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Bones Episode: "The Man in the Mud"

Season 3, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: When a motorcycle racer's remains are discovered in a national park, Brennan and Booth hunt for his killer. But just when they're getting traction, another rider's seemingly accidental death throws the case off course. Meanwhile, Dr. Sweets tries to get Booth and Brennan to leave their work at the office.
Original Air Date: Apr 14, 2008
Guest Cast Christopher May: Park Ranger Chris William Martin: Garth Jodrey Andrew Lawrence: Tim Wings Hauser: Lenny Fitz Darlena Tejeiro: FBI Motor Tech Opal Warneke Abigail Spencer: Phillipa Fitz Senta Moses: April Presa Burnadean Jones: FBI Forensic Tech M.C. Gainey: Braxton Smalls Alicia Ziegler: Chandler Channon Roe: Danny Fitz
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Season 3, Episode 10
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Length: 18:04:00
Aired: 4/14/2008
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"The Man in the Mud" Season 3, Episode 10

Man, was that writers' strike ever long. Since we'd been deprived of new episodes for a while, I took solace in the Bones repeats that TBS started showing, but it just wasn't the same. Having the show return tonight was like going back home to see family you've been missing, if only your family was a crew of brilliant crime-solving geeks. I missed the pokes and prods, Booth's unintentional ignorances, Brennan's clueless Edith Bunker-isms ("You want to come with us? To the bowling rink?). Sometimes I just want to pinch her cheeks and tell her it's going to be okay, and then I have to remember her IQ is probably still a number equal to the sum of all the IQ's of all the people I know. Squared. Tonight we greeted the melty remains of Tripp Goddard, murdered motorcycle racer supreme, as they were hauled out of a sulfuric hot spring in a secluded foresty area. Suspect #1: Garth Jodrey, wheelchair-bound journalist/former moto-racer hurt after his bike was clipped by Tripp in a race. Now making nice with Tripp's racing team family. Motive? Revenge. Suspect #2: Danny Fitz, motorcycle racer and son of Lenny Fitz, owner of Tripp's former racing team. Lost to Tripp often. Motive? Always a bridesmaid but never a bride, he may have been jealous that Tripp's success made his father favor Tripp over himself. Was ruled out after his tampered-with bike lost control on the track, killing him. Ouch. Suspect #3: Lenny Fitz. DNA evidence seemed to link him to the crime scene, but was ruled out once he disclosed he was making Tripp a business partner, thereby shifting blame to children, including... Suspect #4: Phillipa Fitz (say that three times fast), twin sister of Danny, ex-girlfriend of both Tripp and Garth, whose lies tumbled in on themselves once she admitted knowing of the existence of the secret hot spring where the body was found. Motive: Keep the family company in the family and away from Tripp. Accidentally killed Danny as a side effect of her initial plan to sabotage Tripp on the racetrack. There was way more awesome science involved in this episode regarding the victim's remains, the mechanics of the victims' vehicles and possible murder weapons than Bones usually focuses on, and I adored it. Don't you feel like you learn a lot from this show? I love hearing Zack spit things out like "there are fractures of the pelvis, compression fractures of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, multiple metacarpal and metatarsal fractures..." It's dirty geek talk. Sexy beast, that Zack Addy. And something tells me that if I was ever murdered, no one would be out on a hunt quite like this for my killer. Grumble, grumble. We somehow still had time to see psychologist Dr. Sweets work an experiment on B&B - on a double date with him and his girlfriend, which I think kind of crosses the doctor-patient line. When I spoke to John Francis Daley last week, he mentioned that the whole affair would bomb, but I didn't quite expect to have the joy of seeing Sweets with a real GF only to lose her right away. By "her," I do mean of course the fabulous and now grown-up Senta Moses, who you might know from My So-Called Life and about a thousand other productions. Also regarding Daley, he's looking pretty eye-candyish in his new five seconds in the show's opener. Who else caught that? I missed his face. Booth was also way crankier than usual this episode, not having much patience with his colleagues and cracking smarmy, evil jokes. Here are a few: Re: The double-date: "Wednesday is fine, do you want me to get you a corsage?" Re: Hearing new evidence new from Hodge: "Let's just cut to the chase there, Mr. Wizard," and "You know what? You can suck it up, buttercup." Why all the angst, Boothy? And what's with you not wearing a suit? One last thought. I know many of you are rooting for B&B to get together romantically on the show, and I have to confess... I'm not. Take the scene tonight in Sweets' office where they discussed lying. The two of them found a way to communicate subliminally, ganging up on parent-y Sweets together almost subconsciously. It was uncanny. Scenes like that make me look at B&B much more as siblings than as anything else. When I saw their interaction tonight, I realized what kind of perfect chemistry they've got as partners in crime-solving rather than as partners in baby-making. Not that I wouldn't mind more kisses like last Christmas's. Until next week! For more Bones goodness, check out our Online Video Guide. show less
Man, was that writers' strike ever long. Since we'd been deprived of new episodes for a while, I took solace in the Bones repeats that TBS started showing, but it just wasn't the same. Having the show return tonight was like going back home to see family you've been missing, if only your family was a crew of brilliant crime-solving geeks. I missed the pokes and prods, Booth's unintentional ignorances, Brennan's clueless Edith Bunker-isms ("You want to come with us? To the bowling rink?). Sometimes I just want to pinch her cheeks and tell her it's going to be okay, and then I have to remember her IQ is probably still a number equal to the sum of all the IQ's of all the people I know. Squared.Tonight we greeted the melty remains of Tripp Goddard, murdered motorcycle racer supreme, as they were hauled out of a sulfuric hot spring in a secluded foresty area. Suspect #1: Garth Jodrey, wheelchair-bound journalist/former moto-racer hurt after his bike was clipped by Tripp in a race. Now ... read more

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Premise: A scientist with an 'uncanny ability to read clues left behind in a victim's bones' solves murders in a procedural series inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs. Scientist Brennan is often teamed with FBI Special Agent Booth, who mistrusts science and believes evidence should come from the living. The Brennan-Booth pair have drawn favorable comparisons to Scully and Mulder of 'The X-Files.'

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