When a show has been had more than 200 episodes and been in our lives for almost twelve seasons, it’s nearly impossible to narrow down the best and most memorable moments. Especially when its a show like our beloved Bones.
That said, I’ve taken on the challenge anyway, and I tried to do exactly that before the show returns for its 12th and final season.
This list could have easily gotten out of hand because there are so many great episodes to choose from, but with a little help from our readers (thank you!), I’ve narrowed down 18 of the best episodes of Bones. Here they are:
1. The Man in the Fallout Shelter (Season 1 Episode 9)
This early episode of Bones has the team at the Jeffersonian quarantined on Christmas Eve, and it gives us a chance to get to know each character just a little more. On “The Man in the Fallout Shelter,” we learn Booth has a son, and we see Brennan become emotional as she talks about the night her parents disappeared.
2. Two Bodies in the Lab (Season 1 Episode 15)
Bones Season 1 Episode 15 is the episode that will change the way you listen to Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded,” forever. When Brennan finds herself in danger during a case, Booth goes home with her to keep her safe.
They have a fun moment together while listening to Foreigner, and the episode ends with Booth saving Brennan, and Brennan canceling a date to sit by an injured Booth in the hospital.
3. Aliens in a Spaceship (Season 2 Episode 9)
Bones Season 2 Episode 9, “Aliens in a Spaceship,” is one of the most memorable episodes of the show. Period.
It’s the introduction of The Gravedigger when Brennan and Hodgins are buried alive, and Booth and the team race the clock to save them, getting there just before time runs out.
4. Stargazer in a Puddle (Season 2 Episode 21)
On the Bones Season 2 finale, “Stargazer in a Puddle,” Angela and Hodgins prepare for the wedding, which doesn’t quite go as planned. Meanwhile, Max reaches out to Brennan, but has to allow Booth to arrest him.
5. The Santa in the Slush (Season 3 Episode 9)
Not only is “The Santa in the Slush” a special episode when it comes to Brennan spending Christmas with her family, but it’s also the first time Booth and Brennan kiss. That’s thanks to Caroline Julian and some mistletoe.
6. The Verdict in the Story (Season 3 Episode 13)
When Brennan’s father goes on trial, the Jeffersonian team has to testify against him, while Brennan is on the other side. She remains loyal to the man who abandoned her, and is convinced of his innocence. Of course, the team has trouble being on the opposite side as Brennan, particularly Angela — who refuses to testify against Max.
Angela: Friends don’t send friends’ fathers to the electric chair.