Season 4 Episode 24

The Beaver in the Otter

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 30, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Booth and Brennan investigate the case of a fraternity brother named "Beaver," whose body was found inside a rival school's mascot uniform. Meanwhile, Booth helps his brother Jared look for a new job.

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  • Pretty Good

    I liked that Sweets was able to accurately choose the murderer and left an impression on Brennan because I really don't like how she shuts down other peoples beliefs, jobs, and practices. I think it will help her develop a little more trust his abilities.

    I liked the ending. It is these little moments that Brennan shows that make you realize that she is not heartless and really does want to open up, I love it!moreless
  • help on a song

    does anyone know the same of the song when Dr Brennan is examining the bones and figures out what was the cause of death .????
  • During a celebration at a college the body of a student from a frat house is discovered in a beaver shaped mascot. Meanwhile Booth tries to help his brother find a new job.moreless

    It's very simple; the last sequence made watching worthwhile. The storyline was quite thought provoking and the analysis of college life through the eyes of Sweets and Brennan was fascinating to watch. Brennan observed well and finally decided to follow the rules as to "be bad to be good". for someone with her intelligence it would take a lot of courage to do something like dining and dashing that wouldn't socially make sense .

    Booth's dilemma toward his brother was another fine aspect of the episode and he was smart enough to let Jared travel on his own.

    The murder itself did not catch my attention as much as it should have(my 15 year old brother guessed the murderer right away) and nothing that exciting happened concerning it. I wish Cam would have let Hodgins carry out his experiment and I would like to see how Vaziri tries to prove his good intentions to him in the future.moreless
  • Very cool state in the regular team relationships.

    For the first time in years, I've had a feeling of completion while watching this last ep. Some things haven't changed but it is nice to see how the characters have evolved since the very first episode in the very first season, for example Brennan's face when Booth says "it's personal stuff", Cam and Angela playing rock, paper, scissors, Booth taking advice from Sweets without even pretending not to do so and Sweets smiling about it. For the fist time since the departure of Zac, the gap he left seems to be nicely filled by both Sweets and Mr. Vaziri. And I think that stability - without everyone's life collapsing any minute soon - was something the show was lacking a bit. Good one, really.moreless
  • I liked the college story but I enjoyed the Booth/Jared stuff more.

    It's nice to see Booth and Jared acting more like brothers. Maybe being thrown out of the Navy will be good for Jared, he's certainly not so uptight anymore. I hope we'll see more of this.

    Took long enough to find out what happened to Jared, dishonorably discharged. Not surprisingly, Jared is rebelling, he's been in the military since he got out of high school so he's enjoying the freedom. It's a great idea for Booth to go with Jared to India, not only could he watch over Jared but also it would let them bond, it would be very healthy for them to have some time alone together. But ignoring the brother bit, I understand why Booth chose not to go, Jared has never been alone and it would be good for him to do something by himself. He needs to know he can stand on his own two feet.

    I liked the college professor, switching the exam at the last minute was smart. She's got a delightfully dry sense of humour.

    Very good episode.moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Brendan Fehr

Brendan Fehr

Jared Booth

Guest Star

Pej Vahdat

Pej Vahdat

Arastoo Vaziri

Guest Star

Nick Ballard

Nick Ballard

Greg Harmalard

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Near the beginning of the episode Brennan identifies the victim as a 23-year-old male. However, later in the episode Brennan says his birthday was 11-05-89, which would have made him only 19 years old at the time.

    • Sheriff Tina Mullins: They had a cannon, more like a blunderbuss really. Filled to the brim with bric-a-brac and shrapnel.

      Bones and her team continue to use the name "blunderbuss" back at the lab, which is incorrect. A blunderbuss is a hand-held shotgun-type weapon. What was used was clearly a cannon. Also, depending upon the amount and type of powder used, the items put in the cannon (screws, nails, and so on) could have carried on for a mile and would have been a danger to anyone in the field.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Bones: What are we looking for this time?
      Booth: I don't know. Fur, gray hair ... Anything that's gonna help us identify Beaver's cougar.
      Bones: Beaver, otter, cougar ... This case is like a day at the zoo.

    • Booth: Bones, when I was in college, my frat, we stole a cadaver, dressed it up like Caesar and put it on a statue of a horse.
      Bones: Would this by any chance be a fraternity of sociopaths?

    • Arastoo Vaziri: (discussing evidence with Brennan and Booth) I examined the nails very carefully for marks that would confirm it was shot from a nail gun. (to Booth) A nail gun leaves distinctive marks. Not from the hammering mechanism, you understand, but from the reloading mechanism.
      Booth: Why are you telling me this?
      Arastoo Vaziri: Dr. Brennan said to be especially polite to you when the science was difficult.
      Booth: How stupid do you people think I am?!

    • Booth: I'm Jared's older brother, you know, he should listen to me.
      Brennan: I could provide you with several societies where younger brothers are required under threat of death to do what their older brothers tell them.
      Booth: I like those societies.
      Brennan: Well, they're mostly extinct now.

    • Cam: Mr. Vaziri, do you have the x-rays?
      Arastoo Vaziri: Yes, I have never seen so many foreign objects in human remains: arrows, marbles, jack, various coins, cutlery. My best guess is a nuclear explosion occurred just as the victim entered a 99¢ Store.
      Angela: Well, uh, close. He was shot by a blunderbuss, pelted by an angry mob, and then burned.
      Cam: Now that's what I call team spirit. (Angela and Arastoo give her awkward grins) I'm a wise-cracking pathologist with a dark sense of humor.

    • Molly Briggs: Me and Beaver? Sexually? Do I look like a blow-up doll?

    • Hodgins: (doing an experiment with Arastoo Vaziri) Coccyx test number one, Dr. Jack Hodgins supervising.
      Cam: No. No no no.
      Hodgins: Ah-
      Cam: No.
      Hodgins: But-
      Cam: No.
      Hodgins: It-
      Cam: No.
      Hodgins: I-
      Cam: Stop. This is an unnecessary experiment. The height of the fall can be calculated mathematically.
      Arastoo Vaziri: Th-that is true. But I decided to humor Dr. Hodgins so we could bond over a project.
      Cam: Why do you need to bond?
      Arastoo Vaziri: He mistrusts Muslims.
      Cam: Go, grab a beer together, but I am saying "no" to this experiment.
      Hodgins: Yeah, I got that during the part where you said "no" seven times in a row.
      Cam: I find that you don't pay attention to the first six.

    • Cam: Professor Twardosh was not Beaver's sex partner.
      Booth: Okay, did anyone think that? Honestly. Because, I did not.
      Brennan: Booth believes that the cringe factor was too high, even though cringe factor is not a valid mathematical construct.
      Booth: Believe me, it is.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: June 21st, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: July 24th, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: August 16th, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Finland: November 7th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: January 7th, 2010 on TV3
      Slovakia: April 21st, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: April 29th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: February 10th, 2011 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Time Lapse Lifeline" by Maria Taylor (when Brennan is "staring at the bones until they speak to her")
      "By & By" by Natalie Walker (when Booth, Brennan, and Sweets go to arrest the killer)
      "Save You" by Matthew Perryman Jones (during the final scene)


    • The names of some of the characters in this episode are clear allusions to character names from the 1978 movie "Animal House" (which, like this Bones episode, was also about a college fraternity) These include: Dean Vernon Warner (Dean Vernon Wormer from "Animal House"), Greg Harmalard (Greg Marmalard from "Animal House"), and Robert Hooper (Robert Hoover from "Animal House").