Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, TJ Thyne, John Francis Daley, Luke Kleintank, Tiffany Hines, John Sloan, Joanna Pacula, Christine Ann Burson, Anjali Bhimani
Writer: Pat Charles, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs
Director: Tim Southam
Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM
Airdate: March 31, 2014
BONES is in its ninth season, and by now, most of its episodes tend to focus on the characters, with the case of the week functioning as back story and sounding board for whatever is going on with the people. However, “The Turn in the Urn” relies on procedure and clues, starting off with a great one-two punch that immediately rouses our curiosity.
Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) are at a funeral service for Todd Mirga (John Sloan), a phenomenally rich young hedge fund manager whose charitable donations made some of Brennan’s work possible. The urn containing the ashes is on a pedestal. Todd’s mother (Joanna Pacula) seems a little paranoid and unhinged – and this is before Todd arrives on the scene and sends away the stunned mourners.
Two good questions immediately arise – if Todd is alive, who is in the urn, and how are Brennan and her team possibly going to piece together any evidence out of the ashes? Fortunately for the gang at the Jeffersonian (and the cause of justice), it turns out that the crematorium did a lousy job. There are still chunks of bone in the remains – which belong to three people. The deceased is one Daniel Barr, Todd’s “concierge,” whose duties included procuring heroin for his employer. Daniel’s body went undiscovered in Todd’s safe room for three weeks while Todd was in rehab for heroin addiction inCosta Rica. By the time the corpse was found, it had distorted enough to be mistaken for Todd.
The trail leads to an ancient goblet called the Slaughterer’s Chalice, which was used to hit the victim over the head. Although both Todd and his mother seem likely suspects, the culprit turns out to be Todd’s girlfriend (Christine Ann Burson), who killed Daniel because he didn’t want Todd to clean up his drug habit – Daniel enjoyed shooting up with his friend.
On the personal side, Cam’s (Tamara Taylor) adopted daughter Michelle (Tiffany Hines) breaks up with lab intern Finn (Luke Kleintank); Michelle feels she’s changed so much as a person that she’s no longer the young woman who met and fell for him. Finn is broken-hearted but understands Michelle’s reasoning.
There’s an appealing sweetness in how Finn’s colleagues try to help him with his pain. Cam is very warm in telling him that she feels Michelle – and Cam herself – are better for having Finn in their lives, and Brennan gives a long biological explanation about why it would be good for Finn to cry.
However, this is one case where we’re caught up in the clues. Angela (Michaela Conlin) manages a facial reconstruction by digitally reversing three weeks of decay on the photo of the corpse, thanks partly to the safe room’s climate control. Gold? Silver? Narwhal horn? A bullet wound in the remains? Diamond powder? We’re right there with the characters, enjoying each bit of triumphant discovery.
Not every episode of BONES can or should be like this, but “The Turn in the Urn” provides the kind of fun that is associated with “beach reading” mystery novels, packed handily into one hour of network TV.
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