Half a decomposed body is discovered by a pair of beach combers. They find the deceased was leader of a local religious congregation. When the other half of the body is found, they learn the leader had a hidden past.

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Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
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Ryan Stephenson
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Chuck Kennedy
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Cecilia Stephenson
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Wade Schmidt
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Two 'hippies' fishing at the beach find a nearly consumed corpse, a few weeks old. It's Patricia Ludmuller, the missing reverend of the close-knit Inclusion church parish on a fairly isolated island. She was a closet transsexual. Bones' blatant disbelief embarrasses devout Catholic Booth. Anthropology student Vincent Nigel-Murray proves his forensic talent and conversational wit. Angela reconstructs her male identity: TV preacher Patrick Stephenson, presumed dead, disappeared with a fortune in Thailand six years ago, leaving a wife Cecilia and teenage son Ryan, who left commercial religion. Written by KGF Vissers

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The song played in the background is "River of Sorrow" by Antony Hegarty of the band Antony and the Johnsons. Hegarty is a self-identified transgender person and many of his songs are concerned with sex and gender. See more »

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When attempting to identify the victim as a transexual, Dr. Saroyan states that the she had high levels of spironolactone in her system. Spiro is a testosterone blocker. As a post operative transexual, (i.e. no longer has testicles) she would have no need for a testosterone blocker. See more »

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Dr. Camille 'Cam' Saroyan: Based on the lack of hemorrhagic tissue, this victim was already dead when cut in half.
Vincent Nigel-Murray: He's in the water, drowning maybe, or- or is pushed from a boat. When he reaches for the boat, his fingers are smashed, he drowns, and then is cut in half later in some... maritime mishap.
Dr. Camille 'Cam' Saroyan: "He"?
Vincent Nigel-Murray: Mm-hmm. Triangular pubis, no evidence of a ventral arc. The pelvic bone speaks. It says "I be male."
Dr. Camille 'Cam' Saroyan: The pelvic bone can say whatever it wants to say. This part here says female.
Vincent Nigel-Murray: What part's that?
Dr. Camille 'Cam' Saroyan: It's called a ...
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7 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A decomposed, partial body is found in the water. Eventually, the other half turns up. Identification is difficult at first, as the deceased apparently had some serious plastic surgery. The team finally realizes this is the body of a man surgically turned into a woman, and a minister at that. Suspicion falls on his son, also a minister. The episode treads lightly on the subject of transsexuals, but it is gruesome in a way that the kiddies in the viewing audience definitely should not be watching this. Keep an eye on the actor playing the son. He undergoes his own rather remarkable transformation without benefit of surgery.


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