Season 6 Episode 9

The Doctor in the Photo

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 09, 2010 on FOX
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Booth and Brennan investigate the mysterious death of a surgeon whose life and death challenge Brennan's legendary objectivity. As the team sifts through the evidence, Brennan identifies more and more with the brilliant doctor and her life which makes her question some of her own choices.

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  • My favorite episode of all time

    For 8 episodes, I was furious with HH. I couldn't believe he had given Booth a GF (I understood why Booth did it, Brennan went 7 months without a word to him) and left Brennan alone. It hurt to watch. The Doctor in the Photo made the Hannah arc worth it. Every second. Because TDitP is just that good. Emily deserved an Emmy for her work. After seeing this, I knew why things were the way they were, why Hannah had happened. This was Brennan's waking up to reality. Bones is the only show I know who would have the balls to go this route and I applaud them for it. Because this had to happen. And here we are in S8 and I wouldn't have the love story of B&B any other waymoreless
  • high quality

    I really enjoyed the Enrico Colantoni character, and of course the plot was away from the beaten path.
  • Breathtakingly well made episode.

    For once, the direction takes the laud, though i must admit, Emily nearly matched the effort... but in my eyes, the direction wins hands down.

    In all the previous seasons and episodes, we get to see different styles of narration. We have seen flashbacks, dysfunctional, even a disjunctive one... however this is the first time an entire episode is shown through the eyes of one character - Brennan. We are not shown the photo of the victim till after the case has been solved. The entire episode is shown the way bones perceives it... so much that even Booth, who has been portrayed as nothing but perfect so far, seems to be coldhearted.

    One must accept though, that even when we have a good director, the actors need to back it up, and Emily has done a wonderful job of it. The awkward jokes, the self contemplation, the talk with the victim, and the revelations with Micha, all reveal a lot of her true self, behind the rationale, and she has done a very comprehensive act in this episode.moreless
  • Introspective

    I have been dissapointed lately by my favourite tv shows, but this episode made me reconsider giving up on them, because it has really touched something inside, made me stop for a moment and think about regrets. If I look logically into "Bones" then I should see a victim at the beginning of an episode and the finding of its killer at the end, but here comes the part that makes "Bones" one of my favourite shows: good acting skills, good story and special episodes like this one that remain with you after the episode has ended.

    Take some time to watch it.moreless
  • Completely Heartbreaking

    This has got to be one of the most upsetting episodes of Bones. For six years we'd seen how rational Brennan is, how when something emotional gets to her she goes straight into hyper-rationalism, but this was different. For once you got to see the episode through one character's eyes. Brennan's. You got to see her actually get attached to the case, to the person that had died. Finally, you could see what she was really feeling underneath her logical exterior. The Writers did brilliantly writing this episode, they jumped out of their comfort zone by removing a lot of the science in the case. Instead, they stuck with someone's feelings throughout the whole episode. And if I'm honest, after watching it I believe Brennan, not the scientific "facts". The unusual episode and the brilliant acting on Emily's behalf made it so breahtakingly perfect. I hate giving ten out of ten, but for this I had to. Micah and his lectures brought some much needed laughs to the upsetting episode. And you got to see a vulnerable side to Brennan. And the fact the episode left you answering questions at the end, like was Micah real or a figment of her imagination? Well, who knows? A brilliant little mystery. And finally, towards the ending Brennan concluded that she had regrets and that her main one was Booth. Turning him down all those months ago. When she turned him down she cried then, however, the tears were controlled. This time the moment Booth told her he loved Hannah, that Hannah wasn't a consolation prize all that control just went out of her system. And she cried, she sobbed incoherently and in that instant every viewer watching this episode felt the emotion from Brennan. Some people criticised Booth for being cold towards her. He wasn't being cold. What could he do? He had a girlfriend, whom he loved. He followed Brennan, gave her a lift home, offered for someone to be there for her. He did everything he could without compromising his relationship with Hannah. There wasn't much more he could do unless otherwise he'd have done something wrong. So I agree with what he said, if he went home and looked after her, if he kissed her, if he agreed to break up with Hannah, then that episode wouldn't have been the same. it wouldn't have been as powerful. To affect the viewers Booth had to simply let Brennan down and break her heart. It was a perfect performance by Emily and since that episode is so good and just makes me cry every time I've only watched it twice so I don't ruin it for myself by over watching it. And so I can feel emotion when I finally watch it again. The writers really excelled themselves here, as well as the actors involved. Especially the moment when Booth saved Brennan from the car accident, just another great moment between them two, as well as the heartbreak that was to follow. Well done Bones, couldn't have asked for a more heartbreaking, upsetting episode than this one. Keep up the good work!!!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

Gonzalo Menendez

Gonzalo Menendez

Chris Markham

Guest Star

Brian Goodman

Brian Goodman

Mike Dworsky

Guest Star

Shishir Kurup

Shishir Kurup

Dr. Adit Gadh

Guest Star

Katheryn Winnick

Katheryn Winnick

Hannah Burley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The paper that Bones is holding in the elevator shows the zip code for Washington, D.C. as 20014 when in fact there is no such Zip Code. There is a 20013 and a 20015 however.

    • 175-180 centimeters does not correlate to 5'8-5'9, more like 5'9-5'11.

    • The study that Micah mentions in the bone room with Dr. Brennan seems to be a study from the Journal of Perception entitled "The myth of upright vision. A psychophysical and functional imaging study of adaptation to inverting spectacle." [Journal of Perception, 1999, volume 28, pages 469-481. Linden, David E J, et. al.]

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Micah: How'd it work out?
      Brennan: I listened to the universe. I felt something. I'm sad.
      Micah: That's so much better than dead. Or even dead inside.

    • Brennan: What-what else did you learn in that lecture?
      Micah: That there's no such thing as objectivity. That we're all just interpreting signals from the universe, and trying to make sense of them.
      Brennan: Signals from the universe.
      Micah: Dim, shaky, weak, staticky little signals that only hint at the complexity of a universe that we cannot begin to comprehend. But that's what the lecture said anyway.

    • Booth: Bones, what are you doing here?
      Brennan: What are you doing?
      Booth: I don't know; following you to a bad part of town and saving your life. You know, the usual. Your turn.

    • Brennan: How-how come I understand every word you say? Always? I don't have that with anybody else. Sometimes I just hear … noise.
      Micah: Well, I guess I've been here so long, I speak the secret language of the Jeffersonian, hmm?

    • Micah: By the power vested in me by the Jeffersonian Institution, I declare you sleep-deprived. There's a cab waiting to take you home to bed, hmm?
      Brennan: Do you really have that power?
      Micah: I saw this lecture where this New Age guru type said the only power people exert over us is the power we allow them to exert.
      Brennan: Well that's incredibly stupid.
      Micah: I agree. You wave a gun in my face, you got power whether I like it or not.

    • (Brennan has Micah listen to Lauren Eames' voice on the DVD.)
      Brennan: It sounds exactly like my voice. She is me.
      Micah: She isn't you. She's her and you're you. You're alive and she's dead. Ergo, ipso, facto, Colombo, Oreo.
      Brennan: Those last two words, one is the capital of Sri Lanka and the other is … a cookie.
      Micah: (smiles) It sounds like Latin.

    • Hannah: I-I can't imagine going from being a woman to being a mom.
      Booth: When Parker was born, everything changed in my life, everything.
      Hodgins: Like what?
      Angela: Everything. Everything means everything.

    • Brennan: I made a mistake.
      Booth: Nah, I told you my opinion, I mean, you got it right.
      Brennan: Not everything. She died with regrets.
      Booth: Come on, Bones, everybody has regrets.
      Brennan: I heard her, you know? Micah says that all we get are these (she laughs) dim, staticky messages from the universe.
      Booth: Who's this Micah guy?
      Brennan The night watchman, but he attends a lot of lectures. Anyway, the point is … she never gave him a chance.
      Booth: Micah.
      Brennan: No, no, the helicopter pilot. He offered himself to her, but she never gave him a chance. That was her regret. (Booth looks at her aware that she's talking about him) I got the signal, Booth. I don't wanna have any regrets.
      Booth: (Booth takes his time answering) Um, I'm with someone, (Brennan nods in a defeated way) Bones. And, uh, Hannah? She's not a consolation prize. I love her. (Brennan begins sobbing) You know, the last thing I wanna do is hurt you, but those are the facts.
      Brennan: (in tears) I understand. I missed my chance. My whole world turned upside down. I can adjust.
      Booth: I did.
      Brennan: Yes, you did.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Happiness" by Oh Darling (Brennan fixes dinner for her friends.)
      "When I Fall" by Lizz Wright (Brennan listens to Dr. Eames' voice.)

    • Enrico Colantoni and Francis Capra worked together on Veronica Mars.

    • Original International Air Dates:

      Canada: December 9th, 2010 on Global

      Spain: January 21st, 2011 on FOX

      Sweden: January 30th, 2011 on TV3

      Norway: February 3rd, 2011 on TV3

      United Kingdom: March 2nd, 2011 on Sky LIVING/Sky LIVING HD

      Latin America: April 20th, 2011 on FX

      Slovakia: October 19th, 2011 on JOJ

      Germany: December 1st, 2011 on RTL

      Finland: April 18th 2012 on Sub

      Czech Republic: May 15th, 2012 on Prima family


    • Dr. Adit Gadh: "I will show you fear in a handful of dust."
      This is a quotation from T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" Part I. The Burial of the Dead:

      And I will show you something different from either
      Your shadow at morning striding behind you
      Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
      I will show you fear in a handful of dust.