Bones is back! And with REALLY bad hair….poor girl. When last we saw B&B and our favorites squints, Pelant had set Brennan up for murder, Caroline and Booth for assisting her or covering up what they new, and Brennan went on the run with Christine and her dad until her name was cleared.
Let’s get right into with Pelant. I love the episodes revolving around his character and Andrew Leeds is brilliant in the part. I love psychological killers. Nothing scares me more than really intelligent people who can think 10 steps ahead of everyone else and are so sinister and take so much pleasure in toying with people’s heads. That’s Pelant. Especially since Brennan is as smart as she is and Pelant has been playing her like a fiddle. Bones and Hart Hanson have done a fantastic job with this arc. I’m not going to lie, I was slightly upset when they captured him (for a few reasons) because I thought that was the end of Pelant. But my husband and I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. My fear was it was going to be Pelant somehow killing one of our own. But it turned out, Pelant was not who he said he was and was able to get out and extradited back to Egypt. Say what now? Let’s think about this for a moment…
When this first happened, both my husband and I thought “it shouldn’t matter who he says he is because the evidence still point to him.” The more I thought about it, that’s not exactly true. When Brennan “solved” the murder of Pelant’s guidance counselor and was able to nail him for it, it left me with an uneasy feeling. Brennan always needs 100% conclusive forensic evidence before declaring her findings. But not in this case. There were no finger prints. No DNA tying Pelant. Only the idea that he was once heavy-set because his gait appeared altered as if someone who used to carry around lots of weight on his joints was no longer carrying it around. Therefore, he would need a lighter weapon (like a sword) to kill the counselor. Well that’s great, but where’s the proof? All of Pelant’s high school pictures were forged (foreshadowing.) So how could they scientifically prove that? Then there was the part about Max having lunch with Pelant’s father who told him about being either a WWII vet or someone who collects WWII memorabilia (I can’t remember) therefore remembering his father had a sword that could match the murder weapon. Well wasn’t that convenient. The “solving” of this case really bothered me and it felt forced and fast and very shoddy for the usually particular Dr. Brennan. Maybe it was the really bad wig throwing her off. Seriously couldn’t they find Deschanel a better hair piece than that? Sweet Jesus.
So as a result of no real forensic evidence, it doesn’t matter if he’s Christopher Pelant or Christopher Reeve, there’s nothing tying him to the murder. Now, there is all the copious amounts of circumstantial evidence piled up against Pelant. But guess what, if he isn’t really Pelant, then nothing is tied to HIM. All the fingerprints on Pelant say he is Bassam El Fayette (I think), and Egyptian national. Back to Egypt he goes and out of FBI custody and jail. Uh oh, guess this saga isn’t over just yet. But the biggest twist of the night came at the very end. As Pelant was walking out the door, he hands Brennan a Marigold. Apparently a Marigold represents grief and pain. Who knew a flower could be so cheery in its message? She throws it in the trash. We then see a hand reach down and pluck it out of the trash. The hand belonged to Special Agent Seeley Booth!!! Well shit, now that would be a twist!!!! But no. It was Special Agent Hayes Flynn (Reed Diamond.)
Now I’ve read some people’s thoughts on this who took that to mean that Flynn is going to go after Pelant in his new role in Domestic Terrorism. I didn’t take it that way AT ALL. I think it meant that Flynn and Pelant have been working together. I also read people who took this as Pelant changed his identity to Fayette while in jail. Again, I don’t agree with that. Either one of two things happened. Pelant didn’t change his identity from jail, Flynn did it for him. Or, Pelant was never Pelant…that was the false identity…he was Fayette all the time. That’s the one I’m going with. I think he had a backup plan in place so that if he ever was arrested, his partner could easily erase his fraudulent life and become who he really is…with no criminal ties to him at all. Pelant always thinks 10 steps ahead. And that didn’t change here. He was prepared for this to possibly happen and when it did, he knew exactly what he needed to do to get out of it.
The big question is, how will this all end? I don’t think it’s going to be with Booth arresting Pelant for good like we thought happened last night. I think it will be with one of our tried and true, killing him. That was made pretty clear when Hodgins had his hands around Pelant’s throat and was squeezing with everything he had. Hodgins later told Sweets about this and he told Sweets that he could tell in Pelant’s eyes that he wanted him to kill him. Flash to later in the episode when Sweets was talking to Angela and Brennan about Ethan’s code and told them that Pelant is even scarier now because he wants one of them to kill him. Max also mentioned to Booth that the only way this is really going to end is if Pelant is dead. So I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that’s how it’s going to go down. The question is who will kill Pelant. And as sinister as this sounds to say, I hope it’s someone significant. It can’t be Brennan or Booth…it will be too easy to get around that. But I hope it’s Cam or Angela or Sweet…someone we aren’t expecting and I hope it has major consequences. I’m not saying I want any of those people to leave the show, I just think from a story telling aspect that it would be sooo much more interesting to see that fallout! But if I had to guess now, I think Brennan’s life will be in danger and Max will be the one to kill him and somehow Max will die as well. I don’t know how that all plays out, but that’s my guess.
What did you think of the Bones premiere and are you enjoying the Pelant arc as much as I am?