Bones (2005–2017)
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The Ghost in the Machine 

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 cast overview:
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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16:9 HD
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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 »


At the beginning of the episode, Dr. Brennan says that she is uncomfortable stating the victim's gender based solely on the skull. However, she repeatedly determines not only gender but also race throughout the rest of the series by only looking at the skull (based on several factors such as brow and jaw prominence, orbital ridges, etc). See more »


Angela Montenegro: Avalon's a psychic, Hodgins. She's not in control of what she hears.
Dr. Jack Hodgins: You can say that again.
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Don't Let the World Gang Up On You
Performed by The Heart Strings
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Bones series has lost its way.
3 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The is the worst episode ever. This series is about science, not all this wacky doodle junk science crap and psychic bull. This show is on the way to the junk heap with all the other shows that have jumped the shark. There seems to be no level the writers won't sink. The music score was not too bad. Too bad the show could not move to a more traditional point of view after a few minutes of arty stuff that was at first interesting and then just dragging along in the disturbing shaking camera style. If I wanted to watch the Blair Witch Hunt style of filming I would go to the graveyard of where stupid failed crapped is buried. We watch Bones for the science and the tradition of the Jack Webb formula: define the problem, investigate crime and solve the case.

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