Season 8 Episode 5

Method to the Madness

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2012 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The team is called to identify a woman's mutilated body after it is dumped in a city garbage can. Brennan has difficulty keeping her home and work lives separate after Booth takes pity on Sweets and invites him to stay with them until he has his own place again.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Too dumbed down

    Too dumbed down. Looking at the perfect angle of the cuts in all the bones, I knew right from the start it was a machine, and so would Bones and the gang. When they make the team appear so dumb it takes the main appeal of the show away. The murder victim was struggling for money and yet was selling apple sauce at $9 a jar? She wouldn't be broke, she'd be the next Bill Gates.moreless
  • 8x05 - Method to the Madness

    The only reason I enjoyed this episode was because of the Booth and Sweet shenanigans. Otherwise I didn't care one whit for the mystery and the finding of the killer.
  • Fun, but no surprises

    This was a very predictable episode. From the beginning it was clear who the murderer was and what was used to kill the victim. If I had to judge on the case only it would be a solid F. Here we have these smart people who insist that the murderer must be very strong and precise instead of drawing the logical conclusion.

    What made it fun to watch and thus influenced my grading, was the fact that it was fun and sweet to watch the gang interact. Creepy and gloomy Colin is always great to watch especially when he and Cam have their special moments. These two have a very solid platonic chemistry, I love how Cam has learned how to deal with his quirks.

    Then there's the group being protective of Angela, it's too sweet. And finally the Booth, Brennan and Sweets bond, I have to agree with Angela they have adopted Sweets eons ago.

    This episode was fun to watch but not up to ols standards.moreless
  • The magic is gone

    I'm sorry to say it, but Booth and Brennan have lost their sizzle. They are that boring couple now and everybody hates that boring couple. They barely touch each other or gaze at each other the way they used to. I might give this one more season....Maybe.

  • Going nowhere at a rate of knots?

    Sadly, I have to agree with elle_elle213 below. The show that I loved 8 years ago has deteriorated beyond belief to a mish-mash of disjointed (no pun intended) non stories.

    Bones, instead of coming out of her egocentric attitude, seems to be getting worse. You'd think family life would fix that.

    Why, for God's sake, has Angela suddenly turned all squeamish? One eviscerated corpse too many, perhaps?

    If it wasn't for Hodgins and Fisher hamming it up for all they were worth, I think I might even have switched this one off.

    As for Sweets, my contempt for his character knows no bounds!

    After dumping Daisy, he has the gall to feel all guilty about it? Physician, heal thyself !!!

    I am on the point of moving away from this series, altogether and that makes me very sad. I used to look forward to it every week but now I seem to be watching it, "just because I always do".

    Easily the poorest rating I've ever given Bones and I'm not happy about it.moreless
David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

Leif Gantvoort

Leif Gantvoort

Adam Borchardt

Guest Star

Abraham Benrubi

Abraham Benrubi

Willis McCullum

Guest Star

Galadriel Stineman

Galadriel Stineman

Brooke Guminski

Guest Star

Joel David Moore

Joel David Moore

Colin Fisher

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Sweets: Sorry, Booth. I should have locked the door, huh?
      Brennan: Because you played on so many sports teams and spent a lot of time in the army, I assumed you were comfortable with male nudity.
      Sweets: You know, fear of nudity is called gymnophobia?
      Booth: Okay, listen, psychology and anthropology, I liked it better when you two were fighting, all right?

    • Brennan: In order to appease Huehueteotl, the fire god, the Aztecs would burn their captives alive. Moments before death, the human sacrifices were pulled from the fire to have their still-beating hearts ripped out of their chests.
      Fisher: Those were the good old days.
      Hodgins: Those were the bad days. What-what kind of freak feels nostalgic over human sacrifices?
      Fisher: I'm gonna go ahead and plead the Fifth on that.

    • (Brennan and her team discuss the injuries that eviscerated the victim.)
      Angela: Okay, just please tell me that this poor thing was dead before any of this happened.
      Cam: I'm sure she was.
      Hodgins: Definitely.
      Angela: Great.
      Brennan: Hodgins and Cam are lying to Angela to spare her feelings.
      Fisher: Yeah, I got that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "20th Century Boy" by T. Rex (Sweets and Brennan celebrate his freedom)

    • Additional Crew Credits: Jan DeWitt (Produced by), Kathy Reichs (Inspired by the Life of Forensic Anthropologist and Author), Rick Millikan (Casting by), Pamella Phillips (Make-Up Department Head), Bernie Gough (Hair Department Head), Katie Barnard (Insert Coordinator), Mike Grasso (Police Technical Advisor), Mark Marcum (Video Playback).

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 5th, 2012 on Global
      Slovakia: March 27th, 2013 on JOJ