Bones Season 9 Episode 2 Review “The Cheat in the Retreat” – The Return of Tony and Roxie

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In this episode of Bones, called “The Cheat in the Retreat,” Booth and Brennan go undercover to a marriage retreat as Tony and Roxie, Cam deals with some very serious personal financial issues and Sweets reevaluates his life.

After the extremely serious start to the season we had in last week’s season premiere, it was definitely nice to have one of this show’s signature fun episodes as a way to clear the air a bit. Yes, we all know that Pelant is out there and could attack at any time, but it was great to see Booth and Brennan get the chance to dust off their old alter egos, Tony and Roxie, and play with them for a little while. I loved the fact that the fake identities also gave them a chance to explore some deeper issues, but without getting too maudlin about it. Brennan has truly accepted the fact that Booth can’t marry her. She doesn’t know why and though I won’t say she doesn’t care, she isn’t letting it ruin their relationship. That woman is seriously my hero.

Though it’s not exactly fun to watch, I do appreciate that Angela is still angry with Booth and won’t drop it as quickly as Brennan has. I have no doubt in my mind that their relationship will be fixed at some point in the future, but until then I’m pretty much doing what Angela and Booth are doing – trying to ignore that as much as possible.

Cam had me confused through much of this episode, because I just couldn’t figure out why she was so reluctant to accept help. But thanks to Arastoo (he’s been really good at getting her to open up and I love that), I finally saw why. I can’t blame her for being devastated about everything that the identity thief was doing to her reputation and I could also understand her embarrassment. I was happy in the end that she did let her friends help her. Is anyone else wondering though if there might be a connection to Pelant? It seems too tame for him, but I just can’t help but to wonder.

As for Sweets, I feel like we’re about to see some big revelations coming from him and I for one am really looking forward to that. I admire the fact that he wants to figure out how to actually help people and not just an agency. I’m excited to see where this journey will take him.

My favorite bits..

“Okay. and now you’re gonna learn about paperwork.”

Arastoo and Cam riding in to work together. Aw.

“Well you definitely weren’t speeding, I don’t think you could in this thing.”

“Uh no, he was driving while brown.”

Wait. Cam was arrested for what??

Brennan pointing out that Cam was definitely capable of check fraud.

“Bobcats mark their feeding area with urine and, if you’re luck, feces.” – I think Hodgins might need to look up the word “lucky.”

“Feces. It’s your lucky day, bug boy.”

Brennan saying that she couldn’t take part in race talks because she tended to get yelled at.

Booth taking away Sweets’ noodles.

Aw, poor Sweets can’t seem to catch a break. He’s batting 0 for…what?…five?

Hodgins offering Cam some help.

Brennan telling Angela that she should leave before Booth comes home. Yikes.

“I don’t know why Mars lost its magnetic field. I’m not angry at Mars.” – You cannot argue with logic like that.

“I think we fit pretty good in all the right places.” – Haha! Naughty Tony.

Booth stopping the shaman from touching Brennan.

“Can I at least suggest a dumpster you might enjoy behind the super market?”

Cam saying that she needed to focus on the case – something that she could control.

“His behavior has nothing to do with the rotation, doll.” Brennan

The entire beer hat conversation.

Brennan nearly giving herself away by showing off her smarts.

Brennan chanting in Latin.

“Well, I’m not an expert. on everything, but doesn’t that happen when your teeth get knocked out?”

Angela calling Sweets a tight-assed geek boy.

Booth in the fat suit. That is all.

Booth trying to act like the impressive FBI agent… while in the fat suit.

Arastoo reassuring Cam that none of what happened was really her.

Cam breaking down after Angela offered her help.

Booth reluctantly agreeing to give Sweets some time.

Bill and Evelyn happily admitting how they killed the victim.

Evelyn’s “equalizer.” Youch.

Booth and Brennan trying to clear their minds and ending up dropping the robes and jumping in bed. Aw.

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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  • ASHA

    The deterioration of the relationship between Angela and Booth is “maybe” necessary to the story but something bothers me. Angela is an amazing friend and I understand she wants to protect Brennan but one thing bothers me deeply. She knows Booth for years and yet at no time did she give him the benefit of the doubt that something is wrong. Everyone in the team has questions except her. At first I thought Angela represented that small element of doubt that might remain in the spirit of Brennan. As if Angela was a small part of the unconscious Brennan.

    But watching this episode you can see that Brennan trusts Booth. Beyond the friendship, what can explain the wrath of Angela. I don’t know but I think there’s something else behind his attitude. What bothers me is that somewhere she doesn’t trust Brennan. I love the evolution of Brennan (over the years, different seasons). For me she is always Brennan but has acquired depth by his interactions with others, the events of life. She is more open to the world. She no longer sees the world, life only with his eye science but also as a loving wife, as a mother, as a friend. But Angela by his attitude gives the impression that Brennan isn’t able to sufficiently judgment on an emotional level. Okay, she doesn’t trust Booth but why she doesn’t trust the judgment of Brennan. She goes further by using manipulation and Brennan is not fooled. I wish she begins to question the attitude of Angela.

    I would like that Brennan confronts Angela about his attitude. It is clear that the dust settles after Booth and Angela have had little discussion but I think “it ‘s about” Brennan to give a little life lesson to Angela….

  • WTBA

    I absolutely thought of Pelant when the Cam financial stuff began. He already destroyed Hodgins finances (as Hodgins even mentioned in the episode). I guess it could just be a random ID thief, but it might feel like a wasted plot device if it doesn’t do something more than just inconvenience Cam beyond all things.

  • dm

    Booth-Was that a silver Italian Horn I saw around your neck? I thought I was the only one left on the west coast who knows what that is.

  • Aztec Princess

    Loved the show but get the bad guy already!