The scene of the crime is an abandoned construction site which is a skateboarder’s heaven because of all the twists and turns in the concrete. Until the skateboarder drops down on the concrete and it shatters revealing a human skull. Meanwhile at the gang’s favorite hangout, The Royal Diner, Dr. Sweets (played by John Francis Daley) and Brennan (also known as Bones and played by Emily Deschanel), to Agent Booth’s (played by David Boreanaz) dismay, are discussing the possibility of Hannah (Booth’s girlfriend played by Katheryn Winnick) being bored at home and that could be why she is seeking the need to do some dangerous investigative reporting. Then Booth is saved by the buzz of his cell phone and he and Bones are off to the crime scene.
Bones determines that the victim was a male in his 20s, but then is concerned because the rest of the bones are not present in the cement. She orders a one ton slab of the concrete to be cut and sent to the Jeffersonian for further forensic observations.
Dr. Hodgins (played by T. J. Thyne), the bug guy, finds that the concrete had ant like trails throughout it. The Intern, Arastoo Vaziri (played by Pej Vahdat), suggests filling the cavities with a barium sulfate material and using a fluoroscope to mimic an MRI to see exactly what is inside the concrete. The find out that the tissue was decomposed before he was put in the concrete, he was lying on his back with his arms to the side and that he had a tattoo on his tooth.
Angela Montenegro (played by Michaela Conlin), the staff artist, creates a 3D template using the findings from the MRI-like experiment to grow a plastic replica of the body they can use to determine personal factors as well as cause of death. The structure of his bones and presence of particular injuries suggested that the victim was a dancer and that he was either stabbed or had been impaled on something.
With the clues that they now have, the crew was able to determine that the victim was Robert Pierson and that he was a guy “off the grid.” Further investigation determines where he used to take dance classes and Booth and Bones head over to talk to the teacher there. Once there they find a woman of small stature using a cane conducting the class in a very agitated manner. The teacher is shown the picture of Robert and she explains how she wished him dead. During a practice he broke her ankle in such a way that her dancing career was put on hold for about three years. Bones then goes onto explain that the type of injury she suffered means that she will probably not do ballet again. With that news, the teacher tries to assault Bones, but Booth steps in her way.
Hodgins finds that a particular fungus is the cause of the missing bones as this fungus actually eats bone. He calls the CDC to see if there have been any outbreaks of this particular fungus and finds that there was at a local park at about the same time as the disappearance. Hodgins also notes that the fungus had to be introduced to the victim’s bone before he died and that brass shavings were present and indicate the make up of the murder weapon.
Kalorama Park, a local park full of street performers, was the sight of the closest outbreak of fungus. As Booth and Bones walk through the park Bones comments that busking or street performances are “entertainment in its purest, unfettered form” but Booth is no convinced. Booth stops the janitor of the park and shows him Robert’s photo. He recognizes him and tells them that he had a fight with another dancer over a prime performance spot. Two more performers, a woman singer and a male magician, also confirm that fact and indicated the way to Booth and Bones. Bones sees a bronze statue in the park and approaches it to get a sample to test against the bronze found in the victim’s wounds and finds that it is a live person performing as a statue.
The moving statue is taken into custody because he will not speak. Dr. Sweets is brought in to try to get the man to speak and realizes that he probably suffers from some sort of dissociative disorder and can only speak in Shakespearian. Luckily, Sweets is fluent in Shakespeare and is able to ascertain that Robert was not an innocent victim and that he was a thief and a pickpocket that worked with one of the other performers whom he betrayed.
After doing some computer simulations, Angela comes up with a viable scenario that Robert was pushed on the rebar in the concrete, then was impaled on it, then moved to under a piece of plastic used as a vapor barrier in the concrete. The firm at the construction site went bust, so it was empty for some time.
Booth gets a call that Hannah has been shot and he rushes to the hospital. She went to the bad part of town to do some investigating on a story about crooked cops when she was shot by a .38 caliber gun, a favorite of cops. The doctor’s told her that she would be fine. Bones looks at the x-rays and finds a bone chip that if knocked loose during another injury or strenuous activity could cut a main artery and cause death. Surgery is scheduled for the next day for Hannah.
Hodgins and Vaziri go to the park and find evidence of the fungus and look for items in the park that fit the profile of the murder weapon. The janitor’s litter stick is decided to have been the weapon. Now all they have to do is figure out who used and why.
Booth wants Hannah to back off the case and she thanks him for being her “scary protector.” It is not determined if she will back down just yet.
There was no evidence left on the plastic vapor barrier and that leaves the gang stumped. Then Bones asks Hodgins to be the “dead body” and shows that looking at the tear in the plastic is the wrong place to look for fingerprints, but to look on the other side of body where the murderer would have held themselves up in order to do their nefarious deed. A small handprint shows up, the size of a child or woman.
Booth proclaims that “there is no honor among thieves or ex-lovers” and it is determined that the murder was either the dance teacher or the singer at the park. Turns out that the singer in the park worked with Robert as a pickpocket but also was in love with him. When he did not return that affection was became angry and stabbed him with the litter stick.
Bones visits Hannah in the hospital. Hannah thanks Bones for saving her life and asks where her present is. Bones explains that anthropologically speaking gifts were given to the sick as a replacement for sacrifices to the gods in order to have the gods heal the patient. Hannah is aware of that and asks for Bones’ sunglasses as a gift offering. Bones gives them to her and Hannah puts them on. They start laughing and speaking quietly to each other as the scene fades.
This episode was written by Pat Charles and directed by Jeannot Szwarc.