8x10 The diamond in the rough
An apparently diamond-encrusted corpse is found by a ghost hunter live on television during his reality show, and he brings the body to the Jeffersonian. The victim turns out to be a ballroom dancer, and she died just before a major competition on the TV show “Dance to the Top” – a show with a half-million dollar prize and fame and endorsements for the winners. Suspects include the victim’s former dancing partner, his new partner who replaced her, and the other contestants on the show… as well as one very angry, overcompetitive stage mother. When it turns out that Booth put himself through college as a dance teacher, a skill he learned from his mother, who was a dancer, he and Brennan go undercover as a dance team and audition for the show… though getting Brennan up to speed as a dancer will take some doing. Meanwhile, Hodgins and Wendell desperately try to find a way to clean up the victim’s crystal-encrusted bones.
Meanwhile, Angela realizes that she’s let her dream of being an artist slip away while working at the Jeffersonian, and starts to re-evaluate her life.
8x11 The archaeologist in the cocoon
A cocooned skeleton is found in a tree, and Hodgins’ high hopes that they’ve found a Mothman are quickly dashed. The victim is human, and the car that’s crashed nearby is set up to make the death look like an accident, with the driver thrown into the tree… but the blood soaked into the car seats tells a different story. The victim is identified as James Sutton, famed adventurer and archaeologist, as well as an author of cheesy, sensationalist books that mostly existed to get people to buy bogus artifacts from him – thus financing his expeditions. It transpires, however, that Sutton may have made a genuinely significant discovery – human bones, thousands of years old, that show Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens living side by side in the same cave, co-habiting… history’s first known mixed-race couple. Brennan and Dr. Edison fight over custody of the ancient bones… which are not only a scientific curiosity, but also pose a millennia-old murder mystery. Things turn odd when it turns out that Sutton’s biggest customer for his fake artifacts is a Texas oilman who is a diehard Creationist and a major funder of a Creationist museum.
Meanwhile, Brennan is frustrated that baby Christine isn’t interested in peek-a-boo, which leads Bones and Sweets to worry that Brennan is being overcompetitive and may place too much pressure on Christine as she grows up.
8x12 The corpse in the canopy
Hodgins and Angela awake to a terrifying surprise – a flayed and eviscerated corpse on the canopy of their bed, and a garland of blood-soaked petals arranged around the pillow of their wailing but unharmed infant son, Michael Vincent. They were gassed to keep them asleep while the psycho went about his work, and, fearing that computer-whiz killer Pelant is back, they tell nobody but Booth and Brennan. After Booth and Brennan get baby Christine to safety, they arrive at Hodgins and Angela’s home to examine the corpse, and concur that this is Pelant’s work. At Booth’s insistence – and with Hodgins’ grudging assent – they call in the Jeffersonian team instead of trying to deal with this on their own. They take extreme measures to keep Pelant from finding out about the investigation, including forbidding any use of computers and only using burner cell phones. Interference from Agent Flynn is a worry, but he turns out to be a help when the victim turns out to have been a mercenary. Pelant killed a highly trained professional soldier? He’s upping his game. As an angry and spooked Hodgins becomes obsessive about catching Pelant, Sweets begins to worry about his state of mind… but Cam won’t remove him from the case. As everybody scrambles to catch the killer, Pelant, unable to keep from gloating, sends them a gruesome clue. As the search intensifies, the FBI readies for an all-out assault… and Pelant has a nasty surprise waiting for Hodgins.