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TV Review: Bones – “The Witch in the Wardrobe”

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The Bones writers clearly knew that by refusing the fans Booth and Brennan, they had to give them something to make everything alright. At least for a little while. That has come in the form of the slow progression of Hodgins and Angela heading back together, and it's been handled very well in the past few episodes. It was sparked when she had her pregnancy scare and he swore he was her guy, and everyone knew it was only a matter of time now after she broke up with Wendell. Even with all that build-up, very few people knew what was actually going to happen this episode, so it was a wonderful surprise for all! You're forgiven, show, if only until this glowing feeling fades.

The case of the week involves the murder of a 'witch,' whose skeleton is found with a very old skeleton of a woman who was a witch during the Salem Trials. They've dealt with witchcraft on the show before, so it was a little old by this point, and no doubt the Wiccan community might get up in arms about a few things in this case. The woman was a 'dark witch' and liked to put curses on people. When a man tried to buy her house from her for a development, her curse apparently made him lose all of his hair and he backed off. Another suspect was a man whose wife left him, and he asked the woman to put a curse on her.

Booth and Brennan witness a ritual from the local coven as they dance and chant and get naked. Because that's not cliche at all. Booth asks why the people who get naked are always people he does not wish to see naked. Uh, Booth, we see a few of the coven members later on and they seem like very attractive women, considering they are in Hollywood and everything. And it wasn't like you were hiding your blushing eyes.

Clark is the intern of the week again, and he really has been growing as a character. The last time he was around he advised Hodgins to stop being bitter toward Angela, and this time he even tried an experiment in Hodgins' absence. Why was Hodgins absent? He and Angela are going to collect evidence and on their way back he swerves in the road a few times. The local police pull him over, and they get arrested. They are held because they both have pending cases. This is a contrived plot to have them stuck in an enclosed space for a time, but no one cares because yay Hodgins and Angela.

Cam attempts to come and get them out, but she is swayed by the Sheriff's refusal and makes them stay there. They are allowed to use the police station's computer and answer questions for Brennan from there as they wait for a judge. The victim was killed by multiple stab wounds, and they find out that the witch from the Salem Trials was an ancestor of one of the girls in the coven. When questioned about it she swears not to have anything to do with it. The victim stole the body so she could have the power, somehow. By looking at the pattern of the stab wounds, Brennan realizes that it is in the shape of the pentagram, not unlike the ritual she saw with Booth. The entire coven murdered the girl together, although it was by accident (sort of): they were all drugged on an LSD-type herb at the time. Oops.

Back to the real story that matters this week, and that means Hodgins and Angela. Eventually while stuck in the cell they start talking about what broke them up. They have a heartfelt talk about how they regret walking away from it and make up. But they are not just back to dating, folks. No, the pair takes a leap of faith and gets married right then and there by the judge! So their wedding falling apart is made right again a few years later, and it really came off as sweet instead of ridiculous. They've had a long developed romance from early on, and it's really about time.

Best part of the episode: The wedding!

Worst part of the episode: The shows continued apparent dislike of the Wiccan religion.

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