Booth and Brennan walk to the crime scene located in a military cemetery and discuss their views on the war. Booth is angry that someone used an important place as a staging ground for their protest. The victim is a charred corpse positioned so that the body is leaning against the grave of Charlie Kent. He was a rising basketball star about to drafted into the NBA before he shipped out to Iraq as part of the National Guard. He died protecting his unit from insurgents. The victim is a young African male and government organizations are pressing for a positive ID. Brennan assumes that they plan to brand him a traitor to give the public a common enemy. Brennan walks over to Booth when he is distracted by a nearby grave. It belongs to James Richards who was a ranger with Booth but was killed by a roadside bomb, leaving behind a wife and two kids. His grave's proximity to the crime scene bothers Booth.
While watching news coverage on the crime Zack and Dr. Goodman talk about their interest in basketball and Charlie Kent. Brennan interrupts and gets Zack to refocus on cleaning the bones. Hodgins expresses more of his conspiracy theories before Goodman gets another call about the victim's ID. Booth arrives, still in a bad mood, and Hodgins explains that due to the man's clothes, he wasn't a protester but a military man. Angela uses his dental records and other measurements to identify him as Devon Marshall, one of the former members of Charlie's unit that he saved. Booth believes Devon was suffering from survivor's guilt, but Brennan points out that something was shoved into Devon's skull meaning he was murdered.
- Temperance Brennan - Emily Deschanel
- Seeley Booth - David Boreanaz
- Jack Hodgins - T.J Thyne
- Angela Montenegro - Michaela Conlin
- Zack Addy - Eric Millegan
- Col. Phillip Seymour Shore - Rick Fitts
- Peter Lefferts - Kirk B.R. Woller
- Private Jody Campbell - Stacy Hogue
- Captain William Fuller - Matt Battaglia
- Hank Lutrell - Mitch Longley
- Karen Merton - Erica Tazel
- Jimmy Merton - Aldis Hodge
- Kiara Marshall - Jasmine McNeal
- Regina Marshall - Monnae Michaell
- Bradley Kent - Eddie Allen
- Tina Kent - Cyd Strittmatter
- FBI Agent - Adam Lieberman
- Devon Marshall - Darius Cottrell
- Charlie Kent - Jon Barton
- "Don't Hurt The Girl" - Jackie Paris
- "Feuer Frei!" - Rammstein
- The episode's premise is an obvious reference to the cover-up surrounding the events that led to the death of professional football player turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman.
- When Booth and Bones meet Captain Fuller, he is in Class A uniform, with an American Flag situated on his right shoulder. The American Flag is not worn on the Army Class A Uniform.
- At the end of the episode, Booth tells the story of his killing of Josip Radik and his guilt over the trauma it caused to Radik's young son. This story become significant in the final season as Radik's son Mark Kovak appears as a recurring antagonist and the final enemy of the show.
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