Season 3 Episode 8

The Knight on the Grid

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2007 on FOX
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The body of an archbishop is found by some construction workers. The archbishop's kneecaps were surgically removed, which prompts the team to return to the Widow's Son case.

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  • Creepy, gruesome, action and complexity, Gormogon returns

    A lot of interlacing threads in this episode although the main theme is that of the discovery of much more about the Gormogon cannibal.

    At the same time it reveals more about the relationship of the three Brennans - Max, Russ and Bones - but also about Booth's interaction with them. Yes, Booth has to arrest Russ, but he puts it off till they visit the child in hospital. He also sets up some monitoring of Russ so that his time in jail will be short.

    Booth is the heroic action man in this episode - he rescues Bones from the taxi and also the child from the pool thus having to let the bomber escape. As to the Gormogon puzzle, it is Booth who has involved Sweets with the result that Sweets reveals a great deal about the psychology of the Gormogon set up especially the master / apprentice theme which is crucial to the on going saga.

    A couple of real horror movie moments - the old man in the nursing home suddenly hissing, and the closing scene when the knifeman springs out of the cupboard - always makes me jump that.moreless
  • Best episode up to date!

    This was the best bones episode up to date! It is definelty my favorite episode i have ever seen! There are soooooo many scenes i love in this episode...

    Brennan "are you being sarcastic?"

    Caroline "yes!" Aw man! i just loved that scene!!

    I also loved the scene where Brennan was acreaming the infomation about the kneecaps to Booth so Gormogon could hear then!! she looked like a child in a candy storm!!!

    I also liked when zack, brennan, and booth had to take out the bar code key thingy from the drawer and at the end brennan asked if he could see and he said not for another four to five minutes :D! i thought that was hilarious part for zack!

    Overall, i truly think this was the best episode in Bones history! everything was great: the acting, the action scenes, and especially the funny scenes!

    **Hodgins and Booth looked especially hot in this episode :)**moreless
  • Great continuation of Gormogon.

    Awesome discovery of the older complete skeleton, proof that Gormogon isn't a cult really, instead is a master/apprentice situation but one that is at least 70 years old. Love the whole secret society storyline.

    Brennan's almost-sister-in-law is a complete… I'm not allowed to use any of the words I'd like to. Selfishly wanting her daughter to see Russ, she gets him arrested?! Max is no better, sacrificing Russ to spare Tempe. How does Max think that will make his kids feel? Russ has been betrayed by Max and Tempe looks like she's the betrayer. Why on Earth did Tempe hug her father after that?! I would have beaten him senseless and never spoke to him again! Russ got off easy and Booth had a lot to do with that.

    Very smart, Gormogon pushing the child to the bottom of the pool so Booth must choose, rescue the kid or go after him. Sweets is supposedly helpful, even suggesting that Gormogon will be looking for an apprentice. I do not trust Sweets one inch, there's something creepy about him.

    Great episode, lots of info learned but also lots of new questions.moreless
  • It just doesn't track

    Ok, I admit that I love Bones. I love it for the story, the charecters...many things. And if you take it as a drama, a soap opera of sorts, or just entertainment then it's good. But c'mon... We started by hearing that Gormogon's mission was to protect us all from secret societies like the Mason's and the Illuminati. But the Knights of Columbus? Even the Jesuits would have made more sense. Should the Elks, the Odd Fellows and Fred Flinstone's Royal Order of Water Buffalo be jealous? And tell me, just how does killing a priest, a lobbyist and a violinist, protect society or destroy the lethal grip of secret socieites? Really, a violinist?? Is music a secret tool of the ruling elite? The answer of the show when things start to get squirrely seems to be simply that "he is crazy". But the Gormogon is supposedly a genius who later seduces Zach with "irrefutable logic". Someone take a stab at explaining even a fraction of what that logic might be. And even if you can imagine a scenario where these killings might be dismantling secret societies (other than perhaps by attrition--killing of millions one person at a time) what is the logic in his eating them?

    I like this show. I like this episode. As long as I don't have to think about it.moreless
  • A fantastic episode...

    I must admit, I have only been watching Bones on and off so far, being only semi-hooked, but then this episode came along. I thought it was fantastic, and I can't wait to see what happens next!! :)

    The plot with the Gormagon and the cannibalistic order is a bit Da Vinci-code, but it works, and it is really fun seeing them solve the puzzle. Dr. Sweets is great, and I love how he can just ignore Bones when she starts rambling about psykology being a pseudo-science... :) The chemistry between Booth and Brennan is fantastic, he was so sweet that he helped her out so much with her brother.moreless
T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Loren Dean

Loren Dean

Russ Brennan

Guest Star

Skye Casey Arens

Skye Casey Arens

Hayley Hollister

Guest Star

Ray Abruzzo

Ray Abruzzo

Ray Porter

Guest Star

Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

Max Keenan

Recurring Role

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Goof: In the mirror scene, the laser beam could be seen progressing from one mirror to the next as it travelled across the room to finally end at the statue's eye. Laser beams actually move at the speed of light, and would not travel at a such a slow speed noticable to the naked eye.

    • Goof: Bones' zipcode 20003 is written to be in the Northwest quadrant when really it is in the Southeast.

    • Goof: In the very beginning when Cam arrives at the crime scene and she and Booth start to walk toward the body, she pulls a blue glove onto her left hand. When the camera changes angles she puts the glove on again, and then puts on the other glove.

    • Goof: Booth calls Archbishop Stephen Wallace "Your Holiness." This is a mistake. In Catholic hierarchy only the Pope can be referred to with such a name. An Archbishop should be addressed as "Your Excellence."

    • "Mary even thought she saw him wink his eyes as if to wink tears away."

      The book that Bones is reading to Hayley at the end of this episode is The Secret Garden.

    • It's almost impossible to believe that after Booth and Bones got into the car accident no one tried to help them out of the car, or even see if they were okay. There were people visible in the background, yet no one seemed to even care that Booth and Bones were hurt.

    • This is the second episode in the series in which Brennan's lips actually touch Booth.

    • Goof: When Hodgins is talking to Sweets about the case, the picture of the first Master is shown on the board, but we didn't know who he was at that point, or what he looked like.

    • Goof: After the explosion Booth tells Brennan to "Put your arm, under my shoulder..." yet neither of her arms go under either of his shoulders.

    • Goof: They claim that the entire contents of the vault were transferred to the Jeffersonian. If that's true, then still, the mirror scene would not have worked out. There's no way that they could have transported every item so perfectly that the mirrors still lined up exactly to show the path. Also, Booth bumped quite forcefully into the device that was shooting the laser beam, yet the laser still made it perfectly to the end of the mirror path.

    • In this episode Zack is finally "King of the Lab". This competition has been going on between Zack and Hodgins for several episodes now and previously Hodgins has always won.

    • It is obvious that part of the audio is dubbed over when Temperance is talking to Russ in jail. At one point her lips say the word Russ but her voice does not.

    • Bones' home address is:
      415 Elmsworth NW
      Washington, D.C. 20003

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Booth: (as Brennan prepares the skeleton in the vault) Shhh ...
      Brennan: What?
      Booth: You don't have to scream in here.
      Brennan: Right ...

    • Brennan: Saying someone is a whiz at psychology is like saying they're good at mind reading. It's a series of lucky guesses.
      Booth: Well, I'm bringing Sweets in on the case.
      Zack: You make fun of him all the time.
      Booth: Only when he messes with our heads.

    • (Brennan's phone rings)
      Brennan: Brennan.
      Zack: (on the phone) Dr. Brennan, it's me Zack. I found something in the Gormogon vault I think you should see.
      Max Keenan: (screaming at the phone) What are you being such a hard ass on my kid for Booth?
      Zack: Who's that?
      Brennan: Nobody.

    • Brennan: What about a corruptor?
      Booth: Trip was arranged by a lobbyist. Is that too literal?
      Sweets: A lobbyist? Oh that's a total pretender to the throne. (laughs) This is how we roll. Right guys?

    • Russ: Tempy, what happened to you?
      Brennan: I got blown up.

    • (Booth lets Russ see Hayley at the hospital)
      Brennan: Thank you Booth.
      Booth: Oh, this never happened don't thank me, as far as the Bureau is concerned, I caught him here, 15 minutes from now.
      Brennan: (kisses Booth's cheek) Thank you, Booth.
      Booth: Just don't tell anyone.

    • Judge: If I had a gavel, I'd bang it, but how about the last one out just slams the door?

    • (Booth and Bones go to see the suspected cannibal, Mr. Graves)
      Nursing Home Employee: Mr. Graves has been here for five years. In a wheelchair for the last four. Sweet guy; a little particular about what he eats.
      Booth: You have no idea.

    • (discussing a number Zack found on the skeleton)
      Cam: Ten twenty-six? What is it?
      Zack: It's a number.

    • Bones: Caroline, I think it should be worth something that Russ turned himself in.
      Caroline: Bumpin' into Booth at the hospital is not the same as turning himself in.
      Bones: That's not what happened.
      Caroline: It's what Booth says happened.
      Bones: No, Russ turned himself in, but I convinced Booth to let him go see Hayley at the hospital.
      Caroline: I did not hear that.
      Bones: (louder) Russ turned himself in, but I convinced Booth to let him go see Hayley at the hospital!
      Caroline: Do I have this straight? You're a genius? An honest to goodness, dyed in the wool genius?
      Bones: (tentatively) Yes?

    • Booth: All right, listen. Mr. Porter, we are just trying to help here.
      Mr. Porter: The FBI is investigating influence peddling. I am one of your targets. Somebody eating the faces off the knights of Columbus, how stupid do you think I am?
      Bones: Right now? Very, very stupid.

    • (Hodgins and Booth are searching for a mausoleum)
      Hodgins: Look. (reads Latin inscription) Pater Mortuus.
      Booth: Yeah it means 'Dead Father'.
      Hodgins: You know Latin? Dude.
      Booth: Altar boy.

    • Archbishop Wallace: Somebody ate Doug?
      Booth: Just a part of him.
      Archbishop Wallace: A lovely decent man. Humble. Dedicated to serving others...unfortunate choice of words given that someone ate him.
      Booth and Bones: (in unison) Just a part of him.

    • (in the lab, after Bones got kneecaps in the mail)
      Booth: Okay look Bones, you are gonna, you know, stay with a friend, check into a hotel, right?
      Angela: She can stay with me.
      Booth: Great!
      Bones: Thank you, no. Why?
      Cam: Mr. Kneecaps has your home address?
      Bones: I can't freak out every time somebody Googles me.
      Booth: Cam, she goes nowhere alone.
      Bones: Cam! Don't listen to him!
      Booth: Cam, who are you more afraid of - me or her?
      Bones: Booth!
      Cam: Whoa! So this is what it's like to be a kindergarten teacher.

    • Booth: Okay here's the thing, Russ. You run again, you disappoint that woman and her kids and you break your sister's heart, I will...
      Russ: (interrupts Booth) Do something, terrible. I got it.
      Booth: Yeah I hope you do. (turning to the marshalls) All yours boys.
      Russ: (walking away) Hey Booth. Thanks.
      Booth: Yeah. Clean nose buddy. Clean nose, clean heart.

    • Zack: I could start a solution but it would extend into infinity.
      Angela: How long would that take.
      Zack: (looking appalled) Forever. Obviously.

    • Caroline: Dr. Brennan. I like you...on and off. But your brother is a material witness in my murder case. I cannot recommend that he be set free.
      Brennan: Please?
      Caroline: Aww. Well, now that you said please...
      Brennan: Are you being sarcastic?
      Caroline: Yes!!

    • Caroline: (to Brennan) Normal person gets blown to hell they go home, pour a glass of wine, watch TV!

    • Sweets: It's awesome! It's like the Sith Lords man, there's always only two of them.
      Booth: Did you just "Star Wars" us?

    • Brennan: There are levels of "bad guy" Russ, and you're not even on the first level.
      Russ: Why do I feel like you just called me a sissy?

    • Hodgins: There are, secret societies working today. It's naïve to think otherwise. (Sweets doesn't answer)
      Hodgins: You think I'm paranoid.
      Sweets: Yeah. The question is, how paranoid?

    • Brennan: I have a question.
      Booth: No, you can't drive. We're under cover and I'm the taxi driver.
      Brennan: Passengers don't sit in the front seat.
      Booth: You're not a passenger, kay? You're a trainee and I'm training you how to drive a taxi cab.

    • Brennan: If we fool them into thinking that we're transferring the sculpture, he might try to grab it.
      Booth: No.
      Brennan: No, if he wants it as much as Sweets say then he'll try to steal it!
      Booth: No.
      Brennan: Why not?
      Booth: Because I didn't think of it.

    • (Booth and Bones are talking in Booth's office while Russ walks in)
      Russ: Where's Hayley?
      Brennan: Russ! You came to the FBI!
      Russ: Yeah, that was the deal!
      Booth: Wow, this just keeps gettin' better. Alright. Russ Brennan you're under arrest. C'mon you know the drill.

    • Brennan: So, the next victim is a corruptor.
      Hodgins: So...let's call up every porn kingpin and drug dealer in the country. Tell 'em to look out for a lunatic with a napkin in his collar holding a knife and fork.

    • Hodgins: What do you want me to do?
      Cam: on the lookout for a, face-eating cannibal who uses a walker?

    • Hodgins: Ya got a key?
      Booth: Yeah, brought my own. (holds up a crowbar)
      Hodgins: Wait, wait. Wait wait!
      Booth: What?
      Hodgins: Can I do it?
      Booth: No! You don't let me play with your bugs!

    • Cam: What's that?
      Hodgins: A mausoleum at Silver Hill cemetery.
      Cam: You wanna look inside?
      Hodgins: Hell yeah I do.

    • Brennan: Zack shouldn't you be figuring out what was used to excise the kneecaps?
      Zack: Yes, Dr. Brennan. (walks away, then Booth laughs)
      Brennan: What?
      Booth: You just, dismissed Zack.
      Brennan: No I didn't!

    • Booth: My idea of art is a half-naked woman on the side of a van.
      Sweets: That's interesting.
      Booth: No it's not interesting Sweets, because it was a joke.

    • Brennan: Zack's right. The victim's patellas were removed surgically.
      Zack: (looking triumphant; turning to Hodgins) King of the lab.

    • Booth: Bones she usually uh, kneels next to the remains.
      Cam: These are designer pants, and my bodies are always so much … gooshier than Dr. Brennan's.

    • Cam: (entering a crime scene) Dr. Brennan looked a little hurt when I told her you asked me to come out here instead of her.
      Booth: Eh heh, no. Bones' feelings they don't get hurt, she's not like you.
      Cam: Like me?
      Booth: Yeah, girl.
      Cam: Yeah. The word you're looking for would be woman, who incidentally makes more money than you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The german title for this episode is "Von Rittern und Kannibalen" which means "Of Knights and Cannibals." This reveals that the episode has something to do with Gormogon, while the English title does not.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: December 18th, 2007 on TV3
      Sweden: January 22nd, 2008 on TV3
      Norway: February 7th, 2008 on TV3
      Spain: February 29th, 2008 on Fox TV Spain
      The Netherlands: March 19th, 2008 on RTL 4
      United Kingdom: April 10th, 2008 on Sky1
      New Zealand: May 19th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: September 22nd, 2008 on Channel 7
      Belgium: October 20th, 2008 on 2BE
      Finland: January 23rd, 2009 on Sub
      Slovakia: June 10th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: October 28th, 2009 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Sail Away" - Madrugada (when Russ visits his stepdaughter)
      "Low Is A Height" - Great Northern


    • The specialist that Bones sends Amy Hollister to is named "Dr. Leo Getz". Leo Getz is the name of the character that Joe Pesci played in the "Lethal Weapon" series of movies

    • In this episode it is revealed that Gormogon is after Knights of Columbus.

      The Knights of Columbus is a Roman Catholic organization founded in 1882 and dedicated to the principles of charity, unity and patriotism. Membership is limited to men aged 18 onwards who are Catholics.
      The organization has been chartered in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, the Philippines, Guam, Saipan, and most recently in Poland.

    • In this episode Dr. Sweets compares the Gormogon organization to the Sith Lords.

      The Sith are characters from the "Star Wars" movies where only a master and an apprentice exist, which is suggested to happen with the cannibals from the Gormogon vault.