As you know, last year’s Bones finale was a disappointment in a great many ways. They promised change, but instead it all turned out to be a dream inside Booth’s head, which was frustrating for a lot of fans. The dream was creative, no doubt about that, but it really didn’t add much to the storyline as a whole other than having Booth realize that he loved Brennan. Which everyone already knew anyway.
This year, the finale was much more of a big change and one that served a purpose since a few things really have shifted this season. Booth and Brennan finally crossed the line only to be beaten back by Brennan’s insecurities. Angela and Hodgins are married. Cam’s moving on with her daughter and with a new boyfriend. The stories did all seem to be moving toward some things shifting around, and so while the case itself wasn’t terribly interesting, it was a metaphor for what was happening to our beloved characters: they had to let go of their hoarding!
The ceiling crashes into a little boy’s room with huge piles of junk and body parts coming down. The team is called in to deal with an agoraphobic “hoarder,” a man who collected a variety of things obsessively and refused to leave his house. There were animals living up there and fans on to try and contain the smell, but it didn’t help. The landlord tried to evict him and his former co-workers tried to get him out of the house, but nothing really worked.
Honestly the case isn’t that important. It turned out his girlfriend/co-worker accidentally killed him. She forced the window open and he panicked and she pushed him into a fan. It cut him up and then dropped a pile of junk on top of his head, and he starved to death, basically. Messed up. There are some red herrings from the landlord and a fellow hoarder who stole an item from him, but what he really does is represent a major plot point. Booth and Brennan hoard one another, they are incapable of movement and change because of their ties, and in some ways must be “set free” of this obsession.
Brennan is offered a very important leadership role on an anthropology dig in the Maluku Islands. Her intern Daisy was also asked to take a part in it, and their studies may lead to a big scientific discovery. Brennan admitted before that she was getting tired of death and wanted to get back to her roots. And she also says to Angela that she’s trying to deal with the Booth problem. Meanwhile, the army is trying to get Booth back in a leadership position so he can train soldiers. He might be able to save lives this way instead of catching those who end them. His son Parker is behind the plan, which is so contrived because how many little kids encourage their father’s to go into a war zone? Anyway, Brennan and Booth decide to separate. They are essentially going to the past for both of them: Booth to his war roots and Brennan to her anthropology roots. In one year they will return and see if they can still be partners. My guess? Of course they will be able to be partners — the show isn’t over.
Angela’s father is in town and tells Hodgins that Hodgins needs to help him steal back a car now that he’s family. Hodgins agrees to do it and Sweets offers to help because he wants to be “Mr. Action.” Daisy says she’s going because this is too big for her, and he’s trying to decide whether to go with her and leave his life or to stay and basically break up with her. Hodgins points out he’d follow Angela anywhere, so clearly Sweets’ connection to Daisy is not as genuine. Hodgins does steal the car and ZZ Top gives it to him as a wedding gift. Hodgins declares he wants to go to France with Angela for a year instead of break in a replacement Booth and Brennan. Sweets breaks up with Daisy.
They all say goodbye at the airport. There’s a very sweet moment where Hodgins gives Brennan a list of dangerous animals in the Maluku Islands, and she says “I love you too.” Awww. She’s very perceptive this episode, something Booth taught her all about, and he says “Wow.” Very cute moment. Booth does manage to sneak off in his army garb and say goodbye to Brennan. They promise to meet in one year in their usual place, and hold hands instead of kiss. Then they exchange one sad look and walk off into their respective hiatuses. That is, until next season when they’ll come back after a year jump, and we’ll see how things have changed. Will Booth have moved on and will Brennan decides she wants him? That seems like the most obvious and contrived thing, something they often do on dramatic TV, and while I’d like to think better of Bones, I can’t promise it won’t happen. Eventually the would-be couple will get together.
The end of this episode is pretty solid actually, and while it did seem a bit rushed to see Booth’s change, the progress of Brennan’s movement to this point was good. It will be interesting to see what changes in a year for all the characters, and all I can say is poor Cam! Left all alone with interns, new people, and Sweets! Until next year, keep your fingers crossed that a year won’t destroy the magic of Booth and Brennan… and that year six is when they’ll finally kiss! Maybe?