Season 2 Episode 19

Spaceman in a Crater

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 02, 2007 on FOX
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A mysterious dead man is found in a crater with his body flattened as if he had fallen from the sky. Brennan and Booth try to find out who the man was while Hodgins comes up with different conspiracy theories involving aliens. Booth and Brennan find out the man was an astronaut who was murdered, and a complicated murder case unfolds.moreless

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  • Another amazing episode of Bones

    This episode was pretty good but definitely not the best. There was a lot to like from this but it was just great not the normal fantastic!

    I loved seeing the squints teasing Hodgins about the others. It was so funny especially because when the guy was pushed from the plane he was wearing loafers. I loved Hodgins on that entire matter.

    I really liked the ending of this one. It was so nice to hear Booth telling Brennan that Hodgins was going to propose to Angela. It was so typical Brennan to say that at that moment she saw marriage as having someone push someone out of a plane for you. I loved Booth telling Brennan not to tell Angela that too.

    Hodgins and Angela were really cute. I loved that Angela turned him down again because Angela is not the settling down type in my opinion that is.

    I really enjoyed the case. It was so cool that the victim had been in space for so long and that was what had caused his bones to make him appear to be 130. Tat story had interest so I really liked it.

    Booth and Brennan were so awesome in the vomit comet. I loved seeing how much they were enjoying themselves it was very cute.

    This was a really great episode but something in there was missing that held it back from being fantastic!moreless
  • Very cool episode.

    This episode shows something that's oddly not been in the series before – the removal and boiling of bones to remove flesh. It's a very common practice when examining bones, particularly by forensic anthropologists, it's used extensively in Kathy Reichs books too. I've always thought it was strange it was never done, even in cases where the body is badly decomposed.

    The implant is really nasty, opening the thin bone like a scab and finding that thing inside the bone, disgusting. The image just freaked me out.

    Tragic that what should have been good news led to a man dying, but they didn't throw his body out of a plane because of an accident, instead because it would have stopped James from getting into space. That was what changed it from an accident to murder.

    Liked that they focused more on Hodgins conspiracy theories, it's been downplayed in season 2.

    Hodgins is a sweetie and there's obviously something holding Angela back. Despite the fact that it's hurting him, maybe it's better that she doesn't just automatically say yes when it obviously doesn't feel right to her yet. She needs to figure out what's bothering her so she can deal with it before they get married.

    Very cool episode.moreless
  • Very interesting episode....

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When a body (or at least what's left of it) crashes into a field, Bones and Booth are called in to investigate. They believe that the body fell from a plane. When they look at the bones, they believe the victim is about 130 years old. Soon they believe that the victim is in fact an astronaut, and that is why the bones showed the victim being much older than he really is. Soon the victim is IDed, and they go to see his widow. But quickly the episode changes direction and it becomes more like an episode of X-Files, with aliens being mentioned, what seems like every few minutes. Hodgins asks Angela out for a romantic meal at a French restaurant, where he plans on proposing to her again. Apparently he has already asked her once, and she said no. Soon they learn how he died and that one of his students killed him, and that the student's wife was in on it. She slapped him, and he fell, so basically it was an accident, that they covered up.

    We then see Hodgins and Angela together at the restaurant and as he starts to talk to her, and she thinks that he is going to break up with her. He tells her no and then he pulls out a ring box. He asks her and this time she She says she can't explain it, but she doesn't want him to stop asking her (just no pleasing some people!). But she does tell him that she loves him, more than he knows. As the episode ends, Booth tells Bones what Hodgins plans are, and she doesn't seemed shocked or happy or anything by it.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of bones there is man that falls from the ski and lands near some cows . thing is bones and booth are called to figure out what happen to him. it leads to muple angles and mutlple suspects and it was a very interesting ep. bones and booth figure out that the man was going to get better and the experiment was working and that if it did work it would be a big breakthrough. but they did even more investgating and found out that he was pushed into a airplaner propeller and that his friend and his wife were involved in his death. and they disposed of the body . this was a cool and very interesting epmoreless
  • Booth, Brennan and the squints work together to solve the case of a mysterious man who fell from the sky.

    Really enjoyed this one. Plenty of Booth/Bones interaction, and the conspiracy aspect really let Hodgins get involved more than usual. Even the "new" Zach, who is a bit harder to enjoy than the pre-doctorate Zach, added to the underlying dark humor of the show during his interaction with Cam to boil the bones. And, unlike the Sully/Bones travesty earlier this season, the romance between Hodgins and Angela is fun, interesting, and adds to the show (probably because I like both characters, and Sully is an idiot). The character interactions were built around a solid and intriguing story, which may or may not have been inspired by wacked out astronaut Lisa Nowak. Overall, a solid episode, enjoyable to watch.moreless
David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Lisa Waltz

Lisa Waltz

Jean Marie Howard

Guest Star

Judith Moreland

Judith Moreland

Loni Gowan

Guest Star

Michael Rodrick

Michael Rodrick

Adam Bahr

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Afer Zack convinces Cam to let him take the flesh off the victim's body, Cam throws away her apron in the biohazard can. For a split second, while she is bending over the can, a blue piece of cloth -- which looks like her underwear -- can be seen above her waistline.

    • Goof: When Boooth and Brennan are talking to the wives for the first time, Brennan's hair switches multiple times between takes from behind her ears to in front of her ears.

    • The "National Space Agency" shown is actually the expansion of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta Georgia, designed by internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano and completed in November 2005. The design of the expansion buildings centers on the distinctive 1000 light scoops that capture light and filter it into the skyway galleries, allowing for natural illumination.

    • Goof: Jean Howard mentions her husband's aeroplane is a Turboprop Cessna, but the plane in the hanger is actually a Cessna 340A (N6284Z) which has twin piston engines, not a turboprop engine.

    • Hodgins: Pluto's no longer a planet. It was demoted.

      Pluto was discovered in 1930, but on August 24th, 2006, the International Astronomical Union members' meeting in Prague demoted it to a secondary category of dwarf planet. The new qualifications for a celestial body in our Solar System to qualify as a planet are: 1) It must be in orbit around the Sun, 2) It must be large enough that it takes on a nearly round shape 3) It has cleared its orbit of other objects.

      Pluto was automatically disqualified because its highly elliptical orbit overlaps with that of Neptune.

    • At the very beginning of the episode there are two cows facing the camera. The cow on the right has some short rope tied around both of its front hooves which you can see when it picks up its left hoof to complete its turn, but it can't because of the rope tied to its other hoof. Presumably they did this to keep the cow facing the correct direction during the shot.

    • Goof: When Bones says she learned the blackmail trick from Cam, this is wrong. She used the EXACT same trick in the pilot to get Booth to take her in the field when she threatened to tell the press that they found Cleo Eller, and that was long before she knew Cam.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Cam: Why do you know that?
      Zack: My knowledge is vast.
      Cam: Why did I ask?

    • Brennan: I bet if you told the agency you're going to identify Colonel Howard to the press they'd be a little more cooperative.
      Booth: Yeah. You know, I've been a wonderful influence on you.
      Brennan: Actually I learned that move from Cam.

    • (At the restaurant, Hodgins pushes a small velvet box across the table to Angela.)
      Hodgins: I believe that if two people care enough for each other, the rest of the world disappears to them. I feel that when I'm with you. (Angela opens the box to reveal a diamond engagement ring.) I'm prepared to put you ahead of me for the rest of my life. Angela Montenegro, will you marry me?

    • Booth: You eat yet?
      Bones: I said I'd wait…how did you know that James would tell me?
      Booth: Well, man loves his wife. May not be strong but, he has a conscience.
      Bones: See, I…I can't tell that stuff.
      Booth: And I can't tell the difference between coral and bone, so, guess we make a great pair. (Rushing) Hey, speaking of marriage, Hodgins is going to propose to Angela tonight.
      Bones: Hmm.
      Booth: What?
      Bones: I guess right now it looks to me like marriage is having someone who'll slap your enemies and then toss their dead bodies out of airplanes.
      Booth: Try not to mention that to Angela.

    • Hodgins: (Confused after Angela's refusal) I don't know whether I should laugh, cry or punch out the sommelier.

    • Hodgins: (After Angela has turned down his proposal) But you love me?
      Angela: More than you know.

    • Hodgins: So did you?
      Bones and Booth: (Smiling curiously at each other) Did we what?
      Hodgins: Vomit, in the Comet.
      Booth: No, I didn't vomit! I'm sure they were trying.
      Bones: (Enthusiastically) They can try me anytime. It was truly amazing!
      Booth: You had a little too much fun, okay?

    • Booth: The warrant includes anything that happens to be in plain sight.
      Bones: Plane sight. (chuckles) get it, it's a pun.

    • Booth: (sarcastically) Come on, four hits simultaneously with a broadsword? What, was he attacked by the Knights of the Round Table?

    • Zack: The blade was moving at a velocity of approximately 116 meters per second.
      Booth: (To Bones) What's that in American?
      Bones: About 260 miles per hour.

    • Angela: (wearing a fancy dress) The pattern is consistent with sharp force trauma from a curved blade approximately 35mm thick Zack, and if I am late for dinner, I am going to find whatever it is, and I will hit you with it.
      Booth: Wo-ow, you- you look incredible.
      Bones: You really do.
      Booth: You know what else I can tell, just by looking at you, you smell great.
      Zack: You can not see smell.

    • Bones: Best guess right now, a broad sword.
      Booth: Broadsword, like King Arthur?
      Bones: Yes.
      Booth: Broadsword, you know what Bones, I like the whole alien thing much better. Broadsword?! Where do you people come up with this stuff.

    • Zack: These bones are as human as you are.
      Hodgins: Oh, if you only knew how irony packed that is. (Zack looks at Hodgins shocked) It's a (Hodgins starts to chuckle) joke, don't you be coming around to boil me in the middle of the night.

    • Bones: Maybe, it wasn't a UFO that Cal saw. He could have seen something else.
      Booth: (Sarcastically) Oh, yeah, like a Death Beam, or a Space Baby.
      Bones: I was thinking more along the lines of spy satellite or experimental technology. You know, maybe the Agency was afraid Cal's sharing sensitive information with the STC.
      Booth: Regardless, our government does not kill people, okay Bones?
      Bones: (Scoffs) You were a sniper. Wasn't it our Government who sent you to kill people? (Booth looks at her a little hurt) Just saying.

    • Booth: Hey, Bones, I ran a check on the STC, okay they're a part of the Tin Foil Hat Squad.
      Bones: What's that?
      Booth: (Sarcastically) They wear tin little hats, probably to keep the aliens from controlling their minds.
      Bones: Oh, schizophrenics.

    • Bones: The zero g?
      Booth: The Vomit Comet!

    • Booth: Makes you feel small doesn't it.
      Bones: Because the picture is so big?
      Booth: No, because the universe is so big.
      Bones: You're not looking at the universe. You are looking at an enlarged photograph of Earth.
      Booth: Okay, well, you see one thing and I see another thing, personally I like what I see.

    • Hodgins: Can I ask you a question?
      Booth: (Slightly uncomfortably) Yeah.
      Hodgins: What's the deal on proposing, you know, to a woman?
      Booth: (Relaxes and sits down, relieved) Oh-
      Hodgins: I mean, what is the absolute proper way to do it?
      Booth: I don't know. I mean, the one time I did it, I got shot down flat.
      Hodgins: Did you do it by the book?
      Booth: Mm-hmm...well, no. We were waiting for the stick to turn blue or not to turn blue, and I realized I wanted to marry her if the stick was blue or not.
      Hodgins: Yeah, that's sorta what I did, only without the sticks.
      Booth: You asked Angela to marry you?
      Hodgins: Apparently I didn't do it right.
      Booth: (Adamantly) Do it again! Go all out this time, with the dinner and the getting down on one knee, the violin.....forget the violin.

    • Booth: You know General Sanbourne, I know you people are really tight lipped, but I am really good friends with a very aggressive federal prosecutor who is great at getting warrants.

    • Nina: Excuse me, can I see some I.D. please?
      Booth: Yeah, sure, I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

    • Bones: Is there some kind of rule that astronauts' wives travel in packs?

    • Bones: (talking about the astronauts' wives they just interviewed) It just seems so odd, those women stick together like a harem.

    • Booth: Wait, does that add up to the right amount of bone rot?
      Bones: Loss, bone loss, and...yes!

    • Bones: This is, I wanna say anomalous, but I'm going to go with weird.

    • Booth: (Sarcastically) Blowflies on aliens, who knew?
      Hodgins: You're taking a shot at me because I happen to believe that we are not all alone in an infinity of space.
      Bones: It's not the believing in extra-terrestrials that's odd-
      Booth: It's the believing that they're visiting us.
      Hodgins: This guy is wearing loafers. Aliens don't wear loafers people!
      Cam: Even if they want to pass unnoticed amongst us?
      Booth: You know, before taking us over...
      Hodgins: Oh, this is harassment. (Bones and Cam smile at Hodgins, stifling laughter) You know it's illegal to mock people for their fundamental beliefs.

    • Booth: So, we're gonna go with the theory that this was once human.
      Bones: I've never read about an alien encounter in which the aliens wore loafers.
      Booth: How much you wanna bet Hodgins has?

    • Booth: (As he and Bones walk up to the body in the crater, sarcastically) So, what do you think, dead? (Bones looks at him incredulously) I'm just saying, if he fell out of a plane, that plane is long gone by now.

    • Booth: Make anything out?
      Bones: Yes ... it's a crater.
      Booth: We know it's a crater Bones. Question is, what caused it?
      Bones: You should ask a geologist.
      Farmer: I can tell you for sure it's not a meteor.
      Booth: You got a look of what's inside?
      Farmer: Not for long. State Troopers didn't want anyone getting near it until you people got here.
      Booth: (sarcastically) Very nice of them.
      Bones: But-wha-what did it look like?
      Farmer: I'm pretty sure it was meat ... meat wearing clothes.

    • Booth: (Sarcastically) So he fell from outer space in a pair of loafers?

    • (Discussing the possible existence of aliens}
      Zack: Little green men?
      Hodgins: Grey. They're grey. Not green. Grey. Being as you are half alien yourself, you should know that.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 on TV3
      Spain: Friday, June 15th, 2007
      Belgium: Friday, December 28th, 2007 on RTL-TVI
      Germany: Thursday, January 10th, 2008
      France: Friday, March 28th, 2008 on M6
      Australia: Thursday, June 26th, 2008 on Channel 7
      Finland: Friday, September 12th, 2008 on Sub

    • Featured Music:
      "Shipwrecked" by Shane Alexander (during Adams' confession/his wife's arrest)
      "Hold on to You" by Marjorie Fair


    • Booth: Broadsword?! Where do you people come up with this stuff?

      This could be an inside joke, considering the many times David Boreanaz used a broadsword in Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Zack: Little green men?
      Hodgins: Grey. They're grey, not green. Grey.

      This is an allusion to The X-Files and Mulder's long quest to convince everyone that aliens are grey (let alone convince them they exist). Alternatively, it could be seen as an allusion to Stargate SG-1 where the "little green men" are grey.

    • Booth: You know General Sanbourne, I know you people are really tight lipped, but I am really good friends with a very aggressive federal prosecutor who is great at getting warrants.

      This is an allusion to the federal prosecutor Caroline Julian from various previous episodes.

    • Booth: Wait, does that add up to the right amount of bone rot?
      Bones: Loss, bone loss.

      This is an allusion to all of the times that Booth corrects Bones' word slips, but this time, she is doing the correcting.