Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Pej Vahdat, Kevin G. Schmidt, Roberta Valderrama, Brad William Henke
Pat Charles, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs
Tim Southam
Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM
November 19, 2012

It’s hard for BONES to sneak a march on us in the romance department, and in fact, we catch on a bit quicker than perhaps we’re meant to in “The Bod in the Pod.” Still, considering that most viewers won’t have picked up on the clues in the previous episode, the opening scene does a good job of catching most of us unawares.

So what’s up? Well, lab boss Cam(Tamara Taylor) is having a secret romance – with lab intern Aristoo Viziri (Pej Vahdat). We also learn that Aristoo is a published poet – in Farsi – and that he was ejected from Iran at age eighteen as a political dissident.

Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) go through the entire episode wholly unaware of this. They are immersed in solving the murder of a professional crime scene cleaner – as a bemused Hodgins (TJ Thyne) observes at one point, the victim’s job consisted of eradicating exactly the kind of evidence that Brennan, Hodgins, et al need to preserve in order to do their jobs.

Brennan has gotten into one of Sweets’ (John Francis Daley) psych books and decides to trust her gut on the case, which she decides means that she is allowing her subconscious to interpret clues her conscious mind hasn’t processed yet. Brennan’s gut leads her to the deceased’s main business competitor (Brad William Henke), who makes the mistake of saying that there’s no trace evidence at the crime scene.

This all teeters on the meta, because not only do we know that there’s not a crime scene in existence where Brennan can’t find something, but our guts tell us that BONES is not going to show Brennan to have bad instincts. This aside, the notion of having crime scene investigators go up against a crime scene obliterator is so good that it could have been fun to see more of it.

Deschanel has fun with Brennan investigating her own reactions to working a hunch, and Boreanaz adroitly handles Booth’s simultaneously fond and wary response to this latest surprise from his mate.

Once more, it’s a little unclear what’s going on with Sweets. Last week, he and Brennan celebrated the prospect of him getting his own apartment, and now he seems re-entrenched in the Brennan/Booth household. The writers seem to be trying to mine this ongoing situation for comedy that isn’t as inherent as they seem to imagine.

Still, the B plot here is great. Watching Taylor melt as Camhears Aristoo read her a poem feels like something we’ve been waiting for forever, and Vahdat plays Aristoo as a real class act. There is a sense of genuine affinity as the clandestine couple sits together at the end of the episode and ponders exactly who is going to know that they’re together.

There is also good comedy when Hodgins employs a universal translator to determine what Aristoo’s poetry is really like, only to be informed that one line reads, “You are my carburetor.” The mileage on this is increased by the easy banter that this affords Thyne and Michaela Conlin as his romance-loving wife Angela.

Overall, “The Bod in the Pod” is a very appealing, entertaining episode, with heart and even a bit of poetry in its soul.


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