Written By: Hart Hanson
Directed by: Ian Toynton
We meet the new guy, Clark Edison, the first squintern to step in for Zack.
BOOTH: This the guy Bones is checking out to replace Zack?
CAM: Clark Edison, meet Special Agent Seeley Booth.
EDISON: Hey what’s up? Bones? Hey that’s funny. That’s what all my friends called me back in college.
BOOTH: Yeah, I like him.
Booth and Brennan head to the crime scene.
BONES: Why am I here?
BOOTH: Y’know, you used to like come out to the field.
BRENNAN: No car fires, no tanker barrels …
BOOTH: You used to insist to me…
BRENNAN: … full of acid. No explosions…
BOOTH: … you were insistent…
BRENNAN: … Don’t tell me you brought me out here for a car accident…
BOOTH: …Now you’re just anxious to get back, y’know, I can barely get you out of your lab coat.
BRENNAN: Well, with Zack gone, I’m needed at the Jeffersonian.
BOOTH: Yah, I’m just saying. I mean, you at the lab; me at the field – we are not working at our full symbiotic potential.
BRENNAN: Late teens or early twenties. Completely devoid of flesh or odor.
BOOTH: It just seems like, maybe you don’t want to work with me anymore?
BRENNAN: I work with you.
BOOTH: You know what I mean, Bones.
Meanwhile, Angela tries to explain this mysterious husband guy.
DOYLEY: So your husband signed his name to the marriage license with an “X”.
DOYLEY: So you married a guy without knowing his name.
ANGELA: It was Fiji, okay? I was on vacation.
Angela tries to figure out why Brennan won’t choose a Zack sub and get back to the field.
ANGELA: And when you don’t hire him it just prolongs this lame excuse for you not to go out in the field with Booth.
BRENNAN: Why would I do that?
ANGELA: Because when Hodgins and I ran away from our wedding, we left you and Booth standing at the altar, and that iconic image totally freaked you out.
BRENNAN: No, it didn’t.
ANGELA: Sweetie, this is not one of those things where you try to keep a secret and I ferret out the truth. This is where I tell you something that’s true so you can catch up to your own reality.
BRENNAN: Angela, I have no idea what you are talking about.
ANGELA: Which actually proves my point. I really I love you to bits and pieces, sweetie. I know, you love me back. We’ll talk again when you catch up.
Meanwhile Cam tries to figure out the same thing with Booth.
BOOTH: No, no, but it is. You’ve given Bones enough time. Just hire the guy.
CAM: Usually when you get all blustery, its ’cause you think something’s your fault.
BOOTH: Yeah, well. You know… I did arrest her father for murder. She could be having trouble with that.
CAM: Yeah. Exposing a parent to the death penalty can have a chilling effect on a partnership.
BOOTH: Well look, I asked Bones if, if, if that was a, a problem; she said no.
CAM: Well, I gotta wonder if deep down anybody is that rational.
BOOTH: You’re not reassuring me here, Camille.
CAM: If you are looking for reassurance, find someone who’s not such a good friend, Seeley
Brennan and Hodgins discuss the evidence in the case.
BRENNAN: Send the details to Booth.
BRENNAN: Hodgins, the reason that I’m not going out in the field with Booth is that I haven’t found a replacement for Zack.
HODGINS: There was no replacement for Zack. I mean, you know, he was good with bones. Excellent at math. He was pretty brilliant in making contraptions. And when our experiments blew up it was easy to pin the blame on him. In my book, all that makes Zack irreplaceable.
BRENNAN: Exactly, which is why I’m stuck on the lab. Not some other reason.
HODGINS: They only thing you can do is forget about replacing Zack. And find somebody who can just, just help out around here.
Booth finally figures out how to get Brennan into the field.
BOOTH: Look, I want you to come with me.
BRENNAN: I’ve got work to do here.
CAM: Uh, Dr. Brennan, if this building has been used for some sort of ritual cannibalistic killing as indicated by a skull which has been gnawed upon, a trained anthropologist’s eye could be crucial to the case. Rationally speaking.
BOOTH: When I put your old man in jail, you said you understood.
BRENNAN: Don’t start again, Booth. We’ll be together as soon as I replace Zack.
BOOTH: Yeah, how’s that going by the way? Maybe you’re mad at me sub-consciously.
BRENNAN: What? I don’t believe in that.
BOOTH: Look, something’s changed between us. You can at least admit that so we could figure it out.
BRENNAN: Yeah, I would. Yes, if I actually believed anything had changed.
They enter a hidden bank vault and Booth reacts to a blinking light and beeping sound.
BRENNAN: Why are your eyes closed?
BOOTH: I thought we were going to get blown up.
BRENNAN: It’s just a transmitter. I’m curious. In an explosion, how would shutting your eyes help?
BOOTH: Huh? It just does. Okay, Bones. It just does.
Well, you all know what this skeleton means!
And….surprise, Zack returns!
Brennan wants to get involved in the investigation.
BRENNAN: I’d like to be in on it when you interrogate him. What?
BOOTH: You would?
BRENNAN: Why are surprised?
BOOTH: Wait, are you serious? I, I’ve been trying to get you out of the lab since Zack left.
BRENNAN: Well Zack’s back, so here I am.
BOOTH: That simple?
BRENNAN: Why? Did Angela say something to you?
BOOTH: No. Angela? Why? What?
BRENNAN: I told you, that this wasn’t about psychology.
BOOTH: Fine, fine, hah. Hey, you know what I say, huh? Welcome home Zack!
B&B interrogate their suspect who admits to cannibalism. Cam chats with Zack.
CAM: Have you been to bed yet?
ZACK: Iraq is from a different time zone. I can’t seem to sleep right now.
CAM: Why did they send you back from Iraq?
ZACK: I failed to assimilate. Despite my accomplishments, I was detrimental to a military team approach.
CAM: You’re very good for our team approach.
ZACK: The army psychiatrist told me that I should question why the Jeffersonian is the only place that I can fit in.
CAM: All due respect to the army psychiatrist, but that’s a helluva lot more than what some other people get. Go home, Zac-a-roni, get some rest.
B&B get to the heart of the matter.
BOOTH: You know, you weren’t upset because Zack was gone.
BRENNAN: Yes, I was!
BOOTH: Okay, yeah, but you were more upset over the fact that I didn’t stop him from going in the first place. I mean, look I could’ve said to him, Zack, ‘Iraq is no place for a guy like you’.
BRENNAN: And he’d never have left. You could have stopped him. Why didn’t you do that?
BOOTH: Whatever Zack’s deal is- okay his weirdness – whatever you want to call it…
BRENNAN: I call it genius.
BOOTH: He’s a… man. He’s a, um, he’s a strange man, but he’s a man who wanted to serve a larger purpose.
BRENNAN: This is some alpha male rite of passage?
BRENNAN: You mean, go to war?
BOOTH: Wrong. No. Zack needed to leave the nest. The same way you did when you wanted to leave the lab and see the world for the first time. And I helped you do that. How could I stop Zack from doing the exact same thing in his own way?
B&B classic wrap up time.
BOOTH: Look, there’s something else I gotta know, and it’s important. We solid?
BRENNAN: You and me? Yeah!
BOOTH: No, not just you and me. Squints, too. Zack is back for good. Angela and Hodgins have their head back in the game. Cam, she’s locked in.
BRENNAN: Why are you asking me this?
BOOTH: Because. You and me – the center.
BRENNAN: And the center must hold.
BOOTH: Right. So, are we gonna hold?
BRENNAN: Yeah. We’ll hold. We’re the center.
BOOTH: The center.
**So much to unpack in this season opener!
*First of all, what in the world was up with Angela and the weird husband guy?
*Second, Cam was actually kinda helpful with both Booth and Zack…and not pushing Brennan on making a new hire!
*Third, Brennan is pretty insistent that the Booth/field thing was merely due to Zack gone…but was Angela at least partly right? Was it a convenient excuse for Brennan to avoid Booth post-wedding? Was Angela right, but Brennan totally unaware that was in her subconscious?
*Fourth, Gormogon is here y’all.