Bones recap: The ghost in the skull
The latest Jeffersonian mystery gets personal (and superstitious) when the team identifies the remains of a missing 12-year-old boy.
Bones celebrated its 150th episode by using unique camerawork to give us a fresh perspective on being the victim.
Brennan (Emily Deschanel) identifies a skull as being that of an adolescent male around 12 years old, and the story is told through the skull's "eyes." Where the skull goes, we go. What the skull sees, we see.
What we wind up seeing a lot of is people talking to themselves. For their own reasons, each member of the Jeffersonian spends some time alone with the victim's remains to pray, promise justice, or ask him to speak to a deceased family member. This sudden superstitious behavior is inspired by Angela's favorite psychic, Avalon Harmonia (Cyndi Lauper), who is confident the spirit of the victim is still in the remains and needs closure before he can move on.
Everyone at the Jeffersonian is dedicated to giving the victim, identified as Colin Gibson, that closure. The news that he was only a young boy further fuels their dedication and emotional involvement in the case.
Through their investigation, Brennan and Booth (David Boreanaz) learn that Colin died two years ago, his parents are too emotionally crushed to be suspects, the body was moved from the shack to a greenhouse, and Colin was a bit of a daredevil.
The shocking news comes when they discover Colin wasn't murdered at all, but died while hood surfing on his father's car, and that two of his friends hid the body. Now, his grieving family finally has closure on the disappearance of their son. Was this the closure Avalon was talking about?
Apparently, Colin wasn't only interested in proving the way he died. Like most things involving young boys, this had to do with a girl. Brennan and Booth discover a mix CD Colin made for a girl he had a crush on. On the CD was a video file of Colin playing the guitar for the girl. That's sweet. When they discover this item, Colin finally feels free to leave his remains.
As expected, Brennan argues against the possibility of Colin's spirit residing in his remains. However, as the episode progresses, she does talk to him, too. Her main motive to solve this case is the sadness she feels (and manages to express through tears) over the death of someone so young. She connects this to fears of losing her own daughter and reminds us of her strong attachment to her Christine. But, she doesn't let her emotions alter her awkward bluntness for even a second when she tells Colin, "I lied when I said you died instantly. Sweets said it would be kinder to your parents."
That's the Brennan we love.