The episode opens on a young couple, who recently met via an online dating site, wandering through the woods looking at butterflies. The lepidoptery-obsessed guy is admiring the fauna, and the girl is admiring the guy. They start getting busy in the leaves near a swarm of butterflies, when all of a sudden the swarm lifts to reveal a decomposing body. The mood is ruined (not that there was much of a mood to begin with).
Booth, Brennan, and Hodgins (TJ Thyne) head to the crime scene to investigate the bloodless body. While sniffing the remains — “I hate when you do that,” Booth says — Bones discovers that it smells like sulphur, “not an odor typically associated with decomposition.” Hodgins makes another unusual discovery: a goat tethered to a stake near the body.
Back at the Jeffersonian, squint Vincent (Ryan Cartwright) examines the victim’s bones, which have damage from fang-like teeth. While poking at the remains, he reveals to Hodgins and Cam (Tamara Taylor) that he is in Alcoholics Anonymous and currently at step 9 out of 12 (“making amends”). He apologizes to Hodgins for urinating in his tadpole tank. Um-kay.
The victim’s cause of death is initially labeled as “death by cryptid” — specifically a Chupacabra (“goat sucker”). “So for cause of death you want me to put down ‘goat sucker’?” Cam asks.
After calling local hotels to inquire about missing persons, Booth IDs the victim as Lee Coleman, the host of the myth-debunking show Kill the Myth. Of course, Brennan doesn’t believe in myths to begin with.
Vincent continues his onslaught of apologies back at the Jeffersonian: He ‘fesses up to Angela (Michaela Conlin) about using her letter opener to clean his nails and telling his buddies that he slept with her. He begs Cam to forgive him for stealing coupons out of her drawer and telling co-workers he had a sexual relationship with her. “It was the hooch!” he explains. As if he hadn’t offended enough of his female superiors, Vincent spills to Brennan that he also told his friends that he’d slept with her — and Brennan guffaws.
B&B learn that Lee uses hidden cameras in his exposés to debunk myths, so Hodgins and Angela head back to the crime scene to locate his hidden Chupacabra camera. Back at the lab, Angela and Cam watch the hidden camera footage, but it only shows Lee talking to the camera and shutting it off. But wait, is there more? Just as he powers the camera down, the goat’s ears perk up. After careful examination, Angela discovers that the noise is manmade: Someone on an ATV was making deer mating calls.
Vincent tells Cam (after promising not to make any more confessions) that the bite marks on the victim’s ribs are consistent with that of a black bear, and the marks on the ankles indicate that the victim was hung upside down. This leads Cam to believe Lee’s blood wasn’t sucked out, it was drained. Looks like the Chupacabra might not be the culprit after all...
Sweets interrogates the owner of the hotel where Lee was staying, which had a stuffed bear in the lobby. The man admits that he drained Lee’s blood — but only after he discovered his body in the woods. His hotel was in financial trouble, and he thought he could benefit from people believing that Lee had been killed by the Chupacabra. Desperate times surely shouldn’t call for that desperate of measures? “But I didn’t shoot the guy.” (Like that makes it all okay!)
So, who shot Lee? The hotel’s activities director! She was out hunting and accidentally killed the TV host. In her defense, the guy wasn’t wearing an orange vest!
The whole gang enjoys drinks at the Founding Fathers, and it’s really nice seeing them all spending some time together. Let’s just hope it’s not for the last time... considering the sniper episode is less than a month away!
Oh, and how much did you love Booth admitting to Brennan that he never actually saw that Yeti in Nepal? “What is your point?” Bones asks. Seeley explains: “Things are confusing. Just because you can explain something it doesn’t mean it’s explainable… Like us. We don’t make any sense at all.”
We disagree, but at least they’re talking about it.
There are only five more weeks until “The Change in the Game,” when we hope B&B will change their single status from “It’s Complicated” to “In a Relationship.” Until then are you excited about next week’s introduction to the new spin-off series, The Finder?