New Show Recap: Bones, Episode 9.02, “The Cheat in the Retreat”

After last week’s angst-filled opener, the Jeffersonian team gets back into the swing of things and Booth and Brennan reprise their undercover identities of Tony and Roxie to get inside a marriage retreat and find the cutest darn killers ever. 

The Case

A newbie animal control employee is sent out to catch a rogue bobcat and finds that the bobcat has literally bit off more than he can chew. A human arm, in fact. The victim is ID’d as Adam Pak, who was last seen by his wife three days before when he left for a business trip in Thailand. Except he wasn’t in Thailand. he was at a marriage retreat with his mistress. Since the retreat is on an Indian Reservation, the FBI has no jurisdiction, so it’s undercover time for Booth and Brennan. Tony and Roxie join the intro group with a young gay couple and an adorable older couple (Cliff from Cheers and Daphne’s mom from Frasier). Adam Pak’s “wife” shows up late, she and Adam had a fight last night and now she can’t find him.

A still image of Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) in episode 9.02 of "Bones."
Hey there Tony and Roxie. ( ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX)

After eliminating the mistress and her anger issues, the retreat leader with a hidden past, and Adam’s real wife (who swears she had no idea Adam was cheating) the killers are revealed as the delightful older couple. Turns out, they bounce from retreat to retreat, sneaking away in the middle of the night to rob the houses of their fellow couples. Adam discovered them returning and slapped the adorable English wife, so she smacked him upside the head with a sock full of cue ball, and then they ran over him. They confess almost gleefully and are sure they’re going to be kept together in jail. Ah, love.

A still image of John Ratzenberger and Millicent Martin in their guest starring roles on "Bones."
Cliff Claven and Daphne’s mom. Who woulda thunk?(©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX)

The B-Plot

Cam and Arastoo are carpooling to work when Arastoo gets pulled over. Cam accuses the cop of pulling him over for “driving while brown,” which makes the cop ask for her ID. He runs it and pulls a gun on her. There’s a warrant out for her for fraud and grand theft. Someone’s been a victim of identity theft! Cam loses access to everything,  including the lab platform. Hodgins gives Cam the card for his lawyer. He’s super sympathetic since he just lost all his money, too. She takes the card, but doesn’t think she’ll need him until after she discovers all her accounts have been frozen and her bank manager is unhelpful.

Angela’s been looking into Cam and FakeCam on the downlow and presents Cam with a box of her initial findings to save her the trouble of hiring a forensic accountant. (Is there nothing Angela can’t do? ~ed.) Cam  says she shouldn’t have, but Angela reminds her that it’s not a burden for any of them to help her.

The C-Plot

Sweets has lost his mojo for psych profiling. He decides to use some leave and take some time to figure out how to help people again. Apparently, we’ll be seeing him in plain clothes next week.

The Verdict

A nice, fun case that gets us back to the more episodic nature of Bones. Angela’s carrying on the “Booth is  a douche” banner, which makes sense, but I hope it doesn’t carry on quite so heatedly for the rest of the season.

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One thought on “New Show Recap: Bones, Episode 9.02, “The Cheat in the Retreat””

  1. I have to admit that when I realized who wrote this episode, I knew it was going to end up being a bit ‘meh.’ And it was, for me anyway. I liked some of the Tony/Roxie stuff and Brennan was beyond gorgeous.

    The Cam thing? Ugh. Didn’t play realistically at all for me,

    I like Sweets. I hope the rumours flying about him leaving the show are just unhappy fans.

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