Season 8 Episode 2

The Partners in the Divorce

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 2012 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Booth and Brennan investigate the murder of a famous divorce attorney who was in the midst of his own divorce. Unfortunately, the interviews highlight their own relationship struggles after three months apart.

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  • gets oddly excited in

    The writing in this episode and the characters did not flow. There were too many underlying story plots trying to be told. Stick to the basics . murder and bones) and stay away from trying to speak on social issues.
  • Not up to par.

    The writing in this episode and the characters did not flow. There were too many underlying story plots trying to be told. Stick to the basics (e.g. murder and bones) and stay away from trying to speak on social issues.
  • 8x02 - the partners in divorce

    I really liked this episode. Mostly because the tension between Brennan and Booth felt realistic and so did their resolution. The mystery was boring but the character moments really sold me this episode.
  • The Partners in The Divorce

    It used to be the eccentric behavior by Booth and Brennan that we loved about this show, but in this episode, seeing the two whining and complaining, that's what irritated me. Also, the marginalization of Hodgins as to simply a geek who gets oddly excited in the lab room continues to be an odd writing move.

    A rushed ending too. Just not what we expect from this show.
  • Vintage or Just Old?

    I love me some vintage. Vintage cars, vintage clothes but apparently not some vintage Bones

    It's absolutely true, this felt like season 2 all over again...problem is, the writers have been teasing us with Bones actually evolving into a person with an ounce of social understanding. Hell, she even made a Wil E Coyote reference. She then proceeded to act like a petulant genius child with zero comprehension of social dynamics. In season 2, this was hilarious. In season 7, it's played out shtick

    I don't know if the writers are intentionally making Bones cringe worthy, but from the last couple episodes of last season to now, I'm finding her harder and harder to watch while my sympathy for the characters around her turns to apathy since their expectations of her should be near rock bottom. If it's intentional...kudos, you're doing a great jobmoreless
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

Luke Kleintank

Luke Kleintank

Finn Abernathy

Guest Star

Omar J. Dorsey

Omar J. Dorsey

Chad Lester

Guest Star

Alexandra Holden

Alexandra Holden

Margot Sandoval

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Brennan: I'm not going to fight. We'll talk later when you are capable of being rational.

    • Brennan : Congratulations, Mr. Abernathy. You have successfully reconstructed the death of Wile E. Coyote.
      Angela : Wow, honey. That was a very impressive pop culture reference.
      Brennan : Christine and I may have watched a few cartoons while I was away.

    • Booth: I was mad. I lost you and Christine for three months. I'm never gonna be able to get that time back.
      Brennan: I have a way to fix that.
      Booth: Oh, you have a time machine in your basement?

    • (Brennan evaluates a charred corpse at the crime scene.)
      Brennan: Based on the nasal root and the brow ridge, the victim is a Caucasian ma— Don't step in the brain, Booth.
      Booth: Brain? Oh, what?!
      Hodgins: Oh, it's nice, huh? All of us back together again?
      Booth: That's not nice. There's brain on my shoe.
      Cam: Let me bag it.
      Booth: Bag my shoe?
      Cam: Yeah, you can hop.
      Hodgins: Yeah, I've missed this.

    • Brennan: (to Booth) I love you. I'm willing to do irrational things to prove it.

    • Brennan: We don't usually kiss in front of people, but we had a disagreement.
      Finn: You already had the fight?
      Brennan: Yes.
      Finn: And that was the two of you making up after the fight you already had?
      Brennan: I don't … understand your tone of incredulity.
      Finn: Oh, no, ma'am, it's just … when my mom and my stepdad used to get all polite, like the two of you were just then, that meant all hell was gonna break loose.

    • Finn: I have to say, ma'am, I've sure missed working with you.
      Brennan: I imagine you have.
      Finn: Although I'm sure Agent Booth has missed you more.
      Brennan: Is this helping the case, Mr. Abernathy?
      Finn: No, ma'am, I'm just appreciating the Good Lord's work getting you back.
      Brennan: If God was involved in our lives, these cases wouldn't be so hard to solve.
      Finn: I'm not so sure about that. Without a challenge, you wouldn't know how brilliant you are.

    • Brennan: Is everything all right?
      Booth: Oh, you know, I just don't like being in a divorce lawyer's office, that's all.
      Brennan: Why?
      Booth: Well, 'cause it reminds me that things, you know, fall apart.
      Brennan: (chuckles) Well, it's a good thing we're not married, right?
      Booth: You are not a very reassuring person, Bones.

    • Finn: What is that? Gold?
      Cam: Looks like a …
      Hodgins: Fleur-de-lis. It's a sign of the Priory of Sion, a secret society that defies Papal Authority.
      Angela: Honey, honey … that's the nib of a fountain pen.
      Finn: He was stabbed in the neck with a fountain pen?
      Hodgins: Yeah, or assassinated by the Pope.
      Cam: Or stabbed in the neck with a fountain pen.

    • Cam: Well, pathology is a lot like football.
      Finn: I need a helmet?
      Cam: No, when in doubt, ignore the pain and plow ahead … scientifically.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Featured Music:
      "To Fight Is to Lose" by Mia Dyson (D.C. at night fades to Booth in the kitchen)

    • The end of this episode had a dedication card sequenced before the end credits that read, "In Memory of our good friend Michael Clarke Duncan, 1957-2012". Michael played lead character Leo Knox in the Bones spinoff The Finder. Duncan died on September 3, 2012, some seven weeks after suffering a heart attack. On September 5 The Hollywood Reporter transcribed a conversation between Hart Hanson and Lesley Goldberg in which Hanson related plans to bring Duncan back into the Bones world in another crossover episode.

    • On August 2, 2012, E! Online reported that this episode's title was "The Parents in the Divorce." Fox's September 12, 2012, press release used the current title. Left unanswered was whether the first was a working title or simply bad reporting.

    • Additional Crew Credits: Jan Dewitt (Produced by), Kathy Reichs (Inspired by the Life of Forensic Anthropologist and Author), Rick Millikan (Casting by), Greg Collier ("A" Camera Operator), Andy Shuttleworth ("B" Camera/Steadicam Operator), Pamella Phillips (Make-Up Department Head), Bernie Gough (Hair Department Head), Katie Barnard (Insert Coordinator), Josh Levy (Production Associate Producer), Mike Grasso (Police Technical Advisor), Mark Marcum (Video Playback).

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 24th, 2012 on Global
      United Kingdom: January 16th, 2013 on Sky LIVING/Sky LIVING HD
      Slovakia: March 13th, 2013 on JOJ