Monday night's "Bones" episode, "The Shot in the Dark," resulted in Dr. Brennan getting shot! But that wasn't the biggest surprise; our favorite socially awkward doc was then visited by visions of her dead mother. Or was she? Read on for all the juicy highlights!
Trouble at homeBones, Cam, and Hodgins are examining the body of a possible suicide victim who might have jumped off a nearly 900-foot high bridge. Bones calls it a night and heads home.
At home, Booth and Brennan talk about the pros and cons of taking a family vacation with baby Christine, with Bones arguing that the baby might not enjoy it as much as he thinks. The discussion turns into a full-on shouting match with Booth arguing that Bones isn't spontaneous enough.
She storms off and heads back to the lab to get away from him. She then learns that the possible suicide case was actually a murder that someone tried to make look like a suicide after the fact. Booth calls in to check on her, but Bones ignores his call. Minutes later, she is shot by someone holding a silenced gun. Booth shows up a little later with baby Christine to make up, and Bones is bleeding on the floor.
Then things get weirdAfter being shot, Dr. Brennan is mentally transported to her childhood home and sees a woman who calls her "Tempy." It's her mother! (And did everyone notice the similarity between Brennan's mom and Angela? Kinda explains why Bones bonded with Angela so quickly!)
Dr. Brennan immediately realizes that she is hallucinating after being shot, and not actually in heaven. Bones tries to "get back" to the real world and opens the door to the house. But when she walks out the door, she's transported right back to the living room.
In the ORCam has scrubbed in to assist the hospital staff with Dr. Brennan's surgery. The surgical team are baffled: There's no exit wound on Brennan's body, but there is also no bullet inside the body.
Cam tells Booth that Bones is out of surgery and stable, though her heart did stop twice during the surgery. Cam heads back to the lab to autopsy the body of a security guard who was murdered before Bones, in the hopes of identifying her attacker.
The mystery of the bulletThe Jeffersonian team all come in to help solve the case of who attacked Dr. Brennan. Sweets's new/old flame Olivia Sparling also shows up to pitch in, since Booth is staying at the hospital with Bones.
Bones finally wakes up (after being clinically dead for two minutes!) and tells Booth what happened. After hearing that Bones felt a cold sensation when she was shot, Hodgins theorizes that the bullet wasn't made of metal, but made of ice; that would explain why no bullet was found.
Back down the rabbit holeAngela stops by the hospital to bring Brennan up to speed, but then Brennan's heart flatlines again. She is transported back to "heaven" and talks with her mother again. The two reminisce about the last night they spent together.
She isn't out for long, but when she wakes up, Bones learns that her episode was caused by a reaction to antigens in her blood from the surgery. She's reacting like she was given the wrong blood type during surgery, but the hospital says she only received the correct blood.
Hodgins has a eureka momentAfter experimenting with ice bullets and having no luck, he discovers that the bullet was made from frozen blood, not frozen water. Hodgins later finds small fragments in the murdered security guard's hair that match up with a valuable church artifact owned by the Jeffersonian.
All this points to an art heist gone wrong: The culprit was a Jeffersonian-employed art restoration expert. He was working with the very security guard he murdered (along with the murdered "suicide victim" from the opening of the episode) to sell Jeffersonian artifacts and replace them with forgeries.
Normally skeptical Bones was reluctant to believe that she was really seeing her mom in the afterlife, but by the end of the episode, it seems like Bones is reconnecting with a part of herself that once believed in such unscientific propositions.