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What are the best episodes of bones? Here we are with the best bones episodes you should see this year. Our combination and picks include saddest bones episodes among other search terms you will be interested in.

The Bones represents the historical relationship between the FBI and scientists of the Smithsonian Institution. Set in Washington, D.C., the show rotates around solving Federal legal cases by examining the human remains of possible murder victims.

Here Are the 20 Best Episodes of Bones Of All Time

1. The Mastodon in the Room – Bones Season 6 Episodes 1

The Mastodon in the Room
The Mastodon in the Room

Yep, we had to place ‘The Mastodon in the Room’ number one on our list because after research on how people view the Bones series, Season 6 Episodes 1 seems to be the most talked-about Episode. The “Elephant in the Room” that is Booth’s new squeeze, Hannah, and Brennan struggling with having second thoughts about Booth and the type of their relationship.

Here is what you may not have noticed; The reason for the title, which does not seem to have nothing to do with the episode at first, was revealed at the end.  the Jeffersonian Medico-Legal Lab was transformed into a museum, with a big stuffed mastodon as the main showcase. The Mastodon in the Room was written by Ian Toynton and was premiered in September 2010.

The mastodon in the room cast

Carla Gallo (Daisy Wick), Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), Jessica Shim (Kang Mi Cha)David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), Danielle Bisutti (Marlowe Becker), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), John Francis Daley (Lance Sweets), Patricia Belcher ( Caroline Julian), Bruno (Trevor Bartlett), Michael Grant Terry (Wendell Bray), Melissa Marsala (Carrie Bartlett), Yu Ryun Yu (Patrick Park), Peter Kim (Kang Kyu Bok).

2. The Hope in the Horror – Bones Season 12 Episode 1

The Hope in the Horror
The Hope in the Horror

The Hope in the Horror falls in the final season of the bone but the excitement remains intact. This episode made it to the second place on our list based on the number of engagement it has had since its premiere. ‘The Hope in the Horror’, this series saw Brennan kidnapped by her own former assistant, Zack Addy, as Booth and the rest of the lab dreadfully search for her. However, it turned out to be that Brennan’s rescue was just the beginning of their compounding problems. This episode surely ranks among the scariest bones episodes.

The Hope in the Horror Cast

Starring in The Hope in the Horror includes Michael Grant Terry (Wendell Bray), Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), John Boyd (James Aubrey), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), Eric Millegan (Zack Addy), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), Sara Rue (Karen Delfs), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), Tim Guinee (Dr. Brandon Faulk), and Ravi Kapoor (Dr. Mihir Roshan).

3. Death in the Saddle – Bones season 3 episodes 3

Death in the Saddle
Death in the Saddle

‘Death in the Saddle’ forces its way up to the third spot here on our Best Episodes of Bones list. A quick check back at this episode shows that when the decomposed body of a man was found in the woods, feet removed and arms bound, the team went on to investigate. However, the autopsy leads Brennan and Booth to a lodge used as an S+M retreat, where women act as jockeys and the men as their horses; and Angela tries hypnosis in an effort to find out her indefinable husband’s name in the end. Death in the Saddle was written by Josh Berman and was first aired in October 2007.

Death in the Saddle Cast

Miles Heizer (Joey), Eric Millegan (Zack Addy), Bess Meyer (Alice Milner), Jay Jablonski (Tom Mularz), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), Rik Young (Thor / Calvin Johnson), Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), Dave Marlin (Aaron), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), Michael Cudlitz (Lucky), Christina Cox (Anne Marie Ostenbach), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), Anne-Marie Johnson (Dr. Jasper), and Bashir Salahuddin (Counselor).

4. Pilot – Bones Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot
Pilot

‘Pilot’ is a story written by Hart Hanson which narrates how the FBI Agent Booth needs forensic anthropologist (Dr. Brennan’s) help to solve the case of a decomposed body found in a pond in Arlington National Cemetery. Gave her own conditions and agrees to help if she was a full partner in the case. Renowned anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan returns to Washington, D.C. where she is immediately detained by an agent from Homeland Security for carrying a human skull in her bag having just spent two months in Guatemala where she was identifying victims of genocide.

Pilot Cast

Starring in this Episode includes John Sterling Carter (FBI Director), Eric Millegan (Zack Addy), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), Sam Trammell (Ken Thompson), Dominic Fumusa (Peter St. James), Tyrees Allen (Ted Eller), Naja Hill (Cleo Eller), Jonathan Adams (Daniel Goodman), Bonita Friedericy (Sharon Eller), Chris Conner (Oliver Laurier), David Roberson (DHS Agent Bennett Gibson), Larry Poindexter (Senator Bethlehem), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), and T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins).

5. Yanks in the U.K – Bones Season 4 Episodes 1 & 2

Yanks in the U.K
Yanks in the U.K

To give a recap on ‘Yanks in the U.K’, Clark Edison, works through lunch to catalog anonymous remains before Brennan’s return from London, but Angela insisted he come to lunch. The divorce papers were signed and it was time to celebrate. Berimbau arrives to say goodbye and Cam offers to drive him to the airport. His flight was canceled. Fortunately, Cam was there to keep him company, so they both slept together in his hotel room.

Yanks in the U.K Cast

David Yelland (Duke Gerard Bonham), Eugene Byrd (Dr. Clark Edison), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), Michael Brandon (Roger Frampton), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), Ty Glaser (Heather Miller), Tuppence Middleton (Vera Waterhouse), Ed Coleman (Cyril Bibby), John Francis Daley (Lance Sweets), Andrew Buchan (Dr. Ian Wexler), Ben Righton (Harry Bonham), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), and Sean Blakemore (Grayson Barasa).

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6. The Truth in the Lye – Bones Season 2 Episodes 5

The Truth in the Lye
The Truth in the Lye

The Lye makes it to the sixth position on our list today. This is a story written by Scot William and was premiered in September 2006.  Here’s a recap of the storyline; Gruesome remains of a man dissolving in a bathtub of corrosive chemicals were found in a construction location. So, they realize he was living a double life with two different families while in a search of the man’s identity. In what first appears to be a straightforward case of jealousy and insurance money, new clues send Brennan and Booth in a completely different direction and a third suspect is brought to light. However, Brennan was curious and had confronted Rebecca about her recent pranks with Booth and her rejection of Booth’s marriage proposal in the end.

The Truth in the Lye Cast

Susan Santiago (Lila Turner), Eric Millegan (Zack Addy), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), Lamont Thompson (Cop), Bridger Palmer (Ray Seaver), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), Bruce Nozick (Pete Valera), Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), Melinda McGraw (Gayle Seaver), Nathan Dean (FBI Agent Charlie Burns), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), Keri Lynn Pratt (Chloe Daniels), Jessica Capshaw (Rebecca Stinson), and Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro).

7. The Tiger in the Tale – Season 8 Episode 4    

The Tiger in the Tale
The Tiger in the Tale

The Tiger in the Tale is a story written by Dean Lopata and was first aired in October 2012. The story narrates how a husband and wife had run off the road and their car got stuck in the middle of mud. Both of them argue as the husband pushes on the back of the car and the wife cycles the engine. Unexpectedly, the spinning wheels spit out something red and goopy. The wife gets out of the car and screams out loud “there is a face stuck to her husband’s shirt”. Obviously, the best episodes of bones season 8 owing to numerous reviews by followers worldwide. Obviously the best bones episodes with sweets.

The Tiger in the Tale Cast

Starring in this Episode includes Andy T. Tran (FBI Tech), Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), Chris Butler (Thomas Casey), Ryan Caltagirone (Costas), Carla Gallo (Daisy Wick), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), John Francis Daley (Lance Sweets), Brian McNamara (Eric Neibling), Heather Mazur (Marcy Drew), Audrey Dundee Hannah (Lucia), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), Arturo Del Puerto (Juan Chiquez), and Drew Rausch (Mike Young).

8. The Brother in the Basement – Season 11 Episode 2

The Brother in the Basement
The Brother in the Basement

Making it to the number eight position on our list of best Episodes of Bones is The Brother in the Basement. Here is just another coating added to the mystery of Booth’s whereabouts and the state of his bodily condition when the team learns that FBI Agent Miller (guest star Kim Raver) has not been entirely truthful with the FBI and the Jeffersonian, keeping vital information from them that could lead them to Booth.

The Brother in the Basement Cast

Staring in this Episode are Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), Michaela Conlin       (Angela Montenegro), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), Patricia Belcher           (Caroline Julian), Pej Vahdat (Arastoo Vaziri), Roger Cross (Kevin O’Donnell), Brad Beyer (Pete), Matthew Holmes (Alex), Josh Casaubon (Dr. Benjamin Metzger), John Boyd (James Aubrey), Dan Hildebrand (Nathan Barlow), and Kim Raver (Special Agent Grace Miller).

9. The Flaw in the Saw – Season 12 Episode 6

The Flaw in the Saw
The Flaw in the Saw

The Flaw in the Saw is a story written by Yael Zinkow and was premiered on the 7th of February 2017. The dismembered body of successful golfer-turned-lumberjack Phyllis Paul brings the squints to the Lumber Sports Regional Championships. At this competition, Brennan discover numerous secrets that could have resulted in Phyllis’ murder, including an affair with a married rival. Meanwhile, Hodgins furtively analyzes the bacteria on the bone of a prior victim that he believes will exonerate the murderer, Zack Addy.

The Flaw in the Saw Cast

Staring in this Epic series are Jeffrey Larson (Freddy), David Koechner (Jack Flap), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), John Boyd   (James Aubrey), Inga Cadranel (Nancy Alpert), Dave Thomas (Dick Scarn), Brandon Soo Hoo (Pete), Nathan Gamble (Frong), Ignacio Serricchio (Rodolfo Fuentes), Trevor Torseth            (Ragnar Thisk), Stephanie Czajkowski (Helga Thisk), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), and Emily Deschanel (Brennan).

10. The Fight in the Fixer – Season 11 Episode 15

The Fight in the Fixer
The Fight in the Fixer

The Fight in the Fixer Episode narrates how the team investigates the body of a private investigator who was found frozen in ice, after being dumped in the Potomac. The victim, a man with many enemies, was a “fixer” who made sure his clients’ problems got “resolved”. However, Aubrey is shocked to find information tied to his father’s whereabouts, Angela and Hodgins continue to work on their rocky relationship, Brennan and Booth get Christine’s first report card and criminal behaviorist Karen Delfs asks Aubrey out on a date. This is a story that was written by Joe Hortua, directed by Silver Tree, and was premiered on the 12th of May 2016.

The Fight in the Fixer Cast

Staring in The Fight in the Fixer are June Carryl (Attorney), Sara Rue (Karen Delfs), Nick Annunziata (Jimmy Nasari), Lisa Arturo (Lissa Bowman), Wolf Muser (Abraham Froome), Lea Coco (Valon Dudeshev), Alyssa Diaz (Kerry Napoli), Brian Klugman (Dr. Oliver Wells), John Boyd (James Aubrey), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), David Boreanaz              (Seeley Booth).

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11. The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator – Season 10 Episode 9

The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator
The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator

The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator is Season 10 Episode 9 of the Bones Episode. The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator was written by Hilary Weisman Graham and was first premiered on December 4, 2014. Jeffersonian team investigated the remains of a college psychology professor, the victim’s controversial social experiments on his grad students garners a list of highly motivated suspects. However, Booth was sidelined with online traffic school, causing Brennan to team up with Aubrey, and Wendell struggles with his feelings towards a chemotherapy treatment nurse.

The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator Cast

Staring in ‘The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator’ include Tamara Taylor, Miriam Flynn, David Boreanaz, Michael Grant Terry, Shalita Grant, Chastity Dotson, Mary Gillis, Grant Harvey, Shanna Collins, T.J. Thyne, Emily Deschanel, Reva Rose, Michaela Conlin, and John Boyd.

12. The Big Beef at the Royal Diner – Season 10 Episode 16

The Big Beef at the Royal Diner
The Big Beef at the Royal Diner

The Big Beef at the Royal Diner is the 206 in the total episode of this TV series. The storyline in this episode was written by Hilary Weisman Graham and premiered in April 2015. In The Big Beef at the Royal Diner a body was found in a shallow grave at a local park, two days dead but already eighty percent decomposed no thanks to corrosive chemicals the murderer poured on the corpse body. Signs of kidney and pancreas transplants help ID the victim as a popular celebrity chef and food critic Chili Reuben, who had a TV show on which he reviewed various greasy spoon diners.

The Big Beef at the Royal Diner Cast

The Big Beef at the Royal Diner Sunnie (Christine Booth), Rico E. Anderson (Sergeant Kilgore), Noel Gugliemi (Logan Manzes), Eugene Byrd (Dr. Clark Edison), Nicole Sullivan (Joanne DeMarco), Kurt Fuller (Sid Lauren), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), John Boyd (James Aubrey), Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), Jimmy Smagula (Chili Reuben), Adam Shapiro (Kenneth Morton), Mike Starr (Frankie Cooper), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), and Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro).

13. The Nail in the Coffin – Season 9 Episode 22

The Nail in the Coffin
The Nail in the Coffin

The Nail in the Coffin is the 22nd episode of Bones season 9 that was written by Dean Lopata and premiered on April 21, 2014. The Jeffersonian team investigates the death of Stephanie McNamara, the daughter of a wealthy family whose remains were found in a national park.

The Nail in the Coffin Cast

This very episode had several stars in it including Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), Tamara Taylor (Camille Saroyan), Eugene Byrd (Dr. Clark Edison), Jeff Hayenga (Dr. Herman Kessler), John Francis Daley (Lance Sweets), Patricia Belcher (Caroline Julian), Courtney Gains  (Super), Sterling Macer Jr. (Deputy Director Victor Stark), Jeffrey Nicholas Brown (Dad Mike), Christine Dunford (Harriet Kent), Eileen Grubba (Donna Hastings), T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins), and Cathleen Kaelyn (Mom).

14. The Mystery in the Meat – Season 9 Episode 10

The Mystery in the Meat
The Mystery in the Meat

Written by Michael Peterson The Mystery in the Meat represents the 176 overall episodes of the bones and falls in season 9. The entire series comes with a storyline of a high school bully confiscates a bowl of beef stew in the cafeteria, but when he takes a bite, he finds a human tooth. Another spoonful provides an eyeball. He begins to scream, informing other students of his discovery, and across the cafeteria, other students react similarly as they also begin to find assorted human parts, including a toe and an ear.

The Mystery in the Meat Cast 

Here a list of casts in The Mystery in the Meat; Jen Drohan (Agatha Blume), Jen Drohan (Agatha Blume), Kenny Ridwan (Brandon Heller), John Francis Daley (Lance Sweets), John Posey (Sam Gilford), Jodi Harris (Evelyn Cheevers), Carla Gallo (Daisy Wick), David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth), Emily Deschanel (Temperance Brennan), Michaela Conlin (Angela Montenegro), Brian Klugman (Dr. Oliver Wells), Rizwan Manji (Raymond McCants), Patricia Belcher (Caroline Julian), Alyson Reed (Susan Lauderbach), and T.J. Thyne (Jack Hodgins).

15. The Bod in the Pod – Season 8 Episode 7

The Bod in the Pod
The Bod in the Pod

The Bod in the Pod is the 149 episode of bone written by Pat Charles. Booth and Bones head to the store and show the facial reconstruction of the victim. “Oh my God, Lucky’s dead!?” says the female clerk, Renee. She begins to cry. Apparently, Lucky was a regular customer having an affair with the clerk. “Lucky said his wife was unstable and dangerous!” Renee cries. The dead man’s wife, Lisa, is brought in for questioning. She isn’t surprised that Lucky was cheating and doesn’t seem particularly broken up by the notion. She is, however, terribly upset that her son Davey has lost another man in his life.

The Bod in the Pod Cast

The list of stars in The Bod in the Pod episode is as follows; Brad William Henke, Roberta Valderrama, Jana Marie Hupp, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Pej Vahdat, John Francis Daley, Tamara Taylor, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, and Kevin G. Schmidt.

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16. The Male in the Mail – Season 7 Episode 4

The Male in the Mail
The Male in the Mail

This is the bones episodes where Booth saves Brennan. The Male in the Mail finds itself in the 16th place of Best Episodes of Bones. The Episode was composed by Pat Charles and had its first tv drop back in December 2011. Bones and Booth are arguing about living arrangements in the diner when Booth’s Grandfather walks into the diner. He greets Brennan with a smile before informing Booth that his father has died. Bones instantly goes to ask how he died and is told it was because of liver failure. Hank snidely remarks to Booth, “I guess all that drinking finally caught up to him.” The phone rings before Booth can give a proper response to his Grandfather, insisting that they have a case. As they leave, Bones tries to ensure that Booth is alright. Obviously the best Bones episodes booth Brennan.

The Male in the Mail Cast

Starring in The Male in the Mail includes David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, Chris Tallman, Ellis Williams, Allan Wasserman, Wayne Wilderson, Tina Majorino, Eugene Byrd, Tamara Taylor, T.J. Thyne, Jesse Head, Ben Savage, Emily Deschanel, John Francis Daley, and Briana Lane.

17. The Doctor in the Photo” – Season 6 Episode 9

The Doctor in the Photo
The Doctor in the Photo

Next up is ‘The Doctor in the Photo’ which is part of season 6 of the ‘bones’ series. The episode is 115 in overall bones series and was written by Carla Kettner. This is bones episodes where Brennan gets hurt. Summary of the episode saw A storm knocks over a tree in Woodland, revealing a woman’s skeleton buried beneath it. Brennan is shown preparing a meal at her apartment for Booth, Angela, Hodgins, and Hannah. During the meal, Brennan and Booth receive a call informing them of the body. When they get to the scene, Bones determines that the victim is a Caucasian woman and she is shocked to see the victim wearing the same dolphin ring that she herself wears.

The Doctor in the Photo Cast

Starring in The Doctor in the Photo include Katheryn Winnick, John Francis Daley, Tamara Taylor, Michaela Conlin, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Shishir Kurup, Francis Capra, T.J. Thyne, Brian Goodman, Enrico Colantoni, and Gonzalo Menendez.

18. The Plain in the Prodigy – Season 5 Episode 3

The Plain in the Prodigy
The Plain in the Prodigy

Placed in the 18th position on our Most Favorite Episodes of Bones list is The Plain in the prodigy. From the story in the episode, Brennan is investigating the discovery of scattered bones along a train track. A cursory study of the remains suggests that the victim was a young male and that the remains have been at the location for a few months. Meanwhile, Cam and Michelle are having mother/daughter issues. This is an episode that was written by Karine Rosenthal and had its premiere on the 1st of October 2009.

The Plain in the Prodigy Cast

Cast in this episode includes Michael B. Jordan, Michaela Conlin, Randy Oglesby, Tiffany Hines, John Francis Daley, Tamara Taylor, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, T.J. Thyne, Kaitlin Doubleday, Arjay Smith, Brian Letscher, Marcia Ann Burrs, Eugene Byrd, and Jennifer Parsons.

19. The Crank in the Shaft – Season 4 Episode 6

The Crank in the Shaft
The Crank in the Shaft

The Crank in the Shaft is the 64th overall episode of the bones and was written by Elizabeth Benjamin and was premiered in October 2008. It’s just another day at the office. Employees file into the elevator and the ride to the 16th Floor begins. The colleagues discuss work-related matters until an unpleasant smell interrupts their ride. They look around accusingly at each other when the elevator jerks to a stop. The lights go out and they begin to plummet. The elevator stops again forcing a ceiling panel loose.

The Crank in the Shaft Cast

Here is all the cast in The Crank in the Shaft; Joel David Moore, Pete Gardner, Michaela Conlin, David Boreanaz, Edward James Gage, Kim Robillard, Tamara Taylor, Emily Deschanel, T.J. Thyne, Devin McGinn, Omi Vaidya, David Greenman, Ewan Chung, Katharine Leonard, John Francis Daley.

20. Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van – Season 3 Episode 2

Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van
Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van

The Very last episode on our Best Episodes of Bones is ‘Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van’ is was written by Elizabeth Benjamin and had its first TV play on the 2nd October 2007. The storyline narrates how a woman gets out of her van, looks over at a bunch of children, and then enters again. She pushes a paper a little further into her purse. While leaving the parking space and going onto the road, the car explodes.

Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van Cast

All the Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van Cast include Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, T.J. Thyne, Ryan O’Neal, Scout Taylor-Compton, David Greenman, Chris Tardio, Erich Anderson, Deborah Zoe, Eric Millegan, David Boreanaz, Richard Cox, Ron Canada, and Patricia Belcher.

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