The WORST Episodes of Bones
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2021
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.
#1 - The Priest in the Churchyard
Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 28, 2007
A broken water main uproots multiple coffins in an old graveyard. When the team is brought in to identify the bodies for re-interment, they discover a newer skeleton that should not be in the graveyard, which has not been used for 50 years.
#2 - The Devil in the Details
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 4, 2010
Brennan and Booth investigate a set of uniquely disfigured remains allegorizing biblical text. As they acquire more information about the victim, a former patient of Dr. Adam Copeland at Havenhurst Sanitarium, they are confronted with suspects who are hard to characterize as either good or evil. Meanwhile, Jeffersonian intern Arastoo Vaziri reveals a secret about his past.
#3 - The Man in the Outhouse
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 10, 2008
The body of the host of a popular reality TV show is found partially decomposed in an outhouse, and Booth and Brennan must find out who the killer is. Meanwhile, Booth learns that Brennan is juggling two relationships.
#4 - The Crank in the Shaft
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 1, 2008
The remains of a despised office manager are discovered in an elevator shaft, and Booth and Brennan must figure out which employee killed him. After some investigating, they find that the manager had more than a fair share of complaints on file. Meanwhile, Angela and Hodgins try to make peace in the lab after their break-up.
#5 - The Con Man in the Meth Lab
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 12, 2008
Booth’s Brother Jared Booth and Brennan investigate the scene where a body was uncovered during a botched practice police raid. The team identifies the body as a struggling inventor’s father who had recently reunited with his son. But when a second body surfaces, the team is led on a trail of deception to find out who was the actual con-man in the inventor’s life. Clark Edison returns to the lab, and he and Hodgins work on piecing together blueprints from one of the inventor’s potentially valuable inventions. Meanwhile, Brennan likes Booth's brother and goes out on a date with him. She learns a thing or too about Booth's past while out on the date.
#6 - The Ghost in the Machine
Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 3, 2012
The Jeffersonian team investigates the death of a young boy whose soul remains very much alive. When psychic Avalon Harmonia attempts to help the deceased's spirit cross over, each member of the team begins to question his or her own beliefs about life after death.
#7 - The Headless Witch in the Woods
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 29, 2006
While investigating the death of a film student who was working on a documentary about the legend of a headless witch, who haunted woods in the 1700's, Brennan develops a strong bond with the victim's brother.
#8 - The Sin in the Sisterhood
Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 3, 2011
A body disguised as a scarecrow is found with a bullet wound in a remote cornfield, and the team is forced to work against the clock to avoid a storm and potential complications that would affect the evidence. Booth and Brennan interrogate the victim's three wives, who are also sisters, and learn that jealousy between the sisters and their desire for their husband's attention had caused a major rift in the family. Booth and Brennan also question one relative who disapproved of the victim's polygamy. Meanwhile, Cam loses confidence in her relationship with her on-call doctor boyfriend, but they both realize they need to make their relationship a priority.
#9 - The Diamond in the Rough
Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 14, 2013
The Jeffersonian team investigates the death of a professional ballroom dancer who was murdered three days before her audition on a popular dancing competition show. In order to solve the case, Brennan and Booth go undercover as dance competitors to see if they can find potential suspects.
#10 - The Psychic in the Soup
Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 26, 2015
The Jeffersonian team, with the help of Angela’s psychic friend, Avalon Harmonia (guest star Cyndi Lauper), is drawn into the twisted world of fortune tellers when the body of a local psychic is found decomposing in the trunk of a tree. However, when the team learns more about the victim’s personal life, those closest to her become suspects. Meanwhile, Booth and Brennan debate the pros and cons of Christine’s new imaginary friend and the team remembers Sweets on his birthday.
#11 - The Dentist in the Ditch
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 28, 2010
When a human skeleton is discovered in the trenches of an old Civil War battleground, Brennan and Booth are called to the case. Despite the historical location, Brennan quickly identifies the bones as belonging to Dan Pinard, a present-day local dentist. While Booth investigates suspects, including the victim’s former boyfriend, Hodgins and lab intern Vincent Nigel-Murray work doggedly to clean the bones of a stubborn clay residue which is preventing the team from determining a cause of death. Meanwhile, Booth’s brother, Jared, returns from his travels with some suprising news.
#12 - The Plain in the Prodigy
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 1, 2009
When human remains are found alongside the railroad, Brennan and Booth are called to the case. The bones belong to Levi Yoder, a member of the Amish community who disappeared two months ago, during his Rumspringa, or exploration of the outside world. Brennan and Booth discover that Levi was a piano prodigy, and their investigation leads them to believe that his extraordinary talent may have lead him to an untimely death. Meanwhile, Cam copes with the stress that comes from being a new parent.
#13 - The Bones on the Blue Line
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 1, 2010
When a subway train is thrown off the track by 60,000 gallons of flood water, a partially skeletonized body emerges out of the overflow. While Dr. Sweets, a passenger on the derailed train, copes with post traumatic stress, the rest of the team and intern Daisy Wick get to work on identifying the victim as Martin Aragon, a professional ghost writer caught up in a deadly love triangle. Meanwhile, Brennan releases her second book to great success, but has to accommodate a nosy reporter, and Sweets' near-death experience leads him to make a drastic decision.
#14 - The Man on the Fairway
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 8, 2006
Brennan and Zach investigate a small jet crash that was carrying some Chinese diplomats and a woman. At the crash site, Brennan finds some bone fragments that do not belong to any of the passengers, but might belong to a man who has been missing for five years. Although ordered to work only on the diplomats, Brennan and her team go rogue to try to discover the identity of the extra bones.
#15 - The Bones That Weren't
Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 4, 2010
After the skull of a promising young dancer is found lodged in concrete at a construction site, the team must first figure out what happened to the victim’s skeletal structure. After learning the victim quit ballet to pursue hip hop, Booth and Brennan uncover another layer of evidence that points them to a suspect who had a secret relationship with the victim. Meanwhile, when Hannah is put on assignment in a dodgy part of town, her safety is jeopardized and her life is put in critical danger.
#16 - The He in the She
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 8, 2008
Booth and Brennan go to investigate a body found in the Chesapeake Bay. After arriving, they find only the upper torso, giving the team little to work with other than remnants of the victim's breast implants. Brennan and Booth are led to a small church in Maryland, where they find that the victim was a pastor. When the team finds the lower half of the body, they learn that their initial assumptions may not been incorrect.
#17 - Boy in the Time Capsule
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2007
On the 20th anniversary, the Foothill High School, class of '87 alumni unearth the time capsule they buried to discover the remains of one of their classmates inside. Booth and Bones investigate the past lives of his classmates in an effort to discover the truth.
#18 - The Soldier on the Grave
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 10, 2006
Brennan and Booth investigate an apparent suicide in Arlington National Cemetery, but soon discover it is a murder linked to a military cover-up.
#19 - The Beaver in the Otter
Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 30, 2009
When a human body is found inside the strung up Otter mascot uniform of a rival school, Brennan and Booth investigate whether the body inside the costume was dead beforehand, or killed during a Middlesex University bonfire event. The body is identified as Jimmy “Beaver” Bouvier, a fraternity brother at Middlesex University. When Brennan and Booth question his fraternity brothers, they learn that Beaver had a money-making operation on the side and was making a killing of his own. Meanwhile, Booth offers to help his brother Jared find a new job after being dishonorably discharged from the Navy.
#20 - Harbingers in the Fountain
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 2009
It's been six weeks since Booth and Brennan have seen each other. Booth has been recovering from brain surgery, and Brennan has been on a dig in Guatemala. Angela's psychic, Avalon Harmonia reveals while reading Angela's tarot cards that there are multiple bodies buried under a Washington,DC fountain. Angela shares the information with Brennan and Booth, but they're both a little skeptical. The lead pans out, and the duo find the remains of 11 bodies exactly where the psychic said they would be. Meanwhile, Sweets has certified Booth mentally fit to return to duty after his brain surgery, but Booth is still experiencing some side effects from the coma.
#21 - The Woman in the Whirlpool
Season 10 - Episode 20 - Aired May 28, 2015
When the body of a well-known cookie jar collector is found in a riverbank, the Jeffersonian team must submerge themselves into the victim's collector community in order to catch the murderer. Meanwhile, Booth struggles to come to terms with Brennan's decision that he move out of their house due to his gambling addiction and Aubrey has his eye on one of the "squinterns".
#22 - Fire in the Ice
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 22, 2009
When a volunteer fireman is murdered at an ice rink, Booth and Brennan begin the investigation, but Booth must excuse himself due to a conflict of interest. When details come to light, Booth becomes a suspect in the homicide.
#23 - Spaceman in a Crater
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired May 2, 2007
Brennan and Booth are called to the scene where a dead man has been found in a crater. The investigation leads them to the National Space Agency.
#24 - The End in the Beginning
Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired May 14, 2009
The Season 4 Finale. A dead body is found at a club called "The Lab." The team has to do some unexpected and unusual things that have to do with this club. Brennan and Booth may become a couple.
#25 - Mother and Child in the Bay
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 6, 2006
When the remains of a young pregnant woman and fetus are found in the Delaware Bay and identified as a newlywed who disappeared a year earlier, the investigation is aimed toward her husband, but takes a surprising turn. Booth is upset that his ex-girlfriend is letting their son spend time with her new boyfriend.