Season 8 Episode 9

The Ghost in the Machine

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 03, 2012 on FOX



  • Notes

    • This episode is written and filmed as first person narrative à la Mash's "Point of View." In a September 5, 2012, press call with co-showrunner Stephen Nathan that previewed the upcoming eighth season, Hart Hanson called the episode "weird," "tricky," and "a challenge to put together." As part of publicity for the episode, Hanson granted an interview to the Hollywood Reporter (December 3, 2012) in which he detailed some of those challenges. Calling it one of "his most difficult experiences writing the show outside the season six death of Vincent Nigel-Murray," he says Stephen Nathan "had a hard time cutting it, and they had a tough time shooting it." Saying it was hard to get "out of the skull's point of view," he escaped the "stylistic corner" he'd painted himself into by sending the skull on "field trips" with the cast.