A paint-ball team accidentally finds in a national park the consumed corpse of a woman, soon identified from dental records as the wife of protestant minister Joseph Serrano. She was declared missing six months ago, then returned with serious amnesia treated by eccentric specialist psychiatrist Dr. David Yarzick, and again recently. Further forensics on corpse and grave reveal traces of water-resistant burial and repeated forms of abuse and different times. Sweets also tries to counsel Booth and Bones as they bicker over the correct impact of their pregnancy on living...
Dixie ex-con Finn Abernathy, a genius, joins the team and impresses even Bones. He has to face hard questions about his past and morality but soon bonds with initially hostile Hodges. The case is that of a female eating competitions champion, whose corpse is being eaten from the inside by a live snake. Booth concentrates on her rivals for the impending Gluttony Games, a premiere with a $10,000 prize, her husband and hard-handed manager Brian Tobin. Everyone tries to make Bones understand she must take account of Booth's emotions as a proud father-to-be.
Toy company designer Debra Cortez's corpse is found at a dump site, decomposed inside plastic wrapping, with an equally crushed vintage copy of the company's top model, Prince Charmington. The team grills her brother Rick, who was fired from a menial job, her rival designer Lawrence Deighton, boyfriend-doll model Brock Vorback and the CEO Bianca Chiverton. Sweets is determined to earn an FBI gun license, which unleashes stressing attention; mainly from worried Booth and excited Daisy. Meanwhile young and soon-to-be parents wrestle with buying and assembling baby toys.
Post staff finds several mail boxes filled with goo - actually a chopped-up human corpse. Their address labels were deliberately messed up so as to strand them in a specialized post office, but a code traces them to a local Ship 'n' Print, where one employee is missing and proved to be the victim. Most of his colleagues resigned after jointly winning a fortune in the lottery. Sweets helps cut trough their endless lies. Booth gets a surprise visit from grandpa, on account of the death of Seeley's ever-absent father, which he's most unwilling to discuss. Bones leaves ...
A storm chaser with a shot at becoming professional may be murdered, but his corpse is mangled with half a neighborhood by the last tornado he studied. Booth, assisted by Lance as he refuses to bring his unborn child to danger zones, checks on the brother, who reluctantly financed the victim's top-notch home-made storm chaser-mobile, his surviving driver and competitors. Bones ignores all safety advice to consult storm chasers on the next tornado site. Hodgins comes up with a lullaby contraption and lies to prevent Angela's father from babysitting but revises his ...
A human spinal column was deposited at night at the Lincoln monument with a message taunting to find the rest. Its vertebrates were reassembled, forming a code Hodges gets obsessed with solving. The blood on it stems from 5 FBI agents, who donated it at the Red Cross. Sweets and his profile help Booth identify suspects, notably brilliant hacker Christopher Pelant and the omnipresent newspaper reporter Ezra Krane. Another murder follows and a highly original diversion crime. Bones meanwhile accepts to stay home and seriously considers Booth's ideas for a new home.
Body parts float up in a toilet. The team determine the deceased was a prisoner. Booth wants Brennan to take it easy since she is near her due date. Dr Brennan & Booth go to the prison to find the killer. Afterwards, Brennan gives birth.
Finn Abernathy's Dixie country experience proves as useful as his IQ in figuring out a female corpse smeared over half a mile of interstate road by Alan Bates's truck. The victim, farmer's wife Barb, was a fanatic even by the standards of her coupon addicts club, all of whom bicker and bother Chad Fergus's supermarket, where a cashier was filmed beating Barb. Her husband Dale Berquist spend lonely nights dining with other women. Finn proves a perfect gentleman when Michelle shows interest in dating him, yet now Camille re-questions his past.
Hodgins has a hard time identifying the blue substance which killed animals scavenging on a scalped corpse, painstakingly identified as a capricious star hairdresser. Possible motives include a bizarre cult, salon rivalry and a form of organ theft. Sweets counsels Booth how to handle Bones' apparent postnatal self-image-issue.
Metal hardware deliverer Tony Cole was fatally stabbed in a puzzling way. Booth is more preoccupied with his son Parker, finally back from England, and how to fit him in the family with Bones and baby sister Christine, and Sweets is through with counseling under false pretenses. Hodgins uses the case to prove his expensive 'pet' equipment is all useful. Tony had a bitter company rival, Karl Singler, and picked a fight with his beloved boy Danny's karate sensei, Hunter Sherman, over a fight with sprout Blake Sherman.
A West Virginia truffle hunter's hog stumbles upon a corpse in the woods. The killing may fit in over a century of vicious, vivid feud between the neighboring Babcock and Mobley families, which a lawyer in the family had until recently converted into endless litigation. Natural resources and forbidden love may also prove crucial. Sweets gets to interrogate on his own while Booth is preoccupied with stopping Bones from chasing all baby-caregivers, even her own father.
The corpse of the boss of the Hollywood studio where extravagant British director Joco Kent is filming "Bone of Contention", an action movie based of a book by Bones, is dropped in a clumsy attempt to cover up a bizarre stabbing. He had enemies and his demise opens opportunities. While investigating, Booth is offered a lucrative security job there. The Jeffersonian team is jealous of scientific consultant Dr. Douglas Filmore, but they all get to prove their worth.
Suspected serial killer Christopher Pelant, the computer genius, clearly hopes to avoid trial by completely discrediting the Jeffersonian team. Playing on their emotions, each in turn is trapped to commit undeniable, often illegal errors, leading to their dismissal as witness or even suspension from duty, as happens with Booth. Given implicit threats to baby Christine and mounting evidence against Bones herself in the murder of her detained mentor Dr. Ethan Sawyer, Max makes a convincing case she would better disappear until the case is cleared.