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)
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 »


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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I know a lot of reviewers didn't like this episode and I can understand why. It wasn't a cut and dried procedural like usual BUT the reason those of us did like it most likely is because it did a great job showing that even hardened professionals sometimes can't separate themselves from their emotions ( even stoic Brennan). Lets' be honest some of us would still like to believe in an afterlife and passed loved ones could find closure.Having his video shown to his crush in the end of the episode and seeing her reaction was quite touching. Now you should know I'm 62 years old and NOT an old softy but I did tear up by the time the boy's ghost skated away!

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