Bones: Season 8, Episode 16

The Friend in Need (18 Feb. 2013)

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The Jeffersonian team investigates the remains of a 15-year-old boy. Although his mother and few close friends saw him as intelligent with poor social skills, the team discovers that this ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Delores Martin
Kat Martin
Nick Pavonetti
Garrett Saunders
Mary Manicone (as Victoria Platt)
Howard Utley
Reggie Trotter (as Stephan DuVall)


The Jeffersonian team investigates the remains of a 15-year-old boy. Although his mother and few close friends saw him as intelligent with poor social skills, the team discovers that this seemingly innocent boy was actually involved in illegal activity and had attended a high school party two weeks prior where drugs were present. The investigation takes an ugly turn when an underage girl confesses to being raped and the deceased boy's reputation is compromised. Meanwhile, with the case's spotlight on deception, intern Finn Abernathy contemplates telling Cam that her daughter Michelle is in town visiting for the weekend. Written by

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18 February 2013 (USA)  »

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Sweets records a conversation between him and Kat Martin with his phone. He is seen putting the phone down on a table behind him while it's recording, then sits down on the couch to talk to the girl. After talking for a few moments he gets up, goes out of his office and goes to Bones and Booth with his phone telling them she was raped and he was careful not to answer questions and he has it recorded as proof. There's no way he could've picked up the phone as the phone was behind him on the table and he is seen walking straight out towards the door when leaving. See more »


Dr. Lance Sweets: I've studied the case. I don't believe that Manny raped Kat. His behavior at the party was protective, and he had a crush on her. Rape is about power, not love.
Angela Montenegro: So how is looking through the pictures again gonna help?
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Well, this time instead of focusing on the murder victim, we follow Kat's movements, see who *she* interacted with.
Dr. Lance Sweets: You've been reading my psychology books again.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: You leave them in the bathroom. They're good reading in the tub.
Angela Montenegro: That's actually a really good idea. Not the tub thing...
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This episode was just amazing! The way they dealt with such a serious and actual subject was simply spectacular. When Booth and Sweets went to talk with the victim's mother and her neighbor and her daughter we could see that Sweets knew that Kat was hiding something (probably due to his past as an abused child he knew she was afraid or embarrassed of something like he used to be on his childhood).

Then when the girl went to Sweets' office to talk to him he didn't seem very surprised because he knew something was wrong and he didn't want her to keep the secret any longer. She told him she had been raped. He didn't ask any questions because she was a minor and her mother was not present, he just tried to make her tell him the whole story so he could press charges. Kat was mad at Sweets because he reported what she had told him. We could see that Sweets was worried about the girl and desperately wanted to save her for her suffering.

That scene outside with sweets and the girl was very intense because they were connected by the pain they both suffered. When Sweets told her he had been beaten regularly by his foster father we could see the pain on his eyes. He truly understood what Kate was passing through. And the girl immediately trusted this man to find the person that had attacked her. It was such a beautiful moment because he exposed his own painful past to her so she could know she was not alone. I must say both John F. Daley and Lizze Broadway did an amazing job.

On the last scene in Sweets' office both Sweets and Kat broke down because they knew that everything that had happened to them it wasn't their fault but knowing this didn't make it hurt any less.

"The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt." Max Lerner

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