Season 5 Episode 17

The Death of the Queen Bee

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 15, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Booth and Brennan investigate an unidentified skull and upper body at her alma mater, Burtonsville High School. Angela helps them identify the body as one of Brennan's classmates, and a possible connection is made to a murder that was committed 15 years earlier. In order to interrogate possible suspects, Booth and Brennan pose as a married couple at her High School reunion, where she reconnects with her only friend from high school, the dark-humored janitor.moreless

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  • Just a small thank you to producers of the show....

    So i did'nt know what to expect...did'nt see any commercials about this im watching the show and then after 12 minutes i became the happiest guy on the me nuts i dont care...but there he was...Mr. Buxley aka Robert Englund aka Freddy god they did it very very well...i really had the freddy feeling back...his voice was really cool...and the fx/music brought back some good memory's of Nightmare on Elmstreet...and also when he is grabing for the book in his locker and he shows his hand and moving his fingers like Freddy on the i wanted to thank the producers of the show...and Robert...i really hoped that you would have come back to the new movie of Freddy...but unfortunatly you weren't...and i saw it and it really really su...well you can fill that in yourselfs...Thank you producers and thank you Mr. Robert Englund!moreless
  • A dead body, prompts Booth and Bones to go undercover as a married couple to find the killer at Brennan high school reunion.

    A great episode, probably one of the best of this season. It is great to see Booth and Bones working undercover again and this murder-mystery will certainly keep you guessing. The writing is wonderful as we have come to expect.

    This episode reveals more of Brennan's past in a way that is true to her character and respectful of what had been said previously at her high school [as opposed to the 100th episode].

    Last, but not least, having Robert Englund guest star in this episode was brilliant. The actor is most famous for playing Freddy Krueger, who was a high school janitor himself, and it is a great nod to horror fans, especially those who grew up with the original A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise.moreless
  • A really funny episode.

    I must say that this episode was almost what I was expecting for it to be. It had everything.

    A good case, the breakup that many people were expecting, and a balanced interaction between Bones and Booth.

    The case was one of many, but where it unfolded was superb. The whole high school reunion was so funny, how all Bones former female classmate reacted to her like she was the devil, lol. The breakup between Angela and Wendell was something

    that needed to happen, because I didn´t like them together. Don´t get me wrong, Wendell is a really good character, but he and Angela together didn´t fit.

    Now, the important thing of the episode was the interaction between B&B, and I absolutely liked it.It was natural, like in real life (adults life). The scene that I loved and was so funny, was when they danced the slow song. It was so sweet when Booth hesitates in the whole dancing thing and Bones immediately said "I´m sorry", and how she explained and apologized with that puppy face, I loved it. And what Really cracked me was the "Why are you so far away?" part, hilarious LOL.

    Anyway it was a refreshing episode.moreless
  • When a body is found near Brennan's old high school Brennan and Booth pose as a married couple at Brennan's reunion.

    Good episode, a skull is found by two girls and the rest of the body is found by Bones soon after. After the body has been identified as one of Brennan's former classmates, she and Booth pose as a married couple at her reunion to solve the murder.

    Mr. Buxley, Brennan's only friend from high school, the janitor, was both really funny and creepy. Booth was pretty creeped out by him, that was funny. The whole allusion to A Nightmare on Elm Street when his hands wrapped around the door was cool too.

    Angela finally breaks up with Wendell. Looks like she's second guessing breaking of with Hodgins. I think they are going to get back together soon... There was some definite attraction between them at the end. Speaking of second guessing relationships, I think Brennan might be too.moreless
  • Booth and Bones pose as a married couple, and DANCE! !

    In this episode of, Bones, the following happens. When a skull and upper body are found near Brennan's old high school, she and Booth go and investigate. Soon we learn that Brennan high school reunion is about to take place and so Booth convinces her that they should go. And so they pose as a married couple. We quickly learn that Brennan had no friends in High school apart from the school janitor. This episode was better than I thought it was going to be. We got to see Booth and Bones dance together, which was really sweet. We also see Angela breaking up with Wendall, so hopefully she and Jack will get back together and soon.moreless
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

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

Jenica Bergere

Jenica Bergere

Sheriff Becky Conway

Guest Star

Robert Englund

Robert Englund

Ray Buxley

Guest Star

Suzy Nakamura

Suzy Nakamura

Carrie Turner

Guest Star

Michael Grant Terry

Michael Grant Terry

Wendell Bray

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Booth and Brennan don't let Officer Conway in on their undercover plot, yet they talk to her during the class reunion, which could easily reveal their true identities. That is unless they just expect Conway to know they're going undercover, which doesn't make much sense.

    • Back in the Season 3 episode "Boy in the Time Capsule" Brennan mentions that she had a crush on Andy Pfleuger (the shop teacher) back in high school when he was the varsity lacrosse captain. He was Brennan's Secret Santa, and taped a Brainy Smurf to her locker as her gift -- when he knew she had wanted Smurfette -- just to be cruel.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Booth: Look, you gotta go to your reunion, Bones. We already flew all the way out here.
      Brennan: I'm not going. High school was not a happy time. For some reason, people didn't seem to like me.
      Booth: Which is exactly why you have to go now. Reunions are made for you to smear your success into people's faces. Your accomplishments are gonna kill 'em.

    • Booth: Look, they didn't dislike you, Bones. They just didn't understand you. It's a big difference.
      Bones: It didn't bother me. I, found the reunion to be quite educational ... and you were right. It was good to go back. It made me see how lucky I am ... now. (to Angela, Booth, Cam, Wendell, Hodgins, and Sweets) This is what friendship looks like, this table. I am very lucky.

    • Booth: Since uh, Bones was already invited to the reunion, we get more information if she is seen as an alumni.
      Sweets: Alumna. Yes.
      Booth: Yeah, great. You know, correcting my Latin, not the best way to make friends.
      Sweets: Sorry.

    • Booth: (as metal stars descend from the ceiling) That is so cool. ... Bones you're tearing up.
      Brennan: This is the prom I never, got to go to.

    • Bones: (dancing with Booth) Why are you so far away?
      Booth: You know, just keeping room for the Holy Spirit, that's all.

    • Angela: You're sexy and, smart and ... good. You're like saint good.
      Wendell: Oh I'm a sexy saint.

    • Bones: Whatever blade was used, left very clean and precise cuts.
      Cam: It's always a tad creepy when you admire the killer's handiwork.

    • Hodgins: You okay?
      Angela: Yeah. Yes, I am. As you know I have some experience in this area.
      (They look at each other.)
      Angela: I'd- I'd like to know if Wendell is alright.
      Hodgins: He's doing much better than I did after we broke up.
      Angela: Well I don't want to be the kind of person who leaves this, string of good-hearted guys behind her, you know?
      Hodgins: Ange, we broke up, you know? You did not dump me, and Wendell is fine. And I gotta tell you, I think, I think you left him in- in better shape than you found him.
      Angela: I don't know about that, I mean, I'm pretty sure he was born that way.
      Hodgins: Still, he is better for having known you, Angela.
      Angela: How can you be sure?
      Hodgins: Because I've been there.

    • Hodgins: It's none of my business if you broke up with Angela.
      Wendell: It's your business because we're friends and it's kind of a big deal for me.
      Hodgins: Oh. Yeah, right, uh, I'm sorry, of course. You know what? You- you need to, you need to go out, and get drunk you know? Pick a fight, steal a car. Come on, I got your back.
      Wendell: What I need is for you to know that I did my best concerning Angela.
      Hodgins: Yeah, I know that already.
      Wendell: I haven't told you about it.
      Hodgins: You don't have to. I know you.

    • Officer Conway: Brad was always the golden boy. He always, got what he wanted. Rumor is, his business isn't doing very good.
      Brennan: Booth, you- you can't give this credence. It's gossip, which by definition it's a form of entertainment not information. And, her grammar is appalling.
      Officer Conway: It is a miracle that you have any life whatsoever.
      Brennan: You cheated off my test in chemistry.
      Officer Conway (to Booth): I could supply you a little fun while you're here 'cause you're probably dying with this one.

    • Hodgins: After much effort and expertise, I found -- calcium sulfate and flecks of grade 3003 H14 Aluminum.
      Wendell: How are either of those in any way cooler than discovering a saw, hm?
      Cam: I'll let Dr. Brennan know that we are looking for a saw which can cut through metal. And you don't have to fight, you both did well. (to herself as she leaves the room) I run a kindergarden.

    • Hodgins: You know you get very bossy when you don't have flesh to play with?
      Cam: I am the boss.

    • Brennan: We know each other. Becky, right? I'm- I'm Temperance.
      Officer Conway: Have I arrested you before, hon?
      Brennan: N- you were my lab partner in chemistry in Burtonsville High.
      Officer Conway: Are you absolutely sure? I have an excellent memory.
      Brennan: Positive. Though, you are thinner now which is better for your cardiovascular system. In high school you were quite overweight, hence the derision from the other students.
      Officer Conway: Yeah, I remember you now. The creepy girl.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Shanley Caswell (who plays Dede) is incorrectly credited as Shanley Collins during the beginning credits.

    • Featured Music:
      "The Bomb" by Bucketheads (the first song played during the reunion)
      "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (the slow song that Booth and Bones dance to)
      "Can You Handle It" by Mojophonic
      "Matter of Time" by Vaughan Penn
      "Won't Stop Getting Better" by Jason Walker (during the final scene)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 14th, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: April 22nd, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: May 2nd, 2010 on Channel Seven/7 HD
      Latin America: May 5th, 2010 on Fox
      Spain: May 21st, 2010 on Fox
      New Zealand: May 23rd, 2010 on TV3
      Sweden: May 23rd, 2010 on TV3
      India: September 30th, 2010 on Star World
      Norway: October 14th, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: December 11th, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: December 15th, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: March 24th, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 12th, 2011 on Prima


    • Officer Conway: (to Bones) Don't need the details, Morticia.

      Officier Conway is of course referring to Morticia Addams of the Addams Family. The Addams Family is a series of cartoons, created by Charles Addams, about a family who lives a ghastly, Gothic lifestyle and dislikes most things normal people like. The Addams Family has been transformed into various other forms of media throughout the years, including several TV series (live-action and animated) and movies. In addition to Officer Conway's comment, Booth also at one point directly calls Bones "Wednesday Addams."

    • Dr. Sweets: Lives alone, low-status job, obsession with gruesome crime stories, surrounded by teenage girls. Very creepy. It's like Freddy-creepy.

      This is a reference to the horror movie character Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Robert Englund, who plays janitor Ray Buxley in this episode, portrayed Freddy from the original 1984 movie, and up until 2003's Freddy Vs. Jason. Trailers for the upcoming remake of the original movie (with the character of Freddy now portrayed by Jakie Earl Haley) were shown during this episode.