Firstly I'd like to say as an overview of the entire episode that it was amazing, it was a really touching and heart warming episode. In relation to the pastor and his/her family I have to say it was done really well, sometimes I find (especially in American broadcasting) that there is an overly mocking sometimes disapproving tone when dealing with sex change, this episode of "Bones" clearly depicted the confusion faced by people who don't understand sex change, the acceptance of others and the complexity of the human mind. The fact that it did all these things in a religious context on the Fox network is surprising to me. I come from the UK and we are constantly warned of the small mindedness and right wing views of the Fox Network and sometimes when I watch FOX productions I see this view we hold being reinforced, for example whenever there is someone who is environmentally conscious or anti war he or she tends to be a hippy drug addict, against the thesis is the fact FOX broadcast the most contentious programmes on television i.e. Family Guy and American Dad. I have to remind myself that this is not a paper on the Merits of the Fox Network but a review of Bones... I just think it was nice and refreshing to see gender confusion and sex change within the context of religion and not have it painted as something bad.
Right on with the show me thinks...The newest intern... I hated him, though it didn't ruin the episode for me because I don't think many of the characters liked him either, so we were all in it together! Maybe it was his overly Englishness that grated me the wrong way or his slightly drawling voice or perhaps it was the fact he was just a complete div who seemed to have no place in a crime solving lab...at least by the end of the episode he too had discovered his limitations! (How many of you tried to kiss your elbow at the end of that? I did!)
I hate the fact we're not seeing Sweets pick apart the facade of Bone's and Booth's relationship, those are my favourite moments and are always good for a giggle. I laughed during the opening credits when I saw the lingering shot of Sweets in his elf hat and was a bit saddened that we're not getting those great Sweet's moments that we seemed to get in the third season. I just kind of feel sorry for him now, what with the eternally silent therapy sessions with Booth and Bones, I felt an extreme pang of sympathy for him when during the session Booth's phone went and he leapt to his feet declaring "Thank God someone got murdered!" poor Sweets... here's hoping he gets a good story line next week.
The relationship between the crime solving partnership which is Booth and Bones seems as always to be floating between that "You'e my best friend/partner" feeling and the "I secretly love you" one though the writers seem to be throwing in these little tit bit's of sexuality each episode, the phallic/sexual imagery when Booth stated "Aiming agent Booth?... like a Hose?" Made me giggle like a 16 year old, maybe it was unintentional or maybe I've just got a slightly sick over analytical mind, but what springs to your mind when Booth compares him self to an object that's long and spouts liquid? And again we had Booth saying the word Boobs... I wonder if he's said it every episode this season, it's the way he says it that keeps me coming back!
I was slightly confused by the chilly atmosphere between Angela and Hodge Podge this week, I thought they made up last week...this week they seemed a little like they hadn't had the chat they had in the last episode. Is it just me or are we not seeing enough of these two this season?
With all that said I think it's important to reiterate how much I liked this episode, if only all religious groups were as accepting and welcoming as pastor Patti's. Like "star gazer in a puddle" it wasn't the funniest episode or the most romantic but in terms of humanity and beauty it was up there with the best.