The Girl in the Gator

Season 2, Ep 13, Aired 2/7/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Brennan has to work with another agent - Agent Sullivan - while Booth needs to see a therapist. They investigate the death of a college freshman, who took part in a "Hottie Student Body" video and whose body is found in an alligator. Sullivan asks Brennan out.

  • 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 (36)
  • Welcome to Dr Wyatt

    By tanargue, Aug 31, 2011

  • I love the growth of Booth!!!

    By ILuvLuke, Feb 08, 2007

  • It was boring....

    By ilovepaydays, Feb 08, 2007

  • A really annoying icecream truck clown is shot in the head. 3x. By Booth which = mandatory leave, visits to a shrink, & a new temporary FBI partner for Bones. Oh yeah, and a gator ate a girl who was behaving badly.

    By sistersun, Feb 26, 2007

  • Booth shoots a clown and is sent to see a shrink.

    By Angel2408, Nov 25, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (29)

    • Dr. Wyatt: According to the FBI report, there was no way you could save Epps' life. Your partner's report says the same thing. An FBI sniper on the upside roof saw everything through his scope. According to all witnesses you have nothing to feel guilty about. Booth: (depressed) Yeah, so? Dr. Wyatt: So why in a fit of pique did you endanger innocent people in a public thoroughfare by discharging your firearm? Booth: I'm a good shot. I didn't put anybody in danger. Dr. Wyatt: How many people have you killed? Booth: I lost count. Dr. Wyatt: Oh, you could remember 180 bricks but not how many lives you've taken? Booth: Epps makes fifty. Dr. Wyatt: Fifty what? Booth: (weighed down) Fifty kills. Dr. Wyatt: But Agent Booth, you didn't kill Epps! You tried to save him, remember? Perhaps I better put it as a question: did Howard Epps slip from your grasp or did you release him? (Booth ponders the moment Epps fell in a flashback, he can't answer) Oh, come now man, this is a simple enough question. Was he indeed your fiftieth kill or did you just happen to be there when he died? Booth: (very vulnerable) I - I don't know. Dr. Wyatt: A man like you? In control of every situation and you don't know? Booth: I don't know...I had him and then I lost him and something happened in between. (almost in a whisper) I don't know. Dr. Wyatt: I believe you. Because for a man like you to admit you don't know, to relinquish control, that could indeed argue a disruption in yourself - that was large enough to motivate you to shoot a clown.

    • Dr. Wyatt: You tend to do things well, don't you? Make coffee, build BBQ machines. Booth: It's not really a machine. Dr. Wyatt: Solve crimes, raise a son, love women, leave women. Whatever you aim at you hit. Booth: Is that bad? Dr. Wyatt: By no means, of course not. Except ... Booth: Oh, okay, here we go. Let me have it, Doc. Dr. Wyatt: Except it is indicative of a need to control your environment. Booth: Again I ask, is that bad? Dr. Wyatt: No, of course not, no. Except ... Booth: Except? Dr. Wyatt: Except when you shoot a clown. Booth: You know, you make it sound like he was walking around making balloon animals. Dr. Wyatt: For the most part your rebellions are small. Booth: Rebellions? Dr. Wyatt: The colorful socks, the funky belt buckle. They're a mechanism, quiet rebellions. A way of asserting your personal control over a homogenizing organization like the FBI. But shooting a clown is not a quiet rebellion. Shooting a clown is quite literally deafening.

    • (Booth and Brennan talking on the phone. Brennan has another call coming in) Brennan: That's Sully calling right now. (hesitant) We're, uhm, we're doing, you know, what we did. Booth: (a little worry in his voice) You know, I'll be back soon. Brennan: Ok. I'll talk to you later. (Booth hangs up and remains thoughtful and slightly worried)

    • (Booth is knocking at Dr. Wyatt's door) Booth: Hi. Dr. Wyatt: Did we have a schedule? Booth: Listen, I really need to get back to work, so why don't you give me one of those clown restraining orders and just sign my paper? Dr. Wyatt: Have you had an insight then as to why you shot at that clown? Booth: (Booth's cell rings) Yeah. You know what? I've had some insight. It's right here. (pointing at the display of his phone) That's my Bones calling, my partner.

    • Booth: Dr. Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt: Ah, Agent Booth is it? Yes, Gordon. Gordon Wyatt. (extends his hand to Booth but instead of his hand Booth pulls out a piece of paper from his back pocket) Booth: Great. You the shrink? Dr. Wyatt: Shrink, yes, meaning psychiatrist. Booth: That's great, Doc. How's about you just sign my piece of paper here and I'll get back to work, right? Dr. Wyatt: Certainly. (Booth hands him a pen) No, no, I have a pen. Do you mind if I ask what exactly it was that you did? Booth: Yeah, I shot a truck. Dr. Wyatt: Ah, full of terrorists no doubt or plutonium or fleeing felons, was it? Booth: Nah, it was an ice cream truck. Dr. Wyatt: You have a good reason for firing on it? Booth: Yeah, the music, it was bothering me. Dr. Wyatt: Ah. Booth: Yeah, there was a speaker in the clown's mouth? Yeah, I just pulled out my gun, you know, bum-bum-bum. It was gone. Dr. Wyatt: (folding the paper without signing it) So, the FBI sent you to me because you shot a clown? Booth: Not a real clown. Dr. Wyatt: (handing Booth the paper back) I suggest you cogitate on the underlying reasons why you shot that clown while I make us some tea. (goes into the house) Booth: Cogitate? Tea?

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    Notes (3)

    • International Air Dates: Spain: May 4th, 2007 Belgium: November 16th, 2007 on RTL-TVI Germany: November 29th, 2007 on RTL Saudi Arabia: January 19th, 2008 on ShowSeries France: Friday March 14th, 2008 on M6 Denmark: Tuesday April 3rd, 2007 on TV3 Australia: Thursday May 15th, 2008 on Channel 7 Finland: Friday, August 1st, 2008 on Sub

    • Stephen Fry was billed as Special Guest Star.

    • The writers on the FOX website said that this episode was "part cautionary tale, (the booze, partying, and spring break part) and part comment on the insidious hypocrisy of moral judgment (the preacher part)."

    Trivia (8)

    • Goof: When Brennan and Sullivan are talking to a victim's father, she gives him a locket wrapped in an evidence bag. The father tells them it belonged to his deceased wife. A second later he continues speaking and he holds the locket in his hands. Once the locket was bagged and tagged as evidence, the father would not be allowed near it, much less remove it from the sealed bag.

    • The victim is identified as a student from Virginia State. The victim is Caucasian though, which would be quite unlikely at Virginia State since only 1% of their student body is Caucasian.

    • This is the first episode where Booth and Brennan don't work on the case together.

    • Goof: When the gator from the lake is brought up, the officer who shot it says that alligators do not eat fresh kills, but rather bring their prey underwater and 'tenderize' it for awhile before eating. He is mistaken in that alligators do eat fresh kills. However, as the officer mentioned, alligators and crocodiles take prey under water to drown it and sometimes store it.

    • Goof: In the opening scene, when Booth turns to shoot the clown, in the reverse camera shot he already has the gun raised and starts to shoot, without having enough time to retrieve it from his holster.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Hodgins recognizes the victim as an "HSB girl" from the Hottie Student Body website. This is a parody of Girls Gone Wild, the infamous series of girls exposing themselves on film.

    • Sully: Cam! Look at you, in charge of moon base alpha here! Cam: And you're still a G-man! and also later Dr. Gordon Wyatt: (Telling Booth how he wants his steak done) Medium-rare please, Mr. G-Man. G-Man is a nickname for an FBI agent. It literally means G(overnment)-Man.

    • Monte: Unbelievable, you people, what is it now!! Sully: Hey, hey cool your jets Hef, we just want to search your bus. This is an allusion to Hugh Hefner, referred to colloquially as "Hef" who is the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine. He has become an icon of American sexuality and a spokesman for the sexual revolution and of libertarianism.

    • Dr. Wyatt: Oh, splendid, so it was your father who taught you to read plans was it? Booth: Wrong tree doc, Dad and I were tight. This is an allusion to the saying "You're barking up the wrong tree", meaning that Booth had no problems with his father and that was not the issue that caused him to shoot the clown.

    • Sully: Cam, look at you. In charge of Moonbase Alpha here. and later Sully: Here, take one of these back to that spaceship. This is a repeated reference to the 70s sci-fi series Space: 1999.

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