With episode 9, “The Fury in the Jury,” “Bones” season 9 made its move to a new night on Friday, Nov. 15. Brennan served jury duty, while Angela tracked down the person responsible for stealing Cam’s identity.
Despite having Brennan serve jury duty, this episode still had all the markings of a solid “Bones” case and investigation. It still showed that Booth and Brennan complement each other in ways that make it very difficult for anyone to get away with murder when they’re both working a case. Brennan as a juror was exactly what you expected, answering questions she knew the answers to, even during summation and in a way that got on the judge’s nerves. “Am I wrong?” she asked when he called her out when she listed the reasons for why the jury was being sequestered.
As for the B-story, it was the right move to solve the mystery of who stole Cam’s identity sooner rather than later, and it was another way (like what the team had done when they tried to trap Pelant) of showing just what members of this team can do with their skills. We also enjoyed seeing the guy who claimed he didn’t kill anyone actually turn out to be innocent. “Funny how that happens when you’re accused of murder,” he commented when Sweets pointed out he seemed worried. All the guy had done was deliver some drugs. Plus, seeing Booth and Brennan being all domestic at home after a case has been something the show has done right, and that was no different in the final scene in “The Fury in the Jury” as they disagreed about the “yin/ying” situation. That was why they fit together so well.
The trial (or “sexy soap opera”) Peter Kidman was on trial for murdering his wife after she had threatened to leave him and he had threatened her in return. His sister, Allison, took the stand in defense of her brother, insisting he loved his wife and could never kill her. The jury was sequestered until the case was finished, and the speculation was that Christopher Barnes, Peter’s best friend, had changed sides and was going to testify against Kidman, the smoking gun that would put him away.
The verdict While everyone knew Peter Kidman had killed his wife, Cam pointed out that there was no forensic evidence linking him to the crime, and Brennan needed facts. She wasn’t so sure she would put him away, and she was right because when it came time for the jury to deliberate, she may have believed that Peter killed his wife, but she argued that the prosecution hadn’t been able to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt. In the end, the jury found Kidman not guilty, but it wasn’t over yet.
The investigation Before she had been sequestered away, Brennan had had Booth drop her off at the lab so she could clear her mind of the trial case by looking at dead bodies. Oh, and with Daisy covering for her, she needed to check in. Their victim’s face was bashed in, making facial reconstruction impossible. He had also been beaten and shot before he drowned. To make things more complicated, the victim turned out to be Christopher Barnes. Kidman had an alibi for the night of his murder and there was nothing to tie him to it, but after he had saved his life after a motorcycle accident, it would have been understandable if Kidman had felt betrayed when Barnes was going to testify against him.
Once Brennan found out about Barnes, she began determined to put Kidman away and joined Daisy at the lab. It would have been impossible for Barnes to swim away since he had been wrapped in a car cover and a bullet had severed his Achilles’ tendon. Hodgins had been able to identify where Barnes was killed and dumped into the water, thanks to algae, and after they looked into a sexual encounter site Barnes had been part of, they found a lead: Kinky Kelly. Thanks to Angela, they were able to get a photo of Kinky Kelly sending Barnes an email using a library computer. Kelly was really Allison, and the trees on her street had been sprayed the same day Barnes disappeared with the same pesticide they found on the car cover wrapped around him.
Kidman had taken care of Allison growing up and had even found her a job, so it would have been understandable that she felt like she owed him. However, she couldn’t have acted alone because Barnes would have been able to fight her off. Daisy and Brennan found signs that someone had kicked Barnes in a way that mirrored Kidman’s kick. He was somehow involved, but there was nothing that showed he had left his house that night.
The arrest The answer came when Angela showed Brennan the press’ coverage of Kidman’s house the night of the murder. He had ordered in a pizza, and his bodyguard, Finizio, had stopped by. Kidman wasn’t seen again until he stepped out for the paper the following morning, a move that Angela noted seemed for show. Once Brennan looked at footage of Finizio walking up to the house and leaving, she had the answer: Kidman had dressed in Finizio’s clothes. He had a very distinctive gait after he injured his hip in the motorcycle accident with Barnes. They had also found a gemstone at the scene of the murder, and it matched the broach on Finizio’s coat, the coat Kidman had been wearing when he was just taking a walk. He was caught, and he was going to be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. “You should see her in front of the jury and not on it,” Booth told Kidman.
The thief Angela continued to work on finding out who had stolen Cam’s identity, while Cam was stuck getting her salary from her court-appointed accountant. When Angela showed her the receipts from the person, she noted that she was doing things that she liked to do, buying things she liked. The thief was making it look like it could be Cam so the charges wouldn’t look suspicious. In the end, she was able to do what the police couldn’t: identify the woman responsible. It turned out to be Cam’s college roommate, who had stayed with her just last year.
“Bones” season 9 airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on Fox. What did you think of episode 9, “The Fury in the Jury”?
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