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I'm spoiled for tonight's "Bones" finale

May 19, 2011 - Andrea Johnson
I'm spoiled, as in I know exactly what will happen during the final 30 seconds of the "Bones" season finale on FOX tonight.

No, I don't have an "in" with the network execs, but a Canadian network aired the finale on Wednesday night and helpful Canadian fans were more than happy to spill the beans online to anyone who happened to seek them out. I've never been one for unpleasant surprises, so I'm usually spoiled in advance and know whether I want to watch a show or not based on the spoiled plot outline.

Without spilling the beans, I'll say that I think this one will be worth watching and won't leave you or me disappointed. Where they go from here is another matter. According to the previews, someone is murdered on Brennan's father's bowling team and Booth and Brennan go undercover at a bowling alley, dressed in hilariously bad wigs. Meanwhile, Angela goes into labor and tries to help solve the case from her hospital bed, using a web cam. All of that should be funny, but make sure you watch until the last moment. That's the real "change in the game" that the episode title is derived from. This development could mean pretty significant changes on the horizon next season for all of the characters, but I think the show, which has stumbled a bit this season, has been in need of some sort of change.

In the last few seasons. "Bones" has fallen victim to "The X-Files" curse because the writers have been so afraid of falling prey to the so-called "Moonlighting curse." As the theory goes, when a show relies so heavily on the chemistry between a male and a female lead, putting them together will ruin that chemistry and hurt ratings. When Dave and Maddy got together on "Moonlighting" the show lost its oomph and the show was canceled soon after. Every TV show writer since has taken heed of "The Moonlighting curse."

On the other hand, "The X-Files" dragged out for seven or eight seasons before the writers put main characters Mulder and Scully together and by that time it had lost the interest of a lot of the audience. "The X-Files" put the lid on its own coffin by carrying on for another two seasons after star David Duchovny left the show.

One show I can think of that evaded both the "Moonlighting" and "The X-Files" curses was the long-running, quiet CBS hit "JAG", which lasted something like 10 seasons at the top of ratings charts before finally putting its lead characters together in the final episode. That's probably the scenario producers have wanted for "Bones," which is, like "JAG," a procedural with a strong ensemble cast.

Characters like Hodgins, Angela, Cam and Dr. Sweets have interesting story arcs too that can draw in viewers. Many viewers are tuning in tonight to see if Angela and Hodgins' baby is born blind. But main characters Seeley Booth (David Boreananz) and Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and their will they or won't they? relationship are still the main draw. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

The season finale of "Bones" will air at 8 p.m. tonight on FOX.

Update

Well, Bones is pregnant (as is actress Deschanel) and Booth is the father. The last 30 seconds went down pretty much like the Canadians said it would, but the preceding 45 minutes were also pretty entertaining, even if all of the murder suspects were all caricatures. I haven't done any bowling since I was in college (and I was lucky to break 100, not Booth's high 280s), but I don't remember anyone who bowled there being quite that trashy.

I thought the little girl who played Amber, the horrible 12-year-old bowling prodigy, was the most inspired brat I've seen on TV or film since Veruca Salt from the original "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." With her arrogance, poor social skills and obsessive interests, she's also a caricature of the sort of daughter Brennan could well end up having. As Amber shrieked at the murderer that he had ruined everything and kicked him in the family jewels, I was imagining Little Girl Brennan-Booth doing the same thing when she's old enough to help her parents on their murder investigations. Maybe they'll get lucky and Booth's influence will prevail, though Booth and Brennan are such polar opposites that they will probably do a lot of fighting about how to raise their coming child. On the other hand, they were agreed on at least one thing: Amber is a horrible child and no child of theirs will be allowed to turn out like her! They will be able to get advice from their friends and new parents Hodgins and Angela, who were overjoyed when their son's eyesight turned out to be perfectly normal.

All in all, this was a nice season finale that ended on a high note, a nice change from some of the other season finales that aired this year.

 
 

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