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The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond 

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:
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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24 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Hodgins' mystery egg hatches and we see, on the monitor, a dipteran fly ( housefly, horsefly, bottlefly family). He calls it a whitefly; whitefly is a hemipteran closely related to aphids and looking more like a lacewing than a dipteran. See more »


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 »


Gary Tushman: Book-wise, it's no longer about good writing per-se. It's about marketability.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Of the book.
Gary Tushman: Of the author. There's a reason why your photo takes up the entire back cover of your books.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Because I'm a very good writer.
Gary Tushman: You're serviceable, but your success is contingent on your image as a hot scientist chick.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: That's not true, is it?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Of course not! Don't call my partner a chick! What's the matter with you?
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »


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What a surprise!
25 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one fantastic episode that really had some fascinating stuff going on.

I really liked the theme of OCD and the various ways it was played.

I would have never guessed the ending. It was just too perfect.

The surprise return of a former cast member added immensely to the plot and made it even better.

The new intern just couldn't handle the pressure. I could imagine that it would be a bit much for anyone working in that office.

If they are going to have more shows like this one, I will be there religiously.

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