Season 3 Episode 3

Death in the Saddle

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 09, 2007 on FOX
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The team investigates a decomposed body that was discovered in the woods with bound arms and missing feet. Things get kinky when Booth and Brennan are led to a lodge that's used as an S&M retreat for "jockeys" and their "horses". Meanwhile, Angela tries hypnosis in an effort to figure out her elusive husband's name so she can finally divorce him.moreless

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  • Pony Play

    I really did not like the fact that the show took the higher ground, declaring "fetish" as weird and unnatural. I really loved the show till this episode. It really shows that the small minds that write the show, have no idea of what they are writing. One person "fetish" is another persons "normal. And to conclude that ONLY regular missionary sex, is the only way? Is just wrong.

    I will never be able to watch this show, with the same enthusiasm again... REALLY BAD Call...

    Just Saying...moreless
  • I have only one problem with this

    the episode is fine the horse the sex the murder ,my problem is to see an anthropologist defining a Berimbau which is a monochord percussion instrument ( similar to a musical Bow) from Brazil as "a small flute" how the hell did that happen ,who does their research ???

  • The fascinating world of sex fetishists.

    Certainly an unusual episode and very interesting.

    CSI has done sexual fetish but they did the usual boring S&M stuff, this goes into whole new territory, a fetish I've never heard of – 'Pony-Play'. Role-playing is not unusual but the rider/pony scenario is certainly fascinating from a psychological point of view.

    The murderer actually killed the victim like a horse, even cutting off the 'hooves', but the exception is the vicious gouging of the eyes. That's what gives the killer away because it's a deviation from the equine world.

    What kind of sicko would eat horse meat? I adore horses so the idea is abhorrent. The strangest part is that a 'pony-player' actually advocates this, that's practically cannibalism!

    Fascinating what a diverse world we live in.moreless
  • Bones and Booth are back in full action to solve the murder of a man found in the woods.

    Yippee! The Bones and Booth are back together with the chemistry that made me fall in love with the show in the first place.

    I have missed the way Bones with her sassy straight forewardness and a reserved Booth react to each other during invistigations...their chemistry was absolutly perfect! It has not ben since the middle of last season that I have enjoyed an episode as much as this one. The writers have outdone themselves..."pony" play was highly entertaining. Everytime the show came back from commerical break I was surprised by another turn in the storyline. I also enjoyed Christina Cox as a guest star since I am a big fan of Blood Ties. It was a special treat to see her acting in a enirely different character than Vicki Nelson. She was the perfect person for the part..I give her Kudos for her protrayal as Annie Oakley.

    I truly enjoyed the way the cast seems to be back in action and are finally starting to fall back into place. I was worried there for a while.

    I will continue to be a loyal fan of Bones and watch every week. I hope that Bones and Booth can keep up the energy and deliver another perfect episode next week.moreless
  • Booth and Bones investigate the death of a man caught in a kinky sex fetish love triangle. As a side story, Angela finally remembers the name of the man she married in Fiji.moreless

    This episode starts with a particularly gross corpse found in the woods by a boy scout. The investigation leads Booth and Bones to a beautiful resort where well to do professionals engage in "pony play." This of course offers a lot of opportunities for one-liners from Booth about this odd sexual practice. As always, the team solves the murder in the last ten minutes or so. This episode was only average, as the chemistry between Bones and Booth is still somewhat lacking, like there is a wall between them. I don't know if this is intentional by the writers, or if the writers are just in a rut. I did like the speech by Booth at the end regarding the difference between sex and love, which seems to have hit a nerve with Bones. All in all, average but entertaining.moreless
T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: The last shot of the episode was reused from the season two episode "The Killer in the Concrete." As he did in "The Killer in the Concrete," Booth places the glass dolphin that Brennan's father gave her in front of her. Also, as the camera pulls away from outside of the Royal Diner, Booth leans forward and puts his face near Brennan's, and it can be seen that Brennan's jacket has gone from khaki to navy blue.

    • The product placement in the butcher's shop was painfully obvious. Cheez-It crackers and Town House crackers were placed in plain sight on two separate columns of shelves. Stores rarely if ever place the same product in two different areas, especially if they're small stores that have limited shelf space, like the butcher's shop did.

    • Goof: Once again, as in The Widow's Son in the Windshield, the mistake of calling a berimbau a flute (it's actually a single-stringed musical bow) is made. This time the mistake is made by Brennan though, which is surprising since she knows so much about foreign cultures.

    • Goof: When the team follows the trail of blood to the victim's feet in the beginning scene, the blood is bright red, but the decomposition of the body shows that some time had passed. This means that the blood would be dried by then, and should have been a much darker color, closer to dark brown.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Lucky: The Ambassadora is a place where people come to indulge in pony play fantasy twenty-four hours a day without fear of judgment. Mr. Ed is a pony.
      Booth: (looking at Brennan) Is this some kind of a sex thing?
      Brennan: How'd you get there so quickly?
      Booth: The man said "fantasy," I just took a leap.

    • Cam: Read the Stanford University study. It's not a party trick.
      Angela: You read that?
      Cam: And I've been hypnotized.
      Angela: Why?
      Cam: I was in Vegas. I got called up on stage and apparently I clucked like a chicken in front of three thousand people, but I have absolutely no memory of it.
      Angela: Was this little episode in the Stanford study?
      Cam: No, but it should have been. For the next three days every time someone said "coffee" I'd cluck. Awkward...
      Angela: Okay, why am I not feeling better about this?

    • Cam: Guys, contents of the victim's stomach are corn, raw oats, and dried molasses...
      Booth: Horse food?
      Cam: FYI, there's such a thing as too much fiber.

    • Cam: Trauma to the forehead...
      Booth: Eyes full of maggots and all you see is the boo-boo on the forehead.

    • Hodgins: (holding two melons) What's going on?
      Angela: You first.
      Hodgins: (teasingly tossing a melon) Cantaloupes. Zack and I need them for an experiment.
      Angela: Of course you do.

    • Booth: Hey.
      Brennan: for horses.
      Booth: (chuckling) Hey, that's funny, Bones.
      Brennan: I found it on this website about horses.
      Booth: Yeah?
      Brennan: Where do horses a hotel?
      Booth: Bridle suite.
      Brennan: That's correct.

    • Bones: Whoa! You are strong!
      Booth: Oh, you know, I try to stay in shape, (mimics Bones' threat) "Stop or I'll kick you in the testicles?"
      Bones: It worked
      Booth: Tell you what, you and me, we're gonna work on the cop talk.

    • Hodgins: You know we used to think things through together.
      Zack: I apologize, it's possible that my time in Iraq transformed me into a man of action. (Hodgins snickers) I'll watch out for that.

    • Bones: Why are you being so judgmental?
      Booth: When you turn someone into an object of sexual pleasure, it's wrong.
      Bones: How do you know?
      Booth: It says in the Bible.
      Bones: Does not.
      Booth: Then it got left out by mistake.

    • Hodgins: (to Zack) You suck all of the fun out of every moment of personal triumph!

    • Bones: Alright, I can draw inferences from multiple equine implications.
      Booth: What?
      Hodgins: She's going along with the horsey theme.

    • Booth: Here we are. All of us, basically alone, separate creatures just circling each other. All searching for that slightest hint of a real connection. Some look in the wrong places, some, they just give up hope because in their mind they're thinking, "Oh, there's nobody out there for me." But all of us, we keep trying over and over again. Why? Because every once in a while, every once in a while two people meet and there's that spark. And yes Bones, he's handsome and she's beautiful and maybe that's all they see at first, but making love? Making love, that's when two people become one.
      Brennan: (awestruck) It is scientifically impossible for two objects to occupy the same space.
      Booth: Yeah, but what's important is we try. And when we do it right, we get close.
      Brennan: To what? Breaking the laws of physics?
      Booth: Yeah, Bones, a miracle. Those people, role playing and their fetishes and their little sex games, it's crappy sex. You know, at least compared to the real thing.
      Brennan: (after looking at Booth thoughtfully for a while) You're right.
      Booth: Yeah, but - Wait a second, I just won that argument?
      Brennan: Yup. (They both smile)

    • Angela: I know about this hypnotism thing, I was a magician's assistant at a little gypsy carnival in Brazil.
      Cam: Now that's an opening line.
      Angela: Oh, Mysterio was really cute and I was younger then and, the whole being sawed in half thing was actually kinda hot.
      Cam: We were talking about hypnotism...
      Angela: Right.

    • Angela: What about you, you need anything?
      Cam: I am weighing human organs, not really your thing.
      Angela: Right. Okay.

    • Hodgins: (laughing) His name is Ed.
      (Cam and Booth start laughing too)
      Brennan: Why is that funny?
      Cam: As in a horse is a horse (Booth and Hodgins join in) of course of course.
      Booth: (to Brennan) The famous Mr. Ed?
      Brennan: Mr. Ed?

    • Hodgins: Angela is going to be hypnotized.
      Brennan: Why?
      Hodgins: She's going deep into her subconscious to remember her husband's name, so we can find him, divorce him, get married ourselves and live happily for all eternity.
      Brennan: You won't live for eternity.

    • Brennan: Trauma to the frontal bone would have been fatal.
      Cam: Yeah and tissue damage indicates some kind of blade.
      Brennan: So does bone damage.
      Cam: Dr. Brennan you aren't being competitive between flesh and bone are you?
      Brennan: It's possible.

    • (Brennan and Cam are digging in the leaves)
      Brennan: I got a foot.
      Cam: Me too.
      Booth: Find a third one and I'll be impressed.

    • Brennan: Why am I here?
      Cam: Dead guy, foul play, it's your main function.
      Brennan: With...bones, this is...very meaty.
      Cam: No there's a bit of bone here, and there (pointing at the dead body).

    • Cam: Did you get anything out of the boy who found him?
      Booth: The only thing that came out of that kid was vomit.
      Brennan: That would explain the pervasive smell.

    • Brennan: (looking at the murder victim) This is all flesh. Why did you call me in on this?
      Booth: Wasn't me!
      Camille: It was me.
      Brennan: Why? Is it because you're trying to think of excuses to put Booth and me together on cases?
      Camille: I wouldn't do that, Dr. Brennan.
      Brennan: Well cause we've worked things out and we're fine. Right?
      Booth: (unsure) Yeah, a hundred percent.

    • Booth: What's this with all the lying? We've got voice tapes and public display of sexual paraphernalia?
      Brennan: I was role playing. I was being all lard ass and good cop.
      Booth: Hard ass and bad cop, Bones. Hard ass, and bad cop.

    • Brennan: Stop, or I'll kick you in the testicles!

    • Booth: Aristotle also thought that the purpose of the human heart was to solve math problems.
      Bones: I'm surprised you know that.
      Booth: Turns out I'm smarter than a 5th grader.

    • Bones: Giddy-up
      Booth:, do-don't say that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Christina Cox, who plays a dominatrix (Annie Oakley) in this episode, also played a dominatrix in the season one House episode "Love Hurts."

    • Michael Cudlitz (Lucky) starred in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode called The Zeppo, the series in which David Boreanaz got his big break.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: November 20th, 2007 on TV3
      United Kingdom: November 22nd, 2007 on Sky1
      The Netherlands: November 28th, 2007 on RTL 4
      Spain: January 17th, 2008 on La Sexta
      New Zealand: April 14th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: July 31st, 2008 on Network 7
      Belgium: September 15th, 2008 on 2BE
      Germany: September 25th, 2008 on RTL
      Finland: December 19th, 2008 on Sub
      Slovakia: May 6th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 23rd, 2009 on Prima


    • Booth: Might wanna take a look in the mirror there my friend Flicka.

      This is an allusion to the book by Mary O'Hara entitled My Friend Flicka about a boy and his horse, which was later turned into a TV series (that ran from 1956 to 1958). The book was also turned into a movie, originally in 1943 and then again in 2006. This allusion goes along with the TV series theme of Mister Ed.

    • Cam: As in, a horse is a horse, of course of course...

      This is an allusion to the theme song from the 1960's television show Mister Ed, which starred a talking horse named Mister Ed. This allusion is one of the many such allusions in this episode.

    • Booth: Coats, manes and tails oh my.

      This is an allusion to a line from The Wizard of Oz: "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"

    • Booth: Turns out I'm smarter than a 5th grader.

      This is an allusion to the show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? in which contestants are asked questions from a first grade level up to a fifth grade level to win increasing amounts of money. The million dollar question is always at a fifth grade level.

    • Annie Oakley: My name in the world is Anne Marie Ostenbach. Here, I'm Annie Oakley.
      Booth: Naturally.

      In the Irving Berlin musical comedy, Annie Get Your Gun, Annie Oakley sings a song titled "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly".