- I'll buy a large mastoid as a quick estimator of sex, but using osteoarthritis to figure out age? I feel like a broken record, but any number of things can contribute to osteoarthritis of the humerus: playing tennis, rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, etc., can all cause bone degeneration beyond "normal" wear and tear.
- I couldn't immediately find if there's any truth to the assertion that a hookworm can crawl exactly 1 foot per day. That seems insanely specific and convenient. But if there were worms with a known lifecycle present, why couldn't Hodgins just look at the mass of them in the bowels to tell the time of death? Why did the victim have hookworm anyway? I thought that would figure into the plot or solution somewhere along the line, but it didn't.
- Brennan calls it the CORonal suture; while the dictionary agrees that is an accepted pronunciation, I've never heard it that way. Her "mental proTRUberance," on the other hand, is just flat out wrong.
- Who reported Dixon missing? We're told that his wife left the country and he hasn't talked to his grown kids in six months. He no longer had a job, and the people in his honesty group didn't seem to know he was missing (and many didn't care).
- I could do without the product placements in my crap TV shows, thankyouverymuch.
- Wendell notes signs of osteitis around the rib fracture. Osteitis is a general inflammation of bone, and it would usually show up as proliferative lesions. The picture shown was hard to distinguish, but I saw no obvious evidence of osteitis.
- You can't introduce Andy Milder as a guest star and then not have him do it. Disappointing.
- I am happy Wendell said "anterolaterally" - not enough proper anatomical-directional terms are thrown out on the show - but thought until the third or fourth time rewatching that he had said "interlaterally."
- The area around the nose is the most clearly diagnostic of "ancestry" of an individual. Is the mental protuberance even a valid way of estimating ancestry? (My books are out of reach at the moment and it's not like I use these features in my own research. But this site has a good list, and chin ain't on it.) There's just no good reason Brennan would key into the shape of the mandible when much of the nasal structure was on the xray.
- I got nothing this week, even with the truth-telling experiment. Bland dialogue, bland drama.
Forensic Mystery - B. This episode was mostly focused on finding the killer, since it was pretty easy to ID the victim. I did think it would turn out to be the clown, so the writers managed to trick me.
Forensic Solution - C+. There were a bunch of fractures, the patterning of which was kind of interesting. And the bone-wood implant was interesting (even if the injury that warranted it was never explained). But the whole "telling race from the chin" was lame-o.
Drama - C-. I would have given this a straight up middling C, but the Angela-Hodgins storyline dropped it because of their pathological inability to be adults about their entire relationship.