'Bones' recap: Pops knows best (and now, about Club Jiggle) Season 5, Episode 8

Is it just me, or did this episode feel like a bit of filler? Yes, it's always fun to see Brennan get giddy (for her) over investigating sexual fetishes, but they failed to make the 'feeders' and eaters' as compelling as the 'horsey play' from Season 3. Getting to meet Booth's grandfather Hank (guest star Ralph Waite) and having him try to play matchmaker for Booth and Brennan was sweet, but for this to be a proper Sweeps episode, Pops needed to die. There, I said it. (Note: I do realize that had Pops died at the end of this episode as written, it would have been too cliche. We'd have needed to meet him under different circumstances.)

The most interesting part of the hour, for me, was how Pops came to the realization that he needed to return to his retirement community instead of staying with Booth. He said it was because he was needed there for fishing and sex and because Booth's appliances sucked, but do you think Brennan talked to Pops and told him that he needed more attention than Booth could provide - and that it would be hard for Booth to tell him that because he'd worry Pops would think he doesn't love him? If there's anyone who could have that conversation, it would be Brennan. I love that Pops got her and respected her 'steel ovaries.' When B&B drove him home, he pulled her aside. He made sure she recalled her promise: She would tell Booth when the time was right that his abusive dad left because Pops had told him to get out, he didn't deserve to be a father. And she'd be there to hold him, if he needed it. 'He's big and strong, but he's gonna need someone. Everyone needs someone,' he told her. 'Don't be scared'. It all goes by so fast. You don't want any regrets.' Brennan said she didn't understand. 'Yes, you do,' he told her. There's no question Booth understood Pops' parting words for him: 'Now listen here,' he said gently patting Booth's heart. 'You remember, it's all in there. Everything you need to know. [Looks at Brennan] You just do what it tells ya.' What it told him, apparently, was to compliment Brennan on her necklace. She said he'd seen it before. He said he hadn't. Was that a sly hint that he was looking at her breasts for the first time?

The episode had some other tender moments, such as:

* Cam explaining to Brennan that Booth likes it when Pops calls him 'Shrimp' because it makes him feel loved, and Brennan failing to hide a proud little smile when she told Cam the only nickname she's ever had is 'Bones,' from Booth.

* Clark finally tolerating personal conversation at work and saying that Booth is a good man for wanting to take in Pops. 'I'm moved and now I'm not.' Clark's grandfather never got to see what he became. Ah.

* Pops in a dance sandwich at Club Jiggle. Okay, not 'tender,' but did you notice how when he first started to dance solo, it was a move Booth would totally do? Okay, maybe I'm glad Pops lived.

Would you like Hank to visit again and maybe use his Military Police background to go all Murder, She Wrote? Or do you anticipate the next time we see him being at his funeral?

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Nov 22, 2009 5:26PM EST

Yeah. He is going to die. No doubts.
I was also in two minds about whether or not he ought to have died in this episode. It would have been too cliche, but.... still. No, it wouldn't have worked; as you say, we'd have had to have been introduced to him earlier. But I have no doubts that he will die at some point (maybe this season) and I look forward to that episode, I do....
When Booth and "Pops" were doing their "I love you"s, I was joining in from this side of the screen...
Oh dear.

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Nov 24, 2009 11:14PM EST

I feel mean saying I look forward to Pops dying, but honestly, I feel like the bonding that could totally bring to the B/B relationship would be great! Brennan really felt like more of Booth's family this episode, talking to the man who raise him, being invited to family supper and game night, I appreciated Pops' hand in that greatly!
Also, I think the cutest moment of that entire episode was Hank looking at the dance floor full of larger women and his eyes practically bugging out. I've never appreciated the adorableness of older men more.
What I thought was a tender moment, and something I'm looking forward to playing out in future was Pops trusting Brennan with that secret about Booth's father and his hand in his abandoning Booth and Jared. I can't wait for Brennan and Booth to have that conversation and for her to "hold him if he needs it".
Other things I'm looking forward to include more adorable Clark revelations and another look at the Angela/Wendell relationship. I've never loved another intern as much as I did when he gave her that money.

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