Bones: Season 4, Episode 14

The Princess and the Pear (19 Feb. 2009)

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Booth asks Bones to fix his back again, but she ends up aggravating his condition. While Booth is sidelined, Bones works with Agent Perotta to solve the murder of a woman who was working at a Fantasy convention.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Valerie Daniels
Peter Kroon
Badgley Mormont
Betsy Rue ...
Shiny Kopinsky
Bruce Kim
Poetri ...
Chip Derf


Children on treasure hunt find in a sewer the fast decomposing corpse of Bruce Kim's estranged wife Kendra. She was in town for Imagicon, a traveling SciFi & Fantasy convention, where she was to auction off the prized Excalibur Sword used in the first Fantasy movie Le Morte D'Artur. Horrible back-ache aggravated by Bones' amateur chiropractics keeps Booth bed-ridden. Sweets the 'walking polygraph', Hodges and constantly depressed Fisher enjoy helping agent Perotta and Bones investigate. Undercover parts prove particularly dangerous after toad blood allows Hodgings to trace the sword. Written by KGF Vissers

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Fisher mentions being a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), which starred David Boreanaz. Joel David Moore, who plays Fisher, also guest starred on Buffy's Boreanaz-fronted spin-off Angel (1999). See more »


Booth incorrectly said that Bones had black hair when, in fact her hair is brown. At the time, Booth was taking Vicodin for back pain. The mistake actually served to show the effects of the medication and, perhaps, was not a goof at all. See more »


Dr. Lance Sweets: You feel the need to be in control don't you, Ms Daniels.
Valerie Daniels: I'd like to control you if you're up for it.
Dr. Lance Sweets: Oh I assure you, I'm not! And your attempt to regain self-esteem through sexual intimidation will not repair the dysfunctional relationship you had with your father: abandonment, abuse, indifference.
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Written by Conor Oberst
Sung by Joel David Moore
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I can't say "The Princess and the Pear" is a peach of an episode
18 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one begins with Bones accidentally putting Booth's back out, and since he's flat on his back, he's AWOL for most of the episode. This story centers around a death related to the theft of a sword, a potentially valuable prop from an old movie. The investigation leads Bones and Agent Perotta, subbing for Booth, to a fantasy convention where the victim had been working. This of course provides ample opportunity to make fun of the geeks who inhabit a place like this. The convention provides an opportunity for Sweets and Fisher to go undercover and uncover their suppressed nerdy sides. Sweets even finds himself in the middle of the action although he has to rely on Bones to save him. (In a sense she is his white knight in the battle against the Black Knight. Oh the shame.) Fisher connects with a Goth conventioneer, and eventually discovers the murder weapon. And you won't believe this, but they solve the case and live happily ever after.

Fisher, the rangy squint, confesses to be a big fan of sci-fi, and names all of the shows he likes. Strangely, he makes the rare mistake of mispronouncing Star Trek, as he pronounces the last word as "track." Funny how nobody caught this mistake during filming, although mistakes are a common problem on this show. This episode had more than its normal allotment.

One of the oddities of this show is that Bones is supposed to be a know-it-all who constantly corrects people on the smallest detail, even if she has no way of knowing if she's right, like on the existence of God, or when she apparently doesn't know what she's talking about. This particular episode has her doing this a number of times. At one point she corrects the diagnosis of Booth's doctor; her qualifications of being a forensic anthropologist doesn't mean she can correct the diagnosis of a medical specialist. After she had successfully beat off of an attacker (how does she know the proper fighting technique with a sword against an armored knight?), Sweets says that, "my heart was pumping (very fast)." She replies, "Well, technically your adrenal glands were secreting." Of all of her pointlessly stupid "corrections" she has ever made, this might be her dumbest. Then when Hodgins asks if Bones thinks she was attacked by a real knight she chides him by saying that time travel is impossible (it actually isn't, but that's another story). In this instance she not only is wrong but she looks foolish while doing so.

But Bones is not the only one behaving oddly. When she asks Dr. Cameron if she can match the DNA from the sword, Cam says she has nothing to match it to. What?? Why wouldn't she automatically check to see if it matches someone in the national database? This is another instance where no one connected to the show was paying attention.

The title, in case you hadn't already guessed it, is based upon the old fairy tale about the Princess and the Pea. But in this case the murder weapon is a medieval torture device (the Pear of Anguish) used by sexual deviants. Just the thing to have on TV when the kids are likely to be watching. (I can see it now: some kid asking his mommy why someone would put that thing up their anus, and asking what an anus is. But that's the world we live in today.)

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