Bones Season 8 Review “The Corpse on the Canopy” – Hodgins is The Man of The Hour

Bones Season 8 Episode 12 The Corpse on the Canopy

In this episode of Bones, called “The Corpse on the Canopy,” Pelant is back to wreak havoc on the lives of our team, forcing one person to make a decision that will change their life forever.

Based purely on the episode description and the fact that we knew Pelant would be back, I knew this was going to be one very intense episode of this show. Boy was that ever true and boy did it start fast. That opening scene really got to me; listening to the baby cry while Angela and Hodgins struggled to wake up from begin drugged. Wow, talk about creepy.

As I watched this episode, it felt like the team was completely isolated. That was partially due to the fact that they purposely got rid of staff at the Jeffersonian, but also because of how closely they were working together, and how we all knew that this case directly affected all of them. I liked how they had to resort to things like the “tinfoil hat” over the lab, Hodgins’ Enigma Machine and spamming to stay one step ahead of Pelant.

Finally, I loved everything about Hodgins in this episode. While it was true that he wasn’t completely acting like himself (as Sweets pointed out), it’s also true that he was responding in a completely sane way to what had happened. If a crazy madman came into your home and threatened your family, I would think that you would behave a bit differently than normal. The way he didn’t hesitate to choose the lives of innocent schoolgirls over his money made him the man of the hour, plain and simple.

Booth was no slouch in this episode though, and I always enjoy the chance to see him go all Army Ranger badass sniper on somebody. It makes me wonder though, now that Booth got a good piece of Pelant, will Pelant now set his sights on Booth? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

My favorite bits..

That whole opening scene was scary, from Angela and Hodgins waking up disoriented, to the baby crying and finally the flayed body hanging above their bed.

I know it’s wrong, but a part of me couldn’t stop staring at Hodgins’ hair during that very intense scene as the group discussed what they were going to do about Pelant.

Brennan confiding in Angela how frightened she was when she was alone on the run with Christine.

Brennan giving Angela a goal to focus on: stopping Pelant.

“I’ll say this for the evil little troll; he always manages to top himself.”

“He was in my bedroom. He threatened my wife and child. Nothing is more important than that.”

Cam and Brennan discovering that their victim literally died from pain. Just when I thought Pelant couldn’t get more disturbing.

Totally agreeing with Sweets, this really isn’t the Hodgins that we know, but nor can I blame his reaction at all.

“You think I can just foxtrot into a judge’s chambers with my winning smile and girlish figure and get whatever I want?”

Cam refusing to send Hodgins home because she knew that Pelant was afraid of him. Wow.

Hodgins prepping to biopsy his own lung. Again, wow.

Pelant calling Brennan. Holy crap!

“Pelant doesn’t want to kill me, at least for now.”
“If that’s supposed to make me feel better, it doesn’t.”

For once, I’m totally with Hodgins on his crazy conspiracy theories. Right about now, using an Enigma Machine sounds like their safest bet.

“I don’t know what he’s trying to tell us, but I’m pretty sure the guy’s enjoying this.”

Hodgins Enigma Machine actually working..if with a little bit of smoke.

Wow, who knew a scene that included people sending messages back and forth with something called an Enigma Machine could be so intense?

“You come up empty and I will not be there to cover your sorry asses, on account of I’ll be too busy covering my own, understood?”

Inappropriate thought #2 in this episode: Booth in the black t-shirt and the tactical gear. Just saying.

Booth not allowing Sweets to go in because he was the only other one who understood Pelant well enough to stop him.

“Do you have any idea what you’re doing?” “Yeah, saving your ass.”

No, no, no, no!!! Not Flynn! Dammit!

Booth putting his gun up against the pillar so he could make that shot. Awesome.

Booth reassuring Flynn that he hit Pelant.

Hodgins realizing in horror that Pelant was forcing him to choose between losing all of his money or saving the girls, and the fact that Hodgins never hesitated to save the girls.

Angela destroying the drone.

The whole discussion about free bagels and muffins with Angela and Hodgins.

Pelant sewing his own face together. Yep, Booth sure got him alright.

What did you think of this episode of Bones? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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