Bones (2005–2017)
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The Doctor in the Photo 

The Jeffersonian team find a body in a tree and Dr. Brennan discovers that the victim is practically a clone of herself.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Chris Markham
Mike Dworsky
Antony Truxton


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. Written by Fox Publicity

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9 December 2010 (USA)  »

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Special Agent Seeley Booth: DC Metro Missing Persons investigated. Case went cold. Didn't go anywhere.
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Bones get some past due introspective insight
15 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

This was one of the best and most touching episodes I've yet seen. We've all wanted Bones to lighten up a little, (though not too much or there goes the show!) and give us a glimpse under the facade. And we wanted it to be more than surrendering to the teasing sexual flirtation she's been carrying on with Booth.

This was as good a payoff as we can expect until the series finale. In this episode, Bones got a deep look into herself, and realized that what she thought was her strength — her objectivity and ability to be dispassionate — was really a weakness that could cost her dearly.

I think one of the reviewers missed the boat badly. Was Bones acting out of character? Well, yes! THAT was the point of the episode. And as for her recognizing herself in the photo when no one else did... once again, that was a meaningful way to show how deeply she was personalizing the case. She saw in the dead doctor a glimpse of what could be in store for her. What rational person, no matter how dispassionate, would not act out of character? I half expected Micah to reveal himself as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

The scene where she finally confessed her love to Booth (somewhat indirectly, but effectively) was very moving. I so wanted to reach out and comfort her. Her eyes had been opened, and her world was turned upside down, and the man she loved was no longer in a position to return her love.

It was a life-changing event, though I still expect them to end up together. (Really together, not implied or assumptive like Luke and Lorelai.)

All in all, terrific insight into Bones' true feelings and Booth's nobility.

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