Bones Season 8 Episode 1 Recap
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Bones season 8 episode 1, “The Future In The Past” proved to be worth the long summer wait. Everyone knew that Brennan’s name would be cleared in the season opener and that she would be reunited with Booth, the details of this were not so clear. However, Christopher Pelant is still a threat as he continues to appear in the new season. The mysterious man seems to have a soiled past, but no one is able to get anything concrete until now.
Brennan and Max shave just spend over three months looking into any information they could possibly find regarding Christopher Pelant and his checkered past. They search newspapers and old records, anything they can get their hands on for clues. Brennan and Max learned that the guidance counselor at Pelant’s high school was missing. After some fancy footwork, Brennan was able to find the body. She had to have a closer looks so she had it excavated and took some photographs for tangible evidence. Max was the one who tipped off the FBI as to where the remains were. Feeling sorry for the counselor, Brennan wanted to leave some hope at the burials site. She placed snowdrop flowers at the site. The flower drops of communication from Angela gave hope to Brennan that if she and Max could somehow solve this killing that all pending legal charges against her would have to be released. Booth was able to pick up on the snowdrop flowers being a signs and felt that Brennan wanted him to meet with her. He felt he should go to the Snowdrop motel and wait for her.
It was Angela who proved the signatures of Brennan and Caroline were forgery and they were cleared off all charges. The whole plot was made to look like there had been blackmail and a payoff between Brennan and Caroline. There was no way for Angela to make any connection to Pelant. However; Caroline was back on the investigation and her goal was to enable people that should never had touched the case due to the conflict of interests. Sweets was one that was on the case that should not have been. It was Sweets that knew about Pelant and his trouble in high school for illegally tapping into the computers and giving himself a passing grade as oppose to a failing one. Oddly, the guidance counselor, who was murdered, had written a letter to Stanford for Palant’s admissions application, yet it never mentioned one thing about the grade switching incident. With some intuition and a little detective work, it was Caroline and Sweets that realized Pelant wrote the letter himself. Old articles written for the school newspaper to prove his writing style was what tipped them off. It was apparent at this point that Pelant had gotten rid of the counselor, by murdering him. Now they needed to prove it.
Hodgins was taking a flower to the grave to let Brennan know things were progressing. Most people were stunned when Pelant was standing behind Hodgins and knew he was there to kill him. Rather, Hodgins was the one who verbally attacked Pelant. Pelant knew Hodgins meant no harm and was not worried as he smudged at his verbal threats. However; even the best of people can be pushed to their limits and Hodgins reached out to get him by the throat. This riveting moment was unexpected, but made for great television.
Brennan wanted to examine the Bones and determine what kind of murder weapon was used in an effort to solve this crime. Booth helped her to sneak into the location of the body, the Jeffersonian. Because of Brennan’s knowledge regarding Pelant’s grandfather and his sword from WWII, she was able to quickly identify the murder weapon. That was all the information that was needed for a Pelant to be arrested for murder.
It seems as if things are going to be back to normal. Booth was able to recover his office from Special Agent Flynn, and Brennan too was restored to her position. There were a great deal of apologies and Booth and Brennan decide to have a round of makeup sex, on top of the washer of all places. Putting their tryst to an end was a phone call. While booking Christopher Pelant for the murder of his high school guidance counselor, the prints had come back with a different name in the FBI system. Pelant was Bassam Alfayat and all DNA and his entire history matched to this Egyptian name. He was a foreigner and as a citizen of Egypt, he could not be processed and held in America. He was taken away by Egyptian officials. One thing is clear it will be interesting to see how Bones takes this Pelant storyline. Is Flynn behind all this?
After watching the opener, it was sure that the audience was left with many questions, one of which was why was Agent Flynn acting odd? She picked up a marigold that Christopher had given to Brennan as he departed. Booth, obviously annoyed tossed the flower in the trash can. Brennan didn’t want the flower because to her it represented pain. It left the audience wondering if Agent Flynn and Christopher Pelant were in on this together. Producers from the show in spoilers said that Flynn will be part of the show again in the future. Perhaps he could be Cam’s lover, only time will tell?