Bones

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Quotes (2532)

  • DHS Officer: You were illegally transporting human remains ma'am. And you assaulted a Homeland Security agent. Bones: Look I'm sorry if I embarrassed you in front of your friends but next time you should identify yourself before attacking me.

  • Brennan: Those people deserved the truth. Booth: Their daughter was murdered; they deserved the kindness of a lie.

  • Booth: You're great at what you do but you don't solve murders ... guys like we do.

  • Cullen: So, you guaranteed a squint a field role in an active murder investigation? Booth: Yes sir. Cullen: The one that wrote the book? Booth: Yes sir. Cullen: I thought you said she wouldn’t work with you anymore? Booth: Well, the last case we worked she provided a description of the murder weapon and the murderer, but I didn’t give her much credence. Cullen: Why not? Booth: Because she did it by looking at the victim's autopsy x-rays. Cullen: Well, I wouldn’t have given it much credence either. Booth: Turns out she was right on both. Plus the pond victim, (he hands the file to Cullen) Brennan gives me the victim's age, sex, and favorite sport. Cullen: Huh, which is? Booth: Tennis. Cullen: She’s good. Booth: No, she’s amazing. If the only way I can get her back on my side is to bring her out in the field, I’m willing. Cullen: Fine. She’s on you. Take a squint out in the field, she’s your responsibility. Booth: Yes sir.

  • Brennan: So what do you do first? Do you do confront the senator? Booth: Listen. Bones... Brennan: Don't call me Bones.

  • Angela: Lenny Kravitz or Vanessa Williams? Brennan: I don't know what that means.

  • 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?

  • 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.

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Notes (545)

  • Featured Music: "Collide" by Howie Day (as Brennan fits the pieces of the skull together) "Pain On Pain" by Feeder (as Brennan looks at the holograph, just before she has her "girl moment" with Angela) "Gone" by Thirteen Senses (at the funeral) "Busy Child" and "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 outside shots of the building where Brennan and her team work, called "The Jeffersonian Institute" in the show, are actually shots of The Museum of Natural Sciences at the University of Southern California, according to the show's DVD commentary.

  • Most of the show is filmed in Los Angeles, California despite the fact that it's mainly set in Washington, D.C., where the fictional Jeffersonian Institution is located. The interiors of the Jeffersonian Institution were specially built on a large soundstage at the 20th Century Fox lot in Century City, California.

  • 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)."

  • The scene at the beginning of the episode, where Bones gets taken into custody at the airport, was actually filmed in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

  • 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.

  • Brennan's ex-boyfriend in this episode is named Pete, mirroring Tempe's ex-husband in Kathy Reichs' book series.

  • The main character's name in Brennan's book is Kathy Reichs, the real-life author that created the Temperance Brennan character and whose life inspires the show.

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Trivia (554)

  • 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 taking photographs of the corpse, the video footage is clearly mirrored, as can be seen by the positions and letters on the patches on his jacket. Additionally, Zack is holding the camera lens with his right hand and shooting the photos with his left. Cameras are designed the opposite way.

  • Brennan says that the next closest forensic anthropologist after her is in Montreal. Montreal is where the original Bones novels are set.

  • 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: 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: The long shot of the funeral appears to be a composite. It shows the rear of the Lincoln Memorial in the distance, with a row of trees leading up to the cemetery. But the Potomic River is immediately behind the Lincoln Memorial.

  • Goof: At the funeral Brennan walks over to the coffin and lays a rose on the right hand end of the coffin, on top of a few other roses. Later in the same scene, Cleo's parents lay roses down in the same spot, but there are no other roses there yet.

  • 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).

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Allusions (240)

  • Bones: 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."

  • Brennan: (responding to the fact that "she's not the only forensic anthropologist in town") Yes I am. The next nearest is in Montreal. This is a reference to the fact that the character Temperance Brennan in Kathy Reich's books (which the series is based on) though originally from North Carolina also works part time in Montreal. The real Kathy Reichs divides her time between academic duties at the Univ. of N. Carolina and duties in Quebec as well.

  • 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. This is an allusion to a line from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. 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 the movie "Excalibur" (1981), late in the film, the knight Percival (Played by Paul Geoffrey) is searching 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 pecked at Nestor Olivos' body while it was 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 book The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. However, Hannibal is likely more famous as the character played by Anthony Hopkins in the movie by the same name. The character of Hannibal Lecter, in both the book and movie, is a sociopathic doctor and cannibal who had been imprisoned for his crimes and now is asked for help in catching another serial killer.

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