Bones (2005–2017): Season 5, Episode 3 - The Plain in the Prodigy - full transcript

A young man's corps found on train tracks, crushed and scattered, at first sight from the nineteenth century, yet recently killed, fits missing Amish adolescent Levi Yoder. He was in DC for his Rumspringa, a single period outside the closed archaic hyper-devout community to taste temptation with mate Joseph Beachy and leave or commit to return for life, and marry his Amish beloved Sarah. Fellow pianist Sweets figures out the stones hidden under his bed are a practice 'keyboard', fancy detective work he was exceptionally gifted and auditioning at the National Conservatory and living with two 'English' musicians but died form a deep fall.

Run it all the way down.

Okay, so the guy here says he was out
doing routine track maintenance...

and, uh, saw the bones
and thought it was a deer.

Human dentition Is completely different.

Another example of our country's
deplorable educational system.

Well, right. Until every kid
becomes a dentist...

we have some psycho throwing a hacked-up
body out of a speeding train.

No, these bones were under the train.

If body parts had been thrown
out a window...

they'd be scattered in nearby foliage.

Level of decomp suggests...

the remains have been exposed
to the elements for at least two months.

- Drunk? Suicide?
- Conjecture.

There's evidence
of sharp-force trauma on the sternum.

- Stabbed.
- More conjecture.

- Beaten.
- Would you please stop that?

Come on. It's a beautiful day, Bones.

- We must enjoy conjecture.
- There's a distinct lack of hemorrhage.

This victim was dead
before being hit by the train.

All right, so someone killed him,
dumped him on the tracks...

in hopes of trying
to make it look like a suicide.

I can't determine motive, but I can say
the train dragged the victim...

and his body broke up
as it smashed against the rails and ties.

Whoa. We're saying that the bones
and the body gunk...

- were scattered along the track here?
- Yeah, for miles. Yes.

All trains should be diverted from this track
until we locate the rest of the remains.

Wait. You know how much chaos
that's gonna cause Amtrak?

Well, I told you, Booth.
I'm not interested in conjecture.

You know, when I was a kid,
Bones, I always wanted to be a hobo.

I wanted to ride the rails,
play the guitar-

- Be malnourished, riddled with
preventable disease- - Tell you what.

You know what? You could make
Santa Claus cry. You really could.

Hey, you're wearing
your belt buckle again.

- "Cocky. "
- Yeah.

Ever since the whole coma thing,
I just kept staring at it...

thinking to myself,
"Why would I wear something like this?"

- Because you love it. You always have.
- Yeah, that's what I landed on.

Well, I'm glad you did.
I like it. It's - It's "Boothy. "

- Boothy?
- There's a bone cyst on this femur-

the result of the parasite
Echinococcus granulosus.

It's extremely uncommon in the U.S.

Immigrant. Illegal. Sorry.
No "conjecting. " I'm just being Boothy.

So what do you got there?

The pelvis is male.

Partial epiphyseal fusion indicates
the victim would be in his teens.

He was just a kid.

Markers on these bones are anomalous,
even for an immigrant.

I'd like to get them
back to the lab to run some tests.

- Hold on, Bones.
- F.B. I. Forensics can continue the search.

- I'll send Clark to supervise.
- Bones, time out. Hold on.

You might wanna take the skull back there
that my people are holding.

So, you and Perry gonna
get something to eat after the library?

- Probably.
- Okay, but promise me you're gonna-

Call if I'm gonna be late. I know.

- Sorry. New mom.
- It's okay.

Oh, um, I wanted to ask you.

- You know that dance this weekend?
- The formal?

Yeah. Perry and I thought
it might be fun to...

you know, make a whole night of it.

Like, we'd rent a limo
and go to breakfast in the morning and-

Uh, the whole night?
Wh-Where would you sleep?

We wouldn't. That's the point.

So... you and Perry would be spending
the night together not sleeping?

- Why do you say it like that?
- Just thinking it through. That's all.

Oh. Here's Perry.

- I thought you liked Perry.
- Well, I do.

- So you'll think about it?
- Yeah.

- Hey, Chelle.
- Hey.

- Dr. Saroyan.
- Cam, Perry. Call me Cam.

- Bye, guys.
- Bye.

Flora. Oh, Clark, you shouldn't have.
I presume that is for me.

Yeah, knock yourself out.

Hey. Brennan said she found a skull...

- so I can give you a face.
- Yeah. It's right here.

Complete with perimortem fractures
on the parietal.

Looks like the victim was badly beaten.

- Hey, Brennan said this was a teenager, right?
- Mm-hmm.

Uh, these clothing scraps
look hand-stitched-

like his mom made them.

That makes it sadder somehow.

Where's Dr. Brennan?

She's doing an isotope analysis.

- She thinks the victim might be from another country.
- Oh, that makes sense.

His cavities suggest that his drinking
water wasn't fluoridated.

- When do teenagers start having sex?
- Hello.

If they could, they'd start in the morning
and go until they drop.

Please tell me this is about the case.

This is about Michelle, isn't it?
Is she having sex?

- Working here is like being on The View.
- I meant what age.

Dr. Saroyan, um, may I be excused...

to attend to something more case-related?

Oh, Dr. Brennan already requested
that you suit up...

to supervise the F.B. I. Techs; retrieval
of the remains at the train tracks.

Wait. Dr. Brennan wants me
to put on a jumpsuit...

and walk along a railroad track?

Mm-mmm. That is not
a good look on a brother.

I bet you were an early starter,
weren't you, Clark?

A prodigy, maybe?

Uh, in case you haven't heard...

uh, Ms. Montenegro, I have work to do.

So excuse me.

- Yeah.
- No pesticides.

No evidence of processed foods.

- Kid's from the boonies.
- No, it's more significant than that, Booth.

Our victim grew up with no bone markers
that indicate modern life.

No evidence of contact
with electricity or petrochemicals.

Fine. Then we're back to an immigrant.
Maybe a developing nation.

No. Isotopic analysis of his bone...

matches the geology
of the mid-Atlantic states.

- I don't get It.
- Neither do I.

Our victim was a teenaged boy
who died about two months ago...

but, according to the data,
he grew up in the early 1800s.

I discovered the origins
of our victim's markers.

What? Discovered what? Markers. Great.

He wasn't from the 19th century.

I took dual X-ray absorptiometry scans
of the pelvic bone...

- and then computed-
- I trust your methods, Dr. Brennan.

You can just skip to the conclusion.

Our dead teenager was Amish.

Amish like buggies-and-hats Amish?

- Yes.
- Then let's call Booth.

- Maybe something'll turn up on Missing Persons.
- He's already checking.

I'm going to meet him.

Is that a cartoon rendering
of a penis in your book?

Uh, why, I guess it is. Look at that.

- Why is it talking?
- Isn't Booth expecting you?

It's cute.

So Levi Yoder's parents filed a Missing
Persons report about two months ago.

Kid's a ringer for Angela's sketch.

He was probably on his rumspringa.
That would explain the D. M.V. Photo.

- Well, what do you mean?
- Amish don't drive while living in their community.

- No, I-I mean rum- Rum what?
- Rumspringa.

It's a period when Amish youth
are encouraged...

to explore the outside world.

It translates to "running around. "

- That's crazy.
- No more crazy than your religion.

Look, we reject Satan, and...
they reject buttons.

Rumspringa's a quite rational way to help
teens make an Informed decision...

as to whether or not to be baptized into
the Amish faith as adults.

Right. Take a bunch
of sheltered kids and set 'em loose.

Recipe for disaster, if you ask me.

Well, actually, over 85%
of Amish teens return...

and become full members
of their church community.

- Really? Huh.
- How many baptized Catholics-

Are still practicing their faith in adulthood?

Here we go with the Catholics again.
You know what?

I don't wanna hear about
the pope's hat... again. Okay?

He's gotta wear it just like, you know...

the guys in front of
Buckingham Palace have to.

Well, it's quite ornate
for a vow of poverty.

Don't you think?

- We're very sorry for your loss.
- I tried to protect him.

I told him the English world was...
dangerous and seductive.

- Well, where did he go?
- Washington.

He went with another boy- Joseph Beachy.

- So then he wasn't really missing?
- Not at first.

He promised to call us
once a week to check in.

There's an English family down the road.
They let us use their phone.

- Then the phone calls stopped.
- I spoke to Joseph's parents.

Joseph told them that he and Levi...

hadn't been living together
for quite some time.

We contacted the police
and filed a Missing Persons report.

Last time you spoke to your son, did he
seem disappointed or sad about anything?

No. He sounded alive.


- Would it be all right
if we took a look in his room?

Okay, the good news Is
that this span of track...

only uses southbound trains...

which means the body
most likely came from the north.

- And the bad news?
- Well, we're still missing a lot of body parts.

And north of this section,
there are multiple switch points...

where the tracks branch out
into dozens of other lines.

Clark's looking at a lot
of hot hours under the sun.

Okay. Send him the routes
he has to search.

Hey. What's goin; on with Michelle?

Uh, Michelle has this boyfriend, Perry.

- Oh, I met him. He's a hottie.
- Who's a hottie?

Perry- Michelle's boyfriend.

Sure, If you like athletic,
confident, young-

- Studly.
- Okay, let's not say "studly," please.

- Do you have something for me?
- Yeah.

That vine on the bones- it's kudzu.

The growth rate suggests the body parts...

had been undisturbed
for approximately two months.

So the victim must have died shortly after
the last time he spoke to his parents.

Perry's a senior, isn't he? That might be
why he's pressuring Michelle to have sex.

Why do you think he's pressuring her?

Women want sex just as much as men.

Yeah, well, she's a child.
She still has stuffed animals.

I did, too, at 16. And I also had Brian.

All you can do is tell her
to respect herself and use protection.

During the Crusades, knights used
to lock up their wives and daughters.

How helpful. Anything else, Hodgins?

- And let's try something case-related this time.
- Right. Yes. May I?

So, the victim's bones- they were covered
in a sedimentary rock dust...

comprised of carbon, nitrogen,
oxygen and sulfur...

so it's indicated he was most likely
hooked beneath a coal car.

Hmm. Well, that eliminates the need
for me to search for passenger-only trains...

which means I can focus
on which lines use coal cars.

Hey, listen, Cam.

Every teenager goes through this.

Think about what you went through.

Me? Oh, God. What- What am I gonna do?

Well, there's no posters.
There's no video games.

Tell you what. If I was a teenager...

I'd want out of this place too.

Nice quilt though, huh?

Oh! Oh.

What do we have here, huh?

What is this- some kind
of an Amish thing, Bones?

Rock collection? I don't -

- I don't think so.
- Uh-

Mrs. Yoder, you have any idea...

why your son would
keep these under his bed?

- No. I've never seen those before.
- Right.

- We should get these to Sweets to take a look at.
- Why?

Hodgins would be the one
to know if stones...

would have any evidentiary value.

A kid hides rocks underneath his bed,
they're gonna mean something.

- Not to Hodgins. Here.
- That photograph of Levi-

is it possible for me to keep it?

The Amish don't use cameras.

She probably doesn't have
any other pictures of her son.


Of course. Here you go.

Okay. That's great. Thanks.

So, listen, the F.B. I. Is tracking down
the address for this Joseph kid.

We'll have It In a few-

Hello there.

Are you here about Levi?

Were you two friends?

Sarah. You're needed at home.

- Well, clearly she's busy right now.
- No, please.

It's okay. It's my brother.

- I have to go.
- Sarah!

Excuse me. Listen.

If you need anything, here's my card.
You can call me anytime.

Sarah, now!

- Males are clearly dominant.
- Yeah. Clearly.

- Look at that. So we got
the address for Joseph Beachy.

Here we go.

Joseph Beachy.

F.B. I. Open up.


Seriously. I yell "F.B. I.,"
and you open up the door holding that?

Yeah, we're, uh-
There's nothing going on here, Officer.

- You're holding a bong.
- Yeah.

- Joseph Beachy?
- Yeah, that's me.

Come on. You're comin; with us. Come on.

Oh, God.

This is not in the proper spirit
of rumspringa.


Yeah! Whoo-hoo!

Levi moved out a few months ago.
I haven't seen him since.

We were told you were going through
your rumspringa together.

- Why would he leave?
- Parties weren't his thing.

That's kinda what rumspringa's for, right?

Cut loose, go a little crazy.

Gettin; busted for smokin; weed.

It's supposed to be a time
to contemplate your future faith.

Well, yeah. I was seein; how, in the future...

I wouldn't wanna smoke weed.

Maybe Levi threatened to tell your parents
that you were a stoner...

and you had to stop him.

Oh, look, man, Levi had his own secrets.

No way he'd risk tellin; on me.

- What kind of secrets?
- I don't know...

but he used to disappear for hours.

Never tell anyone where he was going.

Even back home, there were times
he'd tell his folks...

he was at work,
but I knew that that wasn't true.

Do you know where Levi went
after he moved out?

No. Like I said,
we didn't really keep in touch.

You know, I know
I will end up going back to the church.

I just gotta get all the wild out.

But Levi?

He always seemed like he had other plans.


Are those the rocks
from the victim's room?

Yep. Just finishing up now.

What are you doing?

- Oh, Booth asked me to take a look.
- At rocks?

- That is so my domain.
- Meaning you found something?

Depends how you define "something. "

I mean, all rocks are
a tangible representation...

of the awe-inspiring passage of time...

- on this tiny planet that we call-
- Hodgins.

They're your basic
Paleozoic Era metamorphic rocks.

They're the kind of rocks that you clear
away when you're plowing a field...

so there's nothing distinguishing
about them whatsoever...

except for the awe-inspiring
passage of time thing.

- What about the feathers?
- Eastern bluebird.

They're a pretty common songbird.

Guys, I think I know what these are.

There are 88 of these.
Fifty-two relatively Light In color.

- Thirty-six dark.
- Okay.

- A piano.
- You think this Is a piano?

- For Fred Flintstone maybe.
- No, like a practice keyboard.

You've seen 'em.
I used to use one when I took lessons.

Plus the songbird feathers
are further signifiers of music.

He kept it hidden under his bed
because Levi was ashamed.

The Amish aren't supposed
to play musical instruments.

So then where does a kid
like Levi learn about pianos?

Well, Booth said that
he had a job In town, right?

Every small town has at least
one piano teacher.

I'll tell Booth.

What are you doing?

Playing the theme to Titanic.

Even not hearing it, I hate that song.

Not the way I play it.

Were you able to get
some photos of brake rigging?

Yeah, I got 'em. I got the photos.
I got the bones.

I got bit by God knows
what kind of bugs out there.

Well, perhaps Hodgins
can identify them for you.

Trauma is consistent
with his body lying faceup...

as an exposed gear lever
hooked him in the sternum.

- Have you found cause of death yet?
- No, not yet.

There's evidence of perimortem fractures,
but until I get more bones...

I won't be able to see a pattern.

Dr. Brennan, I covered all the tracks
between the bridge...

and the, uh, switch point.

Well, we're still missing
over 60% of the vertebrae...

not to mention a number of extremities.

Animal scavengers must have made off
with the rest of the bones.

You have to regroup the tech team
and start another search...

this time focusing
on secluded brush areas...

within 50 yards
on either side of the tracks...

where animal feeding sites
would likely appear.

Actually, I'm more
of a lab rat, Dr. Brennan.

Perhaps somebody more outdoorsy
would be better.

Clark, if there's spinal damage
that corresponds...

to the compression fractures on
the long bones, we could have cause of death.

I need those bones.
You're the most qualified.

Don't scratch your neck with the gloves.

Is it all right if I get a drink of water, boss?

You know, uh, it's awful hot out there...

and them tools is mighty heavy.

Of course you can get water.

- Why are you talking like that?
- Never mind.

I'm going.

I'm goin'.

Michelle. What are you doing here?

We got out early for an assembly, so-

Come in. Sit down.


I was wondering-

- Have you had a chance to think about the dance?
- Michelle, are you having sex?

- Excuse me?
- It's no big deal. I just-

Well, no, it is a big deal.
It's a really, really big deal.

- This is none of your business.
- It is. I'm your legal guardian.

Oh, so you can just boss me around
any way you want?

No, I think I'm understanding.
But sex- Sex is-

When two people have sex-
When the body is secreting hormones-

When men and women and sex are-

Some people believe
that God will smite you.

Just a thought.

You're not my mother.

I know, Michelle.

I love you, and I don't
wanna see you get hurt.

Your only job was keeping me out
of foster care after my father died...

and you did that.

So don't pretend there's anything more.

- Michelle-
- I've got homework.


That was only his third lesson.

He was playing Handel by ear.

I had to record it. I was so flabbergasted.

- So, Mrs. Turner, you said that
Levi worked for your husband.

In construction. Yes.

Uh, Levi brought some receipts
to our home a couple years ago...

and I was with a student...

- and she was practicing "F?r Elise. "
- Ahh. Beethoven.

I took a few piano lessons,
but, you know, all thumbs.

Uh, couldn't quite work it out.

Levi was fascinated, so I invited him to watch.

And after my student left,
I suggested Levi touch a few keys.

Well, he was shy, but once he sat down...

the boy was a natural.

- You started giving him lessons?
- Mm-hmm.

I never charged him. He was a prodigy.

Mrs. Turner, during
these secret lessons...

did you notice
if he was conflicted at all?

Oh, my. Yes.

I encouraged him to use his rumspringa...

to decide whether his love of music
was strong enough...

for him to consider leaving his faith.

- Did you keep in contact with him?
- For a while.

Then I never heard from him anymore.

This was the last thing Levi sent me.

He wanted me to know
that he had made friends.

They were helping him to audition
for the National Conservatory...

and he seemed so excited.

It's just not fair that he's gone.

Such a gift.

Okay, we know he was in D.C.,
but it would be helpful...

- to have an area of town to focus on.
- I'll see if I can locate...

any distinctive architectural markers
outside the windows.

All right.

- Okay, Karin. Let's switch.
- Hey, Tony, do the Mozart.

- Mozart? Okay.
- You can hear them call each other Karin and Tony.

These are some talented kids.

These buildings have Queen Anne detail...

like a corbelled cornice.

Most of the older neighborhoods
have these. I'm gonna need more.

Okay, Levi, do your audition piece.

- He's adorable.
- Okay.

Did you hear that-
that noise in the background?

Maybe we don't need architectural markers.

A train.

Architecturally, these buildings
could be In one of six neighborhoods...

but this building here is the only one
that's right next to the train track.

I'll triangulate the structures
outside the windows...

and... bingo.

There's the apartment building.

- It's so sad.
- Poor kid.

So that's, uh, your apartment
in the video, isn't it?

Levi lived in some party place.
I had room.

My building's not the greatest,
but it was better than where he was living.

- So how did you two know Levi?
- It was about six months ago.

Karin and I were walking by one
of the practice rooms at the conservatory.

We heard this piano. It was so beautiful.

Levi- he'd snuck In to play.

One thing just led to another,
and we sort of adopted him.

I had this gold medal. Not real gold.

Just something I'd won
at a music competition when I was a kid...

but to Levi it was
the most beautiful thing ever.

So I gave it to him for good luck.

I guess it didn't work very well.

How come you didn't file a Missing Persons
report when he disappeared?

We just figured he'd changed his mind
about the conservatory...

- and gone back to his family.
- What made you think that?

His dad had come to see him...

and probably convinced him to come home.

Amish don't approve of playing music.

- Hold on. His dad was there?
- A few days before Levi was supposed to audition...

I went to the apartment,
and when I left...

I saw a full-on Amish guy
heading towards the building.

And I tried to Introduce myself...

but he just Ignored me.

He seemed pretty pissed, to be honest.

How dare you accuse me
of harming my own son?

- Mr. Yoder-
- I would never raise a hand to my boy.

- Not even if your livelihood was at stake?
- Levi was your only child.

I- I can see the arthritis
in your metacarpals and phalanges.

You needed a son's help
to keep this farm going.

You found out about the audition.
You and Levi fought.

- There was an accident.
- You took his body to the tracks.

How can you say those things to me?

You think this farm
is more important to me than my own son?

He was my son.

My husband hasn't left this farm
in over two years.

What are you talking about?
What audition?

For the National Conservatory.

A conservatory?

You son was an extraordinarily gifted
classical musician.

No. There are no instruments here.

That's why your son
had to sneak into town for lessons.

We would have known something like that.

Not if he knew you'd disapprove.

So he ran away...
because he couldn't trust us?

I don't believe he had anything to do with It.

- What? Your gut again?
- I'm a father. He's a father.

Okay? It's just something
you just wouldn't understand.

Would you advise Parker that sexual
intercourse at age 16 is a wise decision?

What? W- How did you know that?

- Wait. What are we talking about?
- Michelle.

- Cam is afraid Michelle is having sex.
- Oh, no. That's not good.

You just said that you
were having sex when you were 16.

- That's different.
- Oh, so there's a double standard?

Of course. You know what?
Cam needs to shut that down. Finish it.

I said that Michelle should wait
until she's at least 17 and a half.

- Is that how old you were?
- No. I was 22.

- Twenty-two?
- Well, don't - Why do you sound shocked?

No, i-it's just- It's a good age.

- Twenty-two?
- Well, I- It was an important decision.

I gave it a lot of thought.

I finally found a man who could provide
a skillful introduction, and-

Well, you make it sound
like it was a class that you took.

All right, you know,
the first time you should be in love.

You know, totally...

goo-goo for the other person.

- Were you when you were 16?
- Well, part of me was.

And if Michelle feels this way,
do you think she should be having sex?

No, Michelle should not be having sex
until she's 22.

- Yeah?
There's someone here to see you.

She just spent hours on a bus by herself.

Says she only wants to talk to you.

Levi and I, we were In love.

A few months before he left Lancaster,
we started courting.

- Did you know why he was going to D. C?
- Music.

I thought it was important he get it out
of his system before we married.

Did you stay In touch with him
while he was In the city?

He wrote me letters.

He talked about going to the conservatory.

I began to worry I'd lost him.

I shared my fears with my brother Amos.

I'm afraid now that was a mistake.

Your brother Amos
has a temper, doesn't he?

It's been a struggle for him.

Did he get upset with you
when you talked to him about Levi?

- Yes. I told him how close we'd been.
- Sexually?

No. Levi and I, we didn't do that.

But... I don't think Amos believed me.

About two months ago, he left for the day.

He said he had some business to do.

- Do you think he was going after Levi?
- I'm not sure.

But shortly after that, Amos told me...

that I should try to forget about Levi...

that he might never come back.

And then when I didn't hear
from Levi again, I just-

It's okay.

I love my brother.

I hate to suspect him
of something so awful...

but I had to tell someone.

Why are there two massive train wheels
blocking the loading dock?

They're filled with dried,
mangled body bits and bones.

Dr. Brennan wants me to examine them
for defensive wounds.

Only she didn't ask you
to bring in the whole train.

We may have cause of death.

Karin Lin's apartment
is on the fourth floor of the building.

Underneath the balcony
in the alley is a Dumpster.

Now, I swabbed the perimortem fractures
on the victim's skull.

I found powder coating similar to the type
used on industrial-strength Dumpsters.

I identified the perimortem
ring fracture on the base of the skull...

as well as the corresponding damage
on the top of the spinal column.

Those injuries indicate that the victim
fell from Karin Lin's balcony...

and then landed head first
into the lid of the Dumpster...

thereby severing his spine.

F.B.I. Techs confirm that the Dumpster...

has a dent consistent with our scenario...

as well as residue
of dried blood on the steel...

- which matches Levi Yoder.
- Anything linking the assault to Karin Lin or her boyfriend?

No. That's why I should start digging
the remains out of the train wheels.

Levi abandoned my sister
after courting her.

What kind of brother would I be
if I didn't try to intercede?

I told him his rumspringa was over...

that it was time to do the right thing
and come home to Sarah.

- That's it?
- He said that there was something pulling him away.

- He felt possessed.
- Music?

How could he leave my sister
for something so frivolous?

And you wanted to hit him.

I shook him.

I grabbed him and I shook him,
and It was shameful.

I apologized.

Then he tried to explain. He pl-

He played something for me.

I'd never heard anything Like It.

It was called "Claire de Lune"...

and it sounded like a... sunrise.

Something that beautiful,
I have to believe that it came from God.

Hmm. And that's not
what your religion says.

I cannot pretend to know
what the Lord has planned for any of us.

That's the greatest sin, you know-

speaking for God.

I told Levi that I would make sure
that Sarah was looked after.

And that's it?


He was going to be my brother.

I hugged him.

And then I left.

I didn't mean what I said.

- I know you care.
- Oh, it's okay. L-

I handled things badly, I guess.

- Can I sit?
- I think so.

Look, Michelle, I-

This is all new to me, too, so I'm sorry
if we got off on the wrong foot.

My dad always wanted me to be independent.

To think for myself, you know?

And you talked to him about boys?

Are you kidding? How weird would that be?

- Did you talk to your dad about boys?
- Oh, God, no.

No, my mom told him to go bowling.
She knew he'd have a meltdown.

My dad still thinks I'm a-

His little girl.

I didn't know. Never had a mom.

So, you and Perry-


He wants to, but he's
not pressuring me or anything.

But I'm scared.

Is that weird?
I mean, it's just sex, right?

It's all over the TV and everywhere.

Oh, there's no such thing
as "just sex," Michelle.

Every time, you give a bit of yourself
to the person you're with.

So... it's okay to wait
as long as you want.

But I don't want to lose Perry.

If Perry doesn't understand how you feel,
he doesn't deserve you.

I wanted to talk to you.

I really did...

but I just didn't want you
to be disappointed in me.

Oh. Michelle...

that's what I was afraid of too.

Have you found anything pertinent
on the bones you found in the wheels?

I'm still reassembling
the fragments from the right foot...

but the left arm and hand are all there.

The fractures on these phalanges-

there's barely discernible
rounding along the edges.

The fractures occurred
before Levi was killed.

Whatever injured him was most likely...

a flat object with a straight edge.

Wait. How much force would it take
to do something like that?

Hmm. About 120 pounds per square inch.

Hey. The keyboard lid
could have exerted that much force.

It could have happened when he was
practicing at the conservatory.

So someone breaks a piano player's hand...

a few days before his big audition.

There was only one place
available at the conservatory.

Tony was already in, but Levi was
competing with Karin for the spot.

Which means that she had motive
to try to sabotage his audition.

She accidentally injures him...

hoping that he'll slink back
to Amish country.

And when that doesn't work, she kills him.

Inference, not conjecture.

Agents have picked up Karin Lin...

and are bringing her to the F.B.I.

- I'll pack everything up.
- Right. I'll go get the car.

Don't worry about It.
I'll take care of It for you.

- Perry, right? Michelle's boyfriend?
- Yes, sir.

Perry Wilson. Michelle's with Cam.
She told me to wait here.

- F.B. I. Special Agent Seeley Booth.
- F.B. I?

Chelle's, uh, family to me.
I'm her number one uncle.

- Really? She-She didn't mention you-
- I'm also a trained sniper.

- Okay. Wow. Uh-
- Listen, Perry- Right?

You're a red-blooded young man.

And, uh, Michelle is, you know-
She's an attractive young girl.

- So I assume that you, uh-
- What?

- No. No. No.
- Right. Because Michelle deserves your respect.

- You understand?
- I do. I do respect her.

- We were just gonna go to a movie tonight.
- Right.

And if you behave any way
less than a gentleman towards her...

I'll find you.

I think we understand each other, right?

- Yes, sir.
- Mm-hmm. Michelle, hi!

We were just talking
about what you were doing tonight.

Yeah, we're going to the movies.

- Nice.
- Just a movie. That's all. Movie.

Hey, Bones. Uh, you've met Perry-

- Michelle's boyfriend?
- Yes. Nice to see you again.

I heard about Princeton.
You have a very bright future ahead.

- I hope so.
- Mm-hmm.

Me too. Have fun tonight, okay?

Sniper. Good man.

So you were competing
with Levi for a spot at the conservatory.

No, I wasn't.
My grandfather used to be a dean...

and I've been taking
private lessons there since I was six...

so my admission had nothing to do
with the audition process.

- Yet, you were the only pianist in your class.
- Yeah, because...

none of the other applicants
were good enough to get in this year.

I'm sure Levi would have gotten in.
I mean, he was better than everyone.

- He was better than me.
- Did you see Levi...

at the conservatory the day before he
disappeared, when his hand got smashed?

His hand? I-I have no idea-

Someone crushed his hand, Karin.
Didn't want him to audition.

He died at your apartment.
You were the last person to see him alive.

This is crazy! He wasn't even there
the last time that I went.

His stuff was there,
but his money was gone.

- How do you know his money was gone?
- Levi didn't trust banks...

and I had this old roll-top desk
with a secret drawer in it...

and that's where he kept his money,
and it was gone.

- But his stuff was still there?
- Yeah. I figured that if his father made him come home...

then he wanted to leave everything
from this life behind.

Guaranteeing you a place
at the conservatory.

I was trying to help him get In.
I picked his audition piece.

- I could never hurt Levi. I loved him.
- You loved him?

Did your boyfriend know that?
Right. Maybe he just liked him out of the way.

Tony wasn't even around the weekend
that Levi disappeared.

You can ask his parents.
He was at his grandma's funeral.

I'm not gonna say anything else.
I don't have to.

I'm not saying anything.

F.B.I. Techs found a grand piano
at the conservatory...

with bits of dried flesh
and blood inside the keyboard lid.

What about fingerprints?
- There were some partials...

on the lid directly above the spot
where Levi's left hand was broken.

We still have Karin Lin in custody.

We can get her prints for comparison.

Don't need to. We already have a match.
The prints are Levi's.

- Levi broke his own hand?
- That's what the evidence says.

Thanks, Cam.

Levi... broke his own hand?
It's not logical.

Levi decided to move back to his family.

He wanted to remove all temptation
so he wouldn't change his mind.

You seriously think that he was choosing
his religion over his music?

Or maybe it was just
over this girl, Sarah.

- I mean, either way, it makes sense.
- No, it doesn't.

To destroy a gift like that
for a girl or religion- it's awful.

And it- it still
doesn't give us the killer.

Wait a minute. The money-
Wh-What about the money?

- What if this was all about the money?
- What money?

The money- Levi's cash.
We never found the cash.

And that fake gold medal
that Karin supposedly gave him-

- Did that ever show up?
- Not yet. No.

Cash- What if this was all about the money?
Come on, Bones.

He was a petty thief.
We arrested him In Baltimore.

Seven other residents In Karin Lin's
building reported missing Items...

right around the time that Levi died.

There was jewelry, silverware, cash.

- So it was just a robbery?
- Well, the thief was some stupid kid...

who hocked a bunch
of stolen Items about a month ago.

? River's edge?

He also tried pawning the gold medal.

? So quiet and full?

He didn't know It was fake.

? Of potential?

Kid said that's what Levi was fighting for
when he fell over the railing.

? And just enough nightfall?

Levi was just
In the wrong place at the wrong time.

Guess that would certainly
justify his parents...

- removing themselves from the world.
- Can't blame 'em now.

But... what Levi discovered-

the gift he had-

Would their god really want them
to deny their son that?

Levi planned to return.

We thought it was important
that you knew that.

He considered life
outside the community...

but he wanted to come home.

We brought you something.

I'm sorry, but we can't accept that.

In this case, I think God will understand.

Levi, if you want
to get into the conservatory...

you have to learn to perform.

- You're amazing.
- Our son.

It's so beautiful.

What's that mean?

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