Season 4 Episode 14

The Hero in the Hold

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Booth is kidnapped by the Grave Digger and the Jeffersonian team must find and save him before it's too late. Meanwhile, when evidence from the Grave Digger's case goes missing, Brennan and Hodgins are suspected of taking it.

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  • The show is still starting to lose me.

    It's always a treat to see Neil Fisher and he has an interesting role to play in this episode. This ep. is an improvement over the last few episodes that had gotten rather silly. This ep is still in the realm of the improbable, a trend which may be turning me off.
  • Terrific

    Yet again more about Booth's past and character is revealed. The last few episodes have all fleshed out the person that is Booth - he has a brother, they were physically abused as children by an alcoholic father, he is very touchy about his father,the father was a barber.Booth was the best knife thrower in the Rangers, he plays ice hockey for the Fedcases team, he carried his wounded spotter a long way and blames himself for the boy's death.

    This is a great episode. Love the idea of the 'ghost' ?hallucination helping Booth out. The race to uncover the Gravedigger as well as rescue Booth brings the team close together, working desperately against time. Even Jared comes up trumps for his brother.

    The tension was heightened by the excellent music score, which enhanced whilst hardly being noticeable. Great episode all round.moreless
  • The team is left helpless as the grave digger captures Booth to retrieve evidence found by Brennan's team. They try to save Booth without informing the authorities and this leads to problems and desperate measures.moreless

    I admit it still could have been better, but this episode was exactly what the show needed to go to the next level. Booth's past was presented and his heroic character was depicted quite well. It was also very nice to see the things Dr.Brennan & her squints were willing to do to save him.

    SPOILER ALERT, to find out the FBI lady was the grave digger was an unexpected turnout in the plot which in my opinion worked for the show, considering the story was introduced before in the previous seasons. I think the writers could have made the rescue even harder for those who wanted to be on the edge of their seats but on the whole, I stand on my perfect 10 score.moreless
  • This has got to be my all time favorite Bones episode ever. it shows a very different side of Booth a side that hes been holding back on. Best episode and very touching.moreless

    The episode starts out with Bones getting some award for her work. Booth is getting ready he hangs up with Brennan because there was a knock on the door. later we find out that Booth had been taken by the Grave Digger. The FBI think Bones and Hodgens are witholding information about the Grave Digger so they are forbiden to do anything that ivalves the criminal. we find out that Booth is actually on a ship that is about to be blown up. in my opinion this is the best episode of Bones because it shows a nice bond between Booth and his best friend Teddy, who was killed at war. Booth blames himself for Teddy's death. Teddy came back as a ghost to help Booth. the ghost tells Booth that he came back not only to help him escape the ship but also to tell him that his death was not Booth's fault. in the end they find out that one of the women working for the FBI is actually the grave digger. thanks to Teddy, Booth makes it to the deck of the ship and Bones is flying above in a hillicopter to save him. Teddy told Booth to tell his girlfriend Claire that he did love her. Booth goes back to Teddy's grave site as does his girlfriend and Booth hugs her.moreless
  • The first Bones that made me cry!!

    This is the best Bones episode I have seen and it has a couple of big twists in it you won't believe. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Taffet is looking for a key piece evidence in the Gravedigger case and thinks it was stolen by Brennan or Hodgins. But neither fess up.

    Later on as Booth is getting ready for a presentation for Brennan, he is kidnapped by the gravedigger and wakes up enclosed in some kind of a box. Booth manages to get out of the box. From the shadows appears the ghost of someone he tried to save in the war named Teddy Parker. With the help of Teddy, Booth manages to determine he is on a ship and to then get to the deck of the ship. A helicopter is arriving and he looks around for Teddy, who has disappeared. Booth gets away on the helicopter just in time. While all of this is going on, Brennan and Hodgins get a phone call warning them no to get the law enforcement involved or Booth will die. The gravedigger wants the key piece of evidence that will keep them from getting caught. They go looking for Thomas Vega, who wrote a book on the Gravedigger. When then find him he is dead. The team at the Jeffersonian, get hold of the body of Vega. And after investigation they determine that Vega had injured the Gravedigger, possible in the ribs. Heather Taffet shows up to reclaim the body; she has a judges order. The team realizes the the Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Taffet kidnapped booth, killed Vega and is in fact the Gravedigger.

    After all is well, Booth is at Arlington National Cemetery (tears well up in my eyes typing it) to visit the grave of Teddy Parker and tell Claire, who visits his grave every year that Teddy had loved her. While this is going on Brennan is standing there and Teddy Parker walks up to her and tells her what a nice day it is and she replies back to him. Booth turns around to look at Brennan and Parker is standing behind her. He waves and they both wave back.moreless
T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Brendan Fehr

Brendan Fehr

Jared Booth

Guest Star

Marisa Coughlan

Marisa Coughlan

Agent Payton Perotta

Guest Star

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Taffet

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Booth escapes from the yellow tank, he uses his keys to unscrew the bolts. The bolts were not fixed though, making tightening the screws around them impossibile without having access to the bolts themselves. Thus the Grave Digger could not have been able to lock Booth in the tank unless she was in it herself.

    • The recording that Angela plays of the call from the Gravedigger (from back when Brennan and Hodgins were buried alive) is not that same as the one that Booth played back on his phone in the episode "Aliens in a Spaceship."

    • Booth reveals in this episode why he named his son Parker. Back when he was a sniper, Booth was the sergeant for a man named Teddy Parker. He named his son after Teddy because Teddy died under Booth's watch, leaving Booth feeling responsible for his death.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Teddy Parker's Ghost: Beautiful day. Makes you glad to be alive, doesn't it?
      Bones: Yes, it does.

    • Jared: So you want me to steal the remains of a murder victim from the F.B.I.?
      Brennan: Yes, as soon as possible, please.
      Jared: I can make a few calls.
      Brennan: No, this is not a situation where you make a few phone calls.
      Jared: That's who I am, Tempe! I am the guy who makes a few calls.
      Brennan: Booth has never turned his back on you. You are a selfish coward, and you never deserved him!

    • Brennan: Sweets you- you shouldn't be here. The Grave Digger said no FBI involved.
      Sweets: I'm a psychologist not an agent.
      Cam: An FBI psychologist. Dr. Sweets, get gone now. (Sweets leaves)

    • Bones: Do you need directions?
      Booth: No, I do not need directions because I am driving.
      Bones: My GPS can provide perfect directions, in several languages.
      Booth: Oh get this, okay Parker got me this new watch, that does the same thing.
      Bones: Oh? Several languages?
      Booth: No.
      Bones: Well then it's not the same thing.

    • Teddy Parker: What they do Sarge is they sink ships for reefs. They, get school kids to do all the decorating.
      Booth: Why?
      Teddy Parker: For fish why else? Fish love decorations.

    • Teddy Parker: So, just to sum things up, the ship's about to explode and now there's no way to stop it.
      Booth: Rub it in, I got you killed twice.

    • Teddy Parker: Sarge ... one more thing I gotta tell you. No way you're gettin' the deposit back on that tux.

    • Booth: We have 6 hours and 23 minutes. (turns to Teddy) What? No ideas?
      Teddy Parker: According to you I'm already a ghost, as a result I got no sense of urgency.

    • Angela: You stole evidence?
      Hodgins: You don't know what it was like, being buried in that car.
      Brennan: I do! I was there.
      Hodgins: I know. And if we turn over that evidence we will never catch the Grave Digger.
      Camille: Booth only has nineteen hours.
      Hodgins: Okay, okay! Then let's just take ten of those hours and see if we can do both. Brennan, I'm telling you the answer is there. (pauses) Ten hours.
      Brennan: Eight. And Dr. Hodgins is never left alone.
      Angela: You don't trust him?
      Brennan: No I don't.

    • Hodgins: You gotta get your hands on some truth telling drugs.
      Sweets: What?
      Hodgins: Would you rather torture her?
      Jared: I know a little bit about that.
      Sweets: No! What? We don't do that.
      Brennan: Booth will die.
      Sweets: Character is who you are under pressure, not who you are when everything's fine. We're the good guys. We don't- we don't torture people.

    • Teddy Parker: You got a partner now?
      Booth: Yeah.
      Teddy Parker: You two tight?
      Booth: (pauses) Yeah, I mean we're, uh ... you would, you'd like her. She's ...
      Teddy Parker: Her? Way to go Sarge!

    • Sweets: (looking at the monitor) Oh uh Angela, this pointy bit here just got way pointier.

    • Cam: You're late!
      Bones: I know. It took me longer to get dressed than I thought. But don't worry, my GPS will get us there on time.
      Angela: (laughs) It's not a time machine, sweetie.

    • Booth: Alright Bones listen, don't worry. I will be there when they crown you super scientist. I will be the guy ... in the 'Cocky' belt buckle, and snazzy rented tux.

    • Hodgins: I gotta say, it doesn't seem to be the smartest move to just hand over this evidence. We need to be rational. We should maximize the chances to catch the Grave Digger, not minimize them.

    • Teddy Parker: Hey, you got any kids Sarge?
      Booth: Yeah, I got a boy.
      Teddy Parker: What's his name?
      Booth: Uh you're probably gonna take this wrong ...
      Teddy Parker: Why, what'd you do? You name him somethin' stupid? Like- like Cutter? (Booth doesn't reply) What Tanner? Brady? (Booth sighs) Oh God you didn't name him Sebastian.
      Booth: Parker. I named him Parker.
      Teddy Parker: (pauses) That's my name.

    • Teddy Parker: I need you to tell Claire I loved her.
      Booth: You never told her.
      Teddy Parker: I was twenty. I didn't know how to say it.
      Booth: Well, you say "I love you." I mean, what's so hard about that?
      Teddy Parker: What? You never loved somebody and didn't say it to 'em? (Booth just looks at Teddy and doesn't respond) See maybe that's why I'm here. To get you to say "I love you" to somebody.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: March 8th, 2009 on TV3
      Latin America: April 14th, 2009 on Fox
      Spain: May 15th, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: June 7th, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Finland: August 29th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: October 15th, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: November 5th, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: December 2nd, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: November 15th, 2010 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "When The Pain Dies Down" by Chris Stills (during the final scene, when Booth and Brennan are at the cemetery)


    • Booth: No offense, but you know, I've been drugged, electrocuted, stuffed in a Beatles toy ...

      The contraption Booth was "stuffed" in was very similar in appearance to the yellow submarine from the 1968 Beatles' movie "Yellow Submarine," which was also the name of a song and album by the band, the latter of which was released in conjunction with the film.