Bones (2005–2017)
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The Man on Death Row 

A condemned man's lawyer makes a last minute appeal to Bones and Booth to re-examine his case. After looking over the evidence, they determine that the man may not be guilty.


David Hugh Jones (as David Jones)


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Deschanel ... Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz ... Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin ... Angela Montenegro
Eric Millegan ... Zack Addy
T.J. Thyne ... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Jonathan Adams ... Daniel Goodman (credit only)
Rachelle Lefevre ... Amy Morton
Michael Mantell ... Larry Carlyle
Jeffrey Nordling ... David Ross
David Starzyk ... Ken Wright
Joan McMurtrey ... Mary Wright
Heavy D ... Sid Shapiro (as Heavy D.)
Heath Freeman ... Howard Epps
Michael Rothhaar ... Judge Cohen
Marcus Ashley ... Troy Pruit


An old acquaintance of Booth's, defense attorney Amy Morton, persuades him to ask a favor of Bones. The team examines the forensics of her new client Howard Epps, who is on death row with two days left after a failed final appeal. Anomalies, notably on the victim's remains, reveal alternative suspect David Ross, who admits having had consensual sex with the victim. Booth and Bones persuade FBI Deputy Director Sam Cullen and Judge Cohen to give them time and means to pursue every possibility, but they ultimately unearth another grueling reality... Written by KGF Vissers

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22 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The first appearance of Howard Epps. See more »


Zack shoots several photos at the old crime scene. In some he holds the camera horizontally, others vertically. After each shot we are shown the viewfinder perspective, and the image is always for a camera held horizontally. This is clear from the split-image focus element; the center line is parallel to the base of the camera, and would be vertical when the camera is held vertically. See more »


[after Bones attacks Howard Epps]
Dr. Temperance Brennan: Are you gonna arrest me for assault?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: From what I saw, purely self-defense.
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Bones Theme
Written by The Crystal Method
Performed by The Crystal Method
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Introducing Howard Epps
10 July 2016 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This is the first of several continuation stories on Bones. Howard Epps is an evil man who is just about to be executed. Booth ticks a lot of people off doing the right thing - making sure he is 100% guilty. The story ends in a way I never saw coming!

The friendship between Booth and Bones grows stronger. She says some things in the end that makes you happy these two are partners. She has a lot of respect for Booth and you can see the attraction in the end. The chemistry between B & B is what makes this show so wonderful!

We'll see Howard Epps in, I believe, two more episodes before he's done with.

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