Season 4 Episode 15

The Princess and the Pear

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 2009 on FOX
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The team investigates a sci-fi convention when a woman in a medieval princess dress is found murdered. With Booth's back injured, Agent Payton Perotta steps in once again to help.

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  • Another great one!

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When Booth's back give him trouble again, he calls Bones for her help but she refuses to help. But he manages to talk her into it and so she does it, but manages to injure him further. And so Agent Payton Perotta is called in to help, whilst Booth is off. When a body is found in medieval princess dress, Bones investigates. Soon the victim is IDed and the team are lead to a sci-fi convention. After going undercover, Sweets and Bones drive back into town. During which a car drives into them and runs them off of the road. We then see the black knight going down to the car and taking back the sword. Bones of course wakes up and tries to stop him. She manages to get the sword back and the black knight runs off back to his car. When Booth hears about it, he wants to come back to work, which is amazing considering he can't walk and he is on very strong pain killers. He then talks to the agent and tells her that if anything happens to Bones he will not be happy. Soon we discover who ran Sweets and Bones off of the road and he is brought in for questioning. He claims to have loved the victim and that when she wanted to sell his prop, it all went wrong and he killed her. That night Bones goes round to see Booth and tells him all about the case. She looks at his x rays and sees that he has been misdiagnosed, and offers to solve his back problem for him.

    He tells her no and but she manages to talk him round. As she does it the other FBI agent comes by and so Bones leaves as does the other FBI agent, who was shocked to see Bones at Booth's apartment.moreless
  • Summary

    I'll admit it, I don't like Perotta or whatever she's called, but what I love in this episode is that Booth is so high on painkillers that he says things that indicates he feels more for Bones then it seems. I've wanted from the beginning that Bones and Booth realize how perfect they are for each other, and somebody told me that they're filming a sex scene! I'm not perfectly sure that it's true but I sure hope so! The episode is funny, intelligent and different (in a good way)

    I love this freaking show! It's freaking fantastic ;)

    - Amanda .moreless
  • A fantasy convention turns into an Arthurian tragedy.

    It starts out as a fantasy convention but takes a far more medieval turn where there are swords, knights in chainmail armour and swordfights.

    It was pretty stupid to just have Brennan and Sweets in the car with the sword. A woman has already been killed for it and they have no protection? Brennan did very well, thankfully the sword was only a prop so it was dull. Parada is a poor replacement for Booth, he never would have allowed this to happen.

    The murder weapon is the pear, one of the torture devices that has always made me nauseous when I read about it, it is designed to inflict unspeakable pain. I've never actually seen one before, now I've got an image to go with the stories. Whoever designed it made the Marquis de Sade look like a saint.

    The killer's poem is very beautiful. You can almost understand why he killed her – he gave her a chivalrous gesture of true love, his most prized possession, and the cow tried to sell it?!

    Very cool episode. Not only fun but interesting too.moreless
  • One of the best shows on TV.

    Booth is out of commission for most of this episode with a bad back and Agent Perotta fills in for him.

    The body of a woman is found in sewer tunnel appearing to have had her face explode. Perotta finds an invisible stamp on her hand linking her to a festival of science fiction and medieval enthusiasts, where they quickly identify the body as Kindra Kim. After some investigating, they find that she was killed over a prop sword from a movie. They are let to a collector of medieval weapons named Valerie Daniels. Valerie claims she wanted the sword but did not kill Kindra. Using forensic science, Hodgins pinpoints the area that Kindra may have buried the sword. He and Angela go to the scene and use a metal detector to find the sword. They try and flush out the killer by holding a fixed auction where Sweets has no limit bidding. After winning the bid and no potential suspects flushed out, Sweets and Brennan leave. They get ran off the road by someone in a black knight outfit. The black knight gets the sword but Brennan gets out of the car and fights the knight and regains control of the sword. They go back to the scene the next day and Brennan finds what she is looking for some chain mail she had knocked of the black knight's costume. They find out the type of chain mail it was and who the buyer was. The evidence leads to a festival worker named Peter Kroon. Perotta and Brennan interrogate Kroon who confesses pretty quickly after Sweets has Brennan read something Kroon had written. It seems that Kroon was in love with Kindra and killed her because he could not have her.

    At the end of the episode Brennan is looking at Booth's X-ray of his back and lets him know that the doctor had diagnosed it wrong and she could fix it for him. As she is fixing it Perotta comes into the apartment with food for Booth. Her and Brennan awkwardly leave Booth's apartment leaving him standing there wondering if his back was fixed by Brennan.moreless
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    This show i great to start out with but when you add nerds and Imagicon this turns into a show made just for me. I am into the whole fantsy films and book so when i head this episode was about this i had to watch.(also because Sweets gets in a car accedent i dont want him to die.)On of the best things in this episode was the fact that they had that really hot guy play Breanans assistant. Im so mad that he is most likly not going to come back next episode but in glad he was in this one. When they were at the auction and the guy said "to the man from the future with the red lips" i was laughing so hard.This was on of the best episodes other then the one were Bones and Booth join the circus, and the one when they go to Vegas and join the fight club.moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Joel David Moore

Joel David Moore

Colin Fisher

Guest Star

Tara Buck

Tara Buck

Valerie Daniels

Guest Star

Eric Nenninger

Eric Nenninger

Peter Kroon

Guest Star

David Greenman

David Greenman

FBI Forensic Tech Marcus Geier

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Booth is speaking to Agent Perotta he says, "that silky black hair," referring to Bones. Bones' hair is brown though, not black. Even though Booth was drugged at the time, it still doesn't seem too likely that he would forget what color Bones' hair is.

    • Reality show contestants Kynt & Vyxsin, from CBS's The Amazing Race 12, can be seen during the auction. Kynt is sitting behind Sweets and is seen fainting during the scene, while Vyxsin can be spotted standing along the wall.

    • When Fisher lists the reasons why he is a geek, he mentions that he loves Buffy, referring to Joss Whedon's show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which David Boreanaz (Booth) regularly appeared for three seasons.

    • Colin Fisher: (with headphones on) I drug your ghost across the country and we plotted out my death. In every city, memories would whisper, "Here is where you rest."

      Fisher is listening to "The Calender Hung Itself" by Bright Eyes, based on the lyrics he's speaking.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Agent Perotta: (holding up her badge) I be a Special Agent seeking Justice and Truth.

    • Fisher: Can I please keep my job, if I promise never ever to have sex again with anyone, which by the way, soothes me temperamentally? I happen to be very self-sufficient.

    • Cam: Can you trace the manufacturer?
      Hodgins: I had Fisher do it.
      Cam: Hodgins, are you trying to help someone? Because that's not your character.
      Hodgins: Way I see it, Fisher is like a deep cover agent. He infiltrated the enemy to uncover secrets. In order to do so, he had to suffer a night of passion with a beautiful but dangerous enemy.
      Fisher: You have no idea how dangerous.
      Hodgins: He's sort of my hero.

    • Bones: Flesh is all yours, Dr. Saroyan.
      Perotta: Does that mean we're officially investigating a murder? (Bones walks away)
      Angela: She's just upset because she put Booth in the hospital.
      Agent Perotta: Well, I understand that. But I still need someone to officially say "murder".
      Cam: Murder.
      Agent Perotta: Thank you.

    • Hodgins: Found some running shoes in the closet. Soles contain insects, soil, and blood.
      Agent Perotta: You want our lab to analyze that or yours?
      Hodgins: Yeah, I'd like to see you try and get these away from me now. Figuratively speaking, of course.

    • Agent Perotta: Dr. Brennan, nice to see you. I was honored you requested me as a substitute for Agent Booth.
      Brennan: The variables involved in breaking in a new person outweigh the benefit of possibly finding a better investigator.
      Agent Perotta: Aw, let's not get gushy about it.

    • Hodgins: What's with the long face there, sunshine?
      Cam: Mr. Fisher just broke up with his girlfriend and he's feeling a little down.
      Hodgins: What about me? My girlfriend and I broke up -- I gotta see her at work every day.
      Fisher: Well, obviously it hasn't blackened your soul like it has mine.
      Hodgins: There was some light charring.
      Fisher: I'm dead inside.
      Hodgins: Okay! You win. Happy?
      Fisher: Not that I can ever remember.

    • Valerie Daniels: You are far more ripped under those school-boy duds than one would think. Aren't you, Dr. Sweets?
      Sweets: Yes.

    • Bones: Booth gets needlessly protective sometimes. I have no idea why.
      Agent Perotta: You really don't, do you?
      Bones: No.

    • Agent Perotta: Booth was right - you're like a portable polygraph.
      Sweets: You didn't mean that in a good way though, did you?

    • Brennan: (about Booth) The Vicodin seems to be working he ... claims it makes the furniture feel friendly.

    • Booth: The only reason that I am not coming in right now is because Bones told me not to. But, she is your responsibility. Nothing can happen to her, okay? If anything, happens to her, you know that silky black hair, and ... that soft skin ...
      Agent Perotta: I will not let her out of my sight, you have my word.

    • Brennan: I was with Sweets.
      Booth: That's like being protected by a Smurf.

    • Brennan: (commenting on Sweets' Star Trek outfit) Where did he get that disguise on such short notice?
      Perotta: My guess is his closet.

    • Fisher: Okay, I admit. I'm a geek.
      Brennan: You're Greek?
      Angela: (giggling) No! geek, sweetie.
      Fisher: I love it all, Star Trek, "Star Wars," Buffy, Xena, "Akira." I even watch Fringe.

    • Sweets: (holding Excalibur) Elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.
      Brennan: Actually the age in which swords were the primary infantry weapon were some of the most barbaric in history.
      Perotta: It's a line from "Star Wars."
      Sweets: Obi Wan Kenobi.
      Brennan: What language is that supposed to be?

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: April 19th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: May 22nd, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: June 14th, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Finland: September 5th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: October 22nd, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: November 12th, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: December 9th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: November 22nd, 2010 on Prima


    • Booth:I gotta tell you I think they had a pretty good idea with the whole chivalry thing. You know open car doors, kill dragons, small hearts.
      Bones:You still on Vicodin?
      Booth:Yeah a little.

      Booth's first line here echoes back to the final line spoken in David Boreanaz's past series Angel on The WB:

      Angel: Well personally, I kinda wanna slay the dragon. Let's go to work!

    • All of the black knights seen in this episode resemble the Black Knight from the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

      The Black Knight is originally a character from Arthurian legend. However, most people who would dress as a Black Knight for a convention, such as the one featured in this episode, would dress as the Black Knight from the "Monty Python" movie.

    • Fisher: I even watch Fringe.
      This references the FOX science fiction show Fringe, from creator J.J. Abrams.