Season 2 Episode 4

The Blonde in the Game

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 2006 on FOX
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After digging up the skeletal remains of a young girl, it becomes clear to Booth and Brennan that they're not dealing with a normal case. It's confirmed at the lab, when they discover that the cause of death points to a convicted serial killer on death row who they've captured in a previous case. A clue is found on the body that leads to another victim - this one only a week old. Brennan and the team must decipher cryptic clues to find the serial killer's accomplice. Things get worse when the team finds out the next victim is still alive. They have to test their limits, racing against the clock, before the young girl becomes the next victim.moreless

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  • Creepy mind games aimed at Brennan and Booth

    Epps won a stay of execution by manipulating Bones and Booth and he is doing it again. From the moment they 'discover' a skeleton he is one step ahead of them, manipulating them with his clues. The difference this time is that he has an accomplice who is continuing with his modus operandi- murdering blond girls in gruesome fashion.

    Always they seem to be one step behind until with some excellent lab work from Hodgins they get an essential clue to lead them to where the last girl to be abducted is being held.This reinforces the essential links between the FBI and the squints, they complement each other in their investigations.

    This time it is Bones who saves Booth from being killed.

    Another dark episode full of tension but with a very tender moment at the end when Booth talks to Brennan about how killing someone exacts a steep cost.

    A light note was when Booth was obviously anxious about having to interview a nun. The idea seemed to phase the good Catholic boy!moreless
  • The perfect episode to get your friends and family into the show.

    "The Blonde in the Game" is evidence enough that Bones' second season is on the right path. It effectively creates the show's nemesis, and how effective this nemesis is! It will leave fans of the show at the edge of their seats, while those uninitiated will still be interested. If you thought that no episode before this one, not even the Pilot episode were good enough to enchant your friends, then this episode will at least keep them from wondering why you enjoy the show so much. Aside from being a thrilling episode, it also touches upon existing character relationships, demonstrating that a thrilling episode does not have to completely give up character development.moreless
  • We find a serial killer, and Booth gives Bones what she has always wanted

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. Booth and ones are called in when a dog is found with a skeleton arm in his mouth. When they manage to get to the body we see that the victim was a young teenage girl. We soon learn that she was buried in the woods between 7 and 10 years ago. Soon the team believe that the case is linked to a serial killer called Epps, who is currently on death row for 3 similar murders. When examining the bones, they learn that another victim is out there. Soon evidence leads them to believe that the 2nd victim is in a mine and so Bones and Booth head there. They soon find the body and we learn that Epps has been working with an accomplice on the outside. A necklace found on the 2nd body, is linked to a possible 3rd victim by the name of Helen. Soon they track down the man they believe to be working with Epps only to learn that he is in a wheelchair. Soon they learn that the true 2nd killer is the same guy, whose dog found the 1st body. Soon they track down where Helen is being held and head there. They find Helen, alive and as Booth goes off to attack her attacker, he tells Bones to stay with her. But of course she doesn't listen and ends up saving Booth's life. As the episode ends we see Booth giving Bones what she has always wanted, a pig named Jasper (a toy pig, but still a pig).moreless
  • A really exciting episode.

    Epps is back ( again) and you know that when you hear the name Epps that it's going to be an awesome episode. And I have to say that Heath Freeman really plays the part off Howard Epps very well. Cause Epps just gives me the creeps. I really love the scene where Brennan meets Mrs. Epps. I do agree with Brennan though, that woman is obviously crazy. I loved Booth and Brennan's relationship in this episode.. And I especially loved the ending of this episode, it was great. It was so cute of Booth to give her that mini pig: Jasper.moreless
  • Nice serial killer episode.

    Nice to reintroduce the serial killer Eps from first season, liked the cat-and-mouse game with Temp. I love serial killer stories so I enjoyed this one.

    Very good opening with the dog 'finds' the body and Temp's pinecone move was a good one.

    The sad thing is that women actually do fall in love with death row inmates, even marry them. Which possibly makes them as disturbed as the inmates. But the thing I find the most disturbing about the episode is that a court would actually give permission for a convicted serial killer to have a child. How twisted is that?! 1/ The child would very probably inherit his father's genetic traits, and 2/ How do you explain to the child who and what their father is? Either you lie and would have to deal with the personality disorders when they inevitably appear or you tell the child the horrific truth, which could become a self-fulfilling prophecy even if the genetic markers somehow don't kick in. I sincerely hope this is fiction and that this could never be allowed legally in real life.

    The connection between Hodgins and Angela is blossoming nicely. I particularly liked how when Hodgins had his little panic attack, Angela got him to focus on her and he came up with the right answer.

    Very good episode.moreless
David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Heath Freeman

Heath Freeman

Howard Epps

Guest Star

Christie Lynn Smith

Christie Lynn Smith

Caroline Epps

Guest Star

Rodney Lane Holland

Rodney Lane Holland

Gil Lappin

Guest Star

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • 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-
      Brennan: Spelunking.
      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)
      Booth: What?
      (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.
      Hodgins: Oh.

    • 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?
      Booth: Yeah.
      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?
      Booth: Bones!
      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?
      Booth: Definitely.

    • 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!
      Brennan: Hodgie?

    • Epps: When Dr. Brennan figures it out come and see me again, but bring your lady scientist otherwise I don't say a word.

  • NOTES (4)

    • 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.

    • Featured Music:
      "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.