Season 5 Episode 1

Harbingers in the Fountain

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

For the past six weeks Booth has been recovering from brain surgery, and Sweets has finally certified him as mentally fit to return to duty. Meanwhile, while reading her tarot cards, Angela's psychic reveals that there are several bodies buried under a fountain. Booth and Brennan are skeptical about checking it out, but are surprised when they find the remains of eleven bodies exactly where the psychic said they'd be.moreless

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  • Booth is back? ...Not quite. But season five brings the show back with a great episode.

    I took notes as I watched episode 5x01 for the third time. Here they are:

    I loved Cindy Lauper! Having her on the show was a great idea. Avalon Harmonia is a great character. It would definitely be cool to have her back in future episodes.

    I liked that for Angela and Cam, the fact that Booth is in love with Bones is obvious.

    I liked the sequence where Brennan arrives at the lab. I'm sure all of us know that she isn't very outwardly affectionate, but the scene creates a nice build up towards Booth and Brennan's first meeting. First, she rejects Cam's offer to hug, then she gets hugged by Hodgins, and while she appreciates the gesture, she doesn't really return the hug. But with Booth, she jumps almost impulsively at the chance. It was sweet.

    I thought it was so cute the way Boreanaz delivered the line "Don't worry, nothing's wrong with me. I'm 110 percent."

    It figures it would be a tumor that was keeping Booth from going forward with Brennan. In my opinion, any man with a healthy brain would have already made a move in a relationship like that one. The tumor is the only explanation I can accept.

    Loved the Booth and Cam scene at the bar. Finally, it is spoken out loud that Booth loves Temperance. Can't take it back, now. It's an admission that finally, clearly establishes Booth's feelings for Brennan. What this does is tell me that Booth will spend the rest of the season figuring out that he really loves Temperance, and how and when to tell her. Obviously, I don't expect this to happen until the season's final episode, and I hope it doesn't take longer than that because it just can't be extended any further. But I'm allowing myself to keep my hopes up because Hanson and the relevant execs have stated that Booth and Brennan will be in a committed relationship by the end of the season (I'm pretty sure it's cited somewhere. Please correct me if I'm wrong). All through season four I asked myself why I kept watching this show. This particular scene convinced me to keep watching because it gave me a good reason to do so.

    Cam's advice to Booth about Brennan was priceless. And it was very touching to know how much she cares for Brennan.

    Ok, the scene with B & B in the pit under the fountain…I've watched it three times and I still don't know what exactly happens here. I see Booth enter with one intention, and then leave with another, but I don't see the transition from one to the other. I don't see what made him suddenly become so anxious to leave after being so driven to go and be there with Brennan. I can deduce a couple of reasons, but my point is that it wasn't clear in the scene.

    Caroline's line in the meeting room "What is that, a graph of Russian wheat production…"etc. This line seemed too arbitrary to be funny. Or, maybe I missed something, I don't know.

    When Brennan asks Booth if he would also like her to kiss him on the forehead, and then laughs and walks away…It seemed kind of mean. That was mean, Bones.

    Somehow, Sweets seems a little too enthusiastic about pointing out that Booth is not really in love with Brennan. I understand his evidence justifying it, but he seems a bit too fundamentalist with the science. I used to think Sweets had a little more heart. Having said that, I also understand the need for a counterpoint to the characters believing Booth and Bones are in love and should be together. It would be too simple otherwise. Yin yang, I suppose. Also, Sweets' point of view is important because it triggers an internal dilemma in Booth. It will require time to solve this dilemma, and it provides the space to slowly work towards the solution, which would be Booth declaring his love to Bones (the real kind, not the 'atta girl' kind) and emotionally committing to each other.

    I loved Temperance's moment of enlightenment with Avalon, when the psychic says, "He knows the truth of you and he's dazzled by that truth." Finally, she hears it from someone.

    I'm not liking Emily's wardrobe very much. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

    I really hated Booth's reaction to the clown. I thought it was overdone and I didn't feel it at all. A more believable reaction would have been a more neutral response to the clown…like it didn't bother Booth one way or the other. All that scene needed to accomplish was to communicate that Booth no longer had a phobia towards clowns. Going bipolar was completely unnecessary. However, regardless of how believable the clown scene was, the fact that Booth's phobia is gone reinforces the dilemma introduced by Sweets. Is Booth really himself yet?

    So, something I haven't quite figured out yet: why does Booth tell Brennan that he loves her, if he is having doubts? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about this, I just wonder why he would decide to tell her something like that when he's obviously being compelled to doubt his feelings.

    I thought that Brennan confessing to Avalon that she had an irrational feeling (about feeling bad for using Avalon to attack the Harbinger Group guy, even though it was a rational idea) is a big step forward. Bones has to learn to be a little irrational, and it looks like she's making progress.

    And also, I wanted to mention that at the end, when Avalon tells Booth that 'this' all works out in the end, it reinforces my conviction to keep watching the show because I'm glad I know where it's going.

    I really liked this episode. The case was interesting, Cindy Lauper was great, and we got the revelation we were dying for.

    I'm very glad that HH and the relevant execs shared the focus of this season with us. I don't know about everyone else, but I was losing my belief in the show. Now I know why I watch it and it's comforting to know that the show is heading towards a clear and much expected goal.moreless
  • What cliffhanger?

    This episode illustrates why I am not a fan of season-ending cliffhangers. The big climax of last season, with Booth in critical danger with a brain tumor, and seemingly have lost his memory and identity, was blown off in the first 10 minutes of the episode, albeit with a few references in later parts of the show.

    Dr. Brennan, so concerned for Booth at the end of the season, left Booth to convalesce on his own, while she traveled to another country to do body identifications.

    The episode story was OK, but they never explained how the "psychic" knew that there were bodies buried under the fountain, leaving the impression that psychic powers might actually exist.

    Of course, we know that Booth and Brennan will eventually hook up, but apparently they will continue to do their kabuki dance for the foreseeable future.

    If Brennan is so vulnerable to having her heart broken, how is it she was able to recover from her affair with her professor?moreless
  • Wow, what an ingenious teaser.

    Very clever to begin this season with a reprise of 'The critic in the Cabernet' and 'The end in the Beginning' through a reading of Tarot. It summed up beautifully what had happened to Booth and also opened up the question of whether he was the same guy after, as he puts it, 'putting his brain box through the blender'.

    This theme of uncertainty for Booth is continued throughout. He has forgotten many things and things have changed. He loves Brennan but is advised both by Cam directly and Sweets indirectly to be very careful what he says to her.So that when he finally tells her he turns it into a pals thing.

    The forensic plot is sound and even though they don't get the bad guy for murder he is, with Caroline's help, brought to justice.moreless
  • The gang is back with 50% more hugging. Yay!

    I have to gush about this episode because it has everything a season starter should have: a simple explanation to a cliffhanger, a roll of new doubts and plot twists and a new dynamic of characters. The old players are still in place but the family dynamic seems to be set on a tighter leash.

    I especially enjoyed the interlude of things to come by Cyndi Lauper, who played the psychic that acts like cupid to Brennan fully knowing that is what she really wanted to hear for the last few seasons but was too naive to notice. I really enjoy the theme of belief and science a heartwarming reoccuring thing in the show, and I love the dance being continued between Brennan and Booth. It's my Mulder and Scully all over again...*sigh*moreless
  • Exactly why I love this show so much!

    This is exactly why I love this show. I mean, it's definitely not something like 'Glee' another great show I love that you can guess what is going to happen - the whole show seems obvious but Bones, no way!

    This episode had us continually guessing and had so many amazing twists - we couldn't of guessed who did it even if we tried so hard.

    The whole Booth thing was quite sad and confusing, but not due to a fault, it was more confusing because it was meant to be and I liked that. We don't know what is going to happen and we don't know what is going on but hopefully we will find out soon enough!

    I love the psychic! She was awesome and the twists even revolving her where awesome!

    I know this may be a bit of a spoiler but I love how they dealt with the ending. It was a really great that sometimes it doesn't always end with the perfect arrest or they don't get them and there is a different way other than the obvious. The way Bones does this always makes me put a high standard on other shows because they always come up with something new or a twist on something done a million times, or even handling it newly.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

Michael Bryan French

Michael Bryan French

Tom Fargood/Alexander Gallo

Guest Star

Lenny Schmidt

Lenny Schmidt

Dr. Leacock

Guest Star

Amy Dudgeon

Amy Dudgeon

FBI Agent

Guest Star

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Brennan is talking to Harmonia in her house, you can see only two rows of cards are laid down. Yet after flipping only one card, she is placing them in the corner nearest Brennan showing a 3rd row partially filled in.

    • Goof: when Angela types in "retirement communities" into her recognition program, the word 'algorithm' is spelled 'alogrithm' on the computer screen.

    • In the closing act, Caroline Julian gives Bones and Booth a ride in a yellow AMC Gremlin. The car looks exactly like Caroline's car in the season two episode "Judas on a Pole," which was badly damaged after Booth borrowed it and Bones's brother Russ backed into it with an SUV while escaping with Bones's father. The damage to Caroline's car was most likely more than it was worth, so unless she restored it out-of-pocket or found another car of the same model, color, and design, this is a goof.

    • Booth: (to Sweets) I don't own a nightclub, I'm not married to Bones, you are not a zany bartender, and I hate clowns.

      Booth seems to forget this fact at the end of the episode, when passing by a clown with Brennan. However, Booth could have mentioned his hate of clowns as a fact he knew was true regarding his former self, but one that may not be true anymore -- giving the situation more believability.

    • Goof: About three-fourths of the way though the episode Brennan is attacked by Dr. Leacock. He stabs her in the arm and she is clearly badly injured. However, for the rest of the episode no bandage is seen on either of Brennan's arms.

    • Booth's middle name is revealed in this episode -- Booth himself says it's Joseph.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Avalon: (reading Tarot cards for Brennan) This man was lost. You brought him the light that showed him the way home. Without it he would have died.
      Angela: Booth was in a coma. Brennan read him the book that she was writing. When Booth woke up he thought that, they had a whole different life together. He thought that they were married. He thought that for days.
      Avalon: You were joined to that time. You're still joined.
      Brennan: Nothing either of you is saying, makes sense.

    • Avalon: (reading Tarot cards for Brennan) I see a sick man in a hospital. He takes refuge in a dream life. You are there, in the dream, and you are helping him to create that dream life by tellin' him a story. You're both so happy in the story, so happy it's almost sad when he wakens.
      Brennan: Okay, no offense to you and your psychic, but I just got off a flight from Guatemala. I wanna go, check in with Cam and then shower and change.
      Avalon: (turning over a card titled "The Lovers") Ooohh. The man whose life you saved is really excited to see you again.

    • Cam: (seeing Brennan for the first time since she's gotten back from her trip) Dr. Brennan! Would you care to hug?
      Brennan: Why?
      Camille: Okay. I'm good with that. Welcome home.

    • Caroline: (watching the video of Bones and Booth as they trick Avalon into attacking her sister's killer) That was sneaky.
      Bones: Is sneaky good or bad?
      Caroline: Good if it holds up in court.
      Cam: Next time make it look more like you're taking advantage of the situation not scripting it.

    • Camille: The things that make you a great cop have nothing to do with the socks. What's really on your mind?
      Booth: All right. Um, that uh, place that I went to, you know, in my coma dream.
      Cam: Mhm.
      Booth: It was just, Bones and I, it was so real.
      Camille: You're in love with Dr. Brennan. (Booth stares at her, she smiles)
      Booth: What I'm wondering is, am I the same guy?
      Camille: Uhh ... sweet, kickass, FBI murder solver with hard fists and a lion heart?
      Booth: Uh huh.
      Camille: Yep, you're still him.

    • Sweets: Do you miss anything about the alternative life you experienced while in a coma?
      Booth: (thoughtful) Yeah... (smiles) The clothes. Hm. I miss those clothes, they were great clothes.
      Sweets: Okay, I'm certifying you as fit for duty.

    • Booth: (cradles Bones in his arms, as she's been badly injured) Ambulance is on the way, okay?
      Bones: Keep the pressure on the wound.
      Booth: I got it. I got it. Just relax. Just trust me, alright? I'll take care of you. Shhh, I got you. Breathe. I'll take care of you I'm right here. I'm not going anywhere. (kisses the top of her head; she pulls his arm tighter around her) I got you baby.

    • Bones: What did you want to tell me?
      Booth: (pauses) That I love you. (Bones is shocked; Booth pauses) In a professional, 'atta girl' kind of way.
      Bones: (doubtfully) 'Atta girl' kind of way? (she recovers) Right back at'cha Booth. I love you too. (punches his shoulder playfully) 'Atta Boy.'

    • Avalon: (doing a reading on Bones) The riddle you can't solve is how ... somebody could love you.
      Bones: (scoffs) Well I'm, beautiful and very intelligent.
      Avalon: The answer to the question that you're afraid to say out loud is ... yes. He knows the truth of you, and he is dazzled by that truth.

    • Avalon: (after Brennan was attacked) Dr. Brennan. How are you feeling?
      Bones: Well, they gave me medication. So I feel how I imagine people of average intelligence feel, all the time.

    • Booth: (talking to Cam about how he's in love with Bones) Right. Right yeah and uh ... tell Bones how I feel.
      Cam: Yes. Except ... be sure about your feelings because if you crack that shell, and you change your mind she'll, die of loneliness before she'll trust anyone ever again.

    • Avalon: You two are gonna keep doing things as usual.
      Booth: Sometimes you gotta settle for second best.
      Avalon: By the way, my cards tell me this all works out eventually.
      Booth: Oh. Really?
      Bones: What works out eventually?
      (Booth smiles and walks into his office)

    • Avalon: You're the man that was in the coma, aren't you? Would you pick a card please?
      Booth: Ah ... okay. Uh ...
      Avalon: You're worried ... you lost something.
      Booth: L-look M-Miss Harmonia, I really don't need a tarot reading right now. What I need to know is how you knew that those people were buried under Tavishin fountain.
      Avalon: It's all in the cards Agent Booth. You can't argue with what's in the cards. You never lost anything in that coma Agent Booth. You gained something.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Cyndi Lauper, who guest starred as the psychic in this episode, asked to be a guest star on Bones after watching Emily Deschanel sing her song "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" in the Season 3 episode "Wannabe in the Weeds."

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: October 8th, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: October 18th, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Sweden: November 15th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: December 4th, 2009 on Fox
      Latin America: January 13th, 2010 on Fox
      The Netherlands: January 25th, 2010 on RTL4
      Norway: January 28th, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: August 28th, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: September 8th, 2010 on JOJ
      Japan: October 22nd, 2010 on FOX
      Czech Republic: March 3rd, 2011 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Fearless" by Cyndi Lauper (during the montage that occurs right after the scene when Booth talks to Cam at the bar)


    • Caroline mentions "yellow submarine," referring to the Beatles song/album called "Yellow Submarine." Interestingly, Booth was trapped by the Gravedigger in a small yellow submarine during the season four episode "The Hero in the Hold."