‘Bones’ recap: 8×07 ‘The Bod in the Pod’

9:00 am EDT, November 20, 2012

Bones‘ episode “The Bod in the Pod” looked at the business of crime scene clean-up in what seemed to be a filler episode. After last week’s emotional and heartfelt “The Patriot in Purgatory,” it was a letdown in terms of plot and quality. What follows is a recap, so naturally spoilers are included from this episode.

Reminiscent of Hurricane Sandy, Bones opened with a garbage barge washing a decomposed body onto the beach. Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) theorizes that the victim is one of the pod people. Meanwhile Cam (Tamara Taylor) reveals that she’s broken up with her daughter’s gynecologist and reveals to Angela (Michaela Conlin) that she is dating someone else. Refusing to reveal information, Cam tries to keep her private life separate from her professional life.

Dr. Vaziri (Pej Vahdat) feeds Hodgins’ excitement about the possible pod person as they attempt to untangle the body. So excited, Hodgins faints, as Dr. Brennan (Emily Deschanel) teases him for his reaction to carbon dioxide. Vaziri (Pej Vahdat) reveals that the victim’s teeth were smashed out.

Back at the Brennan-Booth house, Sweets (John Francis Daley) theorizes as to why the teeth were smashed out. Brennan asks Booth (David Boreanaz) and Sweets to refrain from talking about the case as they try to keep work and home separate. Do you think this works if a couple works together? Meanwhile, Brennan reveals she is writing a children’s book. What do you think it should be on, besides murder?

Dr. Vaziri’s (Pej Vahdat) talent for poetry is revealed in his new book of poems in Farsi. The victim is identified as Lucky, a crime scene cleaner, who had an affair with a supervisor at a Lumber store, and had promised to leave his wife. As his fourth wife, Lucky’s wife was aware of his philandering ways, but put up with it due to her desire for her son Davey to have a father figure.

Angela narrows down the possible murder weapons, while Brennan reveals that Dr. Vaziri’s (Pej Vahdat) poem was both beautiful and sexual. He started writing in 1997 in his first year at the University of Tehran, where he was expelled for his writings and became a political exile. It is always interesting to have more of the squinterns’ backgrounds fleshed out on Bones.

Sweets interviews Davey, who idolized Lucky and who works for his company. Sweets tries to get Davey into incriminating his mother. Instead Davey points him to the owner of Grim Sweeper Cleaning.

Sweets then interviews Carville, the owner of Grim Sweeper Cleaning, who previously had a lawsuit against Lucky. Lucky and Carville were to join companies, despite Davey’s reluctance. Carville issues a challenge for Brennan to find any blood on his tools that is Lucky’s, considering he is a crime scene cleaner.

Cam asks if Vaziri wrote a poem for her in his book. He has, and then recites in Farsi, in a truly romantic retelling. They make quite an interesting but unexpected pairing. Hodgins interrupts them as Cam chases after him to keep quiet.

In a rare instance, Brennan works off of a hunch that Carville is the killer as he presented a challenge to her. Hodgins pinpoints the place of the crime as Vaziri begs Hodgins to stay silent, saying his life was in his hands.

With no qualms about arguing in front of murder suspect Davey, Brennan and Booth debate who they believe killed Lucky. Davey reveals that he was sent home as Lucky wanted to invite a woman over to the site. Lucky’s mistress Renee reveals she delivered flooring but went home.

As Hodgins mistranslates one of Vaziri’s poems on the rooftop, Hodgins and Angela spy Vaziri and Cam making out outside of the Jeffersonian. They agree to keep the secret between them.

Booth is convinced that Brennan’s hunch about Carville is right after talking to him. The FBI and Jeffersonian team tear the place apart trying to look for something the Grim Sweeper missed in his clean-up but with no luck.

Booth leaves Sweets in charge of Baby Christine at 3 a.m. while he and Brennan go off on a lead. What we wouldn’t give for a scene of Sweets babysitting Christine. Using a hairdryer trick she learned from a shaman, Brennan makes blood rise to the surface.

Angela discovers a pattern based on the density of the blood due to the compression of an artificial knee. The money from the home invasion was found in Carville’s home and Brennan gleefully declares “Gotcha” in celebration.

Angela and Hodgins enjoy a romantic night, continuing to mistranslate Vaziri’s poems. Brennan tries to figure out why she knew Carville was the killer, and ends up revealing a few reasons on why she loves Booth. Cam and Dr. Vaziri worry about who knows, as she still wants to keep it a secret from everyone at the Jeffersonian.

This episode was not the strongest of the season. Where do you think this season of Bones is going? What’s the major arc? Where you expecting Dr. Vaziri and Cam to get together?

Photo Credit: Fox Broadcasting

Best Line of the Episode: “Do not fall into the evidence Dr. Hodgins. It will only add to your humiliation.” (Brennan to Hodgins)

Quiz: Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

9:02 am EDT, September 29, 2015

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