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Bones doesn't quite find "The Crack in the Code"

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Written by : published Sunday 15th January 2012

     "The Crack in the Code" brings FOX's Bones's short initial run this season to an end. A head and spine are found on a statue of President Lincoln, and the disfigured spine has an important code. Using that code, the team discovers the murder scene and the rest of the body, and are certain they know how the killer is. Sadly, said killer, Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds), has an airtight alibi in his house arrest ankle monitor, though it's also obvious that he is tricking it somehow. Unfortunately, that means Pelant will get to continue carrying out his plans. Meanwhile, Booth (David Boreanaz) finally finds the perfect house for the family he is soon to have with Brennan (Emily Deschanel).

     It's been a little while since Bones faces a mighty foe. Sure, there was the sniper last season, but he only did a few episodes, and was caught relatively quickly, with little personal interaction. By contrast, Pelant seems more like an earlier villain, who is well developed, a worthy match for our heroes, and also might engage in a contest of wills as much as of smarts. His taunting of Booth and Sweets (John Francis Daley) in "The Crack in the Code" is creepy enough. But Pelant's remarks about Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) are downright worrying.

     As far as brains go, Brennan may have met her match. Pelant fries Angela's (Michaela Conlin) computer with a fractal pattern carved into bones! Who can do that? His clues trip up the whole team, and any progress they make, such as finding the scene of the original crime, is what he allows them to make. He seems to be steps ahead, and acts incredibly confident during his interrogation. He even takes down a well-known reporter to cover his tracks, a bold move few would attempt, as it only draws more attention. He has tricked his monitor somehow, and it really calls into question how the Jeffersonian crew will be able to prove he is involved in anything. They fail at that in "The Crack in the Code."

     Pelant also seems pretty scary. With one squintern biting the dust last year, Pelant's higher stakes, more complex game puts the main characters into jeopardy. Who is really expendable? Might Bones consider ditching a beloved favorite after so many seasons? While it would hurt considerably, it's hard not to hope for a big time murder, considering it would really shake things up and breathe new life once more into the series. Not that new life is needed, but it's always welcome.

     The development of Booth and Brennan finding a house is much more heartwarming. The two search high and low, but are unable to find something within their price range that meets the wants of both partners. Until Booth buys a really rundown place at an auction. It needs work, but he's handy enough. Also, it's a great deal, financially, something necessary because Booth wants to put in at least half, and he makes considerably less than Brennan. Her comments about the house's "bones" may be a little on the nose, but it also makes one smile. It's so exciting to see where these two are heading next, as they are on a wonderful path at the moment!

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