The Boneless Bride in the River

Season 2, Ep 16, Aired 3/21/07
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  • Episode Description
  • The team investigates the death of an Asian woman without any bones left in her body. Sully proposes something to Brennan that she does not expect.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Boreanaz

    Special Agent Seeley Booth

  • Emily Deschanel

    Dr. Temperance Brennan

  • Eric Millegan

    Zack Addy

  • Michaela Conlin

    Angela Montenegro

  • T.J. Thyne

    Dr. Jack Hodgins

  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • Poor Sully!

    By roisinmcguire5, Mar 18, 2014

  • Another agitating episode, until the end when Sully left!

    By Awsumdave5, Sep 20, 2008

  • A very unusual case involving a fascinating Chinese custom. Thankfully Sully hits the road… or the ocean as the case may be.

    By whiteraven2005, Jul 06, 2009

  • Sully buys a boat and leaves for the caribbean,- fortunately without Bones

    By eilien, Mar 10, 2008

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 19, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Angela: (to Zack and Cam) You know what you people lack? Whimsy. It's a genuine handicap.

    • (Booth and Brennan at a stakeout inside a car) Booth: Sully is a nice guy. Brennan: That sounded condescending. Booth: I'm just trying to be nice, ok? I'm complimenting the fact that you got a good one this time. Brennan: Thereby implying I'm incapable of making my own judgments. Booth: The physicist who couldn't tie his shoes. Oh, the former professor who was jealous of your success. Should I stop? Brennan: Yes. Booth: Oh, the guy that you found on the Internet and then turned out to be some kind of recruiter for a cult. Oh, and this is my favorite: a guy who cut off his own brother's head because he thought he was possessed by a witch. Brennan: You made your point. Booth: I'm just saying, a guy who wants to take you away from all of this on a sailboat? That's a step up. Brennan: Condescending.

    • Brennan: You had a vacation and never left town. Booth: It wasn't a vacation, it was a suspension. Brennan: Plus compulsory therapy. Booth: Hey, dude, don't knock therapy, ok? Dr. Wyatt has helped me realize that there are certain (looks pointedly in her direction) pressures that build up on the job and I need creative ways - Brennan: We do everything together. Booth: Of dealing with them. Brennan: What, what exactly do you have to contend with on the job that I don't? Booth: You Bones, you don't have to contend with you.

    • Angela: You want me to take this face and build a skull for it??? Cam: Can you do it? Angela: No. Zack: You're always taking skulls and putting on faces - can't you simply reverse the process? Angela: No. Cam: Why not? Angela: Because I am a human being!

    • Brennan: Rationally...rationally thinking I want to go and I know, I should go but...I can't. Sully: What you are doing, it's important. But it's not important enough to be your whole life.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Air Dates: Denmark: Tuesday April 24th, 2007 on TV3 Spain: Friday May 25th, 2007 Belgium: Friday December 7th, 2007 Germany: Thursday December 20th, 2007 Saudi Arabia: Tuesday January 22nd, 2008 France: Friday March 21st, 2008 on M6 Australia: Thursday June 5th, 2008 on Channel 7 Finland: Friday, August 22nd, 2008 on Sub

    • Featured Music: "You" by Fisher from her album titled The Lovely Years (Sully sails off and Booth and Bones walk away together)

    Trivia (9)

    • This is the first episode in which you see Booth wear his "Cocky" belt buckle.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, when Brennan is talking with Sully in the observation room, her hair style keeps changing from in front of her ears to behind her ears.

    • Goof: At 36:35 Booth cuffs the man's right hand to the pipe. Moments later, the man points at Booth with his right hand. The cuffs were never removed, so he couldn't have pointed with that hand.

    • Goof: At 35:28 there is a shot of Sully on the ground. Booth's gun is visible as it pops in from the right, as if he were standing there, two or three feet away. But when the shot changes to Booth he is running toward Sully from the street.

    • Goof: At 14:24 as the camera moves in, the cart in the lower right-hand corner is visibly being pulled out of the shot to make room for the camera.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Booth: Next thing you know, he will be shipwrecked on some island, talking to a volleyball. This is an allusion to the film Cast Away (2000) starring Tom Hanks. The character played by Hanks survives a plane crash and lands on a deserted island. His only friend is a volleyball with a face which was outlined by Hanks with his blood.

    • Camille: Walk seven steps and die A small allusion to the deadly hand-trick that would cause a man to die within walking seven steps, from the movie "Kill Bill."

    • Booth: Whoa, what are you saying, she was killed by Wile E. Coyote? This is an allusion to the Cartoon Character Wile E. Coyote, a coyote that tried various ways to kill the Roadrunner, with anvils, steamrollers, boulders and other various outrageous stunts, usually with a disastrous outcome.

    • Angela: Oh, alright, leaving The Third Circle of Hell. In the Third Circle of Hell, in Dante's Inferno, the Gluttonous must lie in mud and endure a rain of filth and excrement, much like where the victim was found.

    • After the theme song when Brennan walks up to Sully on the boat, she responds to his greeting of, "Hey Dr. Brennan" with, "Agent Sullivan I presume?" This is an allusion to the famous greeting, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

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