Season 2 Episode 10

The Headless Witch in the Woods

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 29, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While investigating the death of a film student who was working on a documentary about the legend of a headless witch, who haunted woods in the 1700's, Brennan develops a strong bond with the victim's brother.
Booth and Brennan talk about mixing work and personal lives.moreless

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  • Not a bad episode!

    Bones wasn't particularly bad or particularly good!

    Some mor ework could have been done on this episode.

    However... Atleast we got to see Brennan's bad taste in men! For someone who "reads bones", she suck at reading people!

    I kinda feel sorry for her, cause her social skills are vastly lacking and when a guy finds interest in you, you should take it....too bad he turned out to be a murderer!

    Ah well!!!

    As for was funny seeing him afraid of a myth; the Headless witch!

    This episode was kinda cool...but it could have been better!

    Nevertheless, it wasn't an entirely bad episode!moreless
  • Third rip off in the second season and we're not even close to being scared. Honestly...

    First off: I do like Bones. Love it even. But after seeing this episode I have to admit my frustration. This ep is the third based soley on a rip off.

    First being the one with the two wives (as seen on CSI LV) and the second one with the immunity business (as seen on CSI Miami) and now we have the Blair Witch Project.

    Let alone the fact that the last episode ended with "He is still out there" and today nobody even mentiones that Brennan and Hodgins almost died...

    I HATED BWP because it was sooo stupid. I do not believe in Ghosts, Witches or the likes and therefor I was not scared by the screaming and the shaky footage. In fact that made me sick.

    So when they ripped off this mediocre attempt at suspense I expected Brennan to react stronger to her coworkers jumping to supernatural conclusions. Especially Zach was OC here.

    When Cam takes Booth's Hand because she is scared (To her it is real, this boy really did die, so I could accept her fear) that was a touching moment. BUT Angela later rewatching the footage with the Music (Metal btw is not the ideal choice when looking for comfort) turned on so loud, she can't here a word... Why doesn't she just turn off the sound? If she knows the sequence of events by heart, why would she need the sound? Why is she so scared she needs to sleep at Hodgins'? Hold his hand? This is just so! cliché: the poor girl needs to be comforted by the strong man... After all these eps where the writers established Camille, Brennan and Angela as strong it just feels odd. Sure it's a shock but come on, after seeing the BWP 30 times would you find it scary? (If you ever did)

    The investigation is non-sense as there practically is none. A boy disappears and all they could come up with was a legend? The Ranger walks through the woods every day but it takes Brennan to find the "Talismans" in the Trees, where they are still intact after a year? But worst of all was the Temperance / Dark Handsome Murderous Prince storyline. Seriously?! We never saw her on a date before. The last time she tried, someone tried to shoot her. Than that guy reappears in the Season 1 Finale only to disappear without being mentioned ever again. What became of him? Did she have a connection with him? Since when does she talk openly about "losing" her parents to absolute strangers in the middle of an investigation? Miss Follow the Rules, No-Nonsense is going on a date with a complete stranger because his parents died when he was young... right... Completely out of character!

    Let's hope for better news next week.moreless
  • Too much Blair Witch Project, which I always thought was stupid anyway.

    Clever use of an old legend to cover a murder. The witch story has been done before by many series but this was good, great way to freak people out so they don't want to go into the woods, let alone look too deeply into a murder.

    The video supposedly made by the victim is ridiculous – it's straight out of Blair Witch Project and who films *themselves* when they're being attacked? This proves that Graham himself set up the props.

    The brother being the killer makes a lot of sense – his brother's only been dead for a year and he's so calm when he talks about it, flirting with Brennan while talking about his brother's murder?!

    Interesting episode, would have liked some more detail about the 'witch' and her story.moreless
  • Another good episode

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. Bones and Booth investigate a body which is found in the woods. The body is identified as male and the ID is soon made. We soon learn that the victim was a film maker, and while watching back the footage Cam goes to gold Booth's hand, and Bones on seeing this realises that they are a couple. Even more so when he holds her hand back. The look on Bones's face is truly heartbreaking. Later that same day whilst out in the car, Bones lets Booth know that she knows about him and Cam. We also see Bones starting to date another man in this episode, perhaps because she thinks that Booth no longer wants to be with her (which is so not true). We also see Angela and Hodgins becoming closer in this episode and acting much more like a couple. Then Booth realises who the killer is, and it turns out to be the brother, we Bones is currently on a date with. He soon confesses to everything, which upsets Bones and she walks away as he is being arrested. Can't poor Bones get a break, first she is buried alive, and then Booth starts dating someone else and now this. As the episode ends, we see Bones in her office, and Booth goes to see her. They talk and end the episode with a hug.moreless
  • it was so blair's witsh project it was really really good, scary but funny,bones finally meets some one that could understand her but of course something went wrong and booth was ther for her,u would never guees who was the murderermoreless

    lv this episode. it was kinda scary exiting ,there was good chemistry but what disapointed me that booth kept saying to bones that she is his partner and i hated (the two guys) thing that was booth discription about his relationchip with bones while bones asked booth the reason why he didnt told her about him and kam but true friendship was shown when booth was there 4 brenen while shewas devistated when she knew that the guy she likes is the killer! ,other than that this episode was fantastic and they did a good job in making it like"blaire's witch project"

    but the best part was how they ended the case by showing that anjela and hudgens found in the tape what it could be the witsh's ghost!!!!!!!!moreless
David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Kristoffer Polaha

Kristoffer Polaha

Will Hastings

Guest Star

Jake Richardson

Jake Richardson

Brian Andrews

Guest Star

Michael Trevino

Michael Trevino

Graham Hastings

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The victim's brother's name is Will Hastings in this episode. In the season 1 episode "The Graft in the Girl," the name of the man whose bones were illegally used in bone grafts was also Will Hastings.

    • In this episode Brennan learns about Booth and Cam's relationship (which the audience just found out about in the previous episode). It is not Booth who tells her, but she finds out herself when she sees Cam reaching for Booth's hand while they all watch the scary video made in the woods.

    • Joshua Leonard appears as Nate Gibbons. Leonard is famous for his role in The Blair Witch Project, of which this episode is a parody.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Brennan: So you talked to Ms. Cinders? That must have been difficult since she doesn't have a head.

    • Booth: (concerned) You want me to go down there with you?
      Brennan: No, I don't want the remains compromised.

    • Bones: (Walks in and sees Hodgins lounging in front of the video footage screen) Have you finished with the particulates from the ax handle?
      Hodgins: I've determined that the assailant was wearing rough hewn leather gloves but I still have to check...
      Booth: Then why are you in here?
      Angela: Because I want him here.

    • Booth: ...perfect cover, headless witch did it, not me.

    • (After Booth has arrested Will he joins Brennan in her office)
      Brennan: I sure know how to pick 'em. Don't I?
      Booth: Well, you know, our perceptions are always colored by what we hope, what we fear, what we love. We do the best we can.
      Brennan: I'm afraid my best isn't good enough. I can read bones, not people.
      Booth: Oh, you know, you had no trouble seeing through me. (smiles at her and she smiles back)
      Brennan: It's a good thing I like being alone.
      Booth: You know what Bones? You're not alone, ok? (She's turned her back to him, he touches her on the shoulder to turn her around, after a little hesitation she does)
      Brennan: Booth...
      Booth: You're my partner, ok? It's a guy hug. Take it.
      (They hug real tight, Booth smiling thoughtfully and Brennan looking happy and safe)

    • Brennan: I didn't say anything.
      Booth: But you're looking at me, as if I'm in trouble and you're a teacher.
      Brennan: You're very touchy lately Booth.
      Booth: Look Bones, I don't know why I didn't tell you about Cam.
      Brennan: Did I mention Cam?
      Booth: I just didn't want it to get weird I guess.
      Brennan: Weird?
      Booth: We're partners, you know? Together all the time, right? You're a woman, and I'm a man, and I never had a relationship, like this. Where we were like two guys. Except you're not, you know, a guy! (trying to convince himself) Yeah.
      Brennan: No. No, I'm not… Should I feel odd about wanting to hang out with Will?
      Booth: No. Of course not, you know? Because… essentially… I mean you're a guy, like me. But not really.
      Brennan: That would mean that, to me, you are essentially a woman. (Booth looks at her surprised and displeased) Yeah, I can see that.
      Booth: No, no, no, no, no. I'd prefer not to be a woman if you don't mind.
      Brennan: I'm merely trying to follow your reasoning, Booth.
      Booth: Ok, fine. What do you say we just, you know, drop it for now?

    • Angela: I'm almost done with her face.
      Brennan: Why are you spending time with that? It won't help the case.
      Hodgins: C'mon, let the kids have some fun, Mom.

    • Booth: Oh, you know when a woman finds out that a man has been cheatin' on her she can get pretty mad. (after noticing the looks he receives from Zack and Brennan) It's what I heard. Okay look we got a motive and opportunity. It fits.

    • Brennan: Lori was not Graham's only girlfriend. He had lots of girlfriends, but he somehow managed to keep them secret from each other.
      Booth: So what would happen if a very jealous Lori found out?
      Brennan: I don't know, that's more your territory.
      Booth: What? What am I, cheating?
      Brennan: (amused) I just meant that you use psychology. You're very touchy. Perhaps because of all your skulking around?
      Booth: I'm discreet, okay? It's different. A gentleman is discreet. Okay?

    • Hodgins: What's with the music?
      Angela: It helps to muffle the screams so I don't pass out every few seconds.
      Hodgins: Smart.

    • Cam: (after Zack tests out the first weapon) My God. A little warning, Zack.
      Zack: I don't usually announce each phase of my experiments.
      Cam: Yeah, maybe you should start.

    • Cam: Hacking off someone's head is more like cutting down a small tree than splitting a log.
      Zack: I find your imagery both colorful and accurate.

    • Zack: (about the bloody video everyone just saw) I just keep hearing the screams. I never heard screams like that, Dr. Brennan.

    • Cam: My mother came to me the day after she died. I wasn't some kid, I was 23. She came to me... she came to me and told me to look in her dresser, third drawer, behind her pink blouse. There was something there for me.

    • Brennan: By walking out, maybe Russ gave me my life.
      Booth: You know, what Will said, he was right, you turned out ok. (smiles at her, Brennan doesn't smile back but looks at him pondering, knowing what she knows about him and Cam)
      Brennan: I'm going to have coffee with him.
      Booth: That was quick.
      Brennan: He understands something no one else I know does. People need connection Booth, even me. Obviously, you have one with Cam. So…
      Booth: (in shock) What?
      Brennan: I thought you'd mention it. I mean, isn't that what partners do, tell each other about their lives?
      Booth: Wait a second. Look Bones I…
      Brennan: Sorry. I'm sorry I forgot how self conscious you are talking about sex.
      Booth: I am not… I'm…

    • Hodgins: It's always an axe, isn't it? Remember The Shining?
      Zack: My palms perspired profusely during that film.

    • Brennan: Zack, place some garlic around the remains and chant the Mung ritual for preservation of souls.
      Zack: Really?
      Brennan: (chuckles in disbelief) This is going to be a long case.

    • Angela: (after seeing what looks like the witch on the tape to Hodgins) Can I stay at your house tonight?

  • NOTES (4)

    • In both the original and repeat airings, part of a line of dialogue of Booth's is deleted from the soundtrack. The line sounds something like: "Lori loves Graham, he thinks he loves her, but finds out that he doesn't so she goes all ... at him." The closed-captioning doesn't display anything after the word "doesn't."

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: March 13, 2007 on TV3
      Spain: April 13, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      Norway: August 2, 2007 on TV3
      Finland: August 21, 2007 on MTV3
      Belgium: October 26, 2007 on RTL-TVI
      Germany: November 1, 2007 on RTL
      Australia: December 27, 2007 on 7
      Saudi Arabia: January 15, 2008 on Showseries

    • Featured Music:
      "Night Birds" by Ryan Adams (song playing at the end)

    • There are a few unique running themes in this episode - static scene transitions and white flash segues into commercial breaks - that tie into the Blair Witch-type storyline of the episode.


    • When Booth says that he was going to talk to the girl about her "magical mystery tour" in the woods, he was talking about the Beatles' album "The Magical Mystery Tour". It's known that it was made under the influence of LSD.

    • Booth: I'm just saying, you know, I see a lot of weird things. It was like, you know, Exorcist weird, Elm Street weird.

      Booth is referring to classic horror movies:
      Exorcist (1973), starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, and Max von Sydow, and
      the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, with their legendary evil character Freddy Krueger.

    • Brian: I've got it accepted in the Sundance. (about his Gilgamesh movie)

      Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the U.S. and ranks alongside the most prestigious film festivals worldwide (Venice, Toronto, Cannes, Berlin).

    • Graham's screenplay was based on the Epic of Gilgamesh, Babylonian poem from about 2000 BC.

    • Brennan: Do you like Massive Attack?

      Bones is mentioning the UK Electronic Band which has their music showcased on fellow Fox shows: Prison Break and House. House also uses the band as its theme song.

    • This entire episode is an allusion to The Blair Witch Project, from the legend of a witch haunting the woods where she was killed to the film students talking into the camera.