Season 2 Episode 15

Bodies in the Book

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 14, 2007 on FOX
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As Brennan's new book becomes a big hit, a murder turns up that mimics the first murder that takes place in her book. When two more bodies turn up murdered like the other two in her book, Brennan believes that the three murders were comitted by three separate killers.moreless

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  • Explanation for the murders is far-fetched.

    Not an impressive episode, the writers are borrowing from the movies again for storylines.

    Sully is certainly bringing out a surprising exhibitionist side to Brennan we've never seen before, PDA has never been something Brennan's comfortable with but she seems to be learning.

    Oliver's role-playing is pretty disturbing, he's actually physically acting out the murders. There's a pretty short step from playing with dolls to using real people. Oliver, unfortunately, faints at the sight of blood so he's a dead end suspect.

    Not a terribly original storyline or very well executed. The strangers killing each other's problems has been done before on both movies and tv and done much better. After announcing the solution to the case, it was never really explained to my satisfaction. Killing someone isn't easy and here it's premeditated murder of a complete stranger, relying on a fragile trust in your partners. If this had been expanded on, it would have worked but pretty skimpy explanation.moreless
  • A pretty good episode of teamwork, but again, Bones and Sully's relationship is agitating me!

    The first shot.....the first shot of this episode was once again, Brennan and Sully together. I am a firm "Bully" hater, and had wishful thinking that the next episode would say that they broke up. Though, I did like the suttle hints of romance between Bones and Booth (as always). Also, Booth cracking wise jokes about Sully made their relationship more enjoyable.

    So this episode is about a killer who read Bones's new book, and thought it would be kind of funny to imitate those murders in real life. But thanks to the truly amazing teamwork of everyone involved, they figured out that there were really three different murderers in cahoots.

    Then of course, we had the retarded ending with Bones and Sully making out. Blehmoreless
  • Life imitates fiction.

    Bones and Booth investigate a string of murders that seem to be taken right out of her latest novel.

    The victims are all killed and eaten by animals (crabs,rats,ants). Like Cam said - "cheery".

    The actual killers are a real surprise.

    Both Booth and Sully exhibit alpha-male behavior when it seems that Brennan might be in the middle of this, but of course she doesn't agree and doesn't "need to be protected".

    But only Booth' attitude is believable to me, Sully is just meh.

    I still hate the ongoing romance between Bones and Sully, seeing him and Bones up close and personal was worse than most of the rotten bodies featured on the show. The no-chemistry thing becomes once more painfully clear when Sully tries to get his "love" and concern across to Bones. I didn't feel anything.

    Despite the presence of Sully "The Bodies in the Book" is a fun episode. The best convo had to be between Hodgins and Angela. H: "Do you have any idea how tight a rat's rectum is?" A: "Please tell me, you don't." *lol*moreless
  • this was a good ep

    this was a good ep of the show this ep of bones she learns that she is geting called for a book siging and in this they are called to the scene of three murdersn and it does more invesgating and we learn the people were killed in the same ways of the book. and bones does not want to face that fact. and her publist turns up dead and a women killed that her husband abused her and a wife that had money cheated on him. this was a good ep i thought and that is why i gave it a8.5moreless
  • People are getting murdered, in the same ways as in Brennan's books

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When remains are found in a marina, Booth and Bones are called in to investigate. Booth tells her that it is a lot like her new book, and that becomes even more so creepy when the victim is found and tied up the exact same way as in her book.

    Soon they believe that the killer is copycatting the ones from Bones's newest book. Soon another victim is found and is also found killed the same way as the 2nd victim in her book. Soon Booth goes through her fan mail and finds one fan they both know, her stalker Oliver. When Booth goes round to see him, he finds dolls tied up the same way as the 1st victim was. He says that he wants to see Bones, and she agrees. But it doesn't last very long. Then Bones and her new boyfriend have an argument and so Booth goes with Bones to her book signing/reading. When they get there, her publicist isn't there, and so Bones and Booth go to her home to try and find her. They soon find fire ants like in the book, and soon discover a 3rd body, meaning a 3rd victim. It turns out to be, her publicist Helen. Son they think that all 3 of the victims were killed by different killers. They also believe that all three of the main suspects, killed for each other. This becomes more concrete when we learn that all three of them belong to a fan site about Bones's books. Then all 3 of them are arrested. We end with Bones and her boyfriend making up, and as he talks to Hodgins, Booth sees the 2 of them kissing, and he looks deeply hurt.moreless
David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Eddie McClintock

Eddie McClintock

FBI Agent Tim Sullivan

Guest Star

Chris Conner

Chris Conner

Oliver Laurier

Guest Star

Valarie Pettiford

Valarie Pettiford

Ellen Laskow

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Steve Braun also guest stars in episode 4.20 "Cover Story" of NCIS, in an episode that has a plot almost identical to the one in this episode of Bones. Special Agent Tim McGee discovers the bodies are killed the same way as in a book he is writing. The difference is, McGee's book is still being written, where as Bones' has been published.

    • Goof: A little over halfway into the episode, when Bones is talking with Angela about her relationship with Sully, she asks Angela for advice on which earings to wear. She can be seen putting in her left earring, but when the camera switches angles, she suddenly has the matching earring already in her right ear.

    • Goof: Oliver Laurier fainted at the sight of blood, suggesting that he is squeamish about it, but in the pilot episode Oliver had no problem when he was asked to apply pressure to Ken Thompson's wounded leg, which was bleeding after Brennan shot him.

    • Brennan now has three published books. They include (in order) Bred in the Bone, Cross Bones, and Red Tape, White Bones. Red Tape, White Bones is Brennan's newest book and is the book featured in this episode.

    • Camille reminds Temperance that in the end of her books, Kathy Reichs always gets the murderer. Kathy Reichs is the real forensic anthropologist whose life the show is based on. In essence, she has become a character in a book written by a character in a story created by her.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Angela: Don't use your brain so much, sweetie. You have other organs that can give you far more pleasure.

    • (Booth and Brennan in her office after having solved the case)
      Booth: Tell you something: the sales of your book are gonna skyrocket after this.
      Brennan: The only problem is, our ending is a lot better than the one I wrote in the book.
      Booth: What, are you kidding me? Huh? Kathy Reichs and the FBI guy in the back of the AMG?
      Brennan: (smiles) The arrest.
      Booth: Oh, yeah, there's that.

    • (Brennan has just stormed out of Booth's office upset over the copycat murders)
      Booth: She wasn't this emotional before you came in the picture.
      Sully: Ah, I thought you weren't interested.
      Booth: Ha! Right, look, I don't need that, ok? Believe me, ok? I'm gonna go and talk to Sadie Keller's husband and why don't you (pejoratively) go back to your office there and sort through the fan mail, right? Bye.

    • (Booth and Brennan at the marina)
      Booth: So, is it just me, or is this, you know, kinda weird?
      Brennan: What?
      Booth: In your new book, they found a body at the marina, right?
      Brennan: You read my book?
      Booth: Of course. A guy at the dock saw something floating in the water, thought it was a dead fish, ended up being a decomposed hand. A dive crew just located the rest of the body.
      Brennan: I didn't think you would have the time to read my book.
      Booth: You have time to write it, I have time to read it. Besides, you can't avoid the damn thing, your book's everywhere.

    • Sully: (To Booth and Brennan) Congratulations! You guys make a great team.
      Booth: That's true. (Looks at Brennan affectionately) So true.

    • Booth: You're gonna come at me like you came at Sully?
      Brennan: What is that supposed to mean?
      Booth: Look, far be it from me to stick my nose into your bedroom but I've known Sully a long time and believe me, he's one of the good guys.
      Brennan: I know Sully, Booth.
      Booth: Yeah, and I know you. Somebody gets too close you just wanna push them away.

    • Brennan: My partner, Seeley Booth, this is the publicist for my book, Ellen Laskow and her assistant Hank.
      Ellen Laskow: Hello! Now I see why Temperance writes those dirty little scenes in her books.
      Booth: That's not me.
      Brennan: It's not him.
      Booth: Not me, no.
      Ellen Laskow: Right. You must let me get you that therapist's number dear.
      Booth: Oh, no, seriously, she's got someone.
      Brennan: Booth!
      Booth: Oh, it's nothing to be ashamed of. I mean, he's kinda short.

    • Booth: Bones, don't try the psychological stuff. It's really not a pretty sight.

    • Hodgins: (of the rats) Don't grow too attached, these little guys are destined to be snake snacks.
      Angela: But now that we've confiscated them, shouldn't they be safe? I mean, they're material witnesses.
      Hodgins: It's not like they know sign language, Angela.

    • Brennan: I've been alone my whole life. It's all I know.
      Sully: Don't worry. You'll learn fast.

    • Hodgins: Love the symbolism of the red tape. Perfect way to dispose of bureaucrats.

    • Oliver: The dead bodies, is it true. Did they really get eaten up like in the book?
      Brennan: Yes, they did.
      Oliver: Some of the Brennanites were skeptical that the deaths were realistic.
      Booth: Did he say Brennanites?
      Brennan: Did you say Brennanites?
      Oliver: Murder mystery chat room members. See, all chat room members have to identify themselves with their favorite authors.

    • (Brennan's phone rings)
      Sully: Shhh. Let's pretend it's the ocean.

    • Hodgins: Be careful with fire ants. They're extremely dangerous.
      Zack: I think the victim would agree with you.

    • Hodgins: So, for kicks you read...
      Cam: Feminist trash. You know. Woman finds her power, leaves her oppressive husband, discovers freedom and fulfillment with an artist who knows how to cry and make love like an animal.
      Hodgins: So, sex books.
      Cam: (nods) Pretty much, yeah.

    • Hodgins: Do you really plan on reading Dr. Brennan's book?
      Cam: What? Of course. I only...I bought it...It's on a pile...I'm waiting...No, I don't.

    • Sully: I know what you're going through.
      Brennan: OK, what? What, Sully, what? What am I going through?
      Sully: OK. You feel responsible. You feel that somehow, if you didn't write that book, those two people would still be alive. And you're terrified 'cause you know that someone else dies in the book.
      Brennan: I don't put much credence in psychology.
      Sully: Yeah? Well, neither do I. I'm basing this on knowing you. Well. Knowing how much you care about your work. And if trivializing it in a book caused this then… it just– but it doesn't work like that, Tempe.
      Brennan: Statistically, the murders would have happened whether the book was written or not. The method might be different is all.
      Sully: Right, now if you only believed that.
      Brennan: You don't know me as well as you think. We're just having a fling, so don't get carried away.
      Sully: When you can't stop thinking about someone when they're not around, that's not a fling. When you remember their touch like they were still right next to you, that's not a fling. If you need to be alone with this, fine. But we both know what we have.

    • Hodgins: (seeing Brennan all dressed up for her book signing) Wow! New dress code? 'Cause I didn't get the memo.

    • Hodgins: Do you have any idea how tight a rat's rectum is?
      Angela: Please tell me you don't.

    • (After having found the first victim killed the way Brennan describes in her book)
      Booth: How are you holding up?
      Brennan: (defensively) What do you mean? Fine.
      Booth: You know, something like this, it's understandable if you're upset.
      Brennan: It's probably a coincidence.
      (Suddenly Sully walks in)
      Sully: Hey, how's it going?
      Brennan: What are you doing here?
      Booth: (slightly annoyed) Ah, yeah.
      Sully: I heard we had a copycat killer using your book.
      Brennan: That hasn't been established.
      Booth: Yeah, I got it covered here, Sully.
      Sully: Two hands are better than one, Booth.
      Booth: Well, last time I looked I have two hands, (holds up his hands) see? Thanks.
      Angela: Testosterone spill on aisle 4.

    • Booth: (shoots door) My shrink is gonna be pissed.

    • Ellen: You know your book is on the Best Sellers list. You don't have to work at this place anymore.
      Brennan: This is my real love, Ellen.
      Ellen: I know a therapist who can really help you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was included on the Emmy Awards "For Your Consideration" DVD for this season.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: Tuesday April 17th, 2007 on TV3
      Spain: Friday May 18th, 2007
      Belgium: November 30th, 2007
      Germany: Thursday December 13th, 2007
      France: Friday March 14th, 2008 on M6
      Australia: Thursday May 29th, 2008 on Seven
      Finland: Friday August 15th, 2008 on Sub

    • Featured Music:
      "Fault Line" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
      "The Secret Sun" by Jesse Harris


    • Bones: Hi, Ellen.
      Sully: Oh course, she did look hot on The View. I think Rosie might've had a thing for her.

      Sully is referring to the fact that Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell, who are both famous talk show hosts, are both lesbians.

    • "Strangers On a Train"

      The plot of this episode is similar to that of "Strangers On a Train". In the movie, two strangers meet on a train and make a deal to kill one guy's wife and the other's father. In this episode, three people make a deal to kill each other's targets. The plot of "Strangers On a Train" has also been used in many other TV series and movies including an episode of CSI ("A Night at the Movies" 3x19).