Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Luke Kleintank, Sophina Brown, Tom Gallop, Alexandra Holden, Omar J. Dorsey
Michael Peterson, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs
Allison Liddi Brown
Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM
September 24, 2012

After their three-month-long separation, during which neither was sure they’d ever see the other again, it makes sense that BONES protagonists Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) have some issues they need to work through with one another. Theoretically, this should be a good match for a case involving a murdered divorce lawyer, which is what we get in the episode “The Partners in the Divorce,” what with all those conflicted couples lurking around. However, the script works harder than it should have to in making connections between what our heroes are going through and what they uncover in the course of the investigation.

The forensics of the case are pretty interesting, with the lab team trying to figure out why the victim’s skeleton has sustained so many strange fractures (it turns out that he was shoved down a construction chute from the top floor of a skyscraper). There’s also a funny moment with conspiracy fan Hodgins (TJ Thyne) wanting to believe that a fountain pen nib is really the mark of a cult of papal assassins, a la THE DA VINCI CODE. It’s not, but it’s a nice moment.

The culprits turn out to be a seemingly loving couple who really did want a divorce but felt very overcharged for the lawyer’s services. It’s a real cognitive leap from the killers’ petty sniping at each other to any of the dynamics between Brennan and Booth, so when our leads feel uneasy about their prospects after spending time with the murderers, there’s a sense that the writing is just trying too hard and that the characters probably need a good night’s sleep.

Thanks to some insight from psychiatrist Sweets (John Francis Daley) and guest lab tech Finn Abernathy (Luke Kleintank), Brennan finally realizes she’s having trouble adjusting to life as it was before she went on the lam, and Booth realizes that he resents having lost three months of time with Brennan and their infant daughter. They re-learn to compromise and talk things through, and all is more or less right with the world again.

There’s nothing wrong with this scenario, and the episode is pleasant enough. It just seeks a thematic resonance that it doesn’t achieve here.


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