The Best Episodes of Bones

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and cocky F.B.I. Special Agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders. Quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.

The Recluse in the Recliner

#1 - The Recluse in the Recliner

Season 9 - Episode 24

The team investigates the death of a man who had offered Booth information on a possible government cover-up related to a previous case, but was killed before their meeting took place. As Booth and the Jeffersonian team dig deeper into the burgeoning conspiracy surrounding the man’s death, it’s evident Booth may be in over his head, and his future with the FBI is put in question.

star 8.36
883 votes
Directors: David Boreanaz
Writers: Jonathan Collier, Stephen Nathan
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The Change in the Game

#2 - The Change in the Game

Season 6 - Episode 23

In the 6th season finale, the team investigates the disturbing, unidentifiable remains of a bowler that were found jammed in one of the bowling alley's automatic pinsetters. After hitting a dead end in the case, Booth and Brennan decide to go undercover and join a competitive bowling team in search of answers.

star 8.34
672 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Hart Hansen, Stephen Nathan
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The Past in the Present

#3 - The Past in the Present

Season 7 - Episode 13

Evil tech genius Christopher Pelant, a suspect in a previous case Brennan and Booth handled, is back in court on appeal. Knowing what he is capable of, Brennan and Booth inform the judge that he is a suspect in two murder cases. Then, Brennan and Booth are called to the scene of a new murder. After determining the victim is Brennan's friend, who also is linked to Pelant, the Jeffersonian team works to prove he is guilty once and for all. But when law enforcement examines the team's findings, key pieces of evidence are tied to Brennan and suspicion falls on her.

star 8.26
660 votes
Directors: David Boreanaz
Writers: Carla Kettner
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The Hole in the Heart

#4 - The Hole in the Heart

Season 6 - Episode 22

Rogue sniper Jacob Broadsky returns once again, claiming another victim and making Booth determined to put him away once and for all.

star 8.26
654 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
Writers: Carla Kettner, Carla Kettner, Karyn Usher
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The Pain in the Heart

#5 - The Pain in the Heart

Season 3 - Episode 15

The Gormogon serial killer is back again, and the silver skeleton from the basement vault has gone missing. All the Jeffersonian employees become suspects, with the scary possibility that one of their own is working with Gormogon.

star 8.25
561 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan
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The Corpse on the Canopy

#6 - The Corpse on the Canopy

Season 8 - Episode 12

After Hodgins and Angela are drugged and wake up to a bloody corpse hanging in the canopy of their bed and flower petals around their son Michael's crib, they are forced to believe that Pelant is back for revenge against Hodgins. Although Hodgins wants to go after Pelant directly, Booth knows it's best to work within the system and not go against protocol. Meanwhile, as the Jeffersonian team investigates the corpse, they discover the victim was a Special Forces agent working for the world's biggest supplier of mercenaries, and Angela and Hodgins decide to start an investigation without the rest of the Jeffersonian team for the sake of their family.

star 8.22
695 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Jonathan Collier
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Aliens in a Spaceship

#7 - Aliens in a Spaceship

Season 2 - Episode 9

The bodies of twin boys, kidnapped five years earlier, are discovered. The investigation lead Booth and Brennan to a notorious kidnapper known as the Grave Digger. During the investigation, Brennan and Hodgins become the Grave Digger's next victims.

star 8.19
583 votes
Directors: Craig Ross Jr.
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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The Woman in White

#8 - The Woman in White

Season 9 - Episode 6

The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of Nancy Handelman, whose body was discovered at the time of Brennan and Booth's wedding rehearsal. When the case becomes more serious than the team anticipated, Cam and Angela do everything in their power to keep the details of the investigation from Brennan in order to ensure that she will stay focused on her big day. Tensions run high when unfortunate events occur to stall the wedding temporarily, and Max comes to town with a suspicious duffle bag full of money.

star 8.19
928 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Karine Rosenthal
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The Signs in the Silence

#9 - The Signs in the Silence

Season 6 - Episode 21

A mysterious young deaf girl is thought to have committed a recent murder after she's found on the streets, covered in blood and holding a knife. It's up to the Jeffersonian team to figure out who this girl is and determine if she's really the one to blame for the murder.

star 8.18
604 votes
Directors: Dwight Little
Writers: Janet Lin, Stephen Nathan
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The Pathos in the Pathogens

#10 - The Pathos in the Pathogens

Season 8 - Episode 23

The Jeffersonian team rushes to prevent a viral outbreak while investigating the murder of journalist Mia Garrett after her infected body is found at a biohazard facility. When the mutated virus that killed Mia infects Jeffersonian intern Arastoo Vaziri, their only chance of saving him is by solving the murder. Tension and passion build as the team races against the clock to find the killer - and the cure.

star 8.16
758 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: Kim Clements
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The Day in the Life

#11 - The Day in the Life

Season 12 - Episode 11

In the series' penultimate episode, each leading character's final story begins to unfold. Brennan testifies for Zach in trial, Angela reveals some big news, while Aubrey and Jessica come to terms about their future together. All the while, the team discovers Kovac has escaped, leaving Booth in a race against the clock to protect himself and those closest to him from what may be Kovac's most dangerous plan yet.

star 8.16
1,759 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Eric Randall, Yael Zinkow
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The Conspiracy in the Corpse

#12 - The Conspiracy in the Corpse

Season 10 - Episode 1

The Jeffersonian team works diligently to get Booth out of jail and absolve him of crimes he did not commit. Meanwhile, Daisy and Sweets have a surprise for the rest of the Jeffersonian team.

star 8.15
1,062 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Stephen Nathan, Jonathan Collier
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The Wannabe in the Weeds

#13 - The Wannabe in the Weeds

Season 3 - Episode 14

A wannabe singer Tommy Sour was found on a grassy location. The investigation leads Brennan, Booth, and Cam to the Checker Box Restaurant where Tommy used to sing. There are several suspects who took part in the open mike contest there, with talent scouts in the audience. The group comes together with a startling revelation for Brennan.

star 8.14
526 votes
Writers: Josh Berman
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The End in the End

#14 - The End in the End

Season 12 - Episode 12

With Kovac still at large, the team searches for evidence to track him down. After Brennan experiences a setback, the rest of the team must figure out how to find Kovac without her, putting everything she has ever taught them to the test. When all signs point to Kovac having outside help, as well as a hideout, Booth and Brennan go searching for him.

star 8.14
1,777 votes
Directors: David Boreanaz
Writers: Jonathan Collier, Michael Peterson, Karine Rosenthal, Stephen Nathan
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The Future in the Past

#15 - The Future in the Past

Season 8 - Episode 1

Having been accused of murder, Brennan is on the run from the FBI, with help from her father Max. Booth and the Jeffersonian team are convinced evil tech genius Christopher Pelant has manipulated key evidence in the case to pinpoint Brennan as the prime suspect. Then, an anonymous tip leads the team to the remains of a high school guidance counselor that may hold the key to proving Brennan's innocence.

star 8.13
797 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan
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The Prisoner in the Pipe

#16 - The Prisoner in the Pipe

Season 7 - Episode 7

The remains of an escaped convict are found in a residential sewer, but an examination of the sewer pipes indicates that the murder occurred within prison walls. Brennan insists on solving the crime - despite Booth's pleas for her not to overexert herself - and the expectant couple experiences a very untraditional arrival of their baby daughter.

star 8.12
693 votes
Directors: Kate Woods
Writers: Jonathan Collier
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The Patriot in Purgatory

#17 - The Patriot in Purgatory

Season 8 - Episode 6

While investigating the remains of bodies that have been deemed unidentifiable, five “squinterns” uncover the identity of a man who died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, propelling the Jeffersonian team to determine if he was a perpetrator or a victim.

star 8.10
720 votes
Writers: Stephen Nathan
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The Doctor in the Photo

#18 - The Doctor in the Photo

Season 6 - Episode 9

Brennan gets a glimpse into her own life when the body of a brilliant and career-driven surgeon is found in a rough neighborhood with multiple fractures in her skull and no indication as to how or why she was there. While the team investigates the case objectively, Brennan struggles to separate her own life from the victim’s as she perceives many parallels between them the more she learns about the victim’s past. Meanwhile, evidence found at the crime scene brings the team closer to solving the case, but it’s Brennan’s unique perspective that propels her to retrace the final events of the victim’s life. With the reassurance of a new friend and Jeffersonian security guard, Micah Leggat, Brennan makes a discovery about herself and learns a lesson about taking chances.

star 8.09
590 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Carla Kettner
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The Beginning in the End

#19 - The Beginning in the End

Season 5 - Episode 22

The team works to uncover clues buried under a life’s worth of possessions saved by a hoarder in order to solve the mystery of his death. Meanwhile, Angela’s father has a specific purpose for his most recent visit, and Brennan and Booth are confronted with unique opportunities.

star 8.08
531 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan
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The Blackout in the Blizzard

#20 - The Blackout in the Blizzard

Season 6 - Episode 16

When a blizzard causes a power outage during a critical murder investigation, the team finds they must adapt to their low-tech environment in order to prevent a possible biological catastrophe. Elsewhere, Sweets gets a little too interpersonal when Brennan and Booth find themselves trapped in an elevator, while Angela and Hodgins worry over some test results.

star 8.07
612 votes
Directors: David Boreanaz
Writers: Karine Rosenthal
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The Crack in the Code

#21 - The Crack in the Code

Season 7 - Episode 6

A cryptic message penned in human blood is discovered at a national monument. As the Jeffersonian team embarks on a scavenger hunt to solve the case, they realize their tech-savvy suspect remains one step ahead of them. Meanwhile, Booth and Brennan search for the perfect home for their new family.

star 8.06
680 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Carla Kettner
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The Nightmare Within the Nightmare

#22 - The Nightmare Within the Nightmare

Season 11 - Episode 22

The team dives back into investigating a serial killer from the past, attempting to find “The Puppeteer,” who lives with his victims’ bodies before disposing of them. Meanwhile, Brennan works through her guilt over her retirement last year, blaming herself for not stopping the serial killer earlier. However, little does she know she might be in some trouble of her own.

star 8.06
1,533 votes
Directors: David Boreanaz
Writers: Michael Peterson
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The Woman in Limbo

#23 - The Woman in Limbo

Season 1 - Episode 22

Brennan receives some bones to identify, but is stunned when she discovers that the remains are those of her mother who disappeared when she was 15 years old. The determined date of her mother's death leaves Bones confused and angry.

star 8.06
534 votes
Directors: Jesus Trevino
Writers: Hart Hanson
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The Hot Dog in the Competition

#24 - The Hot Dog in the Competition

Season 7 - Episode 2

The Jeffersonian team identifies the remains of a competitive-eating champion, just days before the start of the Gluttony Games, a premiere eating competition with a $10,000 prize at stake. The remarkable work of new squint - and former juvenile delinquent - Finn links obscure evidence found in the belly of a snake with laws of physics that helps solve the crime. Despite his brilliance in the lab, Finn is met with hostility and skepticism, leading Cam to question her decision to give him a chance to start anew. Meanwhile, Booth is caught off-guard by an announcement Brennan makes about their baby. To diffuse the tension between them, the couple agrees to experiment by putting themselves in each other's shoes.

star 8.04
667 votes
Writers: Michael Peterson
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The Hero in the Hold

#25 - The Hero in the Hold

Season 4 - Episode 14

While trapped and trying to escape from a ship in the middle of the ocean, Booth is haunted by strange hallucinations.

star 8.04
516 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Janet Lin, Karine Rosenthal
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