Bones (2005–2017)
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The Verdict in the Story 

Brennan's father Max goes on trial for the alleged murder of FBI Deputy Director Robert Kirby, requiring everyone on the Jeffersonian team but Brennan to testify for the prosecution. ... See full summary »


Jeannot Szwarc


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Episode complete credited cast:
Emily Deschanel ... Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz ... Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin ... Angela Montenegro
Eric Millegan ... Zack Addy
Tamara Taylor ... Camille Saroyan
T.J. Thyne ... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
John Francis Daley ... Lance Sweets
Ryan O'Neal ... Max Keenan
Patricia Belcher ... Caroline Julian
Ernie Hudson ... David Barron
Eugene Byrd ... Dr. Clark Edison
George Wyner ... Judge Marcus Haddoes
Ryan Cutrona ... FBI Deputy Director Robert Kirby (archive footage)
Loren Dean ... Russ Brennan
Preston James Hillier ... Court Services Officer


Brennan's father Max goes on trial for the alleged murder of FBI Deputy Director Robert Kirby, requiring everyone on the Jeffersonian team but Brennan to testify for the prosecution. Brennan, the forensics advisor for the defense, desperately tries to prove her father's innocence. Meanwhile, Booth requires the assistance of therapist Dr. Lance Sweets to help with his partnership with Brennan. Written by IMDb editor

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5 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashback scenes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When reviewing the bones before the trial, Dr. Edison is interrupted by Dr. Addy. At the end of the conversation, Dr. Addy says, "Good luck" while Dr. Edison responds with "I don't need luck." Dr. Edison's response is a nod to an infamous quote in "The Great Gatsby" See more »


Dr Sweets' degrees are listed while he is in the courtroom: Undergraduate - psychology degree from the University of Toronto; Masters - degree in abnormal psychology from Temple University; Doctorate - degrees in clinical psychology and behavioral analysis from Columbia University. However, previously in 'The Secret in the Soil', Dr Sweets mentioned that he got his Doctorate of Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. See more »


Angela Montenegro: Friends don't send friends' fathers to the electric chair.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Maryland uses lethal injection.
Angela Montenegro: Well the principle still holds.
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References The X-Files (1993) See more »


Written by Sara Lov
Performed by Sara Lov
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27 December 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

Brennan's dad Max goes on trial for the alleged slaying of the rogue FBI director who tried to kill the Brennan son. Everyone but Brennan is allowed to testify for the prosecution. Brennan realizes something has to happen fast or her dad stands a good chance of going to prison. Lots of oddball humor lightens up this slow-going courtroom drama. Booth and Brennan are supposed to keep their distance during the trial. but this proves difficult for both of them. Everyone on the team gets equal time in this episode, with Angela a standout on the witness stand as she decides to do what's right from a moral standpoint. Booth is bit conflicted during the trial, but in the end deliberately plays right into Brennan's ploy to save her father.

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