Season 5 Episode 3

The Plain in the Prodigy

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 2009 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
470 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

The bones of Levi Yoder, a member of an Amish community, are found near a railroad. When Booth and Brennan discover that Yoder was a brilliant pianist, they believe his talent may have lead to his death. Meanwhile, Cam has a hard time coping with becoming a new parent, and asks Booth to help keep Michelle in line.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
  • A very good episode..

    I've gotta say it.. it was nice to see an episode where the whole Booth and Bones thing isn't forced on the viewers, cause like I said in a previous review, it's getting really annoying the dancing around each other, quiet staring after a line. Not even teens do that anymore. The hesitation.. just get it over with..

    Anyways, the story was pretty simple. Amish kid left home for something I don't really remember the name, kinda to blow off some steem and getting to know a bit about the outside life before going back to his family and religion.

    At first, I thought it was gonna be the predictable family as suspects then the obvious twist to someone close. I was wrong.

    Just some random thief..

    Life is tragic sometimes...

    Sad episode. Very well written.

  • Remains of a teenage boy are found near the railroad which at first seem to belong to the 19th century and are later discovered to be of an Amish boy with a special gift whose untimely murder deprived the world of a prodigy.moreless

    Even though many fans have not seen this part an a perfect ten, based on the story, the performances and not to mention the music, I say it deserves the full score.

    The plot unfolds beautifully as new information is brought to the attention of Bones and Booth and the simplicities of the Amish life which collided with with the dreams of a young and talented boy leave them wondering what could have been.

    Among all the subtle points of this episode, Booth's correct judgment to send the stones to Sweets instead of Hodgins might just have been the only clue to lead the investigation forward; it was also great to see Cam deal with Michelle's teenage life and Booth's effort to protect her.

    I can give more reasons why I liked this episode, but the simplest one is that I was touched with the music and it's amazing ability to penetrate through extremism.moreless
  • Absolutely brilliant ending!

    I really loved this episode for two reasons but then again it wasn't the best Bones I have ever saw.

    The two reasons I loved it where simple. The ending blew my mind - it was completely anti-climatic in a brilliantly creative way - I mean the ending itself, some people could of gotten annoyed at but it was nice to see that all evidence sometimes leads in a direction but it turns out one small over-looked piece of information is the key to the whole thing. It's also nice to know that sometimes shows like this that always follow one lead can get it wrong - and I think the moral in that was that not always every time has got some detailed plot behind it - sometimes it's simple everyday crime.

    The second reason was the simply stunning piano pieces in it and the musical aspect.

    The reason why this episode didn't get ten in my books was that it really dragged in certain areas. I mean sometimes I was wishing for it to hurry up and I'm not normally like that in Bones.moreless
  • Really good

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. We open with human remains being found, and they are son IDed as that of Levi Yoder, a member of an Amish community. The episode revolves around his gift for music and how he had to decide between going back to the Amish community or staying in the English world and following his love of music. As all of the suspects seem to have alibi's, we soon learn that he was killed by a petty robber who was stealing items from the building where he was staying. Also in this episode, Cam gets worried when she suspects that Michelle is either having sex already or is about to start.moreless
  • loovely!!

    i just looved this episode. i just finished watching it, and i can't stop listening to that music that levi was playing. seriously, i'm truly amazed.

    another point that caught my attention on thins episode was the fact that the killer had nothing to do with the case. i don't think it ever happened before on the show. i thought it was a lil weird, because i spent the hole time thinking who had motives or would want him dead. and, in the end, i just got disappointed. other thing that i did not ike, was the fact that michelle is barely on the show, and sudenlly she's on a crises?? wtf?

    but, anyway, i thought the episode was awesome. the music just made it lovely.moreless
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

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Tiffany Hines

Tiffany Hines

Michelle Welton

Guest Star

Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan

Perry Wilson

Guest Star

Jennifer Parsons

Jennifer Parsons

Rebecca Yoder

Guest Star

Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd

Dr. Clark Edison

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the car on the way to talk to Levi's parents, Booth mentions that the Amish "reject buttons," but then in the next scene, Levi's dad is wearing a shirt with buttons.

    • Unless Levi, Tony, and Karen were film editors as well as music students, their home video of Levi playing the piano would not be so advanced to include multiple camera angles while maintaining the continuity of the music.

    • The music piece played by Levi Yoder for his audition is Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Booth: Perry, right? Michelle's boyfriend?
      Perry Wilson: Yes, sir, Perry Wilson. Michelle is with Cam, she told me to wait here.
      Booth: FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth.
      Perry: F-FBI?
      Booth: Michelle's, uh, family to me. I'm her number one uncle.
      Perry: Really? Sh-she didn't mention you.
      Booth: (pushes back his jacket to reveal his gun) In fact, I'm also a trained sniper.
      Perry: Okay. Wow, uh …
      (Booth grasps his shoulder and starts walking him down the hall.)
      Booth: Listen, Perry, right? You're a red-blooded young … man, and, uh, Michelle is, you know, she's an attractive young girl. So I assume that you, uh …
      Perry: What?
      (Booth raises his eyebrows meaningfully.)
      Perry: No! No, no.
      Booth: All right, because Michelle deserves your respect. You understand?
      Perry: I do. I do respect her. We were just gonna go to a movie tonight.
      Booth: All right. And if you behave any way less than a gentleman towards her, I'll find you. I think we understand each other, right?
      Perry: Yes, sir.
      Booth: Mm-hmm.
      (Michelle and Cam enter.)
      Booth: Michelle! Hi, we were just talking about what you were doing tonight.
      Michelle: Yeah, we're going to the movies.
      Perry: Just a movie, that's all. Moo-vee.
      Booth: Hey Bones, um, you've met Perry, Michelle's boyfriend.
      Brennan: Yes, nice to see you again. I heard about Princeton. You have a very bright future ahead.
      Perry: I hope so.
      Brennan: Mm-hmm.
      Booth: Me too. Have fun tonight, okay? (he and Brennan leave)
      Perry: (to Michelle) Sniper, good man.

    • Booth: You know, when I was a kid, Bones, I always wanted to be a hobo. I wanted to ride the rails, play the guitar ...
      Bones: Be malnourished, riddled with preventable disease.
      Booth: Tell you what. You know what? You could make Santa Claus cry. You really could.

    • Cam: When do teenagers start having sex?
      Angela: (surprised) Hello?
      Hodgins: If they could, they'd start in the morning and go until they drop.
      Clark: Please tell me this is about the case?

    • Angela: Hey listen Cam. Every teenager goes through this. Think about what you went through.
      Cam: (nods then looks shocked) Me? Oh God! What am- what am I gonna to do?

    • Hodgins: Perry's a senior, isn't he? That might be why he's pressuring Michelle to have sex.
      Angela: Why do you think he's pressuring her? Women want sex just as much as men.
      Cam: Yea well she's a child, she still has stuffed animals.
      Angela: Well I did too at 16 ... and I also had Brian. All you can do is tell her to respect herself, and use protection.
      Hodgins: During the Crusades, knights used to lock up their wives and daughters.
      Cam: How helpful!

    • Booth: (referring to the Amish) We reject Satan and ... they reject buttons.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Complex" by The Drawbacks
      "Maple Leaf Rag" (played by Levi and Karen on the piano - the first song in the video of Levi)
      "Sonata in E Minor" (played by Levi and Tony - the second song in the video of Levi)
      "Nocturne in B Flat Minor" (played by Levi on the piano - the third song on the video of Levi, his audition song)
      "River's Edge" by Great Lake Swimmers (when Booth arrests the killer)
      "Harpsichord Suite Set II, No. 7 in B-Flat Major, HWV 440 I" (played by Levi on the piano in the video of him)

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: October 22nd, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: November 1st, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Sweden: November 29th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: December 18th, 2009 on Fox
      Latin America: January 27th, 2010 on Fox
      Norway: February 11th, 2010 on TV3
      Belgium: April 1st, 2010 on 2BE
      Finland: September 11th, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: September 15th, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: September 23rd, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: March 17th, 2011 on Prima

    • Cam's adopted daughter Michelle is now played by Tiffany Hines. Dana Davis, who previously played Michelle in the season four episode "The Doctor in the Den," left the show to play Chastity on ABC Family's 10 Things I Hate About You.


    • Clark: Working here is like being on The View.

      This is a reference to the ABC daytime show The View, a talk show in which a panel of female co-hosts of different ages discuss current issues such as social and political news.