Bones: Season 4, Episode 5

The Crank in the Shaft (1 Oct. 2008)

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Part of a leg drops into an elevator. The gruesome discovery finds the body had been in the shaft for a few days. The victim was an office manager who was disliked by everyone. As the team ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Chip Yap
Christine Gertin
Gary Flannery
Ted Russo
Dave Farfield
Stan Nokes
Hamid Hirani


Part of a leg drops into an elevator. The gruesome discovery finds the body had been in the shaft for a few days. The victim was an office manager who was disliked by everyone. As the team investigates, Angela and Hodgins come to terms with their break up. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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When Bones & Booth go to the victim's job, they tell them that the body was their coworker Patty. One of the guys in the cubicle says "Pretty Patty?" This is a reference at an episode of Spongebob called "Patty Hype" where he makes pretty patties. See more »


In a place like the Jeffersonian, a lip ring would not have been acceptable. Fisher would have had to take his lip ring out in such a professional work area. See more »


Dr. Jack Hodgins: Okay. You are not gonna believe this.
Agent Seeley Booth: Yeah, try toppin' death by office supplies.
Dr. Jack Hodgins: I was wrackin' my brain over the trace analysis from the sweater. Phlofurol proteolythic enzyme, tryoral methane dye...
Agent Seeley Booth: Hodgins. Hodgins. Hodgins. Eyes are glazing over.
Dr. Jack Hodgins: It's a Blue Hawaiian.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: What's a Blue Hawaiian?
Agent Seeley Booth: Well, it's a potent cocktail. Two of those puppies and you're asking yourself, hey, why am I naked and who are all these people?
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Great episode, besides the Asian male reference. Angela and Hodgens get some closer. Funny creepy intern.
3 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great episode! I had to find out who the writer was, because I loved the snappy dialog. The best dialog, I think, so far this season. I enjoyed the creepy intern, but am waiting to see if they actually keep one. Bones is very funny in this episode when she is picking on Booth. The case had a great cast of characters It was fun trying to guess who the killer was. Or was she killed. By the Asian man, pot head, the guy who was recently fired. Or was it the boss, the man from India or the Wife. Another cool turn of events was figuring out how she died. Hilarious to watch Booth try to open the elevator door. A parallel story is that Booth wants this chair that is suppose to elevate his stature and Bones has fun at his expense calling him a drone. But he works for the US government.

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