Season 3 sees the start of the Gormagon story arc and introduces Dr. Lance Sweets, played by John Francis Daley, to the group. An FBI hired psychologist, Sweets is assigned to assess the working partnership of Agent Booth & Brennan after Booth arrested Temperance’s estranged father. While the two maintain that they have a rational understand of the reasons to arrest Max, Sweets knows that there is a hidden tension. A lot of humour is added to the show when Booth makes fun of Sweets youngish appearance & age. The more serious Gormagon arc which will end a little tragically for the team, starts off with the skull belonging to a highly talented violinist who disappeared after a concert.
As Zack is away Brennan searches for a new assistant. Angela and Hodgins hire a private investigator to track down Angela’s ex-husband, who is identified with the nickname “Berimbau”. Brennan starts a slow process of getting to know her father, visiting him reluctantly at the prison. One of the weirdest things I have heard is highlighted in an episode that involved pony play – role playing where men & women ride people who behave like horses for the duration of their stay in a large mansion with adjacent grounds. The ‘horses’ are cleaned, ridden and feed as if they were in fact animals but there is sex involved! Sheesh! Meanwhile, the FBI forces Booth and Brennan to undergo psychiatric counseling with Dr. Lance Sweets. Zack returns and takes up his former position within the team but it is obvious that he has changed.
Employees of the Jeffersonian Institute become murder suspects when the remains of a Jeffersonian intern is found in the building’s incinerator. Booth, Brennan and their team set about to investigate her death and find she had been working on the Gormogon case, which is still open. They acquire further motives for her death when they discover she had been in a romantic relationship with a Jeffersonian employee. Booth will also agree to pretend to still be Cam’s boyfriend for a family dinner but later is hit on by her younger sister when she finds out that they had broken up long ago. One of my fav episodes is one in which the body of a teenage boy is found by his former high school classmates to have been hidden inside a time capsule that was buried 20 years ago. As the team investigates the class of 1987 to find the boy’s killer, they find a disk among his belongings, containing a game which would have been a landmark title in 1987 if released. They also discover he was the father of a classmate’s son. The death of a priest leads them back on the case of the Gormogon serial killer when the priest’s kneecaps were discovered to have been surgically removed. They realize the killer has a pattern for choosing victims after Angela finds a victim tree in the evidence vault.
Then there is the case of the dead Santa Claus – funny episode! But nothing is funnier or sweeter when Booth & Brennan have to take in a baby bot whose mother was killed in a car accident. The baby survived without a scratch and I laughed at Brennan’s uncomfortableness at holding and taking care of a baby, while Booth who is a father is a natural at it. However Temperance soon bonds with the baby, feeding him milk from a bottle and gets emotionally attached to him. After that Brennan’s father Max Keenan is on trial for the alleged murder of FBI Deputy Director Kirby. Everyone on the team, except for Brennan, is called as a witness for the prosecution during the trial. Brennan on the other hand is the forensics advisor for the defense, and she must rely on both her dedication to her family and her skill as an anthropologist to help free her father. Zack who never makes mistakes is caught on a mistake by Brenna’s new intern Dr. Clark Edison.
However the shock & twist will continue to be from the Gormagon case. With everyone throwing theories with analysis as to how Sweets or Hodgins could be Gormagon, Dr. Brennan receives a mandible from the Gormogon in a package, and while trying to discover the origins of the tooth markings, Zack Addy is severely injured in an explosion. In the commotion, the widow’s son skeleton is stolen from the Gormogon vault within the Jeffersonian. Could Gormogon be in fact one of the Jeffersonian’s staff? The crew begins their investigation to find out who among them is working with the Gormogon, an apprentice, and more bones could be hidden. The shocking discovery is that Zack was the apprentice working for Gormogon, tearing a hole in the hearts of his colleagues & friends, their lives changed forever. Zack’s weaker personality was easily manipulated by Gormogon so he believed his belief system irrefutable, even going as far as to divide the bones of a lobbyist killed by Gormogon’s other apprentice among limbo. However, Zack still maintained a loyalty to his friends. As pointed out by Bones, he was willing to injure himself to keep Hodgins safe. He gives up the location of Gormogon’s house after Bones makes him realize his logic is faulty. Gorgmogon is killed in an FBI sting operation. At the end of the episode, prosecutor Caroline Julian cuts Zack a deal; he agrees to pled guilty to killing the lobbyist and cooperates; and the law will have him declared “Non compos mentis“; a decision committing him into a mental asylum rather than to prison.