The Science in the Physicist

Season 4, Ep 19, Aired 4/9/09
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  • Episode Description
  • The team is led to a well-known physics research center after finding a piece of a meteorite in the ear of a victim whose pulverized remains were found in a garbage bag. Meanwhile, Angela's dad returns, seeking revenge on Hodgins.

  • 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 (17)
  • Sorry but this didn't work for me

    By tanargue, Jul 04, 2011

  • I enjoyed this episode a lot. Vincent Nigel-Murray was the highlight for me. He makes a great team with Hodgins, and I think that Cam has a weak spot for him as well. The experiments in the lab were hilarious.

    By okamioujou, Jun 17, 2010

  • Another great installment.

    By D-LinkUK, Apr 15, 2009

  • Science... all the way

    By OnePerCentClub, Apr 19, 2009

  • Very interesting science and a original and bizarre way to kill someone.

    By whiteraven2005, Jul 09, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Hodgins: I have got an absolutely fascinating clue to tell you. Angela: (running up) Hey, hey. Uh, you have to leave town. Hodgins: What? Why? Booth: No, fascinating clue first. Hodgins: The ... pearl we found in the victim wasn't a pearl. W- why do I have to leave town? Angela: My father is here. Cam: What was it, then? Hodgins: Carbonaceous chondrites. It's what meteorites are made of -- your father blames me for our breakup? Angela: Well, he has sort of a blind spot when it comes to me so, I think you should just get out of town until I can call him off. Booth: Stop. Okay, stop it. Dead guy, what about the dead guy? Cam: It's obvious. He was frostbitten while climbing Everest, then struck by a meteor, then dumped into a vacant lot in two garbage bags and eaten by crows. Booth: (sarcastically) Right, obvious. That's so obvious.

    • Booth: I didn't mean to call you creepy. Brennan: You said I have a creepy mode. Booth: I apologize. Okay look, I wasn't in my element. Brennan: Well, every element is your element. Booth: No, that is not true. Okay, listen. We just gotta stop hanging out with geniuses, because you're going to figure that I'm really stupid. Brennan: What, don't worry about that. I figured out along time ago how stupid you are. Booth: Hmm. Brennan: What I just said ... is true, and yet it ... really sounded wrong. What I should say it that I don't care how stupid you are. Brennan: It's not any better? Booth: No. No. Not at all.

    • Cam: What did I tell you? Hodgins: That we aren't allowed in the same room without supervision. Cam: Why? Nigel-Murray: Because we were ... stupid enough to fire a cannon indoors.

    • Hodgins: (about Angela's father) I am not scared of him. Sweets: Okay. Okay. You know that whole, that whole "sell your soul at the crossroads" thing? I'm buying it. You gotta run for it man! Angela: I told you so. (she leaves) Sweets: Yeah. You know what? I secretly had a thing for Angela, now it's gone! Like- like wiped from the memory banks.

    • Brennan: So, you just think that if two people care about each other, they leave metaphorical marks which should be allowed to fade naturally? Booth: You heard me but you just didn't understand me. Brennan: I wonder that about you all the time.

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    Notes (2)

    • Featured Music: "El Diablo" by ZZ Top (over the closing scene as Hodgins wakes up to Angela being avenged)

    • International Air Dates: Sweden: May 17th, 2009 on TV3 Spain: June 19th, 2009 on Fox Australia: July 12th, 2009 on Channel 7 Finland: October 3rd, 2009 on Sub Norway: November 19th, 2009 on TV3 Slovakia: March 17th, 2010 on JOJ Germany: April 1st, 2010 on RTL Czech Republic: January 3rd, 2011 on Prima

    Trivia (3)

    • Hodgins: Liquid nitrogen freezes at 63 degrees Kelvin, which is -210 degrees Celsius, or -346 degrees Fahrenheit. Vincent Nigel-Murray: It's uh unnecessary to say degree Celsius, it's implicit. While it is possible to use the units °C and °F with the degree simply implied, it would have been more important to remind Hodgins that the unit °K has been redefined (since 1967) to simply K, so that with this unit, the degree is not just unnecessary, it is actually wrong to use (at least in scientific circles).

    • Brennan: Diane Sidmans's role was important to the Large Hadron Collider team? Landis Collar: The effort to find the Higgs-Boson will be set back months. The death of one physicist alone would not significantly set back work at the Large Hadron Collider (where the Higgs-Boson or "God Particle" is being searched for). Also, at the time the episode aired, and assuming it took place sometime near that date, the LHC was out of order due to a Helium leak which occurred on September 19th, 2008, so the work there is set back anyways.

    • The formulas written onto the transparent boards in Dr. Sidman's office affect the Higgs-Boson ("God Particle") only peripherally, so Landis Collar's claim that Dr. Sidman's work was vital to the Large Hadron Collider group (which was working on a way to discover the Higgs-Boson is incorrect.

    Allusions (2)

    • Booth: Veni, vidi, vici. Look to the future. Carbon dating is all about the past. "Veni, vidi, vici" is a quote attributed to Julius Caesar which means "I came, I saw, I conquered." Booth pronounces it in the way most people do, but this is technically incorrect, as the phrase is from classical Latin, and in classical Latin, 'v' sounds like 'w' and 'i' usually sounds like a long 'e', and the 'c' is a hard 'c' (pronounced like 'k'.) The proper classical pronunciation is way-NEE we-DEE wee-KEE. Booth uses the Ecclesiastical Latin (or "Church Latin") pronunciation, which is "Italianized." This makes sense because we know from previous episodes that Booth's knowledge of Latin comes from being an altar boy.

    • Angela: Basically, Hodgins sees himself as Dr. Nemo. This is likely a reference to Captain Nemo of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Captain Nemo is a man with a huge thirst for scientific knowledge which he pursues on his submarine, the Nautilus.

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