I didn't vote, because I'm not sure which is my favorite. I'm torn between "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" & "The Goop on the Girl."
"The Man in the Fallout Shelter" has always been one of my favorite episodes. Since they were locked into the lab, we got to focus almost exclusively on the BONES family without the usual game of rotating suspects & who-dun-it. We learned about all of our main characters, their families, their beliefs... & they got to learn about & bond with each other. And, of course, it was nicely emotional & affective as Brennan dealt with the victim's fiancee at the end & then confronted her own emotional demons associated with the holiday.
While I liked "Santa in the Slush" & especially that one mistletoe-bedecked scene, it didn't really seem to have quite the same depth as the other two.
"The Goop on the Girl" is definitely up there with the first, though. There was great humor in the "evidence" scene, but there was also a lot of emotional undercurrent. The episode was wonderfully evocative in the end. I felt for the characters, for the victim, the victim's mother, Cam, Brennan, the pirate radio guy. I thought the episode did a great job of showcasing the spirit of the season & its emphasis on family, togetherness, love, hope, peace & redemption, & like in the "Fallout" ep, it seemed that they tried to spread the focus around to all the main characters.
So, for now, I'm torn. I'll have to give it time & then see if one stands out more in retrospect.
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