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Bones Episode: "The Wanna-be in the Weeds"

Season 3, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: When the body of an aspiring singer (Ace Young of "American Idol") is discovered, Booth and Brennan probe a club's open-mike night, where they encounter the deceased's friends, rivals and one dangerously obsessed fan.
Original Air Date: May 12, 2008
Guest Cast Brandon Rogers: Broadway Wannabe Jennifer Hasty: Pam Nunan Geoff Meed: Dax Corbin Allred: Adam Matthews Kent Faulcon: Dr. Jason Bergman Ace Young: Tommy Sour Ian Reed Kesler: Chris Calabasa Jessa French: Emma Von Helberg Ethan Phillips: Jerry Lincoln
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Season 3, Episode 14
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Length: 21:45:35
Aired: 5/12/2008
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"The Wannabe in the Weeds" Season 3, Episode 14

I have nothing witty in my repertoire to help me talk about Booth getting shot tonight by a crazed stalker, his life jeopardy, only one episode away from the season finale. It's like I'm worried, even. Logically, I don't believe they could kill off his character and just wash their hands of it, but what if we have to wait until next season to find out how he's doing? Thats what I'm really afraid of. For a show based on a forensic anthropologist who doesn't buy into psychology, tonight's episode certainly waded deep into those Freudian waters. Seeing Sweets and Brennan battle it out in a verbal Debate Of The Smartypantses was strangely educational, and dare I say Brennan seemed to have learned something from Sweets' kind of analysis despite her protestations. This ep was huge on motivations; why we do the things we do, what drives us to irrationality, how our needs come to play in our behavior. And then they put singing, oh yes, at the center of it all. Zack sang us a dirge and didn't seem to mind the crowd of eggheads who stopped to ogle his pipes. And Brennan? Despite her oft-over-seriousness, she got down with that Cyndi Lauper song at the end of the episode. I love that this show finds room for that kind of pure fun. Well, until somebody gets shot. The scene went from party joy to Bones trying to keep Booth alive as he's staring blankly at the ceiling. Totally overwhelming. So, singing - amazing how they just slipped that in. Considering they're on the same network, I guess I should be wondering what took Fox so long to make an American Idol crossover with Bones. In case their maturity fooled you, yes, two of the main open-mic singers were played my former Idol Top 12 contestants. Ace Young of Season 5 was Tommy Sour and Brandon Rogers of Season 6 was the Broadway showtunes singer that Brennan so admired. Throw in a couple of MySpace references and Fox made itself one hot self-promotion. Mr. Murdoch, I can't say I'm surprised. OK, back to the story. Where the singing and the psychoanalysis met, therein we found crazy Pam Nunan. Nunan obsessively stalked the victim, Tommy Sour, a singer trying to make it big in the music industry who sang at a hot open mic night. Her story is a good example of what life would be like if you couldn't understand the difference between right and wrong but still had exquisite taste in attractive men. After Sour died, Nunn appeared upset, but only until the slightest kind gesture from Booth had her eyeballs turning to wedding bells for him instead. When she me him in his office and made a pass at him, did you see how forcibly he stepped back and away from her? This is a guy who sees dead bodies and follows perps with a gun regularly in hand, yet I don't think I've ever seen as frightened a look on his face as when Pam cornered him in his office with the gift of socks. I was afraid for him. What we know of Tommy's mysterious death is he was dumped in a field, was strangled and had his neck cut, and one of his neck vertebrae had a thin sliver sliced away. And now I can't get his severed head and hangy eyeball out of my head. Great. Applause to whomever's responsible for this show's gore. I'm sure you've made your professors proud. Gold star! The investigation into Tommy's death led Booth and Bones to these shady characters: 1. Pam Nunan, who probably had a Police song written about her, considered a dangerous person by Sweets' analysis, and highly delusional and manipulative of others for their approval. Possible disciple of Annie Wilkes. 2. Chris Calabasa, Tommy's singing competition at the open mic night. 3. Dax, mustachioed open mic guitarist with a scowl the likes to make any mother proud. 4. Jason Bergman, Tommy's boss at the gym, former business partner and sucker to Tommy's shenanigans. 5. Adam Matthews, Tommy's duplex neighbor. Matthews was the guy who I least expected, and I'm sure I should have known better. He was found to be the murderer, having gone batty listening to Tommy polluting the ear space all day with his singing. Not an Idol fan, I take it? Despite our conjectures last week, the hog-tied skeleton did not make an appearance. Bonus points to those of you who guessed correctly. But there's a lot from this season that's still unexplored that I can't imagine fitting into next week's season finale. We know from the previews that Gormagon will be back next week. We also haven't seen Angela's giant of a husband yet, and no real wedding for her and Hodgins. And now Booth's life is in the balance. Somehow I can't see all these things getting resolved in one episode. Because of the writers' strike, this seems to be the casualty all TV fans will be living with by the end of May - an oddly segmented season with a lot of plot crammed into only a few episodes. But I've still loved watching Bones despite the stops and starts, and have my fingers crossed for what's got to be an insane season finale. Where do your expectations stand? From the mouths of Bones Brennan: "Particles from the cut grass are causing his mast cells to release inflammatory mediators." Booth: "It's just allergies, Bones." Brennan: "Yeah, that's what I said." Zack: "I'm deceptively strong." Cam: "I'm deceived." Sweets: "Mocking will not change my opinion. I've been mocked many many times before. That came out wrong." Bones (of the lounge singer): "This guy is good!" Booth: "Thank you, Paula." Brennan: "Until I was 13, I wanted to be the next Cyndi Lauper." Booth: "I'd say you were kidding, but I don't think you know to kid." Brennan: "The other girls and I referred to her as 'rad.'" Brennan: "The guitar string could definitely be the murder weapon." Booth: "Because it cut the cheese?" show less
I have nothing witty in my repertoire to help me talk about Booth getting shot tonight by a crazed stalker, his life jeopardy, only one episode away from the season finale. It's like I'm worried, even. Logically, I don't believe they could kill off his character and just wash their hands of it, but what if we have to wait until next season to find out how he's doing? Thats what I'm really afraid of.For a show based on a forensic anthropologist who doesn't buy into psychology, tonight's episode certainly waded deep into those Freudian waters. Seeing Sweets and Brennan battle it out in a verbal Debate Of The Smartypantses was strangely educational, and dare I say Brennan seemed to have learned something from Sweets' kind of analysis despite her protestations. This ep was huge on motivations; why we do the things we do, what drives us to irrationality, how our needs come to play in our behavior. And then they put singing, oh yes, at the center of it all. Zack sang us a dirge and didn... read more

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