The recap of Bones – Season 8 Episode 18 – The Survivor in the Soap:
Yet another murder case interrupted Cam (Tamara Taylor) and Arastoo’s (Pej Vahdat) date at the beginning of the episode. And, while Booth (David Boreanaz) desperately wanted to go on vacation with Brennan (Emily Deschanel), all Brennan wanted to do was to continue using her brain. “[I want] beach & spa, sex & room service, and sleeping late,” Booth said. “Now that’s a vacation. I want to come back home stupid.” If I were in Booth’s shoes, I would want a break from the bones, flesh, and blood as well because it isn’t easy dealing with murders on a weekly basis. I also miss seeing a bit of Booth & Brennan’s sexual tension from the previous seasons! (Ever since they had baby Christine, their sexual tension has drastically diminished).
Per usual, Cam, Brennan, Hodgins (T.J. Thyne), and Intern Arastoo examined the remains inside the Jeffersonian Institute. The body, however, was stuck inside soap (and the soap was stuck inside of a barrel). When the victim died, salt dissolved into his flesh, causing his body fat to wrap around his bones. Then, this said fat turned into “soap.” But before the forensic team cleaned the bones, all they were able to see was the victim’s hand sticking out the “soap.” Brennan was able to determine the victim’s gender, just by looking at the hand.
As Brennan talked about the victim’s extremities, she dispelled a myth… that there is no correlation between a man’s penis and the size of his feet. Say WHAT NOW? (I wonder how the boys will react now? Lol.)
The victim was a male named Symchay Conteh. He was a child soldier and a refugee of Sierra Leon. Booth & Brennan learned four things during the episode: that Symchay received payments from his immigration lawyer, that he sold pictures (of West African Wars) to a museum, that he was associated with an illegal immigrant named Brima, and that his former lead soldier was also the maintenance guy of his apartment building.
Suspect #1: Booth interrogated the aforementioned museum consultant because she used Potassium Hydroxide to develop her high contrast photos. (Potassium Hydroxide was found in Symchay’s remains). But after Booth realized that she didn’t kill Symchay, he crossed her off the Suspect List.
Suspect #2: Symchay was associated with an illegal immigrant and a former child soldier of West Africa named Brima. After Booth heard Brima’s gut-wrenching backstory, he crossed Brima off of the Suspect List. (When Brima refused to kill his teacher (as a young child soldier), the lead soldier amputated his left hand).
Suspect #3: Joseph Embarga (the lead soldier that amputated Brima’s left hand) also happened to be the maintenance guy of Symchay’s apartment building. Though he killed seventeen people in the past, he claimed not to murder Symchay. Surprisingly so, he was being truthful.
Suspect #4: Booth’s final suspect was Symchay’s immigration lawyer named Hamilton. When he was supposed to represent West African immigrants; he took Symchay’s life instead.
The revelation of the actual killer surprised me because I was convinced that Joseph Embarga was the killer. I thought wrong.
Also in this episode: Arastoo revealed that his late cousin was a child soldier during the Persian War; Cam & Arastoo revealed their secret relationship to the rest of the forensic gang; and, Booth & Brennan decided to visit the gulf of Thailand for their “vacation.”
Thanks for reading this recap of “The Survivor in the Soap”!