The much-awaited episode “The Patriot in Purgatory” provided a poignant and touching look at veterans issues and the events of September 11. It proved to be one of the best episodes of season 8 of Bones and arguably of the entire series. What follows is a recap, so naturally spoilers are included from this episode.

The five male squinterns are called together, including fan favorites Clark (Eugene Byrd) and Wendell (Michael Grant Terry), to await Dr. Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) arrival. Inspired by basketball coach Phil Jackson, Brennan wants the squinterns to work as a team for once.

After examining the wrong body and competing with one another, Brennan directs the squinterns to the vault of over 1,000 unidentified corpses. Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) gives the squinterns bodies as well as conspiracy theories. The squinterns continue to identify bodies, all while working alone, rather than together. Hodgins is amused, while Dr. Vaziri (Pej Vahdat) is unable to identify a homeless man and remains stuck on the corpse.

In total, they identified 18 sets of remains leaving Sweets (John Francis Daley) the duty of notifying families. Booth (David Boreanaz) explains this delegation of duties, describing himself as Superman, which we’re sure fans can concur with.

Dr. Vaziri remains stuck on the one case, much to Brennan’s dismay. The man was beaten up and was shot 10 years prior to his death. Vaziri wants the victim to be remembered, not “forgotten for the second time.” The victim was covered in jet fuel, yet was no longer near the airport.

The victim’s death was short-handed by the police department as his bullet wound was not recorded, nor was his time of death accurate, providing a commentary on what can often happen to those who are homeless. Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Cam (Tamara Taylor) figure out that he died on September 21. Finally the squinterns work together as a team, realizing the importance of this case, connecting it to September 11.

Sweets theorizes that the victim may have wanted to remain anonymous and was a terrorist. With his high levels of uranium, Booth connects him to Operation Desert Storm and identifies him as a veteran, providing an opposite theory.

The Jeffersonian team begin to emote about the events of September 11. Hodgins, the head conspiracy theorist at the Jeffersonian, denies the viability of any of the 9/11 conspiracy theories. Cam worked as a coroner in New York before, during, after the traumatic event and was in charge of identifying the victims of the attacks.

Booth meets with one of the Pentagon’s top brass, trying to figure out who the victim is, emphasizing the importance of not leaving anyone behind. Finn asks if it would be too difficult for Dr. Vaziri to work on this case pointing to his practice of Islam. In a monologue that should be read by all, Vaziri puts Finn in his place and points out that religion plays no part in the terrorist attacks.

Booth identifies the victim as Tim Murphy after going to homeless shelters and meeting with Desert Storm veterans. Meeting with Mrs. Murphy, she relates the hardships that Tim had returning from the Gulf War and in being inside due to an attack he experienced during the war. He vanished 17 years ago with post-traumatic stress disorder but was still attached to his family, carrying a photo of them. This scene was especially touching and demonstrated the hardships of adapting back into civilian society and of institutions being able to appropriately respond to the needs of veterans.

Hodgins pinpoints that the victim was standing in the West side of the Pentagon. Wendell feels the pressure to solve this case, given the solemnity of the event. Mr. Fisher points out that the team (and America in general) has to acknowledge that 9/11 occurred and affected all of them. The squinterns relate where they were on 9/11 with Wendell losing his firefighter uncle in the attacks.

Another Pentagon friend of Booth stops by and relates that Murphy would yell “Walken Moor Park” outside the Pentagon every day. Sweets looks at a report by a homeless activist of 12 attacks against the homeless in 2001, trying to figure out who could have killed Tim Murphy. Booth figures out that the victim’s three fellow soldiers during Desert Storm had last names of Walken, Moor, and Park respectively. All of his colleagues were killed in an ammo attack in 2001, which Murphy was also caught in. He wrote to the Army 56 times to try to award his comrades silver stars, with no luck.

Murphy had blood on his clothes from three survivors of the Pentagon attack. He rescued the survivors, lifting a 400-pound concrete beam off of them, suffering a multitude of fractures including a rib fracture, taking ten days to bleed out.

The episode ends with a moving tribute by Booth at Arlington cemetery, about the heroic act of Tim Murphy and interconnectedness of us all. As Booth and Brennan attempt to get back to normal, Brennan breaks down and reveals that she unearthed the remains from the Two Towers for two weeks not shedding a tear. She admits that she has become more emotional since she’s met Booth and realizes the randomness of the event.

 

What did you think of this episode? Were you moved by the touching monologues and case?

Bones airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.

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Quiz: Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

You go, Glen Coco!

Let’s play! Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ episode count

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“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie,” Harris said of the Unfortunate Events movie starring Jim Carrey, noting that it just wasn’t a great adaptation. “And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”

As for the tone of the show? Great news: “It’s super dark,” he said. “It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before.”

When Kelly asked Harris if her kids could watch it, the actor dropped some interesting information about Neflix’s plans:

“I hope so!” he replied. “It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”

Dark, appealing to all ages, and two episodes per book? We are so down.

Netflix has yet to share a premiere date for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we’ll keep you posted.

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

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Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

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We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

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Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

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Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30