Featured Review of Episode 13 - The Fire in the Ice


With no knowledge whatsoever of ice hockey, and to be quite frank no interest whatsoever either, I really didn't expect to enjoy this episode as much as I did even though I did spend a majority of it hating the blonde FBI diversion. The sub-text and underlying message I took from this episode was one that wasn't shocking or new, more of an affirmation of what I kind of thought. Booth and Bones relationship and need for each other stems completely in the mistakes of their fathers, throughout the episode we saw Booth being prodded by Sweets about whether his rage stems from his fathers abuse. Booth as a result of this prodding and years of sub-conscious niggling then wonders whether the rage he displays on the rink, his ability to kill on demand and his preference to violent jobs are because like his father he's violent. His relationship to Brennan should have told him all along that this was not the case and the last scene on the ice rink kind of highlighted this. He's like the father she never had, he teaches her the social protocol, the normal things that her dad should have taught her. The complete unwavering trust she shows in Booth is similar to that which a little girl feels for her father. Even the way he holds her hand while she's bent and looking rather small in a silly hat while he's in a suit offered a very paternal image.


So while Booth offers a father to Bones, Bones offers the stability of Love and softness that his father never gave him. She is his rock and unlike his drunken father's mood swings, she will never change. For me this episode was a bag of psychology, which was less about how their relationship is and more about why it is. I really didn't care much for the story but I totally enjoyed the subtext which was offered throughout.


The slight flirtation between Booth and Payton Perotta and the declaration by Booth in the end not to worry and that nothing would change between Bones and he, was almost like a refusal to see other women. Even though he's not actually dating Bones, it's almost as if he's kind of promised himself to her. Maybe I'm reading too deep into it, and I know at first it was about Bones not working with another FBI agent it almost turned into a declaration of them going steady in their sexless/ kiss-less relationship.


Finally we had some more mention of Angela's lesbian relationship even though it was completely brief and non-committal, I all too often (what with the lack of mention and huge gap between episodes) forget that Angela has a girlfriend. It was good to see Hodge-Podge is getting back in the game and I am so happy to see Mr Wendall Bray back in the lab, he's like a puppy man. I really think out of all of the ever changing interns, he's the one who most seems to fit in with the other lab workers; perhaps this means he's sticking.


I only have one real issue and it's more of a worry than anything else. In the history of television (sci-fi and fantasy excluded) dream sequences and bizarre things tend to signal an end of a show, examples of this can be seen in Dallas, The OC and Moonlighting. Now given that this was a very brief dream sequence means it's not too worrying, but these sorts of narrative tools (plus a sports star) tend to signal to lower viewer ratings. Now I don't know if ratings for Bones are low, I do know it's been rescheduled and that it's now contending with some big shows... Ok I've worked myself into a panic and now I have to go breathe into a paper bag! Great episode Guys.


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Jan 23, 2009 2:51PM EST

i know iam poss the only one that thinks this but its time that booth left bones and we got new blood in mainly because when someone else is told they are going to work with bones she jumps in and says i wont work with any one else but booth her role is to find out how ppl died ens of not pick who she will work with from the F.B.I all the agents should be good enough but also because as sweets has already found out booth can be violent and he needs to be replaced before he kills someone
and yes iam expecting to be shot down in flames because of this

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Jan 23, 2009 3:29PM EST

I liked this episode too, even though I know nothing about ice hockey and find the essentially violent nature of it disturbing.Good plotline, well acted, but yes, this ep was all about the sub-plot - Booth's self-discovery was neatly done. Now he just has to believe it.BTW, was David Borneaz auditioning for Celebrities on Ice or something?

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Jan 24, 2009 3:39AM EST

guardianofhell wat the hell u r talkin about?without booth n brennan together it won't work

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Jan 24, 2009 8:20AM EST

I do have to disagree with you Guirdianofhell without the dinamic of Bones and Booth there wouldn't be a TV show. To rip Booth out of the show completely would surely be a step too far for the audience and would result in a huge loss of viewers, they could only do this if a) their ratings were huge enough to take risks and b) It was more of an ensemble cast. As it stands the Bones and Booth relationship is the driving force of the show and without it there would be no show. So I think you're very wrong. As much as you'd like to think the show's about crime solving and the FBI, it's really just about whether or not Bones and Booth will ever get together, it sounds trivial, but when you burn away all the excess it is the basis for the whole programme. No flames, just a well formed argument!

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Jan 24, 2009 4:46PM EST

I agree very much, I don't think it's everything in the show, but Booth and Bone's working together is also necessary because they finish each sentences and they are so different they balance each other out and so on. Also, as we saw in this episode booth is the only one who understands bones so thouroghly and he is the only one who lets her go in the field and interrogate and so on even though she is so awkward int hose situations. They are in truth, not only in there romantic relationship, the dynamic of the show, neither could survive withut the other. Sure we alll look at angela and hodgins and hope they get back together or he gets over her and we look at zack and hope he returns for good, but in truth the attractiveness of the plot is in b&b. Also, I loved when booth opened up with bones and told her about his dream with his father, he always been so bottled up and never reveals much about his past r himself other than the obvious.

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Jan 28, 2009 6:57PM EST

Interesting. I don't know wtf your thinking guardianofhell but Booth and Brennan are meant to be together. Be it as just partners or in an intimate relationship. They work INCREDIBLY well together and just have so much chemistryl. They learn from one another which is important because Brennan needs help over analyzing and being more human which is exactly what Booth is so good at as an FBI agent. They are the perfect dynamic couple each bringing to the table what the other one lacks. YES, Booth has some anger issues and has reacted badly in the past (like the clown..BTW-HILARIOUS episode!) but that's what makes him so interesting and unique. If you lose him you lose the whole team (not to mention the show because he's a main character and super important to Brennan) and everything interesting about the show. The fact that the rest of Brennan's team at the Jeffersonian classify themselves as being Booth's is just so enjoyable. It puts a smile to your face because you think about all the times that Booth payed them no head or called them "Squints". =D That they've become such a team after such a rough start is amazing. This episode was great. I enjoyed it even though I've never been a big fan of hockey but I was SOOO with Camillle on that one. =D I loved how Booth actually had a personal EUREKA! moment. Absolutely wonderful.
I can't wait for the next episode...NEVER CAN. =)

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Jan 28, 2009 8:04PM EST

I totally agree with alfijane, dulce_noche90 and corgicrazy743 . Couldn't have said it better.
I was happy to see some skating (even tho I do hate hockey's unnecessary violence). I skate and appreciate others' skills. David went up in my list. =D

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Jan 29, 2009 11:16PM EST

Ah awesome episode but i don't like agent perrotta? (I think it's spelled wrong sorry if it is) She's gonna be in the next episode! Ugh! I really dislike her!

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Feb 1, 2009 8:09PM EST

the sexual tension between bones and booth is literally killing me

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May 9, 2009 3:18AM EDT

I totally agree with alfijane, dulce_noche90 and corgicrazy743 . Couldn't have said it better. I liked this episode too.

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