I love Max, I really wish I'd got him for science at school; I probably wouldn't have spent three years writing "I love Hanson" on my Jotter rather than learning anything. He's just such a likable man! I do however find the likelihood of him being hired to teach children a little far fetched, I think sometimes in order to take or minds away from the romantic aspect of the show the writers clutch at straws and write something slightly outlandish and soap opera-esque. That all said, I did however enjoy his return and the return of my second favourite intern this season Wendell played by Michael Terry. I enjoyed the way everyone sort of bonded with Max, especially Wendell; Max is the daddy of the lab and the daddy who everyone wants as their own except for Bones. It seems that the boys in the lab with the aid of mad Max are back to hi-jinx and that can never be a bad thing, it was rather nice again this week to see a sort of hark back to the early more care free days of bones. To see Hodgepodge think about something other than his ex-fiance and her new lesbian lover was refreshing and in a way it also dealt with the lack of Zack which seems to be have been too underplayed this season.
The makers of this program are very clever; I've noticed a pattern or rather a way of keeping us watching. If an episode like this weeks, is less than brilliant (by brilliant I mean like last weeks episode, or the one with all the angry Santa's, where Bones and Booth kiss) they end it with a particularly good lingering look from Bones to Booth and vice versa... and all is forgiven. Those lingering looks, those little secret smiles the two share, those are what keep us watching and keep the folks on YouTube making montage video's to Ashley Tilsdale songs. I myself feel cheated if at the end of the episode we don't get at least one little yearning glance from Booth in the direction of his woman.
The highly anticipated Booth and Max scene was great if ever so slightly inappropriate, I enjoyed the questioning of Booth by Max as to why he wasn't sleeping with Bones. Perhaps it would have been less creepy if he hadn't said sleeping with and had said dating instead. Regardless it was blooming good especially Booth saying in a slightly husky voice "Bones is beautiful" and my little analytical brain pondered as to whether Max's questioning of Booth represented we the viewers desire to see our perfect partners hop in the old sack."You're a good man and I want that for her" Don't we all Max.
The best bit was the family moment at the end, Booth basically telling Bones that he wants her and her father to be the educational enrichment his son gets from his family; basically saying that Bones and Max (even though he's a murderer) are his and Parkers family.
The criminal aspect of this episode was mildly interesting, though I did guess at the beginning that it was one of the kids who had killed the victim, so there was no shock there. Like the majority of this season I found the episode to be one which showed the emotional development of the characters rather than carrying any sort of major story arc, and like the majority of the episodes this season I have to say that it's not a bad thing!
Happy thanks giving to all of you in the USA and happy crappy weather to all of you in the UK and just happy day to all of you in other parts of the world!