Season 9 Episode 14

The Master in the Slop

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 2014 on FOX
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Episode Summary


A famous chess master is found in pig slop, and Sweets goes undercover as a professional chess player to catch the killer. Meanwhile, Cam receives an award but is hesitant to take it because she believes Brennan deserves it. Dr. Douglas Filmore, a forensic podiatrist, returns as this week's intern.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Sweets enters the world of chess

    Sweets enters the world of chess to help catch the killer of a chess master.
  • On the fence

    After last week's maudlin episode, I decided if I didn't like the next episode, I would stop watching Bones altogether. At the end of this episode, I'm still on the fence; it was better than the last one (although the average reviewer would disagree), but I'm getting rather sick of the formula.

    Truthfully, there were two things that made me decide I would watch the next episode. I liked the bits with the Canadian guy, and I really liked the small but excellent performance of an aspbergian chess playing girl. That's not a lot, but it will keep me hooked - just barely - one more week.moreless
  • Rolling down the hill... picking up speed..

    Not even sure where to begin because all my gripes are pretty much equal. As others have mentioned there's several issues that simply shouldn't be issues at this point in the show. The completely ridiculous stereotypes aren't funny. It's a failed gag that makes the actors and writers look downright stupid. This is true for the Canadian, Dutch, and various American type stereotypes. It is as if the writers don't know where they're going and are just looking to put bits of what they think are funny jokes. It's not funny.

    How in the world is Sweets suddenly able to beat all the Chess Masters (without even taking potty breaks) and become an ace detective. While I do enjoy the crime of the week - the storylines are becoming completely ridiculous. The characters continue to devolve into giant piles of jello.

    Finally, I'm seriously thinking that Brennan has some type of massive brain tumor that prevents her from using common sense in dealing with people. She comes across as a whiney bratty immature unprofessional person.

    Someone needs to introduce these characters to the writers and review their tv-lives with them.moreless
  • a child learns social graces faster than this woman...

    i have been a fan of bones from the very beginning. but I am seriously getting tired of her lack of social grace. in the first few seasons it made for some interesting and sometimes funny scenes. it was refreshing to have her cut through all the political correctness and just state what everyone was thinking, but in this episode she came across as arrogant and self centered. she scowled every time dr. filmore wrote something in his notebook, unless it was negativity toward him (petty much?). heaven forbid he write something negative about the great temperance brennan. she is the best in her field, she is outstanding and sharing the limelight with anyone else, even her friends is just incomprehensible. needing angela, and even booth, as her moral compass after 9 years of being around her friends makes the character even more of a joke. if she is so smart, why is it taking her this long to pick up on something most children learn by the time they start school? it was made even more of a farce, when she was the first to support a bunch of smart, amazing women jumping around in bikini's to sell a publication.moreless
  • Painful.

    Could there have been more stupid stereotypes crammed in this episode? Seriously! The Canadian intern so sickeningly humble he refuses credit for an idea he had, the uber-nerdy awkward Asian girl, the fat guy so obsessed with food the first thing he does upon seeing Booth is take a sandwich out of his pocket... Holy shit.

    I love Bones and I have to admit the case of the week was pretty interesting, but the nauseating writing this week ruined it.

    EDIT: I hadn't even noticed the Dutch thing other reviews are mentioning. That is beyond disgusting.moreless
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

Scott Lowell

Scott Lowell

Dr. Douglas Filmore

Guest Star

Joseph Fuhr

Joseph Fuhr

Tim Levitt

Guest Star

Marcus Giamatti

Marcus Giamatti

Forrest Wakefield

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The character of the dead chess master in the episode seems to be inspired by Norwegian chess prodigy and world champion Magnus Carlsen.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Brennan: Booth, do you think I'm being small-minded about Cam getting the award and not me?
      Booth: Yes.
      Brennan: What?!
      Booth: You might want another answer, but I can't give that to you.
      Brennan: But I'm clearly the best scientist.
      Booth: And are you a worse scientist because Cam's getting the award?
      Brennan: Of course not.
      Booth: See? Yeah. So you're just being petty because you want to win.
      Brennan: I thought you would take my side.
      Booth: I am on your side, okay? I'm on your better side.

    • Dr. Filmore: (while searching the remains) A foot!
      Brennan: A foot is not necessarily the solution to this forensic puzzle.
      Dr. Filmore: I see you haven't lost your conviction that you have all the answers.
      Brennan: Well, I am outstanding and without peer in my field. I assume that is why your government wanted you to observe me. (Filmore takes some notes) What are you writing now?
      Dr. Filmore: Oh, just an observation that Americans are hubristic, and Canadians must deal with this challenge in future cooperative ventures.
      Brennan: Facts are not hubris, Dr. Filmore.

    • Booth: Ah, you know what? Just remind me. I got to write a thank-you note to the guy who invented waffles.
      Brennan: The recipe first appeared in Le Ménagier de Paris, a book a husband wrote for his wife in the 14th century. Since he's dead, a note would be pointless.
      Booth: I pity the men who aren't married to you, Bones.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Crew Clarifications: Jan DeWitt (Produced by), Kathy Reichs (Inspired by the Life of Forensic Anthropologist and Author), Rick Millikan (Casting by), Christine Ciraolo (Casting by), Pamella Phillips (Make-Up Department Head), Megg Massey (Hair Department Head), Katie Barnard (Insert Coordinator), Mike Grasso (Police Technical Advisor), Mark Marcum (Video Playback).


    • The character of the murdered chess master is named "Magnusson". This likely is a reference to the 2013 World Chess Champion and number one chess player from Norway, Magnus Carlsen.