Season 4 Episode 16

The Bones That Foam

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 12, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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)

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