The BEST episodes written by Dean Lopata

The Friend in Need
2243 votes

#1 - The Friend in Need

Bones - Season 8 - Episode 16

The Jeffersonian team investigates the remains of a 15-year-old boy. Although his mother and few close friends saw him as intelligent with poor social skills, the team discovers that this seemingly innocent boy was actually involved in illegal activity and had attended a high school party two weeks prior where drugs were present. The investigation takes an ugly turn when an underage girl confesses to being raped and the deceased boy’s reputation is compromised. Meanwhile, with the case’s spotlight on deception, intern Finn Abernathy contemplates telling Cam that her daughter Michelle is in town visiting for the weekend.

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The Nail in the Coffin
1937 votes

#2 - The Nail in the Coffin

Bones - Season 9 - Episode 22

The Jeffersonian team investigates the death of Stephanie McNamara, the daughter of a wealthy family whose remains were found in a national park. When the team digs deeper into the circumstances surrounding her death, clues from the case lead them to believe she may be the Ghost Killer’s latest victim, with a surprising connection to a previous victim. Meanwhile, the FBI Deputy Director takes a special interest in the team’s high-profile case and Booth’s career may be in for some changes.

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The Heiress in the Hill
2168 votes

#3 - The Heiress in the Hill

Bones - Season 9 - Episode 15

The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of Lauren Frank, a kidnap victim whose remains were found buried at a park. But when they discover the unhappy relationship that Lauren had with her stepmother, the team starts to think the killer was someone closer to the girl than expected. Meanwhile, Hodgins uncovers a shocking secret about his family and Brennan and Booth face a common couples dilemma - whether to co-mingle their funds.

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The Warrior in the Wuss
3319 votes

#4 - The Warrior in the Wuss

Bones - Season 7 - Episode 10

The corpse of a truck company employee is found in the middle of the woods. After the victim’s son is questioned, Booth and Brennan visit his karate class in search of a motive. Back at the lab, Hodgins is going overboard purchasing lab equipment. Then, Booth’s son Parker returns from England and Brennan is apprehensive about how he’ll react to his new baby sister.

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The Prince in the Plastic
3708 votes

#5 - The Prince in the Plastic

Bones - Season 7 - Episode 3

After the remains of a female toy company executive are found shrink-wrapped with a Prince Charming doll, the company's CEO gives Booth and Sweets access to the company headquarters' highly classified prototype lab, where details of the victim's personal life begin to emerge. Meanwhile, Sweets, with the support of his girlfriend, squint Daisy Wick, prepares for his gun certification test despite Booth's opposition to Sweets carrying a weapon. Mom-to-be Brennan, wonders whether she will be a good mother and uses the case as a way to understand the importance of toys and playing with her child.

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Mayhem on the Cross
2533 votes

#6 - Mayhem on the Cross

Bones - Season 4 - Episode 21

When it is discovered that a stage prop used by a Norwegian death metal band is in fact a real human skeleton, the remains are sent to the Jeffersonian when authorities determine the victim was an American citizen.

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The Daredevil in the Mold
3882 votes

#7 - The Daredevil in the Mold

Bones - Season 6 - Episode 13

A BMX rider’s remains are discovered on the roof of a warehouse after a failed bike stunt. While Booth and Brennan interrogate the victim’s fellow riders, Hodgins and newly mellowed “squint” Fisher identify the numerous fractures in the victim’s skeletal structure, and Angela recreates the series of events that led to the fatal accident. Meanwhile, Sweets turns to Booth for advice about his relationship with Daisy, and Booth makes a decision about his relationship with Hannah.

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The Tiger in the Tale
3182 votes

#8 - The Tiger in the Tale

Bones - Season 8 - Episode 4

The Jeffersonian team investigates the death of Jared Drew, an animal expo employee, and in the course of their investigation into his death, they enter the world of illegal animal trafficking. Meanwhile, Brennan thinks she would make an excellent presidential candidate, and Sweets and Daisy take on a big change in their relationship.

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The Butcher in the Car
2257 votes

#9 - The Butcher in the Car

Bones - Season 9 - Episode 3

The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of Jamie Delcampo, a member of the Estrellas Locas gang, whose remains were found in a burnt out car. Meanwhile, having taken time off from the FBI in the wake of Pelant's latest assault on the team, Sweets ultimately decides to help with the investigation when he discovers that a young boy from the center where he volunteers is the son of one of the gang members.

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The Mystery of the Cure to Loneliness
296 votes

#10 - The Mystery of the Cure to Loneliness

The Mysteries of Laura - Season 2 - Episode 2

When a woman with cancer dies under mysteries circumstances, Laura and her team investigate the world of survivors and supporters and learn appearances can be deceiving.

The Maggots in the Meathead
3668 votes

#11 - The Maggots in the Meathead

Bones - Season 6 - Episode 3

When Booth and Brennan are called to investigate decomposed remains found at the Jersey Shore, the team IDs the victim as Richie “The V” Genaro, a 23-year-old who partied the night before at a popular nightclub. Booth and Brennan question Genaro’s peers and the club bouncer, and Brennan surprisingly proves her pop culture savvy and anthropological expertise after watching what she believes to be a documentary on the inhabitants of the Jersey Shore, but was in actuality a reality show set there. Meanwhile, at the lab, the team grows fond of Booth’s girlfriend, Hannah, and Angela tries to keep her pregnancy a secret.

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The Gamer in the Grease
2619 votes

#12 - The Gamer in the Grease

Bones - Season 5 - Episode 9

When the remains of a competitive gamer are discovered in a grease truck, Brennan and Booth are called to investigate the case. The victim, Steve Rifton, is the only active player known in the gaming community to have received a perfect score on a famous video game. Steve turned his success into a lucrative partnership with a gaming referee and charged fans to play on the very machine that gave him the perfect score. But between sour business deals and bitter competitors, the team at the Jeffersonian must work to narrow down the many suspects with motive for ending Rifton’s reign as gaming king. Meanwhile, Hodgins, Sweets and Jeffersonian intern Colin Fischer take turns camping out for tickets to a movie premiere.

Five Spies and a Baby
638 votes

#13 - Five Spies and a Baby

Whiskey Cavalier - Season 1 - Episode 6

The team must return a kidnapped baby to its parents while also taking down the human trafficking network that led to his capture.

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The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken
2761 votes

#14 - The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken

Bones - Season 5 - Episode 6

Remains of a chicken farmer are found on the bank of a nearby river, and Booth and Brennan are called in to investigate. The farmer, who was an animal right activist, was about to inherit a chicken factory and had many enemies with motive to kill him -- leaving the team with a lot of murder suspects to sort through.

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The Bones That Foam
2583 votes

#15 - The Bones That Foam

Bones - Season 4 - Episode 16

When newlyweds encounter a corpse while bungee-jumping off of a bridge, Brennan and Booth are sent to investigate. After determine the cause of death was not suicide, the team at the Jeffersonian discover an unknown substance coming from the body. This sends the lab into lockdown and have only 24 hours to uncover the murderer before the body disintegrates.

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The Salt in the Wounds
2607 votes

#16 - The Salt in the Wounds

Bones - Season 4 - Episode 17

The body of a pregnant 16-year-old athlete found buried in a mound of salt in a city de-icing truck leads Booth and Brennan to the discovery that many of her teammates are pregnant or have babies after a pregnancy pact.