Forensic anthropologist Temperance "Bones" Brennan and her team work with the FBI to solve murders by identifying victims from their remains in a procedural series inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs.
A train wreck that claimed three lives, one of them a U.S. senator, is investigated. In other events, Brennan clashes with her new boss, Dr. Camilla Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), who has a romantic history with Booth; and there are new wrinkles in the cold case of Brennan's parents' disappearance.
Booth seeks out the husband of a missing pregnant woman after her remains wash up onshore, but the suspect disappears. The man's new girlfriend tells Booth that he fled after reading a news item about the body being found.
When a tractor-trailer collides with a garbage truck, the skeleton of a 17-year-old boy is found in the trash. A facial imprint from a shroud that wrapped the body helps identify the victim as a suburban honor student who went missing three weeks earlier with his girlfriend, a 15-year-old high-school dropout. During the investigation, Brennan and Cam clash, and Cam threatens to fire Brennan. But the staff and Booth tell Cam that if Brennan goes, they go, too.
The skeleton of a teenage girl is found in a national park, and she turns out to be another victim of a serial killer who is already on death row. Close examination reveals that one wrist does not match the rest of the remains---it's from another body. So the hunt is on for the other victim, with a little help from the jailed serial killer.
An electrician's body is found at a condo construction site in a bathtub full of corrosive liquids, making for a challenging case since the body is largely dissolved. Meanwhile, Booth's past love life resurfaces. Rebecca: Jessica Capshaw.
Booth and Brennan encounter government red tape while investigating a fatal explosion in a hotel hospitality suite, the site of a cocktail party held after a conference on drug trafficking in South America. Meanwhile, Cam and Booth find a secret is difficult to keep.
The remains of a little girl are found in the filtration system of a municipal water-treatment plant, and Booth and Brennan's investigation takes them into the unsettling world of child beauty pageants. Elsewhere, Hodgins finally gets up the nerve to ask Angela out. Kali Rocha, Emerica Elan Rogers.
A skeleton found in the desert 15 miles from Las Vegas and another body discovered nearby bring Brennan and Booth to Nevada, where Booth faces his gambling addiction (he's in recovery) and his pugilistic past. Joe Noland: John Marshall Jones. Frank Daniels: Karl Makinen. Marisol Diaz: Shontae Saldana.
The remains of two teen boys are found in a beer vat, and the hunt is on for the “Grave Digger,” a serial killer who buries victims alive, then demands an outrageous ransom. If he doesn't get the money, he won't reveal where the person is buried, letting the victim run out of air.
The headless skeleton of a young man is found in a state forest, and Brennan and Booth's investigation becomes entangled in the local legend of a woman accused of witchcraft who was decapitated in the 1780s and is said to still haunt the forest. Will Hastings: Kristoffer Polaha. Brian Andrews: Jake Richardson. Graham Hastings: Michael Trevino. Lori Mueller: Amanda Fuller. Doug Edison: Terrell Clayton.
While Brennan and Booth investigate an ex-FBI agent's murder, Brennan's brother Russ receives a warning from their long-lost father that he and Brennan are in danger. Directed by David Duchovny. Father Toby Coulter: Ryan O'Neal. Russ Brennan: Loren Dean.
When a body is found incinerated in a prison cell, it becomes apparent that serial killer Howard Epps has escaped from prison. Howard Epps: Heath Freeman. Caroline Epps: Christie Lynn Smith. Marianne Epps: Kathy Lamkin. Parker Booth: Ty Panitz.
The FBI makes Booth see a psychiatrist after he wantonly discharges his pistol in public. With Booth out of the picture, Brennan is teamed with FBI agent Sullivan (Eddie McClintock) to investigate a case involving an alligator eating human remains. The victim is later identified as a missing college student. Dr. Gordon Wyatt: Stephen Fry.
The team investigates the murder of a wealthy philanthropist, and Hodgins' concealment of his past relationship with the victim eventually threatens to topple the case. Meanwhile, Agent Sullivan and Brennan continue their courtship. David Barron: Ernie Hudson. Dr. Gordon Wyatt: Stephen Fry.
The Jeffersonian team investigates a string of murders that seems to mimic the fictional killings portrayed in Brennan's latest book. Meanwhile, Brennan's feelings of guilt take a toll on her relationship with Sully. Sully: Eddie McClintock. Oliver Laurier: Chris Conner.
A woman's body is found with all the bones extracted, and the resulting investigation interrupts Brennan and Sully's vacation. It's later discovered that the victim's skeleton may have been used in an ancient Chinese ritual. Meanwhile, Sully propositions Brennan with a life-changing opportunity. Sully: Eddie McClintock.
The team investigates a murder that occurred on the grounds of a Catholic church. The case brings about bickering between the devout Booth and the atheistic Brennan, leading the pair to meet with a therapist to discuss the root cause of the tension. Meanwhile, Hodgins tries to persuade Angela to move in with him. Dr. Gordon Wyatt: Stephen Fry. Father William Donlan: George Coe.
The remains of a body are discovered encased in concrete, and Booth has a hunch the victim is connected to an organized-crime boss. Meanwhile, Brennan's estranged father (Ryan O'Neal) pays her a visit. Veleska Miller: Dalia Phillips. Melvin Gallagher: Greg Baker.
The team investigates the death of an astronaut who appears to have fallen to Earth from a high altitude. While Brennan and Booth question his associates at the National Space Agency, Hodgins theorizes about a conspiracy involving extraterrestrials.
A body giving off a green glow is discovered, and the team's investigation leads them to look for answers among local restaurateurs. Meanwhile, Hodgins and Angela come to a resolution as to whether they should marry.