Bones (2005–2017)
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The Priest in the Churchyard 

When Booth and Brennan keep butting heads in a case involving a Catholic church, he convinces her to see Dr. Wyatt with him, and Hodgins suggest a change in his and Angela's relationship.


Scott Lautanen


Hart Hanson (created by), Kathy Reichs (inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and author) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Emily Deschanel ... Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz ... Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin ... Angela Montenegro
Eric Millegan ... Zack Addy
Tamara Taylor ... Camille Saroyan
T.J. Thyne ... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Stephen Fry ... Dr. Gordon Wyatt
George Coe ... Father William Donlan
David Burke ... Father Matthew Sands
Wendy Braun ... Lorraine Bergin
Johnny Lewis ... Enzo Falcinella
Soren Fulton ... James Levay
William Jonathan Georges William Jonathan Georges ... Tony (as William Georges)
Wendy Way Wendy Way ... Parishioner #1
Kelly Lohman ... Parishioner #2


Water erosion from a broken water main reveals a body which is too young to belong in St. Agatha parish's cemetery. The Jeffersonian team examines possible causes of death, and thus contracts a fungal infection. Spurred by Bones' irreverent faith-bashing, Booth convinces Bones to seek Dr. Gordon Wyatt's help to analyze and fix their stressed relationship. Young parishioners identify the body as the late priest who used to assist in the parish. The boys, tyrannical, aging curate father William Donlan and his more liberal present aid, father Matthew Sands, are key to several theories. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

28 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Towards the end of the episode, Angela Montenegro comments to Gordan Wyatt (Stephen Fry) "You know, the accent makes everything that you say sound really smart". This line was taken from an observation made by Stephen Fry. Stephen Fry's quote was "I sometimes wonder if you Americans aren't often fooled by our accent into detecting a brilliance that may not really be there." See more »


When she is looking at the bones for the first time she is looking down but in the next scene she is looking slightly up and to the right. See more »


Dr. Camille Saroyan: [after testing Father Matt for poison] The good news is we know how to make you feel a lot better.
Dr. Jack Hodgins: Bad news is someone is trying to kill you.
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References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »


Slow Dance
Written by John Legend, Estelle, Ray Lewis, Poindexter and
Performed by John Legend
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Romantic Tension!
16 July 2016 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

I must give this episode a ten because of the Booth and Brennan storyline!!!

In this episode, Brennan finds a body of a murdered man in a cemetery. Unfortunately, the murder leads to a Catholic church - and a log of fighting between the atheist, Brennan and the Catholic, Booth. The two do their best to work together to figure out how murdered the priest. As usual, there are many twists and turns that go into solving the crime.

In the previous episode, Brennan chose to stay instead of go off into the sunset with her boyfriend, Sully. Both Booth and Brennan are tense with each other and see the help of Dr. Wyatt. I knew exactly what Dr. Wyatt was doing, and Angela, in all her wisdom, nailed it at the very end of this episode. But Dr. Wyatt's answer was what Booth and Brennan needed to hear in order to get back into the groove of working together.

This is really the first time it's confirmed on the show that there is a romance developing between the B & B team.

Angela and Jack are still hot and heavy in their relationship. In fact, Angela struggles over the answer to Jack's question.

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