Season 6 Episode 15

The Killer in the Crosshairs

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 10, 2011 on FOX
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Jacob Broadsky returns with his vigilante justice and a case that will pit Booth's skills once again against Broadsky's, and this time it will come down to the wire as Booth tries to save the intended victim. Back at the lab, Angela's father descends with one of his unusual requests.moreless

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  • The killer in the crosshairs.

    After the last episode of Bones, I say we were all expecting something that would get our hearts racing for this week. And I say we got it!

    The sniper arc is turning to a very tense situation for everybody. This week we see him making the first real contact with Booth and really threating him, which made Booth that much more angry. And thank God, some of that beautiful relationship between Booth and Bones that we so loved is coming back, slowly but it is. This time Bones pushed Booth almost to the limit and we got to see that Booth doesn't really trust talking to Bones about somethings anymore, so he went to talk to Sweets. In the end, he got around and talked to her about it but things got a little heated before that.

    For the humorous part of the episode, we have Hodgins and Angela fighting with Angela's dad for the right to name their child, which they won but at the price of Hodgins getting a whole new tattoo. LOL

    What I didn't really like was that Mr. Nigel Murray was not himself and Tamara Taylor just showed up to show her new hair do, which was sad because she is absolutely great. Now, for the anxious part of waiting until next week, where I hope we will leave us dying for more!moreless
  • The Killer In The Crosshairs...

    If you've ever seen Dexter then you know what it's like to question the morality of taking a life. Whether or not the writers at Bones have seen Dexter I couldn't say, but this week's "The Killer in the Crosshairs" took its own stab at good versus evil - right versus wrong.

    Coming back to ethics of being a sniper that has popped up every now and then throughout Bones' run, the Jeffersonian team is once again up against Jacob Broadsky, a former acquaintance of Booth's turned gun-for-hire. Moving away from the regular whodunnit formula of most cop shows, including Bones itself, upon discovering a murder victim at the start of the episode, the team works out who did it within five minutes. There is a little FBI work to be done throughout the episode but it centers mostly around the ethics and morality of whether Broadsky's killing of bad people only is really such a detestable thing.

    I applaud the attempt by the writers to keep a balance of character centric and murder mystery episodes, but, like mostly every episode in this current season of Bones, it lacked any real emotional punch that gave the subject the gravitas it deserved. Ultimately the episode concluded with some literally unbelievable stupidity by the protagonists as they blatantly risked the life of a man they knew with certainty to be in mortal danger, just for the opportunity to shoot at Broadsky. Of course, having called in no backup whatsoever, as is customary when hunting mass murderers, they proceeded to allow him to escape once again!

    There was a B-plot that the episode kept coming back to throughout and I shall summarize it simply as: Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top was on Bones again, and it wasn't funny this time either!moreless
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Michael Papajohn

Michael Papajohn

Walter Coolidge

Guest Star

Marisa Ramirez

Marisa Ramirez

Paula Ashwaldt

Guest Star

Jos Viramontes

Jos Viramontes

Raul Ortiz

Guest Star

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons

Himself (Angela's Dad)

Recurring Role

Ryan Cartwright

Ryan Cartwright

Vincent Nigel-Murray

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Joseph is Seeley Booth's middle name.

    • Angela changed the name her father gave her (which was "Mouse") because she hated it. (In season three she said that she legally changed her name on her 18th birthday after the name 'Angela Montenegro' came to her in a dream.)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Booth: (at the murder site) Why are you here?
      Caroline: Dead guy, and the fact that they've recovered over a $150,000 so far. Stuff like that makes a Federal Prosecutor like me all tingly.

    • Caroline: [Broadsky] was in your apartment?
      Booth: Yes.
      Caroline: Why didn't you, I don't know, jump up and judo/karate/kung fu the man?

    • Hodgins: You like that I stood up to you.
      Billy Gibbons: You don't seem to be doing any kinda standin' up at the moment.

    • Brennan: (to Booth while on the phone with Caroline) Caroline is asking if we see anything.
      Booth: The answer's still no, and tell her to stop asking.
      Brennan: (to Caroline) Booth says, "Stop asking."
      Caroline: I don't wait well. I'm an action person. Waiting makes my teeth hurt.
      Brennan: (to Booth) Her teeth hurt.

    • Hodgins: These are the bills found with the victim's body.
      Booth: All hundreds, right?
      Hodgins: Yes, but guess what I found on them?
      Booth: Blood, on account that he was shot to death with a high-powered rifle?
      Hodgins: Yes, blood, of course blood. But guess what else I found.
      Booth: Does this look like a guessing face?

    • Vincent: Please tell me that this meat is not human.
      Brennan: No, it's venison. We found it frozen in the suicide victim's cabin freezer.
      Vincent: I'm confused. Are we investigating a murder, or preparing lunch for the Palin family?

    • Hodgins: So the name that came to you?
      Billy Gibbons: It could work for either a boy or a girl, that's the beauty part.
      Hodgins: Great.
      Billy Gibbons: Staccato Mamba.
      Hodgins: Staccato Mamba? Yeah, I-I didn't see that one coming

    • Booth: (to Broadsky) Jacob. Welcome to my home. Can I get you anything?

    • Bones: How-how can I put this in a way that you will understand?
      Booth: Why don't you try and say it in teeny tiny words?
      Bones: Oh, okay. (slowly and deliberately) Broadsky is bad. You... are good. That's as simply as I can put it.
      Booth: All right. You don't believe in absolutes like good or bad. All right? You think it's where people stand.
      Bones: From where I stand, you are good, and Broadsky's bad.

    • Winkler: In my line of work, discretion is paramount.
      Booth: Discretion can also be an accessory to murder.
      Winkler: I know my law, Seeley. I can't be charged for simply selling ammunition.
      Caroline: Well, you see, cher, I am the law, and I can charge your scrawny ass with whatever I want.

    • Angela: I mean, this is a computer chip. You can program it.
      Brennan: Which suggests you can program the bullet.
      Angela: Yeah, which means we're looking at something from the future.
      Brennan: Time travel is physically impossible.
      Angela: Yeah, but so is a bullet that you can program like a computer. Like we didn't have it bad enough with the old kind.

    • Booth: Well, you're the one who says that you can't argue with the choices that Broadsky makes on who he's gonna shoot.
      Caroline: Yeah, I can't fault that, but now the man has crossed a line.
      Booth: Causing a suicide?
      Caroline: No. Man sneaks into your house, threatens you with a gun. That's unforgivable. He should get lethally injected just for that.

    • Booth: I'm coming after you. I'm gonna catch you, and next time I have you in my sights, I'm not aiming for your knees.
      Broadsky: Good to know, because if that moment comes, I will not hesitate to make that sweet son of yours fatherless. He'll be the collateral damage.

    • Brennan: I admire your certainty, but since good and bad are such subjective concepts, how could you ever be sure you were doing the right thing?
      Booth: Okay, well, it's not subjective to me. I mean, there's good, and there's evil. Life is all about taking sides, and Broadsky, well, he joined the wrong team.

    • Broadsky: You and me both—we've always been on the same side.
      Booth: No, you're off the reservation, pal. You want to do the right thing, you give me that gun, and you let me take you in.
      Broadsky: I'll tell you what. The day I wake up and there are no more bad people that need killing, you're the one I come to.

    • Hodgins: I actually have a question for you.
      Sweets: Oh, great. Shoot. Probably not a term I should use during a murder investigation, huh?

    • Booth: You're the best!
      Caroline: Tell me something I don't know.

    • Caroline: Funny thing about Witness Protection…
      Booth: What's that?
      Caroline: …It sort of comes with a built-in motive for murder attached, doesn't it?
      Booth: (laughs) That's why they need protection.

    • Bones: The bullet severed the C5.
      Booth: Right. Severing the spinal cord from the brain stem is the gold standard for snipers. We call it disconnecting the computer.
      Caroline: You can never have too many cute phrases for taking a life.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Take Your Memory With You" by Vince Gill

    • Original International Air Dates:

      Canada: March 10th, 2011 on Global

      The Netherlands: April 4th, 2011 on RTL 4

      United Kingdom: April 13th, 2011 on Sky LIVING/Sky LIVING HD

      Spain: April 14th, 2011 on LaSexta

      Australia: July 24th, 2011 on Channel Seven

      Slovakia: November 30th, 2011 on JOJ

      Germany: March 22nd, 2012 on RTL

      Czech Republic: June 12th, 2012 on Prima family

      Finland: June 27th, 2012 on Sub