Season 4 Episode 16

The Bones That Foam

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 12, 2009 on FOX
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The team only has a short time to find out what happened to a murdered car salesman before his foaming bones completely disintegrate.

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  • Chemistry

    @wpatcunningham, your explanation about the chemistry is hard to understand. Could you kind of dumb it down for me? Oh. and this episode was funny and amazing. I love David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel; their chemistry is amazing!
  • The Chemistry Doesn't Work

    The thesis here is that hydrofluoric acid will dissolve bone. OK, it will dissove pretty much anything, but it will not emit hydrogen unless exposed to a bodacious reducing agent that can tear the hydrogen gas out by giving it electrons. There are no such reducing agents in the human body.
  • Skills...

    I thought this was a pretty good episode. The case as a whole was pretty interesting although I couldn't understand why everyone seemed to think Chet needed protecting, he looked like a grown man to me. Anyway I like the especially after all this time Brennan realized that maybe there was a thing or two that she still had to learn, like tact. But I loved watching her learn that she has her skills and Booth has his. I did think she held her own in her first solo interview. I thought the whole foaming bones thing was kinda cool. I was on the floor laughing during Bones and Boothe's interview of Ms. Lust. It gave the team a new challenge but I'm with Camille, those alarms going off every 10 minutes would be annoying. I love the return of Nigel Murray, it's the accent. I'm also in agreement with the "when in doubt go ask Angela". I don't think they give her enough credit for what she does know. I've noticed Ms. McCarthy seems to be popping up all over television recently.moreless
  • Funny bones

    Another fun episode. Great corpse idea, loved the green foam coming out.

    So many fun scenes - the lap dancing club of course Brennan's desire to observe, Booth's unease, and Bones saying the dancer Strawberry Lust was arousing! From Booth's face and the script she was indeed. Very suggestive, and funny.

    Also loved the test drive in the car. An original method of interrogation!

    Booth and Bones at the end - no tender moments there just a big arguement- shouldn't have let her drive Booth. you should know better.

    David Boreanaz directed this episode. Wonder how you direct a lap dancing episode when you are on the receiving end.moreless
  • Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Foaming Bones.

    After finding a decomposed body the team investigate to it's death, while the investigation is underway the bones of the body start to emit a foam like substance and the team find they only have a short period of time before the bones disintegrate leaving them nothing.

    Booth and Bones search out the perpetrator while Hodgins, Cam, Angela and find out whom and why the body is doing this.

    Another brilliant episode involving everyone, some funny moments as you would expect from this series and David's and Emily's chemistry on screen is one of the better duo's seen in any other TV show.moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Ryan Cartwright

Ryan Cartwright

Vincent Nigel-Murray

Guest Star

Janet Varney

Janet Varney

Maureen Perot

Guest Star

Stoney Westmoreland

Stoney Westmoreland

Jungle Jim Delroy

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Dr. Saroyan seems not to learn her lesson. Once again she forgot to put a mask on her face, or at least tell everybody to leave the room before she cut open the body that released an unknown foaming compound. In the past she could have died by making a similar mistake in season two's "The Man in the Cell".

    • Goof: When Strawberry Lust is giving a lap dance to Booth, the money in her bra changes position several times between shots, and even disappears at one point.

    • As she has stated in multiple previous episodes, Dr. Brennan once again insists that she is an excellent driver at the end of this episode, despite her poor driving performance which suggests the contrary.

    • Goof: In the last scene, where Bones and Booth are in a bar, Brennan's hairstyle suddenly changes.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Bones: (interrogating Maureen Perot) I'm Dr. Brennan.
      Maureen Perot: Yeah, I know. We met like five times.
      Bones: Together you and I are gonna help each other out here.
      Maureen Perot: If by help you mean put me in the electric chair. (laughs)
      Bones: Was that a confesssion? Because it ... sounded like a confession.
      Maureen Perot: No no no, I was- I was being, umm ... are you serious?
      Sweets: (in the observation room; after getting a look from Booth) I'm sorry.

    • Bones: He lied to you. You should go talk to Buddy.
      Booth: Yes, I- I should.
      Bones: Then, tell Miss Lust to get up.
      Strawberry Lust: I ... think that might be a little embarassing right now. Huh baby?
      Booth: That's my gun.

    • Sweets: (about Bones' horrific interrogation skills) That's it? Ugh, okay, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. You were right, she wasn't ready.
      Booth: No, she wasn't ready, Sweets. But we found out something really, really important.
      Sweets: What, the woman bowls?

    • Nigel-Murray: The fire appears not to have damaged the remains.
      Bones: How did it start? (Hodgins and Nigel-Murray point to the body)
      Cam: Oh I see, so we're going with the old "blame the corpse" defense.

    • Hodgins: Makes me 'King of the Lab.'
      Nigel-Murray: A large percentage of the monarchy are actually mentally handicapped due to inbreeding.
      Hodgins: (pauses) Can't ruin it for me. 'King of the Lab'!

    • Nigel-Murray: In 400 B.C. Hippocrates declared that disease was not caused by demons.
      Hodgins: (sarcastically) Great, so we can ... rule out demons.

    • Young Deputy: First bungee accident I ever saw.
      Booth: Probably because you're 10.

    • Bones: I have been to 74 interrogations with Booth -- 42 in the room, and 32 observing.
      Angela: Uh-huh.
      Bones: I should be able to do it.
      Angela: What, interrogate?
      Bones: Yes! I- I even engaged in a very interesting session with Sweets to improve my ability to manipulate people.
      Angela: Uh, (laughs) that wouldn't work.
      Bones: Why not?
      Angela: Because ... what Booth has you can't learn from baby boy shrink. Booth's brilliant at pretending to be stupider than he actually is, most of the time.
      Bones: Brilliant at stupidity?
      Angela: Mhm. Especially around you.

    • Booth: I thought the guy was dead.
      Brennan: He is dead but his skin was moving.
      Booth: Wait a second. Moving skin on a dead guy?
      Brennan: Yes! Then he started foaming.
      Booth: Wait a second. Foaming? Okay what would cause that? Too much beer or, maybe he ate soap?!
      Brennan: You should stop using cartoons as a scientific reference.

    • Nigel-Murray: Forgive me, doctors but, is his skin moving?
      Cam: Ooh. God, that's strange.
      Brennan: Insect activity?
      Hodgins: Never seen insects like that. Except in "Alien."
      Nigel-Murray: I'm secreting adrenaline.

    • Angela: Okay, I'm ready to start the facial reconstruction. (looks at the body) Gross. Wow, this is really gross. I'm gonna come back.

    • Booth: (referring to an expensive car) Driving a machine like this is like making love, You have to go gently.
      Bones: I go more for passionate and uninhibited rather than gentle.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode is the first to be directed by one of the show's stars -- David Boreanaz, who stars as Special Agent Seeley Booth, directed it.

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: April 26th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: May 29th, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: June 21st, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Finland: September 12th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: October 29th, 2009 on TV3
      Slovakia: December 16th, 2009 on JOJ
      Germany: March 11th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: November 29th, 2010 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Stuck to You" by Nikka Costa (during the final scene, after Brennan stalls the car in an intersection)