Bones

Season 7 Episode 4

The Male in the Mail

10
Aired Unknown Dec 01, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The dismembered body parts of a Ship 'n' Print employee are found at a dead letter office, prompting the team to go in and investigate. A love triangle involving the victim complicates things. Meanwhile, Booth's grandfather reveals some shocking news to Booth.

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  • Most gruesome remains?

    9.0
    Well these remains were pretty gruesome and almost unrecognisable as human. Loved the boys toys both in the lab and in the print'n'ship office.But really this was all about emotion.

    The reaction both of Booth and his grandfather to the death of Seeley's dad and Pops's son was full of emotion and brilliantly played by both David Boreanaz and Ralph Waite.

    Brennan's character is developing too, as this time she helps Booth to some kind of closure.

    Great episode all round.moreless
  • Watch it free

    8.0
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  • During the opening of mail that could not be delivered at a postal station, a body is found mushed up in packed boxes.

    6.0
    The only real problems I had with this episode was I knew who the killer was right off the bat. They made it too easy to figure out. The other part was Booth's grandfather's news and the resolve that came from it for Booth, which IMO, came too easily
  • A Box-ful Of Tears

    9.0
    Case: I liked how the body is discovered. This is what i like about Bones - that even though the cases are not always excellent each week, you know the opening scenes will always deliver and the grossness level will be always up! But that doesn't mean this week's case is a letdown. The case is pretty interesting and twisty. It's the first time this season that i was wrong about who the killer is. I actually suspected that it was the manager. I should've known that Brennan's observation of the killer's necklace would come into play. Well, maybe that's just me.

    Relationships: The episode primarily centers around Booth, and him dealing (or not dealing) with the death of his father. It's great to see grandpa Booth again to deliver the news. Ralph Waite is great in this episode. He had me tearing up. But what really moved me was the last scene where Booth opens his father's box and remembers only the good things about his father - with a little help from Brennan. I mean, how often do the writers give David scenes like this? It was like David's answer to Emily's "The Doctor In The Photo" breakdown scene.

    At the beginning of the episode where Brennan says "his father died" to Cam, i thought "okay, here we go again with the Brennan mistakes." I felt relieved that Booth (or the writers) didn't dwell on it.

    Agent Shaw is back. Nothing much, but i like her character. I hope we see her again on the upcoming "big bad" episodes. There's also little to say about Hodgins, Angela, Cam, Sweets and Clark. That's just saying this is a main-character episode. I'm okay with it though.

    Side Comment/s: I suddenly realized the gang needs a new hangout place, just to keep it fresh! Don't you?

    Bottom Line: Best of the season so far without a doubt.moreless
  • Sometimes the story is about the people around the science

    9.0
    Another story where the backstories are important, not so much the crime. Another great episode with lots of good moments. Especially between Booth and his Pops. Ralph Waite is really undervalued as an actor. I'm glad to see that Bones appreciates a good costar as a vehicle to tell the history of one of the main characters! Good Job!

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

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

Tina Majorino

Tina Majorino

Special Agent Genny Shaw

Guest Star

Christian Tallman

Christian Tallman

Connor Trammel

Guest Star

Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite

Hank Booth

Guest Star

Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd

Dr. Clark Edison

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The episode is dedicated to the memory of Brian L. Chambers (1955-2011). Brian was 56 and died at his home in Sherman Oaks, California on November 11 after a 27-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Brian managed post-production at 20th Century Fox Television for all Fox-produced TV shows including Bones.

    • Hugh Burnside the prime suspect in the murder, based on being a "lefty," demonstrates being left-handed when he catches an object tossed at him by Booth, yet he's wearing his watch on his left wrist. People tend to wear their watches on their non-dominant hand, usually so they can use it to manipulate the buttons on the watch. Being a lefty, he should have been wearing his watch on his right hand.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Hank: Oh, son, listen… I know you wish some things could have been resolved. Closure, they call it. But life is just a lot of loose ends. So smile. Love that woman you have, and love that new little girl that you're going to have.

    • Booth: Look, you were my father, all right? He was never there for me. You raised me, not him. He was never there, understand? You don't have to defend him to me.
      Hank: I wasn't. I was just trying to remind you that he was my son. Good or bad, he was my son. And I got to tell you, I'm a little disappointed that you don't seem to see the hurt I'm feeling.

    • Brennan: (about his father's death) I should be able to help Booth, shouldn't I?
      Angela: Yeah, but what he's going through, it's not your fault.
      Brennan: But you would be able to help Hodgins. Booth could help me. What would you do?
      Angela: Booth loves you, Brennan, not me. It doesn't matter what anybody else would do. You have to figure out what you can give him that nobody else can.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "What Happens Now?" by Lex Land

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: December 1st, 2011 on Global
      United Kingdom: December 7th, 2011 on Sky LIVING/Sky LIVING HD
      Czech Republic: October 30th, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: November 7th, 2012 on JOJ
      Germany: February 5th, 2013 on RTL

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