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Bones brings in great guest stars and … feet

This episode of 'Bones' had some squeal-worthy guest stars, including Scott Lowell and Michael Welch. Why, though, did it have to be so easy to figure out who the killer was?

- Season 6, Episode 17 - "The Feet on the Beach"

I have a confession. I love Queer As Folk. At times it has bordered on obsessive. I tell you this only to explain that, when I saw Scott Lowell on screen, I squealed so loud that I think my dog is now afraid of me. Also, I may have missed something important while yelling repeatedly to myself (and anyone else who was in earshot) “IT’S TED!!”  Despite my obnoxious fangirl outburst, I was able to gather that the story begins with feet washing up on a beach along the US-Canada border and that Bones has offended Dr. Filmore, a non-confrontational Canadian podiatric anthropologist, to the point that his right arm has become paralyzed.

I also squealed when Michael Welch, of Twilight and Joan of Arcadia fame, showed up on screen. The guest stars on this episode played very important roles. Their characters were well written, well cast, and well played. Scott Lowell plays strange but lovable characters so well. I was almost upset when I noticed that there wasn’t an intern, but I was pleasantly surprised that the “guest squints” really almost made me forget about the regular interns.

I do enjoy when they bring someone in to challenge Bones. She may be somewhat socially awkward, but she is generally always right. It was good to see someone really tell her about her short-comings, as she rarely notices them on her own, and no one ever points them out to her.  Although I’m sure she will forget everything that she has learned by the next episode. I’m glad that Dr. Filmore was the one that was able to figure out how the kid was murdered.  I’m also glad that it was something that Bones wouldn’t have noticed. It really was his talent that worked, and not just luck that she wasn’t there.

You totally knew it was Mike who was the killer, the second he was on screen. I was a little upset that I figured out who did it right away. This is the reason I stopped watching CSI, because it got too predictable. Bones has avoided this trap for me for six seasons so far, and I am hoping that it will just be this episode.

Because a majority of the forensic work was done by Dr. Filmore, we really didn’t get to see the “Bones” that we are used to. We only saw Dr. Brennan in the lab for one scene, and Booth and Sweets didn’t really interrogate anyone; they just asked a few questions informally. This might not sit well with some people, but it was a nice change of pace for me. I wonder if writers of these series possess a forensic psychology degree. …

Because they didn’t focus too much on the characters’ relationships — like they did during the last episode — it wasn’t a heavy episode. It was a good decision as it was nice to have a light-hearted episode after “The Blackout in the Blizzard.”

With Bones, I can never really comment on the process of how things are done. I’ve never been a forensic anthropologist, psychologist, or FBI agent; but I feel as though I can comment on parenting. I have no idea why there seems to be a bunch of television shows that feel like parents can make major decisions for their children without consulting the kids themselves (here’s looking at you, Parenthood). I would have given Cam the same disapproving look as Hodgins did. Please, Cam, Michelle is 18-years-old; she can make her own decision about where she goes to school, and is old enough to have to deal with the consequences when something inevitably goes wrong. I am actually really glad that Michelle didn’t go to Columbia, but am really upset that the only person who really told Cam that what she did was wrong was Sweets, and he was sort of joking about it. Although I really did like Cam’s new hair cut.

Apparently this episode is based on a real unsolved mystery. There is a beach in British Columbia where feet will wash up every once in a while.  What’s even weirder is the fact that eight out of ten feet found so far are right feet. Does this freak anyone else out?  There are also real body farms where they study decomposition of human remains. Does that freak anyone else out even more?

Guest Clacker Staci currently resides in central Pennsylvania where she escapes the shenanigans of the real world with television, much to the chagrin of her husband

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9 Responses to “Bones brings in great guest stars and … feet”

April 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

feet have been washing up from BC to WA for years now

April 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I think “Bones” writers intentionally wanted us to think it was the student, so they could throw us off his scent with the study abroad alibi. The expression of guilt on the kid’s face the minute they walked in and announced who they were said it all. He was jumpy and nervous.

Like you, I thought he was guilty at first. But then I thought I was wrong. It must have been intentional on the writer’s or director’s part.

April 8, 2011 at 6:17 PM

I wish my mom did that. No she can’t force her kid to go to a certain school, but she can at least giver her kid all the opportunities possible. I can’t fault Cam for what she did.

It’s not really her kid, right?

April 8, 2011 at 6:47 PM

The only problem with that is the kid never learns how to achieve anything for themselves, if their parent does everything for them – especially what has now become a rite of adult passage. If Cam submitted her daughter’s actual essays (without modifying them), I probably would’ve turned a blind eye. All the same, I’m glad Michelle chose well.

And, you’re right, Michelle isn’t Cam’s kid, she’s the child of Cam’s former boyfriend who died, forcing Cam to take the reins (it occurred in one of the episodes 1-2 years ago). But, I did think how much they looked alike in this episode.

April 8, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Really? She wrote the admittance essay for her daughter, which is cheating. It’s not like she just filled out a questionnaire and sent it in. Potentially, she even robbed some other kid who wrote their own essay out of a spot. That’s such a clear breach of ethics I can’t even understand how someone would think that’s ok, to be honest.

April 8, 2011 at 11:26 PM

That’s an interesting take on the Michelle situation. I didn’t get the feeling that Sweets was joking at all. He seemed quite serious (and rightly so) in his disapproval of the situation. I liked that Hodgins also let his dismay be known.

April 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

There was a new Bones episode this week?

April 11, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Everything Sweets says I feel is half joking all of the time. So when he had the conversation with Cam I heard joking, but even if he was serious, it did nothing to show Cam that what she did was wrong. Flat out. Even if she submitted the application and not made any tweaking, I do believe that would have been the wrong way to deal with it. You sit her down and explain to her that there is a chance that going to Maine backfire, and that she should have a backup plan. If AS AN ADULT (let’s not forget that Michelle is a senior in High School, and likely 18 years old, or really close to 18) she decides that she not want a backup plan, you let it go and she needs to deal with the consequences of her own choice. And then be there for her when things fall apart.
Wanting to give your child the opportunities to succeed doesn’t mean literally giving it to them, but giving them the opportunities to choose to succeed.
And I, too, am glad that Michelle chose to succeed on her own.

April 12, 2011 at 6:36 AM

I didn’t think Sweets seemed to be joking at all! He came down hard on Cam, accused her of cheating, and she even told him to “shut up” and that “If she had to get her hands dirty to help her child, she would.”