Bones (season 6)

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Bones (season 6)
Bones S6 DVD.png
Season 6 DVD cover art
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23) – May 19, 2011 (2011-05-19)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)
Region 2 October 17, 2011 (2011-10-17)
Region 4 November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09)
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)
Region B October 17, 2011 (2011-10-17)
Season chronology
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List of Bones episodes

The sixth season of the American television series Bones premiered on September 23, 2010, and concluded on May 19, 2011, on the Fox Network.[1] The show maintained its previous time slot, airing on Thursdays at 8:00 pm ET and then moved to Thursdays at 9:00 pm ET in 2011. The season consisted of 23 episodes, and introduced a spin-off series The Finder in the 19th episode which has the same name.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

The interns who appeared in the previous season return.

Spin-off series[edit]

Main article: The Finder

In October 2010, it was revealed that Fox was developing a potential spin-off series that would be built around a new recurring character that would be introduced in the sixth season. The potential spin-off series would also be created by Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson, and be based on The Locator series of two books written by Richard Greener. The character of Walter is described as an eccentric but amusing recluse in high demand for his ability to find anything. He is skeptical of everything—he suffered brain damage while overseas, which explains his constant paranoia—and known for asking offensive, seemingly irrelevant questions to get to the truth.[2] Production on the episode was scheduled to begin in December 2010, but was delayed to early 2011 due to creative differences.

Creator Hart Hanson posted on Twitter (in a humorous manner) regarding the notes he got from the network, "I received studio notes on the Bones spin-off idea. They want it to be better. Unreasonable taskmasters. Impossible dreamers. Neo-platonists."[3] During Fox's TCA press tour, executive producer Stephen Nathan revealed production on the episode featuring The Locator began in February 2011, with the episode airing in April.

In the episode, Booth and Brennan travel to Key West, Florida, where the spin-off is said to take place. Nathan went on to say regarding the casting of character, "You want to find people you want to see every single week do one unique character. That's why when you have Hugh Laurie, who is essentially playing a very unlikable character, you love to see him. And that is a rare, rare quality to find. And the finder won't be an unlikeable character, but because it is a unique character, it's difficult to find just the right person."[4] Geoff Stults was cast as the lead character with Michael Clarke Duncan and Saffron Burrows cast as the other two lead characters.[5][6][7] The three characters were introduced in episode 19 of the sixth season.

The Finder was picked up for the 2011–12 season on May 10, 2011 with an order of 13 episodes.[8] It was later cancelled on May 9, 2012.[9]

Episodes[edit]

Storylines for the sixth season include the final return of Heather Taffet, aka the Gravedigger (Deirdre Lovejoy), as well as the introduction of a new recurring antagonist, sniper named Jacob Broadsky (portrayed by Arnold Vosloo).[10][11] David Boreanaz directed episodes 11 (produced as 10) and 16 of this season.[12] Emily Deschanel was originally scheduled to make her directorial debut with episode 14 of this season, a Valentine's Day wedding episode, but was postponed due to episodes 13 and 14 airing during February sweeps where Brennan's character would have a smaller presence, as Deschanel would be prepping to direct her episode.[13] Deschanel did not end up directing an episode due to scheduling conflicts, but plans on directing an episode in the next season.[14] After dropping the idea of a black-and-white episode last season, creator Hart Hanson revealed the "out of the box" episode this season would be a story shown completely from Brennan's point of view after she identifies a victim that resembles her, "meaning we will see the world the way she sees it. We hope this will give a little insight into how Brennan perceives all around her."[15] Ryan Cartwright, who portrayed intern Vincent Nigel-Murray since being introduced as a recurring character in season four, was killed off in the penultimate episode of season, when the character was killed by sniper Jacob Broadsky. Series creator Hart Hanson explained the reasoning for the decision due to the television series Alphas being picked up, which Cartwright is a series regular on. Hanson explained, "We knew [his exit] would happen before the end of this season, so the story has been in the works for a while. We knew that one of our squints, who are [played by] very, very talented actors, would get a job." Hanson also explained that, "He's a well-beloved character... probably the favorite squint of the audience, so we decided to kill him for the heartbreak."[16] Episode 4 features the character Professor Bunsen Jude "The Science Dude", which is inspired by real-life person Bill Nye "the Science Guy", having a similar name and a children's science show.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
107 1 "The Mastodon in the Room" Ian Toynton Hart Hanson September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23) 6AKY01 9.79[17]
Seven months have passed and Caroline Julian calls the team back to the Jeffersonian in Washington, D.C. to help save Cam's career as they work to help solve a controversial case regarding the remains of a young boy.
108 2 "The Couple in the Cave" Milan Cheylov Stephen Nathan September 30, 2010 (2010-09-30) 6AKY02 9.75[18]
The team work on trying to discover the identities of a couple whose bodies were found in a cave. Booth's war correspondent girlfriend, Hannah Burley, returns to Washington, D.C. and Brennan re-evaluates her relationship with Booth after realizing he's genuinely happy with Hannah.
109 3 "The Maggots in the Meathead" Tim Southam Dean Lopata October 7, 2010 (2010-10-07) 6AKY03 9.24[19]
Booth and Brennan investigate the remains of Richie "The V" Genaro, who was last seen partying in a Jersey Shore nightclub. Brennan's pop culture knowledge is tested when she believes she watched a documentary about the people in Jersey Shore, but was actually a reality show. Meanwhile, Hannah makes friends with the Jeffersonian team and Angela tries to keep her pregnancy a secret.
110 4 "The Body and the Bounty" Dwight H. Little Michael Peterson October 14, 2010 (2010-10-14) 6AKY04 9.58[20]
The team goes on a search for missing body parts after they find a decomposing skull and hands in a dumpster. After the victim is identified as a bounty hunter who was searching for a killer named Charles Braverman, the team discovers that someone else is looking for Braverman as well, resulting in a chase with an unexpected suspect. Meanwhile, Brennan makes children's show star Professor Bunsen Jude "The Science Dude" (guest star David Alan Grier) her new intern.
111 5 "The Bones That Weren't" Jeannot Szwarc Pat Charles November 4, 2010 (2010-11-04) 6AKY05 9.26[21]
A ballet dancer is murdered and Booth and Brennan are led to suspect a group of street dancers in the crime. Meanwhile, Booth's girlfriend Hannah is shot, leaving Booth to worry about her health.
112 6 "The Shallow in the Deep" Mark Helfrich Carla Kettner November 11, 2010 (2010-11-11) 6AKY06 9.20[22]
The team are tasked with identifying the skeletal remains of the Amalia Rose, a 150-year-old slave ship found off the coast of Maryland. It turns into a murder investigation when they discover that some of the bones are from a much more recently dead person. Sweets has trouble keeping a platonic relationship with Daisy and has to make a decision while Cam finds a personal connection to the slave ship.
113 7 "The Babe in the Bar" Tim Southam Karine Rosenthal November 18, 2010 (2010-11-18) 6AKY07 9.40[23]
When human remains are found in the world's largest chocolate bar, an eccentric candy mogul (Wayne Knight) falls under suspicion. The team investigate the puzzling way the remains got there. Meanwhile, Cam is worried about what college Michelle attends and Hodgins plans a party to reveal Angela's pregnancy, even though everybody already knows.
114 8 "The Twisted Bones in the Melted Truck" Gordon C. Lonsdale Josh Berman December 2, 2010 (2010-12-02) 6AKY09 8.83[24]
A burnt corpse found in a truck leads Brennan and Booth to a local high school where the victim's wife works as a teacher, and they find evidence of an illicit relationship between her and one of her students. Meanwhile, Hannah tries to form a bond with Booth's son and Sweets helps Daisy with a government psychological exam.
115 9 "The Doctor in the Photo" Ian Toynton Carla Kettner December 9, 2010 (2010-12-09) 6AKY08 8.36[25]
Brennan discovers the body of a surgeon found in a tough neighborhood with multiple skull fractures, but no indication of why or how she was there. Brennan begins to identify with the victim after learning more about her past. The case leads Brennan to retrace the final steps of the victim's life to help solve the case. She also makes a discovery about herself and learns a lesson about taking chances with the help of a Jeffersonian security guard, Micah Leggat (Enrico Colantoni).
116 10 "The Body in the Bag" Kate Woods Janet Lin January 20, 2011 (2011-01-20) 6AKY11 10.55[26]
Hannah discovers Brennan and Booth's past and starts avoiding Brennan, pushing Brennan to confront her. A case involving a liquid explosion of human remains causes Brennan, Booth, and Cam to become covered in evidence. Sweets believes Booth still has feelings for Brennan. Hodgins and Angela begin to talk about their future including where they want to raise their family.
117 11 "The Bullet in the Brain" David Boreanaz Karyn Usher January 27, 2011 (2011-01-27) 6AKY10 12.05[27]
Heather Taffet aka "The Gravedigger" (Deirdre Lovejoy) faces her final appeal before being sentenced to death. While being escorted to the courthouse, she is shot and killed by an unknown sniper. Initially Bones' dad Max is listed as a suspect due to his criminal tendencies but when the team discovers that it was a professional hit, Booth, a former Army sniper, is forced to question his old Army buddy. Sweets deals with the aftermath of the shooting as he was very close by when she was killed, and also what Taffet said to him earlier about being a "weak link". Booth eventually discovers the shooter is Jacob Broadsky (Arnold Vosloo), a professional sniper and mentor that he once knew. The case gets personal when he discovers that Broadsky purchased land using his name.
118 12 "The Sin in the Sisterhood" Rob Hardy Karyn Usher February 3, 2011 (2011-02-03) 6AKY12 10.20[28]
Booth and Brennan investigate the death of a man who was found in a cornfield. The man was a polygamist, who was married to three women, who are also sisters. Cam believes her relationship with her boyfriend (played by Elon Gold) is in trouble, so they try and make it a priority.
119 13 "The Daredevil in the Mold" Dwight H. Little Dean Lopata February 10, 2011 (2011-02-10) 6AKY13 9.94[29]
The remains of a BMX rider are found on the roof of a warehouse after a failed stunt attempt. The team investigate the accident and determine he was killed by blunt physical force, indicating he was murdered. Sweets asks Booth for advice as he plans on proposing to Daisy, while Booth proposes to Hannah showcasing his commitment. Hannah declines, saying she can't commit.
120 14 "The Bikini in the Soup" Ian Toynton Lyla Oliver February 17, 2011 (2011-02-17) 6AKY14 9.84[30]
On Valentine's Day, the team investigate the liquefied remains of a wedding planner found in her home. Cam pressures the team to solve the case so she can spend time with her boyfriend to celebrate the holiday. Booth and Brennan both downplay the significance of Valentine's Day, while Hodgins plans a special day for Angela.
121 15 "The Killer in the Crosshairs" Milan Cheylov Michael Peterson March 10, 2011 (2011-03-10) 6AKY15 10.49[31]
After successfully killing the Gravedigger, sniper Jacob Broadsky strikes again, killing a prior suspect who escaped the justice system. Booth uses his military training to try to stop Broadsky before he hits another intended target. Angela's father (Billy Gibbons) visits the Jeffersonian where he insists on being able to name his unborn grandchild.
122 16 "The Blackout in the Blizzard" David Boreanaz Karine Rosenthal March 17, 2011 (2011-03-17) 6AKY16 11.61[32]
After a blizzard that causes a citywide blackout, the team must think of creative ways to solve a murder case that could be connected to a possible viral outbreak of Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF). Booth and Brennan are trapped inside the elevator in Booth's apartment during the blackout, with Sweets outside where he starts a touchy conversation concerning their relationship. Meanwhile, Angela and Hodgins receive troubling news that could affect their unborn child.
123 17 "The Feet on the Beach" Emile Levisetti Pat Charles April 7, 2011 (2011-04-07) 6AKY18 10.58[33]
After a flood on the U.S.-Canada border, eight pairs of dismembered feet are discovered, with seven pairs being identified as research corpses from a nearby university body farm. Brennan forms an alliance with Canadian forensic podiatrist Dr. Douglas Filmore (Scott Lowell) when he takes the remains to Canada. Meanwhile, Cam continues to make college plans for her daughter, which her daughter may not like.
124 18 "The Truth in the Myth" Chad Lowe Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley April 14, 2011 (2011-04-14) 6AKY19 11.45[34]
The remains of a host of a mythbuster television show are found in the wilderness and appear as if he was killed by the mythic reptile-mammal hybrid known as the Chupacabra. The victim was attempting to debunk the myth. Meanwhile, Jeffersonian intern Vincent Nigel-Murray, who is a recovering alcoholic, makes amends as well as confessions to the team.
125 19 "The Finder" Daniel Sackheim Hart Hanson April 21, 2011 (2011-04-21) 6AKY17 10.96[35]
The remains of a maritime museum security guard are found in the Florida Everglades, after attempting to steal an 18th-century nautical chart fragment that is used to discover treasures. To help solve the crime, Booth gets the help of Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults), a former U.S. soldier and Iraq war veteran, who has the ability to unearth anything. Along with Sherman, they are also assisted by his colleagues, Ike Latulippe (Saffron Burrows) and Leo Knox (Michael Clarke Duncan). During the case, Brennan tests Sherman's skills, while Booth has cold feelings about his former military comrade.
126 20 "The Pinocchio in the Planter" François Velle Keith Foglesong April 28, 2011 (2011-04-28) 6AKY20 9.70[36]
The team investigates a murder of an ad man whose remains were found on a community center playground. After investigating, they learn the victim burned bridges by having an aggressive attitude and by being brutally honest. Meanwhile, the team tries to be more honest in their relationships, and Angela has Hodgins face the reality of their pregnancy.
127 21 "The Signs in the Silence" Dwight H. Little Janet Lin & Stephen Nathan May 5, 2011 (2011-05-05) 6AKY21 10.94[37]
The team believes a 15-year old Jane Doe, who is deaf and refuses to communicate, potentially committed murder. She was found covered in blood and holding a knife. Meanwhile, Hodgins is unaware of details regarding Angela's pregnancy, because Angela has kept details from him. Bones struggles with her inability to convey emotion after Sweets talks her out of using force to get answers from the murderer.
128 22 "The Hole in the Heart" Alex Chapple Teleplay by: Carla Kettner & Karyn Usher
Story by: Carla Kettner
May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12) 6AKY22 10.48[38]
Booth and the Jeffersonian institute continue to search for Jacob Broadsky, and his more recent phone call to Booth suggests he intends to go after his team. Booth finds another body in a piece of land Broadsky was believed to be in, a former fellow sniper; Broadsky has taken his rifle. While examining the body, Broadsky kills Vincent Nigel Murray, though the intended target was Booth. While the rest of the team struggles with their colleague's death, Booth becomes more determined to catch Broadsky once and for all. Brennan spends the night in Booth's apartment, and while conversing with Montenegro it is implied she slept with him. At the lab, Hodgins deduces that the bullet has traces from a shipping port and that Broadsky could be hiding there. Meanwhile Booth faces off with his former mentor and is forced to use unorthodox methods to capture him. In the end the team honor Murray by singing his favorite song, "Coconut" while taking his body to be sent to England.
129 23 "The Change in the Game" Ian Toynton Hart Hanson & Stephen Nathan May 19, 2011 (2011-05-19) 6AKY23 9.83[39]
Some unidentifiable and gruesome remains were lodged in the pinsetter at a bowling lane and evidence suggests foul play. Booth and Brennan go undercover in a bowling league with the help of Brennan's father Max, who used to be in the victim's bowling team. Meanwhile, Angela works from the hospital via webcam as she comes closer to giving birth. The episode ends with Brennan telling Booth that she is pregnant and that he's the father of her unborn child.

DVD and Blu-ray release[edit]

The sixth season of Bones was released on DVD and Blu-ray (subtitled "Cradle to Grave Edition") in region 1 on October 11, 2011,[40] in region 2 on October 17, 2011[41] and in region 4 on November 9, 2011.[42] The set includes all 23 episodes of season six on a 6-disc DVD set and 4-disc Blu-ray set presented in anamorphic widescreen. Special features include two audio commentaries—"The Doctor in the Photo" by executive producers Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and Ian Toynton and "The Blackout in the Blizzard" by actors David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel. Featurettes include "Breaking Down: The Blackout in the Blizzard" and "The Visual Effects of Bones". Also included are extended versions of "The Daredevil in the Mold" and "The Bikini in the Soup", a gag reel, and the pilot episode of the television series The Killing.[40]

International reception[edit]

UK[edit]

The first four episodes of the sixth season of Bones aired Wednesday nights on Sky1 and Sky1 HD. Overall, the season averaged 797,000 viewers, 19% less than the previous season.

# Title Timeslot Air date Viewers
(000s)[43]
Weekly Rank
Sky1[43]
Weekly Rank
Cable[43]
107 "The Mastodon in the Room" Wednesday 9:00 pm October 20, 2010 674 5 N/A
108 "The Couple in the Cave" October 27, 2010 671 5 N/A
109 "The Maggots in the Meathead" November 3, 2010 753 3 28
110 "The Body and the Bounty" November 10, 2010 658 3 N/A

The series resumed airing on Sky Living on January 5, 2011, airing Wednesdays at 9:00 pm, with repeats of the first 4 episodes. New episodes began on February 2, 2011.

# Title Air date Sky Living[43] Sky Living +1[43] Total
viewersa[43]
Viewersa Rankb Viewersa Rankb
111 "The Bones That Weren't" February 2, 2011 506 #1 192 #2 698
112 "The Shallow in the Deep" February 9, 2011 566 #3 221 #1 787
113 "The Babe in the Bar" February 16, 2011 566 #3 277 #1 843
114 "The Twisted Bones in the Metal Truck" February 23, 2011 609 #2 164 #3 773
115 "The Doctor in the Photo" March 2, 2011 655 #1 200 #3 855
116 "The Body in the Bag" March 9, 2011 602 #2 183 #2 785
117 "The Bullet in the Brain" March 16, 2011 796 #1 165 #2 961
118 "The Sin in the Sisterhood" March 23, 2011 674 #1 191 #2 865
119 "The Daredevil in the Mold" March 30, 2011 647 #1 170 #2 817
120 "The Bikini in the Soup" April 6, 2011 755 #1 141 #3 896
121 "The Killer in the Crosshairs" April 13, 2011 714 #1 110 #3 824
122 "The Blackout in the Blizzard" April 20, 2011 661 #1 145 #3 806
123 "The Feet on the Beach" April 27, 2011 671 #1 149 #3 840
124 "The Truth in the Myth" May 4, 2011 693 #1 91 #4 784
125 "The Finder" May 11, 2011 708 #1 111 #3 819
126 "The Pinocchio in the Planter" May 18, 2011 565 #1 132 #2 697
127 "The Signs in the Silence" May 25, 2011 702 #1 147 #2 849
128 "The Hole in the Heart" June 1, 2011 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
129 "The Change in the Game" June 8, 2011 769 #1 145 #2 914

aViewers in thousands; bRanks for specific channel only.

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