Season 4 Episode 11

The Bone That Blew

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 26, 2008 on FOX
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Brennan's father Max lands a teaching position at the Jeffersonian. When he ends up helping out with the murder case at hand, Brennan is noticeably bothered by his sudden presence in her professional life.

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  • A decent episode but the Max storyline is becoming ridiculous, have the characters developed amnesia about the murderer in their midst?

    In season 3, I loved the Max episodes… right up until Brennan got her father off on murder charges with lies. She blatantly disregarded justice to free her father and she's been ignoring the rules for him ever since and this is just another disgraceful example. The writers originally took the hard line and I respected them for that, it was very bold and created a powerful conflict within Brennan as she tried to reconcile the father with the criminal. It easily created some of the best episodes of season 3. Brennan's conflict was genuine because her father really was that bad, cold-bloodedly killing people, violent and unrepentant. Now the writers have backed off, trying to make this violent criminal appear like some sweet, innocent science teacher, asking the audience to ignore everything the man has done for the last twenty years. And let's not forget the nauseating displays of fatherhood. If Sweets comments on Brennan's abandonment issues one more time, I'm going to throw up.

    Did Cam get hit on the head? Hiring bank robber and double murderer Max Keenan to work in a crime lab?! The other familiar face is Wendell, good to see he's still around. I like that we're seeing the recurring secondary characters, makes it seem more realistic when you recognize people in the background.

    It's been commented before by Hodgins that Cam has made the lab more efficient – she sends out summaries of the case to everyone so that everyone has the same information. It's simple but brilliant, keeps everybody updated without having to bother with time consuming meetings.

    What a pleasure to see Gina Torres again, she pops up in the most unusual places. As always, she doesn't change, still gorgeous.

    The murderer, this murderous little 11 year old brat just sits there, irritated and bored, acting like the man she murdered was an insect she swatted. As if she thinks her parents can buy her way out of murder the same way she bought her way out of homework. I've seen other series do this type of scenario before and what this episode is truly lacking is showing the child realize the consequences they talk to her so vaguely about. Had they done that, I would have given this episode a higher rating.

    For all Booth's concern for his son, he completely ignores the fact his son is spending time with a murderer and violent criminal. As for Brennan, every time she bends the rules for Max, I lose a bit more respect for her. How can she apply one set of rules to her work and completely twist those same rules when it comes to her father? Sweets should really put her in hardcore therapy because he's really missing her fundamental father issues and it's affecting her work. I'm really not impressed with this storyline.moreless
  • Booth and Bones investigate the murder of a nanny who had sex with a wealthy soccer mom and participated in insider trading, but got killed for making a kid do her own homework. Meanwhile, Max works at the Jeffersonian and Booth contemplates fatherhood.moreless

    I think this marked some of the best writing of the series. The case fit the episode thematically, and lead seamlessly to an ending which was both fitting and incredibly touching. In fact, I think the ending, with Booth convincing Bones to let her Dad work at the Jeffersonian and "enrich" Parker's school experience, made the episode. It was great.

    The best part about it, for me, is that Booth and Bones are already creating a "family" in a sense. I mean, can't you just see Parker coming to view Max as a grandfather figure, with Booth and Bones being, of course, the parents? ... All right, all right, maybe not anytime SOON, but the dynamic is definitely being set up here. And the looks they exchanged at the end... All together now: Awww! Only downside to the episode: I hate it when TV shows have kids as their murderers. It is sad but also overdone. I mean, a kid was the killer last episode, too, and he was treated in such a horribly flip manner. I personally find that inappropriate. The writers should look for something more original and less disturbing next time.

    Bottom-line, though, is it was well-written, I'm loving the possibilities created in it, and I can't wait for the next episode!moreless
  • I'm going to give this episode ten thumbs up

    Personally I like the idea of Max working with them, possibly in a semi-permanent capacity. He would provide interesting insights upon the cases from a criminal perspective and I think he'd be a valuable asset. However I don't think that Bones would agree with that assessment) and Booth is having issues because he's worried that he's not giving his kid {Parker , i think} all the advantages that he deserves after he visits a ridiculously advanced private school in the course of his investigation. Bones thinks as long as a child is looked after (be it by a nanny or whatever) it doesn't matter whether they have a loving environment or not. Booth thinks that the loving environment is all that matters. They're the original odd couple! In the end it turns out that the posh kid killed her male nanny because he was trying to do the right thing for you. One disturbed kid or one kid that didn't get the loving environment that she so desperately needed? Either way that male nanny ends up just as dead.

    The best bits were Booth talking to that woman about migrating boobies (god I'm so childish), Bones and Sweet bickering childishly over her motivation for wanting her father fired and Bones and Max stumbling around trying to determine whether or not Max wants to move in with her.

    overall this was a great episodemoreless
  • Max gets a job, at the lab!

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. We open with Bones learning that her father, Max has been hired for a teaching position at the Jeffersonian. When body parts are discovered in a woods Booth and Bones are called in to investigate. They soon get an ID on the victim and we soon learn that he was a Nanny for a very well to do family. When he ends up helping out with the murder case at hand, Brennan is noticeably bothered by his sudden presence in her professional life. Soon Bones fires her father, for helping out. Max then bumps into Booth and asks him if he and Bones are sleeping together. When Booth tells him no, he looks shocked and asks him if he is gay.

    And so Booth says that he will try to sort out the mess between him and Bones. Soon they find out where the body was burnt and also locate the missing body pieces. Soon all of the evidence points to the mother he worked for, and although she confesses, Sweets doesn't believe that she committed the murder. She is covering for someone. And soon, the evidence soon takes them in a different direction and her daughter, is brought in for questioning. We soon learn that she cheated on her school project and that she shots him to prevent him from telling anyone. She shot him and then her mother took the body out o the woods and burnt it. As the episode ends, we see Max with parker doing an experiment in the lab, whilst Booth and Bones watch on. Booth asks her, as a personal favour, to let Max keep his job at the lab.moreless
  • I really liked this episode. The mystery that was written into the plot was outstanding

    I really liked this episode. The mystery that was written into the plot was outstanding. It had so many twists and turns and the attention to detail was amazing. I may go as far to say the murder plot was one of the best in the series. It ended up in a place that I never say coming. I thought I figured out "who done it" three times before the end. Ryan O'Neal returns, in this episode, as Max Keenan, Dr. Brennan's father. I thought this episode was his best performance, so far, on the series. He had to show a much larger range of emotion and he did it very well. Also guest staring in this episode was Gina Torres. She and David Boreanaz had previously worked together on Angel and I love seeing them get a fair amount of screen time together again.

    Another thing that made this such a great episode was the genuine humor written into the dialogue. The humor has been much better this season that it has over the rest of the series. In my opinion, before this season, the humor didn't work all that well because the writers were trying to hard and the cast didn't have the on screen chemistry that they have now. But this season has really stepped it up in the comedy department, making this show much more enjoyable.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

Michael Grant Terry

Michael Grant Terry

Wendell Bray

Guest Star

John Griffin

John Griffin

Poacher #1

Guest Star

Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas

Richard King

Guest Star

Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

Max Keenan

Recurring Role

Ty Panitz

Ty Panitz

Parker Booth

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Booth pulls out the money from the drawer, the last bill we see in his right hand (the one most visible to us) is a french 20 Francs bill that has been out of circulation since the end of the 1980's. The character depicted on the bill is Claude Debussy, a famous musician and composer.

    • Goof: When Angela describes which vector the bones traveled, she gives the wrong direction which they would fly. If the nor'easter had blown the bones, they would have come from the opposite direction since the wind blows from the northeast to the southwest.

    • Goof: While Bones and Booth were in the wooded area recovering some bones, an officer who was present said that they were in the migration path of the masked booby and needed to leave the area. Masked boobies do not live or migrate anywhere in the United States though, so the officer's statement is not true.

    • Goof: When Hodgins compares the two chemical profiles, there is an anomaly in the profile of the gas taken from Booth's tie. Hodgins explains Booth must have spilled orange juice on his tie. However, the profile of the gas found on the bones has the same anomaly.

    • Goof: When Brennan and Booth are in the car, at one point when the camera is on Brennan the scenery outside is going the wrong way.

    • When Hodgins is talking to Cam about his and Max's experiment, he tells her to "thank Max Brennan." He should have instead said either "Matthew Brennan" (Max's assumed name) or, more appropriately, "Max Keenan" (Max's real name, which he is usually known by).

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Sweets: Can I ask you what's really going on between you?
      Max: Tempe doesn't want me working at the Jeffersonian.
      Sweets: Why?
      Brennan: It's a conflict of interest. We catch criminals, my dad is a criminal.
      Sweets: That would be valid ...
      Brennan: Thank you.
      Sweets: If it were your real reason, but it's not.

    • Booth: You don't think that I'm a lousy dad for not sending my son to private school?
      Sweets: No. But you'd be a lousy father if you didn't torture yourself about it.

    • Wendell Bray: (running up with a bone in his hands) Dead guy's hyoid.
      Bones: Guy as in sexually non-specific urban colloquialism, or in reference to the gender normally associated with a penis, Mr. Bray?
      Wendell Bray: Uh ... penis?

    • Booth: You know something, Bones? It's tough being a father.
      Bones: Parker will be fine, peer groups and random environmental factors are far more important than family.
      Booth: How is that a good thing?

    • Brennan: (to Sweets) I can understand quantum mechanics but I can't understand you.

    • Booth: (to Alexa King about a homework project) You paid a hundred bucks to somebody else to do it for you. Someone by the name of Dakota Shierkoff?
      Richard King: (shocked) Oh my God.
      Booth: Yeah, I think it's a stupid name too.

    • Brennan: Caroline should, charge her as an adult.
      Booth: She's eleven years old Bones.
      Brennan: Yeah well she's old enough to speak Chinese.
      Booth: Uh, they don't take that into account.

    • Booth: So did you persuade Cam to fire Max?
      Brennan: What you think my dad should be allowed to work at the Jeffersonian?
      Booth: What, you know she's just you know, trying to do you a favor.
      Brennan: Well, I didn't ask for a favor.
      Booth: Sometimes you don't need to ask.

    • Booth: (as Max walks in) How's it going there, Max?
      Max: That's the last day with my kids this afternoon. I'm toast.
      Booth: Cam fired you?
      Max: No, no, Tempe fired me. And don't tell me she hasn't got the authority because, believe me, I feel fired.

    • Booth: (watching Max do an experiment with Parker) Look at him - Parker's never liked science before.
      Brennan: So, you're still thinking of sending him to Woodbury?
      Booth: I torched the application. I'm thinking there's something to be said for middle class. (pauses) You sure he's gonna be all right?
      Brennan: Sure. Well, probably.
      Booth: Probably ... like, what do you mean, probably? What the hell they doing anyways?
      Brennan: Disrupting the surface tension of a two-liter cola.
      Booth: Right.

    • Bones: Assuming quality education, and adequate supervision parents are actually rather irrelevant beyond a certain age.
      Booth: You're kiddin' me.
      Bones: (looking over the private school information) Look at this - they start Latin in third grade. That's fantastic!
      Booth: No, you know what's more important than academic enrichment? A loving environment. You ask anyone.
      Bones: Parker is a wonderful child, Booth. You shouldn't feel inadequate.
      Booth: Yeah well I'm perfectly capable of raising my own kid.
      Bones: You're being defensive.
      Booth: I am not.
      Bones: It's because you only have one child; when you procreate in multiples, there's less pressure.
      Booth: Thank you. I feel, much better.

    • Hodgins: You know, your old man, he reminded me why I got into science.
      Bones: To catch murderers?
      Hodgins: No. To figure stuff out in amusing ways.

    • Booth: Don't fire Max. Let him keep his job. You know, he's a teacher he's not a janitor.
      Brennan: I can't ... overlook the sanctity of the forensic lab, Booth.
      Booth: Yeah. Maybe you can overlook it for me.
      Brennan: For you?
      Booth: Yeah. Personal favor.
      Brennan: Wh-like a partner thing?
      Booth: Partner thing.
      Brennan: I know you, Booth. You're trying to do me a favor by telling me it's a favor for you.
      Booth: No, uh-uh no. I can't afford that school. I can't enrich Parker, not with the science thing but, you can, Max can.

    • Max: Can I ask you a question?
      Booth: Sure.
      Max: You, are you uh ... are you sleeping with my daughter?
      Booth: (looks shocked) No.
      Max: Why? Are you gay?
      Booth: (whispers) No.
      Max: Is she not attractive enough?
      Booth: Bones is beautiful.
      Max: Is it because of me? Because I killed one man and, we both know he deserved it.
      Booth: All right, just cut it out Max, all right? I'll talk to her. Probably not gonna get anywhere with her but, I'll talk to her.
      Max: You're a good man, and I want that for her.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Ryan O'Neal (Max Keenan) and Gina Torres (Dr. Toni Ezralow) were credited as "Special Guest Stars."

    • At the end of the episode, when it was announced that new episodes would be coming in January, some of the "preview" scenes shown were from already-aired episodes rather than from the upcoming episodes.

    • David Boreanaz and Gina Torres also worked together during the Jasmine arc of season four of Angel.

    • Featured Music:
      "The Sun Will Rise" by Brendan James (during the final scene)

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: November 27th, 2008 on Sky1
      New Zealand: February 8th, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: February 15th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: April 24th, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: May 17th, 2009 on Channel 7
      Finland: May 29th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: June 25th, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: October 15th, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: November 11th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: October 25th, 2010 on Prima