Season 8 Episode 17

The Fact in the Fiction

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2013 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Oliver: It's the fact that you don't believe in luck that doesn't let you see the role that it played in this investigation.
      Brennan: Nonsense. We've been working together a long time. And since you have a degree in complicated systems and imaginary numbers, you know that what appears to be synchronicity, luck, is nothing more than a sophisticated array of cause and effect.
      Oliver: I, uh, I don't have a degree in complicated systems.
      Brennan: Oh, well, we all have our areas of weakness. Good night, Dr. Wells.

    • Booth: All right, what about you? If you could travel through time, where would you go?
      Brennan: I'm already there. Here.
      Booth: What?
      Brennan: Here.
      Booth: Here?
      Brennan: The difference between past and future is nowhere to be found in the laws of physics. Everything I want or need is here. Right now.

    • Angela: It's not crazy that I'm worried about, actually. It's arrogance. We're a team here, and you can be traded.
      Oliver: Wherever I go I'm always the smartest person, and it always creates problems.
      Angela: Well, maybe you should try being less of a douche.

    • Oliver: Just because something is theoretically impossible doesn't mean that it's not possible.
      Brennan: I believe that is exactly what it means.
      Oliver: Well, of course you do, because your mind stops working when it hears the word impossible, where mine just keeps going and exploring.
      Brennan: If you believe that the two victims are the same person, you don't belong in this lab.
      Oliver: Of course I don't believe that. That's absurd.
      Cam: Excellent. Moving on.
      Oliver: But I do embrace the impossible probability as a reality. I mean, what serious scientist wouldn't?

    • Sweets: (about Oliver) The guy literally fought off coyotes to get the skull back.
      Booth: Yeah.
      Sweets: That's awesome.
      Booth: Coyotes, they just run away if you yell at them.
      Sweets: I know, but still, to face a pack of wild animals alone--
      Booth: I'm sure you'd just bore them to death with your shrinky talk.
      Sweets: And I'm sure you could just break their hearts with your mean, mean words.

    • Hodgins: (about the victim's severed head) So... not a zombie?
      Cam: Zombies have to be beheaded or they eat your brains.
      Brennan: There are no such things as zombies or vampires or ghosts.
      Oliver: The first law of thermodynamics states that energy is neither created nor destroyed. So when we die, all that energy has to go somewhere, right? I believe that if we die with an abundance of this power, it can become forever imprinted on the immediate environment.
      Hodgins: And that imprint, that's our ghost?
      Oliver: Mm-hmm.
      Hodgins: (admiring) Can we keep him?
      Brennan: I haven't decided yet.

  • Notes

    • Crew Clarifications: Jan DeWitt (Produced by), Kathy Reichs (Inspired by the Life of Forensic Anthropologist and Author), Rick Millikan (Casting by), Pamella Phillips (Make-Up Department Head), Bernie Gough (Hair Department Head), Katie Barnard (Insert Coordinator), Mike Grasso (Police Technical Advisor), Mark Marcum (Video Playback)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 25th, 2013 on Global

  • Allusions