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The Turn in the Urn 

A hedge fund manager turns up at his own funeral and the Jeffersonian team must try to identify the man who was cremated. Also as the sales of Finn's and Hodgins' hot sauce soars, Finn must deal with some life changes.



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Episode cast overview:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Todd Mirga
Drina Mirga
Sarah Metzler (as Christie Ann Burson)
Satima Najjar


When Todd, a wealthy artifact collector, walks into his own funeral, the Jeffersonian team must find out to whom the cremated remains at the funeral belong. The investigation gets complicated when the team determines that there are three sets of remains in the urn. Meanwhile, Finn enjoys his newfound wealth from his hot sauce venture with Hodgins, but is heartbroken when Michelle has devastating news for him. Written by Ester Castro

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31 March 2014 (USA)  »

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One of the most preposterous episodes
8 April 2014 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Yes, I know this series is only loosely based on scientific grounds, but most of the time the errors and falsehoods are not so blatantly trust in your face.

What did happen? A man died and was discovered 3 weeks later. He was bludgeoned to death, but the coroner(!) did not find this cause of death? It was later discovered by a forensic anthropologist using only two thumbnail-sized pieces of cremated and ground bone.

OK, we are used to our little genius pulling rabbits out of hats. Just a look on any given piece of bone is enough to determine ethnicity, age, gender, profession, nutrition, health and - of course - cause of death. But that can be stacked higher...

Now we determined the killer from tiny micro diamonds within the cremated bone fragments, transferred there by the killer wearing them within the nail polish, while hitting the victim once(!) with an ancient golden chalice. Oh, and they also found multiple sets of remains within the urn of the cremated victim, but could without doubt determine which tiny fragment belongs to whom. Oh, and they did a drug test from charred remains from the furnace. Oh, and did I mention the micro diamonds? Well, diamonds do not like fire. Since they are only a pricey form of coal, they burn. So...they could not have been found inside those bone fragments. And they sure as heck did not melt.

And the bones they showed were not really cremated bones. Cremated bones will be sintered. They will be shrunken and more or less ceramic in nature. Due to shrinking the proposed skeleton will be much smaller.

Angela did - of course - another "I can morph anything"-computer animation, which - of course - did find the victim in a database. And the good Dr. B. did excel in her archaeological (NOT anthropological) knowledge so much, that she knows the exact numbers of rare mesopotamian artifacts stolen from a far away museum AND recognizes it instantly. And of course she is invited to write an article about the murder weapon turned chalice, which also is not within her field of science.

I like the little over the top weired series, but with a protagonist so hell bend on science and facts it just does not do well to stretch the frame of reality that much. Most of those assumptions, that are far fetched even with a fresh corpse, are treated as facts, which they are not. I would love to see them go to court with that "evidence" bag of assumptions. The lawyers will have a field day with it.

Problem is, people think that this is real. That all of that can be said and done. And then they come to real forensic experts and are angry, because we can't conjure up some evidence from a piece of compact bone and some rust. It's like forensic McGyver! Be funny and have wild ideas but stay inside what really is possible AND probabel.

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