The Santa in the Slush

Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 11/27/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Booth and Brennan investigate a mall Santa named Kris Kringle who was found dead by two elves. A series of clues makes the murdered mall Santa seem like he's the real deal.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Boreanaz

    Special Agent Seeley Booth

  • Emily Deschanel

    Dr. Temperance Brennan

  • Michaela Conlin

    Angela Montenegro

  • Eric Millegan

    Zack Addy

  • Tamara Taylor

    Dr. Camille Saroyan

  • Fan Reviews (51)
  • Its about time too!!!

    By -xXx-aimz-xXx-, May 30, 2008

  • This was a perfect Christmas episode! (may have spoilers!)

    By polkadottie147, Nov 21, 2009

  • One look, One word, One Kiss! Finally!

    By krazykokonut, Feb 04, 2010

  • Very fun Christmas episode.

    By whiteraven2005, Jul 07, 2009

  • Brilliant and funny

    By tanargue, Jun 10, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Bones: The warden says no Christmas tree. Caroline: That's right. Three years ago, somebody made a shiv out of the star. Now no trees or ornaments of any kind. Bones: Isn't that a little dreary? Caroline: Hey, don't kill people, don't get sent to prison, have a Christmas pageant in your own home every year.

    • Brennan: (about the Santas) We have to sniff their behinds. Booth: We have to sniff ... (pauses, confused) You lost me there.

    • Brennan: Look, Amy will be there, Dad will be there, the girls will be there. Russ: And you? Brennan: I was going to, but ... we're not the only people getting the trailer and I thought it would be in the afternoon, but now it's Christmas Eve and ... I gotta be on that plane. Russ: To Peru? Brennan: Yeah. Russ: Tempy, Dad wants us all. And you're one of us.

    • Cam: So Santa was definitely murdered. Someone didn't like their present...

    • (Brennan, Booth, and Cam are at the murder scene) Booth: So what do you say we just get back to our, dead Santa here. Brennan: He's not Santa, Booth. He's a dead man, in a costume. Cam: Well, the beard looks real, and he's pretty fat. Brennan: Which doesn't make him Santa. Cam: Well, let's not jump to conclusions.

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    Notes (5)

    • There is an extended kiss scene that appears on the Bones official DVD for this episode. This scene depicts an extended open mouth kiss which would explain why the gum passes into Booth's mouth. The normal TV scene does not adequately reflect this.

    • Featured Music: "A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives (when they're in Kris Kringle's appartment) Three different versions of "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town" - one by Peggy Lee, one by Michael Kisur and one by The Pointer Sisters

    • International Air Dates: Denmark: December 25th, 2007 on TV3 Sweden: January 29th, 2008 on TV3 Norway: February 14th, 2008 on TV3 Spain: March 7th, 2008 on FOX TV Spain The Netherlands: March 26th, 2008 on RTL 4 Portugal: April 3rd, 2008 on FOX United Kingdom: April 17th, 2008 on Sky1 New Zealand: May 26th, 2008 on TV3 Australia: September 29th, 2008 on Channel 7 Finland: January 30th, 2009 on Sub Slovakia: June 17th, 2009 on JOJ Czech Republic: November 4th, 2009 on Prima

    • Booth and Brennan's kiss scene was recorded on the same day that Couples Counseling Part 5 (one of a series of short Bones clips on Fox's website) was. Their clothes are a perfect match, as well as Brennan's jewelry and Booth's tie.

    • As of this episode John Francis Daley is a show star, as this is the first time he was added to the opening credits.

    Trivia (8)

    • The uniform that the security guard is wearing has a Mall of America security patch on the shoulder.

    • Goof: In the scene where Brennan asks Booth if he wants some gum before they kiss, when Booth says that he needs to talk with Caroline about the kiss, Brennan replies "No!" At that point a piece of white gum is visible in her mouth -- but the gum that ended up in Booth's mouth was blue.

    • In this episode, Bones and Booth share their very first lips-to-lips kiss, though it was not quite voluntary, as they were asked to do it by Caroline Julian as part of a deal.

    • After the guilty Santa is caught and the other Santas sing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" to him mockingly, the lips of the Santas do not match the audio.

    • Goof: When Booth is interviewing the security guard whose wallet was found in the dumpster, the guard's patch is from the Mall of America in Minnesota, which is nowhere near Washington D.C.

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    Allusions (7)

    • One of the Santas in the temp office is an obvious look-alike of Burl Ives and even sounds like him. After the murder suspect is outed by Booth and Brennan and dogpiled by the other Santas, he's the one that starts sardonically singing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," then the others joined-in. Burl Ives was a well-known actor and folk music singer, also known for his 1965 hit single "Have a Holly, Jolly, Christmas," which was also used as part of the music package for this episode. Burl Ives passed away in 1995.

    • Max: I wanted to be Scrooge, but some triple homicide in cell block H got the part. Prisoner: Cell Block H was a long running Australian soap set in a fictional women's prison that ran to over 600 episodes, and was shown on ITV in the UK in the early eighties.

    • Cam: This is not Miracle on 34th Street. ...and later... Zack: Kristopher Kringle. Cam: According to AFIS, it's his legal name. These quotes refer to Miracle on 34th Street, a 1994 movie in which a little girl is losing faith in Santa Claus. After meeting one that might actually be the real deal, she starts reconsidering what is true and what is worth believing in. In this movie, Kris Kringle is the Santa Claus's real name.

    • Caroline: Because you are all "Dr. Brennan" and "Special Agent Seeley Booth". It's Christmas and I have a Puckish side. Puck is a character from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is a mischievous fairy charged by the king of fairies to procure a juice from a flower that when applied to a person's eyes makes that person fall in love with the first person they see.

    • Caroline: You want me to write that letter, you kiss Booth on the lips for no less than ... one steamboat, two steamboats - five steamboats! "One steamboat, two steamboats" is a variation on the tradition of counting by "Mississippi's". This method is used to make sure that each second counted; the time it takes to say "one steamboat" lasts as long as one second tick on a clock.

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