The Critic in the Cabernet

Season 4, Ep 25, Aired 5/7/09
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  • Episode Description
  • The Jeffersonian team is called in to solve the murder of a wine critic who was found inside a wine barrel. Meanwhile, after deciding that she wants to have a baby, Brennan shocks Booth by asking him to be the father of her child. Booth can't stop thinking about Brennan's request. His stress, along with an undiagnosed health issue he has, causes him to hallucinate -- and see Stewie from the TV show Family Guy, who offers his advice to Booth.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michaela Conlin

    Angela Montenegro

  • T.J. Thyne

    Dr. Jack Hodgins

  • Tamara Taylor

    Dr. Camille Saroyan

  • John Francis Daley

    Dr. Lance Sweets

  • David Boreanaz

    Special Agent Seeley Booth

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  • Fan Reviews (40)
  • Very Revealing

    By just_one_more_episode, Jul 15, 2015

  • Three words: ama-za-zing(amay-zu-zing)

    By Yims012, Dec 17, 2009

  • The case is only the backdrop to the long-overdue drama between Booth and Brennan.

    By whiteraven2005, Jul 09, 2009

  • It brought tears to my eyes.

    By OnePerCentClub, Jul 16, 2009


    By vicky24c, May 23, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Booth: (after Brennan says she wants his sperm for a baby) This is kind of sudden. Brennan: Well, perhaps you don't wanna help me. Booth: Of course I do. Brennan: So you'll do it? Booth: I'll think about it. Brennan: Well, I don't understand. It's a simple request. I'm sure you engage in masturba- Booth: Whoa, whoa! Brennan: Horse. Booth: Enough, okay. We'll talk about it later. Brennan: Well, I'm not asking you to be involved. All I want is your sperm.

    • Brennan: (about Booth's tumor) They think it's a cerebellar pilocytic astrocytoma. Sweets: Oh God, that sounds bad.

    • Angela: Did you ever think, what if Booth is the perfect father for your child? Not just his stuff, but him. What if you're throwing away the chance to have a family—a real family—because you're scared? Brennan: Scared? Why would I be scared? I've been to Rwanda, to Iraq. Angela: Listen, you said you wanted to do this alone because feelings are ephemeral. So is life, Brennan. We're here one minute, and then we're gone the next. You should know that better than anybody. If you keep living trying to protect yourself, nothing is ever gonna touch you.

    • Fisher: There is no certainty but death and the incomprehensible conundrum that is life.

    • Booth: You really liked holding that kid didn't you? Brennan: Yeah. I've been thinking about how exciting it would be to expose my own child to early pattern recognition. Booth: You know they like singing and uh, when you make funny faces at 'em too. Brennan: Yeah of course. I-I will make a diverse schedule.

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    Notes (1)

    • International Air Dates: Sweden: June 28th, 2009 on TV3 Spain: July 31st, 2009 on Fox Australia: August 23rd, 2009 on Channel Seven Finland: November 14th, 2009 on Sub Norway: January 14th, 2010 on TV3 Slovakia: April 28th, 2010 on JOJ Germany: May 6th, 2010 on RTL Czech Republic: February 17th, 2011 on Prima

    Trivia (6)

    • Brennan: You were seeing something in there. What were you seeing? Booth: Stewie, you know, the baby from The Family Guy. Brennan: You— you saw Stewie ... in there? In the interrogation room? Brennan doesn't ask for any clarification as to who "Stewie" is, which means that she apparently knows what Family Guy is. It's very hard to believe that Brennan would know about a Fox TV show but not pick up on so many other very common pop culture references, as has been seen throughout the series. Also, she doesn't even own a TV.

    • Fisher comes up with the idea to use denture cleaner to clean the bones because they contain calcium -- but earlier on in the episode, Brennan stated that the bones were rubbery because they sat in vinegar, which caused calcium to leech out of them.

    • Goof: One of the wine tasters finds a finger in her wine glass -- but there's no way that a wine spout would have been big enough to let a human finger through it. Even if it did happen to be big enough, there's no way that whoever was pouring the wine would have not noticed the finger plopping into the glass.

    • Goof: When the wine tasters drink the wine, they immediately spit it out. Later on, Brennan states that the opening of the cask caused the wine to turn vinegary. The affluent wine tasters should have noticed the vinegar smell prior to drinking the wine.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Booth has been having multiple hallucinations throughout the season (Luc Robitaille, Teddy Parker, and Stewie Griffin) due to a brain tumor, which Brennan describes as the type of tumor that is "usually benign."

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