Bones Recap: The Money Maker in the Merry-Go-Round

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Bones Recap: The Money Maker in the Merry-Go-Round

Bones” Season 10 Episode 7 “The Money Maker in the Merry-Go-Round” aired on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX. In this episode, FBI Special Agent James Aubrey’s (John Boyd) past is revealed as they investigate the murder of a stock broker trader after his body was found underneath a playground’s merry-go-round.  Meanwhile, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) dealt with their daughter Christine (Sunnie Pelant), as she surprised them by saying a curse word.  In this episode, Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode opened with a father and son at a playground. After the father tried to help them move a stuck merry-go-round, a head rolled out from under it.


At the Brennan-Booth house, FBI Special Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) was shocked to hear their daughter, Christine (Sunni Pelant) call her stuffed bunny rabbit a “jackass." It was because he considered the word “ass” was a “gateway swear word.” However, his wife, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel), felt that she did not need to punish Christine for that. She thought the kid expressed her anger in a “non-violent” manner. However, Booth’s explanation to Christine about why saying “jackass” was cut short. Bones told him that the remains of a murder victim, which had been found under a merry-go-round, had just been sent to the Jeffersonian. 

At the Jeffersonian, Bones and Dr. Oliver Wells (Brian Klugman) started examining the bones. Dr. Camille “Cam” Saroyan (Tamala Taylor) removed the remains from the bottom of the merry-go-round. However, during the entire investigation, Wells treated it as a competition so that he could show Bones that he was better than her. They then deduced that the victim was male, Caucasian and that he was well to do as he had a set “ porcelain veneers.” However, Dr. Jack Hodgins (TJ Thyne) told them that the victim was found without his wallet and money. Cam then deduced that the victim had probably died around two or two and a half days ago. He deduced that he might have been a victim of a robbery gone wrong as his wedding ring was missing.

During the investigation, Wells was determined to make the entire investigation a competition against Bones. He was determined to “surpass” her as one of the world’s foremost experts in forensic anthropology. Bones also asked Cam how she dealt with her daughter and swearing. She replied that she only allows her daughter to swear when the swear words are contained in the lyrics of the song. Bones then explained that she did not “ feel the need to punish” a child if they “expressed themselves in a non-violent manner,” such as swearing.  

At the FBI headquarters, FBI Special Agent James Aubrey (John Boyd) informed Booth that he was going to look around at a particular hostel near the playground if they had seen anything suspicious. There had been a string of robberies in that area that might be related to their case.

Back at the Jeffersonian, Bones accepted Wells’ challenged. Then, based on the cleaned skull that they had, they deduced that the victim had died due to a “minor head injury.” Cam then managed to wrestle away the skull from Wells and Bones. Together with Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin), glued and pinned on remains of the victim’s face in order to scan it through facial recognition. After cross referencing it with missing person reports filed by spouses, they were able to find a match. The victim was named Toby Wachlin.  

At the FBI headquarters, Toby’s wife, Annie, told them that she had been out of town for the entire week. She had been alerted by their housekeeper that he had not come home the night before, which was strange as he always came home. They then learned that Toby had worked as a “trader at Horizon Equities.” After she left, Aubrey informed Booth that Horizon Equities was the “biggest hedge fund in Washington DC,” as “they managed over $ 4 billion in assets.” Before they left for Horizon Equities, Booth asked Aubrey if he was alright in taking the case. Booth knew that this would become personal for him. However, Aubrey told him that he wanted to take the case, and told Booth that it was “important” to him.

At Horizon Equities, they learned from Mason Barnes, Toby’s boss, told them that Toby was the head of the “high frequency trading division.” Aubrey then explained to Booth that those were the ones who used “computer algorithms to front run the market." It meant they were actually cheating their clients. However, Mason told him that everything that they did was legal. He also informed that Toby had lost them around $ 8 million the previous week. He had hit a wrong key, and that he had already lost about “over a half a billion dollars” during that past year. They were interrupted by Blair Ellis, another trader, who had pounded his telephone onto his desk.

After learning that Ellis had also been a victim of Toby’s mistake, they brought him in for questioning. They knew that he had played as a quarterback in his college football team, and wore an emerald team ring. They also knew that he was famous for his temper. However, he said that he would never rob or hurt a colleague as he believed in working as a “team.”

Back at the Jeffersonian, Hodgins informed Cam that Toby was not killed at the playground, as he had found some insecticide on his show that could be traced to one particular exterminator- Insects No More. Cam then asked him to cross reference the list of recent jobs the company had made with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) database, as she had found cocaine mixed with another powder in his nasal cavity. She then explained that most drug dealers mixed their cocaine with something else to create their own “signature blend."
 If they could identify the particular blend, then they might be able to trace who sold it to him, or who the dealer was.


At the Royal Diner, Booth told Bones that this particular case was pretty personal for Aubrey. Her father, who had once been a trader on Wall Street with his own firm, had been arrested for securities fraud, then had “skipped bail” and moved to Croatia. He had swindled many people out of their money as he had been running a Ponzi scheme. All of this had happened when Aubrey was thirteen years old. Bones then agreed that Aubrey must find it difficult. It was also because she remembered that it had taken her “years to process” why her own parents had left her at the age of fifteen. However, Booth reminded her that her parents had left to protect her while Aubrey’s father had left to “save his own skin.”

Back at the Jeffersonian, Wells insisted to Bones that he had “won." He had found the cause of death- a fracture at the frontal bone of the skull, which had caused some “severe cerebral contusions."As he was becoming insufferable, she had enough and called him a “pain in my ass.” Afterwards, Bones deduced that Toby had been killed as his head had been “bashed in more than once." She told Wells to continue examining the bones. This caused to be a little bit annoyed, since he had to follow orders, he could not show off his skills to her.

Meanwhile, Hodgins informed Cam that the strange powder that had mixed in with the cocaine was actually pollen from the Hungarian Oak, which only grew in four places in Washington DC. After cross referencing that map with the list of job orders from Insect No More, they were able to pinpoint the house to belong to a trader from Horizon named Derek Kaplan.

Booth and Aubrey went to pay Kaplan a visit. They found him and a bunch of other traders doing drugs, and consorting with escorts all around the place. They immediately shut the party down. Afterwards, Kaplan informed them that he hadn’t killed Toby. It was despite the fact that there was evidence that someone had to clean up some blood in the “back bedroom.”

Back at the Jeffersonian, Wells told a shock Cam that Bones had “cursed him out." Because of that, he had decided not to leave until he found something that impressed her. He then discovered that Toby had been sliced in the arm with a “thin, cylindrical object with a sharp point.” The next day, after Angela pieced together a virtual crime scene from the FBI’s pictures of the bedroom, they discovered that the candlestick holder could have been the murder weapon as it had a sharp pointed end. It also has a square base, which could have been used to bash his head in. However, the prints found on the candlestick matched a McKenzie Solloway.

In the interrogation room, McKenzie told them that she sold him some $4,000 linen, and could not pay up. She had then “swung at him” with the candlestick, which had nicked his arm in self-defense as he had tried to attack her. She then revealed that she had taken his phone and wallet “as collateral,” but he insisted on getting his phone back. As he had escaped with just his phone, she decided to hold on to his things, which was why they had found it in her apartment.

However, back at the Jeffersonian, Hodgins discovered that the candlestick was not the murder weapon. He also told Wells that he bet that Bones would be able to find the cause of death first. After further examining the remains, Cam discovered that the blood that been found in the room had been a result of a nosebleed, which meant that Mackenzie had been telling the truth.

Back at FBI headquarters, Aubrey snapped at Toby’s wife. She told him that “he chose to tear a family apart to get rich”, after she started asking if it was true that Toby took drugs and slept with other women. Afterwards, he realized what he had said and apologized to her.

Back at Angela’s workstation, Cam “rehydrated the eye” in order to gain access to Toby’s phone as it could only be opened with his eye scan. They then realized that Toby had recorded his boss, Mason Barnes, telling him his plans to bribe the Chief Technical Officer of the City Corps Stock Exchange.

Before Booth left to arrest Mason Barnes, Booth asked Aubrey if he wanted to come along. However, Aubrey decided to stay behind instead. Booth then took Bones with him and arrested Mason Barnes. Bones then discovered blood stains the table, which was wear Toby’s head had been bashed in. They then realized that Toby had been using that recording to blackmail him. However, Mason hadn’t murdered Toby as he had been with an escort that night, and surrendered his smartphone, which had pictures that verified his story. He then informed them that anyone could have gone inside as he always left his office door unlocked.

Bones then won her little competition with Wells. She had found a shiny particulate lodged inside Toby’s skull. After Hodgins ran it, they discovered that the piece was a piece of emerald. Bones then took a look at Ellis’ ring, which had emeralds in it, while Booth interrogated Ellis. They then discovered that he had “caught Toby stealing cash” from Mason. Since Ellis was all about “the team,” he had gotten angry and smashed his head on the desk. Bones then verified that the emerald piece they had found was definitely from his ring. They then concluded that even If Ellis had wanted to teach Toby a lesson, that his temper had run away with him, causing Toby’s death.

Afterwards, Bones went to Aubrey at his favorite bar and told him that she knew about his father. She then told him that she understood how he felt, as her father had been a criminal, and that she had been “angry for years.” After he asked her how she got over the pain, she told him that she hadn’t. She then told him that “the challenge” was how “not to make it go away.” She then told him that after she had accepted the pain as part of who she was, she was able to understand things and life more. She then concluded by telling him that it was “not easy, but nothing of value is.”

Afterwards, at home, after Christine called her a “jackass”, and after learning that Christine had also called her teacher a “jackass”, was forced into explaining to her why that word was not a good word to say, much to the amusement of her husband.

 And that was all for the recap of “Bones” Season 10 Episode 7 “The Money Maker in the Merry-Go-Round.” For more news, updates and recaps on “Bones” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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