Bones: Season 8, Episode 9

The Ghost in the Machine (3 Dec. 2012)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 589 users  
Reviews: 12 user

The team talk to the deceased teenaged victim as if he is alive. A psychic visits and says the victim called her to help with the case. The boy's spirit affects everyone as they look for his killer.



(created by), (inspiration), 2 more credits »
0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video


IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4281 titles
created 06 Apr 2012
a list of 57 titles
created 23 Oct 2012
a list of 1773 titles
created 26 Jan 2013
a list of 24 titles
created 2 months ago
a list of 93 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Ghost in the Machine (03 Dec 2012)

The Ghost in the Machine (03 Dec 2012) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bones.
« Previous Episode | 150 of 210 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode credited cast:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Miranda Spedding (as Rachel Katherine DiPillo)
Trevor Gibson
Louise Gibson
Shaun Whalen
Cameron DeFaria ...
Colin Gibson
Lab Tech #1
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lab Tech #2


A teenage corpse, later identified as Colin Gibson, is found reburied in a hothouse. A wasp-nest in his crane and rare birch material ultimately allow to Hodgins to provide hints for Booth to find his original burial place, a remote pump house. Colin was a fun-loving, enterprising, generally liked model student and individual athlete. The death cause seemingly renders his father a suspect, but no motive works out. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis





Release Date:

3 December 2012 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »

Did You Know?


Justin James Hughes was called away from the set of the YouTube reality series Internet Icon (2012) for the filming of this episode. Although he completed his last challenge, he was disqualified from the competition because he was unable to return in time for its judgment. See more »


Special Agent Seeley Booth: [From Colin's skull's POV, Booth crosses himself and quietly prays] Come to his assistance, all ye saints of God. Meet him, all ye angels of the Lord, receiving his soul, presenting it in the sight of God Almighty. Amen. That's a battle field prayer, but I'm mostly a soldier, so... it seems to fit.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

What. Is. This. WTF?!
14 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is possibly the worst episode of television I have ever seen. I love Bones, I think it's a great series; it never fails to make me laugh, cry, smile wryly, and otherwise enjoy myself watching a great serial detective/drama/comedy series.

But *this*?! Just do yourself a favor and skip this one; it's utter bullshit that has nothing to do with anything. Obviously some Fox producer let his retarded nephew write and/or direct the episode, and it shows.

If I could rate this episode 0 out of 10, I would. I literally couldn't even finish the whole thing. Had to stop about 30 minutes in.

Bones has been on for 9 seasons now; it *is* starting to get a bit stale, but it has never come close to jumping the shark like this before. Whoever allowed this episode to air should be fired and banned from television forever.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why??? Producer??? Why??? dodovoleman3
If you don't like the show... cjm81499
what hurts the most JavaJoan
Bones then and now thelostking_
I know I'm mad late. blkkitty
Negotiations with Bones leads have been "difficult" EstellaH
Discuss The Ghost in the Machine (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: