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Bones Episode: "Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van"

Season 3, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of a soccer mom, whose minivan was rigged with a bomb. They discover clues linking the victim to a radical left-wing group that carried out numerous crimes in the 1970s. Meanwhile, Brennan visits her father (Ryan O'Neal) in prison, and Angela becomes jealous when Hodgins works closely with an attractive FBI agent.
Original Air Date: Oct 2, 2007
Guest Cast Scout Taylor-Compton: Celia Nash David Greenman: FBI Forensic Tech Patricia Belcher: Caroline Julian Ron Canada: Sam Reilly Erich Anderson: Jeremy Nash Richard Cox: Leonard Huntzinger Chris Tardio: Danny Valenti Deborah Zoe: Katherine Frost Ryan O'Neal: Max Keenan
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Season 3, Episode 2
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Length: 43:44
Aired: 10/2/2007
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"Soccer Mom in the Minivan" Season 3, Episode 2

Tonight's episode put me back in that happy Bones place that made me love the show in the first place. Somewhere between solving a murder and using big science-y words like "capillary electrophoresis" is the show's big heart, and I have to say that tonight I sighed more than once. Soccer mom Amy Nash was killed when her car exploded at a soccer field. I can't say how much this scene got me - the explosion churning red while Lou Reed's sunny "Perfect Day" played in the background and little girls screamed in horror from the adjacent field. The three couldn't have contrasted more, and it was totally beautiful. Back at the lab, the FBI called in Special Agent Frost, a lady with some impressive skills and equally impressive cleavage, a fact not lost on Hodgins. My favorite quote of the night came when Angela, noting the stuttering mess her man Hodge became around Frost, introduced herself to Frost as "Angela Montenegro. I do facial reconstructions. And him." I heart Angela. Unlike the other squints, I don't feel like I have to dig deep to be sure she's a human being and not just a brilliant machine. The case took a curious turn when the team reconstructed Nash's tattoo of the National Liberation Army symbol, outing her as a member of said '70s radical group responsible for police deaths and other crimes. Amy Nash is an alias for the NLA's June Harris, wanted for 30 years in the unsolved case of a murdered police officer named Valenti. Booth (often curiously still in the field without Brennan), questions Amy/June's irritable husband, Mr. Nash, and then a Mr. Huntzinger (a lawyer for the NLA) and officer Danny Valenti (son of the aforementioned murdered cop), all of whom have suspicious ties to the case. This leads the team to Sam Riley, the original FBI agent on the Valenti case, who still carries a heavy torch for nabbing the culprit responsible for Valenti's death. This all leads us to Neil Watkins, June Harris' then-partner in crime, whom ballistics fingers as Valenti's killer, clearing Amy/June of the Valenti murder. It's clear that Amy/June's car explosion was no accident, and that Watkins may have been behind it. Riley's passion for nabbing Watkins keeps him butting heads with Booth and Brennan, and when ingenious sleuthing by Hodgins leads Booth and Brennan to Watkins' West Virginia home, Watkins is found shot dead - only it looks a heck of a lot like it was Agent Riley, in his bloodlust haze, who pulled the trigger. In the end, Riley is exonerated and the blame for Amy/June's death goes to Mr. Nash. Brennan goes to visit her father in prison several times, often storming out of her meetings when she gets frustrated at the lack of answers she's getting from him. He really gives connecting an honest try, even apologizing for the pain he's caused her. You have to feel sorry for the guy, sacrificing himself after so long on the run just so he can be closer to his daughter. I love how this show is not just a scientific procedural - when the characters come full circle in their stories, it's honestly poetic. Brennan's acceptance of her father's efforts at a relationship coincided with Brennan's reading of a letter that Amy/June left for her daughter, telling of her plan to make things right for everyone and turn herself in after running for so long (she was on her way to meet with the DA when she was killed). Brennan was inspired, choosing to move forward and forgive her father, finally understanding that his aims in reconnecting were true. Seeing how happy they were in the end together looked majorly therapeutic, and I have to say it's nice to see Brennan so happy again. But I'm not getting too attached - her pop has yet to be sentenced, so his future is unfortunately unclear. Want to sift through some more Bones ? Dig around our Online Video Guide. show less
Tonight's episode put me back in that happy Bones place that made me love the show in the first place. Somewhere between solving a murder and using big science-y words like "capillary electrophoresis" is the show's big heart, and I have to say that tonight I sighed more than once.Soccer mom Amy Nash was killed when her car exploded at a soccer field. I can't say how much this scene got me — the explosion churning red while Lou Reed's sunny "Perfect Day" played in the background and little girls screamed in horror from the adjacent field. The three couldn’t have contrasted more, and it was totally beautiful.Back at the lab, the FBI called in Special Agent Frost, a lady with some impressive skills and equally impressive cleavage, a fact not lost on Hodgins. My favorite quote of the night came when Angela, noting the stuttering mess her man Hodge became around Frost, introduced herself to Frost as "Angela Montenegro. I do facial reconstructions. And him." I heart Angela. Unli... read more

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Premise: Forensic anthropologist Temperance "Bones" Brennan and her team work with the FBI to solve murders by identifying victims from their remains in a procedural series inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs.

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