Season 4 Episode 12

Double Trouble in the Panhandle

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 22, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The death of female conjoined twins who worked in the circus is investigated. The investigation leads Brennan and Booth to go undercover as a Canadian knife-throwing act, and also causes Booth to come face-to-face with a clown.

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  • Booth and Bones join the circus to find out what happened to a pair of conjoined twin jugglers. Wow. You don't see that every day!

    I'm usually pretty hard on the writers, but I have to give them mad props on this one. I loved it, start to finish. The idea was very original. Sending Booth and Bones undercover as a sex-crazy, knife throwing act with a struggling circus was just about pure genius. The Booth-Bones chemistry was top notch (arguing about Booth's underwear in the small trailer was really funny), and even the rotating intern provided amusement. Overall the episode was light and funny, and while probably not all the realistic, I have enough reality in my own life. I watch TV for fun, and this episode was about as good as Bones gets.moreless
  • Painful to watch, this is not why I watch this series. The writers need to get back on track.

    I hate episodes like this. This is blatantly not the show's strength which is supposed to be forensics and investigation, not playing dress up with ridiculous accents. Booth is fine but Brennan is so over the top that it is sometimes painful to watch. The knife throwing act was very good, Booth is scary.

    I do like seeing Vincent again, he's delightful in a vaguely pointless sort of way. Speaking of pointless – why do the writers insist on doing these sessions with Sweets?! It is so annoying, stopped being funny by the second session and just makes Sweets look like an overqualified idiot.

    An okay episode but several episodes recently have felt off, the beginning of the season was good.moreless
  • Still waiting for Bones to be back...

    I have not really clicked with season 4 yet. I find Bones annoying, her pas-de-deux with Booth is not so great anymore and the cases are a bit boring...

    What I enjoy most in the end is the supporting roles (I think Cam is getting more and more funny), especially the assistants who change every week. The British one is hilarious.

    I was expecting a lot from Bone's return, especially the circus episode but I got slightly bored. Their circus act is almost ludicrous, Bones goes completely overboard and sounds ridiculous too and the case is stupid. 42 minutes of story and 1 minute to find out that it was actually an accident. Stupid. I can't wait for the show to get it together. It has potential but at the moment it's going nowhere IMO.moreless
  • An amazing episode that has become one of my favorites.

    I thought this was an awesome episode. I admit, it was a tad bit unrealistic, but that is what made it all the more amazing. I'm not a very big fan of Nigel the intern, but his random and annoying trivia and Angela encouraging him was pretty funny. I thought Booth and Brennan's circus act was so funny. Emily and David pulled off the knife throwing scene perfectly! Hodgins curiosity about how the girls were able to "have fun" with the doctor cracked me up. Sweets comment on why Brennan kept the act going was hilarious and, in my opinion, totally true. Cam asking to see the act, and her reaction to Brennan agreeing to set up the web cams was brilliant. This episode had me cracking up the whole time, and it is definitely a favorite of mine.moreless
  • Booth and Bones go the circus!

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When the bodies of conjoined twins are found, Booth and Bones are called in to investigate. Soon they believe that they were last at the circus, and this proves true, when they find out that the missing twins worked for the circus. Soon realising that no-one in the circus community will talk to them, Booth and Bones decide to go undercover, to try and find out what happened to the victims. They go undercover as Buck and Wanda, a Canadian knife-throwing act. Soon it is time for their act, and a webcam is set up so that everyone back in the lab can watch the act. Luckily the act goes well and Bones doesn't get injured. Soon they get a suspect as to who could have killed the girls, but when they go to question him, he runs. Bones then wants to go back on the hire wire, which she used to do as a child. When she falls off, she realises that is what happened to the twins and that is how they died. We soon learn that their main suspect buried their bodies. They call for the local police to pick him up in the morning, and head off to bed. When Booth gets up in the morning, he sees that the whole circus has gone and so has the man who was going to be arrested.moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Andy Richter

Andy Richter

Henry Simon

Guest Star

Ryan Cartwright

Ryan Cartwright

Vincent Nigel-Murray

Guest Star

Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee

Texas Ranger

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • It is revealed in this episode that Dr. Sweets was adopted.

    • Emily Deschanel injured her left eye during the filming of this episode. The injury was written into the script and fit into the episode by having her wear an eye patch as part of the costume she wore during her and David Boreanaz's knife-throwing act.

    • Goof: Bones comments that the American Medical Association will take away Dr. Muir's license. The AMA doesn't issue licenses, nor do they discipline physicians. Both functions are handled by the states.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Booth: There is no act! There's just me trying not to kill you.

    • Brennan: (searching for remains) According to my GPS it's about where Texas turns into Oklahoma.
      Booth: Oh, great. Right in the middle of a jurisdictional pissing contest.

    • Vincent: Notice the antemortem bone lesion in the carpal capitate, suggesting a stab wound on the hand.
      Cam: Did you see the video? They were juggling machetes.

    • Vince: On a standard keyboard, there are over 3,000 words that can be touch-typed with the left hand alone.
      Cam: It's not typed. It's hand-written.
      Angela: How many can be typed with the right hand?
      Nigel-Murray: 450. Thank you, ever so much for asking me.
      Cam: Please, don't encourage him.

    • Hodgins: I found particulates of magnesium carbonate on both girls. (turning to Vincent) Do you have any, fascinating trivia on that subject?
      Vincent: One man's trivia is another man's wisdom.

    • Angela: Guys, hello! IDing them is not going to be a problem. How many sets of conjoined twins can there be?
      Vincent: Um, over the last 500 years approximately 600 sets, over 70% women.
      Cam: I did not expect him to know that.

    • Bones: Booth you're sitting on my clothes.
      Booth: I'm sorry but it's kinda tight in here.
      Bones: Which is why you shouldn't throw your underwear on the floor.
      Booth: They fell.
      Bones: N- Don't blame gravity for lack of tidiness.
      Cam: (from the webcam) Is there only one bed there?

    • Bones: What's with the mustache?
      Booth: What? I thought it would add a nice Russian flair.
      Bones: It looks ... like a small animal.

    • Brennan: You really are as good as you said, you should try a blindfold.
      Booth: Says the half-blind woman.

    • Booth: (picks up a flyer) Boris and Natasha, and their Russian knives of death. Guess we all got it in us, huh? The desire to run off and join the circus.
      Brennan: We did it.
      Booth: Buck and Wanda were damn good.
      Brennan: Buck was more dashing than you. I mean Buck, drove a motorcycle.
      Booth: Well Wanda was funner than you.
      Brennan: How?
      Booth: Well she let me knock off a rubber nose from her face with a knife. You would never let me do that, you are way to rational. (they laugh)

    • (Booth's phone starts ringing while he's driving.)
      Booth: Alright a little help there. Phone's ringing, I'm kinda busy!
      Brennan: Oh, okay. (starts digging in his pants for the phone) So can we talk about our act? We need costumes.
      Booth: No, we don't need the Russian costumes alright? We're dropping the act.
      Brennan: What? You can throw knives I thought!
      Booth: Yeah, I know I can, but we caught the bad guy alright? We don't need to go undercover. What're you doing, digging for loose change?

    • (Cam, Angela, Hodgins, and Sweets are watching Booth and Brennan's knife throwing act via a webcam)
      Cam: Is it me, or does she seem a little too into this?
      Sweets: Well, there is of course a sexual component to an act of this sort, the knife representing th-
      Cam: We get it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: February 22nd, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: May 1st, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: May 24th, 2009 on Channel 7
      Finland: June 5th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: October 1st, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: October 22nd, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: November 18th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: November 1st, 2010 on Prima

    • Alix & Kris Angelis appeared as the Juggling Twins, but were uncredited.

    • Featured Music:
      "No Envy No Fear" by Joshua Radin (during the final scene, when Booth and Brennan step out of their trailer to find the circus has moved on)

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on Thursday, January 15th but was moved to a week later to accomodate President Bush's farewell address.


    • Booth and Brennan go undercover using the names Buck and Wanda Moosejaw as their Canadian identities. Moose Jaw is actually a Canadian town located in the province of Saskatchewan.