Bones: Season 8, Episode 9

The Ghost in the Machine (3 Dec. 2012)

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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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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 »

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I actually would say this is one of my favourite episodes of Bones. As good as Bones is, every episode seems pretty similar and quite predictable, and this one was very different. I was surprised at how effective the POV filming was. I know many people disliked the episode due to the psychic stuff, but it honestly didn't bother me. And this is coming from me, an atheist with a strong dislike for anything "mystical". It just seemed to work in this episode. If you ignore the episode being from the point of view of a ghost, the science in the episode remained realistic, i.e there was no time that the ghost "helped" the team in a supernatural way. It was simply observing the whole procedure. All in all, I simply liked the episode because it wasn't TOO predictable, the POV filming was surprisingly effective and the episode had the usual humor and wit that makes me love the show, plus a bit of a more emotional ending than most episodes.

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