Bones of Contention

Season 2, Ep 10, Aired 12/9/05
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  • Episode Description
  • When a researcher who specializes in Native American antiquities is killed at the museum where she works, the FBI is called in because the museum is on federal land.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Christos N. Gage

  • Jeannot Szwarc

  • Michael Greyeyes

    Thomas Morris

  • Alimi Ballard

    David Sinclair

  • David Krumholtz

    Charlie Eppes

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Need more action!

    By gopink, Nov 28, 2007

  • moving on

    By ferriswheel01, Mar 11, 2008

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Feb 28, 2007

  • The episode was good, but needed more explanation.

    By kateyvic, Aug 14, 2006

  • It was okay, nothing exciting happened. I thought that the guy at the end would have put up more of a fight. It was good for character developement.

    By Scully656, Dec 12, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Larry: (About the ancient skull) Yeah, did his family wonder what happened? Anybody cry for him?... Real faith cannot transcend knowledge. It has to adapt to it and embrace it. And bones?... Charlie: They don't make the man. Larry: And they sure don't make the soul.

    • Alan: You're gonna help with the dishes? We should eat at someone else's house more often.

    • Charlie: The math always works.

    • Larry: (wearing goggles and gloves, and carrying a large metal container) Who wants dessert? Alan: What's that? Larry: Liquid nitrogen... plus milk, cream, sugar, and a little vanilla. Amita: It's a fast and simple way to make ice cream.

    • David: He was a white guy! Don: Nah.. it's more a geographic thing. Apparently, race isn't really a factor. David: They need to circulate that memo.

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    Notes (6)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Spor o kosti (Contention About Bones)

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: May 29, 2009 on TV Nova Slovakia: November 10, 2009 on JOJ

    • Graham Greene also played in 5 episodes of Northern Exposure with Rob Morrow.

    • Dylan Bruno (Colby Granger) did not appear in this episode.

    • This episode is rated: TVPG.

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    Trivia (10)

    • The image of the skull that is reproduced and pictured throughout looks very strange largely because the eye orbits are completely filled in by bone. Real orbits have other bits like the lachrymal bone and hollows that allow the optical nerves into the brain.

    • Larry has sold his restored 1877 Victorian house.

    • The MATH in this episode included: Exponential decay and Voronoi diagram.

    • The scenes for this episode were shot at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park.

    • The storyline for "Bones of Contention" was based on the Kennewick Man and the legal issues that surrounded that find.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Don: Carbon dating uses radiation, right? The technique of radiocarbon dating was discovered by Willard Frank Libby and his colleagues in 1949. In 1960, Libby was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for radiocarbon dating.

    • The 'Professor Kepler' whose class Amita teaches is named after Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), an astronomer who determined the laws governing planetary motion.

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