Bones

Season 3 Episode 13

The Verdict in the Story

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 05, 2008 on FOX
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Brennan's father Max Keenan is on trial for the alleged murder of FBI Deputy Director Kirby. Everyone on the team, except for Brennan, is called as a witness for the prosecution during the trial. Brennan on the other hand is the forensics advisor for the defense, and she must rely on both her dedication to her family and her skill as an anthropologist to help free her father.moreless

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  • Bones help to release her dady...

    3.0
    Each season bones lose more and more of her charm.. This time helping her father to avoid the justice.. and the most important issue for a crime related show.. Where is the true killer of the deputy?... Maybe mulder and scully could solve this case.... 'cause the team got lost... The friendship and love relationships more important than D justice?. please!... im sure that a couple of police and forensic med desagree that fact....



    This is a cheappy argue to show us the human side of bones's chart...as if we hadn't seen that before. Futhermore angela refuse to testify and that is well... obstruct the jsutice never was so easy and without several consecuence... Not even a Jur indictment..or some truobble in the jeffersonian?... no, no, no...



    average episode...moreless
  • What was promising to be a non-story turns out to be pivotal in character development.

    10
    I have to admit that I watched the first half of the episode quite sceptically, believing that it introduced an unacceptable degree of levity into what was supposed to be a fairly serious issue for Brennan, since the stakes were very high for her father, to say the least. I was particularly annoyed with her and Booth's attempts to keep it light and with her outburst of laughter at the beginning. I also thought that there's isn't much that the scriptwriters can do intelligently, since it was pretty much clear that the guy was guilty. Happily, I was wrong, as it turned out that the story was in fact about many other things, achieving a degree of depth and warmth I would not have suspected from a pretty slow start.



    SPOILERS AHEAD Two things I that the scriptwriters did spectacularly well:



    1) Playing on the reason vs. intuition pairing (of Booth and Brennan, but also inside each character's own personality). This is a recurrent theme throughout the series (see the episodes with Dr Wyatt, who catches on to that when he quotes William Blake). Of course, this was formulated in this episode as the brains/heart dilemma and contributed enormously to Brennan's development. I love her as a heroine - she's complex enough to be surprising but also very plausible. 2) the end of the episode, when Booth comes out of the courtroom before the verdict is read. I think this links with one of the episode in season 2, when there's a discussion about missed opportunities and he says that that he realised that he wanted to marry Rebecca- who eventually refused him - irrespectively of whether she was pregnant or not - that is, irrespectively of the verdict. Beautifully done - understated and well-acted.moreless
  • A tense and emotional episode for all those BB shippers!!!

    9.8
    "Brain and heart, Bones" - That phrase just sums up this series perfectly. I expected this episode to be a little dry and slow in all honesty and a bit boring. Oh boy was I wrong! The tension that was so expertly created really left me on the edge of my seat. There were also a few BB moments to keep all us shippers happy. And what Bones does at the end for her father was a wonderful twist - i certainly wasn't expecting it!

    This ,being a character driven rather than plot driven episode, was just a beautiful conclusion to wonderful 3 year plot line.moreless
  • An episode that sadly diminishes Temperance Brennan, she should be ashamed of what she did.

    9.0
    That is a very cool skeleton. Yet we never actually come back to it?!



    For Max's trial, it is necessary to separate Booth and Brennan. Clark is an excellent opponent to Zach, after all, he was Zach's potential replacement when he was in Iraq. He actually finds something Zach missed. Makes you wonder if Max planted the supposed murder weapon at the scene just so the forensics team would assume it was the murder weapon. Makes you wonder if maybe Brennan got her brains from her father. However, Max proves again what a scumbag he is – suggesting perjury. Max actually says he'll get on the stand and deny he killed Kirby. Russ must be harbouring some serious resentment toward Tempe – Max openly admits he didn't run only because of her. Again, Max puts Tempe over Russ. Max isn't exactly helping their relationship.



    It's certainly one of the most bizarre trials ever – with the defense and prosecution being friends, waving across the courthouse and sharing coffee. Deflecting potential blame to Tempe was dangerous even if it was to create reasonable doubt, enough evidence and they could arrest Tempe.



    As heartwarming as the final moments may be, Brennan completely ignores the fact that she just released a double-murderer back onto the street. As someone who helps convict murders for a living, she should be utterly ashamed, father or not.moreless
  • Another good one......

    9.5
    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. At a crime scene, Caroline comes out and tells Bones that she and Booth cannot work together now as her father's court trail has set a date. And so it basically becomes Bones and her father against the rest of her team. At a meeting with Caroline, Angela says that she is not going to take the stand and so she leaves. Hodgins says that he will only take the stand, if it is ok with Bones. And so she grants it. We then jump to the court trial, and see that Angela is not there, as she stayed true to her word. When she is called up on the stand, Angela refuses to answer any questions, and so she is placed in contempt of court. And so Bones goes to visit Angela and she still won't testify. Then the next day at the trial, as Bones and Booth keep on talking to each other, the judge orders them to move seats, as they apparently they don't whisper as quietly as they think, they do. During the trial, we learn that the murder weapon found at the crime scene, is in fact not the weapon and so the case may get thrown out. Bones and Zach then have a search warrant for Bones's apartment, to try and find the murder weapon. As Zach searches the apartment, Bones and Booth talk, until Zach finds what he believes to be the murder weapon. As the trial is started again, things don't seem to be going very well for Max. Son Bones comes up with another theory of what could have happened. Soon Bones puts herself to be the 2nd possible suspect and it gets sold to the jury, as even Booth seems to believe it. And so with this in play, the jury cannot convict Max for the crime and so he is set free, as the jury find him not guilty. And so father and daughter are reunited. We also learn that Bones will not be charged for the crime.moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd

Dr. Clark Edison

Guest Star

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

David Barron

Guest Star

Preston James Hillier

Preston James Hillier

Court Services Officer

Guest Star

Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

Max Keenan

Recurring Role

Loren Dean

Loren Dean

Russ Brennan

Recurring Role

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Zack is recalled to the witness stand by the defense, the defense attorney asks if the defense's forensic expert can question Zack pro hac vice. The term pro hac vice translates to "for this event," and is a motion made by a person who is a member of the bar in a jurisdiction other than the jurisdiction of the court, requesting permission to practice law in the court's jurisdiction for only a specific matter or case. Unless the defense expert was a member in good standing of the bar in another state, a judge would not have allowed him to question Zack.

    • In "Judas on a Pole", the episode where Deputy Director Kirby was murdered, Max slipped a commerative Christopher Columbus coin in his mouth, just like he did with the others in a corrupt group of people he murdered. It seems odd that the Columbus/Max correlation wasn't mentioned in an attempt to connect him to the murder of Kirby.

    • When Bones is standing alone on the stairs outside the court house, Booth can be seen standing behind a pillar in the background.

    • Goof: At the end when Brennan hugs Booth, his arms are on top of hers and around her neck. When the camera switches to Angela, Brennan's arms are around Booth's neck.

    • When Brennan is in court she is wearing her mother's earrings, the same ones that Booth found in the episode "The Man in the Morgue".

    • Dr. Sweets' college education:

      Undergraduate - psychology degree from the University of Toronto
      Masters - degree in abnormal psychology from Temple University
      Doctorate - degrees in clinical psychology and behavioral analysis from Columbia University

      Sweets also was awarded Fulbright and Rhodes scholarships simultaneously to write a book.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Caroline: Dr. Brennan is suspended from all crime-related duties.
      Booth: What?
      Brennan: For laughing at Booth?
      Booth: That really doesn't bother me.

    • Zack: (Clark is spraying red dye into the victim's skull.) What are you doing?
      Clark: Dr. Addy, the prosecution is required to share information with the defense, not the other way around.
      Zack: That better not stain.
      Clark: It's not permanent. What are you doing here?
      Zack: I heard you were still looking at the victim's skeleton and wondered if you found anything I missed.
      Clark: You're not allowed to ask me that.
      Zack: I didn't ask you anything, you asked me. I answered.
      Clark: You're not screwing with me are you? You're just ... like this.
      Zack: Yes, this is exactly how I am.

    • Sweets: Dr. Brennan, everyone you work with, including your therapist ...
      Booth: Former therapist.
      Sweets: ... is endeavoring to imprison your father. That's wicked stressful.
      Brennan: Booth is right. It doesn't bother me.
      Sweets: No, Booth is wrong. Yes, it does.

    • Angela: All of us together and Brennan alone.
      Zack: Not alone. (looking towards Brennan, Clark and Barron) She's with those African American people.

    • Booth: Bones was with me all day.
      David Barron: She didn't have time to commit this murder?
      Booth: No she did not.
      David Barron: How did your son Parker get home from school that day?
      Booth: ... 45 minutes we were apart, but we talked on the phone.
      David Barron: Plenty of time, wasn't it Agent Booth? Dr. Brennan could have burned the body hours later when you were safe at home. (Booth says nothing)
      Judge Haddoes: The witness will answer the question.
      Booth: (whispering) That's a lot of heart, Bones.

    • David Barron: You found particulates placing the accused at the scene of the murder, the seminary, and the rooftop where the victim was immolated.
      Hodgins: Yes.
      David Barron: Was anyone else present at all three locations?
      Booth: Me, but I didn't kill the Deputy Director of the FBI.
      David Barron: You had motive. He'd fired you that day. And threatened Ms. Julian. By the way, was she at all three locations?
      Caroline: Objection! It's just rude to accuse me of murder.

    • Brennan: I have a way to lodge reasonable doubt in the jury.
      Booth: We can't talk about this!
      Brennan: Please? You're the person I talk to about things like this.
      Booth: No perjury involved. (Brennan shakes her head) Just an interpretation of existing facts.
      Brennan: An alternate story.
      Booth: You don't know that he did it, you know. Your old man.
      Brennan: We both know he did it.
      Booth: No, not that way you define 'know,' with the proof and all that.
      Brennan: It's going to be enough for the jury.
      Booth: Juries are the human factor in a trial, alright? You never know what they'll do.
      Brennan: You think it's alright for me to take advantage of that?
      Booth: Brain and heart, Bones. Brain and heart.

    • Booth: Tell you what, why don't we make a deal where we allow him to study us and in return he gives us psychological profiling on demand.
      Sweets: Okay.
      Brennan: No, you like that sort of thing, but I don't see the point.
      Booth: I just think that he doesn't want to admit that he likes us.
      Brennan: Do you liiike us?
      Sweets: What?
      Booth: And he wants to spend time with us.
      Brennan: Is that true Sweets? You like us?
      Sweets: No.
      Booth: He wants to spend time with us.
      Booth and Brennan: (sing-song) He really likes us.
      Sweets: Alright, you know what, I'm sorry I made the offer, I take it back, forget it. (walks off)

    • Brennan: Angela, please just go on the stand and say that you identified the victim.
      Angela: No.
      Brennan: But I want you to do that.
      Angela: Do you really think that your father is going to beat this rap?
      Brennan: That has nothing to do with it.
      Angela: Yeah Brennan, it does. I'm not going to help send your father to his death.
      Brennan: To his death?
      Angela: Look, your old man killed a really big kahuna at the FBI. You think that those guys aren't gunning for execution?
      Brennan: That, that's not up to me. That's not up to you, that's up to a jury.
      Angela: That's not the point.
      Brennan: What is the point?
      Angela: Friends don't send friend's fathers to the electric chair.
      Brennan: Maryland uses lethal injection.
      Angela: Well, the principal holds, sweetie.
      Brennan: You think we're going to lose?
      Angela: Yeah. I think you're gonna lose. And I am not gonna help you.
      Brennan: What did I do to deserve a friend like you?

    • Angela: I've got nothing to say.
      Caroline: You're under oath as a material witness, Ms. Montenegro.
      Angela: I swore to tell the truth, and the truth is that I am not saying anything.
      Caroline: Judge Haddoes, could you ...
      Judge Haddoes: The witness will answer.
      Angela: No, the witness will not.
      Brennan: Angela, answer!
      Judge Haddoes: Silence, please. The witness will answer, or I will find her in contempt.
      Angela: (to the judge) Is there any way that I could talk you out of that?
      Judge Haddoes: Why would you call a witness you knew wouldn't answer?
      Caroline: I figured once she got up here and saw your scary face she'd rethink her options.
      Angela: I'm taking the Fifth.
      Caroline: Chérie, the Fifth refers to the Fifth Amendment, which protects you from being forced to incriminate yourself.
      Angela: Okay, alright, well, the First Amendment protects freedom of association, right? Which means that it protects friendship. So I'm taking the First. Which, is even better than taking the Fifth.
      Judge Haddoes: There is no friendship in a homicide trial! This is the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, United States of America! When this asks you a question, you answer, or you pay the ferryman.
      Angela: It ain't gonna happen.

    • Brennan: I didn't see Angela today.
      Booth: Angela refuses to testify.
      Brennan: Why?
      Booth: Probably because she's your best friend.
      Brennan: You're my friend and you don't mind.
      Booth: I mind. We all mind. Except for Zack.
      Brennan: In that case Zack is the only one who's thinking clearly. I had to give Hodgins permission. I don't know what's wrong with everyone.
      Booth: It's not what's wrong Bones, it's what's right.

    • Judge Haddoes: I am Judge Marcus Haddoes. This is my court. When you swear to God to tell the truth, you look at my face, because in this courtroom I may not actually be God, but I sure as Hell am the next best thing.

    • Brennan: This is not Clark's first trial.
      Max: Oh, he's a full grown scientist?
      Clark: I shave, sir. I have a driver's license, I've won a couple of fistfights, I saved a life, I've lain with a woman, I've been hustled at pool, I've defied my father's wishes, I have broken hearts and I have been heartbroken, so by all the markers of this society, I am a grown man.
      Max: ... Wow. You've lain with woman?
      Russ: Is he gonna talk like that at Dad's trial?
      David Barron: Listen Max, we could have Clark list his qualifications for you right now, but that'll spoil the surprise when they read them out in court.

    • Caroline: Excuse me. What is so funny?
      Bones: (holding back her laughter) Nothing.
      Caroline: I should hope not because there's a dead body deserving of respect right in front of you. What happened to him? (Brennan can't contain her laughter any longer)
      Caroline: I did not know she could laugh.

    • Bones: Psst. (sits next to Booth)
      Sweets: (approaching Booth and Bones) I'm writing a book. Taking a clinical approach to efficacy and focused outcomes. You shouldn't work well together, but you do, I'd like to study it further.
      Booth: (to Bones) I don't get it.
      Bones: (to Booth) He wants to study us.
      Sweets: Once a week. Nothing changes.
      Booth: (to Bones) Now why would we want to do that?
      Bones: (shrugs; to Booth) I can't think of a good reason.
      Sweets: Okay. See. That thing that you do when you talk to each other while excluding the third party, namely me. It's an adaptive mechanism. For, uh, disparate entities to bond together against their own individual impotences to dissociate. It's, um ... It's what ...
      Booth: (to Bones) What's that mean for us?
      Bones: (to Booth) Nothing useful.

    • Angela: Miss Julian, I'm not taking the stand. (Everyone looks at her in disbelief.)
      Cam: You have to.
      Angela: Look I'm not gonna tell anyone else what to do here but, I'm not testifying. (gets up and leaves)

    • Booth: Look Caroline, it's Bones. It's different. Let's just, admit that.
      Caroline: Here's what's not different: (to Booth) Lose the "cocky" belt buckle. (to Hodgins) No badges saying "Resist Authority" or "The truth is out there." (to Zack) Do not cut your own hair the day before a trial. (to Angela) Ugly up a little! The plain women on the jury hate you. (to Sweets) Use your fully grown-up words. (to Cam) Eat. Last time, your stomach was growling louder than your testimony.
      Cam: (incredulously) Then, don't put me on first thing in the morning.
      Sweets: I assure you I will be totally awesomely mature on the stand. (Caroline gives him a dirty look.)

    • Caroline: I'm gonna say to you what I always say to you before a trial because this one is no different than any other trial.
      Zack: You never said that before.
      Caroline: What?
      Hodgins: You never told us that a trial is no different from any other trial.
      Zack: Which suggests that this one is different.
      Caroline: (to Cam) Have you no control over these people?
      Cam: None whatsoever.

    • Bones: (seeing a skeleton formed into a circular shape) How could this happen?
      Booth: Um, maybe he was rolled up in a carpet.
      Bones: Where's the carpet?
      Booth: Well it rotted away you know with the, meaty parts. (Bones laughs)

    • Cam: It's not a competition between us and Brennan, this is just an unfortunate situation.
      Angela: Yeah, yeah it's an unfortunate situation. If Brennan understands that we aren't crazily competitive about it, then ... we'll all come through this with our friendships intact.
      Zack: Besides, Dr. Brennan must realize that we're going to destroy them. (everyone looks at Zack)
      Hodgins: I'll explain crazily competitive to Zack over and over again until he gets it.

    • Bones: I'm fine.
      Sweets: If you were fine you'd be balled up in the corner weeping or semi-catatonic.
      Bones: (to Booth) Does that sound fine to you?

    • Brennan: If the truth can't be proven, is it still the truth?

    • Booth: Miss Julian was never at the crime scene so, you're stuck with me.
      Barron: And Dr. Brennan.
      Booth: I see where you're going with this.
      Barron: Was Dr. Temperance Brennan at the seminary?
      Brennan: Yes.
      Barron: And your apartment the same day?
      Brennan: Yes.
      Barron: (pointing to the murder weapon) Do you recognize this?
      Brennan: Yes it's, mine.
      Barron: So you are every bit as plausible a suspect as your father.

    • Angela: (to Brennan) Sweetie, this is one of those times when I know what's right and everybody else is just confused.

    • Judge Haddoes: Excuse me, Agent Booth, I would like you to switch seats with Dr Saroyan, you Dr. Brennan please switch seats with your brother.
      Brennan: Why?
      Judge Haddoes: You don't whisper as quietly as you think you do.

    • (A weapon is shown on a screen in court.)
      Max: I never killed anyone, I just poked them to keep them away.

    • Bones: Clark is the last forensic anthropologist that I'd want to be up against in a court of law.
      Russ: What about that genius kid at your lab?
      Max: With the oversized eyes and the toaster head, that guy?
      Clark: Sorry if my normal-sized head and eyes diminish your confidence.

    • Caroline: How do we know the copper pipe is the murder weapon?
      Hodgins: These are very, very small traces of copper left here in the mylohyoid line of the mandible.
      Caroline: And what is the copper pipe made of?
      Hodgins: As with most copper pipes, it's ... made of copper.

    • Booth: You're not Doctor Brennan today, you're Temperance.
      Brennan: I don't know what that means.
      Booth: The scientist part of you got sidelined. Temporarily.
      Brennan: I, still don't know what that means.
      Booth: Bones, just take the brain okay and put it in neutral. Alright, take the heart and pop it into overdrive.
      (Booth leans back in his chair and starts making racing car sounds.)
      Brennan: Sometimes I think you're from another planet. (pauses) Sometimes I think you're really nice.

    • Booth: Could Bones have killed Kirby? ... Temperance Brennan, I've worked with this woman, I've stood over death with her, I've faced death down with her. Sweets is brilliant - he is, but he's wrong. ... She could not have done this.

    • Sweets: Doctor Brennan is hyperrational. She's capable of rationalizing almost anything.
      Lawyer: Including murder?
      Sweets: It is the danger of the totally rational human being.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Fountain" by Sara Lov (at the end of the episode)

    • Ryan O'Neal is billed as a "Special Guest Star" in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: May 13th, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: May 15th, 2008 on Sky1
      New Zealand: June 23rd, 2008 on TV3
      Spain: July 4th, 2008 on FOX
      Sweden: August 24th, 2008 on TV3
      Norway: September 25th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: October 27th, 2008 on Channel 7
      Belgium: November 24th, 2008 on 2BE
      Finland: February 27th 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: December 2nd, 2009 on Prima

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • (AUSA Julian preps her witnesses for the prosecution—Bones' assistants at the Jeffersonian.)
      Caroline: (to Hodgins) No badges saying "Resist Authority" or "The truth is out there."
      "The Truth Is Out There" references the long-running Fox Network series The X-Files' mantra, always seen at the end of the opening titles (with a few exceptions like for season-ending cliffhangers).

    • When Booth and Brennan are talking with Sweets outside the courthouse, they start to purposely annoy him by sing-songing things like "He really likes us." There is a very similar scene in the movie Miss Congeniality, where Sandra Bullock's character sing-songs similar sentiments in a similar manner.

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