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'Bones' 9.9: Friday Night Bones In The Courtroom

Paul Levinson Paul Levinson
November 16th, 2013 10:46am EST

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A fine, different kind of Bones last night - episode 9.9, debuting at the new time, Friday night - which brings us Bones not just in the courtroom but on a jury.

Bones' personality and the reaction of the jurors provides the comic relief to a story that comes with a rock-hard ethical dilemma:  do you find someone not guilty, when you feel in your bones that the guy is guilty, because there's not sufficient evidence?  Bones as a woman of science of course insists on deciding solely on the basis of the evidence, and her logic eventually sways the jury.   But we and she know that a murderer is being set free.

We actually know this even better than Bones, because the victim in another murder case that Booth and the Jeffersonian crew are investigating turns out to have been a witness in the Bones on the jury case.   And the fact that this witness never got to court to testify is the decisive piece of lacking evidence that leads Bones to convince the rest of the jury that there is insufficient evidence to convict.

I like that Bones on the jury made a decision based on principle - not enough evidence - and that Booth and then Bones can then figure out a way to nab the killer, by finding irrefutable evidence that he killed the witness.   In the ideal world of television, we should aim for the highest principle.

Meanwhile, there's an especially interesting side story, as Cam and Angela look into who stole Cam's identify and is racking up charges on new credit cards in Cam's name.   The charges look a lot like what the real Cam would spend money on, which made me think that maybe Cam has some sort of split personality, and stole her own identity.   The answer is almost as good, and promises some interesting storyline ahead.

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