"The Verdict in the Story" is episode thirteen of season three of Bones, the forensic drama television series loosely based on the novels and life of anthropologist Kathy Reichs. This episode deals with the murder trial for Brennan's father, Max, rather than a specific crime.
A Weird Crime Scene
This episode opens with Booth and Brennan arriving at a crime scene and he tells her she isn't going to believe it, as it's a whole new level of weird. There is a skeleton lying on its stomach with its hands tied to its feet. The skeleton is completely fleshless and the bones should be disarticulated. Caroline arrives at the crime scene saying that Dr Brennan is suspended from all crime related activities. They have a date for Max's murder trial, for the killing of an, extremely corrupt, criminal and all-round nasty piece of work, FBI deputy director in "Judas on a Pole", and they cannot work together until the trial is over, because Booth is the arresting officer, having arrested Max in "Stargazer in a Puddle".
Sweets Believes that the Trial Will Affect Brennan
Sweets says that everyone Brennan works with, including her former therapist (him), is trying to put her father away, and that it will bother her. Booth says that it won't and Brennan agrees. Sweets disagrees though - and, after hearing him, Booth does as well. However, Sweets is now their former therapist so they leave. He is a bit disappointed.
Max Wants Brennan Working for the Defence
Brennan has got to be an expert witness for Max's trial but her father would really prefer her to be working for the defence. He also suggests Zack, but he is working for the prosecution. Max still does not seem happy. Brennan has also bought him a grey tie to wear in the courtroom - she seems to have researched the psychological meaning of colours. All of Brennan's friends are working to put Max away, and they are a bit unhappy about it as well. Especially Angela. Zack is not helpful in his comments. Brennan gets the difference between defence and prosecution explained to her. The defence lawyer is Caroline's husband.
Everyone But Booth and Brennan is Affected
The others are being instructed by Caroline as to what they need to do and that this case is no different. Angela does not want to testify and so refuses. Hodgins asks Brennan's permission to testify. Caroline calls Angela to the stand anyway, and she refuses to testify. Brennan tells her to answer, but she refuses - and is found in contempt as a result. Booth and Brennan get in trouble with the judge for whispering across the court - even though they are on different sides - and get told to move seats. Of everyone, they are the least affected by the trial. Eventually, Brennan has to take the stand.
An unusual episode, in that it all takes place in court and what happened is actually known.
We don't find out what happened to the weird skeleton though. Perhaps the writers couldn't actually figure out a way for the skeleton to end up the way it did, and it was just a tease.
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