Bones: Season 4, Episode 20

Mayhem on a Cross (16 Apr. 2009)

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Skeletal remains used by a Norwegian Black Metal Band lead the team to explore the underground music scene. Gordon-Gordon prepares to retire from psychology, but not before meeting with ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Pinworm (as AJ Trauth)
Dr. Solberg
Delta Unit Commander


Skeletal remains used by a Norwegian Black Metal Band lead the team to explore the underground music scene. Gordon-Gordon prepares to retire from psychology, but not before meeting with Sweets and helping Bones and Booth solve their current case. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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A fictionalized spin on a real murder case. The a few members of a Norwegian heavy metal band, Mayhem had engaged in a real murder. The band had a lead singer named Dead, who liked to cut himself and bleed on stage. "Mayhem on a Cross" features a lead singer from a fictional band who likes to do the same on stage. In April of 1991, Dead committed suicide. In 1993 band member Varg Vikernes brutally murdered the group's guitarist Euronymous. Euronymous had several cuts, many of them to the back and neck area. Vikernes claimed self defense, stating that he learned of a plot by Euronymous to in fact, murder him, and videotape the entire event for his own pleasure. Both Euronymous and Vikernes has earlier been involved in a plot to blow up several churches. In the end, Vikernes was sentenced to 21 years in prison. See more »


The victim, Mayhem, was the bassist of a *death* metal band called Spew. Yet members of Spew wear corpse-paint ("penguin face-paint"), which is the traditional stage and promo shoot make-up for *black* metal bands. See more »


Special Agent Seeley Booth: You're gonna be a chef?
Dr. Gordon Wyatt: That is correct, yes. I'm going to put good things into people instead of taking out things that are bad. I know it's a little Freudian, but Sigmund's been largely discredited, so to Hell with him.
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References Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) See more »


Get to the Choppah
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(plays at the Zorch concert)
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18 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

B&B descend into the world of black metal music, as they receive the skeleton of a former metal band member affixed to a cross. Not only do they discover he was shot in the gluteous maximus but that he was tortured and basically cut open down the back, and ultimately strangled. The fun part of the episode has Brennan and Sweets attending a metal concert, with Sweets in full metal makeup so he can blend in (he also was a big fan of metal music not so many years earlier). Brennan simply observes that the music all sounds the same. The Beetle-banged shrink from some previous episodes is back, this time to hobnob with Sweets. Somehow Booth discovers the guy was once a glam rocker. The episode is full out looney-tunes, and very entertaining.

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