Bones: Season 8, Episode 9

The Ghost in the Machine (3 Dec. 2012)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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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.



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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
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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

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3 December 2012 (USA)  »

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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 »


When inspecting the body in the warehouse, Brennan mentions a "partial fusion of the distal radius and acromion" to determine that the victim is "pubescent." The distal radius (forearm bone) is located in the wrist, and the acromion is a bony landmark of the scapula (shoulder blade) 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.
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Worst episode in the entire eight seasons
19 December 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

POV episodes can be difficult enough to watch; but an episode where the camera is CONSTANTLY moving, including rapid panning between characters having a conversation, is nauseating and distracts from what is actually being said.

The characters' dialog took a back seat to the visuals which made the episode even more difficult to watch. I'm only half-way through watching the actual episode and not sure I'll even watch the rest of the program.

My house mate is sitting here with his eyes closed because the episode is easier to listen to than to watch.

This is the first time I've written a review for any episode of any program. I'm giving up on the rest of this episode. Please go back to the scientific-centric format of Bones and leave the visual effects out of it.

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