When Zack was revealed as Gormogon’s accomplice in the Season 3 finale of Bones, I was in shock. I can only imagine what his co-workers and friends felt.
And imagine is exactly what I’ve had to do in Season 4. Until last night’s “Finger in the Nest” episode, I was wondering if the staff at the Jeffersonian had completely forgotten about Zack. His name hadn’t even been mentioned in the first two episodes and his situation was only alluded to briefly in Brennan’s speech in the U.K. premiere.
Is this how squints react when one of their own betrays them? I’ve been expecting anger at the very least and a bit of nostalgia for the Zack they once knew. At the very least I thought Sweets would be prodding them each to get in touch with their feelings.
I’m not sure that I want to see him have counseling sessions with each staff member (although after last night’s session with Hodgins, it might be quite funny), but maybe at least allude to the fact that he’d chatted with them over the summer.
Instead we’ve had a parade of grad students trying to fill Zack’s shoes. And none have quite been able to do it.
First, we had Eugene Byrd return as Dr. Clark Edison, who filled in last season when Zack was in Iraq. But being inundated with the personal details of his coworkers’ lives was too much for this guy who just wanted to focus on his job.
Next up was the Brennan-obsessed Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo) who annoyed the entire staff with her non-stop talking and her desire to kiss up to Bones. Only Sweets is fond of Daisy admiration and we are led to believe that they went out for a date after she was fired.
This week we met Scott Starret (Michael Badalucco), Brennan’s oldest grad student. Scott’s immense life experience made him an asset to the case and my favorite fill-in. But his former life as a car salesman leaves Hodgins with a grudge.
Next week it looks like Bones gets to play Mrs. Robinson with her latest intern Wendell Bray (Michael Terry)
While the parade of grad students has changed up the dynamic in the office a little and added a bit of humor, I’m hoping that it doesn’t continue all season.
Whether they are talking about it or not, there’s something missing from the staff at the Jeffersonian. It doesn’t help that Hodgins and Angela have broken up (in one of the weirdest dumpings).
But if the crew doesn’t find its inner team soon, I think we are going to start to see it in their work (and possibly on Sweets’ couch).
In fact, will there be a case the team can’t solve without Zack?
Maybe. Tune in next week to get your Zack fix as Hodgins turns to his former lab partner for help with a case. Not sure if he really needs Zack’s help or if he just needs to feel that connection with Zack again.
But you have to wonder how if you can trust information you get from a convicted killer? How is Zack feeling towards the team? Is he willing to help or is he angry with them?
Even if he isn’t back to stay, I’m still looking forward to next week’s episode and the return of Zack to the fold even if temporary.
What do you think? Will the team ever be the same without Zack? Will the show ever be the same?