The Headless Witch in the Woods

Season 2, Ep 10, Aired 11/29/06
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  • Episode Description
  • While investigating the death of a film student who was working on a documentary about the legend of a headless witch, who haunted woods in the 1700's, Brennan develops a strong bond with the victim's brother. Booth and Brennan talk about mixing work and personal lives.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Boreanaz

    Special Agent Seeley Booth

  • Emily Deschanel

    Dr. Temperance Brennan

  • Eric Millegan

    Zack Addy

  • Michaela Conlin

    Angela Montenegro

  • T.J. Thyne

    Dr. Jack Hodgins

  • Fan Reviews (30)
  • Not a bad episode!

    By J_critic, Dec 01, 2006

  • Third rip off in the second season and we're not even close to being scared. Honestly...

    By Aly358, Apr 20, 2009

  • Too much Blair Witch Project, which I always thought was stupid anyway.

    By whiteraven2005, Jul 06, 2009

  • Another good episode

    By vicky24c, Jan 04, 2010

  • it was so blair's witsh project it was really really good, scary but funny,bones finally meets some one that could understand her but of course something went wrong and booth was ther for her,u would never guees who was the murderer

    By joaanne, Aug 13, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Brennan: So you talked to Ms. Cinders? That must have been difficult since she doesn't have a head.

    • Booth: (concerned) You want me to go down there with you? Brennan: No, I don't want the remains compromised.

    • Bones: (Walks in and sees Hodgins lounging in front of the video footage screen) Have you finished with the particulates from the ax handle? Hodgins: I've determined that the assailant was wearing rough hewn leather gloves but I still have to check... Booth: Then why are you in here? Angela: Because I want him here.

    • Booth: ...perfect cover, headless witch did it, not me.

    • (After Booth has arrested Will he joins Brennan in her office) Brennan: I sure know how to pick 'em. Don't I? Booth: Well, you know, our perceptions are always colored by what we hope, what we fear, what we love. We do the best we can. Brennan: I'm afraid my best isn't good enough. I can read bones, not people. Booth: Oh, you know, you had no trouble seeing through me. (smiles at her and she smiles back) Brennan: It's a good thing I like being alone. Booth: You know what Bones? You're not alone, ok? (She's turned her back to him, he touches her on the shoulder to turn her around, after a little hesitation she does) Brennan: Booth... Booth: You're my partner, ok? It's a guy hug. Take it. (They hug real tight, Booth smiling thoughtfully and Brennan looking happy and safe)

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    Notes (4)

    • In both the original and repeat airings, part of a line of dialogue of Booth's is deleted from the soundtrack. The line sounds something like: "Lori loves Graham, he thinks he loves her, but finds out that he doesn't so she goes all ... at him." The closed-captioning doesn't display anything after the word "doesn't."

    • International Air Dates: Denmark: March 13, 2007 on TV3 Spain: April 13, 2007 on FOX TV Spain Norway: August 2, 2007 on TV3 Finland: August 21, 2007 on MTV3 Belgium: October 26, 2007 on RTL-TVI Germany: November 1, 2007 on RTL Australia: December 27, 2007 on 7 Saudi Arabia: January 15, 2008 on Showseries

    • Featured Music: "Night Birds" by Ryan Adams (song playing at the end)

    • There are a few unique running themes in this episode - static scene transitions and white flash segues into commercial breaks - that tie into the Blair Witch-type storyline of the episode.

    Trivia (3)

    • The victim's brother's name is Will Hastings in this episode. In the season 1 episode "The Graft in the Girl," the name of the man whose bones were illegally used in bone grafts was also Will Hastings.

    • In this episode Brennan learns about Booth and Cam's relationship (which the audience just found out about in the previous episode). It is not Booth who tells her, but she finds out herself when she sees Cam reaching for Booth's hand while they all watch the scary video made in the woods.

    • Joshua Leonard appears as Nate Gibbons. Leonard is famous for his role in The Blair Witch Project, of which this episode is a parody.

    Allusions (6)

    • When Booth says that he was going to talk to the girl about her "magical mystery tour" in the woods, he was talking about the Beatles' album "The Magical Mystery Tour". It's known that it was made under the influence of LSD.

    • Booth: I'm just saying, you know, I see a lot of weird things. It was like, you know, Exorcist weird, Elm Street weird. Booth is referring to classic horror movies: Exorcist (1973), starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, and Max von Sydow, and the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, with their legendary evil character Freddy Krueger.

    • Brian: I've got it accepted in the Sundance. (about his Gilgamesh movie) Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the U.S. and ranks alongside the most prestigious film festivals worldwide (Venice, Toronto, Cannes, Berlin).

    • Graham's screenplay was based on the Epic of Gilgamesh, Babylonian poem from about 2000 BC.

    • Brennan: Do you like Massive Attack? Bones is mentioning the UK Electronic Band which has their music showcased on fellow Fox shows: Prison Break and House. House also uses the band as its theme song.

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