Season 4 Episode 26

The End in the Beginning

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 14, 2009 on FOX
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In the fourth season finale, a murdered body is discovered at a popular nightclub called "The Lab." The Jeffersonian team takes on unusual roles, including the nightclub staff and law enforcement, in this dream-world episode.

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  • Just terrible

    Easily the worst episode in the entire first 5 years of the show. Seems like this one was written before they knew whether or not there was going to be another season, so they wanted to show that the actors could play other characters. Really, just skip this one, or watch the last 5 minutes if you must. You'll be much better off going from ep 24: Beaver in the Otter to the start of season 5.moreless
  • More of a fan fiction

    I enjoyed it and there was still murder mystery that was enjoyable to watch because you get to see another side to a lot of the characters that we see in Bones and it was nice to see Brennan be so open for once.

    and now we have concrete evidence that Brennan loves Booth because of what she wrote and then deleted on her laptop. Sure we knew based on her reactions and whatnot but its nice to see it for certain because that means that SHE is aware of her own feelings and that SHE KNOWS that she suppresses those feelings out of fear.

    one last is it everyone in this tv show is musically talented?xD *jealous*moreless
  • Fun to watch and well executed...but I feel cheated.

    As expected, this episode occurs entirely in Booth's mind (except for the final 30 seconds approximately). Most of the fans in the forum were correct in their predictions about this episode, but even so, I still feel a bit cheated.

    All the rotating squints are here, Zach was here, even Berimbau. Also Caroline, Max and Jared. Vasiri was also here without the awful fake accent.

    They are all themselves and maintain their same names, but are living completely different lives. It's like an alternate reality.

    So the episode plays out like any other murder investigation except for the fact that it involves the recurring characters exclusively.

    There is a murder at club "The Lab" owned by Mr. Booth and Bren, and when their employees (the squint squad) learn why the murder victim was killed, they believe that Mr. B may have done it and do everything they can to hide the evidence that may incriminate him and his wife, Bren.

    As all this unfolds, we get to see Booth and Bren all lovey dovey with each other on several occasions. This is a treat regardless of the fact that they are not "really" Booth and Brennan because, in a way, they kind of are.

    By the way, all of this is a very lucid dream in Booth's post-op unconscious mind.

    I believe that the intention was to give us fans the satisfaction of seeing Booth and Brennan sharing a physical and emotional relationship without really doing it with the real characters because that could compromise the entire show.

    The good thing, though, is that even though none of it really happened, it could (and should) still have real consequences because Booth has to deal with the emotional consequences of the experiences he had in his dream, and Brennan has to deal with her realizations during her vigil at Booth's bedside, in addition to the "baby project".

    So, even though I feel a bit cheated, I understand the reasons behind it and hope that next season the consequences of all this are dealt with intelligently and creatively and in a manner that is respectful to us fans.moreless
  • What were they thinking?

    I've been an avid Bones watcher since it first began airing on television. After throughly enjoying Seasons 1 and 2 I found Season 3 and its finale to be dreadful in comparison to the first two seasons.

    I was pleased to find Season 4 improved, only slightly, although it hadn't quite got that same quality as seen in Season 1 and 2.

    The penultimate episode of Season 4 was extremely odd bar the final few minutes revolving around Booth.

    So, I found I was looking forward to the finale in spite of myself, just to see how Booth would do.

    Well, the opening shocked me. That's not how I wanted to see Booth and Brennan together for the first time, but then we learn it must be a dream. I expected this dream not to last too long, but instead it lasts almost the entire episode. If you take the whole dream out of context and try not to think about things too much it is quite enjoyable but in the context of the show I found it to be absolutely stupid and dumb. Although I can see why Booth's mind would conjure up a dream of that sorts. Then the dream is over and Booth wakes up. He reacted poorly to the anesthesia and has been in a coma. He also doesn't recognise who Brennan is. I found that to be such a big cop out. Used just to add in some soap opera style drama. I must admit I didn't find it to be as bad as the Season 3 finale in which we find out Zach is Gormagon's Apprentice, but it is still one of the worst Season Finales for a show I have ever watched.

    That being said I'll still watch the show in hopes it may return to the glory of its earlier seasons and because after watching it for so long I can't find it in me to give up on it just yet. There are still good characters and it is still watchable - for now.moreless
  • One for the fans

    I've always been a huge fan of "alternative reality" episodes. You get to see your favorite characters act radically different. And since episodes like these have no impact on the existing timeline the writers can go all out and the result are often hilarious.

    Bones executed this perfectly. Lighthearted throughout, while throwing subtle and less subtle references at the viewers. The plot was decent but merely acted as the glue to keep all the jokes and characters together. And really all of the regulars made an appearance (exept for Gordon-Gordon :( ) Picking a favorite is impossible, from the always "professional" C-sync to the "basically psychologist" bartender.

    In a very inconsistent season that was crippled by weak subplots (Angela/Roxy), it ended on a high note. This episode will easily be one of my favorite Bones.moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Motley Crue

Motley Crue


Guest Star

Brendan Fehr

Brendan Fehr

Detective Jared Booth

Guest Star

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Guest Star

Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

Max Keenan

Recurring Role

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

Ryan Cartwright

Ryan Cartwright

Vincent Nigel-Murray

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Sweets' band is Gormogon which is a reference to the story arc of season three, where they were trying to catch a serial killer dubbed Gormogon. Sweets also clarifies that the band is called Gormogon, not him, which references "The Pain in the Heart" where Sweets is accused of being Gormogon by Cam.

    • Vincent: (to Zack) Because you're the kind of moron that goes to jail for a murder he did not commit.
      This comment references information revealed in "The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond." Wherein Zack tells Sweets, confidentially, that he never actually committed murder—he only felt responsible for it.

    • Jared Booth, who in this episode assumes a law enforcement role similar to that of his brother Seeley's, is wearing the "Cocky" belt buckle that Seeley is often seen wearing.

    • Goof: In the last scene, when Hodgins is doing a voice-over of what Brennan is typing on a laptop, the last line of Hodgins' voice-over (which Brennan whispers along with) is "Burdens that allow us to fly." -- but on the screen of Brennan's laptop it says "Burdens which allow us."

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Hodgins: (voiceover) Violent death, murder, it sends out shockwaves. The closer you are to it, the greater the shock.

    • Hodgins: (voiceover; about Booth and Brennan) A storm approaches. It is still over the horizon, but there is lightning in the air. Are either of them aware of the gathering turbulence? Can they feel the crackle of electricity in the wind? Or are they aware of only the power that they generate between themselves?

    • Brennan: Cam says everybody thinks I'm a cold fish.
      Booth: What you are is Iceland. Cool to the touch, but underneath, you're all volcano.

    • Detective Saroyan: Should I mark your people down as stupid or uncooperative?
      Caroline: Put 'em down as well-represented.
      Detective Saroyan: How about I put 'em down as accessories after the fact?

    • Detective Saroyan: You're the hostess. You see everyone who comes in.
      Angela: Um maybe if you had a picture of him alive? I don't have a very good visual imagination.

    • Hodgins: (voiceover) The thought of losing so much control over personal happiness is unbearable. That's the burden. Like wings, they have weight, we feel that weight on our backs, but they are a burden that lifts us. Burdens that allow us to fly.

    • Hodgins: People say you only live once. But people are as wrong about that as they are about everything.

    • Angela: Well if we didn't do it then, why do we need a lawyer?
      Daisy: I didn't kill anyone.
      Wendell: Zack screamed when he saw the body, so he's off the hook right?
      Zack: Yelped.
      Fisher: He screamed like Slutty Girl #1 on a teen horror flick.

    • Zack: (discovering a gun among Vincent's stuff) Why do you have a gun?
      Vincent: Wa- oh! Oh! Oh! I'm English. Alright?! We don't use guns, we use our foreheads.

    • Vincent: I'm not going to fare well in jail ... I'm lovely.

    • Hodgins: (voiceover) You love someone, you open yourself up to suffering, that's the sad truth. Maybe they'll break your heart, maybe you'll break their heart and never be able to look at yourself in the same way. Those are the risks.

    • Vincent: You and I are not in collusion.
      Zack: Why not?
      Vincent: Because you're the type of moron who goes to jail for a murder he didn't commit.

    • Brennan: So you're a murderer, I'm unfaithful. We are a very exciting couple.

    • (in the real world)
      Brennan: You've been in a coma for four days. (pauses) It took you so long to wake up.
      Booth: (about his dream) It felt so real.
      Brennan: It wasn't real.
      Booth: Who are you?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Jack Hodgins, the novelist mentioned, is a real Canadian writer and acquaintance of Hart Hanson.

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: July 5th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: July 31st, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: August 30th, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Finland: November 21st, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: January 21st, 2010 on TV3
      Slovakia: May 5th, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: May 6th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: February 24th, 2011 on Prima

    • Ryan O'Neal and Eric Millegan are credited as "Special Guest Stars."

    • Lance Sweets fictional band "Gormogon" is actually a real band named "Dayplayer," whose five members -- John Francis Daley, Matt Fleming, Luke Hall, Tien Nguyen, and Peter Colony Potyondy -- are the same five members who performed the two songs on the show.

    • Featured Music:
      "Neverending Summer" and "Caveman" by Dayplayer (the two songs that Sweets' band "Gormogon" sing) "Dr. Feelgood" by Mötley Crüe (live performance by the band)

    • In this episode, the standard opening credits, which list the show stars, were not used for the first time in the show's history. All credits, including even the show's name, were run over the first scene after initial commercial break instead.