Hmm. Random thoughts all coming up in the first paragraph I fear, so bear with me..Spiders really not big enough to bother me; I was rather surprised when Cam evinced quite such a reaction! Weaving webs though; nice metaphor for all the misdirection in this episode. And a nice female bonding moment as Angela joined with Cam to consider a punishment! Also - always good to see Fisher and hear his amazingly bizarre mingling of philosopher and geek. Though I can't see why he would deny his obsession with what he claims to view as a lowbrow pop culture manifestation when he is quite happy to acknowledge Garfield and The Twilight Zone as influences. And didn't Brennan sound totally appalling when reading her book? Thank goodness she's better at reading body language than was once the case (though it still concerns me that this is not consistent!).
The case. Honestly. Haven't they finished with perps who turn out to be entitled children/adolescents under intense pressure from quite egregious pushy parents and/or in a greenhouse academic atmosphere? Usually killing some underling or rival, occasionally, but not always, accidentally? Even as far back as The Girl With the Curl - and then there was that atrocious child who murdered her manny - and ooh, wasn't there a similar tutor situation all about mass cheating in exams, and then there was that ep with the brilliant gymnast whose 'friend' cut her down because she felt betrayed - and even The Boy In The Tree had a similar feel. So despite the aforementioned web of possibilities I settled on the killer as soon as I saw him. Shame really, because his abhorrent mother had great homicide potential. Eight generations at Harvard! Were all of them force-crammed in the same way? I'm surprised there haven't been more murders, or at least matricides.
And again, what is it in Bones with the father figures? Distant, weird, absent, abusive, alcoholic, murderous? Yes, Aubrey was right to turn his dad in, but doesn't that make you wonder about Brennan's failure to do the same? Everyone on the team, one way and another, seems to have father issues (admittedly Angela's is merely an uncertainty as to whether she should actually acknowledge him to her friends, but he is a bit scary!).
So yes, Sharon; a pretty run-of-the-mill episode underscoring many of the series' clichés. Not bad, but very much part of a holding pattern.
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"We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love." - Angela Montenegro