Bones: Season 4, Episode 4

The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond (24 Sep. 2008)

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The dissected body of an author with OCD is discovered by a pair of teenagers and leads the team on a search for the head and the killer. Also, Sweets and Hodgins visit Zack in the mental institution.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Kelly Sutton
Tilda Addison
David Sutton
Gary Tushman
Jim Amerian


A teenager's urination into a sewage pond makes it turn purple. Via a rare medical drug this leads to discovering the headless corps in 12 more hacked-up pieces of SciFi cult author Jared Addison (25), who has a 'sexier' impersonator, C. D. Howard, hired by editor Gary Tushman. The Jefferson is working in another gifted intern, Wendell Bray. Ralph, Jared's fellow germ phobia therapy patient with professor Jim Amerian, volunteers a confession based on a crazy compulsion. Meanwhile Booth has back trouble. Sweets proves an excellent third investigation partner and team confident. Hodges visits Zack in psych ward and leaves the case file with him, which inspires more then brilliant insight. Written by KGF Vissers

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Towards the end of the episode, when Zack, Hodgins, Angela and Cam are in the diner, the ketchup bottle starts off on the table. When the camera changes Hodgings has picked up the bottle and is putting some on something. The camera changes back and the bottle is back in exactly the same place. See more »


Dr. Lance Sweets: You know you'll only be released from this Psychiatric Institution if we cure you of your delusion.
Dr. Zack Addy: I was *wrong*, not delusional.
Orderly: [Orderly opens the door for Sweets] You card must've expired, Dr. Sweets.
Dr. Lance Sweets: [to Orderly] Thank you.
[to Zack]
Dr. Lance Sweets: Well perhaps you should consider that your delusion is that you're not delusional.
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The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond is by far the best episode of Season four and possibly season three by far. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the episode and didn't feel cheated or over-informed. The story line was fabulous, including a great amount of depth, explanation, and completeness. The character development was fabulous, and had just the right amount of development to seem very realistic, not just some made up fluffy crap or cold hard murder case. The surprises were the perfect amount as to not seem ridiculous, but to make sense and seem like real life. All in all, I really freaking love this episode and believe it made not only a great installment, but a great moving piece in the Bones series/season four.

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