Season 4 Episode 3

Man in the Outhouse

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 10, 2008 on FOX
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The body of the host of a popular reality TV show is found partially decomposed in an outhouse, and Booth and Brennan must find out who the killer is. Meanwhile, Booth learns that Brennan is juggling two relationships.

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    I, too, was one of those who was terribly disappointed with "Yanks in the UK" and I did expect more from "Man in the Outhouse". Fortunately, it did deliver more and it was a lot more pleasant to watch than the previous episode.

    There was sexual tension during the two first scenes with Brennan and Booth. It's good that it's evident.

    Bedhead Brennan was cute. It's a touch that allows us a look at our characters during more personal moments.

    Although Booth almost always projects himself as obnoxious(in varying degrees), his expressions while meeting Mark were comical and the dialogue made me laugh.

    It's nice to notice the intimacy between Temperance and Seeley. It solidifies the relationship to where it is comfortable enough to give way to the next reasonable step. And that's what we find attractive about the B&B relationship.

    I've noticed that the show itself has a musical score that is really light and perky and goofy, and it just accentuates the silliness in the script way too much.

    Also, the show tends to stay on the surface of too many of the heavier issues. It doesn't follow through on events impacting enough to leave behind pieces to pick up. For example, the emotional effects of the near-death of Booth (when he took a bullet for T) in both of them, and what that would have revealed to them about their feelings for each other; The amnesia about the would be nice to have heard them talk about it by now. The more recent events: Zach, what he did and him not being around anymore; the breakup of A&H (which was quite simplistic in my opinion) and Cam's involvement...there's a lot to deal with right there.

    The general feeling of the show is light and silly, and yet the whole point of the show is that it deals with dark, intellectual, sinister and intimate situations like death, murder, and all the things that lead to that. I think that is a main weakness because there's no balance there.

    The show needs to mature more quickly because it's becoming monotonous. I have a feeling this is the intention with this 4th season, but I think it will make it only if the writing starts taking responsibility for the situations in which they put the characters, and if it starts picking up the pieces of those situations.

    Good work on the the storyline about Brennan's Dad and family. That was a nice arch to follow.

    The Gormogon arch was great too.

    Back to "Man in the Outhouse". Emily looks beautiful the whole time. She appears more fluid in her tone and less quick to react defensively. You can also see how her experiences are enlightening her about the non-rational part of life.

    Booth has to stop being so in-your-face all the time.

    The new assistant is just too fake with the annoying angle she plays.

    Ok, Booth whipes his mouth with his caveman can he be? One more of those details that are totally out of character. It's unrealistic behaviour for a guy that looks like Booth and carries himself the way he does. Unrealistic behaviour is not always funny. It has to be done right. I think Boreanaz plays darker characters a lot better. Booth should be more melancholic...

    Lately, Sweets has been the guy delivering the most sincere interpretation of his character. When he's funny, he's funny (most of the time), and he has the best lines.

    Sweets: "Let me guess...that one's the botanist."

    Sweets: "What? Did they go into a bar?"

    Noel, the stalker. Funny guy.

    I liked the girl talk between Temperance, Cam and Angela (although unrealistic to me because there should be tension between Cam and Angela, since Cam is moderately responsible for Angela's breakup with Hodgins) I thought the final scene was good. It was really pleasant to see Booth being sincere. He needs to be sincere more often. It reminds you that he isn't a neanderthal. He's unattractive when he tries so hard to be an obnoxious, flag waving bully. Also, it doesn't seem like Temperance would be attracted to a guy that thinks that acting dumb is attractive so, when he acts dumb, it's disappointing. I really love it when Booth says and does things that get Temperance to look up to him. That's when things move forward and it's wonderful to watch.moreless
  • Filming order

    Although some plot points in the past few episodes were filmed out of order, this particular episode was filmed BEFORE "Yanks in the UK" which may explain why there was no mention of the Angela-Hodgins breakup.
  • Derivative crap

    I am absolutely sick of where the producers have taken this once-great show, and it's clear to me that the shark didn't just jump, it's in geosynchronous orbit. The storylines are contrived and just feel old, as if we're back in season one. It all points to the BS season finale last year, and they're SCRAMBLING to regain a foothold. I don't see it happening and the network should have the common sense to pull this crap before it turns into Dallas and they pawn it all off as a dream just to bring back some semblance of a coherent story. I used to enjoy these characters; now Booth is just a pitiable buffoon and Bones is an unsympathetic carboard caricature that's sleeping her way through the 203 area code just so she can be made to appear an edgy, "original" character. I kick myself every day for ever expecting better out of FOX, the network that managed to destroy Firefox and X Files, which takes a lot of destructive talent.moreless
  • Bones and Booth investigate the murder of a man found in an outhouse. It turns out that the man was killed by his girlfriend's jealous ex-girlfriend. Brennan dates two men simultaneously and winds up being dumped by both. Booth comforts her.moreless

    All I can say is, it was okay, but a bit unusual for bones. There were a few too many tacky poop jokes and the murderer was kind of easy to guess. But the writers made up for their predictability and tackiness by giving the Bones fans a few words from Booth that they had been waiting a long time to hear. His little speech about there being someone for Brennan to spend the rest of her life with combined with his obvious jealousy at Brennan's relationship with two men simultaneously made many Booth/Brennan fans very happy, while others thought of it as overdone and a little soap-opera-ish. The level of obvioiusness of some of the things the writers have kept carefully veiled for a long time has left fans reeling and wondering if this season is going to be the same Bones they have grown to love and if it isn't, if the change is for the better or worse.moreless
  • You die like you live.

    Talk about dying the way you live, the guy digs up dirt for a living and look where he ended up. Quite poetic actually, even somewhat inspired. I hate reality shows.

    The new intern is a nightmare - fawning, shallow, boastful and just a complete pain. Did laugh when Brennan told her to turn Sweets upside down and he holds out the palm against her forehead to keep her away. Clark was a good replacement for Zach, it's not going to be easy finding another one.

    Brennan's sex life is certainly complicated, or at least it was. It's so sweet that Booth again proves he's an old fashioned romantic.

    Good episode but not brilliant, it was different though, sometimes the series can be a little unoriginal.moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Bones asks Booth if he believes that Moses wandered the desert for 40 days. The actual Bible story is that Moses wandered the desert for 40 years, not 40 days. Being so smart, one would think that Bones would know such a common story. If not, then surely Booth should have known, since he's a religious man.

    • The "Busted By Bill" set and newsroom are actually the recycled set of the cancelled Fox newsroom comedy Back To You.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Brennan: He was perpetuating a primitive and prurient morality by parading victims for the purpose of entertainment.

    • Booth: That guy is gay.
      Brennan: He is not gay.
      Booth: Please, double cheek kiss, tight Italian suit ...
      Sweets: Coldplay.
      Booth: Never married ...
      Sweets: Coldplay.

    • Booth: Bones, two guys at the same time? That's not right! I mean that's why they invented dueling.

    • Sweets: Does it seem that your partnership provides a surrogate relationship, making it more difficult to form other bonds?
      Brennan: A surrogate relationship wouldn't necessarily be such a bad thing because then I could avoid the sting of rejection which, however fleeting ... is still uncomfortable.
      Booth: Right. Okay, look, I'm sorry, you know what, if Mark and Jason don't know how lucky they are, they don't deserve you in the first place.
      Brennan: No, relationships are temporary.
      Booth: No, that's not true, Bones, you're wrong. Okay, there is someone for everyone, someone you're meant to spend the rest of your life with. Alright, you just have to be open enough to see it ... that's all.

    • Mark: Why don't we ever to a concert? As a matter of fact, we don't we ever leave your bedroom?
      (Jason looks from Mark to Brennan)
      Brennan: Um, can we talk about this later? We're about to arrest-
      Jason: (about Mark) You're dating this guy?
      Brennan: I don't like that term, it has an antiquated moral and needlessly restrictive connotation.
      Mark: (to Jason) And who are you?
      Jason: Obviously a guy who is not doing as well as you. (Booth looks satisfied)
      Brennan: This is Jason, Jason - Mark, Mark - Jason. Please understand Jason, you're very good looking but sexual attraction is an involuntary hormonal response involving an increase in neutrofins and testosterone-
      Mark: (looks at Jason) So you get to go out?
      Brennan: Mark you are a strong and attentive man, but Jason is more stimulating, intellectually.
      Jason: That's not the only way I can be stimulating.
      Booth: Um ... murderer?
      Brennan: Murderer, yes.
      Mark: (pointing at Booth) What do you do with this one Temperance?
      Brennan: Oh, uhh ... Booth is my partner that's all.
      Booth: We should go.

    • Booth: (entering the room; Sweets is looking through the "Busted By Bill" tapes) What'd I miss?
      Sweets: Uh ... six men crying, two insisting they'd gotten lost, and four saying they were trying to show the poor young woman how dangerous the Internet could be.

    • Booth: Listen, Noel we'd like to harness you for your natural abilities.
      Noel: You want your chart done?
      Brennan: No. Stalking. You like ... to stalk people.
      Noel: Observe them.

    • Booth: (knocking on Brennan's apartment door) Bones, wakey-wakey. Bones? (Brennan opens the door) Wakey-wakey. Eggs and bakey.

    • Bones: (commenting on one of the two guys she is dating simultaneously) He is a deep sea welder.
      Booth: Whoa, wow, geez. I wouldn't even think to put that on the list.
      Bones: They work on oil derricks, repair boats. After being at sea for months at a time, he seems to ... enjoy having a sexual relationship, so ...
      Booth: Sure. Sure. Deep sea welder.
      Bones: He can hold his breath for three minutes down there.
      Booth: Underwater?
      Bones: Of course!

    • Daisy: Dr. Brennan and I are, like, the same, you know? We just– we understand that the dead don't talk back, or want the window open when it's freezing out, or pick at your plate, or pee on the toilet seat ...
      Cam: You might want to keep a little mystery about yourself.
      Daisy: Sure. But you're gonna put in a good word for me, right? I mean, wouldn't it be fun if I were here forever?!
      Cam: (faintly) Yeah.

    • (after Booth interrupts Brennan at her home while she has a guy over)
      Brennan: It would be good if you called first.
      Booth: Well who knew you were even dating?
      Brennan: Well I wouldn't call it dating. We ... occasionally make arrangements
      to spend time together.
      Booth: I'm just surprised you're not more picky.
      Brennan: My relationship with Mark is purely physical, and I am very satisfied with him in that area. Did you see his chest and his thighs?
      Booth: Bones!

    • Daisy: (perky and cheery) Hi Doctor Brennan!
      Dr. Brennan: (irritated) I don't fraternize at work.

    • Daisy: You're like a hero to me.
      Brennan: Hero worship exposes a lack of independent intellectual examination. (to Cam and Angela) I'll tell Booth what we found.
      Daisy: She is so smart!

    • Brennan: ... Mark keeps me quite sated sexually.
      Angela: You really gotta learn some girl talk sweetie.

    • Brennan: (about Booth) He should be happy that I found a way to satisfy myself, that just happens to require - two men.
      Angela: I've done that ... I miss college.

    • Angela: Bloodshot eyes and wood in a pill. Party time!

    • Booth: (walking out the door with Brennan) How about Chinese?
      Sweets: I love Chinese! Love it.
      Brennan: (ignoring Sweets) I feel more like Thai.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: October 2nd, 2008 on Sky1
      New Zealand: November 2nd, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: November 17th, 2008 on Channel 7
      Denmark: December 16th, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: December 21st, 2008 on TV3
      Norway: February 19th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: February 20th, 2009 on Fox
      Finland: April 3rd, 2009 on Sub
      Portugal: April 16th, 2009 on Fox
      Germany: May 7th, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: September 16th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 1st, 2010 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Ghost Town" by Rancho Deluxe (plays on the trucker's radio at the beginning)

    • This episode is included as an extra on the "Bones" Season 3 DVD release.


    • Carla Gallo's character Daisy Wick says that she minored in Psychology. This could very well be a reference to a previous character Carla Gallo played in Undeclared named Lizzi who was studying Psychology at college.