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The Patriot in Purgatory
Season 8, Episode 6
Air date November 12, 2012
Written by Stephen Nathan
Directed by Francois Velle
Episode guide
The Method in the Madness
The Bod in the Pod
Season 8 cast
Season 8
September 17, 2012 - April 29, 2013
Season 8 is set to be released on Blu-Ray and DVD Fall 2013  

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DVD release  
Region 2: September 30, 2013
Season 7 Season 9

The Patriot in Purgatory is the sixth episode of the eighth season of Bones.


Inspired by legendary basketball coach Phil Jackson, Bones sends five of her best "squinterns" on a "team building exercise" to see how many unidentified remains they can identify. One of the interns probes further into his bones and they deduce that the person died 10 days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, on the 21st of September. They also deduce that one of his injuries was from the 9/11 attacks. Thanks to Booth's military knowledge, they find out that the victim fought in Desert Storm. Despite Angela's facial reconstruction, they are still unable to identify the man. Booth pulls some strings through his old contacts in the Army. He discovers that the man was homeless and had been seen at the Pentagon during 9/11. His injuries suggest he may have been "collateral damage" as a result of the plane crashing into the side of the building but the evidence still does not add up and they were still unable to identify him. Undeterred, Booth scours nearby homeless shelters with the man's photo, determined to seek justice for a fellow veteran, eventually identifying him as Tim Murphy. Back at the lab, the team continue working on the evidence to find out what happened during the last few moments of the man's life. He saved three people, with a severe injury that caused him to suffer for 10 days before his death. The episode has an emotional ending, with Brennan telling Booth that she was proud she didn't shed tears the day she was asked to dig up the remains of people on 9/11, and now she says that anyone of those people could have been Booth; she had no one that day, the episode ends with Brennan crying on Booth's shoulder.


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Interns of the WeekEdit

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Featured MusicEdit

"The light from one" - Ane Brun

"Walking on broken glass" - Annie Lennox


  • When addressing the interns, Bones states that she chose them as they were her five best interns, suggesting that Daisy Wick is not as 'high-ranking' as the men.


The FOX series BONES was recognized by the City of Los Angeles with a proclamation ceremony at LA City Council chambers at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday, Nov. 9. The City Council recognizes the show in general and specifically for the episode "The Patriot in Purgatory"

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