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The Exact Moment Fans Think Bones Jumped The Shark

The quirky Fox series "Bones" had a very successful 12-season-long run. "Bones" is a procedural crime show with a slight twist in that it focuses on Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel), a forensic anthropologist who helps FBI Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) solve murders by studying bones and using advanced science and technology to uncover their secrets.

However, just like any television show, "Bones" often veered into the realm of the unrealistic to help keep the investigations feeling fun and fresh. Obviously, this requires fans to really embrace suspension of disbelief to enjoy the show. But sometimes, television shows can push things just a bit too far and become a bit too ridiculous for audiences to stomach anymore. With that in mind, there's one moment, in particular, that some fans think pushed "Bones" to the brink, and arguably saw the show officially jumping the shark, becoming way too silly to take seriously anymore.

A computer virus etched on a bone was a step too far for Bones fans

During Season 7 of "Bones," there's an episode titled "The Crack in the Code" that involves the team trying to catch a technologically adept murderer. During the course of the episode, it's revealed that said murderer actually engraved malware on pieces of literal bone and when Brennan and her team of scientists upload scans of the bones to a computer, this virus infects the computer and causes it to catch fire.

Over on the r/AskReddit subreddit, u/sugarfiend posed a question: "What single scene happened in a TV show that made you stop watching it completely?" For u/F1r3f1y, there was a clear answer. "Bones: a computer catches fire after a virus etched into a piece of bone was scanned into the system..." they wrote, referring to "The Crack in the Code." Their answer received a flurry of responses both from fans of "Bones" and those who don't watch the show but were shocked to hear about the notorious episode. In fact, u/seikoliz almost didn't believe that it was a real scene from the show, saying, "that is the most awful thing I've ever heard. I know Hollywood doesn't get computers, but holy s***."

It's definitely a pretty silly plot point, but "Bones" often embraced the sillier side of things when it came to its investigative methods, anyway. The events of "The Crack in the Code" just seemed like it was pushing things a little bit too far for some. On the other hand, u/Hiphoppington admitted that while the plot is pretty absurd, they actually love the show because of its inherent ridiculousness.