Season 3 Episode 10

The Man in the Mud

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 14, 2008 on FOX
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A body is discovered at Homestead Natural Hot Springs in a spring filled with mud. Booth and Brennan go to investigate the scene and find that the body is that of Tripp Goddard, a sexy motorcycle racer who had been murdered about two weeks ago after a race. Sweets' girlfriend is also introduced.moreless

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  • sweets, booth, bones, april. Double date? Oh my.

    Murdered, dumped in a mud pool and then found by a couple. Could this murder's dumping destination be any more unique? This is something I have never seen on another show, cutos the the writers for thinking up something original. Also a good point, that all they talk about is work.

    A double date. Sweets and his fish-loving girlfriend and Booth and Bones. Who knew Booth could make such an awesome horse. Their "date" was a cute moment between the three and of course, April. I loved it when they started throwing the clay at each other. It was nice to learn that sweets likes to kill people in video games at night too. What a kid at heart.

    Shocking age difference between Booth and Bones. I wouldn't have guessed five, but I suppose it is probably true. I loved this part of the episode, because Brennan was taking with April.

    The ending was perfect. They were going to take Sweets to the Bowling "rink". I loved it when Booth dragged Sweets in his rolling chair. The moment when they were like "he's lying" about not knowing they were there, and then not wanting to sit down was so cute. Sweets was a great addition to the show. They made no mistake. He brings out so many cute Booth and Bones moments.moreless
  • Another good episode

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. A young couple discover a body at Homestead Natural Hot Springs in a spring filled with mud. And so Bones and Booth are called in to investigate. When Booth and Bones go to see Sweets he tells them that he wants to see them together in a social situation and so he asks them both to go with him and his girlfriend. Kind of like a double date. Soon the body is IDed as that of Tripp Goddard, a sexy motorcycle racer, who hadn't been seen since he won a big race 2 weeks ago. Son we see the victim's bike being passed onto the 2nd best driver. As he drives, the bike won't slow down and soon he flips and the motorbike catches on fire and Danny dies. When they check out his bike, it has been rigged. The night of the double date arrives, and we see them all at a ceramics evening. But of course it doesn't go well, for Sweets and his girlfriend, April. Soon on the case, evidence points towards Danny's sister, as the killer. She soon admits to it, and she is arrested. We end with Booth and Bones together discussing the case and Sweets comes in and we learn that he and April have broken up. They are going out bowling and so they invite him along.moreless
  • Interesting case and a fun double date.

    Interesting dumping ground for a body and the bike storyline was enjoyable.

    That mud is just nasty – who knows what could be in it? As our lovebirds found out. Aside from the dead body, there could be stones, metal, condoms, yuck!

    Liked the story about the bikes, very nicely filmed too. The scene where the brother died was very well done. Not all the questions were answered, like what happened to the contract and how did a girl her size manage to get a body into the box in the very large 4x4 and then get it out again at the mudhole?

    Liked the ceramic double date. Worked great for Booth and Brennan but not so well for Sweets and April. Booth's horse was beautiful.

    Good episode, nice balance between the case and the stuff with Sweets.moreless
  • Booth and Brennan double date? Sounds like fun!

    I love how Booth and Brennan love to give Sweet a hard time and you know what? He seems to enjoy it.

    Zack and Hodgins are great together. They're good colleagues but better friends. I see this is another episode where we don't have Angela and Hodgins honey moments that could be annoying.

    The whole ceramics class scene was good to see. You have two examples of a good and a bad relationship. You see how easy things happen between Booth and Brennan and how forced words come out in Sweets and April's conversation. They actually seem to enjoy seeing B&B and somehow envy their chemistry.

    The case was one of many caused by jealousy, envy and greed. But the cast's performance is worth watching any episode.

    The last scene is very nice. You have B&B discussing the case, without arguing, looking very relaxed. Then Sweets shows up, dumped by April. And how nice was from them to ask him to join them. I mean, considering that sometimes they can't stand him or his sessions (although Brennan seemed to have enjoyed this one).

  • A vacuum after Santa in the Slush.

    Man in the Mud as a follow-up on the christmas "kiss" episode felt a bit like a let-down.

    I didn't expect declarations of eternal love or complete change in Bones and Booth's relationship, but somehow this episode felt kind of strange. The dynamic between our duo seemed off. There were no real memorable moments between them, which is usually not the case, especially this season.

    What could have helped Man in the Mud would have been a strong murder case. But unfortunately that was not interesting and boring. There were to many shots of racing motorcycles for my taste.

    Fortunately even a weak episode of Bones is still better than lots of things on TV.

    But the quantity of rewatching this episode won't be very high in my case.moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Booth is talking to Hodgins on the phone about the weapon, he calls Hodgins "Wizard" -- T.J. Thyne was a computer expert nicknamed "Wizard" on Walker, Texas Ranger.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode when Booth and Brennan confront the suspect, her lawyer says the court wouldn't accept the forensic evidence. He says that the sample is too small to repeat the test and his client had a twin brother, which might suggest that Danny (the brother) could be the killer. This is not accurate, as Cam did the gender test and the result was female.

    • We learn in this episode that there is a 5-year age gap between Brennan and Booth, meaning that Brennan must be 30 or 31 years old (since it was revealed that Booth was 35 years old in the previous season three episode "Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van").

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Zack: Sharper than round, but blunter than sharp.
      Angela: What?!
      Cam: That actually made sense to me.
      Angela: You two have been spending way too much time together.

    • April: No, it's just- I meant- I believe that all creatures -- people, fish, dogs -- we're all connected. We all share the same stuff that makes life so beautiful and precious.
      Brennan: On a quantum level, that's true. Although the word 'stuff' is not accurate.

    • Braxton Smalls: Lenny, when was the last time you saw Tripp?
      Lenny: I told you, at the victory party.
      Braxton Smalls: You shook hands with him, sat next to him at the bar, did you make out a little?

    • Braxton Smalls: What you got - a nail clipping, a piece of dried snot, a hair?

    • Brennan: I'm going to need all of the mud.
      Park Ranger: Excuse me?
      Brennan: Get a tanker truck out here, and suck it up, so we can filter it back at the Jeffersonian.

    • Hodgins: Death by Yoga?

    • Booth: Your friend's name Garth Jodrey?
      Tim: How'd you know that?
      Booth: (points to his name plaque on his desk) Special Agent Seeley Booth. Special.

    • Tim: Look, I know I was breaking the rules when I drove my truck on National Park land. But, I mean this girl, didn't you see her?
      Booth: I really don't care about that.
      Tim: Come on man have a heart.
      Booth: Look, I got it about the girl the minute I saw her okay, we all ... do things, for the girl.

    • Booth: You know you can play the field ... and not plough it.
      Brennan: That was distasteful.

    • Brennan: Serious as a gas attack.
      Booth: Heart attack, Bones! Serious as a heart attack.

    • Sweets: You know fish aren't actually sentient! There is a reason why people say "Cold as a fish"! Me, I'm a dog person. I think that has meaning, don't you?

    • Cam: So ... we haven't eliminated anyone from our list of suspects. Plus we don't know what that's a cross section of, and we don't know what caused the damage to the front of the face. What, exactly made you two come in here crying "King of the Lab"? (Hodgins points at Zack)

    • Booth: (trying to cheer up Sweets) Hey, you know what Sweets? Bones and I, we're going bowling tonight!
      Bones: Yes, yes, bowling! You know what, you wanna come with us? To go bowling, at the bowling rink?
      Booth: Alley.
      Bones: Bowling alley. The bowling alley?

    • Brennan: I'm enjoying this. The last time I threw pots I was in Columbia with the Arhuaco Indians.
      Booth: Last time I did something like this, I was in nursery school.
      April: Well, we love it. Don't we, Lance?
      Sweets: Yes.
      Booth: Well, I love my work, but I'm not gonna talk about that right now. Even though we think a paraplegic killed Tripp Goddard.
      April: That sounds fascinating.
      Sweets: (sternly) April.
      April: Oopsie.
      Brennan: Doctor Sweets says that you work with tropical fish.
      April: Yes, I loooove fish, they're just like people.
      Brennan: No, no they're not. Actually, people can't breathe under water.
      April: She's funny.
      Brennan: I am? Wha– ? Why is that funny?
      Booth: I don't think she meant that literally, Bones.
      Brennan: Oh.

    • Zack: An elongated rod with (picking out a rod) this cross-section is the likely culprit.
      Hodgins: Good. Good job Zack.
      Zack: So, am I King of the Lab?
      Hodgins: We both are.

    • Hodgins: I do bugs and slime, I don't do arithmetic.

    • Booth: (about Danny Fitz) Bones, he's not afraid of me at all.
      Brennan: Well, it's hard to scare someone who rides around a track at 200 miles an hour.
      Danny Fitz: Now, her I like. (turning to Brennan) You wanna go out some time?
      Booth: No, she doesn't wanna go out with you.
      Brennan: Let me speak for myself.
      Booth: Murder suspect here, Bones.

    • Booth: What a shock for that couple. I mean, they slide naked into the, hot mudbath and a skeleton hand pokes her in the, you know -
      Brennan: Anus.
      Booth: Bones!
      Brennan: What? It's a clinical term for that part of the body, Booth.
      Sweets: Dr. Brennan, Agent Booth. Would it be fair to say that you use work to avoid confronting personal issues?
      Booth: Why? Because I don't wanna talk about, you know.
      Brennan: The anus.
      Booth: You really like that word, don't you?
      Sweets: Do you two ever discuss anything that's not attached to work?
      Booth: Well, it's better than talking about, you know.
      Sweets: The anus?
      Booth: What is it with you two?

    • Brennan: Sweets could be right. I mean, we talk a lot about work.
      Booth: I talk about my kid.
      Sweets: Because he was almost kidnapped during a case.
      Brennan: Uh, my father. We talk about him.
      Sweets: Because Agent Booth arrested him for murder.
      Booth: Okay, what are you trying to get at here?
      Sweets: Your inability to share your personal lives. I thought that was obvious.
      Booth: Okay, that was snotty. I don't respond well to snotty.

    • Brennan: After a case, sometimes we have a drink, or coffee. Booth has pie, I don't like pie.
      Booth: You really should just ... give it a chance.
      Brennan: I find it too sweet.
      Booth: Okay, there! We talked about pie. Nothing to do with work.
      Brennan: It ... is better when we discuss murder.
      Dr. Sweets: I'd like to see you guys in a social situation. A situation where work is a taboo subject.
      Booth: What, are you gonna send us to a restaurant and watch us through a one-way mirror?
      Brennan: I'm still not having pie.
      Dr. Sweets: No, an evening out with my girlfriend and me.
      Booth: (laughs, then turns to Brennan) They need someone to buy them beer.
      Brennan: You want us to go on a double date?
      Booth: Listen, why don't you just go on the Internet like all the rest of the kids.
      Dr. Sweets: Okay, if it goes well I'll withdraw my concern. I'll release you back into your environment.
      Booth: What are we, brook trout?

    • April: I uh, wanted to talk to you woman to woman if that's possible.
      Brennan: That is possible, because we are both women.

    • Hodgins: I'm gonna go back and look at very small things under my very large microscope.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: April 15th, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: April 24th, 2008 on Sky1
      New Zealand: June 2nd, 2008 on TV3
      Spain: June 13th, 2008 on FOX TV Spain
      Sweden: August 3rd, 2008 on TV3
      The Netherlands: September 1st, 2008 on RTL 4
      Norway: September 4th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: October 6th, 2008 on Channel 7
      Belgium: November 3rd, 2008 on 2BE
      Finland: February 6th, 2009 on Sub
      Slovakia: June 24th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: November 11th, 2009 on Prima

    • The was the first episode to air after the end of the WGA writers' strike, although it was produced before the strike began. "The Baby in the Bough" was supposed to air before it, but Fox decided to air this episode first instead, to provide better plot flow from "The Santa in the Slush."

    • Featured Music:
      "Get It Right" by Mink (right after the motorcycle accident, when Booth and Brennan arrive on the practice track)
      "Skinny Penny" by The Stereotypes (when Booth shows the Grand Prix videotape to the journalist)
      "Bones" by The Killers
      "Pride" by Syntax
      "Umbrella" by Rihanna ft. Jay-Z


    • FBI Motor Tech: I blame the Stooges.
      The Three Stooges was a revolving act of mostly vaudevillian actors who made comedy shorts and films for Columbia Studios (and Fox and MGM) that ran from 1930 to 1970. The actors were referred to as Larry, Moe, and Curly/Shemp. The acts usually contained exaggerated physical comedy (slapping, punching, hitting with different objects, etc.) and one-liners within nonsensical storylines.