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Friday, January 29, 2010

Season 5, Episode 13

First of all, I apologize for this inconvenience. I do not have time this week to write my own interpretation of the episode. However, I have found a very good synopsis on IMDB.

Thank you "NickChor" for writing a summary on "The Dentist in the Ditch"!

--> A Civil War reenactment is underway when one unfortunate Confederate discovers a skeleton buried in the dirt. "That's one of them Yankees that we killed!" the solider says. Back at the Jeffersonian, Booth welcomes Jared back home. Turns out lil' bro has fallen in love while traveling. Before the FBI guy has a chance to react, he gets a call: time to get to the murder scene. Moments later, Booth and Bones investigate the skeleton, which the latter identifies as a modern man -- no Civil War soldier here. The bones, which are almost completely encased in a block of clay, suddenly begin to emit spiders! Hodgins notes that this particular species is not native to where the body was found. Hmm.

Booth, in the meantime, meets his little bro's new girlfriend, Padme. The two appear to be very much in love, but Booth is suspicious. Back at the lab, Bones notices "occupational markers" consistent with various careers, including dentistry. Vincent then commences cleaning the clay from the skeleton. B&B then head to the home of the victim, where they find Lucas, a contractor living over the garage, watching football. He is SHOCKED to discover that his employer is dead. "Why would I kill Danny?" Lucas asks. "He owes me $3,000." The man then explains that the victim had a terrible breakup with his ex, Christopher. B&B then head to Christopher's house. He explains that as soon as Danny's practice took off, the dentist dumped him. Bones then notices an arrowhead in a nearby tree. "I'm gay and I hunt -- get over it," Christopher says.

Back at the lab, Vincent dismisses the possibility of an arrow killing the victim, saying a wound on the victim's sternum just isn't deep enough. "It could very easily have been post mortem," the intern theorizes. Vincent then has a brainstorm: rhubarb! Turns out the properties of the plant contain an acid that can more quickly dissolve the clay. Booth, in the meantime, brings in the victim's dental hygienist, Grace, for questioning. The woman filed a complaint against her employer for giving her Hepatitis C. "Dan nicked me during a procedure," says the woman, who is obviously lying. Grace then admits to cheating on her husband and blaming the victim as an excuse.

The rhubarb, meanwhile, has done its job. "He was still active in sport," Vincent says. The injuries are consistent with a football. So B&B do a little research and discover that Danny played for a local team. Coach Hendler is SHOCKED to discover the player has been murdered. When Bones suggests that the man might have been killed because he was gay, the coach laughs. Turns out the ENTIRE team is comprised of gay men. Bones then finds blood inside Dan's football helmet -- and the location is consistent with marks on the skeleton. Was he hit just a little too hard at practice? The players say "no."

Back at the lab, Booth runs a background check on Padme and discovers that she used to be escort. Big bro wonders if little bro knows -- and whether it would affect his plans to marry the young lady. Camille, in the meantime, discovers more blood on a towel taken from the practice field. The towel belonged to Dan, but the blood belongs to Cyd, an opposing player. Turns out Dan recently forced Cyd to fumble, thus costing the latter to fumble. The two then had a post-game fistfight. Another suspect, to be sure.

Later, Booth tells Jared that his girl was arrested for prostitution four years prior. Jared if FURIOUS. "Go to hell!" he yells. Cyd is then brought in for questioning. The tough guy admits to calling the victim a "fag," but denies killing him. It doesn't take long for Booth to get Cyd to admit that he is gay, too. The two used to date, but secretly. "The only time I was happy was with Danny," Cyd says. "I don't expect you to understand." Back at the lab, Vincent discovers three fractures on the skull. "His forehead exploded from the inside out," the intern says. Turns out the victim has killed and buried in the dirt, where seeds worked their way into his skull. The seeds then sprouted, causing the forehead to burst outward. "So head trauma was not cause of death," says a disappointed Bones. "We have no cause of death."

Montage time! Bones examines the now bleached skeleton, measuring, staring through a microscope and consistently furrowing her brow. It's all worth it, though. When the montage ends, Bones announces that she has found a small, previously unexamined nick on a particular bone. Vincent takes a look and concludes that it is consistent with a dental saw. Hodgins' then notes that the spiders could have come from the same part of Virginia where dental-hygienist Grace makes her home. "That should be enough for an arrest," Camille notes. So B&B hop in the car and head out to confront the lady.

On the way, they discuss Jared and Padme. Bones notes that Booth has long said that "love conquers all" -- so why is the FBI agent so consumed with the past of little brother's GF? Booth mulls it over. B&B then arrive at Grace's home, which has a fairly new driveway -- one that closely resembles the victim's own. Grace explains that she used the same contractor, Lucas. Back at the lab, Vincent examines Lucas's paving tool -- and discovers the victim's blood. Uh oh. Before you can say "guilty," Lucas is brought in to sit in the hot seat. He admits to arguing with Daniel over a job. "Dan knocked me down and started kicking me, so I grabbed the scraper and swung it at him to get him off of me," Lucas explains. So it was self defense. The only problem is that the contractor, who had been stealing from the victim, then dumped the body in a ditch. Case closed.

But not the episode. B&B convene to a bar, where they meet Jared and Padme. "Whatever you want to say, you can say to both of us," little brother says. Padme explains that she told Jared about her past -- and that the two will soon be getting married. Jared then asks Booth to be his best man. So love conquers all, after all. Bones offers a toast to love. Everyone clinks glasses and sips. A happy ending. <--




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