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The Man in the Cell 

After Howard Epps orchestrates an escape from his penitentiary, he starts picking off the Jeffersonian team one by one and taunting Brennan with clues to save them.


(as Jesús Treviño)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Warden T.C. Everett
FBI Agent Jay Ramirez
Marianne Epps
Dr. Barbara Young
TV Reporter
Rose Alipo (as Giovannie Pico)


When Booth takes Bones to jail for the identification of a corpse badly damaged in a prison fire, she and Zach find it's a fireman's, made to resemble that of the cell's inmate, serial murderer Howard Epps (see episodes The Man on Death Row and The Blonde in the Game). Howard has escaped, calls the Jeffersonian and makes good on his threats, giving word pun-clues but keeping ahead and getting to various members of the team or their loved ones, such as leaving a victim's severed head in a fridge with a hidden explosive charge releasing a mysterious, potentially fatal poison during the autopsy or proving he can approach Booth's kid son Parker at the playground, the best way to terrify a devoted heroic father. Booth tries to put the pressure on Howard by arresting his disgusting fat, abusive mother Marianne Epps, with whom he has a mutually sick relationship, but the cruelly clever chain of dangers continues, right to the last surprise act... Written by KGF Vissers

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31 January 2007 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The character of Dr. Camille Saroyan was originally only supposed to be on 6 shows and was going to die, but they liked her character and decided to keep her on the show. See more »


When Booth kisses Cam in the hospital, she moans softly. With her endotracheal tube in place, her breath would have bypassed her vocal cords, effectively leaving her with no voice. See more »


Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: [pointing her weapon at Epps as Booth arrives] You won't let me shoot him, will you?
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15 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the final episode regarding Howard Epps.

After escaping from prison, Howard is attacking people associated with Booth and Brennan. Booth fears for Brennan's life and wants to protect her.

There are some pretty gross things about this episode. It shows that there is nothing good in Epps. Some of our characters get injured and each injury just makes Booth and Brennan madder and madder.

I'm not a fan of the Booth-Cam romance (I don't think I like any of his girlfriends except for Bones). But their relationship plays an important part.

Overall, I'll say this was a pretty interesting story line. The final scene with Epps will play out in the next several episodes since it haunts Booth and Brennan and others try to help him cope.

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