‘Bones’ Season 5 Episode 20 ‘The Witch in the Wardrobe’ starts with a C.S. Lewis pun and a cabin in the woods that has burned down and the skeleton on a middle aged woman in a wedding dress found in a clothing wardrobe.
Spoilers surely follow.
Bones, Booth, Angela, and Hodgins appears on the scene and almost immediately find another body, somewhat the worse for wear with stab wounds and much of the cabin on top of her, and wearing two, ruby colored slippers as her feet curl up.
“Don’t say it!” begs Angela.
“I have to!” replied Hodgins. “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Having dispensed with the bad literary and film puns, the episode gets to work on the two things it sets out to do: solve the mystery and throw Angela and Hodgins into an adventure with an unexpected but very welcome outcome.
While driving back with boxes of evidence, Angela and Hodgins runs afoul of the law when the local sheriff pulls them over for eccentric driving. Hodgins, being Hodgins, just had to mouth off to the sheriff. That and some outstanding, though minor warrants land Angela and Hodgins in jail together.
Eventually this necessitates Cam showing up to collect the evidence boxes and a two-way video Internet connection to be set up to that Angela and Hodgins can consult from the safety of the pokey.
As to the mystery. It seems that the skeleton in the wardrobe belonged to an unfortunate woman who lived in Salem in the late 17th century and was thus crushed to death for being a witch. The second body belonged to a more modern witch, a nominal practitioner of Wiccanism, though she had gone over to the dark side, casting curses for money and other nefarious things. She had dug up the 17th century skeleton in an attempt to gain more power.
There is a hilarious scene in which Booth and Bones sneak up on a Wiccan Coven that is conducting a ceremony involving burning a doll and dancing around some torches set up in the shape of a pentagram “skyclad”, i.e. nekkid. Booth moans that some of the ladies (it is an all female coven) ought not to be nekkid. Seeing some of the ladies clothed, I would have to disagree on that subject.
There are several red herrings, including a real estate developer and an unfortunate man who claims to have been made bald by one of the dead witch’s curses for hire. Sweets lends his expertise in the psychology of the Salem Witch Trials, and Clark the intern must fill in for Hodgins.
The upshot is that the coven, stoned out of their minds from ergot poisoning caused by the ingestion of infected rye flour, had butchered the dark witch under the impression that she was a demon from Hell. This sort of thing was common in the pre industrialized world and has been used to explain everything from the Salem trials to the outbreaks of “werewolf” attacks in the 19th century. That it happened in the modern age suggests the peril of buying one’s rye bread from an organic co-opt. What will become of the coven is left to the imagination.
What has become of Angela and Hodgins is very clear. Their time together in durance vile has made them realize that they are made for one another, a fact long known by fans of the show. The judge who comes to set them free also binds them together in matrimony, with the hard case sheriff showing them with paper dots.
Source: Bones, The Witch in the Wardrobe, TV.Rage