Season 5 Episode 21

The Boy with the Answer

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 13, 2010 on FOX
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The trial of The Gravedigger -- the serial killer the team finally caught last season -- has arrived, and the team must work hard to find enough evidence to guarantee a conviction.

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  • Will she, won't she? be found guilty that is.

    Wow. Tension throughout as the Gravedigger comes to trial. Hodgins and Brennan have nightmares after their experiences but Booth doesn't seem so traumatised. Taffet shoots down the evidence and gives them another lead to work on. When the body of the Gravediggers's first victim is found the team cannot work on it and appear as expert witnesses whilst they are also victims. So the team are obliged to change the charges against her.

    Taffet really is creepy and, as a former FBI prosecutor, more than capable of representing herself in court.

    Booth is, as always, optimistic that Caroline will clinch the case but it's still a nerve wracking wait till the jury comes in.

    The final scene between Booth and Brennan suggests that maybe they will be parting. She is tired of murders and as she is driven away in a cab, she looks back at him standing there looking sad and worried. This is like the last scene of 'Parts in the Sum of the Whole'moreless
  • Stunning!

    That was just purely great episode. It had it all: what a case: gravedigger returns and she has her own game even if they have caught her. She manages to get into everyone heads and starts messing with them. And one of her games is that they have to drop their cases in order to testify as experts instead of victims. To see Brennan suffering on those nightmares.. Hodge almost losing it.. getting closer to edge.. the emotional impact this case has on the team and how every evidence they have, is downplayed and in the end, noone know if they manage to convict her.moreless
  • Outstanding!! (possible spoilers)

    TV has started becoming...disappointing (to say the least). But this episode made up for all the boring episodes of CM and House. This episode was golden...amazing. Honestly, I found myself bawling in the middle and cheering at the end. The Boy with the Answer was suspenseful and thought provoking and beautifully disturbing. There were some amazing BB moments (even though I'm not really a BB shipper). The battle in court was intense and dramatic and I loved how the characters had to make some personal sacrifices just to put Taffet away. Speaking of Taffet, the acting on her side was OUTSTANDING. I thought she portrayed the creepy psychopathic lawyer perfectly. Also, the emotion in the episode was perfect. With Sweets' angsty "I know" and Brennan confession about the nightmares, I could almost feel their pain. This is what TV is supposed to be! This episode was BEAUTIFULLY written, the acting was AMAZING and the emotion was raw and genuine. That really just sums it up :)moreless
  • The trial of the Gravedigger ensues, and the Jeffersonian team has to both support each other emotionally and piece together new evidence, to bring justice to a cunning killer arrested under shaky grounds.moreless

    Any review of this episode on this site, must come with a message: if a show stirs you enough to cry or puts you on the edge of your seat, an "8" score/rating is insufficient, and does not accurately convey how good the show was! C'mon, reviewers...this one was easily a 9 and more like a 9.5 if you didn't like Bones' wavering emotions!! Tighten up! I really loved both previous battles with this fantastic villian known as the Gravedigger, who, in burying victims after stun-gunning them, and giving GPS coordinates only after a ransom is paid, is one of the most ruthless and cunning adversaries TV has seen in many, many years! The first encounter in "Aliens in a Spaceship" with Bones and Hodgins buried inside her car was the better of the two, being more gripping overall and more believable, than Booth's turn in "The Hero in the Hold", but it was so-o gratifying in "Hero" for the Gravedigger to be revealed and caught in the act. So "The Boy With The Answer" is kind of the last one in a trilogy, and was fantastically acted and written all the way around. Heather Taffet proved a lethal, devious killer in the first two Gravedigger shows, and in this one, she shows us a caginess and evasiveness in getting the initial evidence against her thrown out, then relentlessly shredding the credibility of Hodgins, Booth, and mostly, Bones, who she challenges intellectually on top of everything else! It was an incredibly difficult court case, so dramatic that I'm sure left viewers emotionally drained, frustrated, and on the bitter edge, as much as it did the Jeffersonians who fell victim to the former-FBI-Agent-turned-stone-killer...I wanted her jailed, tortured, and even wouldn't have minded if Bones' Dad Max would have succeeded assassinating her! In the end, it took the best of all of our favorite labbers, (spoiler alert!) to finally bring the snarling killer to justice, who left the courtroom leering at Temperance, vowing that it's not over between them. The one weakness of this episode was the over-dramatic response of Tempy, who is the only person not elated to see the 'Digger put away, and not handling well Hodgins' announcement of his and Angelas jailhouse wedding. It was so great to see Booth, Sweets, and Cam being touched by the wedding revelation, but of course, Bones being the fragile, emotionally stunted person she is, was left after her initial congratulations, stunned and confused. As much as I'd want Booth and Bones to finally consummate their obvious feelings, I feel like Tempy is just too much of a wreck by her professional life, to invest an emotional relationship with. The Bones/Booth drama aside, this was an incredible episode that I loved enough to give it an 11!!!!moreless
  • Warning: Emotional turmoil. 43 minutes with no seconds wasted... a promise of great change to come

    I havent written a review in a while but this episode makes so many thoughts and words explode in my mind.

    firstly- 10/10 for acting and 9/10 for the writing.

    Everyone was just brilliant, they convey both spoken and unspoken emotions. The first moment it showed hodgins - brennan in the nightmare it really reminded me of gravedigger case. I havent seen Brennan this affected in a long time. The last time she had that much fear (and that scene where she admitted to having nightmarea broke my heart)was when booth got blown up and she was nearly murdered by the bad cop, the grave digger episode and both times when booth was kidnapped.

    It was unexpected that they can only prosecute the boy's kidnapping case. In some ways it was smart but it also undermined what could have been a mind-blowing episode. Quite a few people fantasized for the grave digger's ending.. and now it's reduced to 'what could have been' cause they sort of expected hodgins n temperance to testify for themselves. I guess the writers want to surprise us at every turn.

    Brennan looked so battered and it really suggessted that she needs a break from crime solving... and perhaps a break from their partnership. oh the suspense... and i'm pretty sure they'll throw us a cliff-hanger of sorts in the finale. I love seeing hodgins-ange together again. with them married- there's whole loads of cute possibilities in future episodes. I'm still reeling from taking in everything this episode...moreless
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

H. Richard Greene

H. Richard Greene

Judge Dufrey

Guest Star

Dave Allen Clark

Dave Allen Clark


Guest Star

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Heather Taffet

Guest Star

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

Max Keenan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The murder of the two boys featured in "Spacemen in the Crater" and the kidnappings and murders that contributed to a book written about the gravedigger prior to the time of the episode are never mentioned. Why were none of these charges brought against Heather Taffet? Also, although Booth dropped the charges of his case, she should be charged for the murder of Thomas Vega in "The Hero in the Hold."

    • During Hodgin's testimony, when he states the scientific name for the dust mite Caroline says, "For those of us who don't speak 'insect,' what is that, exactly?" Although Caroline wouldn't be expected to know this, a dust mite is actually an arachnid, not an insect.

    • Goof: When Brennan confesses to Booth that she has nightmares and they hug, her head is resting on his left shoulder. But when the take cuts to Booth, her head is on his right shoulder.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Bones: I'm tired of ... of all of it. I'm tired of dealing with murders and, victims and sadness and pain.
      Booth: Well, Bones, that's what we do. All right? We catch the bad people, and we make the world a better place.
      Bones: No, Booth. That's what you do, and somehow, I got caught up into it.
      Booth: Wait a sec. Hold on. You were dealing with dead people long before we got together.
      Bones: As a researcher, an anthropologist. That's how I can make the world a better place.
      Booth: And you do. Come on. You make the world a great place.

    • Cam: (about The Gravedigger) We all knew she was guilty so, someplace, we assumed that in a just world she'd pay for what she did.
      Sweets: That assumes a just world, I'm afraid.
      Cam: These ... are my people she hurt, my friends. I should ... be able to do something.
      Sweets: I know.

    • Hodgins: Are you kidding me?! Is it really that easy for you to forget what happened to us?!
      Bones: (confidently) I will never forget what happened to us, or to Booth, or this boy. You are not the only one suffering, Dr. Hodgins. But your emotions have no relevance, not if we want to convict Taffet.

    • Bones: (about The Gravedigger) She may be amoral, but she is brilliant.
      Booth: Well you're more brilliant.
      Bones: What if her dispassion makes her more logical? What if that gives her an advantage over me?
      Booth: Wait a second. Now you're upset because you're not more like a psychopath?

    • Booth: You okay?
      Caroline: Oh you mean because this case is a career killer? I'm cute, I can always find a job.

    • Brennan: I have nightmares, Booth ... Hodgins is bleeding ... you're drowning. I- I can't help anyone.
      Booth: Look, all right, you know what? She's never gonna get the better of you, all right? Just no. All right, I promise. Okay? (she hugs him)

    • Brennan: I have this sense that everything's changing, Booth.
      Booth: Not everything. Look, we're still partners, right? And- and- and Taffet, she's- she's put away I mean, you're feeling good about that, right?
      Brennan: You almost died, Booth. That could happen again, what if next time I can't get to you?
      Booth: That's not gonna happen again.
      Brennan: I, envy your ability to substitute optimism for reality.
      Booth: You know what? Maybe you just need to, take some time off. Go to a beach, lay in the sun.
      Brennan: I might need more than a little time.

    • Hodgins: (nervous) Barely keeping it together here Ange.
      Angela: Well you were uh, you were sane enough to marry me.
      Hodgins: But I don't feel strong enough to tell anybody yet. I feel like she's still got me locked up, you know? I mean when I see her there's just this um, anger ... I mean this kind of helplessness that k-
      Angela: I know, I know.
      Hodgins: When I was buried in that car, I didn't think I was ever going to see you again. And now I feel like she's still in between us.
      Angela: Well she's not. Look at me. She's not. Nobody can get between us.

    • Bones: (to Angela and Hodgins) Best wishes for a successful blending of familial obligations as well as monetary and property consolidation. (everybody stares at her) What?

    • Brennan: Caroline said you can't give expert testimony if she's prosecuting your case.
      Booth: I told Caroline to drop my charges too. ... I'm not gonna let you do this alone. (pauses, Brennan looks at him) She goes to the judge tomorrow morning at 10 and then we can dive in on all this.
      Brennan: Thanks Booth.
      Booth: We're partners, it's what we do, right?

    • Caroline: So how's your girlfriend holding up?
      Booth: She's fine ... she's not my girlfriend.
      Caroline: Oh, so those little looks between you...
      Booth (shrugs): Nothing.
      Caroline: Right. I hope you're more believable on the stand.

    • Bones: I don't want you to kill people for me. Just buy me a sweater like a regular dad.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Seen Enough" by Dryer (when the judge is reading the verdict)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 12th, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 20th, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: May 30th, 2010 on Channel Seven/7HD
      Latin America: June 2nd, 2010 on Fox
      Spain: June 18th, 2010 on Fox
      Sweden: August 29th, 2010 on TV3
      India: October 7th, 2010 on Star World
      Norway: November 11th, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: December 25th, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: March 23rd, 2011 on JOJ
      Germany: April 21st, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 26th, 2011 on Prima


    • Terminator 2: Judgement Day: In the first scene, Brennan's nightmare, she grabs a chain link fence with both hands and shakes it. This shot strongly resembles part of Sarah Connor's dream sequence in Terminator 2 where she is shaking the fence, attempting to warn people on a playground of impending doom (the nuclear holocaust).

    • The final scene of this episode is clearly a recreation of events that Booth and Brennan recalled in the 100th episode, "The Parts in the Sum of the Whole." In both episodes, Booth and Brennan are talking outside of a bar-type establishment after having some drinks, and to Booth's dismay Brennan takes a cab home, leaving Booth behind as she looks at him through the back window of the cab. The cab number is even the same in both episodes -- 5260. Additionally, the future of their partnership is being seriously threatened in both episodes.