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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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21