Season 3 Episode 15

The Pain in the Heart

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 19, 2008 on FOX
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The Gormogon serial killer is back again, and the silver skeleton from the basement vault has gone missing. All the Jeffersonian employees become suspects, with the scary possibility that one of their own is working with Gormogon.

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  • best season finale of bones

    out of all 6 seasons i think this season finale was the most riveting and dramatic. it was unpredictable and exciting and that is how a finale should be. it didn't really leave a cliffhanger but it the flair and drama was worth the lack of a cliffhanger. because the only time cliffhangers are worth it is when they are done right, and most of the time they aren't. i was about ready to cry at booth's funeral i was really hoping it was a dream or something, but the writers never cease to amaze me, and when gormogon's assistant was found it was the most shocking moment in bones history (i think).moreless
  • Bad ending for a good story arch

    Perhaps one of the worst season finales I ever see. The arch-story seems to be fast-ended, bad developed (only a few episodes for a good idea) and worst of all, the "elimination" of one great character as an excuse for the ending. Watching this season sometimes I think the writers don't know how exactly the story must end. The tell some details about the Gorgomon "mythology" but they just turn the type into a bad anibal lecter-like serial killer. The idea of an aprentice is great but bad developed. The worst error is to think that some character as dr. Addy won't go directly to Bones because to ask about the Gorgomon or to invite to join because she's perhaps more logical than imself.moreless
  • This was a reall very sad episode.

    This episode made me so sad the start with us thinking booth was dead was terrible i thought it would be the last ever episode of bones but the when he is alive and brennen punches him is just priceless, and deffernatly said some things about there relationship.

    The fact that it was zack was sad and the whole ending just made me cry, there was only one thing wrong with this the fact as we find out later that he didn't kill anyone means he would never had gone to gaol truthfully they could only of charged him with being an accomplaise but he still wouldn't of spent any gaol time in the trial all his lawyer would of had to say is his a naturally submissive person coupled witht the fact he had just returned from Iraq means they would never of gooten a conviction (just my two cents i know it is only a show)

    The show is not and never will be the same for true fans without Zackmoreless
  • A great finale!

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. We open this episode seeing Booth's death and then we see everyone leaving to go to Booth's funeral. Bones says that she's not going, but since she won't, listen to anyone, Angela has a word with her. She asks Bones to go with her, to support her, as she needs her best friend. Then we jump to the funeral, and see everyone gathered around the coffin, at the grave site. And then, as we see the men who fire the guns into the air, one of them looks an awful lot like Booth, and as the screen moves closer, it becomes clear that it is Booth. Now I'm confused. We see a man dressed in black moving towards the coffin, and then Booth (I think) runs towards him and as the man pulls out a gun, the coffin overturns. We see that inside is a mannequin. With the 2 men fighting, Bones hits the attacker over the head with one of the arms, and then as Booth starts to talk to her, she punches him. Back at the lab, Booth tells her that the FBI faked his death, after he was shot so that they could catch a man who has been after Booth for years. Then back at the lab, a package arrives of Bones which has a human jaw inside with silver screws, which leads them all to believe that Gormogon is back. We then see Booth in his bath tub enjoying a drink and listening to some music, which is interrupted when Bones enters the room. They argue over the fact that she didn't know that he was still alive. We soon learn that the jaw belongs to the Gormogon's last victim. During one of Hodgins and Zach experiments, an explosion happens, and as they race to help, Hodgins looks ok, but Zach's hands look badly damaged. We then see Zach in the hospital, with Bones and Booth, and we see his hands all bandaged up. Back at the lab, we soon learn that the ingredients were switched and that is how the explosion happened. We soon find out that Sweets had the list of people who were going to find out about Booth's "death" and that it was his decision not to tell Bones. And for some reason she seems ok with it. But when their alone, Bones tells him the truth, and that he better not do it again. When they head down to the Gormogon vault, we see that the skeleton has gone. We learn that it happened when the explosion happened, and we learn that the explosion was an inside job and that Gormogon works in the lab. And so everyone who works in the building is now a suspect. Sweets then comes to Booth and Bones and tells them that he believes that Gormogon is Hodgins. Bones refuses to believe it and leaves. Soon Hodgins himself as evidence that points to him, or at least someone that lives in his area, due t the lead found in the tap water that was used to boil the victim jaw. Soon they realise that the jaw was stored in their "Limbo" and so they all in Bones's grad students to help them go through the boxes, believing that other victim maybe there. When they start looking over Zach's work, they see that he has been making mistakes. Soon we realise that Gormogon is in fact ZACH. And so Booth and Bones go to question Zach, he admits that he planned on sneaking out of the hospital, but his friends were always at his side. And that he set up the explosion and that Gormogon is actually called the Master. We learn that he was first approached only 3 months ago, and that he doesn't know his name, but he has been to his house. We then see Booth and the FBI as they finally find Gormogon and as they find him, he is eating meat, probably human, Booth shots him and kills him. We then see Zach being arrested and questioned at his hospital bed, and everyone standing outside. Zach confesses to killing the last victim, but he never actually ate anybody. Zach cuts a deal so he will be going to a psychiatric hospital instead of prison. As the episode and the season ends, we see everyone sitting round the table talking about Zach. As they look through his things of what they gave him, Bones gets upset as she realises that she never gave him anything. She walks away and Booth goes after her. He then hands a letter, about Zach getting the internship, which he kept.moreless
  • The last two eps of this season remembered me of pie. A very raw pie. All the good ingredients were there but it should have been in the oven longer! Damn that strike!moreless

    First a word about the previous episode (as it is relevant to this one). The stalker was well written, in fact it was the best writing for a delusional character I have heard, the actress was great and the storyline in general had a great potential. But it was rushed.

    Now it seems weird and out of character for Booth to fall for this and Brennan shoots a woman without the hint of remorse making her a killer just like her father. Remember when she shot that guy back in the pilot? For months we'd hear about that whenever a gun popped up, but here she actually ends a human life and nobody even raises an eyebrow.

    Then the fake funeral and the fight and the experiment and the feelings. That alone could have taken up another episode. I certainly wouldn't have liked it, given that much of the show's character derives from the Brennan/Booth relationship it would simply be boring to watch them rebuild trust. That twist, that Booth wasn't guilty of not informing Brennan would have had more weight in a full length storyline and was done very poorly.

    Now comes the real piece of work. The Gormagon storyline. Ever since Sweets walked into the lab I suspected him of being Gormagon's apprentice. I never doubted Hodgins for a second it was obvious that he wouldn't cry wolf all the time if he was roasting it back home. (Where Angela spent all her time)

    Since the writers had thrown out Hodgins as a possible suspect in previous eps it was clear that it wasn't actually him.

    Sweets seems to be a tool to advance the Booth/Brennan relationship on the fast forward button. Just by themselves B/B started to circle each other and I understand that the writers needed something to shake things up. Therefor he could not go. Personally I hoped it was him and I never liked the character or the actor.

    Booth wasn't an option because his religion had proven in the past to be too oppressing for him to start eating people. (which is not as negative as it may sound ;) ) Plus Brennan could not stand to loose another trusted friend without imploding.

    Given that the writer's had made it so that Gormagon's apprentice was working in the lab and that he was a young male Zach was the only possible culprit.

    Would a person of such intelligence be able to kill? Most definitely. But would he also fall for the reasoning behind the cannibalism? Doubtful. And would Zach ever miscalculate? very unlikely. Would he work towards capturing his own mentor without causing suspicion? The boy who is incapable even of the smallest deception? Impossible.

    It might have worked had the writers had more time to build up to this climax. They may have caught a few mistakes along the way: How did Zach steal the Skeleton? Why would he risk his career of putting murders away, betray his friends and family when they meant so much to him?

    It just seems to me (especially taking into consideration the trial episode of Brennan's father) that due to the writer's strike the season's length did not meet the writers need to full develop all storylines layed out in the first half of the season.

    Or perhaps three different and complex story archs (Brennan's father, Gormagon, B/B vs Sweets) were just too much too handle for these writers. We'll never know.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

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Don Jeffcoat

Don Jeffcoat

Howie Madison

Guest Star

Graham Miller

Graham Miller

Grad Student #1

Guest Star

Alain Uy

Alain Uy

Grad Student #2

Guest Star

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

David Greenman

David Greenman

FBI Forensic Tech Marcus Geier

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • As Brennan is leaving Booth's bathroom, you can see Mario Lemieux's Pittsburgh Penguins jersey hanging on the wall. Booth also has a glass item on his desk that has the Philadelphia Flyers' symbol on it. This is funny because the Flyers and Penguins are big rivals—they are both Eastern Division in the Atlantic Conference—and you either like one team or the other, not both.

    • All of the replacement bones (which belong to known victims) relate to their jobs:

      Gavin Nichols (his pinky finger): as a violinist, his finger was essential to his music, and was insured for millions
      Father Cooper (his knee caps): as Booth said, he would have spent a lot of time kneeling
      Mr. Porter (his jaw bone): he was a lobbyist, and lobbyists tend to do a lot of talking

    • There are five clocks on the wall in Booth's bathroom. They are all set at different times: 1:40, 2:10, 11:50, 10:05 and 8:35.

    • In earlier episodes it was stated that Gormogon only takes widows' sons as apprentices, yet Zack has both of his parents - they're alive and well in Michigan. Even though Zack worked in the Jeffersonian and had special access to Gormogon's vault, Gormogon still broke his own rule by making Zack his apprentice.

    • Goof: During Sweets' interview on TV, victims' bodies are shown - the second body shown is that of Ed Milner, who was discovered in the "Death in The Saddle" episode and who has nothing to do with the Gormogon case.

    • When Brennan and her student are talking about the skeleton from Limbo, Brennan says the femur indicates a height of approximately 180cm. When asked what that is in English, she says about 5'8". 180cm is actually just under 5'11".

    • Goof: Booth explains to Sweets that Bones was mad "because she didn't know I was dead." But she was actually mad because she didn't know that he was really alive.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Caroline (about the skeletal storage/limbo) This is just creepy.
      Bones: Well, it's the natural order of things. We all end up this way.
      Caroline: Thank you, cherie, now you've made it creepy and depressing.

    • Sweets: (about Brennan) So you didn't tell her to leave, you just sat there, naked?
      Booth: It was my own bathroom, okay? What do you wear in the tub, floaties?

    • Cam: (reading out of a script) Well, there's a little thing that looks like a Japanese stool, then a 'b' with a tail, then a fat fish. Does this make sense to you?
      Zack: It doesn't to you?

    • Hodgins: Hey, how are you, Zack?
      Zack: Quite severely injured.

    • Caroline: (at the funeral) I knew Seeley Booth. He was a good man, who earned my respect and affection - and I don't like many people.

    • Cam: I knew, the day I met Zack, he'd cause me pain.

    • Booth: There's got to be other stuff going on here, right?
      Sweets: What?
      Booth: Transference, uh paranoia. Come on! I mean, when I offer her a piece of pie, you say it has deeper meaning!
      Brennan: I don't like pie, Booth.
      Booth: Apple pie. She doesn't like baked pie.
      Brennan: I don't like my fruit cooked.
      Sweets: Okay, changing the subject is a way to avoid your feelings.
      Booth: My feelings? Okay, now you're attacking my feelings?

    • (Brennan barges in on Booth in his bathtub)
      Brennan: I need to talk to you!
      Booth: What the hell, Bones! I'm in my house, in my bathroom, in my bathtub! How the hell did you get in here, anyway?
      Brennan: Well that fake rock by your front door wouldn't fool anybody. Why are you wearing a hat that dispenses beer?
      Booth: (looking sheepish) Hot tub plus cold beer equals warm beer. Hat equals solution. Why are you ... ?
      Brennan: And that cigar. Very unhealthy.
      Booth: Ok, what the hell do you want now, Bones? Because I'm not really feeling too relaxed.

    • Booth: I gave a list of people to the Bureau to inform them that I was not really dead, you know? If they didn't tell you, it's not my fault.
      Sweets: Dr. Brennan is actually upset because she had to face strong emotions that she'd rather deny. Striking Agent Booth indicated the depth of your feelings for him. It was a very passionate act.
      Booth: Thank you! Did you hear that? Passion!
      Brennan: Yes, passion, because anger is a passion. Anger at being manipulated!
      Zack: Dr. Brennan ...
      Booth: Aw, forget it!

    • Booth: Next time I die, I promise that I will tell you.
      Brennan: I'll look forward to that.

    • Booth: (to Sweets) So go ahead tell her.
      Sweets: Tell her what?
      Brennan: Tell me what?
      Booth: Tell her now?
      Sweets: What?
      Booth: Fine. I'll tell her. (to Brennan) Okay, I sent my list to the Bureau, they sent it to Sweets. (to Sweets) You were the one who decided not to tell Dr. Brennan that I was still alive. (to Brennan) He's the one you should have slugged. So do it. Go ahead, do it now.
      Brennan: What? You chose not to tell me?
      Sweets: Yes, it's true. Technically.
      Booth: Technically?
      Sweets: Okay, I reviewed the list, and I decided, knowing Dr. Brennan as I do, that she was in fact able to handle your death.
      Booth: (to Bones) Slug him.
      Sweets: It was a national security issue - the fewer people that knew Agent Booth was alive the safer he would be.
      Brennan: (to Booth) I think that was a good choice.
      Sweets: (relieved) Awesome.
      Booth: You do?
      Brennan: Yes. You knew that Booth's death was something I could deal with because it's something I can compartmentalize.
      Booth: Whoa, wait a minute, now why are you mad at me then?
      Brennan: Because you should have told me personally.
      Booth: Oh, I should have just ignored national security concerns, broken the law, and told you.
      Brennan: Yes.

    • Angela: I would like to welcome all of Dr. Brennan's grad students to Limbo.
      Bones: It's modular skeletal storage. I don't like the moniker "Limbo."
      Angela: Over 10,000 lost souls remain here, sweetie. Unidentified. Waiting. It's a good name; let's just go with it.

    • Hodgins: (after the explosion) Excuse me if my faith in the Bureau isn't absolute.

    • Hodgins: Since when did I become the assistant?
      Zach: Since I became the uncontested 'King of the Lab'.

    • Brennan: (about Zack) I never gave him anything.
      Booth: (finds and reads Brennan's letter offering Zack to be her grad student) I think you gave him something pretty great.

    • Brennan: All of your assumptions are built upon a first principle, Zack. To wit, the historical human experience as a whole is more important than a single person's life.
      Zack: Yes.
      Brennan: Yet you risked it all so you wouldn't hurt Hodgins.

    • Brennan: It's Zack. He's the killer, Booth. It's Zack.

    • Sweets: I think it's interesting psychologically how Agent Booth's constant efforts to persuade you to enjoy fruit pie could be interpreted as a type of seduction.

    • Cam: A toothless cannibal just can't cut it in today's competitive serial killer climate.

    • Zack: Is it a cake or is it a pickle?
      Hodgins: It's Schroedinger's Cat.
      Zack: That makes sense to me. Cakes and pickles mean nothing to me.

    • Brennan: I knew I shouldn't have gone to that funeral, it was a complete waste of time just like I said.
      Booth: Wait a second, you thought that my funeral was a waste of time?
      Cam: I thought it was a lovely service Booth.
      Booth: Thank you! You know, I expected to see more people though ...
      Hodgins: I always imagined a lot of ex-girlfriends crying.
      Booth: Yeah, me too.
      Angela: You guys are pathetic.
      Brennan: (to Booth) Just know, I won't be attending your next funeral.
      Booth: Bones, I'm telling you, you were supposed to know that I wasn't really dead, I swear! That's why I thought you weren't crying!

    • Brennan: (about the woman who shot Booth) That woman was aiming at me. I would have happily taken that bullet.

    • Angela: (to Bones) Look, I know how you see things, and I respect that. But, I need to ask you a favor. I have to go to the funeral. I'm not going to be able to get through this alone. I've been crying for like, days. I really need your shoulder here. I need my best friend.

    • Booth: Bones broke into my house last night --
      Bones: There was a key!
      Booth: ... All angry because nobody told her that I was dead. And I was just following protocol!
      Sweets: Broke into your house?
      Bones: There was a key.
      Booth: (talking over her) And barged into my bathroom.
      Sweets: (laughing) What were you doing?
      Bones: He was drinking beer and reading a comic book.
      Booth: I was taking a bath!
      Sweets: You read comics and drink beer naked?
      Booth: Wait a minute. Bones bursts into my bathroom, alright, and I'm weird for being naked?!

    • Bones: (to Booth) Just so you know I find your lack of puritan modesty very refreshing.

    • Grad Student #3: (bragging) I'm third in my class!
      Brennan: I'd like the names of the two students in front of you.

    • Cam: If you want to do one of your experiments just say so.
      Zack and Hodgins: (in unison) We want to do one of our experiments.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Bad Luck" by Social Distortion (during the bathtub scene)
      "Aerial Boundaries" by Michael Hedges (during the confrontation with the FBI)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: May 27th, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: May 29th, 2008 on SKY1
      Spain: July 18th, 2008 on FOX
      Sweden: August 31st, 2008 on TV3
      Norway: October 9th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: November 6th, 2008 on Seven
      Belgium: December 8th, 2008 on 2BE
      Finland: March 13th, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: December 16th, 2009 on Prima


    • David Boreanaz is seen reading a Green Lantern comic book in his bathtub. David Boreanaz voiced the character of Green Lantern in the 2008 animated video "Justice League: The New Frontier".