Christopher Pelant is back and is simultaneously more creepy and less threatening than ever before. Agent Flynn returns, briefly. Sweets is back in a suit. Super-cute Priestender is back, too!
Our “previously on” reminds us that Pelant is a hacker and he’s been responsible for eight deaths so far, with the threat of five more if Booth and Brennan get married. We’re also reminded that Agent Flynn is lucky to be alive after being shot by Pelant and Pelant likes sending message via flowers. I’m sure none of these things will be important.
The Jeffersonian team has come up with an idea to get Pelant to come out of hiding. Sweets thinks that, if they can stage a killing in his MO, Pelant will have to come out and find the copycat. Using a cadaver that was donated to the Jeffersonian, the team flays the poor corpse and opens up his guts to imitate a Baroque painting of Prometheus. Agent Flynn is in on the plan, too, and will be the one to place the body. Even though the team has set up precautions (like a super-shield for the lab area that Pelant can’t hack into), when the staged scene is found, there’s a message from Pelant: monkshood, meaning “a foe is near.” Oh, and the body isn’t their cadaver, it’s Agent Flynn.
Evidence starts piling up that Agent Flynn might have been working with Pelant, but Booth won’t listen to any of it. It especially doesn’t look good when wads of cash and fake passports are found in Flynn’s freezer. Or when it’s discovered that one of Flynn’s injuries was fixed in an extremely expensive way (that’s not covered under FBI insurance). The surgery was covered by an anonymous donor, so no lead there, but that meeting with the doctor leads to the discovery that there were only ten fractures from Flynn’s shooting, and Brennan found eleven remodeling fractures on him. And so down the rabbit hole we go.
Brennan looks at the eleventh fracture again and realizes that Pelant chipped it into the bone and that it’s identical to a wound on an unsolved homicide Brennan worked years ago. She goes to the Bone Room to compare and Pelant has somehow managed to get into the building (because Pelant is magic, apparently) and sets a timed grenade on the table so he and Brennan can talk. Pelant tells Brennan that he’s noticed some connections in her unsolved cases that she didn’t notice. He tells her the case numbers and says that he’s going to solve it and find the serial killer. He leaves, setting some lasers going from the grenade that will apparently explode if Brennan moves. For real? Apparently not for real as Booth recognizes it as a toy when he makes it down there.
Brennan is now torn: she knows that Booth will kill Pelant if he gets a chance, but she might need Pelant to solve those cases. She asks Priestender for advice and he’s kind of useless. Sweets is done being useless, apparently, and goes to Booth with a theory about Pelant: Pelant is trying to seduce Brennan. With the way that Brennan used to hate Booth, Pelant thinks that he can make her see him in a new light. He wants to replace Booth. Sweets says that this situation plays out with Brennan being safe until Pelant realizes he can’t have her and then he ends it by killing her, himself, and anyone around. That’s cheery.
Brennan, despite everyone telling her that Pelant is messing with her head, keeps fixating on the cases that Pelant pointed out and realizes that he switched all the bones, making a code. But what does the code tell her?
Using a chipped tooth that Flynn swallowed (he did joke that Brennan could solve a case with a tooth and a microscope), the team finds an abandoned power plant that they think Pelant is hiding in. Booth gets geared up to head in, but Angela hacks into a feed and sees Brennan heading there first. The code in the bones that Pelant left for her that led her there. Oh, Brennan, why, Brennan? You are smarter that this.
Booth gets to the plant as Brennan finds Pelant. She pulls a gun on him and tells Pelant to surrender to her so that Booth won’t kill him. Pelant admits that the money in the fridge and the bug in Flynn’s car were planted. Booth arrives and Pelant pulls out another detonator, claiming it will level the building. Brennan says it’s just a toy again and to shoot. Pelant brags that Brennan will risk Booth’s life to keep Pelant alive. Brennan’s like, “Hell no, shoot this motherfucker, already,” and so Booth does. Through the chest, which is weird, because I’m pretty sure it’s not a fatal wound, but whatever, Booth seems sure he’s dead, he’s the sniper and I’m not.
As they leave, Booth finally confesses the thing about Pelant keeping them apart and threatening to kill people to Brennan. She says he made the right call to save the five random people. Booth asks Brennan if she would still be down to marry him and she says “Totally.”
I did always have some deep seated mistrust of Agent Flynn (probably leftover Dollhouse feelings), so I was ready to buy into him being in cahoots with Pelant, but I’m kinda glad he wasn’t because I don’t know how that would have affected Booth’s character.
I’m really glad to be done with the whole Pelant storyline but I’m disappointed in this ending. Pelant seemed more creepy and pathetic than omnipotent and scary this time around. There’s only so many ways you can make a hacker serial killer scary before it just seems old and I think the Bones team reached that point and just needed to wrap it up already.
What did you think?