Season 4 Episode 21

Mayhem on a Cross

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 16, 2009 on FOX
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Brennan and Booth delve into the world of death metal music in an effort to discover who killed the bassist of an underground death metal band, whose skeleton was found being used as a stage prop by a black metal band in Norway. Meanwhile, Sweets is working on the book he's writing about Brennan and Booth, and asks Dr. Gordon Wyatt for some input.moreless

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  • Why I loved the episode...

    I am a Norwegian girl who really love Bones!

    When I found out that Bones was airing an episode based on a body found on an Norwegian Black Metal concert, I admit I was a little scared. Normally when American TV shows mention Norway, it all goes wrong. I remember the X-Files': Død Kalm, where the Norwegian language was poor and sounded a lot like a Finnish immigrant living in Norway. Seriously! And the dudes name was Trondheim! That is not a normal Norwegian name. If you believe that, you probably believe that there are polar bears wandering around the streets of Oslo (our capital town, if you wondered ;P) A common name for a Norwegian is Olsen or Jensen, or Larsen.

    Though the Norwegian "Dr. Brennan" sounded more Swedish than Norwegian, the language was better that expected! Especially the police guy at the beginning of the episode.

    Norwegian black metal is one of the things Norway is famous for. But how they managed to mix up Norwegian black metal with black metal and death metal, I really don't know. That was poor research! But the episode was saved because of Gordon Gordon, the confessions of Brennan, Booths reaction to her confessions and sweets and his background and reason for being so clingy. All in all, I really loved it! But then again, I love all Bones episodes...moreless
  • Always a joy to see Gordon Gordon

    Great episode if somewhat dark.

    More character development again adding to their depth and backgounds.

    Sweets also has had childhood problems and Brennan conributes a little more to hers. Booth, though he prefers to be tight-lipped about his past problems, does give us yet another insight into his backgound.

    We even learn something about Gordon Gordon's wild youth - Noddy Comet! Wow. Gordon Gordon also gives Sweets much food for thought over the relationship between Booth and Brennan, whose partnership is the subject of his book. So which one is struggling with sexual attraction on a daly basis then? Guess!

    Not a lover of the music but, hey, it fitted the scenario.moreless
  • By far one of the best of season four. Gordon Gordon is back, Sweets past is reviled and the sweet moments between Booth and Brennan. My oh my!

    It was a nice pick to bring back Dr. Wyatt for this episode, I disliked most of the horrifying music that came along with this episode, however with Dr. Wyatt being there, Dr. Sweets past reviled and the moments between Booth and Bones, made me forget about the music.

    A moment I loved was at the end, when they went to go get sweets and Dr. Brennan opens herself up to Sweets and tells both him and Booth that her foster parents locked her in a trunk for two days. When Booth handed her the handkerchief and then she put it back, I think I realized what Dr. Wyatt meant when he said something about one knowing about the attraction. I absolutely adored the part, when Brennan gives booth that look, and he opens up a tiny bit about his past.

    The entire concept, that both Dr. Wyatt and Sweets liked death metal (or whatever kind of metal it was) was an interesting idea. Sweets was so funny looking when he was dressed up, I loved it. While Dr. Wyatt played the air guitar.

    The writing and plot-line to this episode were stellar in my opinion. I have never seen an episode of any show that included death metal. A must watch in my opinion!moreless
  • The case deals with death metal bands and Gordon Gordon returns with some very interesting information on Sweets.

    The episode starts off really great. I wasn't even sure it was a Bones episode I was watching! It starts off with a death metal concert in which a skeleton hangs from a cross. The Norway police come in, this woman inspects it and confirms it's human. It's sent back to the USA, because the woman said it was American.

    Bones, Clark Edison and Cam examine the skeleton and it's really funny watching Bones/Brennan correct their pronunciation of the band. Ska-la. The case proceeds as usual. Dr Gordon Wyatt reappears (apparently he's been reading Sweets book on Brennan and Booth. He also plans to quit psychiatry and go to a culinary school) and Sweets and him backup interrogation for Booth and Brennan. It was during this that Gordon revealed he knew of Sweets past. That was a real shock to me. Like: wow. Booth shoots his gun at an inanimate object again, which brings about more humor into the episode. With Booth absent in the interrogation of the suspect, Brennan was funny to watch. Good writing on the writer's part.

    I thought the lighting in the concert and death metal bands scenes were a bit too dark; you can't really see what's happening. But the dialogue helped. And the end was another shock, with Brennan and Booth revealing a bit about themselves, about their damaged past. It was a really great episode in all.moreless
  • Good to learn something about Sweets... and sad.

    Poor Sweets. How hard it must've been for him to lose his parents, people who have given him safety and love in a short time.

    It was very nice to see him interact with Gordon and exchange points of view. I loved that conversation he had with Sweets in the interrogation room, about his parents because he was right.

    Bones interrogating the suspect was very funny. I liked that she wanted to be like Booth and tried to use his 'techniques'. I bet she must've looked very sexy to Booth! And Booth shooting that speaker was nice, considering that he had a reason now.

    The last scene was very touching. Emily is an excellent actress, she really delivered. Her confession was very sad, but I was shocked by Booth's confession. It was nice of them to share that with Sweets. The connection Booth and Brennan have is amazingly shown here. Subtle but effective.moreless
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

Dr. Gordon Wyatt

Guest Star

Greg Roman

Greg Roman


Guest Star

Frank Pacheco

Frank Pacheco


Guest Star

Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd

Dr. Clark Edison

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Booth: (watching and listening to Bones' interrogation from his office) Okay listen Bones, you just tell him you don't care if he did it or not, you'll just throw his ass in jail. (Bones scoffs) Look it's all right to lie during an interrogation Bones. It's a technique.
      Bones: The evidence is inconclusive regarding your guilt. (gets out of her chair, slams the table, and starts yelling) But I will damn well make sure it's conclusive.
      Sweets: Whoa, what?
      Booth: 'Atta girl, give it to him.
      Bones: I will perjure myself if I have to because you ... make ... me ... sick, punk!

    • Gordon: (after Booth shoots an amplifier) Yes, now if you recall, it was shooting at inanimate objects that had you brought to me for therapy in the first place.
      Booth: I thought it was a justifiable shooting.
      Bones: I agree.
      Booth: She agrees. See?

    • Sweets: (talking about Bones and Booth) Okay, what about the sexual component in their relationship?
      Gordon: Ah.
      Sweets: Would you agree that they have both uh, sublimated their attraction to each other, out of fear of endangering their working relationship because their working relationship is paramount to both of them?
      Gordon: Alas, I'm afraid I wouldn't agree with that, no.
      Sweets: Wow ... which part?
      Gordon: With everything you just said. Yes, one of them is acutely aware of that attraction, struggles with it daily, as a matter of fact.

    • Cam: This is definitely murder.
      Bones: There are other possibilities.
      Clark: I have to admit none spring to mind.
      Bones: One possibility: drunken death-obsessed Satan-worshiping drug-abusing teens rob a grave and reenact an ancient torture.
      Cam: Ah, just another Saturday night.

    • Gordon: (after tricking Pinworm into confessing) I think the correct term is "gotcha".

    • Cam: We don't have enough crucified corpses of our own, now the Vikings are sending them?
      Clark: The annual murder rate in Norway is 0.7.
      Bones: Less than one murder a year?
      Cam: In that case they should solve the ones they have or they'll never get any practice.

    • Booth: Bones, what are you doing?
      Bones: You said that scars on the back was a metaphor. Isn't it that's why we are here to metaphorically compare scars?
      Booth: I came to bring Sweets back to my place for dinner, that's all.
      Sweets: Scars on the back?
      Bones: I saw them, Sweets.
      Sweets: So ... (sighs) what? You decided to just share something, from your past? That is so, unlike you.
      Bones: I still hate psychology.

    • Booth: Sweets is just fine.
      Gordon: He most definitely is not fine. I've read his book.
      Bones: W- does he say something mean about us?
      Gordon: On the contrary. You might as well know that he lost both his adoptive parents just before he came to work for your ... de facto crime fighting unit.
      Booth: Geez. What are we? The Land of Misfits Toys?
      Gordon: Well he's a good lad, Sweets. But this book he's writing, he's using it as the vehicle to get what he actually wants which is ... a family.
      Bones: So he ... imprinted on us, like a baby duck? So what do we do?
      Booth: Nothing. Okay Sweets is not a baby duck.

    • Sweets: I'm hearing a caveat.
      Gordon: It's ... a small one. It's just that, Brennan and Booth aren't in any way opposites.
      Sweets: Wow, small? (laughs sarcastically) What is that? British understatement?
      Gordon: Well yes, he's a man, ah she's a woman. He's instinctual, she's empirical.
      Sweets: Opposites.
      Gordon: Superficial ephemera Dr. Sweets.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Turn to Dust" by Tondra Soul (song performed by the band as the skeleton is discovered)
      "God of Anger" by Droid (Angela uses the song to get in the "right space")
      "Get to the Choppah" by Jameson ("played" by Zorch at the concert Bones attends)
      "Better" by Blue Shoes (the song by fictional band "Noddy Comet" that Booth plays while Gordon fixes dinner)

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: May 31st, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: July 3rd, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: July 26th, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Finland: October 17th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: December 3rd, 2009 on TV3
      Slovakia: March 31st, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: April 15th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: January 17th, 2011 on Prima

    • Stephen Fry (Dr. Wyatt) is credited as a Special Guest Star.


    • Cam: Let's have Hodgins swab for trace evidence. God knows what he'll find ... maybe a little piece of Norway.

      "A small piece of Norway" or "Et lite stykke Norge" is the slogan of the Norwegian chocolate company Freia. It has become a well-known saying and used to reference anything that is "typically Norwegian."

    • Booth: What are we, the Land of Misfit Toys?

      The Island of Misfit Toys is home to several unwanted and defective toys in the 1964 Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

    • Episode Title: Mayhem on a Cross

      This is an allusion to the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. One of the things Mayhem is most famous for is the murder of their guitar player Euronymous by their bass guitar player Varg Vikernes.