Bones (2005–2017)
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The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond 

The dissected body of an author with OCD is discovered by a pair of teenagers and leads the team on a search for the head and the killer. Also, Sweets and Hodgins visit Zack in the mental institution.


Jeannot Szwarc


Hart Hanson (created by), Kathy Reichs (inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and author) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Deschanel ... Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz ... Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin ... Angela Montenegro
Tamara Taylor ... Camille Saroyan
T.J. Thyne ... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
John Francis Daley ... Lance Sweets
Eric Millegan ... Zack Addy
Michael Grant Terry ... Wendell Bray
Debra Christofferson ... Kelly Sutton
Lisa Kaminir ... Tilda Addison
Ryan Alvarez ... Ralph
Todd Robert Anderson ... David Sutton
Matt Doherty ... Gary Tushman
Dean Cudworth ... Jim Amerian
Ronobir Lahiri ... Barista


A teenager's urination into a sewage pond makes it turn purple. Via a rare medical drug this leads to discovering the headless corps in 12 more hacked-up pieces of SciFi cult author Jared Addison (25), who has a 'sexier' impersonator, C. D. Howard, hired by editor Gary Tushman. The Jefferson is working in another gifted intern, Wendell Bray. Ralph, Jared's fellow germ phobia therapy patient with professor Jim Amerian, volunteers a confession based on a crazy compulsion. Meanwhile Booth has back trouble. Sweets proves an excellent third investigation partner and team confident. Hodges visits Zack in psych ward and leaves the case file with him, which inspires more then brilliant insight. Written by KGF Vissers

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Fox [United States]





Release Date:

24 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hodgins' mystery egg hatches and we see, on the monitor, a dipteran fly (related to the housefly, horsefly, bottlefly family). He calls it a whitefly; a whitefly is a hemipteran closely related to aphids and looks more like a lacewing than a dipteran. See more »


Wendell Bray: I don't get you people. I'd like to work here but it's like a minefield, too many ways to step wrong.
Angela Montenegro: I admit it takes some getting used to... Good luck.
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »


Set Free
Written by Katie Gray
Performed by Katie Gray
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Nasty and funny
7 December 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

A dissected body, minus head, is found in a waste water pool behind an old factory. It actually doesn't take long for the team to figure out who he was, but without the head, they are at a loss to figure out how he died. Turns out the stiff belonged to an author suffering from OCD, which ultimately figures into why he was killed. A fly and the number 12 lead to the solution. Meanwhile, the latest intern has trouble coping with the zany crew. A funny subplot has Booth suffering from back trouble, which Brennan keeps offering to alleviate. The opening revelation of the body is a bit gruesome. It also involves someone performing a certain bodily function that would have been unthinkable on TV a few years ago. Not for the faint of heart or the more delicate among us.

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