Bones

Season 8 Episode 15

The Shot in the Dark

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Aired Unknown Feb 11, 2013 on FOX
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  • BLOOD BULLETS!

    Checking In On Bones: Was the "The Shot in the Dark" a Life-altering Episode for Our Dear Dr. Brennan?

    "The Shot in the Dark" pushed the series' balance of case of the week and character work in a big way, and hit the religion/science split hard.

  • Episode Summary

    Brennan's late work day has disastrous results when she is shot by someone at the lab and the team's investigation reveals the shooter has a connection to the Jeffersonian. Meanwhile, at the hospital, Brennan struggles to reconcile the illogical visions of her mother with her absolute belief in science and reasoning.

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    • Brennan shot!

      9.5
      The team have to find a killer when a security guard is killed and Brennan is seriously shot, resulting in her flat lining in the OR. The problem is, no one can find the bullet in either victim.
    • Has someone hired one of the "LOST"-writers? Please don't let them all go to the light in the end!!!

      5.0
      If I were Hodgins I'd think there is a conspiracy to turn a science-based show into "I want to believe" one. Please don't get me wrong - I enjoy shows about "the truth is out there" as much as I like the idea of somebody watching over us and that death is not the end, etc. I am human. But if I want to watch such a show I will. I loved that "Bones" was so balanced and never took sides but represented both points of view with respect as well as some humor (dialogues of Booth and Bones). Was a little bit alerted with ghost encounters Booth used to have - but that mystery was medically resolved. What I saw in this episode - Bones is just been stubborn, the story with the first gift is actually a proof she really talked to her mother. It is just speculating on emotions - and a bad one, 'cause first, has already being done in thousands of films, and second, is too disambiguos to be in this kind of show. Is is inappropriate now for a good normal not disturbed character NOT to believe? I thought tolerance should go both ways.moreless
    • Writers betray the fans

      1.0
      This show has built a fan base on the intrigue of science and anthropology and centred it around a atheistic and logical character. This seasons descent into religion and mysticism is a complete betrayal of both the character and the fans who have loyally followed the series. I honestly don't want to continue watching this show but will give it until the end f the season to cut out the nonsense before I abandon it. If I wanted to watch religious garbage I'd watch reruns of Touched by an Angel.moreless
    • Hallucinations

      8.5
      Booth has had hallucinations in the past, why not Brennan? So many reviewers have hated this episode unnecessarily in my opinion. This was a way of exploring Brennan's relationship with her mother, difficult to do withour lengthy because she 'saw' her mother and talked with her does not mean she has suddenly got religion !

      Don't know about the accuracy of the science here but I thought icons were small - not as big as this. And what are the failings Booth has to admit to, apart from having a sweet tooth and drinking beer in the bath ?moreless
    • An episode divided

      2.5
      I have very mixed emotions about this episode. Positive first: I thought the story was intriguing, and it reminded me of things that would have happened in some of the earlier seasons.



      Now for the negative: I absolutely cannot stand how many spiritual nuances and overtones have been inserted into the series. In previous seasons, the interplay between Booth's highly spiritual, religious nature, and Bones' skeptical atheism created some of the best dialogue in the show. The writers and producers treated each of these two radically different perspectives with equality and respect, and left it up to the viewer to draw their own conclusions.



      Now, it seems like the writers and producers have an agenda to insinuate that Brennen's position is wrong, Booth's is right, and that the only reason that Brennen is an atheist or skeptic is because she has taught herself to be cold, logical and rational- contrary to her natural inclinations.



      I felt similarly about the episode "the ghost in the machine," and though I felt this was a better episode from a storytelling aspect, I find the sudden spiritual agenda to be very, very off-putting.moreless
    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

    Danielle Panabaker

    Danielle Panabaker

    FBI Special Agent Olivia Sparling

    Guest Star

    Brooke Langton

    Brooke Langton

    Christine Brennan

    Guest Star

    Richard Augustine

    Richard Augustine

    Security Guard Hal Bennett

    Guest Star

    Eugene Byrd

    Eugene Byrd

    Clark Edison

    Recurring Role

    Ryan O'Neal

    Ryan O'Neal

    Max Keenan

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Angela comes into the lab to say that Brennan is awake. Cam says that Brennan "felt it was cold when she was shot." There's no way Cam knows this. Angela didn't mention it, and since she's announcing Brennan's return to consciousness, Booth hasn't made a call to the lab, either.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Christine: The advice I gave you back then "Use your head. Be rational. Don't let your heart lead you. Use your brain." That allowed you to survive. And it held true, but I have another piece of advice for you. It's time for you to find some of that little girl that you locked away so deep inside yourself.
        Brennan: Why?
        Christine: Because it's not about surviving anymore. It's about flourishing. It's about living a full life.

      • Agent Sparling: You okay?
        Sweets: Look, I'm usually objective, but they all look guilty to me. Everyone does.
        Agent Sparling: Look, this case is personal for you. It's natural to lose perspective.
        Sweets: I'm the shrink, okay?
        Agent Sparling: I know. I'm just being a friend.

      • Brennan: I have to go back. I have a daughter.
        Christine: I know how you feel. Once I had to leave my daughter behind too. I'm pretty sure it killed me.
        Brennan: You had to leave us, mom. You did what you had to do for Russ and me. We understand.
        Christine: No, see, this is your one small problem, is that you think that you can understand things that are simply not understandable.

      • Brennan: (tries to get out of her alternate reality) I love them both very much. I have to get back to them.
        Christine: Oh, Tempe, I'm afraid it's not your decision.
        Brennan: Whose decision is it?
        Christine: You know what I'm going to say.
        Brennan: This is not real.
        Christine: You are still the most stubborn creature on God's green earth.
        Brennan: I do not believe in God! I have to get back!

      • Brennan: I understand what's happening.
        Christine: What's happening?
        Brennan: I'm hallucinating.
        Christine: Wow. Most people get shot and appear in another reality, they ask themselves if maybe they're in heaven.
        Brennan: I don't believe in heaven.
        Christine: And yet here you are, having a conversation with your dead mother.
        Brennan: I lost consciousness while my adrenal system was working overtime. My brain is struggling to make sense of what's happened.

      • Booth: (about renting a cabin) It's a family thing, all right? All of us will be together.
        Brennan: It's impractical, Booth.
        Booth: Sometimes it's good not to be practical. Sometimes it's good just to have fun, right? Create memories.
        Brennan: Christine wouldn't retain conscious access to a memory made at 14 months. The neural network—
        Booth: I'm sorry. What is it with you, huh?
        Brennan: Why are you angry?
        Booth: Why?! Because sometimes I would just like us to do something without you having to ask, you know, some scientist if it's okay.
        Brennan: I don't want to fight in front of Christine.
        Booth: Why? She won't be able to access her memory, huh?

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