Season 4 Episode 7

The He in the She

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 08, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Booth and Brennan go to investigate a body found in the Chesapeake Bay. After arriving, they find only the upper torso, giving the team little to work with other than remnants of the victim's breast implants. Brennan and Booth are led to a small church in Maryland, where they find that the victim was a pastor. When the team finds the lower half of the body, they learn that their initial assumptions may not have been incorrect.moreless

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  • Booth, Bones, and the team work to solve the mystery of a body that contains parts of both sexes.

    Usually I'm pretty critical, but this was a decent -episode. The story was well-written and original, there was plenty of Bones/Booth interaction, and there was also enough chemistry and interaction with the rest of the team to keep it light and moving. I'm almost starting to enjoy the different intern we meet each week, as they are usually the butt of a lot of humor and keep things a bit new. Overall, kudos to the writers for 1)coming up with something original, and 2) not mucking things up by introducing new characters (other than an intern) or otherwise messing with the chemistry of the group.moreless
  • Redemption, the hard way.

    Victim with two sexes that is a pastor for a community church that is made up of some "diverse" members, this aught to be good. Discovering that the victim was a former Patrick Stevenson an evangelist that had a talent for taking money from its church members I thought that was an interesting twist. I LOVED the interview scene with Ryan Stevenson and Boothe. I found it very revealing for both of the characters. As always Boothe and Bones have some of the best conversations from religion, to whether or not they would like each other as differing sexes then people leading split lives.

    Introducing Nigel Murray. Love the accent but he was done before he got started.moreless
  • This episode looks at an important concept epecially for Booth: redemption.

    The episode wasn't bad nor was it brilliant, it was kinda middle of the road. The case was different to the norm but not riveting. The case involved the floating of half of a body found by two stoners. We assume the body is that of a woman as breast implants are found, though we later find that she is a post op transgender woman. Religion is added into the mix as the body is that of a Pastor. We later find that the woman use to be a male television evangelist. The case is solved and we learn a moral lesson. The new grad student got annoying after awhile and Brennan's comments on the Pope sound mean, you think by now that she would stop saying stuff like that because it hurts Booth. Overall I'm hoping the episodes will improve as the season goes on.moreless
  • A man that had a sex change is murdered.

    I wanted to enjoy this episode, I thought that the religious storyline would be entertaining, but unfortunately I just found myself incredibly bored throughout the hour. Not enough jokes from Booth, not enough field scenes with Brennan and Booth and just not a very intense plot. This was the weakest installment so far in Season 4 as everything just came off as filler. I did like the guest appearance by 7th Heaven's David Gallagher, and the final scene with him was great, but the majority of this episode was just drivel. Hopefully things will get better next week as I was interested based on the preview.moreless
  • This was a very good episode. In fact this is the kind of episode that fans love and what made the show popular in the first place.

    This was a very good episode. In fact this is the kind of episode that fans love and what made the show popular in the first place.

    What made this a good episode was the case. It was interesting and full of twists. It was very original and it reminded me a lot of many of the first season cases. The dialogue was also very sharp, with several laugh out loud lines.

    I thought bringing in David Gallagher(7th Heaven) to guest star this week as the son of the victim was a nice touch. His scenes with Booth were very good and I found his performance at the very end to be very touching.

    T.J. Thyne(Hodgins) has been impressing me with his performances. Ever since the untimely exit of Zach, his character has become more irritable and cynical, if that's possible. Thyne has incorporated those attributes into his performance very well and I love the subtly of it.

    One thing I didn't like was Ryan Cartwright as the new intern Vincent Nigel-Murray. Out of all the new interns we've met so far this season he was the least likable and interesting, in my opinion. I'm beginning to long for Clark to come back, that is since Zach will never be able to come back to work at the lab.moreless
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

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

Ryan Cartwright

Ryan Cartwright

Vincent Nigel-Murray

Guest Star

David Gallagher

David Gallagher

Ryan Stephenson

Guest Star

Nancy Youngblut

Nancy Youngblut

Cecilia Stephenson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Despite the fact that Booth has a gambling problem, he and Sweets make a bet about where to find Patty's son. Even though his gambling problem may not be that severe, it's still odd that no one made any objections to Booth's bet.

    • The victim in this episode and the previous episode are both named Patty.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Bones: Patrick Stephenson wasn't murdered, Patricia Ludmuller was.
      Booth: You think the moment Patricia Ludmuller came to exist, Patrick Stephenson stopped?
      Bones: When the butterfly emerges, does the caterpillar cease to exist?
      Booth: Okay, what are you, like some kind of kung fu master?

    • Bones: Okay, I'm a genius and I'm confused.

    • Booth: Do you think it means anything? She lived her life split in two, then, in death, split in two again.
      Brennan: No, I don't think it means anything.
      Booth: I didn't think you would.

    • Bones: What are you doing?
      Booth: I'm praying, keep your voice down!
      Bones: Sorry. You're not a member.
      Booth: It's not a gym, Bones.

    • Booth: Redemption through transformation. I get it. What do you believe in Bones?
      Bones: I believe in, always swimming with a buddy.
      Booth: What?
      Bones: You gather your wisdom, I gather mine.

    • Bones: I need a forensic anthropologist in the lab so I can spend my time aiming Agent Booth in the right direction.
      Booth: Aiming Agent Booth? Like a hose?

    • Vincent: The pelvic bone speaks. It says, "I be male."
      Cam: The pelvic bone can say whatever it wants to say, this part here (points) says female.
      Vincent: What part's that?
      Cam: It's called a vagina.

    • Hodgins: Does Brennan put "Mr." in front of your name?
      Vincent: Yes.
      Hodgins: It's her very subtle way of saying you're not a doctor.

    • Cecilia Stephenson: The boy donated his entire trust fund to the church. His father thought that we brainwashed him or some such nonsense.
      Brennan: Did you give the money back?
      Cecilia: The boy wasn't brainwashed Dr. Brennan - the Lord touched him.
      Booth: Exactly how much money did the Lord touch him for?

    • Vincent: Did you know that women blink, twice as often as men?
      Cam: Which might be useful information if the fish hadn't eaten our victim's eyelids.

    • Vincent: Can I ask you something?
      Hodgins: (groans) Is there any way to say "No"?
      Vincent: What ever happened to whoever it was who used to work here, before me?
      Hodgins: He joined forces with a serial killer who was the last in a long line of cannibalistic murderers specializing in knocking off members of secret societies and building skeletons out of their body parts.
      Vincent: Wow. I- I hope that doesn't happen to me. So, he's not coming back then?
      Hodgins: No, he's locked up for the rest of his life. But we all still like him.

    • Cam: What do you see, Mr. Nigel-Murray?
      Vincent: Eye sockets.
      Cam: Anything special about these sockets?
      Vincent: There are no eyeballs in them?
      Cam: We already have Agent Booth to make lame jokes let's, stick to facts.
      Vincent: The rods in the human eye are sensitive enough to detect the light emitted by a struck match from as much as a mile away - on a clear night.
      Cam: Okay, let's stick to relevant facts.

    • Booth: Would you like me better if I was a woman?
      Brennan: No I would not.
      Booth: Why?
      Brennan: I'd be jealous that you might be prettier than I am.
      Booth: I would be too. I'd be hot! Smokin' hot!

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: January 13th, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: January 18th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: March 20th, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: April 19th, 2009 on Channel 7
      Portugal: April 30th, 2009 on Fox
      Finland: May 1st, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: May 28th, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: September 10th, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: October 14th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 27th, 2010 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Share" by Bag of Toys (at the beginning of the episode)
      "River of Sorrow" by Antony and the Johnsons (the final scenes of the episode)


    • Vincent: What ever happened to whoever it was who used to work here, before me?
      Hodgins: He joined forces with a serial killer who was the last in a long line of cannibalistic murderers specializing in knocking off members of secret societies and building skeletons out of their body parts.

      Hodgins is of course referring to Zack Addy, who joined Gormogon, the serial killer from Season 3.