The Verdict in the Story (3×13)

“The Verdict in the Story”

Episode 3×13

Written By: Christopher Ambrose

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc


B&B are at another crime scene. Brennan laughs at Booth’s rolled-up carpet theory. Caroline arrives.

CAROLINE: I did not know she could laugh.

BOOTH: What are you doing at the crime scene?

CAROLINE: Dr. Brennan is suspended from all crime-related duties.

BOOTH: What?

BRENNAN: What? For laughing at Booth?

BOOTH: That really doesn’t bother me.

CAROLINE: We have a date for your father’s murder trial. Booth is the arresting officer. You can’t work together until it’s over.

BRENNAN: This is not necessary.

BOOTH: They don’t need to separate us.

BRENNAN: I’m very compartmentalized.

BOOTH: Very compartmentalized.

B&B break the news to Sweets at the diner that the partnership is splitting up.

BOOTH: Well, Sweets. I’m – I’m gonna miss you. It was a real pleasure working with you.

SWEETS: Really? You are?

BRENNAN: I, too, find him intriguing in a non-rigorous, pragmatically irrelevant kind of way.

BOOTH: I agree with what she said.

The Brennan/Keenan’s discuss the trial. Enter Clark who will testify.

BRENNAN: This is not Clark’s first trial.

MAX: Oh, he’s a full-grown scientist?

CLARK: I shave sir. I have a driver’s license. I’ve won a couple fist fights. I’ve saved a life. I’ve lain with woman. I’ve been hustled at pool. I’ve defied my father’s wishes. I have broken hearts and I have been heartbroken. So, by all the markers of this society, I am a grown man.

RUSS: Is he gonna talk like that at dad’s trial?What about that genius kid at your lab?

MAX: The oversized eyes and the toaster head? That guy?

CLARK: I’m sorry if my normal sized head and eyes diminish your confidence.

BRENNAN: Zack is working for the prosecution.

MAX: Okay. Welcome aboard, kid.

The squints talk, and Zack is very Zack.


ANGELA: I hate this. I hate it.

CAM: What? Strangers on our forensic platform?

HODGINS: Ange doesn’t like that we’re on different sides.

ANGELA: All of us together and Brennan alone.

ZACK: Not alone. She’s with those African American people.



CAROLINE: I’m gonna say to you what I always say to you before a trial because this one is no different than any other trial.

ZACK: You’ve never said that before.


HODGINS: You’ve never told us that a trial is no different from any other trial.

ZACK: Which suggests that this one is different.

CAROLINE: Have you no control over these people?

CAM: None whatsoever.

Even a trial can’t break B&B’s connection across the aisle.


BOOTH: What?

BRENNAN: I could so be objective.

BOOTH: I know, Bones. Okay. Just shhhh.

JUDGE HADDOES: You two, please. Keep to your own sides of the aisle.



BOOTH: It might not be good coffee, but hey at least it’s lukewarm.

BRENNAN: We’re not supposed to talk.

BOOTH: We can’t talk about the case but we can talk about crappy coffee. Put the cup in front of your mouth when you talk.


CAROLINE: No. No. Ya’ll cut that out.

BOOTH: Good luck, Bones. Oh, and remember I’m the one who gave you this delicious coffee.


BOOTH: Why? Because I’m the first prosecution witness against your father.

Angela refuses to testify.

ANGELA: Friends don’t send friends’ fathers to the electric chair.

BRENNAN: Maryland uses lethal injection.

ANGELA: Well, the principle holds, sweetie.

B&B get back to whispering.

SWEETS: I obtained my undergraduate psych degree from the University of Toronto, Masters Degree in Abnormal Psychology from Temple University and my Doctorates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Analysis at Columbia University.

BOOTH: Doctorates? As in more than one?

SWEETS: I won simultaneous Fulbright and Rhodes scholarships to write my book, “The Art of Evolutional Profiling”-

BRENNAN: More than one scholarship too.

SWEETS: Which is what brought me to my current posting at the FBI.

BOOTH: No wonder Dr. Geeks can never hang on to a girlfriend.

SWEETS: There I do partners therapy and psychological profiling.

BRENNAN: It’s Dr. Sweets.

BOOTH: I know, Bones. I was just saying…Dr. Geeks as in geeks. Meet Dr. Geeks.

JUDGE HADDOES: Excuse me, Agent Booth? I would like you to switch seats with Dr. Saroyan. You, Dr. Brennan, please switch seats with your brother.


JUDGE HADDOES: You don’t whisper as quietly as you think you do.

BOOTH: Yeah, you know, you do whisper a little loud.

BRENNAN: You started it.

Sweets goes full-on imprinting.

SWEETS: I’m writing a book. Taking a clinical approach to efficacy and focused outcomes. You shouldn’t work well together, but you do. I’d like to study it further.

BOOTH: I don’t get it.

BRENNAN: He wants to study us.

SWEETS: Once a week, nothing changes.

BOOTH: Now why would we want to do that?

BRENNAN: I can’t think of a good reason.

SWEETS: Okay, see. That thing you do when you talk to each other while excluding the third party, namely me, its an adaptive mechanism for, uh, disparate entities to bond together against their own individual impetuses to dissociate. It’s, um, it’s what-

BOOTH: What does that mean for us?

BRENNAN: Nothing useful.

BOOTH: Tell you what. Why don’t we make a deal with him where we allow him to study us. In return, he gives us psychological profiling on demand.


BRENNAN: No, you like that sort of thing but I don’t see the point.


BOOTH & BRENNAN: He really likes us.

SWEETS: Alight, you know what. I’m sorry I made the offer. I take it back. Forget it.

BRENNAN: Sweets is pretty good in the interrogation room.

BOOTH: Yeah. Profiling on demand, interrogating back up…

BRENNAN: Well, and to be honest, I was impressed with his credentials.

BOOTH: I’ll tell him okay.

Booth provides support.

BOOTH: You liked the idea of him beating the murder charge.

BRENNAN: Yes. But he did it. We both know my father did it.

BOOTH: Bones, wanting your father to come home instead of going to prison, that’s- that’s okay.

BRENNAN: But what I do – what we do is put murders like him away.

BOOTH: Okay. You’re not Dr. Brennan today. You’re Temperance.

BRENNAN: I don’t know what that means.

BOOTH: The scientist part of you got sidelined, temporarily.

BRENNAN: I still don’t know what that means.


BOOTH: Bones, just, take the brain, okay, put it in neutral. Alright? Take the heart – pop it into overdrive.

BRENNAN: Sometimes I think you’re from another planet.

BRENNAN: And sometimes I think you’re really very nice.


BRENNAN: I have a way to lodge reasonable doubt in the jury.

BOOTH: We can’t talk about this.

BRENNAN: Please? You’re the person I talk to about things like this.


BOOTH: Brain and heart, Bones. Brain and heart.

They use Brennan to twist jurors’ thinking about Max. Booth takes the stand.

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BOOTH: Could Bones have killed Kirby? Temperance Brennan – I’ve worked with this woman. I’ve stood over death with her, I’ve faced down death with her. And Sweets, he’s brilliant, he is, but he’s wrong. She could not have done this.


*Man we are at the height of Bones’ greatness in these episodes. So much to unpack and so much to love. How each squint processes the situation. How Brennan has to struggle to compartmentalize. How Booth supports his partner throughout. How, at the end, they just hug with no words. How Booth steps back to allow Brennan to hug her dad, but doesn’t take his eyes off her, and she with him. All. The. Feels.


The Baby in the Bough (3×12)

“The Baby in the Bough”

Episode 3×12

Written By: Karine Rosenthal

Directed by: Ian Toynton

(Be prepared for plenty of parallels in this recap!)


BRENNAN: What do you know about the Cayman Islands?

BOOTH: Great diving, you know? Lots of sea turtles. Why? Are you going?

BRENNAN: No. My accountant wants me to set up a tax shelter there.

BOOTH: Tax shelter?! Exactly how loaded are you?

BRENNAN: That is an offensive way to phrase the question. Quite loaded. I’m betting on a seven figure advance for my next book.

BOOTH: Seven figures. Wow. Without the decimal point?

B&B are called to the scene of the accident and find a special surprise!


BOOTH: Oh, look at him, Bones. He looks a little fussy there. Why don’t you pick him up and give him a cuddle?

BRENNAN: What? Just because I have breasts doesn’t mean that I have magical powers over infants. You’re the one with the son.

BOOTH: All right, fine. I’ll take him. Here you go. You have fun with the diaper bag. You look good. Come on, little man! Whoa-ho. Hi! Why don’t you say hi to your grumpy old Auntie Bones.

BRENNAN: No! I am not grumpy!

Booth leaves Brennan with the baby.

BRENNAN: Wait. Wait. Wait! Booth. There’s a baby! I don’t feel comforta-.Oh! No no! No need to fuss! Obviously something is upsetting you. Children have toys; you must have some. Let me see. You know, elephants are not purple. This is wrong.


Booth’s face. Lol!

Keeping the baby with them as “evidence” is a stretch, but this plot point/continuity point helps…

ZACK: Why is Doctor Brennan the official custodian?

ANGELA: She’s registered as a foster parent. Russ asked her to do it after he began his prison term.

CAM: Russ wants to make sure his step-daughters are taken care of if anything happens to Amy.

Baby fever hits the lab!


ANGELA: Get used to it. I want, like, a million of these.

HODGINS: Cool. What do you think she meant by “a million”? Two?




BOOTH: You know, you look very mom-like with that baby monitor

BRENNAN: I have a responsibility under state law as a foster parent. I’ve already bought him toys and clothes.

BOOTH: Ah, so you’ve bought him some clothes?

BRENNAN: Well, I sent an intern, who apparently loves bears, which in reality would devour a small child.

BOOTH: Are you gonna get him?

BRENNAN: I figured you’d get him.

BOOTH: Don’t you have a “responsibility under state law”?

BRENNAN: But you’re the baby daddy.

BOOTH: Baby daddy?!

BRENNAN: You have prior experience with pre-verbal infancy.

BOOTH: You can be the daddy mommy.

ANGELA: Okay, you two had better get your act together or I’m suing for custody.

B&B get evidence of the mother’s location and that it is an impoverished area. They discuss.

BOOTH: Yeah. That could be why our victim was driving a junker. She couldn’t afford registration, insurance… You know, I don’t wanna sound insensitive here, but I’m telling you: real estate? It’s gotta be a steal. I mean, you could build yourself a beautiful house on the river. I could come out and fish. You could put in one of those media rooms. You know, I saw a one hundred and three inch flat-screen TV- BRENNAN: I don’t need another residence, Booth.

BOOTH: Just, you know, tryin’ to give you a little financial advice.

BRENNAN: Economies live and die just like any organism. When they expire, the logical thing to do is to move.

Fierce Booth comes out as they approach a potentially dangerous scene.

BOOTH: No no no no no no no no no.


BOOTH: No no no no. Look, the front door is open. You stay here.


BOOTH: Bones, there is a baby involved. If you hear gunfire, anything like that, drive away.

BRENNAN: Bu-I’m not leaving you.

BOOTH: Yes you will, because this is about the baby, not me. Promise me.

BRENNAN: I promise.

BRENNAN: We will find out what happened to your mother. I promise. You know, Booth is an excellent investigator and, I don’t like to boast, but I am the best in my field. What do you want? Ah. How, how about some visual and auditory stimulation? Okay. Let’s see. Um.

BRENNAN: Phalanges! Phalanges. Phalanges! Dancing phalanges. Dancing phalanges! Booth thinks bones are dry and boring, but- show me your phalanges.


Meanwhile back at the lab…

ANGELA: You don’t want kids?

CAM: Eh, screaming, crying, vomit…other bodily fluids. It’s like a day around here. It’s not worth giving up this body for that.


And she stayed true to that with adoption!

Brennan identifies with Andy’s situation and doesn’t want to give him up yet.

BRENNAN: His mother is dead and his father is a felon. I’ve been in his situation, Booth. I am not turning him over until I’m satisfied that he is somewhere safe where he’ll get the care he deserves.

BOOTH: Fine. He can stay with us, for now.

BRENNAN: Thank you.

Brennan pulls some strings.

BRENNAN: Well, then tell the congressman I’d appreciate a call back. Thank you.

BOOTH: Congressman, woah, what is Bones up to, huh?

BRENNAN: I’m just putting in a few calls. You know, I have contributed a great deal of money to numerous campaigns. I think these politicians owe me.

BOOTH: Bones, that’s not how it’s supposed to work.

BRENNAN: That is exactly how it does work, Booth. If the government fixed that bridge leading to Huntsville, they’d be back on the scenic route.

BOOTH: Okay, what about the “lack of fiscal resources” that you were talking about?

B&B figure out the tire plant manager embezzled from the company and the victim found out and was silenced. Cam reveals Baby Andy has a manageable, treatable condition.

BOOTH: Looks like our little guy’s going to be just fine. *The* little guy.


BOOTH: Andy’s going to be just fine.


B&B turn Baby Andy over to the victim’s neighbors who agree to raise him. They discuss.


BOOTH: You know, I’m gonna miss that little guy…And so are you, so don’t deny it.

BRENNAN: I’m not ashamed to say that I have developed a certain…affection for Andy. It’s a natural byproduct of care giving.

BOOTH: Yeah. So, what do you think, huh? Change your mind about having kids?


BOOTH: Okay, all right. You got some time. Not *that* much time…

BOOTH: You know, it’s a, it’s a shame.


BOOTH: No kids: who’s going to be proud of you?

BRENNAN: I don’t do it for that.

BOOTH: Yeah, okay. I know. I know. You know, with next year’s book, you should uh, you should get that second home in that town you saved. I mean, it only makes sense, right? Because every year, you know, plasmas, they go down, they get cheaper and cheaper-it happens all the time.

BRENNAN: Forget it.

BOOTH: What? I’m just saying. Andy’s going to miss his Auntie Bones. He’s going to want to see you. We could all go fishing, come back home, plop ourselves in front of that one hundred and three inch plasma screen of *heaven* and *football* and you can make the *five layer* dip.

BRENNAN: Seven layer dip.

BOOTH: Even better! Seven layers! Perfect! You can talk to Andy: hello Andy, little baby, little baby baby Andy…

One last parallel…sad baby time, happy baby time. David and Emily, the underappreciated experts of body language.


Thoughts? How do you appreciate this episode now in hindsight. Do the following seasons and storylines change your perception of it? How do you think each handled the Baby Andy situation?

I thought this episode had clever dialogue….great writing and directing! And acting!

Pic of the day 9/5


Sorry everyone for the lag in posts…been a crazy time. The hospital times turned into a funeral, you know how that goes. Been busy helping the fam. Also I started another new job because the other one I started last fall didn’t work out. Still trying to get the ol’ computer fired up and back in business. Yikes!!

For now, I was thinking we could pick our favorite B&B moment of the show….if you can narrow it to one!! (Maybe we can go through the other characters, too, if that sounds interesting?) Mine changes every so often. Right now, I like the flashback episode scene above, mostly of how they look at each other. Brennan isn’t hiding her attraction to this attractive FBI agent yet, and Booth is just…overwhelmed. Dazzled.

What is your fav B&B moment? Include pics if possible!!

The Man in the Mud (3×10)

**Sorry for the late posts lately guys…family/hospital times**

Without further ado, the next episode!

Episode 3×10

Written By: Janet Tamaro

Directed by: Scott Lautanen


B&B are at a muddy crime scene.

BRENNAN: I’m going to need all of the mud.

PARK RANGER: Is she serious about the mud?


BOOTH: Heart attack, Bones. Serious as a heart attack.

Another Sweets visit!

SWEETS: Dr. Brennan, Agent Booth…would it be fair to say that you use work to avoid confronting personal issues? Do you two ever discuss anything that’s not attached to work?

BRENNAN: Well, Sweets could be right; I mean, we talk a lot about work.


BOOTH: I talk about my kid.

SWEETS: Because he was almost kidnapped during a case.

BRENNAN: Ah, my father. We talk a lot about him.

SWEETS: Because Agent Booth arrested him for murder.

BOOTH: Mm…okay, what are you trying to get at here?

SWEETS: Your inability to share your personal lives. I thought that was obvious.

BOOTH: Okay, that was snotty. I don’t respond well to snotty.

BRENNAN: After a case, sometimes, we have a drink, or coffee, Booth has pie. I don’t…like pie.

BOOTH: Aw…you really should just give it a chance.

They agree to go out with Sweets and his girlfriend as a test. Meanwhile Zach and Hodgins are working on the case with mixed results.

CAM: So. We haven’t eliminated anyone from our list of suspects. Plus, we don’t know what that’s a cross-section of, and we don’t know what caused the damage to the front of the face.  What, exactly, made you two come in here crowing “King of the Lab”?

HODGINS: I’m gonna go back and look at very small things under my very large microscope.

ZACK: I can probably identify the type of tool off this cross section.



CAM: Wow.

They go on the “double date”.


BRENNAN: You’ve done this before.


BRENNAN: You have.

BOOTH: You really think that’s good?

BRENNAN: Yes, very.


Do you think Booth was purposefully downplaying his skills, or truly that insecure and not thinking he was good?

Booth interrogates a suspect in his Boothy way.

BOOTH: Your friend’s name Garth Jodrey?

TIM: How’d you know that?

BOOTH: Special Agent Seeley Booth. Special.



Meanwhile Sweets’ girlfriend stops by to chat.

APRIL: I, uh…wanted to talk to you, woman to woman, if that’s possible.

BRENNAN: It is possible, because we are both women.

They have a suspect, but can’t prove it, officially. Booth plans on making the arrest anyway, so that everyone at least knows who did it, even if there’s no conviction.

BRENNAN: I’m okay with what you did there.

BOOTH: Mmm…yeah, thanks a million, Bones.

BRENNAN: Don’t get mad; I’m just saying that, I just like it better when we catch ’em, and they go to jail.

BOOTH: Yeah, well, sometimes it can get messy, Bones, but the point is, it gets done.

BRENNAN: This one started out in a bit of mud and ended in a bit of mud.

BOOTH: That’s very damned poetic of you.

The duck begins to imprint.


SWEETS: Oh, hey guys. I didn’t know you’d be here.

BOOTH: Whaddya think, Bones?

BRENNAN: He’s lying.

BOOTH: Hey, Sweets…Bones and I, we’re going bowling tonight.


Oops…not yet!

BRENNAN: Yes, yes, bowling. You know what, you wanna come? To go bowling with us at the bowling rink?

BOOTH: Alley.

BRENNAN: Bowling alley. The bowling alley.

SWEETS: Do you think April was pretty?

BRENNAN: Not at all.

SWEETS: You’re lying, Dr. Brennan. I appreciate the effort; thank you.

BOOTH: Come on, Sweets, whaddya say we go bowling?



The case didn’t stand out for me, but lots of Bones lore really starting to take shape here. Sweets is really becoming invested in B&B and is drawn to them and their unique partnership, while Zach and Hodgins are really working on King of the Lab, and through all of it, B&B are kind of figuring themselves out a little bit more. And discussing “pie”!

*Do you think Booth was “hiding his intelligence” or actually self-conscious about creating in front of people and not wanting to be vulnerable?

*What is Sweets really seeing in B&B and what is drawing him in?