Written By: Greg Ball, Steve Blackman
Directed by: Joe Napolitano
Our heroes find themselves underground, looking at a body and a bunch of rats.
BRENNAN: May I borrow your gun?
BOOTH: Why do you want my gun?
BRENNAN: I’m not going to shoot anyone. I promise.
BOOTH: It’s not a hammer or anything.
BRENNAN: We’ve been working together for months, Booth. A little trust would be nice.
BRENNAN: Here. Hold this.
Brennan fires at some of the rats.
BRENNAN: Now they’ll eat each other and leave our remains alone.
BOOTH: You know, you do know I have to file a report with the review board each time I discharges a round from my weapon.
They find the victim was a filmmaker, studying underground “mole” people. Booth is skeptical of their leader, the “mayor” of the mole people, until they start to talk.
BOOTH: I know you have a distinguished military record, Harold. 10th Special Forces Group. You know, I was with the Rangers.
HAROLD: What, so, you… you gonna tell me, uh, “Harold, I know what you been through. I been there, too, you know? I know how you ended up how you ended up”. You telling me that?
BOOTH: Yeah. I’m telling you that.
HAROLD: I killed people.
BOOTH: You saved five of your men.
HAROLD: By shooting a pregnant woman.
BOOTH: She had a grenade in her hand.
HAROLD: She had a child in her arms. I shot her and… the grenade went off. She died right away. That kid…took awhile. He kept looking at me, but I…
BOOTH: You did what a soldier had to do.
HAROLD: Yeah. You know… I was a good soldier- I was a very good soldier-but a pretty bad human being. Pretty bad human being.
Angela takes Brennan to task for chasing a mole person at the crime scene.
ANGELA: Just that I wish you were a little more scared, Brennan.
BRENNAN: I’m careful.
ANGELA: Running after a murderer in the dark is not being an observer.
BRENNAN: Booth told you about that?
ANGELA: More and more of your work is outside of this lab, running after bad guys. Just promise me you’ll be careful.
BRENNAN: Every society has its fringe dwellers, and every society fears its fringe dwellers. Usually because they are the example of what happens when you fail in that society. But they are seldom dangerous in reality.
ANGELA: Brennan, I understand that this is what you do when things get too close to home. You get all analytical and academic. I just want you to know that maybe Marni Hunter did the same thing. And now she’s dead.
As they find suspects, they talk to Harold again.
HAROLD: People around me die. Marni died.
BOOTH: There’s always going to be casualties, Harold. The important thing is to recognize the enemy, and take him out so more people don’t get hurt.
BRENNAN: Can you take us down there, Harold?
BOOTH: Harold will know where that vault is.
BRENNAN: Okay, maybe you could try the “Hey, we’re brothers in arms” thing on him.
BOOTH: Okay, that, what you just said right there, Bones- that was cynical. It was glib and cynical.
BOOTH: Yes, really. I know what that guy has been through.
BRENNAN: You killed a pregnant woman who was holding a child?
BOOTH: Look, if you really want to know what I’ve done, I’ll tell you, but you better be ready for the truth.
Brennan is clearly not ready.
BOOTH: Good choice, Bones.
Later, Brennan attempts to help Harold.
BRENNAN: You know, you don’t have to live down here. There are alternatives.
HAROLD: No, not for me.
BRENNAN: You’re hiding. You have to face your demons.
HAROLD: Living here, this is the only way I can pay so I won’t have to go to hell for what I’ve done.
BRENNAN: Harold, there are programs that help people like you.
HAROLD: And what are people like me?
BRENNAN: Mentally ill.
BOOTH: Whoa, Bones, simmer down, all right? You might want to just, you know, sidle up to the issue a little easier.
HAROLD: I like it. Someone’s honest, says the truth. You don’t lie, I guess.
BRENNAN: No, I don’t lie. Agent Booth and I would be glad to help you.
HAROLD: This is as far as I go.
BRENNAN: It doesn’t have to be that way.
BOOTH: No, Bones, he means this is the perimeter. This is as far as he agreed to take us.
HAROLD: Beyond this it’s not safe.
BRENNAN: How much farther to where you found the medallion?
HAROLD: You’ll see. It’s down there.
BOOTH: You stay here, all right? Between one soldier to another? You got my back.
HAROLD: I never left my men.
The squints realize that they’ve been learning “too much” from hanging out with Booth.
GOODMAN: Also Civil War vintage. The spread pattern suggests not a shotgun, but a muzzle-loaded pistol like a LeMat. If you don’t mind some conjecture.
BRENNAN: You’re the boss.
GOODMAN: This fellow knew something of value was being stored.
HODGINS: Came down with an accomplice. I apologize. I’ve been hanging around Booth way too much.
BRENNAN: It’s a valid hypothesis. No doubt one of many.
ZACK: They argued. One killed the other for the treasure. Doesn’t that mean the vault will be empty when we find it? Oh, my God, they got me, too.
Angela gets the task of making a sketch with Harold’s help.
BRENNAN: You nervous?
ANGELA: I’m not nervous. I’m scared. I don’t know how to talk to crazy people unless I’m dating them.
BRENNAN: I’m not sure he’s actually clinically insane.
ANGELA: Okay. I don’t know how to talk to people who live underground and who might have tossed a documentary filmmaker down a hole.
BRENNAN: Just be honest with him, Ang. Treat him with respect. You’re good at that.
Through Angela’s magic powers, they find the exact tunnel they need to search.
BRENNAN: Can I just have a gun at least until they get here? It’s not for shooting rats. It’s for psychos with climbing axes.
BOOTH: Bones, we go in there, you are responsible for whoever is on your left. Okay, you put your gun on him.
BRENNAN: Okay. How will I know whether or not to shoot?
BOOTH: Wondering whether or not to shoot, you shoot.
BOOTH: FBI. Hands in the air.
BRENNAN: Yeah, hands in the air.
DUKE: We’re not armed.
KYLE: Everybody relax. They don’t shoot people for trespassing.
BOOTH: They do for murder. Put your hands on your head. Do it.
KYLE: Murder?! What murder?
BOOTH: Kyle, I’m throwing you these restraints. Put them on Duke. Now.
DUKE How are we supposed to climb out of here in handcuffs?
BRENNAN: Would you rather go out in body bags? Put on the damn restraints. Let you do the talking. Got it.
KYLE: You think we killed Marni?
BRENNAN: She was killed with a climbing ax.
BOOTH: Duke, sit down. Bones, give me your gun. Take the restraints out of my belt, and put them on Kyle. That’s not cocked, is it? Because where that’s pointed…
BRENNAN: You’re safe.
KYLE: Marni was killed with a climbing axe?
BRENNAN: She knew about this treasure, she was going to put it in her documentary, would’ve cost you guys a fortune. So one of you killed her. Who’s left handed?
BOOTH: Bones, you know, it’s best to have this sort of explanation after the bad guys are incapacitated.
(KYLE lifts some heavy artifact and hits DUKE.)
KYLE: You killed her for this?
BOOTH: That’s why.
BRENNAN: Yeah, well, I’ll try to remember that for next time.
We end the episode, finding that Brennan did help Harold.
ANGELA: Harold’s being released.
GOODMAN: You found a place for him?
They end up letting him just go back to his underground world, after providing him with a flashlight.