Did you miss “Bones?” After an off-week, the FOX series returned Thursday with an all-new episode, “The Corpse at the Convention.” When fans last saw Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel), the pair solved the case of a video game designer’s murder. However, in the new episode things would get complicated when one of their own became a suspect.
The episode began with Brennan (Emily Deschanel) nervous about her keynote speech at the National Forensics Scientists Convention, but when she, Booth, and the Jeffersonian team showed up to the convention Brennan was a star. Meanwhile, Dr. Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) was upset to see an old colleague, Dr. Leona Saunders (Amy Davidson), at the convention.
When Brennan finally got around to making her opening speech, a fire alarm interrupted the event. Some had set a fire and a dead body had burned up inside the stairwell where Dr. Hodgins had just talked to Dr. Saunders.
Brennan, Dr. Hodgins, and Dr. Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) examined the body with some help from Dr. Wendell Bray (Michael Grant Terry) who returned to the show after beating cancer. The team also had some help doing their work from the scene of the crime with some new toys vendors were peddling at the convention.
Brennan and her team found out that the body was dead before the fire started. Furthermore, Dr. Hodgins became a suspect when the body was identified as Dr. Saunders and he revealed the reason he was upset with her was that she had gotten rich off stealing one of his ideas.
Booth and Agent Aubrey (John Boyd) did some investigating and tracked down a kitchen worker (Keston John) at the convention center whose shoe print matched one found at the crime scene. He claimed to have just stumbled upon the body and ran worried his criminal record would lead to him being mistakenly accused of the crime.
Back at the lab, Brennan was examining the body and was nervous about not solving the case and looking bad in front of the convention. Things got even worse when Dr. Hodgins’ DNA was found on a Band-Aid on the body. Booth and Aubrey brought Hodgins in for questioning, but they did not believe he was the killer. Hodgins said he threw the Band-Aid in the trash and the killer dumped trash on the body to throw off investigators.
Then, evidence was discovered putting Dr. Saunders in the hotel room of Dr. Edward Harkness (John Billingsley), the director of the convention. When Aubrey questioned Harkness the doctor told him that he had been Dr. Saunders’ lover, but there was another woman before her that was extremely jealous – Tess Brown (Nora Dunn), a crime writer who had annoyed Brennan earlier in the episode.
Meanwhile, Hodgins worked out a chemical timing device based on evidence found at the crime scene that proved the killer did not have to be in the room when the fire started. This meant that none of the suspects from earlier had an alibi, including him.
Brennan was worried when Wendell did not return from what was supposed to be a routine doctor’s appointment for his cancer treatment. Booth found him and it turned out he was discouraged after another patient in his clinical trial group had died. Booth gave him some tough love with a story from his military days, telling him to not to give up.
Speaking of not giving up, Brennan kept working on the body and realized Tess Brown was not the murderer. The killer was instead one of the forensic vendors, Aldus Carter (Gabrielle Tigerman) who had been trying to give his inventions to Brennan. Brennan found material from his (brilliant) non-stick gloves on the body.
With the murder finally solved, Brennan was able to give her speech when the convention resumed the next day.
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