Season 4 Episode 25

The Critic in the Cabernet

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 07, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Jeffersonian team is called in to solve the murder of a wine critic who was found inside a wine barrel. Meanwhile, after deciding that she wants to have a baby, Brennan shocks Booth by asking him to be the father of her child. Booth can't stop thinking about Brennan's request. His stress, along with an undiagnosed health issue he has, causes him to hallucinate -- and see Stewie from the TV show Family Guy, who offers his advice to Booth.moreless

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  • Skippable

    This was one of my least favorite episodes until the whole show went to crap in season 6. The best thing to do is skip this and the one that followed. Season 5 picks up a few months later with these episodes summarized perfectly so that the show can move on to being about the fun murder cases, and not the torrid soap opera.
  • Very Revealing

    At this point you just have to be screaming at the tv, "how can you not know you love each other!!" I know I was. It wasn't very surprising to me that she wants a baby, I felt she has been open to the idea since the time she had to take care of one and with Cam becoming a parent and everyone, including Booth telling her how wonderful having a child was bound to be swayed. What is shocking is that you do not see it coming that she wants a child immediately and her first choice without considering anyone else is to have Booth's sperm. *facepalms* It is just like Sweets said, why specifically ask for Booth's Sperm when you can just as easily find a suitable donor at the sperm bank. If she is so intent on Booth as the father she should at least date him to see if they can be a family the normal way since they can at least admit that they are close friends. But of course she is scared to be emotionally connected

    It was fun seeing how uncomfortable everyone was (especially Booth) and just how crazy Brennan's decision wasxDmoreless
  • Three words: ama-za-zing(amay-zu-zing)

    This was one of the funniest and simply best episodes. It was funny from the begining, when Booth and Bones are at therapy. I only saw the beginning and a little of the end the first time, and from seeing that, I knew that I had to go back and watch it again. I also liked the fact that Stewie Griffin came out in this episode. I loved it. I wish I could watch it again, but I can't find it anywhere. It anyone knows where I can find this episode, please let me know.

    This is the best show right now, and the chemistry between Booth and Bones!!! ADM!!! Hope there are more episodes as good as, or better than, this one.moreless
  • The case is only the backdrop to the long-overdue drama between Booth and Brennan.

    Looks like season 5 could be when romance is in the air, this episode cements the relationship.

    Sweets' word play game has a delightful outcome – Brennan wants a baby and for Booth to be the father! What would make Booth feel so much more comfortable if he could be a part of the baby's life, we already know what a wonderful father he is. He's a great choice, even if Booth and Brennan didn't feel strongly for each other. Given that he's her first (and only) choice, she really needs to look hard at why that is. Neither one of them has dated in several months, they should both think about that too.

    Booth having hallucinations is hilarious. Stu from Family Guy is always adorable and they are just some great scenes. Unfortunately, they are caused by a brain tumor. So sweet that he wants her in the theatre, that's how much he trusts her.

    As always, Hodgins' overly enthusiastic experiment goes awry, covering Cam with melon. I love Hodgins and his experiments are always great.

    A lovely and not overly heavy personal episode, which finally takes the next step in Booth & Brennan's blossoming romance.moreless
  • It brought tears to my eyes.

    Wow, I don't say it was the best but I think it was a good episode. The only problem I have it that all of a sudden Brennan wants to have a child. No explanations. Her choice of a father is logical for so many reasons. Booth's reaction to her request is normal. He obviously wants to be involved. He and Brennan have such a history that it would be weird if he wouldn't be involved.

    The scenes with Cam were hilarious. The one with the watermelon and her reaction to Brennan's news was just great. I also loved her concern for Booth. She was right as always. It was nice to see Sweets listen to Booth as a friend. The last scenes brought tears to my eyes. I just loved seeing Booth looking for Brennan to appear and then give her his best and sweet smile. Brennan was well, Brennan, but that's the way she is. You can't ask more from her. Poor Booth. He's such a great man that he doesn't deserve that. I wish I could see Brennan cry, break. I know it's not how she's built but at least the writers owe it to us after WITW. It would be normal for her to just let it out. Hopefully, next season.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

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Voice of Stewie

Guest Star

Joel David Moore

Joel David Moore

Colin Fisher

Guest Star

Jeff Yagher

Jeff Yagher

Sean Mortenson

Guest Star

David Greenman

David Greenman

FBI Forensic Tech Marcus Geier

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Brennan: You were seeing something in there. What were you seeing?
      Booth: Stewie, you know, the baby from The Family Guy.
      Brennan: You— you saw Stewie ... in there? In the interrogation room?

      Brennan doesn't ask for any clarification as to who "Stewie" is, which means that she apparently knows what Family Guy is. It's very hard to believe that Brennan would know about a Fox TV show but not pick up on so many other very common pop culture references, as has been seen throughout the series. Also, she doesn't even own a TV.

    • Fisher comes up with the idea to use denture cleaner to clean the bones because they contain calcium -- but earlier on in the episode, Brennan stated that the bones were rubbery because they sat in vinegar, which caused calcium to leech out of them.

    • Goof: One of the wine tasters finds a finger in her wine glass -- but there's no way that a wine spout would have been big enough to let a human finger through it. Even if it did happen to be big enough, there's no way that whoever was pouring the wine would have not noticed the finger plopping into the glass.

    • Goof: When the wine tasters drink the wine, they immediately spit it out. Later on, Brennan states that the opening of the cask caused the wine to turn vinegary. The affluent wine tasters should have noticed the vinegar smell prior to drinking the wine.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Booth has been having multiple hallucinations throughout the season (Luc Robitaille, Teddy Parker, and Stewie Griffin) due to a brain tumor, which Brennan describes as the type of tumor that is "usually benign."

    • Goof: When the wine tasters tried the wine that had the victim's body in it, the wine's consistency was indistinguishable from normal wine. But when the Jeffersonian team examined the wine the body was in, the whole wine barrel was filled with gooey, thick liquid that would have never passed as normal wine.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Booth: (after Brennan says she wants his sperm for a baby) This is kind of sudden.
      Brennan: Well, perhaps you don't wanna help me.
      Booth: Of course I do.
      Brennan: So you'll do it?
      Booth: I'll think about it.
      Brennan: Well, I don't understand. It's a simple request. I'm sure you engage in masturba-
      Booth: Whoa, whoa!
      Brennan: Horse.
      Booth: Enough, okay. We'll talk about it later.
      Brennan: Well, I'm not asking you to be involved. All I want is your sperm.

    • Brennan: (about Booth's tumor) They think it's a cerebellar pilocytic astrocytoma.
      Sweets: Oh God, that sounds bad.

    • Angela: Did you ever think, what if Booth is the perfect father for your child? Not just his stuff, but him. What if you're throwing away the chance to have a family—a real family—because you're scared?
      Brennan: Scared? Why would I be scared? I've been to Rwanda, to Iraq.
      Angela: Listen, you said you wanted to do this alone because feelings are ephemeral. So is life, Brennan. We're here one minute, and then we're gone the next. You should know that better than anybody. If you keep living trying to protect yourself, nothing is ever gonna touch you.

    • Fisher: There is no certainty but death and the incomprehensible conundrum that is life.

    • Booth: You really liked holding that kid didn't you?
      Brennan: Yeah. I've been thinking about how exciting it would be to expose my own child to early pattern recognition.
      Booth: You know they like singing and uh, when you make funny faces at 'em too.
      Brennan: Yeah of course. I-I will make a diverse schedule.

    • Angela: Then why use Booth at all? Why don't you use Fisher ... and his discount sperm?
      Brennan: No, Booth has a bigger mandible and a more prominent zygomatic than Fisher, as well as a more pronounced ratio between the width of his clavicles and his ilia.
      Angela: So, it's because Booth is hot?

    • Hodgins: (after Brennan says she wants a baby) Is there a father?
      Brennan: Well, I'd like to use Booth's sperm.
      Cam: Booth. What do you know?

    • Booth: Hunger.
      Brennan: Sex.
      Booth: Whoa!
      Brennan: Horse.
      Booth: Cowboy.
      Brennan: Child.
      Booth: Baby.
      Brennan: Booth.
      Booth: What, what do you think, I'm a baby?
      Brennan: You're a father.
      Booth: Oh. Mother.
      Brennan: Birth.
      Booth: Happy.
      Brennan: Sperm.
      Booth: Sperm? Isn't this getting a little weird?
      Sweets: No, keep going.
      Booth: Ok. Egg!
      Brennan: I want a baby.
      Booth: Whoa!
      Brennan: Horse.

    • Sweets: The point of the exercise is not to explain, but to respond. Okay? Children can do this.
      Brennan: Because it's childish.
      Sweets: Can we just try it, please?

    • Booth: (referring to the body) Looks like a purple Smurf.
      Brennan: Pelvic bone indicates a male. (she bends the bone back on itself)
      Booth: Like a rubber, purple, Smurf.

    • Cam: You and Brennan, you're gonna have a baby?
      Booth: She told you?
      Cam: She told everyone, it's probably on the news by now.
      Booth: I'm just donating.
      Cam: So, you decided?
      Booth: No! No! I am deciding, i-n-g -ing.
      Cam: I know you, Seeley. You're gonna do it. You wanna do it without really doing it, but it's still doing it even if you're not ... doing it the way it should be done.
      Booth: She wants a kid, okay? It'll make her more personable with people.
      Cam: And what will it do for you?
      Booth: She'll get what she wanted.
      Cam: A piece of you?

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: June 28th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: July 31st, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: August 23rd, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Finland: November 14th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: January 14th, 2010 on TV3
      Slovakia: April 28th, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: May 6th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: February 17th, 2011 on Prima