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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The shot at the end shows Sweets' book with the old title ("Opposites Attract: Yin and Yang in the Workplace") crossed out with the new title ("Bones-The Heart of the Matter") handwritten above. 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 »


Clark Edison: The annual murder rate in Norway is 0.7.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Less than one murder a year?
Dr. Camille Saroyan: In that case, they should solve the ones they have, or they'll never get any practice.
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References Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) See more »


Written by Blue Shoes
Performed by Blue Shoes
(plays as the rock group 'Noddy Comet' playing at Booth's apartment as Wyatt fixes dinner)
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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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