Season 5 Episode 5

A Night at the Bones Museum

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Brennan and Booth investigate human remains that have been charred on an electric fence. Brennan later realizes that the corpse is actually a mummified Egyptian that has been loaned to the Jeffersonian for an upcoming exhibit. When the Jeffersonian curator who was prepping the mummy for the exhibit is found murdered, Booth and Brennan suspect foul play. Meanwhile, Brennan goes on a date with Booth's former supervisor, and Sweet's girlfriend Daisy returns.moreless

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  • I don't really know why I watch this show. It was OK in Season One but has gone down ever since.

    Again we have all the components that has contributed the show to jumping the shark.

    We have Seeley Booth investigating a crime that should have nothing to do at all with the FBI. It's not a federal crime and as such should really involve the local police force. Anyone watching Bones could be forgiven for thinking that there are no local police forces within the US.

    And again we have the staff of Jeffersonian Institution spending ALL THEIR time on the 'murder of the week' - working as experts for the FBI. They never have any work of their own to do.

    And yet again the main actors of the series put on acceptable performances but the remainder of the cast are picked from the lower ranks of the acting classes (it may be because they are cheaper to employ!).

    The plot again was cliché ridden and immediately forgotten before the final credits rolled. It was padded out (just to fill the time) with an inconsequential sub-plot, involving Sweet's (again acting with his teeth) girl friend.

    This series has now descended into a rather poor comedy love-series between Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth. The writers should let them get on with it and forget about the forensic anthropology aspects of the original material.moreless
  • A body is discovered on an electrical fence and Brennan discovers it is the mummy of an ancient Egyptian known as Anok. The woman preparing the mummy for an exhibit is later found murdered. The team is called in to investigate.moreless

    This, and the premier, are my two favorite episodes of the season so far. Brennan and Booth's relationship is slowly progressing. In the end, (the final scene) Brennan is nervous to speak at the museum about her discovery of the true cause of Anok's brother's death, changing history. Booth reminds her that she's great at those kinds of things and that not many people can say that they actually changed history. Brennan reminds him that he changed history every day by making the world safer. Booth tells her that he thought she was going to take his boss to the speech because that's what he was told by him. Brennan tells him that she was but this was their case and quotes him from earlier in the episode that what goes on between them should just be theirs. By now, they are standing very close to each other and staring into each others' eyes and it's almost as though they are about to kiss when the rest of the team interrupts them laughing and reminding them that the ambassador is about to speak. the tension is nearly, but not completely broken by this and they look back to each other and Brennan is eying Booth's tie and she straightens it for him and he returns the favor by smoothing out her hair and they walk back up the stairs together. This was one of my favorite moments between them because you can clearly see something between them that they are too afraid to see themselves even though it comes out so often between them in scenes like this. I believe we are very close to having the scene we've all been waiting for in future episodes :)moreless
  • The end was WOW!

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When a human mummified corpse is found, Booth and Bones are called in to investigate. What follows is proof that the corpse is in fact from Egypt and was on loan to the Jeffersonian.

    Soon the curator, from the Jeffersonian who was prepping the mummy for the exhibit is found murdered, and the team try to solve her murder. Also in this episode Bones gets asked out by Booth's boss and she accepts. Soon we see that Booth is not happy about this, especially after Bones tells his boss story's from his childhood. As the episode ends and the murders have been solved, we see Booth and Bones as they are about to kiss, but get interrupted by Angela. Which is ironic since she wants them to be together, almost as much as the fans do.moreless
  • Another snoozer.

    Man, what happened to Bones this season? Nothing is clicking for this show at all. Like a bad politician who is preaching "the same old politics" week after week we get the same old Bones. No original stories, no shocking twists or turns, just lackluster television from start to closing credits.

    Why did they have to bring Carla Gallo back? The girl is on every show these days from Californication to Mad Men to Bones. Keep her off my TV screen please.

    I'm sorry Bones, but maybe being syndicated has gotten to your heads, because this is awful television my friends.moreless
  • Tension growns between Booth and Bones

    Maybe it was my headache because of a very long day, but I found the subplot of the Sweets/Daisy problem and relationship a little bit... too much. I like them, Sweets more than annoying Daisy, but I don't think they need that much time on screen. I wonder if they making out in front of that mummy will curse them somehow...

    Damn man who killed that poor woman for greed. It was nice to see Brennan solve two cases and actually see her nervous and not too proud to speak about one of them. It made her look like a normal person.

    Brennan going out with the AD was for me, a way of showing that Brennan cannot get her mind off of Booth. But the last scene... Totally charged with sexual tension! God, I thought something important was going to happen but well, I can take what I saw because it was good and it was enough... for now. And what a nice thing of Brennan to return the 'what is ours, should stay ours' thing.moreless
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Diedrich Bader

Diedrich Bader

Andrew Hacker

Guest Star

Mozhan Marno

Mozhan Marno

Azita Jabbari

Guest Star

Eli Goodman

Eli Goodman

Alexander Landau

Guest Star

Carla Gallo

Carla Gallo

Daisy Wick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • David Boreanaz and Andy Umberger (who plays Steven Turnbull in this episode) worked together earlier in the Angel episode "I Fall to Pieces".

    • Cam: I guess I'd be angry too if someone pulled my brain out through my nose and stuck it in a canopic jar.

      The brains of many Egyptian mummies were pulled out through the nose; however, they were not put in canopic jars. The brain was discarded because the ancient Egyptians believed it had no value in the afterlife. The canopic jars were for the stomach, intestines, lungs, and liver.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Booth: Listen, you changed history. How many people can say that?

      Brennan: You can. Every arrest you make changes history. You make the world safer.

      Booth: With your help.
      (Brennan smiles) So, Andrew. I thought you were gonna take him to this thing. That's, what he told me.

      Brennan: I was, yes, but … you and I, this is our case and I guess … what goes on between us, that should be just ours. Isn't that what you said?

      Booth: Yeah.

    • Sweets: I'd consider it a personal favor, Dr. Brennan.
      Booth: Ouch. Personal favors are kind of like penalty shots, you kind of have to take them. Unlike dinner requests from your boss, which you are totally open to decline.

    • Sweets: Karloff was a genius. You could feel the mummy's pain, you know?
      Angela: He was dead Sweets. He felt no pain.
      Sweets: Emotional pain. That never dies.
      Angela: Cheery thought. Thank you.

    • Bones: Director Hacker wants to have sex with me.
      Booth: Whoa. He said that? Wait it's (laughs nervously) and it's Assistant Director.
      Bones: Well he said dinner but the implication was clear.

    • Sweets: Dr. Saroyan, I'm having some serious problems with Daisy. Can I ask your advice?
      Cam: No.
      Sweets: No really.
      Cam: Really. I have a 16-year-old and believe me, when it comes to dating advice I am batting a red hot zero.
      Sweets: But, you've been through this like, a million times yourself.
      Cam: Did you just call me old?
      Sweets: Is that what it felt like?
      Cam: Yeah.

    • Angela: Was Booth upset?
      Brennan: Yes, I don't know why.
      Angela: Brennan, this could screw up the natural order of things. And Booth wishes that you were going out with him.
      Brennan: W- I drink with him all the time. But with Andrew, there's the potential for sex.
      Angela: And not with Booth?

    • Hodgins: The urine of a red-headed boy.
      Cam: We need so much more than that.
      Hodgins: From the swab of Dr. Kaswell's eye.
      Angela: A red-headed boy peed on her eye?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Tip Of My Tongue" by Ben Broussard

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: November 5th, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: November 15th, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Sweden: December 13th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: January 15th, 2010 on Fox
      Latin America: February 10th, 2010 on Fox
      Norway: February 25th, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: September 25th, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: September 29th, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: October 7th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: March 31st, 2011 on Prima


    • The title may be a reference to the 2006 movie Night at the Museum (which is based on a book by Milan Trenc). Both are about a divorced man who becomes a museum security guard, not knowing the exhibits come alive at night.