Season 4 Episode 23

The Girl in the Mask

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 23, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions