The body of a woman wearing a medieval dress leads to an investigation at a sci-fi/fantasy convention. The victim owned a prized piece of memorabilia.
Booth is a suspect in the murder of a hockey player he fought with during a recent game, so Brennan must work on the case with FBI agent Perotta.
Booth and Brennan investigate the remains of conjoined twins found in a shallow grave in a remote desert area on the Texas-Oklahoma border. Back at the lab, the team determines the skeletal remains to be those of Jenny and Julie, who were jugglers in a traveling circus. Knowing there is no way the circus folk will talk to anyone outside their tight-knit clan, Brennan and Booth must infiltrate the circus community in order to find out more information about the twins' deaths. Honing Booth's Ranger knife-throwing skills, the duo goes undercover as knife-throwing act "Buck and Wanda Moosejaw." As they encounter a variety of suspects among the colorful circus crowd, including ringmaster Henry Simon (guest star Andy Richter), a rather raucous clan of clowns and a tempestuous strong man who may have been romantically involved with one of the twins, Booth and Brennan find the circus experience to be quite the spectacle.
Booth and Brennan must infiltrate a traveling circus to investigate the death of conjoined-twin jugglers -- and do so undercover as a performance act.
Various skeletal remains of a long-missing ex-Marine lead to the investigation of an elite private school and the powerful families there.
While Booth and Brennan are en route to Shanghai, a body is found in the airplane's oven; they try to solve the case before the plane lands in China.
When the smashed remains of an artist are found in an impounded junkyard car, the team must race to find evidence before the car is put on exhibit.
When skeletal remains are found in the Chesapeake Bay, Brennan and Booth are on the case to investigate. With only the upper torso of the victim intact, the team has little to work from besides the remnants of the victim's breast implants. Brennan and Booth are led to a small church community in Maryland where the victim was a pastor, but they have no record of her existence prior to moving to the small town five years prior. When the victim's lower half is discovered, the team realizes their initial assumptions about the victim may not be correct. As Sweets lends insight to the victim's psychological state and Brennan's latest grad student adds his own offbeat observations, the team must decipher who would have wanted her dead. From possible love interests to her family to the parishioners at the church where she was a pastor, the anatomy of the case is very misleading.
The remains of a disliked office manager are found in a building elevator shaft. And Hodgins and Angela navigate their post-breakup relationship.
When a shocked teenager finds a dismembered body laying in pieces in a strange purple pool of water, Brennan and Booth come to the scene only to find the victim's head is missing. With help from Brennan's newest grad student, Wendell, the team discovers the body is that of Jared Addison, a 25-year-old science fiction writer who suffers from OCD and a crippling fear of germs. With Sweets' psychological insight into Jared's perfectly regimented world, Booth and Brennan track down a number of suspects including Jared's psychologist, his much older girlfriend and his science-fiction book publisher, all of whom have good reason to want Jared out of their lives. However, without the victim's head, the team struggles to find enough evidence to locate a killer - that is, until they receive insight from Zack, who studies the case from afar at his psychiatric facility with case information provided to him by Hodgins. Meanwhile, Brennan scolds Booth for not letting her ever fend for herself.
A headless corpse belongs to a germophobic sci-fi writer. Without the head, there isn't enough evidence to find the killer -- until Zack lends a hand.
When a partially decomposed body is found in an outhouse and identified as the host of a popular reality television show, "Busted by Bill," which catches infidelity in the act, Brennan and Booth must identify the killer from of a large pool of suspects, including many who were humiliated on the victim's show. As the team searches for key forensic evidence with the help of Brennan's overachieving grad student, Sweets and Bones watch episodes of "Busted by Bill" to search for suspects who fit a revenge killer's profile. Meanwhile, Booth tries to understand Brennan's romantic life when he learns she is juggling two relationships.
When a reality-TV show host is found dead in an outhouse, Brennan and Booth have a large pool of suspects, many of whom were humiliated on the show.
Pritchard asks Booth and Brennan to help investigate another murder, this one hitting closer to home. And Cam makes an impulsive decision.
From executive producers Hart Hanson, Barry Josephson and Stephen Nathan comes the fourth exciting season of BONES, a darkly amusing procedural with humor, heart and character, inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs. Dr. Temperance Brennan is a highly skilled forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, DC, and writes novels as a sideline. When the standard methods of identifying a body are useless-when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that CSI gives up-law enforcement calls in Brennan for her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the victim's bones. Most law enforcement can't handle Brennan's intelligence, her drive for the truth, or the way she flings herself headlong into every investigation. Special Agent Seeley Booth of the FBI's Homicide Investigations Unit is the exception. A former Army sniper, Booth mistrusts science and scientists-the "squints," as he calls them--who pore over the physical evidence of a crime. But even he cannot deny that the combination of his people-smarts and Brennan's scientific acumen makes them a formidable team.
The Gormogon serial killer has struck again, and when the silver skeleton disappears from the vault, every Jeffersonian employee becomes a suspect.
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