Season 4 Episode 20

The Cinderella in the Cardboard

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 15, 2009 on FOX
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A female body is discovered at a recycling center, compacted into a stack of cardboard, and the Jeffersonian team is called in to investigate. Meanwhile, Booth and Brennan run into Sweets' girlfriend at a bridal dress shop -- but she's there with another man.

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  • A case that brings out Brennan's mixed feelings

    I have to say that I really enjoyed this episode. There are a few things that I want to point out like the Angelator is back! Wendell, my favorite grad student is also back and does a very nice thing for Hodgins (and I think he's the one that fits better in the team's dynamic) and Booth's session with Sweets, this was just fantastic and we might've seen one of the most gross bodies in the season. You might think that Booth is all hard and macho and doesn't want any teary moment from a man, but it was nice to see him listening to Sweets and well, giving him a very good advice.

    I think it was right the fact that Brennan told Sweets about Daisy, but Sweets should've been more intelligent and confront her in a different way. He's a psychologist, he could've handled it and dealt with it. There's something else that caught my attention. Booth touching Brennan at every opportunity he had (and she letting him do it) indicates me that something is happening soon between them. Also Brennan, being jealous of something she's not sure she wants to have but at the same time something that might need is very important for her, because it shows how much she has evolved. The last scene was excellent, Brennan telling Booth about this feeling and Booth comforting her. I would've loved to see a hug to seal the scene but well, it was all good.moreless
  • Some great char moments..

    Mm.. episode what had all the good components, some really great moments and what most important - the story.

    I loved maybe the substories more than the case itself. First and maybe major for Bones was Sweets girlfriend in bridal shop with another man. And the way she took it, how Booth warned her not to tell and what happened when she did and the truth. Great story, great emotions, great turns.

    And I adored the revelation Bones had - that she would like to be or have world like others.. have relationship the way others around her have.. I think it was great development.

    And so.. the case.. as you expect, I would say.moreless
  • The usual Bones episode with some funny moments but the repeated zooming in one the extremely disfigured head of the victim was just disgusting.

    I usually don't mind some gore (sorry if this is not the right word, english is not my first language), i have been watching Bones since season 1 now and still like it and there have been a lot of dead bodies. But the way the victim was shown in this episode was, at least in my opinion, way over the line. The head was completely smashed and the producers just kept showing close ups of it or of the entire body. Even later on when Angela uses one of her image enhancing techniques (which are mostly pretty ridiculous) they kept showing the face. And comparing the victim to a pizza repeatedly is just tasteless.moreless
  • Another good episode

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When a body is found at a recycling centre, Bones, Cam and Booth are called in to investigate. Soon through surgery the victim had, she is IDed. Soon they met her fiancé and learn that shortly before she died she went to a bridal store. Whilst there Bones and Booth sees Sweet's girlfriend, trying on a wedding dress, with another man.

    Bones of course wants to tell Sweets, but Booth doesn't want to get involved. Soon they discover the victims cell phone and when they manage to get it back working, she gets a phone call from Hodgins. We learn that he is part of a dating service, when a potential mate is within 100 yards then they both get a message saying date or hate. If they click date then they get the other persons cell number. Before long, Bones can't keep the truth to herself any longer and so when she and Sweets are alone, she tells him about his girlfriend. Soon we learn that the victim was hit by a car before her body was dumped. We soon learn that the victim had another fiancé who she broke up with very recently. We also learn that she sold his grandmothers ring, which he gave to her as an engagement ring. Sweets calls his girlfriend into his office and confronts her about what Bones and Booth saw. We soon learn that her cousin is out of town and that she was trying on wedding dresses on her behalf and that the guy she was with was her cousin's fiancé. Her cousin was out of town and the sale was only one for one day, so she did her a favour, since they are both the same size. We soon learn that the last guy the victim met up with was a fake person, whose picture was formed using pictures of other guys she met through the site. And so the creator of the site is brought in for questioning. When confronted with the factors, he soon crumbles and confesses to his crime. He met up with her and when she blew him off, he flips and drove over her twice. As we end we see Hodgins getting a message from the site and the person who he has to "date or hate" is Angela. We then see Angela getting the same message. Seems that fate wants them both back together, but neither of them reply to the message. We then see Bones going round to Booth's apartment. She tells him that they were wrong about Sweets' girlfriend. They talk and drink and discuss how Bones is jealous of Angela, Hodgins, Cam and Booth, so basically everyone who works in the lab.moreless
  • A good episode, usual with a nasty corpse.

    That cardboard stained with blood and those morons standing around, even a priest?! It's blatantly obvious it's blood and that's it's seepage from a body.

    This 'Date or Hate' thing is disturbing, your phone automatically dials strangers. It even turns out to be the reason she died. Hitting Muriel once could be an accident, but reversing then driving over her head makes it murder one.

    I love the interns, "Now that's something I'd serve… if she were a pizza." Wendell's my favourite. He fits in very well.

    It's quite appropriate that Daisy calls Sweets 'Lancelot' since Lancelot was cheating with Arthur's wife. Why does she call him Lancelot anyway, does she even know the story? It's not a compliment.

    A good episode.moreless
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

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Booth: I'm just saying, life is a lot more than what you cook up in your chemistry sets. Miracles do happen.
      Bones: Well, religious visions are nothing but pareidolia, random stimulus being perceived as as significant.
      Booth: Yeah? Did you ever hear of the Shroud of Turin, Dr. Burn-in-Hell?

    • Angela: That's a tire tread.
      Wendell: She was run over by a car.
      Cam: Seems like our victim was flattened before she was flattened.

    • Bones: Love is a chemical process which causes delusion. An intellectually rigorous person would never get married!
      Booth: Never say never.
      Bones: That's a paradox, makes no sense.
      Dr. Marcus Scheer: Am I still needed here? Because if you two are having relationship issues, I can ...
      Bones: We're not a couple.
      Booth: No, we just work together. That's all.

    • Bones: You know, intellectually, I know that jealousy is absurd. But I see that it's real for people. I even experience it myself.
      Booth: So uh, who you jealous of?
      Bones: Angela, Hodgins, Cam, you. Because you all want to lose yourself in another person. You believe that love is transcendent and eternal. I want to believe that too.
      Booth: Hey, you will. I promise. Someday, you will. You will, some day. Okay?
      Bones: Okay.

    • Booth: Look Bones, you can't go around tellin' everybody what's on your mind even though it's the truth, okay? Look, what if you and I were going out, right? And you were, y'know, taking forever to get ready and you came out in this dress and, I told you I didn't like it, what are you gonna do?
      Bones: I'd reevaluate, change, or ignore you.
      Booth: (sarcastically) Of course you would, Bones. Good answer.

    • Booth: Marriage has been around since the beginning of time.
      Bones: Women from Amazonian tribes express their love by spitting on their partners' faces. I hope we've progressed passed that.
      Booth: Okay well you know what, sometimes love trumps logic.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Life Boat" by Miranda Lee Richards (at the end of the episode, when Hodgins and Angela receive "Date or Hate" messages on their phones).

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: May 24th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: June 26th, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: July 19th, 2009 on Channel 7
      Finland: October 10th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: November 26th, 2009 on TV3
      Slovakia: March 24th, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: April 8th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: January 10th, 2011 on Prima

    • This episode aired on a Wednesday instead of airing during the show's normal Thursday timeslot.