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Christopher Pelant's appeal of his verdict goes to trial, and Booth and Brennan do everything they can to keep him behind bars. But a new murder with ties to Pelant that the team hopes will put him permanently in prison takes a nasty twist that puts Brennan's freedom in jeopardy.
The crew heads out to LA to work on a film called "Bone of Contention" which is based on Brennan's most recent book; when Brennan finds out that the film lacks authenticity she intervenes to bring it up to snuff; but when a prop body turns out to be an actual murder victim the team must stop working on the film and work the case instead; Booth is also offered a job.moreless
Another body is discovered in the woods. This time the investigation reveals the victim was part of a Hatfield-McCoy-type battle between two families. At home, Brennan's reluctance to accept her father's babysitting services means she must delve into her own family history to understand her feelings.
When remains are discovered in the middle of the woods, the team is called in to determine the how and why this trucking company employee was murdered. Meanwhile, Hodgins has caught the shopping bug, and seems to think he has an unlimited budget, as he augments his lab with high-tech toys. At home, Booth copes with Parker's return from England and the realization he's no longer an "only."moreless
A blue corpse discovered at a landfill inspires squint Vaziri's creative side in a scientific way. His results send the team to investigate a hair salon and its inhabitants. Meanwhile, Booth plans something special for Brennan, who is unhappy with her post-partum physique.
Special Agent Genny Shaw pitches in at the agency with Booth, while Brennan reduces her activities – sort of – on her first day back to work when the team is asked to solve the case of an extreme couponer who was dragged to her death by a big rig. Elsewhere, Cam is unhappy with Michelle's involvement with Finn.moreless
Booth is not happy when Brennan, in her advanced state of pregnancy, decides she is the only scientist who can solve the mystery of a prisoner's corpse found miles from the prison in the sewer system. Unfortunately, her determination to work as usual puts them in danger and results in a surprise arrival in a location only Brennan can appreciate.moreless
The team investigates what appears to be a murder scene at a national monument, but the only clue left is a coded message made of human blood that will be the beginning of a scavenger hunt for the solution, courtesy of a new, technologically-proficient foe. Elsewhere, Booth and Brennan look for a new home.moreless
The body of a "storm-chaser" found after a tornado leads the team to study weather patterns to try and solve the case. Elsewhere, a desperate Angela and Hodgins turn to her father for child-care assistance, and Brennan must cope with Booth's over-protectiveness.
The dismembered body parts of a Ship 'n' Print employee are found at a dead letter office, prompting the team to go in and investigate. A love triangle involving the victim complicates things. Meanwhile, Booth's grandfather reveals some shocking news to Booth.
When a toy company executive is found shrink-wrapped with one of their Prince Charmington Dolls, the company's CEO gives Booth and Sweets access to the company's prototype lab, and Brennan's concern over her fitness as a mother causes her to integrate the case into her life. Elsewhere, Daisy supports Sweets' defiance of Booth in going after a gun certification.moreless
A competitive eating champion's body is found shortly before the next major competition. Following a disagreement over the baby, Booth and Brennan attempt a little role-playing. Back at the lab, Brennan's new assistant seems a mismatch, despite his genius.
The body of a woman found buried under a paintball field yields more questions than answers as the investigation into her death reveals even she didn't know who she was. On the domestic side, Booth and Brennan adjust to sharing space with each other … and her growing stomach.