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Bones Episode: "Death in the Saddle"

Season 3, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: An investigation of a mutilated body found in a forest leads the team to an underground S-and-M group. Meanwhile, Angela decides to undergo hypnosis in an attempt to recall the name of her husband, so she can get a divorce.
Original Air Date: Oct 9, 2007
Guest Cast Miles Heizer: Joey Christina Cox: Annie Oakley Bess Meyer: Alice Milner Michael Cudlitz: Lucky Anne-Marie Johnson: Dr. Jasper
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Season 3, Episode 3
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Length: 43:31
Aired: 10/9/2007
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"Death in the Saddle" Season 3, Episode 3

What can I say about last night's pony-play fetish episode? Giddyup. I didn't really expect to see leather and riding crops all over a show on network TV, but Bones has that way of surprising me and tackling oft-taboo topics in an educational way. Kudos to the show - they sure know how to keep things fresh over there. One thing I realized was that the more the team uncovered details about Mr. Ed's death, the more squeamish I got. I thought the maggoty (does anyone else wonder how they later get the bugs off of the body?), decomposed corpse was pretty gruesome, even for this show. Eyeballs poked out? Check. Feet severed? Check. Blunt trauma to the head? Check. But no matter, because I love watching the sleuthing ways the team uncovers clues in the victim's body. Last season when Cam busted into the lab and stopped Zack and Hodgins from setting their Spam-head experiment on fire (they were testing how long it would take skin to melt under specific conditions) I thought in horror that the experiments would stop altogether. And yet here we are in Season 3, Hodgins roaming the lab, melons a-go-go, testing knife patterns on them. Even Cam can't stop their brilliant shenanigans. I also love the way the team traced Mr. Ed back to the pony-play ranch and figured out what he was into. His body had horse sunscreen all over it and they found food a horse would eat in his stomach and evidence that he'd been biting on a bit. And even though I should have seen it coming, I was kind of surprised at Booth's intolerance for the folks at the ranch. The one thing the show really gets my gold star for is exploring the different views on the matter and not just having everyone on the team agree about their judgment of the victim. Bones, of course, went at the topic empirically, and Booth spiritually. While his speech at the end of the episode was heartfelt, and I especially liked how they juxtaposed it over what was going on in everyone else's life at the time, I still didn't buy his theory that the pony players had to have "crappy sex" because of what they were into. He made some decent points about love in general, but it didn't sit right with me that Bones quit fighting and let him make that kind of judgment about a group of people. But then again, I live for exchanges like this one: Booth: "Making love, that's when two people become one." "Yes, but it's physically impossible for two objects to take up the same space." Oh, Bones. In any case, Annie Oakley seemed shady from the start, so I'm not too surprised that she ended up being the killer. Though it would have been great if Bones' shriek of "Stop or I'll kick you in the testicles!" was something that stopped the actual killer from getting away. Angela's hypnosis was also an interesting factor in this episode. In the hunt for the real name of Angela's husband (whom we now know as Greyson Barasa, though I might have spelled that wrong), we learned more about her relationship with Hodgins. It wasn't so apparent to me earlier that her cooperation in finding Berimbau's true identity was a vote of confidence in her relationship with Hodge. I thought they were really fine. But they both seemed truly relieved when she made the breakthrough under hypnosis that led her to find Greyson's picture stuffed into her book on wasps. Angela: "I see a wasp." Hypnotherapist: "A white Anglo-Saxon Protestant?!" Aw, the doc just seemed so excited by that possible revelation. Who do you think might play Greyson now? My first thought when I saw the picture was Blair Underwood, though I've never particularly considered him a "giant." But I guess we'll find out soon enough. Craving your Bones fix? Check out the clips in our Online Video Guide . show less
What can I say about last night's pony-play fetish episode? Giddyup. I didn't really expect to see leather and riding crops all over a show on network TV, but Bones has that way of surprising me and tackling oft-taboo topics in an educational way. Kudos to the show — they sure know how to keep things fresh over there.One thing I realized was that the more the team uncovered details about Mr. Ed's death, the more squeamish I got. I thought the maggoty (does anyone else wonder how they later get the bugs off of the body?), decomposed corpse was pretty gruesome, even for this show. Eyeballs poked out? Check. Feet severed? Check. Blunt trauma to the head? Check. But no matter, because I love watching the sleuthing ways the team uncovers clues in the victim's body. Last season when Cam busted into the lab and stopped Zack and Hodgins from setting their Spam-head experiment on fire (they were testing how long it would take skin to melt under specific conditions) I thought in horror t... read more

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Premise: A scientist with an 'uncanny ability to read clues left behind in a victim's bones' solves murders in a procedural series inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs. Scientist Brennan is often teamed with FBI Special Agent Booth, who mistrusts science and believes evidence should come from the living. The Brennan-Booth pair have drawn favorable comparisons to Scully and Mulder of 'The X-Files.'

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