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The Hole in the Heart is the twenty-second episode of the sixth season of Bones.


When sniper-on-the-loose Jacob Broadsky claims another victim, Booth becomes more determined than ever to catch his elusive foe. After a bullet meant for Booth strikes an innocent victim, Booth makes it his mission to catch Broadsky once and for all.


At the beginning of the episode, Broadsky tells Matt he's still working for the good guys and that he wants his rifle. Matt says he'll think about it and they drink some beer to celebrate that they are good guys.

In the Royal Diner, Sweets thinks Booth shouldn't take Broadsky's case personally, but Brennan says it is personal for him. Vincent interrupts their breakfast to tell them the Tyrannosaurus rex skeletal replica has arrived. He and Brennan are going to be presenting a paper at an upcoming conference that they're very excited about. Broadsky was spotted placing flowers at Paula's grave, and Booth takes off. Broadsky saw Special Agent Genny Shaw taking his picture, which she shows to Booth when he comes to the cemetery. A phone rings under the flowers; it's Broadsky calling Booth. He insists he's doing good work and ends with "you never see the bullet that takes you down."

Booth talks to Sweets about why Broadsky left the phone for him. Sweets says Broadsky still hopes that Booth will stand down. When asked for advice about the investigation, Sweets says that Broadsky may have someone helping him.

Vincent is wearing a T-rex skeleton replica suit in the lab and couldn't be happier. He and Brennan are going to be talking about a T-rex vs. human arm wrestling contest, but Hodgins has an idea.

Booth turns to Angela for help tracking Broadsky, and she sets up an app on his phone to alert him of his location. She warns him to be careful. He sets out with Shaw, who tells him about Matt. They pick up Sweets on the way to Matt's cabin and they come across Matt's body. They find an empty case for a rifle, and Booth tells them to get low because Broadsky's probably still around. Shaw spots a camera and calls for backup. Booth takes out the camera as Broadsky watches.

Cam estimates time of death at five days and determines that the killer stabbed him under his chin. The killer went through Matt's wallet but didn't take the money or credit cards. Hodgins steals Vincent away for a T-rex-human arm wrestling match. The skeletal arm won't rotate past a certain point, and Hodgins wins.

Booth wonders why Broadsky killed Matt, and Sweets suggests that he refused to give him his rifle. He says that he hopes Booth takes care of Broadsky because if he gets him, they're all next.

Vincent is excited about his findings in the arm-wrestling match, but Brennan wants to focus on the case. She uses him to show how Broadsky killed Matt, but Booth doesn't care since it won't help him find Broadsky.

Broadsky sets up his rifle in the booth of a crane and takes aim from a large distance away. Booth, Brennan, Cam, and Vincent are in the lab, Hodgins and Angela in the street, Sweets in the diner, and Shaw is putting a file on Booth's desk. Broadsky calls Booth, who hands the phone to Vincent to answer while he uses the app Angela wrote to trace the call. Broadsky, using thermal imaging to see through the roof of the Jeffersonian laboratory takes the shot. As the bullet shatters part of the opaque roof, Booth pushes Vincent to the floor and says they're okay, but that's not true. Vincent was shot through the heart and lies on the floor as a large pool of blood seeps out from his back. Vincent begs them not to make him go because he loves it there. Brennan tells him she won't make him go and that he's her favorite intern as Booth continues to put pressure on the wound, but it's no use. He's dead.

Everyone gathers in the FBI, and Angela just wants time to be sad. They begin reminiscing about Vincent's facts and confessions. Booth joins them and says Broadsky got away. Through the thermal imagining, he mistook Vincent for Booth as it was Vincent who answered the phone, and Booth was the one to tell Vincent to pick it up. They have to work to catch Broadsky, and Booth tells them to take the night to grieve.

Booth brings Brennan back to his place for the night. He offers to sleep on the couch and let her sleep in his bed, but she tells him to take the bed since he needs rest to catch Broadsky.

Hodgins and Angela are still at the lab. He finds that one thing is missing from Matt's wallet that left behind traces of gold.

In the middle of the night, Brennan enters Booth's bedroom, and he bolts awake, pulling his gun, before realizing who it is. She says that Vincent kept saying, "Don't make me leave," and wonders why he would think she was making him leave. Booth tells her he wasn't talking to her, he was talking to God and didn't want to die. Brennan says that if there is a God, he would've let Vincent stay with them, and he says that's not how it works. They fall back on the bed and he holds her as she cries.

Cam had to tell Vincent's mother, who thought it was Vincent calling when she saw the caller ID. Hodgins joins her and Angela and shows them what he found under black light on the wallet. Angela realizes it's an access card. They have to figure out what it was to.

Booth talks to Matt's boss, who says they don't have access cards, but everyone needs one at the port, which is where Broadsky is, using the card to at the entrance.

Angela finds Brennan staring at Matt's skull. Brennan tells her she got into bed with Booth the night before. Angela asks what happened, and Brennan begins to smile when Hodgins interrupts. However, Angela kicks him out to tell Cam. What happened between Booth and Brennan?

He tells Cam that he has information on the bullet that killed Vincent. It was made near the ocean, someplace where they decontaminate fruit.

Booth and Shaw show Broadsky's photo to security at the port, and the guard tells him what ship he's working on. Booth takes out his rifle and heads after Broadsky, after uttering the immortal line: "When the Calvary gets here, you tell them I'm heading towards the Persephone."

Broadsky catches sight of Booth from the ship and grabs his rifle before going after him. Booth catches sight of the gun, and Brennan and Hodgins call him to tell them that Broadsky's right hand is broken. Broadsky is set up on top of one of the shipping containers, but misses when he shoots at Booth. When he gets down, Booth takes after him. Broadsky once again gets to higher ground, and Booth shoots him in the leg. He steps on the wound.

Back at the lab, Brennan receives the call that Booth got Broadsky. As everyone celebrates, Brennan and Angela share a smile.

Everyone gathers as they load Vincent's body in a hearse, and Brennan shows up just in time with a potted plant. She and Booth smile. They begin remembering all the random facts that Vincent told them, and Sweets begins singing Vincent's favorite song ("The Lime in the Coconut"). Everyone joins in as they load him into the hearse. As they head back inside, Brennan takes Booth's arm and Angela smiles.


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Featured Music[]

  • "Keep The Streets Empty For Me" by Fever Ray
  • "Coconut" by Cast


  • During the opening scene with Broadsky, his target is an apple that is maybe 30 feet away, This shot is not only useless as a training excercise, but this shot is easily doable with a handgun.
  • As Booth draws his weapon when Brennan enters his bedroom the clock shows the time as 4:47. That coincides with the opening sequence of The End in the Beginning.
  • When Brennan recalls that Vincent's favorite song was "Da Lime in Da Coconut", Sweets's response is "Seriously? Because that's my jam." In the episode "The Body in the Bag," Sweets is shown working out to this song on his headphones. He also mentions in "The Wannabe in the Weeds" that he's going to sing it for karaoke.
  • Last appearance of Vincent Nigel Murry who died in this episode.


  • Sweets: Dr. Brennan has been known to retreat into hyper rationalism in times of emotional turmoil which could very well result in..

Hodgins: Okay, even *I* want to slap you now.

  • Booth: Oh, you threatening me?

Jacob Broadsky: Self-defense, Seeley. Sometimes that means a very aggressive offense.
Booth: You forget who you're dealing with?
Jacob Broadsky: Not for a moment. And don't you forget, you never see the bullet that takes you down.

  • Booth: How are you feeling?

Angela Montenegro: Oh boy. Like an overstuffed turkey shoved into an overhead bin on an overcrowded flight. How about you?
Booth: Me? Like I'm chasing a ghost.
[Starts to leave]
Angela Montenegro: Just make sure it's not your own.
Booth: I'm sorry?
Angela Montenegro: I-I just meant - be careful.

  • Special Agent Genny Shaw': Maybe you should stay behind me.

Lance Sweets: Oh of course. I don't measure my manhood the same way you do... That came out wrong.

  • Seeley Booth: He wants to kill. I don't. You know what? I'll do what I have to do.

Lance Sweets: I hope so. Because with you gone, you know, we're next.
Booth: What?
Sweets: Anybody on your team is against his team so...
Booth: I should have shot him in the back when I had the chance.
Sweets: Professionally - I disagree. Personally - not so much.

  • Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Vincent - he was looking at me and he was saying "Don't make me leave." He said that he - he loved being there. Why would he think that I'm the one making him leave? What kind of person am I?
  • "Brennan': Can you just-?

Booth: Yeah.
[Booth hugs Bones]
Booth: That's why I'm here. I'm right here. I know it's hard.

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