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Bones: The Man in the Mansion

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B&B arrive at a mansion where a dead body is found. Bones asks Booth about his “therapy” and he says, “It’s not therapy, it’s an evaluation.” Cam tells B&B that the body has been decomposing for about three weeks, but upon seeing the body Bones can’t do her job since it has too much soft tissue still on it. Why was she called in anyway? Because the mansion is owned by the Bancrofts who are the namesake for the Bancroft Wing of the Jeffersonian, that’s why. They notice that the victim, Terry Bancroft, is bound in his chair with multiple stab wounds. Booth goes to question the wife, Clarissa.

Wife explains that she was at the vineyard for a month and that her husband was supposed to be at his fishing cabin which doesn’t get cell service. She offers up info that her hubby supported a youth center downtown.
Hodgins is a little shaken up it seems by the death of Terry Bancroft. As he searches through the evidence, Angela arrives “Hodgie...” (ewww....) and tells him she has more evidence in her lab. As Hodgie searches through the evidence, he finds a picture of four men. On the back it says, “Stone, Tripp, Me and Hodgins.” Hodgins folds the pic in half and slips it in his pocket.

Agent Sully asks Bones out on a date. Well, he wants her to cheer him on at a basketball game. She’s so not into it.
Hodgins goes to visit Clarissa. It looks like they had a romantic past. I inferred that Hodgins and Bancroft both loved her but Bancroft won and so they never spoke again. Turns out they were engaged but then Clarissa and Terry started a fling and it unfolded from there. He wants to work on the case, but will be pulled if his bosses find out he knew the victim personally. He tells Clarissa to pretend they never met each other. Clarissa tells him they were having marital problems so she’s bound to be a suspect, right? Hodgins says he can’t discuss it and leaves.
Booth goes to the youth center and talks to the director, Fraiser. Fraiser tells him Terry found one of the youths with a couple pounds of heroin on him. Terry took it. They open the locker of the youth and find a bloody sweatshirt. Rut-roh.

Bones asks Angela for advice about Sully’s basketball game. They’ve gone out about four times now and he hasn’t made a move. She ponders if she should make the first move and Angela tells her “Be a girl, for once!”
Sully asks Booth for advice about Bones. He doesn’t want to proffer any advice and Sully suspects he likes Bones too! Booth brushes it off as she is his partner, nothing more and Sully tells him this is why he needs psychiatric treatment – because he has the hots for his partner. “It’s an evaluation,” Booth repeats. Sully can tell Bones is the go slow type, but “too slow is worse than not slow enough.” Agent comes in to tell Booth they found a kid matching the description of Julio – the one with the bloody sweatshirt – he’s at the morgue.

Squints discover that Bancroft was killed by a cut to his jugular vein, left lying on the ground for a couple of hours and then placed in the chair and bound and stabbed. Hodgins pinpoints time of death to 18.5 days prior and Booth notes that Julio was killed 20 days prior. Julio was killed before Bancroft. So who killed Julio, took his sweatshirt and tried to frame him for the murder of Bancroft?

Bones is at Sully’s basketball game where all his teammates call him “Peanut.” She listens in as the two girls in front of her talk about how hot Sully is but that he won’t shower in front of the other players. “Now we know why they call him Peanut,” the one girl offers. Bones drops all these compliments to Sully who throws off taking a shower and tries to downplay – well, Sully’s organ size :P

Booth and Dr. Wyatt have a date – well, a walking/talking/eating therapy session. Wyatt explains that what they are doing is actually "therapy" and not an "evaluation" as Booth thinks. Booth asks why he always intros himself as “Gordon, Gordon Wyatt.” Wyatt ignores him and asks about his current case. Booth gives him the lowdown and Wyatt wonders if Booth wants to find Julio’s killer (as Booth apparently has a problem with rich “entitled” folk) and therefore paired Julio’s killer with Bancroft’s making them one and the same. Booth looks at him like “You’re nuts.” but the then Wyatt offers this up, “What if I told you my name really is Gordon Gordon Wyatt? That my first and middle name are the same?” This gets Booth to thinking.

Booth wants Hodgins to come with him to the mansion to question the wife and pull some evidence. Hodgins hedges around but finally has no choice to go with Booth. As Hodgins goes off to collect evidence, Booth questions Clarissa who asks about Hodgins by his first name. A first name that Booth never mentioned. She confesses to an affair with Leland Oliver, their financial consultant. Booth calls her on Hodgins and Hodgins and Clarissa confess to knowing each other.

An angry Booth tells Hodgins to start looking for another job, that he should have arrested him for tampering with evidence. They get back to the lab where the muskrat hair Hodgins pulled is used in menswear. He pulls up some pictures of jackets and Booth points at one – the same one Fraiser was wearing. But is any of this admissible in court now that we know Hodgins knew the victim’s wife? He may have just blown the case for all of them.
Hodgins confesses to Cam, Bones and Booth that he was engaged to Clarissa, but he hasn’t spoken to either of them for eight years.

The squints act as witnesses in the case against Fraiser. The case looks like it’s going their way, but defense pulls a doozy by calling Hodgins to the stand and asking for the cased to be dismissed. Luckily, judge isn’t dismissing the case, but he is giving the squints only 24 hours to find new evidence that hasn’t been touched, seen, smelled, etc. by Hodgins. The race is on.

Bones realizes the fungus found on the victim can be used as new evidence. Hodgins comes in and turns in his letter of resignation. Angela is looking at the fungus samples with Bones and Zack and points out a few anomalies. Looks like she learned a lot from Hodgins!

With this new evidence, the case is won and Hodgins gets his job back, but not after Attorney Caroline Julian (whose car Booth stole to get to Bones back in the “Judas on a Pole” episode) berates all of them for their sloppy work.

We see Bones come over to Sully and make the first move, giving him a passionate kiss on the lips. She confesses to Booth the next day that she slept with him. “I need to get a flashier tie,” he mumbles to himself.


So-so episode. This one didn’t hit it out of the ballpark for me. I did like the dialogue between Booth and Wyatt and how at the end of the ep we see him showing Wyatt his many flashy ties.

Now, I’m no law expert, but I thought lawyers were not allowed to look at each other, much less speak to each other until the case has ended. And since when do expert witnesses hang around for the verdict? Very rarely, I suspect.

What does everyone think of Sully?

Posted by Connie on February 20, 2007 4:47 PM
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Actually, there's absolutely no conflict of interest for the lawyers for the opposite sides to talk to each other. They sometimes may be reluctant to do it in front of their clients - but that part was extremely realistic.
Squints waiting for the verdict on the other hand - pure fantasy land - as is the mere fact of all of them testifying and their private lives being so under scrutiny for a case.
NotBooth (the foil) is a dipstick - the more they Mary Sue him, the more pathetic he appears to me. I understand they have to make for his lack of acting abilities with a lot of exposition from the other actors who can delivers lies. But a whole segment of the story dedicated to his anatomy was absolutely ridiculous!
Other than that, there were many good moments in this one - Booth and Wyatt, Caroline, Booth and Jack...

-- Posted by: Edgeoforever at February 20, 2007 10:54 PM

The most annoying courtroom activity for me was the fact that EVERY SINGLE employee of the Jeffersonian's lab testified. Often about the same piece of evidence. I know they can have more than one expert witness, but...four people? How many people does it take to identify a muskrat? (Lightbulb jokes are coming to mind.)

I don't like Sully. They haven't told me anything about him other than the fact that he's hung like a horse, which: ew. SO did not need to know that. I'd rather see him given some *personality* traits, not just one giant physical one.

-- Posted by: sarcastress at February 20, 2007 11:30 PM

I guess I'm thinking of the jurors talking to the lawyers. They're not allowed to speak to either party (lawyers, witnesses, etc.) during the course of the trial.

-- Posted by: Connie at February 21, 2007 1:57 AM

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