Season 3 Episode 7

Boy in the Time Capsule

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2007 on FOX
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A time capsule buried by a high school class of 1987 is unearthed by a group of the school's alumni who are shocked to find the body of one of their high school classmates hidden inside. Booth and Brennan find that the victim was an outcast in high school, so they go on to investigate the past lives of the classmates in an effort to discover the murderer.moreless

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  • Bones

    This is my favorite show of all time, but I don't recommend it if you have and uneasy stomach!
  • A mystery death with a rather sweet twist.

    Quite an interesting story. The game was obviously not important, if Roger had been killed for it, it would have been released but it wasn't and the co-designer Gil didn't even know Roger had completed the game. The murder was a crime of passion due to a miscommunication – had Roger told Gil why he was running off with the girl, Roger would probably still be alive. I liked how it turned out that the baby was Roger's, it was sweet, not the usual jock-gets-the-girl tale, but instead that the girl was won over by the sweet geek to the point where they not only had sex but also got pregnant. Even twenty years later, Janine still talks of Roger with such affection, this wasn't just a fling. Nice touch.

    Brennan gets twisted out of shape by her Smurfs story and Booth makes a point of who Smurfette was. Makes you wonder if the 'humiliating' incident she got so upset about was misinterpreted by her – could her 'secret Santa' have been trying to make the same point?

    I liked this one, the underdog getting the girl and it unfortunately got him killed.moreless
  • A body in a capsule.....Interesting!

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When a time capsule from 1987 is taken up inside a dead body (or at least what is left of one) is found. Soon the victim is IDed as a student from the high school from 1987. We soon learn that the victim was very popular in school, and disappeared the day after graduation, and no one had seen him since. We soon learn that the victim got a cheerleader from school pregnant, and she had the baby and told her boyfriend at the time that he was the father. Soon they learn who the killer is and when he is questioned, he soon confesses to killing his best friend.moreless
  • That was an adorable episode.

    Dr. Sweets is great, Hodgins talking about being a boy was fun, the dead body was really gross, the worse for me until now and the case was nice too.

    We get to learn a little bit more about everyone. So... Booth was one of "those" guys, throughout the episode I was getting a little upset with him and his awful not humiliating (totally bragging) moments, but I was patient, I knew something would happen in the end, it always does and my patience paid of. Such a sweet BB moment again.

    Looks like our man is evolving huh :p First time he tried to compliment her he said she looked nice, then he got the courage to say she's structured very well and know he was able to say she has the looks, who knows he might get brave enough to use beautiful, gorgeous and so on.

    About the role-playing with the hats got me curious.

    Brainy smurf, so cute... now Jasper won't feel so alone, he's got a new buddy.moreless
  • This episode brought back great memories of the high school in the 80's from Big Hair to Nerds. Only at the opening of my time capsule at our 20th I hope and pray that there will not be any dead bodies molting in it.moreless

    Matter of fact, who has a time capsule that big? And the school I went to well the Computer Nerd wouldn't have come any where near getting the Head Cheerleader pregnant. And once again Brennan saves the day when looking at the family pictures and seeing no family resemblance. And to think that Sweets was actually thinking about splitting them up. I am so glad that didn't happen. And that comment he made about hoping to help catch the killer so he can brag to his girl and have a great night. Well that was just a little sad really.

    But honestly I felt like the rest of the show was just filler to get a little more insight on Booth and Brennan. And I also think Booth was right to give her Brainy smurf. Smurffette was superficial and just down right dumb, and that isn't Brennan at all.moreless
T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Patrick Fabian

Patrick Fabian

Terry Stinson

Guest Star

Kristin Bauer

Kristin Bauer

Janelle Stinson

Guest Star

Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler

Gil Bates

Guest Star

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Terry Stinson said Alex is a senior in high school, but Janelle was pregnant when the time capsule was buried 20 years ago.

    • Goof: While examining the 1987 time capsule, Angela says of the victim that he must have had some love notes stashed away in his Spaceballs binder. Mel Brook's film Spaceballs wasn't released until June 28, 1987, which would be after the completion of the school year, after the time capsule was buried.

    • One of the main suspects' name (the nerd) is Gill Bates. This is a spoonerism of Bill Gates.

    • Goof: Commodore Amiga did not use 5.25" floppy disks, it used 3.5" ones. One disk drive was built in, with the option of 3 more external ones. Even though it was possible to connect an external 5.25" drive, it wouldn't make sense to do so and use that to store a game, since 5.25" floppies had less space and were less reliable than 3.5" ones.

      Also, in 1987 the highest Amiga model was the A500 (the Amiga used by Angela is an A1200), which did not have the power to run a 3-D Doom-clone game.

      Furthermore, the Amiga was based on the 68000 series of processors, not the 6800 as Angela states.

      The "prop" Amiga is actually a keyboard that was sat on top of the system unit from an original IBM PC-XT (5160).

    • Goof: Dr. Hodgins said that the pesticide was sprayed on Thursday, June 14, 1987. That date was on a Sunday, not a Thursday.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Jack: That's so Miami Vice, I could roll up my sleeves.

    • Angela: (reading the year book in the time capsule) "Have a great summer. Don't ever change." Remember those days?
      Cam: I remember being grounded every weekend ... so many rules to break, so little time ...
      Hodgins: You were the nerds' fantasy!

    • Booth: There was this girl Karen Isley, and we were under the bleachers one night ... personally.
      Bones: I got it. You were having sex in the dirt under the bleachers.
      Booth: Excuse me, I'm a gentleman. I brought my sleeping bag.

    • Brennan: I saw Matthew McConaughey once in a movie on a plane. Very silly. But I was quite taken with his musculature.

    • Hodgins: C'mon. When you can ladle someone he's a little less than a person, don't you think?

    • Hodgins: Mullet alert!

    • Bones: (giving back the Stinson's picture she took) I'm sorry. I had to borrow one of your pictures.
      Booth: You stole that.

    • Bones: Dr. Hodgins, do boys change after high school?
      Hodgins: Only on the outside.

    • Hodgins: I ran a sample of this sludge.
      Zack: Organic matter.
      Cam: Or you could call him "Roger."

    • Booth: Evolution is a long, long process. It takes hundreds of years.
      Bones: Thousands.
      Booth: Why do you have to always correct me?
      Bones: To help you evolve.

    • Bones: Okay, this is a story about sexual prowess Booth. You're bragging.
      Booth: (laughing) I had to run across the campus butt naked.
      Bones: You-you're, laughing about it now. You enjoyed displaying your penis, it showed alpha male mastery. Only one other person knew about Brainy Smurf, it was my mother.
      Booth: It's cold! Okay, it was cold. Do you know what happens to a guy when it is cold...outside?

    • Angela: Oh my God! I'm gettin' flashbacks to braces and stirrup pants and a really, really bad side ponytail.
      Hodgins: You certainly grew out of it.

    • Booth: (after getting mad at Dr. Sweets) Now I know why I am not allowed to bring my gun in here.

    • Brennan: What is that?
      Booth: Nothing.
      Brennan: Well, you've evolved, and evolution is very impressive and that is definitely not nothing.
      Booth: This? (showing a Smurf figurine)
      Brennan: Did you bring that for me?
      Booth: No.
      Brennan: Good, because it's a wrong Smurf, I liked Smurfette and you bring me a Brainy Smurf.
      Booth: Smurfette is a stupid, shallow Smurf who only had her looks. Look you're better than Smurfette, you have your looks, and a whole lot more.
      Brennan: You did bring that for me. To charm me in case I didn't find your humiliation so impressive. But I did.
      Booth: Aha, so, I did impress you.
      Brennan: That's what impressive means, dummy.

    • Gil Bates: The water has compromised the structural integrity of the case, so–
      Booth: (laughs) Would ya' look at this, Bones, another nerd for your squint squad.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: December 18th, 2007 on TV3
      United Kingdom: December 20th, 2007 on Sky1
      Sweden: January 15th, 2008 on TV3
      Norway: January 31st, 2008 on TV3
      Spain: February 22nd, 2008 on FOX TV Spain
      New Zealand: May 12th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: September 15th, 2008 on Channel 7
      Belgium: October 13th, 2008 on 2BE
      Finland: January 16th, 2009 on Sub
      Slovakia: June 3rd, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: October 21st, 2009 on Prima

    • Patrick Fischler, who played Gil Bates in this episode, also appeared alongside David Boreanaz in the Angel episode "The Magic Bullet" as a character named Ted.

    • Featured Music:
      "Bandstand in the Sky" - Pete Yorn (end of the last scene)


    • When Angela runs the floppy disk, it plays a prototype of a video game called Warstrike, which plays a peculiar series of musical tones at the beginning of the game. The notes reference the 1966 Daniel Mann film Our Man Flint, an American spy-film spoof staring James Coburn, the musical tones are identical to the ringtone of American Intelligence Chief Cramden's telephone. Cramden was played by Lee J. Cobb.

    • Commodore Amiga:
      The Amiga computer, the first multimedia home computer (with 4096 colors, 4-voice stereo audio, and a mouse/pointer desktop), was originally developed by a company named Amiga-Lorraine then sold to Commodore, a computer giant of the '80s. Development on the Amiga began in 1982 and still continues today thanks to a still-fervent community.

    • One of the characters in this episode is named Gil Bates, who was going to start a business in video games and computing. This is an allusion to real-life computer entrepreneur and chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates.