Bones: Season 4, Episode 6

The He in the She (8 Oct. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Ryan Stephenson
Chuck Kennedy
Cecilia Stephenson
Wade Schmidt
Rita Gratton
Hippie #1
Dustin Hess ...
Hippie #2


Two 'hippies' fishing at the beach find a nearly consumed corps, a few weeks old. It's Patricia Ludmilla, 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 »


During the "cold open", while examining the upper half of the body found first, Dr. Brennan says to Dr. Saroyan and Agent Booth, "Not able to ascertain sex without a pubic bone." But Emily Deschanel mispronounces/misreads "pubic" with a short u [i.e., first syllable sounds like the British word "pub", so "pub ick"], something which obviously no one with even the slightest medical education would ever do. Since the actors' lines are usually voiced over after filming for clarity purposes, this would have been easy and inexpensive to correct in another voice take, if show handlers had been paying attention. See more »


[as Dr. Brennan and Agent Booth arrive at the beach-side memorial for Pastor Patricia Ludmuller, Booth bows his head and covers his face with his hand]
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: What are you doing?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: I'm praying, Bones.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: You aren't a member.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: [sharp tone] It's not a gym, Bones!
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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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