As their friends begin to worry about the strained state of the pair’s relationship, Booth (David Boreanaz) and Bones (Emily Deschanel) begin investigating the remains of a murdered State Department accountant found in a hotel’s industrial-size 6-ton air conditioning unit which Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) has transported back to the Jeffersonian to clean out the remains by unorthodox means. Unable to talk to Bones or any of his friends about Pelant (Andrew Leeds) forcing Booth to call off his engagement to Bones, Booth turns to an old Army priest turned bartender (Mather Zickel) for guidance.
As Daisy (Carla Gallo) helps Bones reconstruct the fractured skeleton and determine cause of death, Booth talks to the victim’s co-workers (Rich Ceraulo, Lucy Walters) one of whom has a pesky defense attorney (Kathleen York) for a mother who stops her from sharing what she knows about the victim. The case becomes far more complicated when Booth’s old army buddy Danny Beck (Freddie Prinze Jr.), now an agent for the CIA, shows up sanitizing the murder scene and Booth begins to suspect the murder might be tied to the dead CIA agent’s sex sting of a foreign national (Alastair Duncan).
The murder of the week has a couple of nice turns with the uncovering of the CIA operation and how a pair of misreadings of the situation cause both an attack and a murder by two protectors of the CIA’s “honey pot” (Walters) in the sex sting. The flimsy and convoluted use of Pelant to keep Booth and Bones from getting married doesn’t work as well as it is already showing cracks only one episode in to the new season. Although it allows for awkward tension in the lab and various co-workers all offering their unsolicited advice to both Bones and Booth, the entire storyline belongs more in a brain-dead romcom than a show that used to know better.