The Family in the Feud is the eleventh episode of the seventh season of Bones.

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When a corpse is found in the middle of the woods, the team links the victim to two families that have been feuding for almost a century. Brennan and Booth interrogate a family member with a shocking confession that leads them to a motive for the victim's murder. Meanwhile, Brennan has a difficult time accepting her father's (guest star O'Neal) offer to babysit their infant daughter because of his unreliable presence in her own childhood. The murderer is eventually revealed to be the victim's daughter-in-law while Daisy solves the supposed murder that started the feud and brings an end to it.

Synopsis Edit

A gentleman in a mesh hat and flannel shirt leads a pig through the woods on a leash. The pig sniffs the ground looking for truffles ... before coming upon human remains in a tree. Suddenly, the eyes of bloody skeleton begin to glow! Pig and main turn tail and run. Bones, Booth and Sweets, in the meantime, eat breakfast at the diner. Bones explains that they are looking for new childcare after Christine was "expelled" from the Jeffersonian's daycare center. Booth explains that it's more accurate to say the baby has been suspended because mom wouldn't stop telling the workers how to run the place. Sweets nods.

Later, the gang heads out to the woods to examine the body, which is hanging from the tree by its overalls. In the eye sockets, Hodgins finds railroad worms, which glow red to frighten predators. Bones determines the victim was elderly and died from bleeding out from a wound. Back at the lab, Camille disagrees with Bones and theorizes the victim was in his 40s. "I hate it when mom and mom fight," Angela says. Daisy discovers that the victim also has six toes.

Booth then "hires" Max to take care of Christine during the day.  Bones is skeptical, but Max appears to have a knack for babysitting. Booth then gets a call: the victim has been identified as a missing 65-year-old man. Back at the lab, Daisy discovers that the man was shot on his left side at close range. Booth visits the victim's family: Junior, Ephraim and Claire. All three tell Booth to look into the Mobley family, which has been warring with the victim's Babcock clan for years. Sure enough, Caroline does some research and discovers that the families have been feuding sing the late 1800s. Oh boy.

Hodgins, meanwhile, has volunteered to search the woods for the bullet so that he can really search for truffles. As he sings the praises of fresh truffles to Angela, she discovers the bullet wedged in a tree. Hodgins discovers a truffle. He is clearly more excited by his find. Bones and Booth then visit the Mobley residence in the middle of nowhere -- and are immediately shot at by an angry resident Norbert. "What are you crazy?!" Booth exclaims before ripping the gun from the man's hands. "How bout you let her cuff me," says Norbert, nodding at Bones. "She's purdy!" Later, Norbert is thrilled to hear that Tug Babcock is dead, though he claims to have had nothing to do with it. Norbert then explains that the families have been fighting over the land for 120 years. 

Back at the Jeffersonian Hodgins tells Caroline that he found more than truffles on the land. He found traces of copper. Hodgins has also discovered that a businessman named Dennis Timmons has an option to mine the land after Tug Babcock's death. In other words, a good motive. Later, Bones returns home to find Christine has been well cared for. "You're not worried, are you?" Max asks. "I'm walking the straight and narrow. You know that, right?" Bones briefly hesitates before reassuring her father. Christine seems happy.

Sweets then interviews Dennis, who claims that he had nothing to do with the victim's death. Dennis admits to digging up the land late at night -- trespassing -- to get copper samples for money to save his business. Dennis claims to have seen an old blue pick up truck with a rusted hood and one taillight. This truck was driven by a 20-something blond. Could she be involved? Who is she? Daisy, in the meantime, discovers fragments on the bullet. "This is bone!" she exclaims. "These bone fragments from the bullet should match the victim's bones." But they don't. "I think we might have two victims," Daisy says.

At the diner, Bones starts to panic when her father doesn't answer the phone. "This is a man who walked out on me and my brother!" she yells. Booth tells Bones to calm down -- Max probably took Christine for a walk. Bones decides to head home just to be sure. Meanwhile, Camille discovers that the victim had stage four cancer. The man only had weeks to live before he died. Daisy then swears to discover the true origin of the Babcock-Mobley feud. Later, Max returns home to find Bones waiting. Max apologizes, explaining that his cell phone fell from his pocket when he was with Christine at the park. "Please leave, dad!" Bones says. She doesn't not accept her father's apology.

Booth then locates the blue pick up truck and the 20-something woman: SueBob Mobley. SueBob confesses that she was sneaking through the woods to see Junior Babcock. The two -- like a backwoods Romeo and Juliet -- are in love. So Booth brings in Junior and his mother Claire, a lawyer, for questioning. "I loved my grandaddy and I would never hurt him!" Junior exclaims before admitting to seeing SueBob. Claire is FURIOUS to hear the news, but Junior says his grandpa approved. Apparently, Tug wanted to see the feud end before he died from cancer. Tug also apparently paid for a ring.

Back at the Jeffersonian, Bones discovers that the second set of bone fragments belonged to a man who was more than 100 years old. How is that possible? Bones explains to Angela and Camille that somebody made the bullet from the long deceased. "It's a custom in certain societies  ... It's a way of honoring their ancestors," she says. In the meantime, Hodgins and Daisy taste test the truffles -- and they are awful. Hodgins says they taste like poo. Later, Booth wants to search Norbet's house. The bullet that shot Tug Babcock was ordered from a bullet maker by Norbet. Caroline agrees to get a warrant.

Hodgins tests the truffles and discovers that they basically poisonous after sharing the ground for so long with the copper. This sparks Daisy, who has become obsessed with solving the mystery of the Babcock-Mobley feud. One of the histories is that a Babcock woman poisoned a Mobley man. But what if it was accidental from a meal of truffles? B&B then visit Norbert with a search warrant. "You bought the ammo that killed Tub Babcock," Booth explains. Norbert exclaims that the bullets were taken from his home by that "lawyer bitch," who showed up with paper's claiming the land belonged to the Babcock clan. "Lawyer?" Booth asks. All signs now point to Claire.

Sweets explains that if Tug wanted to end the feud, it would end the lawsuits. And, thus, all of Claire's payments would end. So B&B search Claire's place -- and find the same bullets that killed grandaddy Babcock. Claire vehemently denies any involvement. Back at the lab, Hodgins suggests testing Claire's clothing. If she was in the woods the night that Tug was killed, her outfit will be covered in poisoned truffle spores. One testing montage later, Hodgins smiles. The clothes are crawling with the spores. Claire confesses. Case closed.

But not the episode. Daisy has discovered that the toxicity from the copper killed the original members of the Babcock-Mobley feud. In other words, it was an accident. Those folks -- like Junior and SueBob -- were in love. Later, Max shows up at his daughter's home to return one of Christine's toy. "I'm really sorry, honey," Max tells Bones. "You have every right to feel this way ... But I don't want to lose you again. I'll do whatever you want." Bones relents, saying that she wants them all to be family. So Booth hands over Christine to Max. It's a nice domestic scene with three generations. 


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Featured MusicEdit

"Rare Bird Alert" - Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers


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