Bones: Season 3, Episode 13

The Verdict in the Story (5 May 2008)

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Brennan's father Max goes on trial for the alleged murder of FBI Deputy Director Robert Kirby, requiring everyone on the Jeffersonian team but Brennan to testify for the prosecution. ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Judge Marcus Haddoes
FBI Deputy Director Robert Kirby (archive footage)
Court Services Officer


Brennan's father Max goes on trial for the alleged murder of FBI Deputy Director Robert Kirby, requiring everyone on the Jeffersonian team but Brennan to testify for the prosecution. Brennan, the forensics advisor for the defense, desperately tries to prove her father's innocence. Meanwhile, Booth requires the assistance of therapist Dr. Lance Sweets to help with his partnership with Brennan. Written by IMDb editor

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Dr Sweets' degrees are listed while he is in the courtroom: Undergraduate - psychology degree from the University of Toronto; Masters - degree in abnormal psychology from Temple University; Doctorate - degrees in clinical psychology and behavioral analysis from Columbia University. However, previously in 'The Secret in the Soil', Dr Sweets mentioned that he got his Doctorate of Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. See more »


Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: I'm fine.
Dr. Lance Sweets: If you were fine, you'd be balled up in a corner, weeping or semi-catatonic.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: [turning to Booth] Does that sound fine to you?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: I'm sorry, Bones, but I'm going to have to agree with Sweets on this one.
Dr. Lance Sweets: I think it's important for you to know that *we* know that the colder more objective you appear on the outside, the more pain you feel on the inside.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: I'm fine!
Dr. Lance Sweets: No, you're not!
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27 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brennan's dad Max goes on trial for the alleged slaying of the rogue FBI director who tried to kill the Brennan son. Everyone but Brennan is allowed to testify for the prosecution. Brennan realizes something has to happen fast or her dad stands a good chance of going to prison. Lots of oddball humor lightens up this slow-going courtroom drama. Booth and Brennan are supposed to keep their distance during the trial. but this proves difficult for both of them. Everyone on the team gets equal time in this episode, with Angela a standout on the witness stand as she decides to do what's right from a moral standpoint. Booth is bit conflicted during the trial, but in the end deliberately plays right into Brennan's ploy to save her father.

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