Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Brennan: (seeing Angela flashing her chest to an airport worker who's ignoring her) Tell me you tried "excuse me" first.
Angela: Ah Sweetie. Yes I did. Welcome home. Are you exhausted? Was Guatemala awful? Was it horribly backward?
Brennan: And yet I was never reduced to flashing my boobs for information.
Angela: Flashing for any fun reasons?
DHS Officer: You were illegally transporting human remains ma'am. And you assaulted a Homeland Security agent.
Brennan: Look I'm sorry if I embarrassed you in front of your friends but next time you should identify yourself before attacking me.
DHS Officer: Most people in this situation, what they do, is sweat.
Brennan: Guatemala. Genocide. How are you scary after that?
DHS Officer: Fine. She's all yours.
Booth: (to Brennan) Okay let's grab your skull, and let's vamoose.
Brennan: What? That's it? She's all yours? Why did you stop me?
Booth: What does it matter? You're free to go. Let's just grab your bags.
Brennan: You set me up. (to the DHS Officer) You got a "hold for questioning request" from the FBI, didn't you?
DHS Officer: (smiles at Brennan) I love this [Brennan's] book.
Brennan: That's the best you can do?
Booth: (innocently) What?
Brennan: Getting homeland security to snatch me so you can stage a fake rescue.
Booth: At least I picked you up at the airport.
Booth: A decomposed corpse was found this morning at Arlington National Cemetery ...
Brennan: Arlington National Cemetery is full of decomposed corpses. It's a cemetery.
Booth: Yeah, but this one is your type of corpse. It wasn't in a casket.
Booth: What can you tell me?
Brennan: Not much. She was a young woman, probably between 18 and 22. Approximately five foot three, race unknown, delicate features.
Booth: That's all?
Brennan: Tennis player.
Booth: How do you get a pretty tennis player out of that yuck?
Brennan: Those people deserved the truth.
Booth: Their daughter was murdered; they deserved the kindness of a lie.
"Collide" by Howie Day (as Brennan fits the pieces of the skull together)
"Pain On Pain" by Feeder (as Brennan looks at the holograph)
"Gone" by Thirteen Senses (at the funeral)
"Roll It Up" by The Crystal Method
(Syndicated and DVD releases made some changes to the songs, presumably because of licensing issues. On the season one DVD [Region 1] "Collide" is replaced with "Broken Bridge" by Daughter Darling. US syndication on some channels replaced "Pain on Pain" with "Stay For Life" by Andy Abraham.)
The show's theme song is simply titled "Bones Theme" and is written and performed by The Crystal Method. The band also created a full version of the song, titled "Bones Theme (DJ Corporate Remix)."
John M. Jackson makes an uncredited appearance as FBI Deputy Director Sam Cullen.
In the cast credits at the end of the episode, actress Naja Hill was credited as playing the character Cleo Hill, but the character is in fact named Cleo Eller, the murder victim.
The main character's name in Brennan's book is Kathy Reichs, the real-life author who created the Temperance Brennan character and whose life inspires the show.
Brennan's ex-boyfriend in this episode is named Pete, mirroring Tempe's ex-husband in Kathy Reichs' book series.
The scene at the beginning of the episode, where Brennan gets taken into custody at the airport, was actually filmed in the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The house used for the Eller house is on the same block of houses as the house used to film Charmed.
Dr. Brennan's second sentence to Booth is: "Don't call me 'Bones'" (which becomes a running theme for the beginning of the series).
Another catch phrase of hers is introduced in this episode: "I don't know what that means." She usually says this when someone makes a popular culture allusion or remark.
When Zack is takes photographs of the corpse, the video footage clearly mirrors, as can be seen by the positions and letters on the patches on his jacket. Additionally, Zack is holds the camera lens with his right hand and shoots the photos with his left. Cameras are designed the opposite way.
In this episode and in many of the episodes after this, when Booth and Brennan are driving, Booth does not wear his seatbelt - only Brennan does.
Goof: The opening shot of Brennan's plane getting in could not possibly have been Dulles International Airport, as was claimed. Dulles is located in Virginia, 26 miles west of Washington, D.C., and there is no view of the Capitol building from there. This is actually a shot of Reagan Washington Airport.
Goof: In the first post-credit scene, just as the music stops, Temperance is kneeling and holding a camera. The patch on her shoulder is reversed, showing the footage was flopped (mirrored).
Goof: When Brennan finally leaves the Jeffersonian to get back home, we see three shots of her: one crossing the Jeffersonian Park and two others in Washington streets. But while she is holding two bags in the first shot, one suddenly disappears and is not in the other two shots.
Goof: Thompson appears to be pouring gas all over the fish room. Gas fumes are extremely flammable. When Brennan shoots, the flash from the gun would have sparked a fireball given as much gas as the guy was splashing around.
Goof: Right before Brennan shoots Thompson, he pulls a lighter out of his left pants pocket with his left hand and lights it. But when they show the bullet hit his leg, his hand is near his pocket like he is reaching for the lighter. No lighter can be seen as he falls to the floor.
Brennan: What exactly am I supposed to be squinting at?
Booth: Ah, you know, it’s like pornography. You'll know it when you see it.
This is a reference to Justice Potter Stewart, who during the obscenity case of Jacobellis v. Ohio (1964) said that hardcore pornography is hard to define, but "I know it when I see it."
Booth: You know you're not the only forensic anthropologist in town.
Brennan: (laughs) Yes, I am. The next nearest is in Montreal. Parlez-vous français?
This is a reference the fact that the character Temperance Brennan in Kathy Reich's books (on which the series is based), though originally from North Carolina, also works part time in Montreal. The real Kathy Reichs divides her time between academic duties at the University of North Carolina and her duties at the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale in the province of Quebec, Canada.
Booth: What, you want me to spit in my hand? We're Scully and Mulder.
Booth is referring to Fox's show, The X-Files. Another FBI, female and male partnership.
Angela: Methinks the lady doth protest too much.
Angela uses a popular variation of a line from William Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act III. Scene II.) – "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Angela is saying that maybe Dr. Brennan protesting so strongly about having feelings for Booth is an indication that she does have feelings for him, and that her protesting is a defense mechanism to hide her feelings.
In John Boorman's 1981 epic film Excalibur, the knight Percival (played by Paul Geoffrey) searches for his fellow knights and comes across a tree where several men are hanging dead. In that scene a crow is seen pecking at one of the dead knights in a similar manner to the the crow that pecks at Nestor Olivos' body while it is hanging from a tree.
"Tucker was all 'Stacy's Mom' about it." "Stacy's Mom" is a reference to a Fountains of Wayne song, which is about a boy who is attracted to his friend's mom.
Angela: What happens in Aurora, stays in Aurora.
A takeoff on the famous Las Vegas tourism slogan "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."
Sheriff Chris Scutter: A cannibal? You mean a Hannibal Lecter type deal?
Hannibal Lecter is a character originally from the 1980 novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. However, Hannibal is likely more famous due to the 1991 Jonathan Demme film based on Harris' 1988 novel, The Silence of the Lambs, starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal.