Bones (2005–2017)
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The Con Man in the Meth Lab 

A body flies out of an exploding meth lab. As the team tries to identify the body, Booth works on a big case which could boost his career, but he's distracted when his brother shows up and shows some interest in Bones.


Hart Hanson (created by), Kathy Reichs (inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and author) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Deschanel ... Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz ... Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin ... Angela Montenegro
Tamara Taylor ... Camille Saroyan
T.J. Thyne ... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
John Francis Daley ... Lance Sweets
Eugene Byrd ... Dr. Clark Edison
Brian Howe ... Sheriff Leonard Wilkinson
Joseph C. Phillips ... Colonel Ryan Wolchuck
Mandy Freund Mandy Freund ... Lily Stegman
Eric Ladin ... Paul Stegman
Eric Lange ... Steve Jackson
Jon Wellner ... Mike Campbell
Christopher Goodman ... State Police Instructor
Brendan Fehr ... Jared Booth


A state police anti-drugs-bust training meth-lab explosion reveals an adult male corpse, circa 48. It seems to correspond to inventor Paul Stegman's absent, recently turned-up father Jim, an addict, last seen by Paul's ex-business partner, Mike Campbell. That proves a set-up, the exploded corpse is conman Anthony Pongetti, who was tortured. The real Jim's corpse was shot and found at sea near a naval base. Pongetti stole Jim's identity, fooling even the family. Seeley Booth enjoys a visit from his kid brother, US Navy lieutenant commander Jared Booth, an ambitious smooth operator and Cam's ex, but with an alcohol problem. More family and drug cash complicate the case too. Written by KGF Vissers

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12 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "industrial sieve", briefly seen in beginning of this episode when Breenan and Booth are interviewing the inventor friend, first appeared in episode 11 of season 3, Player Under Pressure! It was used in an experiment by Zac and Hodgins with a skull in a turkey!! See more »


In a previous episode Booth fought to get a chair from a fellow agent that passed that was an older brown leather chair. In this episode we see a standard black office chair. It could be assumed that it was replaced as Booth had made comments that it was uncomfortable. See more »


Angela Montenegro: Jared is Booth lite. Booth is the real Booth.
Dr. Temperance Brennan: What if Booth is Booth lite.
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Goodbye to the Wrong Side
Written by Joe Lervold & Lisa Aschmann
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
Courtesy of Position Music
(plays during the function Jared takes Brennan to for their "date")
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The better Booth
24 July 2016 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This was another great episode. The crime story itself was a bit confusing, but I think that's because I was so focused on the rest.

Booth's younger brother is introduced in this episode. Jared needs a good dose of reality, but Booth has always taken care of him and sacrifices much to do so. Brennan begins to think that Booth is a loser (quite harsh, if you ask me); but is soon set straight on a few things. She and Booth have their first real fight, which causes a wedge between them through part of the episode. Brennan's eyes are opened, then she opens Booth's.

They make up over a piece of cake.

This was another sweet episode, though I was a bit disappointed in Brennan.

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