Season 3 Episode 2

Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 02, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Brennan and Booth investigate the death of a soccer mom who was blown up in her mini-van, confused as to why someone would murder a seemingly innocent soccer mom. They soon discover that the soccer mom, named June, was part of a group of radicals from the 70's, named the National Liberation Army. June was also wanted by the FBI for decades, and might have been close to turning herself in, which makes motives for her murder really complicated. Meanwhile, Brennan goes to see her father Max in jail.moreless

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  • Not entirely original but good.

    The previous episode seems to have started a new trend, starting with the crime before the team gets there.

    I'm glad to see Angela's still working the widow case. I was curious how they would deal with the sheer volume of evidence when they couldn't spend several episodes to address it. This is the smart way to do it, when they come back to the case, all the evidence will be processed and they will focus only on what is relevant.

    Booth's loyalty to Riley blinds him to his obsession, so full of hate and frustration that Booth should never have let him be involved in the case. For the same reason that surgeons can't operate on family. Riley could have completely messed up the case.

    Not a completely original story, NCIS did a similar story but this was still done well and I liked it.moreless
  • Another good episode

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. We open this episode with a soccer mom's van being blown up, with her inside. Very classic scene as it explodes to the song, perfect day and then we see a leg flying at the camera. And so Booth and Bones are called in to investigate. Soon we learn that the victim was part of a group of radicals from the 70's, named the National Liberation Army. Two people from the group have been missing since the 70's and are on the run form the FBI. The soccer mom is soon IDed as one of them and one of the pair who killed a cop. We soon learn that in 4 days she was going to turn herself in, and was to go to prison for 9 years. Bones starts to go visiting her father, and isn't happy when he asks her to testify on his behalf. Soon the team learn that her old crime partner killed her and soon get a lead to where he maybe. When they get there they discover tae agent who used to be on the case, there with a gun in his hand and the man they wanted to question dead on the floor with a gun in his hand. The agent claims that he killed himself. Soon they learn that the dead man, could not have killed himself because of his arthritis and that he couldn't have made the bomb either. Soon the evidence of the letter is put back together, and we learn that it is a letter to her daughter. Then, shock, the husband is arrested for his wife's murder. As he is arrested the daughter reads the letter and she starts to cry.

    As the episode ends, we see Booth and Bones sitting together, outside, after Booth has been drinking, celebrating finally closing the case. She tells him that she went to see her father and that they played cards, and that she beat him.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep a women is seen showing up at a soccor game going to say good bye her kid. but thing is her van exploes as she is driving away. and so bones and booth are called to the scene to figure out what happen and the van gets trasported to the musem. also in this ep bones is starting to see her father due to the help from booth. and so they start to investgate and its from a case 30 years ago and they realize she was conservitat and did alot to stop people and she commited crimes and she was going to turn her self in. and after more investgating they find out were the other guy is. and they go to his house and he is dead with the fbi agent hanging over him they think at first it was him but it wasnt it was her husband who saw her sneek out to go see him but turns out she went there to get him to come forward to give himself up and the father thought she was cheeting on him or going back to a life of crime and she was not. and it said it in a letter that she wroter for her daughter. this was a good epmoreless
  • I don't know why I still watch Bones.

    Boring. With few peaks of interest (all about Angela and Hodges) and the odd funny line of the fat lady.

    What intrigued me most of the plot twist is that, unless I snoozed in the very moment it is mentioned, they arrest the husband for the murder of his wife but not of the terrorist ex-lover, so his staged suicide is still responsability of the old agent. Nevertheless, he gets away with murder (haw haw) and drinks merrily with Booth. Mmmmmm... So it's OK to kill old terrorists if they not repent like the lady?

    I hope the writers stop using pompous big words for the science team and start focusing in plot holes. If not, these Bones will continue suffering from ostheoporosis.moreless
  • As usual Bones is on top. I didn't see the murderer in this one. This show was amazing. Through the whole show I thought that the killer was the other radical guy, and I never thought that it was that FBI agent.moreless

    After all that time, why would he have wanted it to end that way?

    T.J. played the aroused co-worker wonderfully. And to be completely honest if Michaela's character had been mad that would have sucked. After all she is the one that it has been supposedly had a bi-sexual relationship. So the hottie from the bomb squad should have been and was also appreciated by her, too. And I am so glad that the writers decided not to let him cheat. After all, he is supposed to love her completely. If you love someone completely you don't cheat.

    When it was announced that she was sneaking out to see the original bomber I knew the husband was the killer. Men are jealous after all. My only question is how did he know how to make the bomb? I doubt that when the "soccer mom" was laying out all the details of the killing that she gave her husband play by play instructions on how to make the bomb. And they did say that there were some details (like the type of watch used in the bombing) that were held back from the press so how did he make the same bomb?

    Other than that little tid bit I loved the show. It was another great episode.moreless
T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

David Greenman

David Greenman

FBI Forensic Tech

Guest Star

Deborah Zoe

Deborah Zoe

Special Agent Katherine Frost

Guest Star

Erich Anderson

Erich Anderson

Jeremy Nash

Guest Star

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Bones: (reading Amy Nash/June Harris' letter to her daughter) I've done terrible things in my life, things I can't change. I know how much pain this will cause you, but never forget how much I love you. I know we didn't always agree on how, but we both hoped for the same thing: a just world. Even though I didn't fire the gun that took that man's life, I have to take responsibility for it and for my cowardice hiding all these years. I tried to spare you and your father pain. I know what your father thought when he caught me with Neil, but I would rather die than betray your father. If I've learned anything, it's that we can never let the chaos and injustice make us so blind with anger that we become part of the problem. Understanding compassion, kindness, and love are the only true revolutionary ideals. When we compromise those we become what we despise, and we lose our humanity. The world might see my legacy as one of violence and destruction, but I know that you are my real legacy, and for that, I will be thankful every day.

    • (Booth and Brennan are sitting on the steps of Lincoln Memorial; Booth seems tipsy.)
      Brennan: How much scotch did you drink?
      Booth: Oh, just enough. You know, I would have invited you but Reilly, he, he doesn't like you.
      Brennan: I understand.
      Booth: I'm sorry, was that rude?
      Brennan: Not from someone who's been drinking.
      Booth: God, you know, I love this place. I love it, I love this country. You know, I'll tell you something, if I was working law enforcement back in the day when it threw all that tea, alright, in the harbor - I'm good, I'm good. I would have rounded everybody up and we'd still be English.
      Brennan: (smiling) You think?

    • (upon finding the victim's tattoo)
      Cam: An inverted pentagram...devil worship.
      Hodgins: Mom had a little thing going on the side with Satan? Aww...the 'burbs.

    • Brennan: Have you determined what kind of bomb was used?
      Agent Frost: I'm still sifting through the debris and waiting for whatever goodies these bugs leave behind.
      Brennan: And...Dr. Hodgins is just keeping you company?
      Hodgins: What? No, I'm working. Hard. I'm gonna go right now and work... hard, someplace else.

    • Cam: How close are we to ID'ing the victim?
      Angela: Well, this is the skull (points at a shattered skull) I'm good, but I'm not that good.

    • Brennan: I saw my father.
      Booth: Wow, I didn't think that you were gonna, do that.
      Brennan: As an anthropologist I accept change as the natural order of things but, with him I didn't allow for transformation. You know, I predicated his behavior based on a set of outmoded preconceptions. It wasn't rational.
      Booth: Wow, I, I didn't get any of that.
      Brennan: If I was conducting an objective experiment on my father, observing his behavior, I'd have to conclude that he loves me.
      Booth: Hm. Why, what happened?
      Brennan: We played cards.
      Booth: Cool.
      Brennan: I killed him.
      Booth: (laughing) Good for you.

    • Brennan: (about her dad, Max) He wanted me to testify on his behalf. He just wants to use me.
      Booth: Well, he's a conman, Bones. That doesn't mean that he doesn't love you. He's just looking for a little payback.
      Brennan: Payback?
      Booth: Yeah, he's thinking he got arrested so he could spend some more time with you. I mean, you could at least return the favor by doing something nice for him.
      Brennan: I'm not sure I want a father who's always keeping score.
      Booth: Yeah. Sounds like you are, too.
      Brennan: You know what? You're right. This is none of your business.
      Booth: You know what Bones? You're never gonna forgive yourself if you don't cut the guy some slack just because you're afraid to get hurt.

    • (Brennan's visiting her father in jail)
      Max: Gee, real chairs. It's nice to have an important daughter.
      Brennan: This is Booth, not me.
      Max: Well, you thank him for me. Always liked Booth, nicest guy that ever arrested me.

    • Sam: (about Bones) You know Booth, she must be really good in bed, because I can't see any other reason you keep her around here.
      Bones: I am, very good, but Booth has no direct knowledge of that fact.

    • Sam: (to Booth about Bones) If she were a guy, I'd deck her.
      Bones: You know, that distinction is no longer necessary, but I wouldn't recommend it.

    • Max: Honey, I'm sorry.
      Bones: For what?
      Max: For, for being such a disappointment as a father. You deserve better, and I should have told you sooner. (waits for a reaction from Bones) Well, that's it, nothing?
      Bones: What were you expecting? I agree with you.
      Max: I was expecting some tears or a hug or something, I did apologize, that's what you wanted, isn't it?
      Bones: Well, you didn't mean it?
      Max: Of course I meant it. Listen under any objective standard you have a horrible human being for a father. But, I'm trying to move on, I got caught so I could be with you. I was hoping you'd meet me half way.
      Bones: I'm here aren't I?

    • Booth: Are you coming?
      Bones: I can't, Zack and I have to pull the rest of the shrapnel for the bomb tech, and then I have to buy some socks for my dad.
      Caroline: (starts pulling Booth towards the door) Leave her be cherie, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
      Booth: (looks back at Bones, confused) Socks?

    • Sam: Hey! I'm talking to you!
      Caroline: (turns to him) No, you're yelling at me, and my ears are starting to ring. Now I'm sorry that after 40 years as an agent for the FBI, you're still a little girl, but I'd like to find out who killed June Harris. So, how about you stop whining, and help, okay cherie?

    • Caroline: (walking onto the platform and setting off the alarms)
      People! Please tell me that all your fancy-ass equipment, is wrong!
      Bones: You are not supposed to be up here.
      Caroline: Booth can shoot me later.

    • Booth: How's your Dad? You haven't mentioned him.
      Bones: Apparently his feet hurt.
      Booth: You know, I mean his spirits.
      Bones: He's a conman, Booth, he's always cheerful.

    • Max: I don't believe in encouraging all that uh, that self esteem crap. You want to win, earn it. That's why you're so good at what you do now, because you know that nobody is going to hand you anything.

    • Max: You're upset.
      Bones: Yeah, of course I'm upset, my father's a criminal.
      Max: No, outlaw, there's a difference.
      Bones: Subtle distinctions like that are lost on me, and I imagine your victims.
      Max: I know you want some sort of nice neat story that puts my life into perspective for you, but it doesn't work that way.
      Bones: You could try, don't I deserve that?
      Max: I guess I always had a problem with authority, I just always saw myself fighting the system, you know like Robin Hood.
      Bones: Do you realize how ridiculous you sound? You're here for murdering the deputy director of the F.B.I.
      Max: He was a crook, he was a killer and he was going to kill you.
      Bones: And you walked out on Russ and me when I was fifteen.
      Max: But that was to protect you, people were after us.
      Bones: Because you were a criminal.
      Max: Outlaw. See, I knew you weren't gonna understand.

    • Hodgins: Look, I'm not gonna deny that she's attractive.
      Angela: Oh totally hot.
      Hodgins: (surprised) What?
      Angela: The bombshell from the bomb squad, she's totally hot.
      Hodgins: Yeah, I know...I mean...
      Angela: Look Jack, I really don't care what's going on in your pants, as long as it stays in your pants.

    • Angela: (to Special Agent Frost) He's Dr. Jack Hodgins. (shakes her hand) Angela Montenegro, I do facial reconstructions, and him.

    • Zack: Shouldn't you wait for the bomb tech before you gather the explosive residue?
      Hodgins: Hey, just getting enough to verify his results. Remember he's a government bureaucrat.
      Angela: Hey you're a government bureaucrat babe.
      Hodgins: In name only! I am a passionate dedicated scientist who will not be cowed by authoritarian pressure.

    • Bones: (to Angela) Perhaps you could use these, there's a portion of tongue, hair, and brain matter.
      Angela: Okay, if anybody needs me, I'm gonna go throw up...then do some paperwork.

    • Booth: Caroline went through a lot of trouble to get you private visitation with your father and now you don't want it.
      Bones: The Federal Detention facility already has visiting areas.
      Booth: Yeah, behind two inch glass, I mean, now you'll be able to give your old man, you know, a hug. (He hugs her from the side as they are walking)
      Bones: I didn't ask for special treatment, Booth.
      Booth: That's because you don't have to, because you are special.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: November 13th, 2007 on TV3
      United Kingdom: November 15th, 2007 on Sky1
      The Netherlands: November 21st, 2007 on RTL 4
      Spain: January 18th, 2008 on FOX TV Spain
      Australia: July 24th, 2008 on Channel Seven
      Belgium: September 8th, 2008 on 2BE
      Germany: September 18th, 2008 on RTL
      Finland: December 12th, 2008 on Sub
      Slovakia: April 29th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 16th, 2009 on Prima
      Bulgaria: March 28th, 2011 on bTV

    • Ryan O'Neal was billed as a Special Guest Star.

    • Featured Music:
      "Perfect Day" - Lou Reed (during the beginning montage)


    • Booth: I love this country, you know I tell you something, if I was working law enforcement back in the day when they threw all that tea in the harbor, I'm good, alright, I'm good, I would have rounded everybody up, and we'd still be English.

      This is an allusion to The Boston Tea Party which took place on December 16 of 1773 and helped spark (so it has been said) the American Revolution. The actual event that has since been deemed "The Boston Tea Party" was a protest by the American colonists against Great Britain. The American colonists destroyed mass quantities of tea bricks that were on ships in the Boston Harbor.

    • Booth: Okay, that's great, let's get out of here before Hodgins gives him the Pinko medal of honor.

      This is an allusion to when Pinko was the term used during the Cold War to designate and accuse people who were suspected of supporting the Soviet Union. This often included many left wing and Progressive Party politicians. Hodgins, being a government-opposed conspiracy theorist, would more than agree with a lawyer like Huntzinger who was a left-wing liberal.