In episode 5 of “Bones,” Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) had to work hard to clear Dr. Hodgins’ (T.J. Thyne) name in a murder case. However in episode 6, “The Lost Love in a Foreign Land,” Brennan was fighting against someone on her team.
The episode began with Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vahdat) and Dr. Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) waking up together. Vaziri was excited with Brennan’s decision about the PHD dissertation proposal coming later that day, but his good mood was interrupted when Dr. Saroyan expressed some trepidation about if they would ever married. The couple’s problems, though, were put on a hold when Dr. Saroyan got a call about a new case.
The body of a young Chinese maid, Min Yung, was found in a field and Booth and Brennan are on the case. Brennan had the body taken back to the lab for examination. However, things get tense when Dr. Saroyan pressured Brennan to reveal her decision about Vaziri’s proposal. Brennan, though, rejected the proposal for not being original enough.
Dr. Saroyan followed Brennan back to her office arguing for Vaziri, but Brennan chastised her for not letting him approach her himself. Then, Vaziri got upset with Dr. Saroyan for not respecting him enough to let him fight his own battle, it also exacerbated the marriage question problem from the morning.
Meanwhile, Booth and Agent Aubrey (John Boyd) were searching for the murderer. Evidence led the agents to a rundown house where they discovered a group of beaten immigrant women who were being used as maids in a slave labor ring. Though the man running the slave ring, Victor Lee (Francois Chau), beat Min, as well as the rest of the women, he was not the murderer.
At the lab, the Jeffersonian team was able to piece together shreds of a man’s picture that were found on Min’s body. The photo turned out to be Sung Dae Park (Truong Quoc), a man wanted back in China for the murder of Min’s father. Booth believed Min had come to the states for revenge and was killed by Sung instead. However, when Booth questioned Sung it turned out Sung loved Min and had killed her father because he had abused her in China. Min was trying to reunite with him in the U.S. when she was killed.
Financial information from the slave ring led back to Sandra Zins (Phyllis Logan), who Min had worked for and whom Booth had questioned earlier. She was arrested for financing the slave ring, but Booth and Brennan had trouble pinning the murder on her.
When Brennan identified the murder weapon as a nail file, Booth realized Tammy Hyun (Xue Lian), another woman in the slave ring, had killed Min Yung. When questioned, Tammy admitted to murdering Min to prevent Victor from punishing all of the women (he had threatened their relatives back home) for Min sneaking out to try and find Sung.
At the end of the episode, Vaziri pitched a new dissertation proposal to Brennan and she approved. More importantly, Vaziri and Dr. Saroyan made up and ended the episode on a happy note.
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