“Bones” Season 6 Episode 1 “The Mastodon in the Room” finds our intrepid heroes, seven months after the tender leave-taking in the airport, in some peril at opposite sides of the world, as well as back in Washington.
Spoilers surely follow.
In Indonesia, Brennan has broken down in the middle of the jungle with Daisy, who of course can’t stop talking about the fact that they have found squat insofar as the origin of man is concerned. As Brennan tries to get the truck started, a group of very disreputable people show up. Not to worry, Bones says, they are of a tribe that venerate women. Whereupon Daisy strips down to her skiffies to prove her womanliness.
Whereupon the savages attack, apparently offended by Daisy’s nakedness. This turns out to be a bad move on their part, as Brennan is pretty good at whupping up on people with a shovel. The score is Brennan about 6, savages 0 as the latter scatter into the bush. Daisy is impressed with herself for being a distraction.
Halfway around the world, Booth is doing some hands-on training by leading a group of soldiers to snatch a terrorist. Unfortunately the terrorist snatches a kid, the son of an Afghan soldier, and does the usual “back off or I waste the brat” routine. That turns out to be a bad move on his part as he backs up into an Afghan soldier with a pistol.
Meanwhile, in Washington, Cam is now the federal coroner for DC and surrounding areas, and is annoying some people in power for pontificating on Iraq and Afghan war vets coming home with brain damage. Instead of doing something about it, the unnamed pols are trying to get rid of Cam by focusing on a missing child case and a skeleton that Cam cannot identify as the kid. So Caroline summons the team home: Brennan and Daisy from Indonesia, Booth from Afghanistan, and Hodgins and Angela from Paris.
Sweets is found on sabbatical playing piano in some strange place. He is still put out with Daisy and now wants to just be friends. This lasts for about three seconds.
Since the Jeffersonian program vanished when Bones did, all of the interns (squidterns, as Booth calls them) have also gone. Except for Wendell, who is fixing buses to make up for his lost fellowship.
With the band back together, our intrepid heroes soon discover that the skeleton is not of the missing 2-year-old Caucasian boy, but rather of a 3-year-old Asian boy, from North Korea in point of fact. It turns out that the kid had died by accident and his mom and grandson, not trusting the authorities, buried him privately. This is technically a crime, but not even the hard-hearted Caroline will prosecute.
The actual missing kid turns out to be very much alive and in the hands of his father. Bad move on his part.
Everyone now realizes that they belong together in Washington solving crimes and putting bad people away. Angela, who might have wanted to go back to Paris, really needs to stay so that her child by Hodgins can be born in America. Hodgins is as ecstatic as can be.
And what is the Mastodon in the room? It seems that when the Jeffersonian forensics unit went away, the Institution found another use for their space. Working around a prehistoric monster is going to be very interesting.
Source: Bones, The Mastodon in the Room, TV.Rage