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Special Agent Seeley Booth
Dr. Temperance Brennan
Dr. Jack Hodgins
Dr. Camille Saroyan
Booth: Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dead of night.
Brennan: The Postal Service motto.
The lines, supposedly from Herodotus, engraved on on the U.S. Postal Service building in New York City are: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." This is however not the motto of the U.S. Postal Service as Brennan states.
Since "The Man on Death Row" Howard Epps has grown a full head of hair. In "The Man on Death Row" Howard Epps was bald. This could be due to the fact that Brennan and Booth contributed to his stay of execution.
Goof: When Booth and Brennan save the girl from the factory, Booth runs off to find the bad guy. It shows Brennan and the girl and there is clearly a hand holding a black object moving closer to Brennan's head right before the scene switches to show Booth again.
Goof: After finding the second body, Booth tells Mrs. Epps that it was found face down like the rest of Howard's victims. But when Booth and Brennan found the body in the mine it was clearly face up.
Booth: You know, if you had a pet pig, what would you name him?
Bones: (gives Booth an incredulous look) Jasper.
Booth: You ever have a dog, Bones?
Brennan: I always wanted a pig.
Booth: A pig?
Brennan: Very smart. And despite the popular misconception, very clean.
Booth: I prefer my pig with a little mint, a little honey glaze ...
Brennan: Not funny ...
Zack: I had some thoughts. Perhaps the point isn't that German is a different language, but that it's actually a different language.
Booth: Great. Thanks, Zack, for being so helpful.
(Brennan is fiddling around the dashboard)
Booth: (slaps Brennan's hand) What are you doing?
Brennan: Where's the siren on this thing?
Booth: Don't touch!
Booth: (referring to a necklace Brennan is holding) What's that?
Brennan: Religious medal. Sarah had it in her possession.
(Brennan gives the necklace to Booth)
Booth: St. Agnes. Patron saint of young women. Especially those who remain pure.
Brennan: How do you know all that?
Booth: Catholic, Bones.
Booth: Okay people! Listen up! I'm calling in a splunking team-
Booth: -spelunking team with imaging capabilities to look for a stone cross. 'Till they get here, let's focus on the ventilation shafts-
(Brennan taps Booth's shoulder)
Booth: -hold on-to the west of the main shaft-
(Brennan continues to tap Booth's shoulder)
(Brennan points to a stone cross behind her)
Booth: Oh. (to search team) Never mind!
(after a marking has been revealed on a piece of bone)
Hodgins: Freemason symbol? Hey, this explains the buried facedown thing! Oh, it's all starting to come together! These crossed hammers prove that Epps is working for the top level of the Illuminati-
Zack: That's the cartographic symbol for a mine.
Brennan: I'm fine, Booth. I'm sitting here thinking about it and...I'm fine.
Booth: Okay. What I'm getting from you here, Bones, is that you're fine.
Brennan: (takes the photograph of Sarah and looks at it) He murdered Sarah. He was about to murder Helen. Why should I feel upset about shooting him? You know, if I was going to be upset, which I'm not, it would be because Epps thinks he beat us, so-
Booth: He didn't.
Brennan: I know.
Booth: You're upset because you think he beat us. And you know what? He did.
Brennan: Beat us?
Brennan: You just said that he didn't.
Booth: Well, I changed my mind.
Brennan: What, in the last three seconds?
Booth: You know, you're afraid that Epps turned you into him. Into a killer. You have to come to grips with the fact that you killed another human being. Because when you kill someone, you know, there's a cost. A steep cost. I know. I've done it.
Brennan: I did the right thing.
Booth: I know. (Brennan's eyes are glistening with tears) I was there.
Mrs. Epps: Extending Howard's life has given him time to come to grips with what he's done, to ask God for forgiveness.
Booth: Then we did the right thing by having his execution stayed.
Dr. Brennan: Are you on some kind of medication?
Mrs. Epps: Dr. Brennan, I am not one of those crazy women who falls in love with death row killers.
Dr. Brennan: Obviously that's exactly what you are.
Booth: I got something for you.
Brennan: A bottle of hard liquor?
Booth: Next best thing.
(takes a small pig figurine out of his pocket, sits it in the palm of his hand, and moves close to Brennan)
Booth: Meet Jasper.
(They both smile. Brennan takes Jasper from Booth's hand and looks at it.)
Booth: You're gonna be okay.
Brennan: (lifts her eyes to Booth and speaks with vulnerability in her voice) Yeah?
Epps: Those hack doctors at the prison infirmary did a miserable job setting my wrist. It aches all the time, and I don't have a full range of movement. And let me tell you, when you're stuck in a prison cell for 23 hours a day, there's really only one thing you can do to pass the time, and I need my wrist
Booth: Well, I'm sure Dr. Brennan would be happy to re-break it for you.
Brennan: You said you've dealt with manipulative men before.
Angela: Sweetie, this is a psycho killer, not some loser who wants you to co-sign a loan for his jet-ski.
Caroline Epps: Howard tells me you both saved his life last year.
Booth: It was our pleasure.
Brennan: (shocked) What? I was disappointed.
Booth: ...the last time Bones saw Epps, it got violent.
Saroyan: You'll be there to protect her.
Booth: She's not the one who needs protecting. Bones broke his wrist.
Bones: He touched me with his creepy serial killer hands.
Saroyan: Better not take Dr. Brennan.
Zack: Shape suggests a tire iron.
Brennan: A tire iron. A tire iron. Hands and feet bound, buried face down.
Booth: (coming to realization) Epps.
Hodgins: Hi Angela, you look great today!
Angela: Thanks Hodgie, this is my boho rocker artist mid-week take a deep breath and pout look!
Epps: When Dr. Brennan figures it out come and see me again, but bring your lady scientist otherwise I don't say a word.
The German title for this episode is "Opfer eines bösen Spiels," which means "Victims of an Evil Game." This suggests that not just the vicitims, but also Booth and Bones, are victims of the killer's game.
International Air Dates:
Denmark: November 21st, 2006 on TV3
Spain: March 2nd, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
Germany: September 19th, 2007 on RTL
Belgium: September 15th, 2007 on RTL-TVI
Middle East: June 28th, 2008 on MBC4
India: July 2nd, 2008 on Star World
There is a season three episode of NCIS, titled "Mind Games," that has a very similar storyline to this episode. A man is on death row and a victim with the same M.O. is discovered, which is part of the man on death row's game to mess with the agent who arrested him and delay his execution.
"It Don't Matter to the Sun" by Rosie Thomas (at the end of the episode)
Hodgins: This proves Epps is working for the top level of the Illuminati.
In the realm of conspiracy theory and contemporary folk mythology Illuminati refers to a shadowy conspiratorial organization which is reputed to secretly control world affairs. In this conspiratorial context, the Illuminati are often believed to be the masterminds behind the events that will lead to a New World Order.
Zack: Classic Game Theory.
Game theory is often described as a branch of applied mathematics and economics that studies situations where players choose different actions in an attempt to maximize their returns. The essential feature, however, is that it provides a formal modeling approach to social situations in which decision-makers interact with other minds.
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