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Bones Episode: "The Boy in the Time Capsule"

Season 3, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: The remains of a high-school student are found in a time capsule. The Jeffersonian team's investigation focuses on classmates of the deceased, who are now in their late thirties. Dr. Lance Sweets: John Francis Daley.
Original Air Date: Nov 13, 2007
Guest Cast Stephon Fuller: Darwin Banks Patrick Fabian: Terry Stinson Patrick Fischler: Gil Bates Katie Gill: Young Janelle Rick Ravanello: John Adamson Chris Hunter: Young Terry Houston Graham: Roger Dillon/Alex Stinson Ray Baker: Daniel Dillon Kristin Bauer: Janelle Stinson Ed Ackerman: Cop in crowd
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Season 3, Episode 7
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Length: 43:47
Aired: 11/13/2007
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"The Boy in the Time Capsule" Season 3, Episode 7

It's true, everyone seems to have belonged to a specific group during high school. Some people spent all their time studying like Bones, some embraced grunge like Hodgins, and some had dashing looks, could throw a perfect spiral, and always had a pretty lady on their arm like Booth (or That Guy as we get to know him). I love episodes in which we find out a little bit more about the history of our characters, the way they were before this chunk of life we're witnessing them go through now. And realizing that Bones didn't know who The Cure were in the 1980s makes me wish she'd put those books down a few more times, though it made for one of the most humorous lines of the night: "The cure? Was he sick?" A 1987 time-capsule unveiling intended to unearth only Rubik's Cubes and acid-washed jeans yielded those exact things... floating with the remains of a decomposed body instead. Good job, Bones producers, at subsequently grossing us out more week after week. The body belonged to a fellow classmate, übersmartypants Roger Dillon. Other classmates Terry Stinson, former class president, his wife Janelle Stinson, former head cheerleader, and Gil Bates, former dork, were all at the unveiling and became suspects in the murder. Roger's murder led us down several paths that seemed promising, and I have to hand it to the writers of this show for knowing how to twist the details convincingly. In the end, it was mostly the scientific details that led the crew to their discovery of the murderer, but in the meantime our leads were pretty convincing. Roger was an amazing computer programmer. Was he killed for having a brilliant mind that could have made him rich? He had a watch with a secret compartment filled with cocaine. A drug deal gone wrong? B&B questioned suspects including Roger's best friend, Gil, Roger's abusive father, a former teacher with a rap sheet for drug possession, and most convincingly John Adamson, a former classmate with a cocaine habit who paid Roger to take the SATs for him. That seemed like a clear motive - until Dr. Sweets discredited him as a suspect in his psychiatric profile. So Dr. Sweets is back! Sweets has definitely grown on me. I wasn't sure how the young doc was going to fit in with the show's storylines now that he's a regular, but I think this time around he added something satisfying to the show in his eagerness to help with the case. Not to mention he had a few of the funniest lines. His inclusion also means we dig deeper into B&B's relationship and what makes their screws turn. Bones spends much of the ep angry at Booth for snorting at her story of high-school humiliation (publicly receiving a Brainy Smurf doll as a Secret Santa gift in high school from her popular-guy crush, when all she wanted was pretty Smurfette), which Booth unsuccessfully tries to match in sheer embarrassment. But it seems humiliation didn't really follow That Guy around back then. ( "Dr. Hodgins, do boys change after high school?" Hodgins: "Only on the outside.") But Sweets accuses Booth of being a poor listener, to which Bones rebukes, "Booth is a great listener," even though he hurt her feelings. She didn't have to stick up for him, but she did. The killer in the end was Roger's BFF Gil Bates, whom Sweets pretty much profiled exactly. It's always sad when the death ends up being an accident but nevertheless ruins lives. Gil never intended to kill Roger, but he did and finally must pay the price. And in the end, B&B ended up back at the Royal Diner just like old times. This scene was actually one of my favorites of the season so far, as Booth gifted Bones a Brainy Smurf figurine and explained, "Smurfette was the stupid shallow Smurf that only had her looks. You're better than Smurfette. You have your looks and a whole lot more." Their faces ended up way too teasingly close together for my taste in such a sweet moment. I felt used. But I love that That Guy ended up being such a good guy. Missed any Bones episodes? Check out our Online Video Guide to catch up. show less
It's true, everyone seems to have belonged to a specific group during high school. Some people spent all their time studying like Bones, some embraced grunge like Hodgins, and some had dashing looks, could throw a perfect spiral, and always had a pretty lady on their arm like Booth (or That Guy as we get to know him). I love episodes in which we find out a little bit more about the history of our characters, the way they were before this chunk of life we're witnessing them go through now. And realizing that Bones didn't know who The Cure were in the 1980s makes me wish she'd put those books down a few more times, though it made for one of the most humorous lines of the night: "The cure? Was he sick?"A 1987 time-capsule unveiling intended to unearth only Rubik's Cubes and acid-washed jeans yielded those exact things... floating with the remains of a decomposed body instead. Good job, Bones producers, at subsequently grossing us out more week after week. The body belonged to a fellow ... read more

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