Thursday, November 23, 2006

No Bones this week :( , CSI New York

So, there wasn't episode of Bones on this Thanksgiving week, a movie showed instead. But, there was a new episode of CSI New York. Basically, a noted daredevil took a base jump off a building as advertising for a company (the logo was on his parachute). His parachute deployed just fine, but then lots of dead pigeons smashed into his parachute and caused him to crash. The pigeons turned out to be racing pigeons, and they were traced back to their owner by the plastic rings around their feet. The owner's chicken coop was damaged as was the owner himself- slashed carotid artery (neck) and arm. Turns out, the father of the boy who helped the owner out with his pigeons was enraged because his son used all of his time working with the pigeons instead of working at his pool table building shop. The father had a history of abuse and was still beating his son. Unable to control his anger issues, he dumped bug poison in the pigeon feed (which was what caused them to plummet from the sky into the base jumper's parachute) and proceeded to try and take apart the coop with one of his saws. When the owner interrupted his, the father attacked him with the saw. Mac and Danny worked this case.

The other case involved a rich girl's (name of Autumn) sweet sixteen party. The girl's father's body was discovered inside the Mercedes he'd bought for Autumn when it was unveiled for her. When Lindsay and Sheldon open the car doors (Lindsay was on the driver's side) a black cobra jumped out and bit her on the hand. Sheldon immediately leapt to her rescue while alerting Stella who held her gun on the snake until the snake charmer hired for the party rescued it. Lindsay was taken to the hospital and didn't return until the end of the episode. Turns out, Autumn's brother put the snake in the car to scare his sister as a joke. While their father was bitten by the snake, it wasn't until after he was dead. The father was actually strangled by their mother with her hair extension because she was angry that he always gave Autumn everything she wanted. She didn't realize that it was because Autumn had caught him and one of her classmates together- he was bribing her not to tell-the ridiculously expensive car, which was the last straw for their mother) was one of the bribes.

Overall, another interesting episode with not at all ordinary cases for New York's Finest to solve. I was curious about Linsday's snakebite, but it was remarkably played down, except for right when she got bitten. After, she just disappeared for the rest of the episode until the end where she resurfaced for one scene with a bandaged hand. Oh well, can't have it all.

Stay tuned for my thoughts about CSI and ER, airing tonight on Thanksgiving, 9:00pm CBS and 10:00pm NBC respectively.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

YouTube is back up; Bones

It's nearly 6:00pm here on the east coast, and YouTube is up and running once again.

Stay tuned for my thoughts on tonight's episode of Bones and CSI New York. There will be a double dose of Bones tonight- the new episode Aliens in a Spaceship is first during its usual time slot at 8:00, and then Man on the Fairway runs right after at 9:00

Bones- "Aliens in a Spaceship"

Wow. What an episode.


Brennan wakes up in a darkened car. The radio is playing something. Trying to get her bearings, she attempts to open the doors. They're all locked. Getting more anxious, she attempts to open the window. A small avalanche of dirt pours in and she quickly rolls it back it up, having come to a horrifying conclusion. A groan from the backseat tells her someone else is in the car. Hodgins is laying in back, his leg badly broken. Both their memories are fuzzy. When he asks where they are, Brennan breaks the sobering news: they are underground. Buried. The Gravedigger.

The "Gravedigger" is a notorious serial who has been pursued by the FBI for years- a pair of agent even wrote a whole book on him. He has a very unique way of killing his victims. He kidnaps them by shocking them with a modified stungun(delivers a stronger shock) and then he buries them alive in a container that allows for 12 hours of air. He sends out a single ransom demand. If the ransom is met, the buried victim's location is given. If not, the victim will die. No negotiations.

One of the Gravedigger's containers is unearthed by a group of kids who mistake the remains for aliens- a beer vat containing twin brothers- mummified by the enclosed space. Brennan and her team is called in on account of the mummified remains. While working the case, they discovered that one twin had a broken pelvis. That twin was not meant to be kidnapped- he interrupted his brother's kidnapping and was consequently run over with the Gravedigger's car. Furthermore, the uninjured twin killed himself by jabbing a pen into his carotid in order to give his brother more air. Brennan leaves the lab at the end of the day, just as Hodgins comes in with a huge discovery. He runs off to find her. As Brennan reaches her car, she senses someone near by. However, before she can turn around, she is shocked by a stun gun. Entering the garage, Hodgins sees Brennan crumpled on the ground. Racing to her aid, he is run over by the Gravedigger in his car.

Meanwhile, Booth and Cam are having dinner. Cam is trying to convince Booth to go with her to New York. Something is holding him back though. Three guesses who. During their conversation Booth gets a call. Cam tells him to let it go to voicemail. He does, but ever the FBI agent, he has to check the message. We watch his face as he listens while Cam chatters on. His face goes from a wry grin to grim and even panicked. Cam interrupts herself to ask him what's wrong, and Booth turns the phone, turning on speakerphone. It's the Gravedigger, with a ransom demand for 8 million dollars.

In the car, Bones has raided the car and themselves for any useful items- among them, several bottles of water, two phones without batteries (regular Motorola and a Treo- both hers), a handful of pens (Hodgins points out one is a laser pointer), a bottle of very expensive perfume, camera with backup battery, a mini kit (I think mini forensics kit because they use preservative powder from it) and a copy of Brennan's book (they are in Hodgin's car).Hodgins is in a lot of pain. Brennan tells him she's worried that he's suffering from compartment syndrome, which is when the muscle swells and creates a lot pain, sometimes enough to cause shock and then death. She knows of one way to stop it. While she prepares, Hodgins writes his last letter on the title page of Brennan's book. Since the operation is to be done without anesthetic, there's a chance Brennan could send him right into shock. Scared, Hodgin confesses to Brennan that he is madly in love with Angela. ("I'm nuts about Angela. Over the moon, stupid in love." ) He also says the perfume was for Angela- it cost three grand, and he says nothing say I love you like that. Finally, he places the gag (a strip of folded cloth) into his mouth to prevent him from biting through his tongue, and holds on to the handles on either side of the car. Temperance, moved by Hodgin's confessions steels herself. Using her knife, she makes a long incision in Hodgins leg (she cut it open) as he screams in pain.

Back in the lab, the team and the two FBI agents involved in the Gravedigger case check out the garage. They find a pool of Hodgins' blood. They have a big timer set up on one of the monitors to chow how much time they have before Brennan and Hodgins run out of air. They work nonstop to locate them, without much luck. Booth goes to talk to the Cantilever group, as they are the only possible place he can get 8 million dollars in time (remember, Jack is the heir to the Cantilever fortune). By the way, 8 million is a ridiculous amount of money, the agents all say so. Without proof of life, the Cantilever group cannot meet the ransom demands. Booth and Angela both become increasingly agitated. Cam tries to decode Hodgins' notebook to find out what he was going to tell Brennan. Angela take the notebook and reads it with ease. She reveals that Hodgins often gives her notes.

Inside the car, Temperance is rigged her cellphone to the car horn, hoping to get out a message. The horn beeps, waking up Hodgins who had passed out from the pain. After filling him in, Hodgins says they will have only seconds to get out a message because the power from the car will burn out the phone (too much power in one place). Temperance agrees and says they have to figure out what to send and make it as short as possible. She says they should send something about the dirt surrounding them. Hodgins remarks that he hates the term dirt. Brennan hand him a handful of said dirt and says "Tell me something I don't know." Jack studies, sniff, and tastes (yes, TASTES) the dirt. He concludes that they are in mining country (the dirt is ash), specifically Virginia. That's still not good enough, so Jack comes up with another way to glean information from the dirt. They mix it with the perfume (it contains a chemical also present in sunblock). When Jack laments again that the perfume cost 3 grand, Brennan says she'll split the cost. Jack then confesses that he single-handedly owns the Cantilever group. Compared to him, Brennan is well off (Brennan referred to herself as rich when Jack said he was rich). Brennan then shines the laser pointer on the dirt and Hodgins use the camera to zoom in on the dirt. After a few seconds of studying the shinyness (very pretty), Hodgins knows exactly where they are. They prepare to send the text message throught the hotwired phone. Hodgins has figured out how to send a message in eight keystrokes. Brennans hands the phone to Hodgins. She leans on the horn, and Hodgins types frantically. The phone sparks and "explodes".

Back at the lab, Booth is pacing around the office. Suddenly his phone alerts him that he has a message. He races off, and soon the whole teams is trying to crack the message, which consists of several numbers and one letter. Time passes. they are hacing absolutely no luck. Booth is getting very panicked and blows up at them, saying they are running out of time. Zach pipes up, saying that they will run out of time in five seconds. We watch the timer run down to zero. Zack says, "They ARE out of time."
In the car, Hodgins and Bones have broken through the back seat and punctures a ture to get some extra air. Hodgins realizes that he can create some extra air to buy them more time by combining soda ash and lithium (backup battery from the camera and preservative from the mini kit) together to make a carbon dioxide scrubber (I think the mixture reacts to the carbon dioxide in the air, which there was plenty of, and turns it into oxygen). The mix bubbles and fizzes, and Brennan and Hodgins cheer. Brennan says now she'll have just enough time to create a bomb of sorts using the explosives from the airbags. If they are buried less than four feet underground, it could blast their way to freedom. If they are deeper though, their brains will be turned to jelly. Hodgins remarks that at least they could run for Congress then.

Above ground, the remaining team race to decipher Hodgins' message. Booth thinks the message was meant for him ("Bones' phone to my phone"). Zacks says it was for Hodgins ("he's all about dirt and Angela"). Angela says it's for Zach- it's numbers, and if it was for her, it owuld have been a line of poetry or something. Somewhere, in this ruckus, Zach finally figures out the message. The numbers describe the dirt to a specific location. The teams races down to the site with lots of agents. Of course the location turns out to be a huge dirt pit of sorts. They search for any sign, but it seems hopeless.

In the car, Brennan and Hodgins prepare to set off the airbag bomb. Jack hands her a page from her book, asking if she has anyone she wants to say something to. Brennan takes the paper, and probably wrote a letter. Clasping hands, they touch the wires together. Above ground, we see a plume of dirt rise up from the ground and a muffled explosion. Booth sees the plume and races towards it. he starts digging with his bard hands as the others join. A hand sticks out from the ground- Brennan's- and Booth pulls her out. Hodgins is pulled out, and Angela cradles his head, sobbing in relief. Eventually she leans down to kiss him. The paramedics arrive.

Angela find Hodgins in the lab, looking at the bumper sticker piece Brennan pulled out of his leg. She tells him she knows he left the hospital without being discharged and he stole a pair of crutches which she had to pay for. Hodgins admits that he can't sleep. He's afraid that when he wakes up, he'll be back in that car underground, and that he has to solve the Gravedigger case because it's haunting him. Angela tells him "Then you should come home with me." Hodgins says, unbelievingly, "What?" and Angela replies "When you open your eyes, I'll be there." Hodgins agrees.

The last scene involves Booth and Brennan sitting in the pews at a church. Booth prays as Brennan looks around, getting too analytical as always. She says, that if she were to pray, it would've been when they were about to set off the bomb. Religon was a theme in this episode as the team, especially Booth and Brennan argue about whether God exists. Ironically, Brennan has asked Booth earlier if he would take her to church so she see what it was all about0 analyze it. Booth refused, saying that wasn't right.

*Deep breath* Whew. This was a fantastic episode. Hodgins 'fesses up about his true feelings about Angela. We can see how Angela feels as she worries about Hodgins. Trapped underground, we saw how two brilliant minds combined to try and send out clues and free themselves with nothing more than what they could find in the car. Again, we see Booth's anguish over possibly losing Brennan- how angry/anxious he gets. We even get to see Temperance's vulnerable side again. This was a very emotional episode. Bones just keeps getting better and better. That last scene where Booth rescues Brennan was a little disappointing though. I was expecting them to at least hug- you know, like in Two Bodies in the Lab. All they did was grin happily at each other. I mean, even the best of friends would after being reunited after such a traumatizing event. I love the interaction between Hodgins and Angela though. Maybe they'll be a couple now.

The next episode runs in two weeks. It's called The Headless Witch in the Woods. I like the parts where Brennan yells "Boo!" at Booth and he tells her to be serious. I wonder who she starts a relationship with.

CSI Miami, House, Law & Order SVU; And... YouTube is DOWN!

All right everybody. first and foremost, here's an announcement: is on scheduled downtime. There was a note posted on YouTube for a while saying there was scheduled downtime at 8pm Pacific. It's 1:00am here in the Eastern time zone and YouTube is officially down for the count. No word on how long it will be down aka when it will be back. Any and all videos linked from YouTube will not work while the site is down.

CSI Miami was on yesterday. The episode was called "Darkroom". Basically, it was about a photographer who kidnapped many of the women he photographed- he kept their pictures in a safe as trophies. While processing these photo, Natalia realizes that one of the photos is of her little sister, Anya. By testing her own DNA, Natalia additionally realizes that Anya was the woman in the car at the beginning of the episode (Anya paid the toll with a bill she smeared with her own blood and wrote a message on). Horatio promises to find her sister and, as always, follows through. It was good to see more of Natalia's personal life beyond her abusive ex. She's not a bad character at all- I've warmed up to her considerably since last season. Anya remembered to leave clues/evidence behind for her sister and the other CSIs to find- Natalia taught her well about fending for herself. Or maybe Anya absorbed it from listening to her.

Okay. Tonight. House was on first. Father and son apparently share the same affliction, as becomes apparent when the son begins developing the same symptoms, among them seizures (which were already present but mild) and the inability to see movement (House seemed to "shimmer"<--Charmed fans, you know what I mean). One big catch- the father is in a vegetative state, and has been for ten years. So, House, being typically House decides to wake said comatose father to "get a more accurate family history". Cuddy, being typically Cuddy, manages to get wind of House's intentions (did one of the ducklings tattle?) and storms in right on time. House still manages to jab the needle into the IV, and the father awakes. His first line? "Boy, I'm starving. I could really go for a steak." In an effort to get the father to answer his questions (the father seems to have som unresolved issues with his son who is now unconcious), House takes the father out on a road trip (I think they wound up in Atlantic City). They engage in a game of sorts where if the father answers a question, House has to answer one of his, because, as the father says, the only thing he has power over is the ability to annoy him. Eventually, House is able to figure out what is wrong and the sons ends up needing a heart transplant. House and Wilson, who accompanied them, convince the father to make peace with his son, in a way. They assist the father in committing suicide (the father only had a short while before lapsing back into his prior vegetative state anyway) so that his heart could be donated to his son. *Deep breath* All during the episode, Tritter, the cop with a grudge, interrogates each of the ducklings trying to get some dirt on House and his drug use so he pin some charge on him. Honestly, I think he's abusing his authority/power. All because House stuck a thermometer up his butt *ahem* rectum. Then again, that's enough reason to be pissed- perhaps not that much though. I really wish that Tritter would go away. House did forge prescriptions with Wilson's pad, but Tritter's trying to pin possession with intent to sell, which House never did. That massive amount of pills were all for him. Each and every one.

Law & Order SVU was on after House. The episode was entitled "Underbelly". Basically the SVU unit investigates an underage prostitution ring. Dani Beck is rattled by the investigation. Olivia Benson returns for a short time, originally to see Elliot. She runs into Beck, asks about Elliot, and they have a short conversation without Beck realizing who Olivia is (aka Stabler's partner). Olivia then talk to Cragen who says it'll be another week or so before Beck leaves. Olivia says she's not ready to return yet anyway(perhaps after seeing Dani Beck and Stabler interacting.
After having some drinks, Elliot offers to take Dani Beck home. When they reach Elliot's car, Elliot reaches in and.....KISSES Dani Beck. You read that right, Stabler kisses Dani Beck. And they continue to kiss. Three times. They even try to ignore their pagers. It's nearly a makeout scene. This is a very controversial scene, as many of us as Olivia/Elliot shippers, and some are very adverse to Dani/Elliot, while some aren't as adverse. I actually don't mind it, although I am an Olivia/Elliot shipper. It's nice to see Elliot getting kissy kissy anyway. If you don't like Beck, just imagine he was kissing Olivia- or maybe even you, if you're so inclined. Then, at the end of the episode, after Beck is forced to shoot the perp, aka the child protitutes' pimp, Beck goes to look out over the railing. Elliot approaches her from behind and places a hand on her back, in what seems like slightly more than friendly contact. Dani tells him "I just need to be alone". Next week's episode features Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning's 8 year old little sister as a young girl who appears to be a "demon child". Spooky. It's supposed to affect Dani Beck profoundly enough to make a major decision about her job. Is she leaving? Suppose I'll find out next week. Can't wait to see Olivia back on the job with Elliot again though.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's (or should I say, tonight's) post on Bones and CSI New York.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Bones "'Woman in the Sand" aired Wed. Nov. 8

I know this episode aired three days ago, but I rewatched it on Fox On Demand ( and I wanted my first TV post to be about Bones.

A summary of the episode: When the skeletal remains of a federal prosecutor who dissapeared five years earlier are found in the desert outside Las Vegas, the team suspects it to be tied to the mob. They then find the body of a woman a few yards away, who they suspect was killed by the same person.
The woman's injuries leads Brennan to believe she had a long history of domestic violence. When the husband denies having hurt his wife, they are led to a Vegas loan shark, where an anonymous lead takes them to the world of gambling and underground ultimate fighting, where Booth and Brennan go undercover as Vegas high-rollers. In an attempt to uncover the mystery, Booth risks his life.

Several highlights of the episode:
Booth's reaction to Brennan's dress choice and then to the dress he picked;
Booth slapping Bones on the butt as they stroll out to the fighting rings as Roxie and Tony for the first time;
Brennan's performance as Roxie;
Jack purposely goading Zack to get him to (successfully) throw a punch at him;
Brennan's outburst at the blackjack table (completely unaware that card counting is cheating);

Great quotes:
"Brennan : (Referring to her shoes) How does anyone actually walk in these things?
Booth: Oh you know them boots they ain’t made for walking sweetheart (Slaps Brennan’s ass)
Brennan: Okay that was completely over the top."

"(Brennan is on the phone with Angela)
Booth: That’s hot!
Angela: Hot? Wait a minute what’s hot?
Brennan: (Stuttering) Uh Nu-nothing Vegas, Vegas is hot. It’s a, very hot here."

"Brennan : (Comes out in very conservative dress) What do you think?
Booth: (Sarcastically) I have enough bibles thank you. Try next door."

"Zack: It's as if his vertebra was cut with a razor blade.
Hodgins: Or a razor wire. Luca Brasi.
(Cam, Angela and Zack all look confused)
Hodgins: The Godfather? Please, someone, buy a DVD player!"

This episode includes a first for the series: Booth and Brennan go undercover as a couple. Dr. Brennan, normally completely in the dark with regards to pop culture, pulls off her role as Roxie with remarkable aplomb, stunning Booth, and probably many of us viewers. I really expected her to be awkward and maybe even start spewing "scientific mumbo jumbo" like she usually does. It was great to see Brennan and Booth in a role other than anthropologist and FBI agent.

As I watched this episode, I was struck with an extremely eerie sense of deja vu, especially during the card counting scene. This was because I had just read a fanfiction called "What Happens in Vegas" by goldpiece at . In this story, Booth and Brennan were in Vegas for a case and they had a few days to relax before they have to return. There's a chapter in this story where Brennan discovers blackjack and card counting and brings it up with Booth. She didn't blab it out at the table in the story, but the scene was so close to what happened on the episode that goldpiece might as well have predicted what was going to happen. I highly reccommend reading this story.

But, perhaps the moment I'm the most hung up on, isn't in this episode. It's in the episode aired before this one, "The Girl With the Curl". You know what I'm talking about, fans. Yep, Hodgins and Angela date at the swings and their kiss. Such a great scene. I sincerely hope Angela rethinks her "just friends" approach and takes another chance. Who else loves "Hodgela"? BTW, "Hodgela" is borrowed from fanfiction writes on

Friday, November 10, 2006


Hello readers! I am a self confessed television addict. This blog seemed like an ideal place put my thoughts about all the television shows I watch.

So, after episodes of a tv show, if I have thoughts on what I just saw, I'll post here.

A breakdown of the shows I might comment on:

CSI: Miami

Law & Order SVU
(L&O CI would be here too but House now airs in the same time slot)

Bones (this is my fav, so watch out for lots of posts on this one)
CSI: New York


Cold Case
Without a Trace