Season 4 Episode 23

The Girl in the Mask

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 23, 2009 on FOX
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Brennan and Booth investigate after Sachi, the sister of Booth's detective friend Ken from Japan, goes missing, only months after arriving in the U.S. After Sachi's decapitated head is found, Ken joins Brennan and Booth to help solve her murder.

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  • emotional

    Watching this again I appreciated how emotional it was. Booth's friendship with Nak and his empathy with him were touching but also he had to come down firmly in his role as the cop.

    Brennan for once understood the pain someone was going through, and revealed in the end why she is afraid of loving someone so deeply.
  • Booths's cop freind from japan calls him about his missing sister whose remains are later found and he seeks Booth's help to capture the killer.

    As a devoted fan, I must say there was a lot of room for improvement but as one of this season's most serious episodes I suppose this part had more of an honor perspective than detective work; the way Nakamura described Booth to Brennan in my opinion influenced her and his love towards his sister made her wonder if it was truly worth to unconditionally love someone like that.

    The other interesting side of the show was the question on Dr.Tanaka's gender! The role was played impecablly well and it kept audiences guessing till the last minute.

    The episode could have added a little more action or drama to the plot and other than that it was acceptable.moreless
  • A very moving episode.....

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. We open with Booth and Bones in the diner, with Bones trying to work out what new intern to hire full time. Booth gets a phone call from a detective called Ken who is in Japan, whose sister is visiting the US and who he believes has gone missing. We learn that Booth was in Japan a couple of years ago on an exchange and when he was there Ken and Sachi took him in and looked after him. We also learn that their parents died when they were young and Ken raised his sister. Soon the sister's car is found abandoned and blood is found inside. Bones sees something and so foes off into the water, where she finds a mask with a human skull inside. Soon the skull is IDed to be that of Sachi and so Ken joins Brennan and Booth to help solve her murder. Ken also brings along his own intern to help out on the case. Soon the team try to work out if the intern if male or female. We soon learn that Sachi and her missing roommate were working for an escort agency. On hearing this Ken flips out and so is taken out of the field. Ken tells Bones that she is a lucky woman to work with Booth. Booth and Bones go to see the man who runs the escort agency and Bones has to pull Booth away before he kills the guy. Soon a gun is rules out as a murder weapon. Soon the rest of Sachi's body is found and is taken back to the lab. Soon learn that Sachi was drowned, and then her head was cut off. Soon the room mate is found and is brought in for questioning. Sweets speaks to her, but she is so scared, she can't say anything. Soon through the evidence, they track down who the killer is and he is brought in for questioning. Only when they test is knife for blood it is clean, which shocks everyone. We learn that he put her head on a spike, and after making a deal, tells them who drowned her. We learn that a client of her roommates killed her. The escort agency owner was then hired to clean up the scene. As the episode ends, everyone is still wondering if the Japanese intern is male or female so Angela hugs him/her and we learn that the intern is in fact a guy. We end with Booth and Bones discussing the case, whilst they eat a banana split together.moreless
  • A very moving episode.

    Occasionally, the series does an episode about different cultures and I liked this one, the brother/sister story was well written.

    Ken Nakamura is in a horrible position – having solely raised his baby sister, she goes to America where he cannot protect her. She turns up dead and not only does he have to deal with her murder, but also the things she was involved in, such as being a model. Satchi was killed because of what her roommate was involved in, she was innocent. Ken will have to live with the feeling that he failed her, however unreasonable.

    Brennan comments how alone she is, the writers seem to have utterly abandoned Max and Russ. I liked the sense of growing closeness they had been creating between Brennan and her brother. However, I am relieved they've abandoned Max, the writers had destroyed the interesting story from season 3.

    A very good episode, interesting and moving.moreless
  • Brennan shows some sympathy

    After several weeks of not watching Bones, it was a nice surprise to watch this episode. Here's why.

    I've always disagreed with Brennan's lack of emotion in certain situations but she was completely different here and it was nice to see. She was very thoughtful with Booth's friend and she even chose the right words to gently ask him to step outside and let them do their job. If she doesn't like psychology, sorry Brennan, but she did use it there.

    Maybe she saw herself in that situation. She saw in the man what she wanted to see in Russ (by the way, where the hell is he this season?) What I thought was a little bit silly was the whole she is/he is. I think Camille was acting very immature in that scene where she kept staring at the what turned out to be a man, thanks to Angela's methods of investigation ;)

    Very good episode, I hope I can get back my passion for this show.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

Brian Tee

Brian Tee

Ken Nakamura

Guest Star

Ally Maki

Ally Maki

Dr. Haru Tanaka

Guest Star

Robert Wu

Robert Wu

James Sok

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The staff of the Jeffersonian tries throughout the episode to figure out if Dr. Haru Tanaka is a man or a woman. While Dr. Tanaka is finally revealed to be a man, the role was played by Ally Maki, a woman.

    • When Booth gets the call informing him that Sachi's car has been found, the light outside is bright. In the next scene, when he and Bones arrive at the scene, it's completely dark.

    • Dr. Tanaka: No, this is original. Uh not representing any of the well-known characters -- Sailor Moon, Faye Valentine, Motoko.

      Respectively, these are female characters from the anime series Sailor Moon, Cowboy Bebop, and Ghost in the Shell.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Ken Nakamura: If you think the photographer is the killer, I want to be there.
      Booth: Nak, if you budge from the Jeffersonian I will have you on the first plane back to Japan, you understand? You know me, and you know that's true.
      Brennan: You were kind of mean there, Booth.
      Booth: Man's in big pain, Bones. Makes it hard for him to hear.
      Brennan: I have never heard of grief affecting auditory acuteness.
      Booth: Medical fact, look it up.

    • Ken Nakamura: I cannot imagine never talking to her again.
      Brennan: I myself have no one in my life whom I talk to that much. Outside of work, I mean. Perhaps that is good.
      Ken Nakamura: How so?
      Brennan: I can see how much pain you're in. Is it worth it ... to have your own happiness so contingent upon another human being?
      (Nakamura reaches for Sachi's photograph.)
      Ken Nakamura: If I was willing to give up my life for Sachi ... why would I not be willing to risk my happiness for her?

    • Cam: (talking about Dr. Tanaka) If I'd said he/she was a girl and he/she was a guy, he/she might be offended or, other way around, same thing. God, I miss the ease of a simple pronoun.

    • Angela: Hey. So, I Googled Tanaka: three hundred hits, all Japanese, none with a personal pronoun.
      Hodgins: Maybe we should just ask her.
      Angela: Him.
      Sweets: Uh ... you people can identify human remains based on a tiny little finger bone, but you can't judge the sex of a person standing right in front of you. Does nobody else see the irony in this?

    • Bones: Will he recover? Your friend Ken.
      Booth: From losing his sister? No you don't recover from something like that, you just ... survive.
      Bones: People die. There's a fault in the design if we can't recover from it.
      Booth: Fault in the design, what are we, coffee pots?

    • Sweets: The mask could have been used by the killer to dehumanize the victim, allowing whoever decapitated her to distance himself from the ugly reality of her death.
      Dr. Tanaka: Mmm, you are entering the realm of psychology, a field of unverifiable speculation. Perhaps I can be of further help to Dr. Brennan. (Tanaka bows and leaves the room)
      Sweets: Sometimes I hate hard science. I know that seems immature, but that's just how I feel.

    • Cam: Why would someone cut the head off a body here (points at a place on a map) and drive miles away to dispose of the head here (points at another place on the map)?
      Hodgins: I rarely find motive in bird vomit.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Tronica" by ElectricStreetPolice (when Booth and Nakamura question Bruce Takedo at Pappa Puffs)

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: June 14th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: July 17th, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: August 9th, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Finland: October 31st, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: December 17th, 2009 on TV3
      Slovakia: April 14th, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: April 29th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: January 31st, 2011 on Prima