Season 5 Episode 4

The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 08, 2009 on FOX
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When human remains are found at the site of a block party, Brennan and Booth are called in to investigate. Sweets is called in for help when the politics and scandals of the neighbors link everyone with some type of motive. Meanwhile, Booth's son Parker tries to find him a girlfriend.moreless

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  • good all around episode mixed with phyc. vs anthrapology, a wild look at the burbs, and parker trying to get his dad a women.

    Another good episode this season with good mixture of humor and beliefs. The victim is in the BBQ pit at a block party and all kinds of suspects and motives come out of the woodwork. Of course booths pulls sweets into the mix to get his view of burbs and that leads too bones and sweets butting heads even though they come to the same conclusion but in different ways. its good to see sweets finally getting the nerve to stand up for him profession and not take the lip he gets for his job. sweets telling arastoo to just be himself was really great advice too and not worry about what others think of him.

    Booths son trying to get him a girlfriend was very funny. Im not going to rule out angela and booth hook up just from what she told parker after he asked her if his dad could "sex her up" and she responded "dont think i havent thought of that" response but who knows. Maybe she will just to get bones jealous or something and share her feelings with booth. After all the suspects are in, turns out to be 3 murders that could not take the eye sore in the poor guys yard anymore. Booth asking bones to be his village was funny so he could show parker he does go out with women. Her telling booth going out could turn out to be fun and maybe lead to more. I think she has been hinting around that she wants booth to see she wants more than just love, she wants something else as well. all parker wanted was a place to swim. Funny how booth was so scared to ask his own son what his deal was and it took bones who is getting better but not the best with people skills to find out the problem.

    good episode and cant wait till next weeks.moreless
  • I cannot say it was bad episode, no, but I most say, it was not the best either...

    I cannot say it was bad episode, no, but I most say, it was not the best either. I did love the way the episode reminded little joke of Desperate Housewives and the whole psychology vs anthropology between Bones and Sweets. But the story itself did not caught me. I found everything else (I mean by the case) more catching in this episode than the case. I really loved Parker and the things behind that storyline. The ending was beautiful. Also the the storyline with the accent. I just felt those overshadowed the case what was not so intriguing as it could have been. There was it's moments but I really felt there have been better episodes where all the storylines work more together.moreless
  • Fun episode..

    The episode was fun. Although it had too many characters that got me confused, it was interesting mainly because of the side plots.

    One of the interns who was faking an arabic accent.

    Parker trying to get a girl for his dad. lol.. who would've thought.. Booth, who was always charming and doing well with the ladies now is not doing so well in the land of the women and gets all nervous when his kid asks him why he isn't dating..

    In the end when Bones didn't flinch to answer Parker why she won't date Seeley, I thought it was a good move.. because the whole awkward moment would be so trivial by now that it was gonna be boring to endure..

    Anyways, Bones is always featuring good episodes. I just hope they bring Zack back.. I guess it's why they are keeping his slot available with constant interns and instead of hiring a permanent replacement.

  • A funny, amusing, though kind of confusing main storyline. Some very entertaining subplots. A remarkable episode.

    The main plot was very entertaining. I can appreciate the Desperate Housewives theme, very well done. The case itself was kind of puzzling though. It was obvious how all the different motives pointed at all these different suspects. It was hard to keep up with all the names though, which was confusing. All the subplots made this episode extra amusing. The storyline of Arastoo's accent has kind of a serious ring to it, yet very witty put. The reaction of Cam, Angela and Jack is priceless. Sweets reaction on the other hand is so professional. Eventually Arastoo shows a side of him that is pretty likable in my opinion. The whole anthropology vs. psychology battle made for some amusing scenes. It's fascinating how Brennan is open to Sweets his psychological reasoning and how she manages to see the similarities between anthropological and psychological interpretation. The funniest subplot is Parker's search for a girlfriend for his dad. Booth trying to deal with this parenting matter is pretty endearing. Nice to see how he seeks Brennan's help for this. And Brennan eventually solving this problem by simply asking Parker why is just hilarious. In this episode we got to see the best of all of the main characters. They all contributed to an entertaining and remarkable, well balanced episode.moreless
  • Another good one

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. Human remains are found during a block party. Soon the politics and scandals of living in such a small neighbourhood are revealed, and thus showing that the victim was not an innocent man. But in fact a man who was cheating on his wife with his neighbourhood and also with the neighbour's daughter. Soon his 3 killers are caught, and we learn that it was because of a wind turbine he put up, that he was killed.

    But the main story in this episode is Parker (Baby Booth) who wants to get his father a father so he can be "sexed up". He asks Angela, Cam and even Bones. But when Bones asks him the real reason he wants to get his father a girlfriend, eh admits that it's because he wants him t get a house with a pool. On hearing this Bones hands Booth a key to her apartment building which has a swimming pool in it, so that he and Parker can use it as her guests. We also learn in this episode as does all of the team, that the Muslim intern does not have an accent and has been faking it since he started working at the lab.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

Pej Vahdat

Pej Vahdat

Arastoo Vaziri

Guest Star

Billy Gardell

Billy Gardell

Bob Sayles

Guest Star

Reggie Austin

Reggie Austin

James Perry

Guest Star

Ty Panitz

Ty Panitz

Parker Booth

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Cam goes up to the platform (while on the phone with Booth and Brennan) she swipes her card through the reader to enter. It can cleary be seen that the magnetic strip of her card does not go trough the reader though, as she swiped it the wrong way...but she is still allowed access to the platform.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Booth: It takes a village, Bones!
      Bones: Wh- I ... I beg your pardon?
      Booth: A village. To raise a kid properly. It takes a village.
      Bones: Well metaphorically. It doesn't mean we all must grow up in hamlets of eight hundred people or less.
      Booth: Thanks, um ... will you be my village?
      Bones: Huh?
      Booth: I- I need Parker to know that I lead a full and rewarding life.
      Bones: But, you don't.
      Booth: What? Yes, I do.
      Bones: No, you don't. You work too much, you don't socialize, all of which prevents you from having a full sex life.

    • Bones: You want to know if I'll help you fool your son into thinking your life is gratifying?
      Booth: Yeah. Will you do it?
      Bones: Well ... how?
      Booth: Come to dinner with us. Have fun, laugh at my jokes.
      Bones: That might actually turn out to be fun, thus becoming a self-fulfilling desire.
      Booth: Right. So, you'll do it?
      Bones: Yes, I will be your hamlet of eight hundred people or less.
      Booth: My village.
      Bones: Wh- was being amusing. You should laugh at my jokes, too.
      Booth: I'm laughing, on the inside.

    • Booth: You seriously believe all that hoo-hah?
      Brennan: Well- it's anthropology, so yes!
      Sweets: Wrong-ology. Keep your grubby anthro-hands off my psych.

    • Sweets: Parker is transitioning from latent, to genital. At the genital stage, he's learning to identify with his gender parent -- that's you. He's looking at you to see his sexual future.
      Booth: How do I get him to stop?
      Sweets: My advice is to let him see you interact with a woman.
      Booth: Easy!
      Sweets: No, not sexually, socially. Show him you're comfortable with women, so he can learn to be the same way.
      Booth: Okay. (walks out of his office)
      Sweets: Okay. Just like that? You're taking my advice?
      Booth: No, I just don't want to talk to you about it anymore.
      Sweets (pulls out the chair to sit): Wait, this isn't my office. (walks out)

    • (Cam enters Sweets' office unannounced)
      Sweets: No, no, no, no. You can't just walk in here-
      Cam: Arastoo Vaziri, our Muslim intern? He's been faking his accent. At first I go where everyone else goes, you know? Terrorist!
      Sweets: Wouldn't a terrorist fake not having an accent?
      Cam: Is it crazy or just weird? Weird I can deal with, but crazy ... (shakes her head, and stands up to leave)
      Sweets: Wait, what do you want me to do?
      Cam: Oh, crazy is your department. (leaves the room)

    • Parker: Hi Dr. Saroyan. Do you have a boyfriend?
      Angela (to Booth): See this is exactly how it started with me.
      Booth: Come on let's go. Come on, I gotta get you back home or your mom's gonna kill me, alright? Let me see this stuff. (tries to rub some paint off of Parker's face) Does this stuff come off?
      Angela: Oh seriously, that's your big worry right now?

    • Cam: What- don't you find it odd that he was faking an Arab accent of any kind?
      Brennan: Iranian isn't actually Arab.
      Booth: What? It's- Bones, it's weird.
      Brennan: Now how is it any more odd than say, shaving your face or putting on make up?
      Cam: I'm not hanging up because I don't have an answer to that, I'm just hanging up. (hangs up)
      Brennan: What?- I had questions about the morning glories.

    • Brennan: Why do you think your father needs a girlfriend so much?
      Booth: (whispering) Okay, Bones, there's a whole gender-pairing dealie-bob thing going on here, you're just gonna confuse him.
      Parker: So I can have a pool.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: October 29th, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: November 8th, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Sweden: December 6th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: January 8th, 2010 on Fox
      France: January 27th on M6
      Latin America: February 3rd, 2010 on Fox
      Norway: February 18th, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: September 18th, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: September 22nd, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: September 30th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: March 24th, 2011 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Liliko'i Lover" by The Rising Tide (during the opening scene)
      "The Good Life" by Frank Sinatra (when Booth is in the cul-de-sac taking notes on the suspects' alibis)


    • Bob: But I mean, what do you do? Preach abstinence? Doesn't work in Alaska, why would it work on Verbena Court?

      This is an allusion to the much-televised news story about former Governor Sarah Palin's teenage daughter who was discovered as being pregnant during Palin's run for Vice President, despite Palin's much-touted belief that simply telling teenagers to stay abstinent is enough in terms of sex education for minors.

    • Booth: Come on. Young, hot suburban gardner? Bored suburban housewives?

      This is a reference to the ABC television show Desperate Housewives, which is about a group of suburban housewives, and has included a "hot suburban gardener" that got entangled in the affairs of one of the housewives -- which is what Booth is suggesting here.