Season 4 Episode 5

The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 2008 on FOX
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The pieces of a dismembered body are found lying in a purple pool of water, except the head is missing. The team finds that the body belongs to Jared Addison, a science fiction writer who had several mental problems. With Sweets' help, several suspects are hunted down, however the team has trouble finding enough evidence with the victim's head still missing ... that is until they turn to Zack for help.moreless

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  • Big improvement. Good moments between characters. Interesting story AND it looks like Booth is himself again (almost).

    I've watched the episode only once, so to review it properly I need to re watch it with pen and paper in hand. But I can say that I am happy with this episode and I hope it's pointing the way for many better episodes.

    Love Zach. It definitely was great to see him return if only for a short time.

    I hope they stick with one of the new interns for more than 1 or 2 episodes. I liked all of them except for the girl. She was ridiculous.

    The way Brennan and Booth pick on Sweets is hilarious. The living with mom dialog made me laugh out loud. I like this new relationship between the 3. It has helped Brennan relax her rational side a bit.

    Booth projects a lot more sincerity this time. In his own way, of course, but it can be felt. Even though his approach towards Brennan is a lot more direct (out of necessity I believe), he accomplished a good balance between direct and subtle which makes their interaction give off a vibe of true fond feelings between them.

    I'm happy with this episode because it's an improvement and it gives me hope for the rest of the season.moreless
  • bring Zake back

    I love all of Bones. everyone just gets better. I wish they would leave all the cast the same. Let Hodgins and Angela back together and Let Bones and booth get together. Not have a child but let them try and it leave them together. It would be nice to have one show that lets couples be together. I have watch all of the shows three or more times and I see something different . It's just gets better everytime I watch. It has grown a lot from the first show. Zack needs to come back he was real good with the team and made watching it good. None of the replacements has been up to his standardmoreless
  • A visit from our favorite cannibalistic serial killer's apprentice.

    A very good episode and even better, we get a visit from Zack who even works on a case like old times.

    It's a surprise to see Zack again and what's disturbing is that he's still not upset he killed someone, just that he was taken in by faulty logic. Then he gets escapes. This answers some of the big questions about how Zack could have killed someone – the answer? He didn't. He's using that to keep himself in the psychiatric hospital otherwise he'll be sent to jail. Zack shouldn't have told Sweets because now he's burdened with it. It's wonderful to know that Zack is still our Zack.

    Wendell was perhaps a good choice for the new intern but he's perhaps a little too straight-laced to work in this lab. It's a very eccentric and requires an off-beat personality to fit in.

    Wonderful to have Zack back, even if it's temporary, means he'll probably be reintroduced to the show later on.moreless
  • This was a great episode!

    I loved this episode! ZACK!!!! Everything is so much better with zack around. Nobody even cares that he killed somebody! They just run and hug him and smile! They are just happy to see him again. It turns out that he doesnt kill the person! Okay, now that we know he did not kill the person, let him come back! We miss him so much. Wendell does NOT cut it. He will not fit in. Nobody can fit the place of Zack, it is impossible. He is so different, he is to smart. Zack never makes mistakes. He was apart of the family. They all love him. Even Booth was a little happy to see him. I was so happy when he walked in. I was crying with happiness. Great episode, to make a better one, bring zack back permently.moreless
  • Zack IS BACK for the episode!!!

    The epidoe was good, but I can only talk about Zack. It was so so so good to see him back and totally steal the spotlight at the end and solve the murder right under everyone else's noses. The scene where he breaks out of the looney bin to tell them where the head is, was great! Hodgins said he wished Zack was here, Booth contradicts him and says that Zack won't be back and what do you know, Zack is standing behind him.

    Wendel, the new intern: Ick. Ew. Ugh.

    He is ANNOYING! There is only ONE thing he did that I liked. Picking up on the whole sexual tension between Booth and Brennan. But I mean c'mon, ANYONE could do that. He still can't replace Zack. no one can.moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Bones: (referring to Jim Amerian) Look at the hematoma on his left occipital. It's what you would call a shiner.
      Booth: I know, Bones.

      The occipital is a lobe of the brain -- Jim Amerian actually has a shiner on his left orbital. There's no reason for Bones to not know this fact, and Booth agreeing with her makes it an even worse mistake.

    • Brennan: You know my reviews Booth, but do you read my books?
      Booth: Every single word.
      Brennan: You never said anything.

      Brennan appears to think that this the first time Booth has ever said anything about reading her books, but in episode 2x15 - "The Bodies in the Book" - they have a conversation about Booth reading one of her books:

      Booth: In your new book, they found a body at the marina, right?
      Brennan: You read my book?
      Booth: Of course.

    • When Booth shows his badge to the guy at the coffee shop he has it upside down.

      When Booth and Brennan interview Professor Amerian the mud on his head disappears and reappears between shots.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Gary Tushman: Book-wise, it's no longer about good writing, per se. It's about marketability.
      Brennan: Of the book.
      Gary Tushman: Of the author. That's the reason why your photo takes up the entire back cover of your books.
      Brennan: Because I'm a very good writer.
      Gary Tushman: You're serviceable. But your success is contingent on your image as a hot scientist chick.
      Brennan: (to Booth) That's not true is it?
      Booth: No, of course not! Don't call my partner a chick! What's the matter with you?

    • Booth: My guys, they didn't find the victim's head in the pool. Alright? So I put out a bulletin to orthopedic doctors within 200 miles of the body drop.
      Brennan: Body parts drop. The victim was killed, chopped up, and then dropped. (pauses) What?
      Booth: Breaking in a new intern, aren't you?
      Brennan: How did you know?
      Booth: Well because, you know, you always get overly precise. That's how I usually know.

    • Brennan: If your back doesn't hurt then why are you letting me drive?
      Booth: Well you know what? Don't get used to it, okay? I heal really really fast.

    • Hodgins: I found coffee grounds and sea kelp in the treads of the vic's shoes.
      Cam: So before our giant toddler was killed, he was brewing coffee on the seashore?
      Hodgins: Yes, that's it precisely. Case closed.

    • Cam: It wasn't blood - on the shovel, it wasn't blood.
      Booth: Bones' magic juice didn't work.
      Brennan: No, phenolphthalein is not magic.
      Hodgins: It's an indicator that reacts with ...
      Wendell: ... potato proteins.
      Angela: Potatoes?
      Hodgins: Phenolphthalein turns pink in the presence of potatoes.
      Booth: I locked a guy up because of potatoes?

    • Angela: These are children's shoes, but they're a size 11.
      Cam: So you think our victim was a giant toddler?
      Brennan: No, that would show up in the bones.
      Cam: Sarcasm does not play well on the forensic platform.

    • Sweets: You know, a sane person would regret murdering someone more ... than being taken in by a line of crap.
      Zack: Define crap.
      Sweets: Drivel, blarney, nonsense, uh, balderdash, twaddle, bull, bunkum, hooey. Like that.
      Zack: Now I realize it was drivel-blarney-nonsense-balderdash-twaddle-bull-bunkum-hooey. Then I perceived it as logic.

    • Sweets: I gotta- I gotta tell Doctor Brennan about this.
      Zack: You can't tell them, because I'm your patient and you're not allowed – ethically.
      Sweets: Zack, don't you want your friends to know, that you didn't kill anyone?
      Zack: I'm still an accessory to murder. If you tell them they'll take me out of here and put me in prison. Hodgins assures me I would not do well in prison.
      Sweets: Okay, what about the person that actually did commit the murder? He's still out there.
      Zack: No, the master killed him, so he could recruit me. There could only ever be two.
      Sweets: You have to let me tell the truth.
      Zack: You can't tell anyone without my permission. (pauses) We should go in. I don't want to get you into trouble.

    • Sweets: But you didn't plunge a knife into the man's chest?
      Zack: It wasn't me.
      Sweets: Zack, why did you confess?
      Zack: I would've done it. If the master had asked, I would've done it.
      Sweets: No, no you don't know that. People have no idea if they're capable of ending a life until they're put in that situation. (pauses) In all of our sessions, I've had question marks, because you, at heart, are not a killer.

    • Sweets: What if he, I don't know, what if he overpowers me or ...
      Booth: Zack?
      Zack: I'm much stronger than I look.
      Sweets: He's done it before. He killed a man.
      Booth: Okay Zack promise you're not gonna kill Sweets.
      Zack: I promise.
      Booth: There you go. (leaves)

    • Sweets: (interrogating Ralph, who confessed to murdering Jared Addison) Why did you kill him?
      Ralph: I didn't mean to kill him. The fact is, if I don't eat at exactly 8:14 AM according to this watch, the person nearest to me dies. Professor Amerian told me not to eat til 9 AM according to this watch. Jared was sitting next to me.
      Sweets: And you believe that's what killed him.
      Ralph: When you lock me up, I should either keep my watch, or you should only put me next to terrible people who deserve to die.

    • Sweets: People with OCD repeat patterns, in their lives, in order to stave off psychological panic. Now if we ask - which of Jared Addison's set patterns have recently been disrupted ... we may very well discover what got him killed.
      Bones: No, we can't ask Jared Addison. He's dead.
      Sweets: (to Booth) She is wicked literal.

    • Brennan: Do all boys keep their masturbatory aids in their shoes?

    • Booth: (fishing Brennan's manuscript out of the garbage) Ah, God! This is just, that's not good for the back. (Brennan, frustrated, exhales loudly) Suspenseful and chilling. Temperance Brennan leads the pack. Anthropology has never been more exciting.
      Brennan: You memorized my reviews?
      Booth: (holding her manuscript) Angela can scan these and get them back on your computer.
      Brennan: You know my reviews Booth, but do you read my books?
      Booth: Every single word.
      Brennan: You never said anything.
      Booth: Well I figured, you know, I'm all over your real world, why would you want me in your fantasy world, too?
      Brennan: I can appreciate that.

    • Booth: What are you doing?
      Brennan: Throwing out my book.
      Booth: It's still on your hard drive, right?
      Brennan: No, not anymore it's not.
      Booth: You erased it? Whoa! (taking the manuscript away from her) Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa stop!
      Brennan: But I don't wanna be a writer anymore.
      Booth: Oh why? Because of what that ... publisher said? He was an idiot. Did you see his glasses?
      Brennan: I don't wanna be a sexy scientist.
      Booth: Well that's like me saying I don't wanna be a sexy FBI agent. We can't change who we are.

    • Zack: I'm King of the Looney Bin.
      Hodgins: Yeah you are.

    • Sweets: You! You used me to escape!? How?

    • Zack: I haven't actually literally done it before you know?
      Sweets: Had sex?
      Zack: Ended someone's life ... why doesn't anyone ever believe I've had sex?

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      New Zealand: November 16th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: November 24th, 2008 on Channel 7
      Denmark: December 30th, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: January 4th, 2009 on TV3
      Norway: March 5th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: March 6th, 2009 on Fox
      Finland: April 17th, 2009 on Sub
      Portugal: April 23rd, 2009 on Fox
      Germany: May 14th, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: September 30th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 13th, 2010 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Set Free" by Katie Gray (while the team eats with Zack and the head is found)

    • Eric Millegan is listed as a "Special Guest Star."

    • Eric Millegan returns to the series in this episode. This is the first time he has returned since he was removed from the main cast at the end of season three, after his character was admitted to an asylum after being found guilty of aiding a serial killer.


    • The way the character of Zack is used is very similar to the character of Hannibal Lecter from the movie Silence of the Lambs. Bones plays on the popularity of Hannibal and his ability (being a criminal himself) to have insight into the criminal mind.