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Bones Episode: "Player Under Pressure"

Season 3, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Brennan and Booth investigate the death of a star college-basketball player found crushed under a set of stadium bleachers. Meanwhile, Hodgins attempts to propose to Angela. Chief Cutler: James Black. Coach Morse: Michael McGrady.
Original Air Date: Apr 21, 2008
Guest Cast Taylor Kinney: Jimmy Fields Michelle Page: Justine Berry David Greenman: FBI Tech Mekia Cox: Celeste Cutler Erik von Detten: Ed Dekker Daniel Roebuck: George Francis James Black: Chief Cutler Jamil Walker Smith: Colby Page Michael McGrady: Coach Morse Whitney Anderson: Dallas Verona
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Season 3, Episode 11
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Length: 43:52
Aired: 4/21/2008
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"Player Under Pressure" Season 3, Episode 11

Aw. Hell. No. Did you all watch the same episode I did tonight? And is anyone else wondering how they let this show get away with all the things it does? I'm used to seeing grossly disfigured corpses and perps who have terrible reasons for having killed anyone, but with every detail that came out tonight, I just couldn't believe the choices that had been made. This ep even somehow bordered on slapstick humor (I'm a scientist, I'm going to dig a rat out of a corpse!) under the premise of working on a serious murder case. Am I being harsh? Let's discuss the evidence in bold. Bold is fun. RJ Manning was a star college basketball forward, the agreed-upon star player of the league, whose decomposing body was found under his school's bleachers being used as a rat birthing center. A big gold star goes out to the team who created the grossest dead body I've ever seen on TV. All melted guts and indiscernible bone fragments, RJ's brain was left as jelly and bits to be found by Justine, a fellow student and overemotional Hot Topic shopper(the girl with too much eyeliner is always a suspect, isn't she?) and Officer Cutler, a campus police chief/ex-college basketball star with broken dreams. The tables turn when it's discovered that RJ was getting hardy helpings of both anabolic steroids and the Clap. The steroids were provided by an alumnus, George Francis (your beloved Daniel Roebuck), a real Papa to the teammates and coattail-rider extraordinaire who goaded RJ into signing a contract that would make George RJ's NBA rep once the star was inevitably drafted. I expected Booth, who made such a big deal this episode of being a Sporting Man (and oh yeah, an FBI man), to be a little angrier about the muscle juice than he was. Not only did we not see whether George got in trouble for providing steroids, but Booth told the basketball player who'd been juicing that his steroid use would be kept between them if he gave up his provider. I've known Booth to make deals, but this was just not his style. The man has values, and I don't think that's ever been a point of contention. This is also after he released Ed Dekker, the other juicing suspect, from interrogation on the grounds that all he'd done wrong was "dipping his wick" in the wrong place. Thanks gramps, I'll add that one to Le Vocab. Gonorrhea should have had second-billing in this episode, because it seems like everyone had it. I never thought I'd say this, but what a time-saver that was, tying one murder suspect to the next. Justine, the girl Ed had unprotected sex with and described as "not-hot," who tearfully ripped out a clod of her own hair for the team's DNA testing (oww) gave him gonorrhea as broken-hearted revenge after getting it from having unprotected sex with RJ. Bones was right this is a terrible university. Hopefully someone out there got a lesson on condom-usage out of the whole thing. And If I had to listen to droney basketball player Ed Dekker talk for one more second, I'd have thrown a boot at my TV. As Bones put it, "All the bad decisions you've made, and the one thing you're ashamed of is having sex with a not-hot girl?" What a winner, that Ed. Sign me up for that hunk of burning man loins. The lab, through the brilliance of Hodge, Zack and Angie, soon discovered that not only was RJ's death not an accident, but he was partaking in some oral wick-dipping of his own with someone wearing cheerleaders' brand blue lipstick at the same time his head was being impaled by a 25-pound dumbbell. Talk about multitasking. Oh, and whoever killed him spit loogied on his dead body. Not very classy, Mr. Murderer, but it does hand the forensic team your DNA! Well done. The culprit turned out to be police chief Cutler, who lost his mind when he walked in on his Smurf-lipped daughter Celeste under the bleachers with gonorrhea-laden RJ Manning. He claimed that seeing his daughter in that position and knowing that RJ was knowingly giving her the disease set him off. But how did Cutler even know Manning had gonorrhea? Was this public knowledge because the guy got around? In any case, I didn't expect the guy to make his next move, to whip out a gun and try to kill himself, nor did I see Bones' heroic gun-jamming-with-thumb-webbing on its way. Cutler was arrested and RJ Manning will probably go down as a skeevy skeeve who played some awesome juiced-up b-ball. Now that I think about it, maybe I'm wrong to jump on all the things that I thought seemed far-fetched. After all, some of these things aren't far off from the stuff that makes me adore this show and recognize its brilliance in comparison to the pantheon of dumbed-down viewing options these days. Or maybe this story line is just more in line with how real life goes, "scientific" skull-in-a-turkey-cavity pressure-testing and all. I won't say I didn't love the episode despite its points of ridiculosity. I just don't want this to ever be a show that someone claims is a shark-jumper, and this one got a wee bit close for comfort. There are a thousand things I also loved about this ep, from B&B's camaraderie to the Angie/Hodge sex tape that I don't have space to write about, so I'm going to leave that to you fine people. I just needed to discuss this episode and all its wacky glory. Next week we finally get to see the long awaited "Baby in the Bough" episode. No Gormagon action yet, but I hear this one's going to be a goodie. Jonesing for more Bones ? 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Aw. Hell. No. Did you all watch the same episode I did tonight? And is anyone else wondering how they let this show get away with all the things it does? I’m used to seeing grossly disfigured corpses and perps who have terrible reasons for having killed anyone, but with every detail that came out tonight, I just couldn’t believe the choices that had been made. This ep even somehow bordered on slapstick humor (I'm a scientist, I'm going to dig a rat out of a corpse!) under the premise of working on a serious murder case. Am I being harsh? Let’s discuss the evidence in bold. Bold is fun.RJ Manning was a star college basketball forward, the agreed-upon star player of the league, whose decomposing body was found under his school’s bleachers being used as a rat birthing center. A big gold star goes out to the team who created the grossest dead body I’ve ever seen on TV. All melted guts and indiscernible bone fragments, RJ’s brain was left as jelly and bits t... read more

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