“Bones” moves to Friday and Brennan sees another side of the criminal-justice process in “The Fury in the Jury.” But it’s safe to say that the analytical crime-solver is not content to have things go the route of O.J. Simpson when a sports star faces the murder of his wife.
If the jury can’t convict him, then it’s up to the Jeffersonian to convict a bad man.
“12 Angry Men,” “Bones”-style
In the classic film/play, “12 Angry Men,” a single juror convinces a room of guilty-voters to rethink the case and examine the evidence. The results display the individuals’ characters as well as the workings of the jury-trial concept.
“Bones” pretty much does the same thing here, only with Brennan in Henry Fonda’s role.
The case is that of Peter Kidman, a professional soccer player on trial for the murder of his wife, Charlene. Although Kidman’s sister, Alison, insists that her brother is innocent — and Kidman’s best friend, Christopher Barnes, has pointed to a robbery-gone-wrong — the prosecution and the public believe that Peter Kidman is guilty.
Alas, it turns out that the prosecution has pretty much offered only a circumstantial case with little physical evidence. And the supposed star witness for the defense simply doesn’t show up. Brennan leads the other jurors through the whole thing.
After a few hours, they get to a vote of not guilty.
The synergy of murder
Of course, Brennan has to miss a murder case back at the Jeffersonian while she’s on jury duty. The remaining scientists are dealing with a body found washed up on the beach with a smashed face and no obvious clues to identity. They only figure out who the guy is when a bone graft offers identity.
The dead man in the Jeffersonian is Christopher Barnes, Kidman’s friend and missing star witness.
This murder makes Brennan feel like her insistence on evidence and reasonable doubt have let a guilty man walk free. It now looks like Kidman murdered not only his wife but a dangerous best friend.
An illustration of two wrongs not making a right
With the scant (but growing) evidence pointing toward Kidman as the killer, the Jeffersonian team swings into high gear. They figure out that Barnes was drowned in a freshwater pond after being shot and then kicked hard in the face. Then, he was wrapped in a car cover that had recently been sprayed to prevent bugs.
This is all great, but how does this find a killer?
By linking in Barnes’ online history — he was a fan of sexual encounter websites — the team figures out that Barnes had been lured to the pond area by someone calling herself Kinky Kelly. Since Kelly used an anonymous library computer, does this mean the case is at a dead end?
Not quite. Angela matches the time of the contact to library security footage and finds Kelly herself. As it turns out, the woman on film looks a whole lot like Alison Kidman, the main suspect’s adoring sister. But although Alison cries guiltily through her interrogation, she admits nothing.
Also, Brennan is still convinced that Peter had a hand in the murder. Unfortunately, press footage of Kidman’s house on the night of the murder indicates that the man never left home. The only person to leave the building in all that time was a bodyguard.
Or not. Brennan — who spent half her time in court doodling bone structures — notes that the departing man’s gait matches Kidman and not the bodyguard. The two men switched places so Peter Kidman could help his sister kill Barnes.
Naturally, Kidman denies the murder. But he also admits to taking a walk in his bodyguard’s clothes. This is a big mistake: A gemstone found at the crime scene came from the guard’s brooch. If Kidman wore the clothes, he had to have been there.
Even the man’s lawyer has no use for this guilty man at this point. Thus, just like O.J., this athlete ended up in jail in the end.
Meanwhile, in the realm of lesser-but-annoying-crime
Cam is still dealing with her identity theft issue, which is not really getting better. She gets an allowance from a court-appointed accountant while the thief tours the country, buying fancy clothes and visiting cool museums.
It’s only because Angela really likes her computer detective work that Cam gets any help — the police aren’t even trying. Using the same idea that identified Kinky Kelly at the library, Angela finds video footage of Cam’s identity thief.
To the woman’s shock, she knows who it is: Haley Kent, Cam’s college roommate who came to visit earlier that year.