a narcotic which boosts the effects of the heroin. According to Metro cops, fourteen addicts OD’d this week, off this one shipment.
BRENNAN: Have you told Booth?
CAM: No, I’ll leave that up to you. …how’d I do?
Oh snap. Cam is on to her!
Zack and Hodgins make one of their famous reconstructions.
BRENNAN: Tell me that’s not a real skeleton.
ZACK: No, we made him out of calcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite.
HODGINS: And SPAM.
ZACK: Twenty minutes now.
BRENNAN: It’s still a significant amount of SPAM.
CAM: Why does the whole lab smell like a luau?
BRENNAN: Zack and Hodgins are proving there was extra accelerant in the Lynch’s vehicle.
CAM: Using what medium?
BRENNAN: Artificial bone covered with SPAM.
CAM: Turn this off.
CAM: Why wasn’t I told about this?
BRENNAN: I encourage independent inquiry.
CAM: Your encouragement does not signify my authorization. If it happens again, I will take action. And I’m from New York, which means that I will take New York action. Am I clear?
BRENNAN: Not at all.
ZACK: I’m from Michigan.
HODGINS: Dr. Saroyan means she’ll make us watch musical theatre.
CAM: Wrong New York. I’m more from the get-mugged-in-broad-daylight tradition. This is not a high school science fair; this is the Jeffersonian Institute. Unauthorized experiments in forensics will get you fired.
ZACK: But…we’re Hodge-Podge and Zackaroni.
BRENNAN: And, they work for me.
CAM: You know, what I’d really like to do here is enjoy a meeting of the minds. But, if you insist on an organizational pyramid, I will be at the top.
Brennan checks in with her partner about this Cam situation.
BRENNAN: There were Mason jars in the backseat, intended to break when the train hit.
BOOTH: And they got this with SPAM?
BRENNAN: Yeah, SPAM.
BOOTH: Mmhmm. And Cam, she got all…bent out of shape.
BRENNAN: She wants to authorize all experiments.
BOOTH: Great, you know Zack and Hodgins, they do an experiment with fake bones in spam.
BRENNAN: What is your spam fixation?
BOOTH: Defense lawyer hears spam, he makes a joke, and the jury laughs, and everything we get from the Jeffersonian is framed as ‘goofy science’, you know, from a bunch of squints with no connection to the real world.
BRENNAN: That wouldn’t happen.
BOOTH: Oh, really, and the time you dropped a dead monkey down the elevator shaft…
BRENNAN: No, that was to show – Okay, I take your point.
BOOTH: Cam’s goal is a successful prosecution in a court of law.
BRENNAN: Same as mine and yours.
BOOTH: Oh, you’re all about finding the truth.
BRENNAN: Okay, your words say ‘good’, but your tone says ‘bad’, so it’s confusing.
BOOTH: Cam knows that too much truth is just as bad as too little.
BRENNAN: You know, Angela says that you and Cam had a sexual relationship. Does that affect your view of her?
BOOTH: Wildly out of line, just so you know that.
BRENNAN: You know, personal prerogative is at the heart of scientific inquiry.
BOOTH: Bones. (on his phone) Thanks for the notification.
BOOTH: The man who was charged with murdering your mother.
BRENNAN: The pig farmer. Vince McVicker.
BOOTH: He was killed. Today, at Alexandria Federal Holding Facility.
BRENNAN: I don’t…he was the only connection to my father. His trial was going to be my…How am I ever going to find out what really happened?
Booth and Brennan go on a stake-out.
BRENNAN: We wait? For how long?
BOOTH: However long it takes.
BRENNAN: Well what do we do while we wait?
BOOTH: This is a stakeout. We converse.
BRENNAN: Well, I tried to initiate conversation about the drug war, but…
BOOTH: Oh God. Fine, you know what, let’s talk about something we’re not going to argue about.
BOOTH: Been out to your mother’s grave?
BRENNAN: Not since the funeral.
BRENNAN: Why would I?
BOOTH: You know, to connect.
BRENNAN: She’s dead.
BOOTH: Fine. You know what? Forget it.
BRENNAN: Dead. As in, gone from this world.
BRENNAN: Excuse me? I’m curious. What you…talk to the headstone? What do you say?
BOOTH: It looks like I’m talking to the headstone, but what I’m really saying is…forget about where the words are aimed. What I say is that I remember them.
BRENNAN: They can’t hear you. Because they’re dead.
BOOTH: My mouth moves, words come out, but none seem to get across the drawbridge to the princess I know who waits within.
That’s very poetic, Booth!
BRENNAN: What princess?
Well, he tried.
Angela and Zack show Booth more findings.
ANGELA: It’s an Navigator. But get this. I don’t know if that’s any use to you.
BOOTH: Yeah. That’s of use.
ZACK: Booth. Do either of these count as experiments?
ANGELA: ‘Cause if they do, we could both get fired. By your old sweetheart.
BOOTH: You know, you just…quit telling Bones who you think I’ve slept with.
ANGELA: Think? What do you mean, think?
Booth talks to Cam about how things are going.
BOOTH: Of course, Angela and Zack are scared that this counts as an experiment and you’re going to fire them.
CAM: Ah! I am getting through.
BOOTH: Why did you take this job, Camille?
CAM: Why shouldn’t I, Seeley?
BOOTH: Because it’s basically herding cats, and you’re a dog person.
CAM: Dogs herd cats.
BOOTH: Dogs…don’t do that.
CAM: Chase ‘em up trees, whatever.
BOOTH: Seriously, Cam. Why did you take this job?
CAM: These. Are titanium rib-clippers from Germany. My last job? Used bolt cutters from Home Depot. These are much, much nicer. This autopsy table? Has downdraft ventilation. No rotting corpse smell, Seeley. My last table didn’t even have a drain. Think about that a second. Leaky corpse, no drain.
BOOTH: So you took this job for better equipment.
CAM: I’ve spent my whole professional life in basement rooms with no windows. Now I’m in the Jeffersonian Institute. …What?
BOOTH: Gotta ask.
CAM: You so do not.
BOOTH: Did you take this job because of –
CAM: God, the ego!
BOOTH: Say it.
CAM: Nothing to do with you.
BOOTH: I need Bones this afternoon.
BOOTH: It’s about her mother’s murder and her father’s disappearance.
CAM: Plus, she dedicated her book to you, so…
BOOTH: It’s a legitimate case, Cam.
CAM: I know. I read the file.
CAM: How do I help her make the right decision?
BOOTH: Go for the truth. You know, Take care of her people.
Booth and Brennan go talk to the man who killed McVicker.
BRENNAN: Mr Downs, the man you killed –
BRENNAN: He’s not my friend. He killed my mother.
DOWNS: You come to tell me thanks?
BRENNAN: No, McVicker was my last chance to find out some things. McVicker might have known something about my father. I can’t ask my father because he left a message on my answering machine telling me to stop looking for him.
DOWNS: I’ll tell you what. Maybe…look at McVicker’s murder as a second message from Max. One that he didn’t use the phone for.
BRENNAN: We never mentioned my father’s name was Max.
BOOTH: Did you perform a hit for Max Keenan?
DOWNS: Take it as a sign from God.
BRENNAN: How am I going to tell Russ that our father ordered the death of another human being?
BOOTH: If he did that, and I’m not saying it happened that way, then your father took down the man who murdered his wife.
BRENNAN: Good people don’t have other people murdered. Good people don’t even know how.
BOOTH: Well, your father buried your mother in a pair of new shoes in a cemetery. With her dolphin belt buckle that reminded her of you because you both loved dolphins.
BRENNAN: That does not make him a good man.
BOOTH: People can be more than one thing. We were a dead end! All right, we know that your father got to Mitchell Downs, persuaded him to kill McVicker. We find out how he did that, we’re that much closer to finding out what happened to your old man. I mean that’s…if you still want to find him.
BRENNAN: I do.
BOOTH: Okay. Silver lining.
Booth tries to get info out of a private investigator, and it doesn’t work. Brennan presses him to figure out a way to get more information out of the guy.
BRENNAN: Well, It took two people! It was him. C’mon Booth. The part of you with a big gambling problem must love this idea.
BOOTH: Right there. Mhmm. That’s the reason you didn’t get Cam’s job.
The team talks to the prosecutor to get her to proceed with the case.
CAM: You accept this plea bargain, you don’t deserve to be a federal prosecutor.
LISA SUPEK: Dr. Saroyan –
CAM: Yeah, it’s scary. The whole country will be watching the trial, and you don’t want to go in with less than a sure thing. But you put my people on the stand as expert witnesses and that’s a sure thing.
BRENNAN: Not Zack.
ANGELA: Not Zack.
HODGINS: Not Zack.
CAM: You tell people the story of what happened using the evidence these people provided and if you have any ability as a prosecutor, you’ll win the case.
LISA SUPEK: Are you finished?
CAM: No, Ms. Supek. In the future, when you have problems with my team, you register them with me in private, not by grandstanding in a public forum.
BRENNAN: Okay, I, um, sort of see why she got the job.
Booth and Brennan head to the cemetery to visit her mom.
BOOTH: Well, looks like your brother was here.
BRENNAN: Never understood the idea of bringing flowers.
BOOTH: Just for once, Bones, do what people do. Kay? See how it feels. That’s it. I’m going to go stand over here, while you talk to your Mom.
BRENNAN: I told you, I don’t do that.
BRENNAN: Mom, it’s me. Temperance. I have questions, but you can’t answer them. No offence, but I don’t think there’s anything here of you but your bones, so… can’t believe I’m doing this. Is Dad a good man or…a bad man? He had someone killed. Had him murdered and…what’s the truth? Do I…do I keep looking, or do I let it go like he asked? Who’s he protecting? Himself? Or me, and Russ?
BRENNAN: Booth? I asked the questions and guess what? No answer.
BOOTH: Well, maybe if you weren’t standing right on top of her, took a step to the left, showed just a little respect. Sometimes it takes a while to get an answer, okay? Just leave the flowers.
BRENNAN: I get answers from a lab, you get them from people. Nobody gets answers from a slab of stone.
BOOTH: Yeah, well I see an answer in the stone. See, you buried your mother as Christine Brennan, the woman that you knew as your mother and not by her real name, Ruth Keenan. That tells me who you are.
Brennan picks up the dolphin with gloves, as evidence.
BOOTH: What do you have?
BRENNAN: A dolphin. What does that tell you?
BOOTH: What does it tell you?
BRENNAN: My father was here.
BOOTH: Because he loves your mother, grieves her loss, and he came here to talk to her.
(Booth removes the dolphin from the evidence bag)
BRENNAN: You’re tainting evidence.
BOOTH: It’s not that kind of evidence, Bones. It’s evidence of something else. Something that can’t be tainted.
BRENNAN: It’s beautiful.