bones the spark in the park mckayla maroney fox 'Bones' recap: Did McKayla Maroney impress in 'The Spark in the Park'?

In a surprisingly sad midseason finale, “Bones” brought in Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney — along with Richard Schiff — to guest-star in “The Spark in the Park.” How did it work out with two such different actors?

The episode provided an excellent mystery, even if the story itself was one of the sadder ones in this season of “Bones.”

McKayla Maroney is a pretty good actress

Sure, she’s probably way better at that whole gymnastics thing. And Richard Schiff, being the TV legend that he is, kind of steals his scenes on the show. But McKayla Maroney was a solid performer, playing a gymnast colleague of the murder victim.

It’s also good that Maroney’s Ellie wasn’t guilty of anything worse than being a bad spotter.

What happened?

The victim, a young woman named Amanda Watters, is found in a park after her body was struck by lightning. But the lightning has nothing to do with the actual death. Instead, Amanda was killed elsewhere and moved.

Multiple fractures throughout Amanda’s body raise suspicions, especially for Booth and Sweets. Of course, it’s gymnastics that did the damage, not abuse. Still, the behavior of Amanda’s father (played by Schiff) makes him an obvious suspect. It’s just fortunate that Brennan is around to recognize that the physics professor is just terrible at expressing emotions and isn’t hiding guilt.

Since it sounds like Amanda was planning to leave gymnastics altogether, other suspects quickly include her coach, a cello-prodigy friend, the friend’s angry father and a drug dealer. The dealer is just an idiot. The coach is a surprisingly nice guy. And the angry father dealt with his anger by hitting his daughter once.

That leaves Rachel, the cellist. She and Amanda had had a pact to quit their respective professions in order to be normal teens. When Rachel found out that Amanda was planning to return to gymnastics, however, she got angry. An unintentional murder in Amanda’s gym was the result.

Cam struggles with identity

Elsewhere in the Jeffersonian world, Cam has to deal with the fact that her identity thief — an old friend named Haley — has been caught. Although Arastoo counsels forgiveness, Cam is far more interested in slaps and increased charges.

That’s fair. The supposed friend did steal her life.

But a direction confrontation with Haley changes Cam’s mind. The thief turns out to be so very bitter and angry that Cam realizes it’s better to just move on. A kiss from her boyfriend is just icing on the cake.

Booth and Brennan fight, but Brennan finds heart in it all

This particular investigation doesn’t run smoothly, even between Booth and Brennan. Because she empathizes with the awkward, math-loving Professor Watters, Brennan continuously defends the man. While Booth gets very irritated by this, he eventually understands that it’s just a different personality — not extreme guilt or lack-of-heart.

In the end, Brennan and Booth make up. She goes to check on the professor and finds him filling a chalkboard with equations. Together, they talk about how the math describes Amanda’s motions through life.

It’s beautiful to these lovers of logic and sad to anybody at all. As Brennan puts it:

“This is the most beautiful thing that I’ve ever seen. Better than any speech, any photograph. This is absolutely, perfectly beautiful.”

Posted by:Laurel Brown