Season 2 Episode 17

The Priest in the Churchyard

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 28, 2007 on FOX
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A water main bursts in the middle of a cemetery, leaving coffins littering the grounds. Brennan is called in to identify the remains so they can be reburied. When she finds the remains, she discovers that some have only been there for five years, even though she was told that no one was buried there for fifty years. Meanwhile, Booth decides to bring Brennan in to see his shrink so that they can work on getting their relationship back on track. Also, things get intense between Hodgins and Angela when Hodgins makes a bold move.moreless

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  • Tensions all round

    Ignore the crime line concentrate on the personality clashes.

    This episode is more about the problems that Brennan and Booth are having in their relationship than about solving the murder.Because their beliefs are at variance they seem to be arguing all the time. Booth is such a religious person and Brennan is an agnostic - one who believes that we know nothing beyond material phenomena. She is forever sniping at his beliefs both in God and in the ways of his Roman Catholicchurch. This drives them to seeing Dr Wyatt together.

    Wyatt reckons that their difficulties lie not with believing that she didn't go with Sully because of Booth but in another direction. We know better, so does Angela.

    Angela and Hodgins also are having problems - except in the Egyptian storeroom at lunchtime!! Only Zack and Cam seem to be problem free.

    Oh, they also manage to track down the murderer!moreless
  • "Can't you be satisfied that if I'm wrong about God I'll burn in Hell?"

    Obviously this exclamation of Bones doesn't satisfy Booth as he makes her go to see Dr.Wyatt with him.

    But back to the beginning. The new case leads Booth and Brennan to investigate a murder where the body was buried illegally in a sacred Churchyard. Since Bones does not believe in the "magic" and "wandwaving ways" of the Church she antagonizes not only the Priest but also Booth, who thinks they cannot work this way. So they go to see Dr.Wyatt who promises them to put their relationship in order again.

    This is a brilliant episode with a great storyline that puts Bones and Booth in square corners about their personal belief systems. The talks to the psychiatrist both in tandem and individually are great fun to watch as guest star Stephen Fry burns the screen with both leads.

    The best line comes from Angela, who brought it all to a simple conclusion : "Journeys end in lovers meeting, every wise man's son doth know."moreless
  • Full of insights on the two main characters.

    I'll ignore the case plot line, as I was much more interested in the 'psychological' stuff going on. Also, since I'm posting this review a long time after the episode was aired, I guess a lot has been said already.

    Religion. Definitely an issue that Brennan and Booth will always disagree on ('she refers to God as my invisible friend', he says about her; 'Well, you talk to someone who isn't there!' she replies).

    You have to love Gordon Wyatt (having spent some time in the UK, I know Stephen Fry is a super-famous person there). It's funny how sometimes in US shows they use a British character to bring a note of sophistication to the show - and Wyatt is no exception. The guy's quotes Shakespeare (and William Blake) non stop, for God's sake!

    So here's to the main character development bit. Wyatt says 'What now is proved was once only imagined. The rat, the mouse, the fox, the rabbit, watch the roots; the lion, the tiger, the horse, the elephant, watch the fruits. The system contains, the fountain... overflows.'. To which we're thoroughly entitled to say 'uh?'. So I checked the quote out (it's from William Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell) and came up with this.

    It's a tribute to the writers' skill in this episode that they manage to say so much with one single quote. Of course, as Wyatt realises, Brennan and Booth's relationship is 'opposites attract' - reason versus emotion, science versus intuition. Which is exactly what Blake was obsessed with. Beautifully done (although I think it's meant so that the characters don't realise that yet). And, as Angela in Shakespearian mood puts it: 'journeys end in lovers' meeting, every wise man's son doth know'.

    Overall, a pretty romantic episode disguised as a therapy session.moreless
  • Proof of how dangerous gossip can be.

    A very funny episode, Brennan's take on religion is always hilarious and makes her very cuttingly witty. Throw in tension with Booth and the interference by Wyatt and this is a fun episode.

    It's so cool that Brennan finally meets Wyatt, they'll get alone famously. Despite Brennan's dislike for psychiatry, he's an unusual psychiatrist. All this bickering and tension is coming from somewhere and Booth is extremely aggressive suddenly about the lab and Brennan. The core of contention is Sully but I think the shrink gave them the easy answer to ease the tension and not the real one, letting them figure it out for themselves.

    I enjoyed this one, Brennan's hilarious irreverence about religion while not falling into easy pitfall of making one or more of the priests actually being bad, which would have disappointed me. So many shows make the priest the villain and as much as I dislike religion, it's tired. It was a nice touch to have the murder based on idle gossip which is so often more hurtful than truth.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show bones she and booth are called to a cemitary out side the church and they start to learn after looking at the graves a man was murderd. and buried there. and they start to go investgating but thing is bones and booth are having problems togeather working things out. and so they go and see a shrink. and they start to do more digging and come accross these gossip rumors of a old prist and a new one touching kids. but there just ing rumores and they start to do more digging and accuse the father of the church of posing them but thing is he was covering for a girl that was taken in by the church years ago. and she was accept that they were touching kids but the father said it was never proven and only rummors . and this was a good epmoreless
David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

Dr. Gordon Wyatt

Guest Star

George Coe

George Coe

Father William Donlan

Guest Star

David Burke

David Burke

Father Matthew Sands

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the first season episode "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" the characters may have been exposed to coccidiomycosis (Valley Fever) and had to be quarantined for 3 days. In this episode, when they may have been exposed to the same fungal spores, they are not quarantined.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Angela: Hey, have you noticed anything going on between Brennan and Booth?
      Hodgins: This sounds good.
      Angela: There is tension ... ever since Brennan let Sully sail off into the sunset without her.
      Hodgins: No I didn't notice. But then again I didn't notice you didn't want to live with me either.
      Angela: Hodgins.
      Hodgins: If you are getting cold feet ...
      Angela: You are the only one that would feel them.

    • Booth: Yeah, you know, I got no problem with this place. It's where Bones and the squints get their answers. See?
      Gordon: Thumbs in the belt. That's a very aggressive stance ... very male.
      (Booth crosses his arms)
      Gordon: Crossed arms. Defensive.
      (Booth shoves his hands into his pockets)
      Gordon: Disdain. But let's not worry about what you do with your hands.

    • Gordon: What now is proved was once only imagined. The rat, the mouse, the fox, the rabbit, want the roots; the lion, the tiger, the horse, the elephant, watch the fruits. The system contains, the fountain ... overflows.
      Booth: What?
      Gordon: Oh come now, surely you get the reference.
      Brennan: William Blake.
      Gordon: Yes. Blake is telling us that we're all at the mercy of our fundamental natures. Nonsense of course, but when we understand our natures, we understand the resulting conflicts.
      Booth: What?
      Brennan: I hate psychology.
      Gordon: As do I. It applies a patina of science over what is essentially a dark and complex set of roiling unknowables.
      Booth: You see ... what?

    • Angela: All right, listen up, Monty Python. You got it right with Hodgins and I, that's fine. But we both know that you are full of it on the other thing.
      Gordon: (faking surprise) I have no idea to what you refer.
      Angela: Brennan didn't run off with Sully because she cannot live a life without focus. She stayed because of Booth.
      Gordon: Ah, now you're projecting Miss Montenegro. Agent Booth and Dr. Brennan are not you and Dr. Hodgins. I stand by my diagnosis.
      Angela: You stand by the FBI. Your first priority is to get agents back into the field. Solving murders.
      Gordon: (amused and guilty) Your romanticism is endearing, but as the bard says, "Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, such shaping fantasies, that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends."
      Angela: He also says, "Journeys end in lovers' meeting, Every wise man's son doth know."

    • Angela: So, things are all right?
      Brennan: According to the psychiatrist we were both concerned that Booth was the real reason that I didn't run off with Sully.
      Angela: (incredulously) It wasn't?
      Brennan: No. It's because I'm currently unable to live a life without tangible focus, so, you know, sailing around paradise with a man I adore.
      Angela: (even more incredulously) Well, you believe that?

    • Gordon: (to Booth and Brennan) You're both afraid that the reason Dr. Brennan didn't sail off into the sunset with her boyfriend Sully might have been because of her ties to Agent Booth. You are both quite wrong. (Booth and Brennan look surprised)
      Brennan: Why didn't I go with Sully?
      Booth: How's he supposed to know?
      Brennan: Sully is perfect. We communicated well, the sex was incredible. He invited me to sail around the South Seas in a beautiful yacht for a year. I mean, why would anyone turn that down?
      Gordon: In my opinion, you are unable to lead a purposeless life at this stage of your psycho-social development, which by the way is an issue you should address, because a certain amount of purposelessness is necessary to lead a full life.
      Brennan: I hate psychology.
      Booth: You don't like it because he's saying that all this tension between me and you is your fault.
      Gordon: On the contrary. If anything, yours is more pronounced given that your behavior has been affected by what turns out to be a quite irrational fear of being responsible for somebody else's destiny.
      Brennan: That makes sense.
      Booth: Oh, now you like psychology.
      Gordon: I think you'll both be able to work together just fine.

    • Brennan: I have no intuition.
      Booth: None. Zilch.
      Brennan: You have no analytical skills. You're all about emotion and feeling. They say that means you have a well developed feminine side.
      Booth: Who says that?
      Brennan: Psychologists. What? You're the one who believes in them.
      Booth: Let's just stick to the case.

    • Brennan: (about Booth) Yes, he's good at questioning people, he can tell when they're lying.
      Gordon: Can you?
      Brennan: I've learned a lot from him about people.
      Gordon: But.
      Brennan: It's not that Booth has a sixth sense. There is demonstrably no sixth sense to have. Obviously he reads minutiae of body language, pupil dilation.
      Gordon: Yes, you don't sound very satisfied with your own argument there.
      Brennan: Booth likes to say that "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Bones, than are dreamt of in your science". That's a bastardization of a writer named Shakespeare from a play called Hamlet.
      Gordon: Yes, yes, I was, I was aware of that. So, if you're so uncomfortable here why come?
      Brennan: Because something goes on in here. He does something.
      Gordon: And you wanna find out what it is. Dissect it so that you can do it yourself.
      Brennan: Yes.
      Gordon: So that you can do it without Booth. So that you won't need him anymore.
      Brennan: No!
      Gordon: No?
      Brennan: No. I just want to observe.
      Gordon: Surely if you want to observe you can do that on the other side of the mirror there instead of insisting on being in this room, with him, out of your element.
      Brennan: Observation isn't just seeing Dr. Wyatt, it's experiencing. Ideally, I'd prefer being inside Booth's head. Seeing and feeling things the way he does. Then maybe I'd understand.
      Gordon: Be one with him.
      Brennan: In a scientific sense.

    • Hodgins: The shovel was found a few feet from where the water main burst, buried in a colony of worms.
      Cam: Man, they say Christmas comes only once a year!

    • Angela: Hodgins asked me to move in with him. But I'm not sure. I mean, what's the problem? Hodgins is perfect, I'm nuts about him.
      Brennan: (Pauses) I'll call the doctor.

    • Booth: Ha! Ha!
      Brennan: What?
      Booth: We're back!
      Brennan: We're back!
      (They give each other a high five with huge grins on their faces)

    • Hodgins: We can't keep our hands off each other. I think about you all the time. Moving in is the next logical step.
      Angela: I have a lease.
      Hodgins: I have an estate. I'll buy out your lease.

    • Angela: (getting in bed with Hodgins) So is this really Cleopatra's bed?
      Hodgins: Perfect replica, part of the new exhibit. We're just making it a little more authentic.

    • Gordon: What you must do is recognize your negative feelings for what is, after all, Dr. Brennan's domain and verbalize them.
      Booth: Huh, verbalize them ... Wha? Now?
      (Gordon nods in the affirmative)
      Booth: This place is too uhh, it's too shiny ... bright ... it's clean.
      Gordon: And clean is bad?
      Booth: Death isn't clean, especially murder. Which is our business. Ahh, this place is completely fake. It's bogus.
      Gordon: You'd like to destroy it, the entire end of it.
      Booth: I'd like to rip the whole lot of this with my bare hands and I'd set it on fire! Except, you know, there's nothing in this place to burn. All the plastic and the metal and the flashing lights, you know, and the arithmetic. And where is a guy, a normal guy, that believes in intuition and of the soul and good and evil -
      Gordon: And God.
      Booth: Yes! And God too. Where's a guy that doesn't believe in all this arithmetic supposed to stand?
      Gordon: So your problem with Dr. Brennan is that you don't know what will or will not catch fire or where you stand.
      Booth: (Nods in agreement, then gets confused) What?

    • (Angela shows Cam and Hodgins her sketch of the victim.)
      Hodgins: He has kind eyes. How'd you know he had kind eyes?
      Angela: I had to make a choice. So I chose kind.
      Hodgins: And you wonder why I love you. (To Cam) Is she not fantastic?

    • Hodgins: Someone was digging in the cemetery, broke the water main,
      resurrecting the dead.
      Cam: And why was someone digging up the cemetery at three o'clock in the morning?
      Hodgins: Maybe he came back to dig up the victim?
      Cam: Move them to another location.
      Angela: Yeah, or bury someone else.
      Hodgins: Dark.
      Angela: Yeah and this place is always so sunny.

    • Zack: I'm Dr. Addy. Are you one of those priests who smacks school children with rulers?
      Father Donlan: (Gives Zack a dirty scowl) That's not allowed anymore.

    • (Cam finds Angela and Hodgins kissing in the lab)
      Cam: (clearing her throat loudly) Do I have to throw cold water on you two?
      Angela: We were, uh, just...
      Cam: Yeah, I know, just try to keep it off the Internet, okay? So, I have bad news. We've all been exposed to Coccidioidomycosis - a fungal infection from the graveyard dirt we've been breathing. Symptoms include nausea, weakness, fever...
      Hodgins: I feel fine.
      Angela: Yeah, me too.
      Cam: Decreased libido...
      Hodgins: I'm listening.
      Cam: (laughs) We're all gonna get shots.
      Angela: Yeah, that... that sounds good.
      Hodgins: Very good.
      Cam: Thought so.

    • Hodgins: Move in with me.
      Angela: (laughs) What?
      Hodgins: We already live together, just move in.
      Angela: No we don't.
      Hodgins: You've taken over my closet. It's over half full. And over half is the common law definition of living together.

    • Booth: We're definitely not working well together.
      Brennan: Because you are bossy and judgmental.
      Booth: Problems between people are never just one person's fault.
      Brennan: What about Hitler? He did pretty well on his own.

    • (Booth and Angela in church during mass)
      Angela: Shouldn't Brennan be here with you? Instead of me?
      Booth: (whispering) We're dealing with a few work issues.
      Angela: Trouble in paradise?
      Booth: We're just spending some time apart. Now, if you don't mind, I'd like to pray. Thank you.
      Angela: Did you two sleep together?
      Booth: Do you see where we are? You don't talk like that in church. (Angela is about to speak) Shh. What does that lab do to you people?
      Angela: It's just, this feels like a couple's thing. And now that Sully is gone ...

    • Booth: She refers to God as my invisible friend.
      Brennan: You're talking to somebody that isn't there. I'm sure the doctor questions your little fantasy.

    • Booth: He's an old-school priest, Bones.
      Brennan: What? So I'm supposed to walk on egg shells because someone believes that a plot of earth has supernatural properties because somebody waved a wand over it?
      Booth: There's no wand. The church doesn't use wands.
      Brennan: Fine. Fine - magic water.
      Booth: Magic ... Holy water.
      Brennan: The terminology makes it real?

    • Cam: (to Father Sands) The good news is we know how to make you feel a lot better.
      Hodgins: The bad news is someone's trying to kill you.

    • Father Donlan: The hell you say!
      Brennan: Is he allowed to say that?

    • Brennan: (referring to the church's chalice) Can we take this with us or do we need to serve a warrant on God?

    • Booth: I'm not working a whole case with you attacking my beliefs. You should have just sailed off with your boyfriend.
      Brennan: Funny. A man who believes in an invisible super-being wants to run my personal life.
      Zack: (examining a skull) Death would have followed quickly, caused by cranial cerebral trauma.
      Booth: By the way, 90% of the world believes in God.
      Brennan: And at one time most people were certain that the sun revolved around the earth.
      Booth: (to Zack) You see what I mean? (back to Brennan) I don't think that this is about religion at all. We obviously have issues, okay? They're affecting our working relationship and you're afraid to deal with them so you just lash out at my religion.
      Brennan: Can't you just be satisfied that if I'm wrong about God, I'll burn in Hell?
      Booth: That's tempting.

  • NOTES (5)

    • David Burke (Father Matthew Sands) also played a priest on various episodes of Joan of Arcadia (as Father Ken Mallory).

    • Soren Fulton was nominated for the 2008 Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor" for playing "James Levay" in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: Tuesday May 1st, 2007 on TV3
      Spain: Friday June 1st, 2007
      Portugal: Wednesday August 29th, 2007
      Belgium: Friday December 14th, 2007 on RTL-TVI
      Germany: Thursday December 27th, 2007
      France: Friday March 21st, 2008 on M6
      Australia: Thursday, June 12th, 2008 on Network 7
      Finland: Friday, August 29th, 2008 on Sub

    • Featured Music:
      "The Time Comes" by Nina Gordon
      "Slow Dance" by John Legend

    • Stephen Fry is listed as a Special Guest Star.


    • The quote of William Blake's that Gordon Wyatt says to Brennan and Booth while they're sitting at the Diner is from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, which was written from 1790-93.

      "What is now proved was once only imagin'd.
      The rat, the mouse, the fox, the rabbet; watch the roots; the lion, the tyger, the horse, the elephant, watch the fruits.
      The cistern contains: the fountain overflows."

    • Angela: All right, listen up, Monty Python.

      Monty Python is the name of a British comedy troupe that was popular in the late 1960s and 1970s for its irreverent, fast-paced television series. One of the most distinctive actors is John Cleese, who has a particular English accent, which is probably what Angela is referring to.

    • Angela: He also says, "Journeys end in lovers meeting, every wise man's son doth know."

      This is from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or, What You Will, Act II, Scene III.

    • Gordon: Lovers and madmen have such seething brains.

      This is a line from A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, Act V, Scene I.