Bones Recap: The Purging of the Pundit

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
Bones Recap: The Purging of the Pundit

“Bones” Season 10 Episode 3 “The Purging of the Pundit” aired on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at  8:00 p.m. on FOX. In this episode, the team investigated the murder of an outspoken conservative radio show host, whose murder brought them on a wild goose chase. Meanwhile, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) tried to figure out a way to let her husband, FBI Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), trust others gain after his ordeal, specifically his new partner, FBI Agent James Aubrey (John Boyd). Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode began with two students on their way to help at a local Soup Kitchen in order to beef up their college application forms. On the way, they decided to help out a man who seemed to be stuck halfway through a storm drain, only to discover that he was dead and that his entire upper body had been eaten by stoats.


At Bones and Booth’s house, Bones became concerned that Booth had not been sleeping well ever since he got back from his harrowing ordeal in jail and because of the conspiracy that they had uncovered together. Bones was also worried that he had avoidance issues, as he did not seem to trust anybody aside from her.

At the crime scene, FBI Agent James Aubrey was eager to help, regardless of whether Booth wanted his help or not. They deduced that the man’s clothes and shoe soles were not dirty, and the body had been dumped their, where his upper half was eaten by stoats. Dr. Jack Hodgins (TJ Thyne) was able to discover the rest of the victim in the stoat’s nest.  They also found out that the victim had been dead for three days already.

At the Jeffersonian, they were joined by Dr. Rodolfo Fuentes, an intern and a doctor from Cuba. Based on what they see, the victim was dealt with a hard blow by a right-handed assailant. Based on his weight, Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) was able to recreate his face, which led them to identify the victim as Hutch Whitehouse — an outspoken Conservative radio host.

As Booth started to redecorate his office and settle down, Aubrey came in and gave him some information on Hutch and informed him that Hutch’s wife was there. Instead of bringing Aubrey with him, he told Aubrey to help redecorate his office. After trying to convince him that Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) had been the one who had chosen him to be Booth’s partner, Booth just told him that they were not partners at all.

In the conference room, Hutch’s wife told Booth that they did have different points of view on several issues. Even if she stood to inherit $ 30 million upon his death, she did not kill him, as she was not in town that day. She advised him to talk to Bob Gordon, Hutch’s producer, and to Allan Spaziano, Hutch’s co-host, as Hutch had received many death threats before.

At the laboratory, Fuentes and Dr. Camille Sayoran (Tamala Taylor) tested Hutch’s urine, which told them, oddly enough, that he had enjoyed being murdered.

At the radio station, Bob Gordon, the producer and an avid deer hunter, informed them that he had no issues with Hutch at all. His record showed that he had only had committed crimes such as drinking under the influence and deer hunting while under the influence. Meanwhile, Allan Spaziano did not have prior records at all. They asked him how he felt about Hutch as Hutch usually used Allan as his “punching bag,” but Allan told them that it was all part of an act. Bob also informed them that he had last heard from Hutch three days ago, in which he called in sick. When they asked about possible enemies and threats, Bob gave them a whole shelf full of legitimate death threats.

At the laboratory, Bones and Fuentes noticed that based on the bones, he had been bound by the wrists and had been strangled, but those were not fatal. There were also repeated strikes to the genitals. Fuentes then concluded that based on the fact that he had seen these kinds of injuries before, Hutch had been tortured before he died.

Meanwhile, Aubrey gave Cam several credible threats that had been sent to Hutch, particularly from one who thought that Hutch was “too soft.” His name was William Byers. And thanks to Hodgins and Angela, they were able to pinpoint where he was.

On their way to him, Bones tried to make Booth see that he had to trust other people and that he should have taken Aubrey instead of her, since they were partners. However, Booth was having trouble in trusting others, and it could be seen in the fact that he stopped going to church for a while. Even Sweets would have said that right now — Booth needed someone or something to believe in.

At Byers’ place, they discovered that he had bought enough fertilizer to build a bomb. At interrogation, he called Hutch a traitor and said that he did kill Hutch by cutting off his head. However, Hutch had not been decapitated, ruling Byers out as a possible suspect.

As Cam, Bones and Fuentes continued analyzing the remains, they realized that Hutch had been tortured many times before, but not because someone wanted to get information out of him — he was into S&M. Angela then informed Aubrey that according to Hutch’s financials, Hutch had loaned out an office space that was empty and spent a lot of money to make it soundproof. This, they deduced would be where everything happened. In addition, Angela had found that during the moments he disappeared, he would withdraw large amounts of cash.

Bones and Booth went there to find out that there were traces of blood on the seat and that there were bodily fluids everywhere. They were able to interrogate the dominatrix that Hutch regularly saw, who informed them that as he hated his job and the things that he said on air, he would use that time to discipline himself or to punish himself. The dominatrix, who also happened to be a licensed therapist, told them that they were making good progress, as Hutch was planning on quitting the show and to become a “moderate voice of reason.” She also told them that when she had left him last, he was still alive and that all of the handcuffs and restraints she used on him had safety releases.

Back at the laboratory, Angela and Fuentes, using the simulation software, discovered that Hutch had died because he was struck on the nasal bone with a very small but sturdy object, while his ball gag was still in his mouth. He had died of suffocation as he had drowned in his own blood.

They then discovered that Hutch’s bones showed signs that he had been stretched and that some deer hair were in his remains.

Aubrey then informed Booth, that upon further investigating the wife, he had learned that she did not really have a solid alibi for the night Hutch was killed. He tried to convince Booth to let him interrogate the wife, but Booth continued to refuse. Aubrey then reminded him that Sweets was the one who had picked him to work with Booth and that by refusing to allow him to work with him, it meant that he was dishonoring and disrespecting Sweets’ memory.

After the interrogation, Bones discovered that Hutch’s wife had insisted on having a ground floor room near an exit so she could buy drugs to deal with all the problems that she was facing. However, she told them that she would never harm Hutch.

Back at the laboratory, they discovered that since his body had been stretched after his death, his body had been moved to the storm drain using a deer hoist, which Bob Gordon, a deer hunter, owned.

At interrogation, Bob admitted that he had moved the body after he had discovered Hutch dead in his S & M dungeon. He had moved the body as he stood to lose millions if word got around about Hutch.

At the laboratory, they discovered a tooth among all the other evidence that had just been given to them. As there was lint and that the size of the weapon was almost like a deck of cards, they realized that the only sturdy thing would be a cell phone, which would have been in a pocket.

Angela and Bones, however, discovered that based on the forensics that they did on Hutch’s voice recordings and messages, Allan Spaziano, who knew how to impersonate Hutch’s voice, was the one who had called Bob to call in sick, revealing that Allan was the one who had murdered Hutch.

Booth expected Bones to come with him to interrogation, but Bones told him to trust Aubrey and that she had briefed him on what to say. Reluctantly, Booth allowed him to join him. There, they revealed to Allan that he had been the one who murdered Hutch. He had gone to Hutch’s S & M house so that he could record him during one of his sessions so that he could blackmail him into staying with the radio show. As Hutch was threatening to quit the show, Allan’s job would be on the line, as without Hutch, they would not have a show. However, Hutch attacked Allan in defense, as his handcuffs had safety releases. Allan then had panicked and hit Hutch with his cell phone, which caused him to drown in his own blood. Aubrey then explained to Allan that as cell phones are one of the dirtiest surfaces on earth, they were able to collect a particular type of bacteria that could be matched to Allan if he had it. Later on, they did find a match, which allowed them to convict him for the murder of Hutch Whitehouse.

At home, Booth prepared several cocktails for an amused Bones. They were surprised, however, when Aubrey passed by to give them a bottle of wine to thank them for allowing him to be on their team. Booth then admitted to Bones that Aubrey was a good guy and a good agent.

And that was all for the recap on “Bones” Season 10 Episode 3 “The Purging of the Pundit.” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “Bones” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).


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