Well, yeah, I quite liked this one last night, mainly because of the delightful acting of the elderly experienced actors who could clearly cover the range from comic slapstick to poignant. Though I guessed who the perp was very early, as soon as Booth started to bond with him (I too had problems with him getting a body into a barrel etc, but I let it go this time!). Booth's been disappointed and disillusioned about people quite a lot over the years, hasn't he?
It isn't often we get to look at an older demographic and remind ourselves that they have the same drives, flaws, desires and contradictions in them as the rest of us. Especially from television, we often receive a caricature of the elderly, and I was annoyed that Brennan kind of nodded to that caricature by speaking as she did in front of the older characters. Yes, I know she is rude and blunt to everybody, but I found it heavy-handed in this case.
Interesting the amount of sex that somehow found its way into a somewhat convoluted but ultimately believable case. It was great that the old couple had become intimate as part of the man's scam, but that this had turned into a genuine love. People are complicated, and they do change, and it was good to see that represented. As for Hodgins and Angela, well, I have to say I'm not surprised that they found a way to overcome difficulties and carry on having a physical relationship. They've always been a bit wild and had fun together in occasionally unexpected ways and places, so this is totally in character and shows that they are coping with their own change in their own way (though I do hope it doesn't mean they are going to return to static light relief roles). However, like Sharon, I am becoming over-saturated with the baby thing. And the old vasectomy trope - really? Am I to believe that most men resist this procedure because of a macho need to stay in control of their own fertility? To watch TV, you'd think so. It would have been more thoughtful to bring the Catholic angle to the fore and to have a reasonable discussion about that - although that horse has probably bolted by now, given that Booth should logically have at least objected to Brennan being on the pill! By contrast, I thought that the scene between Cam and Arastoo was a moving and credible one.
Overall this was a good ep, I felt. I had one or two issues but not enough to spoil it for me. It was a case of the kind I prefer - focused on three-dimensional people and followed through logically and painstakingly without any of those irritating dei ex machina that have bothered me in the past.
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"We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love." - Angela Montenegro