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?

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Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

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So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.