Question: Cougars, slaves and snot, what do all three of these things have to do with each other? Answer: Episode 6 of season 6 of FOX’s hit television show “Bones”. Amazingly all there of these items came together in classic “Bones” style as Brennan and Booth track down the killer of a young man.
Cougars: The murder victim for episode six entitled: “The Shallow in the Deep” turns out to have been a bartender on a short tour cruise: The Cougar Cruise. Women of somewhat advanced age would meet younger men who potentially could be a love interest. The victim must have had a taste for older women.
Slaves: The young 20ish murder victim was found amount the shipwreck debris of a centuries old slave ship that had been lost at sea. By the state of his remains, it became obvious to Dr. Brennan, played by actress Emily Deschanel, that the age was no where near that of the 150 year-old other slave ship occupants.
An interesting side story found it’s way into the murder mix of episode 6. Dr. Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) found herself struggling with her strong emotions regarding slavery as a family descendant was discovered to be a member of the slave ships casualty list.
Snot: The final question, and one that consumed scientist Dr. Hodgens (T.J. Thyne) throughout the entire episode. This was of course the snot, or more accurate, snot flowers. This turns out to be a sea creature that has attached it’s self to the skeletal remains of the young murder victim. It is only after the organism is removed that important evidence needed to crack the crime came to light.
The episode moves full circle back to snot as the murder is found to be a cougar that was intimately involved with the victim. Speaking of intimate, the ever-bashful Dr. Sweets (John Francis Daley) and his on and off again love interest Daisy (Carla Gallo) get caught in some pretty steamy situations!
In the end, Bones and Booth (David Boreanaz) got their man, or woman in this case and justice was once again served. The episode ended as the Smithsonian forensic crew paid their respects to the slave ship casualties through the reading of their names and presentation of likenesses drawn by Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin), the team’s forensic artist.
It is unlikely that the three things: cougars, slaves, and snot have ever been linked and it is even more unlikely that they ever will be again. Leave it to the creative minds of the creators of FOX’s show “Bones” to make such bizarre, and yet entertaining, connections.