Season 5 Episode 14

The Devil in the Details

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 04, 2010 on FOX
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Booth and Brennan examine disfigured remains that oddly relate to biblical text. They discover that the victim was a patient at a sanitarium, and have trouble sorting through the list of suspects they uncover.

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  • It's all in the subtext...

    An interesting essay on using what works for you to get through each day; sane or otherwise. All wrapped up in the necessary murder case. And pretty well done at that; no preaching necessary...

    It was interesting to see Bones fooled by the "doctor". I could see her settling in for a date! This character makes me laugh; on one hand she's an absolute genius and on the other hand she hasn't got a clue about some of the simplest things! Typical genius and Emily Deschanel plays that beautifully.

    Sweets was in is element and this episode showcased his maturity as a therapist even if his age is still perceived as lacking. Can psychology have prodigies??!! This is a great character and a welcome addition to the "full time" cast. For me he's as irreplaceable now as Booth or Bones.

    Weird case, makes for a great episode, and (almost) everyone manages to keep their "faith"...moreless
  • Nice talk about faith

    Interesting episode. First, Brennan finally understand that a psychologist's job is as important as whatever she does and should be acknowledged. Good for Brennan for admiting it.

    Vaziri shares a little bit about his life. I love how Cam has evolved nicely and she definitely fits the job by taking full responsibility and getting to know her subordinates as well as leading them and advising them. Besides, she made a mistake and she faced it.

    The last scene was very nice. Even when sometimes Brennan is hard to understand, I like when she asks Booth questions because I believe he's the only one who has the patience to answer them. Booth was clearly upset and this time he had to find his own answers. Good to see Amanda Schull, she was last seen in Lie to Me. She has a light resemblance of a young Nicole Kidman.moreless
  • Matters of faith

    Ok.. I loved the visual side. Quite much playing with flames and the way the episode started.. that I did not expected.. flames and all (remind me Angels and Demons) and the whole faith thing continues troughout the episode. Not only the case but back on the lab and I really liked the lesson on that storyline: not to judge before knowing all the facts.

    And the whole thing with mental institution. Loved Joshua Malina. Loved that patient who thought he is doctor and how Bones thought she met with someone who she can talk. I mean.. that was funny but there was little bit deeper storyline maybe even in that too.

    Anyway, nice episode.moreless
  • A mystery falls into the laps of B&B as the remains of what appears to be "Rosemary's baby" are found in a church. The episode gets even more interesting with Arastoo's take on the subject.moreless

    It gave us chills, tears and the permission to question our faith every once in a while, it was well worth the time spent watching it and while leaving us hanging for two months this part will stay in our heads for a while.

    I can't ignore the fact that Vaziri's statement left Cam wondering who she was working with shoulder to shoulder and his justification reminded me of the ugliness of war and the hatred it spreads through the world(although I must mention that as a Persian, our language is not Arabic and him working as a translator in Iraq meant that he knew the language not as his mother tongue). The case was exiting and the mental institution added to the thrill of the investigation with all the colorful characters, especially the fake doctor's ability to fool Brennan like that; I also sympathized with the mother and I hope no one in the real world ever has to deal with so much in their lives.

    Before I wrap up, I have to say this, every time the girl claimed she was an "angel", I kept saying : no, David was Angel! I just couldn't get over it. ;) Enjoy the episode, can't wait for the next one.moreless
  • Horn's and a tail.....

    This episode had it all. From the religious thing with Booth to Bones stopping to take a second look at physiology when they investigate at the mental hospital. Will she ever look at Sweets as a real doctor? Perhaps not but now she may at least have a tiny bit more respect for the man. The whole horn implants was creepy and very realistic way. Special effects in this show are getting better and better. kudos to the fx crew. But lets not forget Angelia and a squint.....where is that going to go next? When are Sweets and Daisy going to get married?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

Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina

Dr. Adam Copeland

Guest Star

Jocko Sims

Jocko Sims

Lloyd Robertson

Guest Star

Amanda Schull

Amanda Schull

Neviah Larkin

Guest Star

Pej Vahdat

Pej Vahdat

Arastoo Vaziri

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Booth: Right now I'm more worried about a safe distance between you and me.
      Brennan: Why?
      Booth: Why, because we're going to a church, and you tend to get blasphemous in churches.
      Brennan: Are you afraid that if God smites me with lightning that you could get hit?
      Booth: Yeah, since I would be standing right beside you.
      Brennan: The Greek God Zeus also used lightning to incinerate his enemies, although Zeus apparently had better aim than your God.
      Booth: Exactly, stuff like that. Just don't say stuff like that.

    • Booth: You know what it feels like to get your faith back?
      Bones: When I see effects and I'm unable to discern the cause, my faith in reason and consequences is shaken.
      Booth: Then what happens?
      Bones: Two plus two equals four. I put sugar in my coffee and it tastes sweet. The sun comes up because the world turns. These things are beautiful to me. There are mysteries I will never understand, but everywhere I look, I see proof that for every effect there is a corresponding cause, even if I can't see it. I find that reassuring.
      Booth: And life is good again.
      Bones: Life is very good.
      Booth: Yes, it is.

    • Cam: (about Arastoo) Do you want to work with someone who thinks you're the Great Satan?
      Hodgins: No, I don't want to be the Great Satan. I don't even want to be a minor demon. Want me to talk to him?
      Cam: Yes, but unfortunately, dopey interpersonal crap falls under my job description.

    • Brennan: (about the body with the horns) Preliminary findings, Mr. Vaziri?
      Arastoo: Victim is human, mostly.
      Cam: Oh, he's only half joking.

    • Dr. Copeland: I've listened to you take shots at my profession and, that's okay. I'm a big boy, a tolerant man, but I want you to think about something. I spend, every working hour of every day trying to help people who are living in Hell. That's an honorable way to spend a life. Perhaps more honorable than figuring out what happened to dead people who are already beyond pain and suffering.
      Bones: Intentions, however misguided, do count. I understand that.
      Dr. Copeland: I hope you won't think I'm too picky when I point out that that wasn't an actual apology. But perhaps it's the best you can manage.

    • Angela: I got an I.D. on our victim.
      Cam: Is his last name Lucifer?
      Hodgins: Can we please call him Hellboy until we find out otherwise?
      Angela: Well, we found out otherwise. (shows a computer image of the victim) Neil Lowery. Turns out Neil is the only missing guy with horns. Heh. Go figure.
      Bones: Where was his last known residence?
      Arastoo: I'm guessing Mr. Stephen King's basement.

    • Booth: (interrogating Lloyd) Why don't we start with the dorky martial arts stuff.
      Lloyd Robertson: Hey, nunchucks and shuriken aren't dorky, alright? They're weapons of a true master.
      Booth: You see, the fact that you just called it shuriken proves my dorky theory.

    • Hodgins: The accelerant was common motor oil, available at any gas station.
      Cam: Well at least it wasn't brimstone, available only from Hell.

    • Booth: I brought Sweets along so you know, he can sift through all the crazy-asses at the looney bin to see if any of them are homicidal.
      Sweets: I'm an excellent loony bin crazy-ass sifter.

    • Booth: What's going on here, are we going the right way?
      Brennan: Yes, all I had to say was (raises voice) 'Saint Dominic's Roman Catholic Church' into the, voice-activated GPS.
      Booth: (loudly) Car, could you please get us there a little faster?
      Brennan: No, the accelerator is not voice-activated, it's foot-activated, like a normal car.
      Booth: Okay. (smiles)
      Brennan: Oh, (laughs) you're joking.
      Booth: Yeah.
      Bones: That's funny.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 3rd, 2010 on Global
      Spain: March 19th, 2010 on Fox
      United Kingdom: April 1st, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: April 11th, 2010 on Channel Seven/7HD
      Latin America: April 14th, 2010 on Fox
      New Zealand: May 2nd, 2010 on TV3
      Sweden: May 2nd, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: September 23rd, 2010 on TV3
      India: September 27th, 2010 on Star World
      Slovakia: November 24th, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: December 4th, 2010 on Sub
      Germany: December 16th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 3rd, 2011 on Prima

    • This episode was touted as the season's "Winter Finale" by Fox, since repeats aired for several weeks afterwards (in part due to the Winter Olympics).


    • Booth: What do you say we just get Hellboy wrapped up and back to the Jeffersonian?
      Booth is referring to the red-skinned demon with filed-down horns and the "Right Hand of Doom" comic superhero created by Mike Mignola. The character made the leap to film in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008).

    • Arastoo: I'm guessing Mr. Stephen King's basement.

      Arastoo makes this comment because Stephen King is a famous horror writer. He has written such well-known novels as Carrie, The Dead Zone, and The Shining.

    • Cam: Well I just don't want to end up hovering above my bed with my head spinning around 360 degrees.

      Cam is referring to the famous 1973 Linda Blair movie The Exorcist, in which Blair's character, a young girl named Regan, gets possessed by a demon. At one point in the movie the demon-possessed Regan hovers above her bed, while in another scene her head spins around.