Season 9 Episode 11

The Spark in the Park

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 06, 2013 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Booth and Brennan investigate a gymnast's murder, but collecting the evidence is hindered by a lightning strike. Meanwhile, Booth is surprised and concerned by Brennan's rapport with the victim's father, and Cam faces her identity thief.

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  • Why do the writers keep making Booth a complete jerk?

    I've been trying to stick out watching the show because I liked the characters, but lately the characters have been so poorly served by the writing that they aren't even remotely the same any more. In this episode Booth was so nasty to the dad that I was appalled out how heavy-handed and poorly-served Booth's character was written.

    I get the point - Booth herself would seem strange and non-feeling by people who didn't know her if they encountered her when she was grieving - but why showcase it so poorly by making Booth act like such jerk to the dad?

    This problem isn't just limited to this episode either. Booth's character has taken a sharp downhill turn as the seasons have progressed. His character has been degraded into a judge-mental, self-righteous, religious-spewing blowhard. I can take only a tiny bit of that coloring in contrast to Brennan's character, but it's been over-the-top bad of late.moreless
  • Amazing performance by Richard Schiff

    I really wish that an actor like Richard Schiff got more work. His work as the grieving father was absolutely amazing.
  • Episode 11

    I enjoyed the episode! It showed "Bones" truly understanding another character's intellect and supporting and believing in his innocence!!!
  • Bones writers, keep it going!

    I completely agree with the previous review! This episode was more like the classic Bones I enjoy, not too over the top in anything (Bones behavior or weird/shocking stuff).

    I hope the writers and Hart Hanson keep it up, I know the show has been around for almost 10 years, but it would be unfortunate if it just dwindles into crap..

    Looking forward to January's episodes, and hoping for the best!moreless
  • this is the bones i love

    finally a great episode again!! I was about to give up on the show forever, too much focus on making the first scene as gross as possible,

    too much weird stuff, like the insect in Hodgins neck,

    Brennan almost became a caricature of herself and they were going over the top with her imo

    but this episode, she was back to being the person I love! great how she empathized with the father and all their scenes together were truly wonderful and in character

    the final scene was so touching, I cried..

    hope they can keep up with episodes like this!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

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Leon Watters

Guest Star

McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney

Ellie Pitera

Guest Star

McKinley Freeman

McKinley Freeman

Coach Dennis McIntyre

Guest Star

Pej Vahdat

Pej Vahdat

Arastoo Vaziri

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Arastoo: Are you really gonna do it?
      Cam: What?
      Arastoo: Up the charges against her.
      Cam: Absolutely. Why?
      Arastoo: I thought maybe I had some effect on you.
      Cam: I'm sorry I'm not a saint. I still can't get a credit card. I get an allowance from a court-appointed accountant like a child, and I don't want to talk about this anymore.
      Arastoo: I was persecuted in Iran. I lost my home. My cousin was killed so I have an idea of what it means to want vengeance. And I held on to that anger. I became that anger until that's all I was. Until I decided to let it go, and realize that sometimes the world is an unjust place that we have to accept. If I didn't decide to forgive I wouldn't have the life I have now. I wouldn't be able to have you.
      Cam: Well, I guess we now know who the good person in this relationship is.

    • Sweets: I just think that we should approach this case like any other and focus on only the facts, nothing else.
      Brennan: Your entire profession is based on subjectivity. Facts haven't even entered into your process before.
      Sweets: That's a gross oversimplification.

    • Cam: What?
      Arastoo: (referring to her identity theft case) You won. All evidence shows that the first step in healing is forgiveness.
      Cam: I'm more of a wrath-and-vengeance type.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Crew Clarifications: Jan DeWitt (Produced by), Kathy Reichs (Inspired by the Life of Forensic Anthropologist and Author), Rick Millikan (Casting by), Christine Ciraolo (Casting by), Pamella Phillips (Make-Up Department Head), Megg Massey (Hair Department Head), Katie Barnard (Insert Coordinator), Mike Grasso (Police Technical Advisor), Mark Marcum (Video Playback).

    • The FOX press release listed McKinley Freeman's character as Coach Davis McIntyre, but in the episode he introduced himself as Coach Dennis McIntyre.

    • Special billing was given to Richard Schiff (and) for this episode.