I cautiously agree with a lot of what you two have said (I did laugh at least once and I looked away at the eye bit too!), but I have to admit I didn't see this as a refreshing experiment taking us out of the familiar. I expect an experiment to show me something a bit new, and this just came over as a succession of tired old clichés. Staples of any Whitehall (or French!) farce: corpse being stolen rather clumsily while someone talks desperately to distract potential watchers (haven't I seen that in Joe Orton's oeuvre or, less theatrically, 'Last Of The Summer Wine'?). Intimate couple being disturbed in a corner. Someone tries to make the dead face smile. A succession of people stand in front of the casket offering increasingly idiotic reasons as to why the body cannot be viewed. The cheap trick of the 20$ bill. Catfight in the middle of a wake (and the suggestion that it could have been more enjoyable in jello!). The singing, again to distract, and seemingly offered as the same giggle fodder as Boreanaz's Angel doing karaoke. The classic image - which, thank goodness, we didn't see - of a dead body jumping back to life and scaring the unfortunate undertaker. I was frankly surprised not to see a fast-forward Benny Hill waddling after the hearse with a bevy of busty beauties in his wake (oops sorry, no pun intended).
Somehow none of the dialogue really satisfied me. It felt contrived, silly and superficial (though fair enough, that's how people do talk at these rather stilted occasions) and in most cases monumentally out of character. So TJ did an excellent comedy routine eulogy, but it didn't 'feel' like Hodgins. That said, 'King Of The Funeral' -wonderful! On the other hand, there were continual nods to Brennan's identifiable traits, like her trademark bluntness, which was simply becoming irritating to me by the end of this episode.
I did like to see the gang together out of the lab in a social context, it's a rare event. But I think something more could have been made of it, I really do. And I prefer a greater respect for the victims.
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