"The Maggots in the Meathead" is episode three of season six of Bones, the forensic drama television series loosely based on the novels and life of anthropologist Kathy Reichs. In this episode, a moderately famous personality is found on the Jersey Shore.
Metal Detecting On the Beach
A man is searching on the beach at night using a metal detector. He finds a coin and then a necklace. The necklace is stuck to start with but he gets it loose, spotting something as he does.
The Victim is Easy to Identify
Brennan and Cam are on the scene on a beach on the Jersey Shore where the body has been found of a very maggoty 23 year old man. Identification proves very easy - the dead man has a wallet.
Maggots on Something?
The body is taken back to the lab - Fisher is back following his stint at the loony bin (he says that he's a lot better - but it's an ongoing process). When the body is unwrapped, the maggots are jumping. Really quite high. According to Hodgins, this type of maggot does that when hopped up on stimulants. Must be someone they ate (the substance came from an energy drink).
Not Really a Documentary
The dead man is, or was, extremely well muscled and the body sags on the table as Hodgins catches the jumping maggots. The dead man - Richie the V - was moderately famous due to his videos. According to Brennan, he is a guido. Which is, apparently, not an insult, but what they liked to be called (and they aren't all of Italian descent). Brennan knows quite a bit about these people, having stumbled across a 'documentary' on them, and has been studying their language and customs. Angela points out that reality television doesn't mean that it's a documentary, which Brennan doesn't believe (Angela knows what the documentary is). Booth interviews Richie's mother. She proves quite aggressive and wants Booth to bring the person who did it to her, if it's who she thinks it is.
Looking for the Suspect
Booth and Brennan head to the Jersey Shore to look for the (far too obvious) suspect, which Brennan considers to be an excellent opportunity to observe the guido tribe in its native environment (she does prove adept at translating some of the local lingo from Booth). If Richie wasn't actively murdered, an accident caused by drunken stupidity seems likely. Although the injuries do not back this up. The victim was last seen in a nightclub and it's claimed that he had a female stalker. There is a woman who really had a problem with Richie - but she claims she loved Richie and he loved her. A definite suspect proves hard to pin down.
Hannah is moving in with Booth. Sweets is rather uncertain about whether this is a good idea.