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The Con Man in the Meth Lab 

A body flies out of an exploding meth lab. As the team tries to identify the body, Booth works on a big case which could boost his career, but he's distracted when his brother shows up and shows some interest in Bones.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Sheriff Leonard Wilkinson
Colonel Ryan Wolchuck
Mandy Freund ...
Lily Stegman
Paul Stegman
Steve Jackson
Mike Campbell
State Police Instructor


A state police anti-drugs-bust training meth-lab explosion reveals an adult male corpse, circa 48. It seems to correspond to inventor Paul Stegman's absent, recently turned-up father Jim, an addict, last seen by Paul's ex-business partner, Mike Campbell. That proves a set-up, the exploded corpse is conman Anthony Pongetti, who was tortured. The real Jim's corpse was shot and found at sea near a naval base. Pongetti stole Jim's identity, fooling even the family. Seeley Booth enjoys a visit from his kid brother, US Navy lieutenant commander Jared Booth, an ambitious smooth operator and Cam's ex, but with an alcohol problem. More family and drug cash complicate the case too. Written by KGF Vissers

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12 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The "industrial sieve", briefly seen in beginning of this episode when Breenan and Booth are interviewing the inventor friend, first appeared in episode 11 of season 3, Player Under Pressure! It was used in an experiment by Zac and Hodgins with a skull in a turkey!! See more »


Booth's Brother Jared is wearing a naval officer uniform for Lieutenant Commander, and has stated that he is a Lieutenant Commander. He is holding his cap under his arm when talking with Bones. His cap has the rank of full Commander as indicated by the gold braid on the visor of the cap. See more »


Special Agent Seeley Booth: Any idea how the body got in there?
State Police Instructor: I guess anybody could have done it any time in the last three days.
Dr. Temperance Brennan: Male. 45 to 50 years old. Do we know where the rest of the remains are?
State Police Instructor: [Indicating all around them] Yes. One leg is over there. The other's over there. And the arm is over there. Did I kill this man?
Dr. Temperance Brennan: No.
State Police Instructor: [sighing with relief] Okay.
Dr. Temperance Brennan: This man was shot in the chest.
State Police Instructor: [to Booth, shaken] Would you be at all upset if I had a little cry?
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The better Booth
24 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was another great episode. The crime story itself was a bit confusing, but I think that's because I was so focused on the rest.

Booth's younger brother is introduced in this episode. Jared needs a good dose of reality, but Booth has always taken care of him and sacrifices much to do so. Brennan begins to think that Booth is a loser (quite harsh, if you ask me); but is soon set straight on a few things. She and Booth have their first real fight, which causes a wedge between them through part of the episode. Brennan's eyes are opened, then she opens Booth's.

They make up over a piece of cake.

This was another sweet episode, though I was a bit disappointed in Brennan.

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