So, I finally got ’round to watching Bones today…and my Hulu queue is empty for the first time in weeks! Very exciting.
Anyway, this episode had a couple of things to unpack.
One of them was the intern of the week, Ms. Wick, brought back on probationary status after Sweets pleaded with Bones to give her a chance. One of the interesting things about Ms. Wick is that she’s neuroatypical, like Bones, but in a different way, and as a result, she grates on, well, everyone, including viewers. At the same time that I find myself being frustrated by her, though, I also empathize with her; she’s in a world with people who think and operate differently than she does, and it’s obviously tremendously frustrating.
I loved the scene in which she told Sweets off for infantalizing her by trailing her around at work to keep her out of trouble. She stuck up for herself in a really great way, and brought up a common problem experienced by neuroatypicals: The assumption that they must be lacking in intelligence because of the way they process information, think, and interact with people. Actually, as Ms. Wick points out, she’s quite smart, very aware of what’s going on, aware of the fact that people have trouble relating to her, and doesn’t appreciate the hovering.
And the scene in which she and Bones both get enthused about their discoveries was a great aha moment in a lot of ways. It was a chance for viewers to also see that, you know, people who grate on you maybe won’t always grate on you, and that there are reasons for it. Ms. Wick is just excited about everything! She can’t help it! She’s working with awesome people! There’s so much to learn! So it was nice to see her again, in an odd way.
We also saw Booth’s jealousy coming out in full flower as Brennan with out with his boss…sigh…I knew they were going to pick up the romance thing again, but it still frustrates me and makes me sad. Everyone treats Brennan like a child because she hadn’t picked up on the fact that Booth likes her, which is also really annoying, speaking of disability issues and assumptions about neurotypicality, and…you know, it’s like it hasn’t occurred to any of them that maybe she’s not interested. I realize that’s not where the creative team is taking the show (would that they were) but I hate this thing on television where if one character is interested in another, it must mean that the object of the affection is also interested.
Speaking of sexuality, I haven’t mentioned this, but I specifically like that Angela is identifying as celibate, not as asexual. It’s a common confusion, the idea that if you’re not having sex, you’re asexual, so I’m glad that they haven’t made this mistake (so far). Angela is indeed celibate because she’s sexual, but not right now, and by choice. It’s kind of a subtle thing, but I dig it.
The plot of the show, involving a stolen mummy, was also kind of interesting, although they touched only topically on issues like the theft and mutilation of antiquities. The reason for the murder, as it turns out, was pure and simple greed, and I have to say that even though I know it’s a TV show, I couldn’t help but gasp at the thought of damaging a priceless artifact for money. It made me feel a bit sick, actually.
(Read Laura’s review of the episode over on Adventures of a Young Feminist, if you’d like a bit of a different take.)