Season 4 Episode 8

The Skull in the Sculpture

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2008 on FOX
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When the skull of an artist is found in a sculpture, Booth and Brennan start investigating. Both suspect the artist's assistant, Roxie Lyons, was the murderer. While being questioned, Roxie reveals that she is a lesbian ... and used to be in a romantic relationship with someone at the lab.moreless

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  • Long over due.

    Unlike most people who think that Angela being in a relationship with a women is gross I think it's good they finally brought it up. Bad timing yes, but they made subtle references to her being bisexual from season one. Same sex relationships back in season 4 were very rare. The writers took a great political/social risk. I do think it should have been introduced slowly and it should have been a proper relationship. Disliking a character for her sexual orientation is incredibly lame though.moreless
  • Angela and Rosie out of the blue was jarring

    I know Angela is suppose to be a "free" spirit, but really I think they did not need to go this direction with it. I find myself disliking Angela more and more. She is smug and full of herself quite often,and really rather self centered. Even though we know later she married Hodgins and has a baby and that all seems sweet, I am just catching up on these old shows I had never seen, and I think it was very unrealistic that he is so chill about her sleeping around with so many people. He always seems barely bothered. I actually find that to be true for other characters too. It rings false for me. Plus I have to say everyone's fake white teeth on this show is distracting. They all look like they go to the same dentist.moreless
  • I dont like Angela very much after this episode

    I did not like it that much. It was not the kind of episode i would watch again. it was really really sick that they put the girls kissing in it. But other then that, it was okay, that was the only part that i did not really like. Because of what was put in the episode though i will not watch it again thats for sure.I liked the part where Sweets told that really annoying girl that she was fired. That part was the best of the whole entire episode. i really hope that they do not add anymroe of that other stuff into any of the rest of the episodesmoreless
  • The case was ok. The way the writer choose to add to 'character development' is weird and a bit out of place in my opinion.

    Well ok, i know Angela tends to be on the wild side, totally uninhibited. But to write she's gay all of a sudden and add more salt to the wound by sealing the episode the way they did- it makes me dislike Angela's character. She used to be my favorite but this sudden change & 'insight' that they have added to her is really not welcoming. It would have been been easier to accept this if we find out about this over a few episodes. Fox sure likes to throw 'bomb shells' in their episodes.

    Sigh, they took away Zack and now Angela.

    I'm always pro with changes, but perhaps not so drastic? It almost make me think twice about tuning in; thank goodness we have Booth & Brennan to literall carry the whole show.

    Reading about the coming episode about the gravedigger cheers me up a bit, at least there's something to look forward and stop all the 'sigh' that's coming out of me since watching this episodemoreless
  • Unusual case and we finally get rid of Daisy. The lesbian lover of Angela's came out of nowhere and didn't gel at all.

    An interesting episode, I liked the legal interference with the 'artwork', made the team creative.

    There are times I can actually warm to Sweets, but only when the episode doesn't make Brennan and Booth have those ridiculous sessions with him. Cam was right, he should be flattered they drop in on him unannounced for advice, the fact that it's repetitive means they trust him. Also he needs to understand that they could never make appointments and keep them with the chaos of their work so unannounced visits are the only way for them to see him.

    Until now, Daisy has just been annoying but now she does the utterly unthinkable: she crushes a murder victim's skull. I admire Cam and Brennan's self-control, I would have been screeching at the girl like a banshee. Getting Sweets to fire her was a great idea, though he had the advantage of knowing that she wouldn't mind the news coming from him, her boyfriend. Thank goodness she's gone.

    It has been a long time since we've seen Angela use her 3-D imager.

    Unusual episode but the Angela/Roxie stuff was so lame, there is zero chemistry between the actresses so neither the storyline or that pathetic kiss really worked. As wild as Angela is, this is the first time ever it's been mentioned that she's bi-sexual. It came out of nowhere and I must say that her character's been unrecognizable for several episodes, it's like without Hodgins, they're not sure what to do with her so give her a lesbian lover? Pretty extreme turn around.moreless
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

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

Nichole Hiltz

Nichole Hiltz

Roxie Lyon

Guest Star

Carla Gallo

Carla Gallo

Daisy Wick

Guest Star

Bill Parks

Bill Parks


Guest Star

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

David Greenman

David Greenman

FBI Forensic Tech Marcus Geier

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The character of Roxy was first mentioned in the 5th episode of season 3: "Mummy in the Maze." According to the private investigator in that episode, Angela broke Roxy's heart in the second year of art school. This also explains Hodgins' comment when he sees Roxy for the first time.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Angela: So does it freak it you out?
      Booth: What?
      Angela: You know, that Roxie and I were a couple.
      Booth: No. I mean come on, you had feelings for somebody.
      Angela: I'm surprised.
      Booth: Why, because you think I'm some kind of lunkhead cop?
      Angela: No, I just-
      Booth: All right. Look, my Aunt Ruth had a roommate, okay? She was my favorite aunt. She and Franny, they'd take me to the ball park, to the movies, and I heard talk when I was a kid. Beat up my friend Pete because of it. Then, I found out it was true.
      Angela: And?
      Booth: I already said she was my favorite aunt, and Franny, well, you know. She had box seats for the Phillies games. I mean, come on. It doesn't get any better than that, right?
      Angela: (she laughs) Right.

    • Cam: These tox results are suggesting suicide.
      Hodgins: You get these from the tissue samples?
      Cam: Mostly skin, some brain matter. Clonazepam, lamotrigine, quetiapine, venlafaxine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and codeine.
      Hodgins: Wow. Anti-anxiety drugs, mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, antidepressants, and painkillers.
      Cam: He was under psychiatric care, even spent a week in the psych ward last March.
      Hodgins: So our victim could very well have been dead from an overdose before he was crushed.
      Cam: Can't tell for sure. Long-time abusers build up a tolerance so, this could have been a typical Wednesday night for the guy.

    • Hodgins: (coming into the room with Jaws of Life) Do you know what this is?
      Cam: The Jaws of Life.
      Hodgins: Twenty-three thousand pounds per square inch of raw prying power.
      Cam: You really want to be the one to use that, don't you?
      Hodgins: It's not displaced sexual frustration.
      Cam: Of course not.
      Hodgins: I am totally cool if Angela wants to date already, or I mean, again.
      Cam: Right. You do know the point is to remove the human remains from inside the car with minimal disruption of the evidence?

    • Bones: I was ... going to say I had an accident over here, but I ... don't like lying.
      Cam: You dumped a bucket full of domestic beetles onto this work of art. They'll strip the flesh off our victim in no time.
      Bones: Within 30 hours. Am I fired?
      Cam: Au contraire. Remind me of this moment around Christmas bonus time.

    • Caroline: We'll see how artistic people are feelin' when it starts stinking. Just don't scratch it.
      Cam: Don't scratch the crushed automobile which encases a rotting, dead body?
      Caroline: Good, we understand each other.

    • Caroline: Sorry, Cherie. Apparently, this is an historic piece of art!
      Hodgins: It's a hard car shell with a gooey corpse filling.

    • Angela: So you brought me along, what can I do to help you?
      Booth: Just be an artist, okay? And uh, keep me from looking like an idiot.
      Angela: I'm not positive I can do both.

    • Booth: Excuse me, tiny little woman?
      Helen: Yes?
      Booth: Can you account for your whereabouts the night that Geoffrey Thorne was killed?
      Helen: Yes, I was at home. I was reading. (pauses) That was a lie, I was watching The Real Housewives of Orange County. I find it a brilliant postmodern performance piece.
      Bones: So ... no alibi.

    • Booth: It'll never work, they're like complete opposites.
      Brennan: I agree. For all her faults, she's a woman of science. Sweets bases his life on the vagaries of psychology and emotion. There's no common ground.
      Booth: Right.
      Brennan: You need common ground I mean, what else is there?
      Booth: Absolutely.

    • Sweets: I've got some good news and some bad news. Which would you like first?
      Daisy: The bad news.
      Sweets: You're toast here. Nobody wants to work with you.
      Daisy: Why?
      Sweets: You know why Daisy. There's some things that, you have to work on when it comes to interpersonal relations.
      Daisy: Does anybody like me?
      Sweets: No, I'm afraid not.
      Daisy: What's the good news?
      Sweets: There's absolutely no reason for us to be discrete about our relationship anymore.
      Daisy: Really?
      Sweets: Yeah, why would you ask me that?
      Daisy: Because I thought we were being discrete cause you were a little bit ashamed of me. (Daisy and Sweets start kissing.)

    • Booth: Well, if you didn't kill him, then uh, who did?
      Anton Deluca: Well I'd look at his girlfriend if I were you.
      Brennan: No one has mentioned a girlfriend.
      Anton Deluca: Roxie. His assistant. He said he was gonna leave all his money to her - I mean this is kinda basic stuff that you guys should know right?

    • Bones: (to Helen Bridenbecker) You are an extremely unlikeable woman.

    • Booth: (picking a lock) Look, if anybody asks, that door was open.
      Bones: No it isn't. (Booth gives her a look.) Ohhhh ... right.

    • Sweets: You marry a man, and then conveniently forget that you married him, because you got zonked on kava kava. That compromises your relationship with Hodgins, so that ends, along with the marriage. Now you say you have these intense feelings for an ex-lover, whose heart you've already broken. Don't you see the potential disaster here?
      Angela: Look, you said that without the possibility of pain there can be no joy, no real love.
      Sweets: I said that? That's beautiful.

    • Daisy: You found out how to show what bone damage came from the actual crushing of the car.
      Angela: Factoring in the pounds per square inch of force exerted by the car crusher.
      Daisy: Oh, I hope you've included the car's frame and the tensile strength of the victim's skeletal structure.
      Angela: (looking annoyed) I'll make a note.
      Cam: Well I programmed my phone to get the five day forecast.

    • Booth: Whoa! (jumps out of the way of a fire Brennan just lit) Gee! Hey Bones, you know you almost lit my butt on fire.

    • Anton Deluca: Let's just say between his work and his guts ... I don't know which I hated more.

    • Hodgins: (after seeing Sweets and Daisy kiss) I'm totally shocked.
      Brennan: Yeah. They should not be doing that on the forensic platform.
      Cam: That's a method of termination I've never tried. But bravo Dr. Sweets.

    • Angela: Okay, look. Just to be clear, I asked you out for a drink to talk, not because I'm desperate for male company.
      Sweets: You think of me as male company?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: January 20th, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: January 25th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: March 28th, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: April 26th, 2009 on Channel 7
      Portugal: April 30th, 2009 on Fox
      Finland: May 8th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: June 4th, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: September 17th, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: October 21st, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: October 4th, 2010 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Shiver" by Madita (in the bar at the beginning of the episode)
      "Happy Ground" by Pete Murray (as Booth, Brennan, Cam, and Hodgins watch Sweets talk to Daisy)