The Jeffersonian team is called into investigate the death of man killed in a hotel parking garage bombing only to discover the man whose murder they thought they were investigating is still alive. As Bones (Emily Deschanel) and her team attempt to identity of the actual victim, Booth (David Boreanaz) finds himself unexpectedly benched by Caroline (Patricia Belcher) to work on a budgetary proposal and help her justify his department’s hefty operating budget.
Needing another FBI agent to take Booth’s place in the field, Caroline assigns the young and spunky FBI Special Agent Olivia Sparling (Danielle Panabaker) to help Sweets (John Francis Daley). The two get off to a rocky start but soon are working well together (as Angela notes, perhaps too well). Angela (Michaela Conlin) is able to determine that the victim was the identical twin of the man they believed died in the explosion and discover that both men were at the hotel on the same day when one was killed.
Sweets, much to Sparling’s disbelief, is able to create a profile for the victim by inputting data of the identical twin he never met to narrow the field and discover the true identity of the man killed in the explosion. Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) is able to discover the type of explosive used in the bomb (through lots, and lots of testing). Sweets and Starling are able to identify the killers (Lori Alan, Scott Subiono) and, with Booth’s help, prevent a second attempt on the real target’s life.
As a fan of Sweets’ sweetie Daisy (Carla Gallo) I have mixed feelings about the mutual attraction between the shrink and Starling, but I have to admit the two are very good on-screen together, and the conclusion of their time together (in which she both shoots and kisses Sweets goodbye) makes me hopeful we haven’t seen the last of Special Agent Starling.