Bones Recap of Season 8, Episode 9: “The Ghost In The Machine” — The 150th Episode
Do you ever sit down with a bucket of Cheetos and delve into an existential crisis about the meaning of life? Because this episode of Bones is totally going to speak to you on a deeper level. Why? Because it's told from the point of view of the victim, a young boy whose soul is currently wandering around Washington D.C. haunting people.
As we know all too well, people just can't stop won't stop dropping dead in our nation's capitol, and this week's murder is particularly sad. Booth and Brennan are called to the scene when remains are found in a greenhouse covered in wasps, and bonus! The victim's soul is still lounging around his skull, which means B&B are about to be haunted.
Turns out the victim was an physically fit 14-year-old boy, and thanks to a wasp nest living in his skull, Hodgins(TJ Thyne) realizes that he was killed two years ago — but the kicker? His body was mysteriously moved eight months later. Obviously, this startling revelation (plus fact that the Victim is a teenager) causes Angela(Michaela Conlin) to spiral into a fit of sads, and she starts talking to the skull as though it's alive. In fact, she even compliments his symmetrical features and calls him cute. Yep, girlfriend is flirting with a teenage corpse.
The good news? Angie ID's the victim as Colin Gibson thanks to her supercomputer (it knows all). The bad news? The rest of the Jeffersonian have jumped aboard the "we talk to skulls" crazy train, and have taken to having deep conversations with Colin. In fact, Hodgins tells him all about the many joys of puberty and then Cam(Tamara Taylor) asks him to say "hi" to her mom in heaven. Yes, we're worried about everyone's mental health.
If there's one thing we've learned from Cyndi Lauper, it's that girls just wanna have fun. And also, ghosts just wanna dish about their problems. Yep, Cyndi is back as psychic Avalon Harmonia (best name ever, by the way), and her mission? To communicate with Colin Gibson in an effort to solve his murder. Of course, most of the Jeffersonian Team don't believe in psychics (except Angela, sigh, what a hippie), but Colin is clearly ghosting around. There's just no denying it!
However, Brennan's insistent on using logic to solve this murder, and she's completely unwilling to believe that there is a ghost stalking her lab. Clearly, she's never met Haley Joel Osment. Then again, this particular case is making Brennan more than a little emotional — especially when Colin's parents show up to relay his last day to the nerd squad. But that's just the tip of the sob fest iceberg. Colin's besties wander into the lab to drop of his skateboard and a mixtape, and it's just like tear!
Enough about The Jeffersonian's increasingly creepy relationship with a ghost — there's a murder to be solved! Brennan steals Casper The Friendly Ghost's skull and brings it home so she and Booth can have a wonderful conversation about murder in front of Baby Christine (this poor child is going to need so much therapy), and the next day B&B head to the location where Colin's remains were originally dumped. Brennan realizes that he was left directly in the sun in a random backwoods shack, but why?
While Brennan and Booth troll around the woods solving mysteries with their dead friend, Sweets and Angela stalk Colin's Facebook (sorry, "online profile"), and realize that all of his besties were way older than him. This (coupled with the fact that Colin most certainly died after being hit by a car) causes Angela's computer to postulate that Colin died while surfing the hood of his dad's wheels while one of his friends was driving. You know what that means, Boners! Colin's friends accidentally hit him and decided to hide the body, I Know What You Did Last Summer style. But why move Colin's remains to a woodland shack? Because ghost Colin insisted that he was too cold underground, that's why. Supernaturals have needs too, mmmk?
Now, you might think solving Colin's murder would set his spirit free, but not so much. He needs to unbridle his passions, guys, and there's only one person who can help. You guessed it: Temperence "I See Dead People" Brennan. This gal realizes that poor Colin just wanted to declare his love to his crush, Miranda, so Brennan drags her into the Jeffersonian to listen to Colin drop the L-word during an uncovered secret video. Colin's declaration of love allows his spirit to fly out of its skull and skate away into the great unknown, so success! And when we say "skate away," we mean literally. Dude skates through the Jeffersonian on a longboard. See you in the afterlife, buddy!