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Agent Andy Plays Hard Balls: Bones’ ‘The Nazi on the Honeymoon’ Review

By on November 5, 2013
Booth (David Boreanaz) ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Booth (David Boreanaz) ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Beach and spa. Sex and room service. Sleeping late and coming back stupid. How do you get Booth to eschew heaven to spend his honeymoon elbow deep in crime solving? You make him a National Hero, the Superman of his own graphic novel. That’s how.

Bones returns from a brief postnuptial hiatus to deliver a case-centric honeymoon episode set in the beautiful Latin American alpha city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Unable to relax while doing nothing, Brennan entices Booth to visit the Policia de la Provincia de Buenos Aires to tour the morgue she worked in a decade earlier. As it turns out, the whole country is wild about Brennan’s books, but they absolutely worship Agent Andy as the quintessential police officer and hero, who, because he’s a Real Man, allows Dr. Kathy Reichs to think he’s merely her assistant.

While at the morgue, of course, Brennan notices fresh remains among thirty year old remains from a mass grave of political dissidents killed by their own government during Argentina’s Dirty War in the late seventies. Since this is Bones, we know what happens next, right? She has to get involved.

Somewhat reluctantly at first, but bolstered by the high esteem offered him as the real Agent Andy, Booth agrees to partner up with local Buenos Aires Detective Raphael Valenza (Joaquim De Almeida) to round up suspects while Brennan and local forensic anthropologist Dr. Leticia Perez (Angela Alvarado Rosa) examine the remains in question. Also dragged into the mix via modern technology is the Jeffersonian team led primarily by Dr. Clark Edison.

As Leticia and Brennan assemble the skeletal puzzle, Angela reconstructs the face of ninety year old Miguel Eduardo Silva, Clark maps the numerous fractures, Hodgins runs a histological study on the bone matter, and Booth and Valenza study surveillance footage of the mass grave site being excavated by the government.

Bones-Ep906_NaziHoneymoon-Sc32_0861Booth and Valenza find a key in the victim’s scavenged car which leads them to Silva’s home where they discover the crime scene and the horrific truth that Silva was actually a the Nazi war criminal named Sturmbannfuerer Herman Haupt, the Monster of Majdanek, who sent thousands of Poles and Jews to their deaths in the gas chambers near Lublin, Poland. Clark simultaneously reports histological evidence of prolonged exposure to hydrogen cyanide ethyl bromoacetate, or, Zyclon-B, the gas used in gas chambers by the Nazis during the Holocaust to exterminate an estimated 1.2 million people. Also found at the crime scene is an enormous stash of original art and Nazi gold which Haupt had taken from an infamous storehouse of the stolen Nazi treasure after the war.

Throughout are several instances of awkward competitiveness bordering on disdain on the part of Brennan toward Leticia. In a word, Brennan was rude. Leticia handled this treatment not ungraciously, and took opportunities to subtly push back. Clark, the perfect intern choice for this episode because of his experience sparring with Brennan, informed Leticia that Brennan’s aggressiveness signified her respect, for which Leticia was grateful. Later, in an awkward incident that ends up cracking the case, Leticia drops and breaks the cranium, eliciting a generous comment from Brennan who suggests they reassemble it together. In doing so, they discover that the murder weapon was a bar of gold from the Nazi treasure stash.

Noteworthy is the conversation between Leticia and Brennan where Brennan admits that motherhood is one of her greatest joys. Leticia, like the Brennan of seasons one and two, confesses she can’t see the logic in bringing a new life into a world of evil. Back in the day, it was Booth who professed the wonders of parenthood. Years later, it is Brennan who has come to believe the same. It seemed the purpose of this scene was to illustrate that though Brennan is still the same awkward  and competitive person, she has been molded by her experiences and come to experience a fuller life … even if that life includes a honeymoon spent mostly in a morgue.

Humor abounded as Booth glided through the case with Agent Andy’s reputation smoothing the path. Most enjoyable was the interrogation of Ramon Alvarez (Geoffrey Rivas), the gold fencer who laundered Haupt’s gold for Haupt’s wife Bianca Silva (Lucila Sola), whom he refers to as a woman too beautiful to kill. Alvarez attempts to bribe Booth and Valenza, then becomes hilariously stupefied when both detectives capitalize on Agent Andy’s reputed exploits as based on reality.

Also interesting was the questioning of David Hal-El (Michael Fairman), an elderly gentleman involved in the extraditing some of the 10,000 war criminals who had been given asylum in Argentina. Hal-El provides good information, then makes the startling statement that, We do not expect justice in the world, but wee take great pride in seeking it out, which rings true for Booth and Brennan’s own philosophy about their work. This conversation also brings home the principled theme of historical atrocities for which many cultures still pay the price and struggle to make amends. Once again, Bones shines a light on a real tragedy in investigating a not-so-make-believe one. At the end of the interview, Hal-El asks Booth to sign his copy of one of Brennan’s books. Booth, of course, was delighted. This was fun to see.

In the end, Brennan uncovers that Haupt was Leticia’s grandfather who saw Leticia as a younger version of himself. She killed Haupt, wanting nothing to do with him or his legacy. She had spent her life identifying remains of political victims in an effort to compensate for the wrongs of Argentina’s past. Was it credible that she would have committed the crime? Well, she did have access to the perfect place to hide the body. However, how could she have stood, side by side with Brennan the whole time, without buckling under the pressure or giving herself away? Her portrayal of a researcher unaware of the mystery’s answer was convincing, as was her motive. The final reveal seemed to be like a game of Clue where no one knows the identity of the killer-not even the killer herself–until the cards are taken out of the secret envelope at the end of the game.

Oh, la la! How romantic, right? Actually, for Brennan and Booth it turns out to be exactly that. How do we know? Because throughout ‘The Nazi on the Honeymoon’ Booth, the one we’d expect to be rankled by the departure from a menu promising lots of beach and lots of sex, explicitly and repeatedly affirms they are having a great honeymoon. He even goes so far as to explain to Detective Valenza that, ‘People don’t quite understand it, but this is something we enjoy doing together’. Surprisingly, not once do Booth’s comments appear inauthentic. Make no mistake, this was a message meant for us as well.

If you expected bedroom gymnastics in this Bones installment, you were most likely disappointed. Those of us who looked forward to a combination of intrigue, witty banter, flirtatious low-voiced exchanges, and academic social awkwardness found “The Nazi in the Honeymoon” quite satisfying. Besides, there were several verbally affectionate glances, exchanges, and suggestions between the two. Most importantly, they were happy and in sync. That’s what this Bones viewer wants to see more than anything.

There are three kinds discernable Bones episodes. Comedic, dramatic, and principled, or, acting in accordance with morality and showing recognition of right and wrong. Each episode contains all three elements, but each one stands out providing the overarching theme which sets the tone for most of the episode. Viewers are drawn to the Bones ‘magic’ for various reasons. Some for the romance, some for the science and brilliance, some for the gore, and some because they love Deschanel and/or Boreanaz. What makes Bones as universal is it’s combination of comedy, drama, and principle. There is a formula, a framework. Coming off the indescribably satisfying wedding episode, this was a tremendous feat. It was rocky in some places, and harsh in others where Brennan snubbed Leticia. Did ‘The Nazi in the Honeymoon’ follow the magical formula? Yes it did. I rest my case.

Next week brings a special treat for Bones fans: Two new episodes! And if  fans are worried about the move to Fridays, don’t be. According to TV by the Numbers, Bones is certain to be renewed for a tenth season.

Here’s what’s on the schedule:

Monday, Nov. 11th “The Dude in the Dam”
The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of a man whose only source of income was from his sperm donations, and Brennan is drawn into a feud with fellow author Tess Brown (Nora Dunn). ‘The Dude in the Dam” Monday Nov. 11th at 8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT on FOX. Details and images here.

Friday, Nov. 15th “The Fury in the Jury” 
Brennan is a juror in the trial of professional soccer player Peter Kidman (Brandon Quinn), who is accused of murdering his wife. When she concludes that Kidman is not guilty, his best friend – and a key witness in the case – turns up dead. The Jeffersonian team then must work together to uncover the truth. The Fury in the Jury” Friday Nov. 15th at 8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT on FOX.

Friday, Nov. 22nd “The Mystery in the Meat”
The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of a food scientist whose remains were tossed in a meat grinder and mixed into cans of stew served in a school cafeteria. Meanwhile, Angela plans a post-wedding bachelorette party for Brennan, which gets crazier than intended. “The Mystery in the Meat” Friday, November 22nd at 8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT on FOX.


  1. Amanda Hansen

    November 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Fabulous review of this great episode of BONES. I love how Catherine thinks and the meaning she depth of her understanding of the BONES way of thinking. This part is especially fantastic: “There are three kinds discernable Bones episodes. Comedic, dramatic, and principled, or, acting in accordance with morality and showing recognition of right and wrong. Each episode contains all three elements, but each one stands out providing the overarching theme which sets the tone for most of the episode. Viewers are drawn to the Bones ‘magic’ for various reasons. Some for the romance, some for the science and brilliance, some for the gore, and some because they love Deschanel and/or Boreanaz. What makes Bones as universal is it’s combination of comedy, drama, and principle. There is a formula, a framework.”

    Catherine is brillant in her assessment of the writing, and creation of a bones episode and how well the entire BONES team gives the audience a very good reason to be FANS. Thanks for a solid review and your consistent, insightful comments on my favorite show.

    • Catherine Cabanela

      November 6, 2013 at 1:44 am

      Thanks Amanda! Thanks for the great ‘review’ of the ‘Nazi in the Honeymoon’ episode!


    • renee005

      November 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

      well said, Amanda!

  2. crystallemae

    November 5, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    your review was a good reminder of what we expect from Bones. I must admit that I was slightly disappointed in that we didn’t see more of B&B together and experiencing the honeymoon experience that the average person (take Hodgins and Angela) would want. Yet, you remind me that B&B aren’t our average couple…and no, I couldn’t expect Brennan to just sit by and watch the waves while drinking a beer. This episode was definitely humorous and I loved seeing Michael and Christine…as well as another side to Cam as she interacted with the kids. So, after reading your review, I am reminded of how it wouldn’t have been “Bones-y” if we would have had a lot of bedroom gymnastics. Although, it still would have been nice to see the two of them more together a little bit! But hey, I still love the show and I still liked the episode.

    Again, another wonderfully written review that I enjoyed reading completely!

    • Catherine Cabanela

      November 6, 2013 at 1:48 am

      You know, I heard that there was a lot of dissent last night after the episode, though I usually don’t expose myself to outside commentary until I’ve completed my review or it messes with my process. Yes, Brennan and Booth are very different than the usual couple. What I was impressed with was how quickly Booth simply went with the flow. Having him be a national hero went a long was to assist with that. Otherwise, it could have gone a very different way. Thanks for reading and commenting!


  3. Mossadninja

    November 6, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Just to let everyone know CC is my homey. I always have to wear scuba gear when I read your reviews…deep. It wasn’t what I expected (not talking in a not enough honeymoon hula) I really don’t know what I was expecting but it wasn’t how this played out.

    Clark has become the nails on the chalkboard to me. Brennan doesn’t work on anyone but Brennan. She always keeps my mouth open in “did she just say that,” but she is eating humble pie more .

    You could make a mud pie sound appetizing . So proud of you…keep it coming

    • Catherine Cabanela

      November 6, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks, Sweetie. You were not alone in your sentiments, but I think we sometimes forget that what ‘we’ might consider the way things should be not always how it is for others. Like Booth said, “people don’t always understand it, but we enjoy doing this together.”

      It was a tough call the Bones crew made, but it was the most judicious one. They have the rest of the season (and possibly next) to provide more romance. I have a feeling we will see a continuing display of what has been building this season — continued mutual joy and a deepening love … peppered with some great kisses.



      • Mossadninja

        November 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm

        100% with you. It’s Booth and Brennan’s quirky unconventional relationship that makes it endearing. Any deviation from the formula takes away from bit. Also people have to consider there’s another type of audience to cater to as well. I wasn’t disappointed it was just different. A whole hour without a case would have been worse. I love seeing the rings. “This is my new husband” who’d thunk Temperence Brennan would ever mutter those words

  4. myrnama

    November 6, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Catherine, you are so wonderful at this reviewing stuff!! I love your analysis of each episode & the psychology behind various situations!!
    Love that A LOT!! I enjoyed this episode, many laughs & many opportunities to remember the sadness & tragedy of the Holocaust!! I was aghast to hear said that Peron sent 10,000 passports (or whatever documentation) to Nazi Germany so the Nazi’s could go to Argentina!! (I’m sure that’s a correct number because of how “Bones” makes sure the factoid dialog is accurate!!)

    I got such joy to see “Agent Andy” get his day in the sun!!! 😀 Who were the kids who played Michael Vincent & Christine? I know they are about two years old now, but I didn’t recognize the little girl as one of the Hartman twins!! 😀

    Keep up the good work, kiddo!! myrnama

    • Catherine Cabanela

      November 6, 2013 at 5:20 am

      It so happens that the little Harman girls have needed a break – maybe for good. I sure hope not. Little Suzanne looked like a perfect mix between Brennan and Booth. It WAS so wonderful to see Agent Andy get to play hard balls in the sun. LOL! It IS true about Peron and the Nazis. I researched it this past August while writing the interview article with Hart and Stephen. It is a sad history … but every nation has things in their past that they’d rather no one ever knew about.

      I hope you are looking forward to next week’s double header. I may not get ANY sleep that week!

      Thanks for writing, and more importantly, READING!


  5. bogie

    November 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Well said Catherine, I have to say for those BONES fans disappointed in what they saw as a lack of “romance”, in other words “sex” they missed the romance that I saw………Booth’s love for Brennan is always there, and making sure she is happy is his main goal. And one of the things that makes her happy is working with him! The characters clearly let us know they were “enjoying” their honeymoon! Do they really need to see “it” happen, to know “it” happened. This is in reality a crime solving tv show starring two happily married people who share a genuine friendship (it’s that chemistry that makes the show work) and I for one am good with that.

    • Catherine Cabanela

      November 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      That makes two of us! Thanks for writing, Bogie!

  6. Jessie Lynn

    November 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    “You are the worst vacation takers in the world!” Ha that about sums it up! And I LOVED it! Of course who wouldn’t want to see our two favorite love birds more intimate.. But that is not who these characters are! And I’m glad the writers held true to the characters.. I can’t wait for the double dose of Bones next week!!

    • Catherine Cabanela

      November 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Me either! Did you see that Bones is slated as likely to be renewed for a tenth season? Bones fans, old and new, will be thrilled. So will I. : )

      Thanks For reading and writing, Jessie Lynn.


  7. renee005

    November 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

    What a superb opening paragraph: “How do you get Booth to eschew heaven to spend his honeymoon elbow deep in crime solving? You make him a National Hero, the Superman of his own graphic novel. That’s how.”

    Thanks for centering us on what we’ve come to expect as BONES fans. This episode had it all, as you said. It was a little bit out of our comfort zone, but as you mentioned, ‘Agent Andy’ helped us viewers understand the reason for this unorthodox Honeymoon. Superman and Wonder Woman sans costumes this time; it’s what brought them together and will keep them together–crime-fighting!

    Thanks for another insightful, enjoyable, perceptive review…appreciate the schedule reminders too. And SO excited we’re getting another season 😀

    Note to Catherine’s Boss: I’ve become addicted to reading her reviews after each episode of BONES! Thank you, Screen Spy, for having the good sense of sharing her literary gift with us 🙂


      November 8, 2013 at 4:35 am

      Renee! Thank you for reading and then putting in your two cents’ worth. It was a good episode … and there will be more coming … lots more, right? Woot! Thanks for the note to my boss. I’ll make sure she sees it at raise time! LOL!


    • Jennifer Griffin

      November 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

      We love Catherine’s reviews. We’re even considering unshackling her from the ScreenSpy writing desk when the season is over … maybe.

      • Catherine Cabanela

        November 12, 2013 at 2:54 am

        Never happen. But you’ll never hear me complain. #LivinTheDream