Season 2 Episode 3

The Boy in the Shroud

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 13, 2006 on FOX
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An overturned garbage truck reveals the body of a young man who's been missing for nearly three weeks. When the investigation reveals that a young girl raised by foster parents is the chief suspect, Brennan becomes disheartened by how quickly the rest of the team lays blame on the foster care system - something she's been through herself. Tension continues to rise between Cam and Brennan.moreless

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  • Another good one

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When a dead body is found in the back of overturned garbage truck and we quickly learn that he has been dead for about 3 weeks. And the body is that of a male minor. We soon learn that the victim, Dylan is 17 years old and has been missing for 3 weeks along with his girlfriend, Kelly who is in the foster system. We learn that Kelly has a younger brother and that they were put into foster care, after both of their parents died in a hotel fire, and they had no other family to look after them.

    Soon the young brothers goes to see Booth and tells him that his sister called him, but then he gets upset and so Booth hugs him. Which is really sweet. Soon they track Kelly down and she confesses to killing Dylan. But the evidence doesn't support this and soon they realise that the true killer is in fact her younger brother, Alex. As brother and sister are reunited, it is both short and bittersweet. As the episode draws to a close, we see Hodgins placing a rose on the table for Angela, and we then see Cam and Bones meeting in a diner, and they sit together and share some fries. They talk to each other and try to work through things that are damaging their relationship both in work and outside of the lab. They agree to try to get on better together, and the episode ends they talk about Booth.moreless
  • A totally different side of Brennan.

    Brennan surprised me in this episode.

    She was very human, very concerned, very touching. I loved the scene in the car after they had met Dylan´s father, Brennan´s eyes looking somewhere else but Booth and Booth trying to comfort her somehow. And then at his office, "did you have a list like that?"

    Cam... I really hated her throughout the whole episode, but at the end... Well, I kind of liked her, I have to admit it. That scene where she and Brennan are trying to work out their differences was great, that´s the way it should be done in real life, straight to the point and with maturity.

    The squints: I loved Zack going all desperate with the corpse. Hodgins and Angels flirting was funny.

    The plot was very good, I almost cried at the end, the girl gave a very reliable performance.

    Favorite moment: Booth telling Cam he´s with Bones, all the way.

  • A real tearjerker.

    This case was so sad an beautiful at the same time. And I totally agreed with Brennan on this case, I also didn't like how quickly everybody just pinpointed their finger towards that girl, just because she is a foster kid. I really hope that in real live the look a little further than just that. I mean if you have concrete proof than sure, but just to say she did it cause she is in the foster system is a little too much.

    I really like that Brennan shows some emotion in this episode, that is always great to look it. All in all a real good episode!moreless
  • A modern day Romeo & Juliet ends in tragedy, what else?

    A rather unusual telling but most of the elements are familiar: bad girl meets good boy, pledge eternal love only to be ripped apart by fate… or in this case, a jealous little brother. Okay, I'm being flip. I felt for Alex, he never meant to kill Dylan but he thought he was going to lose the only person he had in the world. If Kelly had explained her plan to Alex, Dylan would be alive. Alex killed someone so is probably headed for Juvi, something that's strangely not mentioned in the episode, and it will probably be several years before he will be permanently reunited with his sister, who will no doubt have to deal with the very real damage done – probably physical and emotional. In trying to protect her brother, Kelly unwittingly destroyed his life. The scene where they are separated was very moving and wonderfully acted.

    It's rare that Brennan talks about her personal life, let alone her childhood and we get a glimpse into what her foster care years were like. It's easy for her to identify with these kids and despite her hurt anger at the knee-jerk reaction about Kelly, truth is that if Kelly hadn't been in foster care, she wouldn't have run away and Alex wouldn't have accidentally killed Dylan. Tale of woe all round.

    Surprisingly touching episode.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of bones bones is called to a scene of a garbge truck that crashed and it turns out there was a body in side and it was badly decomposed. and they traced the body to a kid that was on the way of having a good life and the kid was good friends with this foster girl and he card for her brother. but thing is he was going away to college and he had to say good bye and the thing is the girls foster mother was looking for aplace for the two of them and the girl went to meet with dilan who she was going to ask to go away with him and she was going to let her brother stay with the women thing is the littler brother thoguht he was taking her ne hit the boy with a pipe and she pused him out the window .and he died .and this was a sad ep i thought. but it was really goodmoreless
David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Leah Pipes

Leah Pipes

Kelly Morris

Guest Star

Jon Sklaroff

Jon Sklaroff

Kevin Duncan

Guest Star

William Bumiller

William Bumiller

Mr. Krane

Guest Star

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: When Bones is bending down to look at the memorial for Dylan (about 17 minutes into the episode, without commercials) a microphone is visible in between her breasts.

    • Goof: In the scene where Brennan and Cam are arguing about what Hodgins should evaluate first, Tamara Taylor (Cam) makes a mistake and says "Kevin Dylans," when in reality the victim's name is "Kevin Duncan."

    • Goof: When Bones and Booth are sitting in the Diner and Fran Duncan enters, Bones' glass is nearly empty. A few seconds later it cuts back to Bones and her glass is half full.

    • Goof: After the talk with Kelly's foster mother, Bones and Booth went back to Bones' office. When Bones put her jacket on the back of her chair before she sat down, it fell on the chair. The camera angle changed and the jacket was up on the chair again even though it fell in the previous frame.

    • Goof: In the first scene shortly after they uncover the body, a fly can be seen crawling directly on the camera lens.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Brennan: Were you lying? Or do you really think Kelly Morris is still alive?
      Booth: I don't know.
      Brennan: You don't know if she's alive?
      Booth: I don't know if I was lying ...

    • Booth: Do you have a list like Carter?
      Brennan: Of foster families that didn't work out? Yeah, we all did. I wrote mine on the bottom of a shoe.
      Booth: Oh. You know, they say foster kids, they're really hard on themselves.
      Brennan: They?
      Booth: Yeah, experts, psychologists. Apparently foster kids feel so alone in this mean world, they lose that knack of trusting other people.
      Brennan: You mean at work?
      Booth: Ah, everywhere, you know? The weight of the world, it's profound. They say they have a hard time letting themselves off the hook, they grow up with control issues.
      Brennan: Are you telling me something, Booth?
      Booth: (nonchalantly) No. Just, you know, something to keep under consideration when we catch up with Kelly Morris.
      Brennan: Ok.
      Booth: If you decide to take some other wisdom out of it, none of my business.
      Brennan: How Cam and I get along is none of your business.
      Booth: Yeah, right, which I just said, said just then, none of my business.
      (Brennan remains thoughtful, pondering his words)

    • Brennan: You have a read on Dylan Krane?
      Booth: Oh, yeah. He had that whole adolescent savior complex thing going on big time.
      Brennan: Savior complex?
      Booth: Yeah, teenage boys love nothing more than the idea of saving the damsel in distress.
      Brennan: How do you know?
      Booth: Well, cause, I was, you know, I was a teenage boy.

    • (Booth and Brennan in his car. Brennan is looking out the window, thoughtful)
      Booth: You ok, Bones?
      Brennan: I was a foster child.
      Booth: Yeah, I know.
      Brennan: Do people always assume the worst of me?
      Booth: You know, I know that you hate psychology, but those people, they just lost their son. They need to blame someone.

    • Brennan: Booth told you I was a foster kid, didn't he?
      Cam: Ok. Yes, he did. But he did it with a good heart and I'd really appreciate it if you didn't let him know, please.
      Brennan: He's gonna know that you told me the second he sees us together.
      Cam: It's true. He's awful like that.
      Brennan: He reads people the way you read pathology reports or I read bones.

    • Cam: (looking at the contents of the garbage truck) How much of this are you going to need?
      Hodgins: (smiling) The whole disgusting shebang.

    • Cam: Not many kids from the suburbs end up rotting in garbage trucks, fun factoid from the frontlines.

    • Cam: (after Hodgins presents the English Alba Rose as evidence) When it comes to bugs, slime, crud, and compost, you're the man.

    • (at the Botanic Gardens, when they spot Kelly Morris)
      Booth: Okay. Go distract her.
      Hodgins: Well, hey, why me?
      Booth: Well, because apparently I look like a cop.
      Hodgins: What do I look like?
      Booth: What are you, my straight man? Go!

    • Hodgins: Flatworms, necrofungus flies and beetles, he's been garbage for about 3 weeks.

    • Cam: Feeling queasy, Zack?
      Zack: I'm not used to bodies looking so much like actual human beings.

    • Temperance: Dylan made you feel like you weren't alone in this world, right? He was sweet to you, he took so much weight off your shoulders. He was good to Alex, and when Dylan said you'd be together always you believed him.
      Kelly: Yes, yes I believed him.
      Temperance: And when Suzanne couldn't take care of both you and Alex you had an idea. Run away with Dylan, maybe Suzanne will keep Alex, and everyone will be happy.

    • Booth: Oh Cam, maybe you just got off on the wrong foot with this case, with Brennan, because she was a foster kid.
      Cam: Oh, why didn't she tell me?
      Booth: She doesn't do that. Oh by the way I didn't just tell you that.

    • Cam: Booth, if Dr. Brennan were to quit.
      Booth: What?
      Cam: If she were to leave the Jeffersonian.
      Booth: Well, the squints would flee this institution like the French army.
      Cam: And you?
      Booth: Well, I do as I'm ordered.
      Cam: No you don't, Seeley.
      Booth: Okay here we go. What's going on Camille?
      Cam: What if I fired her? What would you do?
      Booth: I'm with Bones, Cam. All the way. Don't doubt it for a second.

    • Brennan: (to Carter as he runs away) We're not gonna hurt you. (knocks him down) Okay I hurt you a little bit but only because you ran.

    • Booth: So what do you wanna do next?
      Brennan: Hmm. That's up to Cam, isn't it?
      Booth: No Bones, I asked you. What do you wanna do?
      Brennan: I think... I think we shouldn't close off any avenue of investigation. We stay on all the evidence and see where it leads us, like we did before Cam.

    • Zack: Case closed?
      Dr. Saroyan: On Kevin Duncan definitely, and since Kelly Morris has confessed-
      Dr. Brennan: No, she didn't do it.
      Dr. Saroyan: What evidence do you have of that?
      (Dr. Hodgins walks up carrying a rusty pipe.)
      Dr. Hodgins: How about this - specimen 268, right corner of the room schematic.
      Angela: You are good!
      Dr. Hodgins: Oh, you have no idea. (They smile at each other mischievously, and Zack notices.)
      Zack: Are you having a moment?

    • Dr. Brennan: (exasperated) I can't work like this!
      Dr. Saroyan: Are you telling me I should start looking for your replacement?
      Angela: Dr. Saroyan, I don't want to be overly dramatic or anything, but if you lose Brennan, you lose us all.
      Dr. Saroyan: Really?
      Angela: Really, and Booth too.

    • Angela: It's a strange place for two people in love to end up.
      Dr. Hodgins: What, a forensics lab?
      Angela: No a squat in an abandoned pipe factory.
      Dr. Hodgins: Right, yeah, right...
      Angela: What were you talking about?
      Dr. Hodgins: (quickly) Just Cam and Booth.
      Angela: Oh, right-
      Dr. Hodgins: Of course, given their history.
      Angela: Hmm... (uncomfortable silence follows, and they look at each other, waiting...)
      Dr. Hodgins: Tension, party of two (Angela smiles and exits hastily, Dr. Hodgins continues to himself) great, great, uhhh okay...

    • Agent Booth: (snaps his fingers) Oxidized iron, what's that?
      Dr. Brennan & Dr. Saroyan: (together) Rust.
      Agent Booth: Why don't you just say rust? Wha-
      Dr. Brennan: (referring to Dr. Saroyan) She said it.

    • Kelly: (not surprised) Dylan's dead.
      Booth: Were you there when Dylan died?
      Kelly: Was I there? Who do you think killed him?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Suzanne Lawler: To feed into their Romeo and Juliet fantasy.

      Romeo and Juliet are the famous star-crossed lovers of the eponymous Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. Forced by their families to separate, Juliet conceived a plan to escape so that they could be together, but the plan ended in death and tragedy.

      There are seven additional references to Romeo and Juliet in this episode: Hodgins quotes it, Zack identifies the quote, an inscribed copy of the play is at Dylan's shrine, Booth uses it to indicate Kelly & Dylan, Hodgins reveals the fact that the English Alba is suspected by historians of being the "Rose by any other name," and both Booth and Brennan use it when speaking of the rose.

    • Angela: I call it the "Shroud of Montenegro".

      "Shroud of Montenegro" is an allusion to The Shroud of Turin, which is a centuries-old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man - a man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth.

    • Agent Booth: The squints would flee the Jeffersonian like the French army.

      This is an allusion to the French Revolutionary Army - the military of France during the period between the fall of the ancient regime under Louis XVI in 1792 and the formation of the First French Empire under Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804. In one battle the French Army struck first, but the invasion soon turned into a debacle when it was found that the revolutionary forces were next to useless in combat. Many troops fled the field at the first sign of battle, and in one case even murdered their general to avoid a battle. They were ridiculed for "fleeing" from battle, much like the squints would without Dr. Brennan at their helm.