'Bones': Chess, Canadians and scientist bikinis in 'The Master in the Slop'
A game of life and death
The murder victim of the week is Paul Magnuson, a chess master who is electrocuted, dumped over a fence and then fed to pigs. Safe to say that people didn't like this guy much while he was alive. Suspects range from the pig owner (who just tried to get rid of the body) to chess rivals to a religious ex-wife with a penchant for arson.
But none of them are the killer. Instead, Magnuson was killed by his girlfriend's son, Tim. A chess player as well, Tim turns out to be a sociopath with a mommy complex. He didn't think Magnuson was good enough for his mother and killed the guy to "protect" her.
Impressively, Sweets -- who is, by the way, a retired chess master-- figures this out when he plays against Tim. The young man doesn't sacrifice his queen for an easy win, thus betraying his weakness.
The Canadian is back
Remember that Canadian forensic podiatrist, Dr. Fillmore? Well he's back in "The Master in the Slop." This time, the painfully polite scientist is at the Jeffersonian for a report on FBI/RCMP relations. Brennan isn't exactly excited about this, but she eventually accepts the fellow when it turns out that he now has a general forensics degree.
Fillmore is really quite helpful, especially when his expertise helps prove that the murder victim was electrocuted through his feet.
In the end, Fillmore pushes aside some of this Canadian-ness and is just assertive enough to politely refuse to clean up the bone room.
Competition of another sort
It's not just chess that brings out the competitive nature of "Bones" characters. Brennan's own issues with winning come to play in this episode, starting with Christine's inability to win an egg race (whatever that is) and carrying through to Cam getting an honor Brennan thinks she deserves.
Competitiveness, however, can be trumped by generosity (when Cam shares her award with Angela and Brennan), Christine's board game turned into a drinking game, and the fact that Cam's "award" is to pose in a bikini for some sort of "babes of science" calendar.
Because who wouldn't want photos of hot ladies in bikinis featuring scientists' faces?