Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Eugene Byrd, Nicole Sullivan, Mike Starr, Kurt Fuller, Adam Shapiro, Sunnie Pelant
Writer: Hilary Weisman Graham, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs
Director: Alex Chapple
Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM
Airdate: April 30, 2015
BONES has a lot of fun in “The Big Beef in the Royal Diner,” and not just because the show gets to showcase one of its lesser-used standing sets and play with the notion of an obnoxious chef-lebrity. Regular Tamara Taylor gets a lot to do, TJ Thyne and Michaela Conlin get to play delight – which they do beautifully – and there is hilarious onscreen songwriting.
When a TV celebrity chef is found dead, Dr. Clark Edison (Eugene Byrd) comes in to assist Brennan (Emily Deschanel) on the case. Unhappily for the whole Jeffersonian crew, one of the suspects is Frankie (Mike Starr), the owner of their favorite hangout, the Royal Diner. It seems that the deceased had singled out the Royal for a scathing review. Frankie of course is offended by their suspicions. The culprit turns out to be the show’s sound man (Adam Shapiro), who was tired of being bullied and abused by his drug-addicted boss, though the killing was unintentional.
In other news, Brennan is so appalled by the anatomical inaccuracy of the standard preschool “Bone Song” – when daughter Christine (Sunnie Pelant) begins singing, “The neck bone’s connected to the chest bone,” Brennan exclaims in disapproval, “There is no chest bone!” – that the doctor decides to compose a ditty of her own. Edison pitches in with some suggestions, Brennan approves and the end result is charming. It’s fun to see various characters come up with off the cuff lyrics and to see Booth (David Boreanaz), who acknowledges he’s no skeletal expert, still contribute some rap sounds to augment this playful, in-character subplot.
In another subplot, Thyne’s Hodgins tells Conlin’s Angela that they are rich again – he’s gotten a two-million-dollar advance for the new unbreakable glass he’s created, with much more money to come. Hodgins is particularly gratified, as although he’s been wealthy before, this time it’s earned income rather than family funds. The couple’s main concern is how lab boss Cam (Taylor) will take the news, as Hodgins was originally working on the project in the lab. Had he stayed there, the Jeffersonian would get most of the money, but Cam had told him not to work on the project on company time with lab resources. However, when Hodgins and Angela tell Cam about their good news, Cam is ecstatic – for once, she followed the rules and it helped people she cares about.
Speaking of people Cam cares about, she is in a state of panic over what may be happening to her boyfriend Arastoo, who is in Iran caring for his dying brother. Edison, also friends with Arastoo, points out that Arastoo didn’t want Cam to go with him because it would be dangerous for her. Cam finally accepts Edison’s advice to trust the messages she receives from Arastoo.
This gives Taylor, who is sometimes underused, a range of emotions and material, while apparently foreshadowing more plotlines to come.
Finally, we can see that Booth is falling deeper back into his gambling addiction. He has misplaced his sobriety chip and then gives Brennan the unexpected gift of a beautiful necklace. As she admires the present, we can see Booth justifying to himself what he’s done – the gambling allowed him to afford the necklace, Brennan is pleased, so it’s a good thing. This is all conveyed without any direct dialogue on the subject – the scene is more effective for its discretion.
“The Big Beef at the Royal Diner” is big on strong points.
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