Season 5 Episode 22

The Beginning in the End

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 20, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

In the fifth season finale, a hoarder's remains are found, and the team goes in to investigate. Meanwhile, Booth and Brennan are given once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and Angela's dad returns.

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  • Pretty Good

    To be honest I felt like the murder was not very interesting, this episode was obviously supposed to be more focused on the characters and how they handle the big change that is to come. I don't mind that too much since I enjoyed that aspect of the episode. I love the risk Hodgins is able to put himself through to gain the approval of Angela's father. The struggle that Brennan and Booth had in making the decision in staying as they or going their separate ways to pursue something they really want. This struggle is similar to that of Sweets and his girlfriend but how each couple (well booth and bones aren't a couple technically but lets just say that they are) handled the change was different in the end. The scene at the airport was borderline romantic I swear they were going to run into each others arms and hug and kiss with promises of seeing each other again. While they did make the promise they didn't kiss or hug, but you sure can feel that they both really wanted it *squeals*moreless
  • Wait and see

    I have to say, I'm still looking for the show like it was during seasons 1 and 2, the best ones IMO. Now, I just feel like the investigations are kind of dumb, that the acting has lost intensity and that the characters are getting annoying. Season 5 has had some ups and downs, but mostly downs unfortunately. Sweets used to be fun but now this is just too much.

    Angela is so boring...

    Too bad we don't see more of Cam.

    And I definitely miss Zach.

    As for Bones and Booth, we get it. The writers want them together, just not yet. Except the stalling has become kind of dumb because not always relevant. I mean, Booth finally confesses his feelings and the next episode evrything is back to normal.

    Maybe the separation and the flash forward will give the show some new creativity and fresh air.

    I'll give it another shot. Just don't know for how long if I don't see any signs of improvement.moreless
  • Oh... Well... That's nothing new... *spoilers*

    Well when I sat down to watch the season finale I was expecting that the actual case would be rather minimal in the way of episode importance. I was right; so if you wanted a case central episode you will be disappointed.

    Angela/Hodgins - Possibly my favourite part of episode as it had some light hearted humor while maintaining an almost sensible sub-plot.

    Daisy/Sweets - Well in my opinion they never fitted that well and half expected they wouldn't make it another season, on the other hand I didn't expect it would be Sweets choosing not to be with her.

    B&B - Normally these two are my second reason for watching the show but in this case I was just plain annoyed and confused. It made no sense that just a few episodes ago Bones said she didn't have a big enough heart for love, yet she could say 'I love you too' to Hodgins. What's not new is the constant bring the two closer then smash them a mile and a half apart, this issue with characters getting together (moonlighting effect) is really getting old - not just on Bones though.

    Truth be told when I was done watching my initial reaction was 'Hart Hanson just killed his own show' but I do think that was a bit drastic now.

    Either way the episode is not good, especially for a season finale (mid season episodes being better is never a good sign) this is mostly because the actions all the characters take seem forced - their need for change shouldn't have caused such a half baked choppy episode. And agree with what I think or disagree, the show will have lost a few viewers over this underwhelming season finale.moreless
  • The 5th Season finale..... fail

    For me this episode should have had a better story to it, the hourder case im sure no one was even interested in, I am a big Bones fan but this case was very weak for a season finale.

    The only part i liked was when Hodgins was trying to steal the car with Sweets... Meow!

    Also im pleased Sweets broke up with Daisy because she is the only intern that I dislike.

    As for B&B going thier seperate ways i think it had a real anti climax to it at the end. Fingers crossed that season 6 will kick off better than what season 5 finale has left us with.moreless
  • Good, but could have been better.

    Not a bad episode overall, but for a season finale I expected something a bit better. The previous episode was great and maybe they should have finished on that. The horder mystery was interesting at first but soon got pushed into the background as the character relationships took centre stage. At times it was good, but overall the episode seemed a little contrived. The ending was a bit sad as they said goodbye, but it lacked any strong emotional impact because we all know they will be back together again at the start of season six. Well, maybe not Daisy, but I was getting tired of her character anyway.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

Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons

Himself (Angela's Dad)

Guest Star

Skyler James

Skyler James


Guest Star

Gina Torrecilla

Gina Torrecilla


Guest Star

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

Carla Gallo

Carla Gallo

Daisy Wick

Recurring Role

Ty Panitz

Ty Panitz

Parker Booth

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In the coffee cart scene the Colonel waiting to talk to Booth has a name tag that says Pelant. A character by this name becomes Bones and Booth's adversary in seasons 7,8and 9.

    • The airport scene at the end of the episode is filmed at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    • In the hoarder's apartment, the bobble head from London can be seen, as well as the cover for a Motley Crue album, reference's to season four episodes "Yanks in the UK" and "End in the Beginning".

    • The clock in the victim's apartment continuously flashes "4:47". This is the exact same time shown on the clock next to Booth's bed in the first scene of the 4th season finale, "The End in the Beginning."

    • In the scene where Hodgins is in the victim's apartment and Angela's dad appears, he screams, but specifically mentions that it was a "yelp," not a scream. A very similar conversation can be heard in the flashback portion of the 4th season finale "The End in the Beginning" when Zack argues that he "yelped", not screamed, after seeing the dead body.

    • When Hodgins is sitting in the hoarder's apartment and calls Booth regarding the accountant lead, he is sitting next to a pile of chicken wings and celery. This pile of wings is likely the same pile of wings alluded to in last year's season finale "The End in the Beginning," during Booth's dream:

      Cam: Your wings have been voted best in the city two years running.
      Fisher: Not best. Tallest. I'm the originator of the "Tower of Wings."

    • When Booth is looking at a picture of him from his days in the army (while on the phone with Hodgins), the person in the picture with him is Teddy Parker, the ghost he saw in the season four episode "The Hero in the Hold."

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Brennan: (about her and Booth's trips) Perhaps it's all for the best.
      Angela: You two at opposite ends of the world? I don't- I don't think so.

    • Parker: I want you to save lives.
      Booth: Yeah well I do that here.
      Parker: No, here, you catch people that kill other people. There, you would make it so people won't die. Isn't that better?

    • Sweets: So have you found anything that points to the killer?
      Hodgins: No, not unless he was trying to hoard the hoarder's hoard.

    • Cam: (at the airport) I've ... really enjoyed working for you, Dr. Brennan.
      Brennan: In fact, Dr. Saroyan, I worked for you.
      Cam: We both know better.

    • Caroline: If it's gonna be your last case together, then do it properly.
      Bones: It's not our last case.
      Booth: We'll be back in a year.
      Caroline: Tight as a drum, that's what I want. And trust me, the way you two are running from each other, you'd better be damn sure of these little trips you're taking.

    • Sweets: Daisy's going to, uh, Indonesia. She doesn't really care if I go with her.
      Hodgins: Ooh. Ouch!
      Booth: Sweets, no offense but, you might be better off without her.
      Sweets: Dr. Brennan was asked to head up the expedition, will you be better off without her?

    • Angela: Listen, you're allowed to make life changes without, picking a fight with your old life.
      Brennan: But I need a break from that life. I'm worried all the time. Worried that Booth might get hurt on a case and I couldn't prevent it, worried ... about what our, partnership means ...
      Angela: So you want to get away from Booth?
      Brennan: No, it's just (pauses) I just need some perspective so that I can view my life with some objectivity.

    • Booth: Listen Bones ... you got to be really careful in that Indonesian jungle, okay?
      Brennan: Booth, in a week you're going to a war zone. Please don't be hero. Please, just ... don't be you.

    • Sweets: You don't think the success might make them change their minds?
      Caroline: You know what? You're a nice kid, but today is a good day for you to grow the hell up.

    • Cam: Are you really leaving the Jeffersonian?
      Brennan: Yes. For a year. I can provide you with a list of forensic antropologists who can do this job.
      Cam: No, Dr. Brennan, you can provide me with a list of forensic antropologists.
      Brennan: I don't know what that means.

    • Sweets: So what, I should just go? I should just, give up my career and my life and my friends and my practice, and go to Indonesia?
      Hodgins: Hey, I'm about to risk dismemberment just to impress my scary father-in-law.
      Sweets: How are you gonna get past the dogs?
      Hodgins: I don't know.
      Sweets: How are you gonna start the car?
      Hodgins: I don't know.
      Sweets: How are you gonna get the car through the gate?
      Hodgins: I don't know.
      Sweets: How are you gonna evade the angry bikers?
      Hodgins: Ugh, I haven't got a clue.
      Sweets: Okay. Good plan, what do I do?
      Hodgins: Survive and tell the story of my love.

    • Angela: Okay, what I did was modify my mass recognition program -- patent pending -- to scan the photographic reconstruction of the crime scene, to find areas of comparatively less chaos.
      Hodgins: Awesome.
      Cam: (surprised) You understand what she's saying?
      Hodgins: Not in the least, but I am so turned on by her brain. I'd like to see her brain totally naked.
      Sweets: It's a terrible image. It's just terrible.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Kandi" by One Eskimo (during the last scene)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 20th, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 27th, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: June 6th, 2010 on Channel Seven
      Latin America: June 9th, 2010 on Fox
      Spain: June 25th, 2010 on Fox
      Sweden: September 5th, 2010 on TV3
      India: October 11th, 2010 on Star World
      The Netherlands: October 25th, 2010 on RTL 4
      Norway: November 18th, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: January 1st, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: March 30th, 2011 on JOJ
      Germany: April 28th, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 31st, 2011 on Prima

    • The title of this episode, "The Beginning in the End," is a reversal of the 4th season finale's title, which is "The End in the Beginning."


    • While investigating the case, Brennan learns that the victim starved to death and was trapped under a pile of his own hoardings. This is an allusion to the Collyer brothers of New York City, perhaps two of the most famous hoarders of all time, who were found dead in their home in 1947. Homer Collyer, who was blind, died of starvation waiting for his brother to bring him food. His brother, Langley Collyer, died while trying to bring food to his brother when one of the piles of hoarded materials collapsed and crushed him.