Season 5 Episode 7

The Dwarf in the Dirt

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Booth and Brennan delve into the murder of a dwarf who used to be a wrestling star. Meanwhile, Booth discovers that he's not as good of a marksman as he was before his surgery, and has trouble getting re-certified at the FBI. Dr. Gordon Wyatt also returns.moreless

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  • The body of a midget wrestler is found in a hole, brennan and booth investigate. Booth must re certify his marksmanship with the FBI and is worried he has lasting brain damage affecting his shooting abilities, Gordon Wyatt and Sweets beg to differ.moreless

    Great episode, one of the best of the season! The two are so close to getting together, it seems. Booth is finally able to admit that he has in fact fallen in love with Brennan and in time Brennan will be able to admit the same thing vise-versa. I can't wait for the next episode, the promo made me crack up. Also the next episodes to come. Booth and Brennan's relationship is growing closer with each episode and we can now count on at least one moment between them by the end of each episode. The return of Gordon Gordon Wyatt played a significant role in this episode in helping Booth come to terms with his feelings for Brennan. Also for his explanation on Booth's difficulty with being a marksman, telling him it's because of his feelings for Brennan that he's having trouble aiming and shooting his gun. Gordon tells him to be patient and to have hope that Brennan feels the same for him. Brennan comes to the shooting range so Booth can imagine he's protecting her and end up shooting perfectly. After the papers are signed and he's been re certified, Brennan gives him a thumbs up and he offers her a loving stare :) :) :)moreless
  • I really enjoyed this episode

    It had been a while since I laughed so hard with a scene in Bones. The whole 'wrestling' scene between the Leprechaun and Booth has got to be one of the funniest scenes in Bones history.

    It was nice to see Wyatt back, even when he wasn't giving anyone any therapy, I see how good must be for him to not listen to anybody's problems anymore. However, his good relationship with Booth made him give Booth one of the best advice he'll probably ever get on his relationship with Brennan: be patient.

    I don't see why Booth and Brennan make it so complicated. Booth loves her, Brennan loves him too in her own way, with fear, but she does. What stops them I'm not sure, but I think it has to be with working together.

    Anyway, when it comes to their relationship, so far so good and that's what counts.moreless
  • The team investigates the murder of a little man found underground while Booth tries to figure out why his marksmanship has deteriorated after his surgery and pays a visit to an old friend, Gordon Gordon who is now a chef.moreless

    I have been giving 10s the past few weeks to the episodes because I think they deserve them and this time I really enjoyed the part. First of all, the appearance of Stephen Fry is always a delight with his mixture of wisdom and rather quirky attitude (he's a chef, not a cook!) and it doesn't take him or Sweets long to figure out that all that's seemingly wrong with Booth originates from his affection for none other than our favorite anthropologist.

    Although the case itself sounded a bit obvious towards the end, as always the subtle details surrounding the side story made the part worth watching. The fact that Brennan had noticed the intricate changes in Booth after his tumor removal was very sweet and Booth admitting to Gordon Gordon that he is indeed in love with her turns this season into the dramatic crime show that we know and love. Looking forward to the next one guys.moreless
  • Another good one

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When a skeleton is found, Booth and Bones are called in. The case takes a different turn, when we learn that the skeleton is that of a dwarf and that the skeleton is green. Soon we learn the dwarf was in love with his sister-in-law and that she was also in love with him. When his twin brother realised this, he killed him. Also in this episode, Booth has trouble shooting and goes to see Gordon Wyatt about it. And so he tells Booth, after spending most of the episode with him, that he will be able to shot better, with Bones at his side. And so when he next has to go for his yearly qualification, Bones is there and Booth does it perfectly.moreless
  • Excellent episode!!

    I know we haven't had any major developments since Booth wake up from his coma but at least we can be a little bit relieved that the truth is out there.. at least from one side..

    Booth is having problems at aiming a gun straight and he fears he won't do well in the FBI maskmanship test so he goes to Gordon to get some help after Sweets behaves too professionally.

    Both Gordon and Sweets agree that Bones and Booth are in love (wow, who would've thought, right? lol) and Gordon even points it out to Booth in the end.

    Which is a big advance than the previous sexual tension scenes without any real plain exchange of truth.

    Good, Booth did good but he's still a bit off of his game in this season. And I guess he'll get back to his former self only after he grows a set and tells Bones what he feels. She feels the same way, I know, you know, we all know that. It's just that due to her life and how she grew up, she isn't able to open up like that and risk getting her heart crushed.

    Oh well, hope this season will be the end of Bones and Booth.. and the beginning of Bones & Booth. hah!

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Officer Novarro

Guest Star

Debbie Lee Carrington

Debbie Lee Carrington

Gidget Jones

Guest Star

Everette Wallin

Everette Wallin


Guest Star

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

Dr. Gordon Wyatt

Recurring Role

Ryan Cartwright

Ryan Cartwright

Vincent Nigel-Murray

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: As Brennan, Booth and Novarro inspect the drain grating in the basement of the gold exchange, Booth is initially shown wearing his black Vans. However, during a closeup shot of the grille, he (or a stand-in) is wearing black leather dress shoes.

    • Angela: In order to eat that thing you're gonnna have to dislocate your jaw, like an articulated python.

      The correct name for the snake is reticulated python, not articulated python.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Brennan: Maybe I should start packing heat again.
      Booth: Packing heat?
      Brennan: It's a colloquialism. I-I'm quite a good shot.
      Booth: Hey. If the leprechaun was shot, then where would the bullet be?
      Brennan: I assume somewhere in the six tons of crap Hodgins hasn't sifted through yet.
      Booth: Wait, wait a second. Did you just call forensic evidence "crap"?
      Brennan: It's colloquial again. What do you think?
      Booth: This is very nice. I like it. It shows that you're, uh, adapting.
      Brennan: I'm working on it. And joshing around too.

    • Booth: Okay, what's our deal?
      Sweets: Our deal?
      Booth: Yeah, yeah, what- what- what are you FBI shrink, friend, objective observer?
      Sweets: Oh oh oh, you want to know my primary role. Okay, well, that depends upon a number of factors.
      Booth: Sweets. Plain language.
      Sweets: The FBI hires me to evaluate agents. You're an agent.
      Booth: So, FBI first, me second?
      Sweets: No, no, no, Agent Booth, that's not what I meant.
      Booth: (his phone rings) It's okay, Sweets, I get it.
      Sweets: Please let me finish.
      Booth: You just called me "Agent Booth." That's says it all, "Dr. Sweets." You know, I learned the importance of vocabulary choices from you, and I gotta go catch a murderer. (leaves)

    • Booth: If a man can't have the woman that he loves, he gets a bit crazy.

    • Brennan: So, Sweets told you about the hands and the feet?
      Gordon: Mmm we're consulting. Patient confidentiality is being maintained, and I won't tell Booth that you've been ratting him out to the FBI behind his back.
      Brennan: Ratting out is an accurate phrase but somehow it doesn't seem true.
      Gordon: Hmm, you have come quite a long distance since we last met if you can now see a distinction between accuracy and the truth.
      Brennan: I'm trying to help Booth. I can be objective about his brain and he can't.
      Gordon: Sometimes you have to help people against their wishes.
      Brennan: I can't think of anything I wouldn't do to help him.

    • Gordon: Grow a set! Be a man! Step up! She's your partner, for heaven's sake. The job you do together is highly dangerous. She counts on you for protection. So you ... damn well better protect her.
      Booth: So that's your big psychiatric advice? Just, "grow a set"?
      Gordon: Indeed. When it comes to a man and his gun, a woman is the natural cure. Take Dr. Brennan to this um, shooting event of yours. You won't fail in front of her. Trust me.

    • Booth: I just need you to help me fire my gun.
      Gordon: That sounds desperately phallic. Is this maybe a sexual problem?
      Booth: Don't say that. Don't even put that out in the air.

    • Sweets: Would you like to accompany me?
      Gordon: To what end?
      Sweets: Double teamed by a psychologist and a chef? It'll be epic.

    • Sweets: You wanted me to talk to the victim's family with you?
      Booth: Yeah I got the twin brother and the uh sister-in-law. They're in the conference room.
      Sweets: What are we looking for?
      Booth: Lies and guilt, Sweets. What else is there?

    • Gordon: When you were in a coma, you got a glimpse of another world.
      Booth: Right, and how does that help me aim my gun?
      Gordon: Temperance Brennan. You're in love with her. You're building a world around her. A family.
      Booth: We're not compatible. She sees the world one way, I see it, another way.
      Gordon: Oh of course, it's absolutely ludicrous, the idea of you two together but, the heart chooses what it chooses doesn't it? We don't really have any say in the matter.
      Booth: She doesn't love me. I would know if she loved me.
      Gordon: May I counsel patience on this front? Hope and patience.

    • Gordon: I don't think Booth has brain damage.
      Sweets: What's his problem?
      Gordon: May I ask why, you didn't publish your book on Booth and Brennan?
      Sweets: What? Is there a connection between my book and Booth's marksmanship?
      Gordon: I believe you didn't publish it because you're afraid of how Brennan and Booth would react to its conclusion.
      Sweets: My book concludes that Brennan and Booth are in love with each other.

    • Sweets: I believe that as a reaction to the childhood traumas of abuse and abandonment, Dr. Brennan utilizes her intellect to armor herself from intense levels of emotion like love.
      Gordon: And Booth?
      Sweets: Well, subconsciously he's sensitive to her vulnerability. He knows that acting upon his feelings for her would amount to a kind of, assault.
      Gordon: I couldn't agree with you more.
      Sweets: So, Booth not shooting straight is simply what? A manifestation of his phallic frustration?
      Gordon: Yeah, well he quite literally can't bring his weapon to bear.
      Sweets: Do I even have the right to publish my book and make public what these two can't even admit to themselves?
      Gordon: Look you're- Don't ask me. I'm just a chef.

    • Gordon: Have you noticed any behavioral changes in Booth since he woke up from the coma?
      Angela: He's not as happy-go-lucky as he used to be. It's like he's ... sort of sad.
      Gordon: Hmm. Well perhaps the brain tumor forced him to confront his own mortality.
      Angela: Booth confronted his mortality plenty of times. I think that that dream he had, about him and Brennan being married, I think that he, sort of misses that dream. It's like he's homesick for that place and, those people.
      Gordon: You think Booth fell in love with Dr. Brennan during a dream.
      Angela: So do you. Right?
      Gordon: Well, I'm a- I'm a psychiatrist, I'm, I'm not comfortable with answering.
      Angela: No, you're a chef.
      Gordon: I am. As usual you- you see the truth of things.

    • Booth: Okay, think about it. End of a rainbow, little green guy, gold coins. (getting excited) What does that tell you?
      Bones: That I need an umbrella and that the remains are horribly compromised.
      Booth: It tells me leprechaun. (closes his eyes)
      Bones: (grinning) Are you praying?
      Booth: I'm makin' a wish!

    • Booth: Sinkhole?
      Officer Novarro: Oh no thanks, already got one. (gestures over his shoulder) That's it over there. Big sucker.

    • Booth: (discussing the shooting range) I just had a bad day on the range.
      Bones: Is that a cowboy metaphor?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Reason To Live" by Skybombers (during the midget wrestling)
      "My Ghost" by Glass Pear (during the last scene, when Booth and Brennen are at the "shooting event")

    • Stephen Fry is credited as a "Special Guest Star."

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: November 19th, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Sweden: January 3rd, 2010 on TV3
      Spain: January 29th, 2010 on Fox
      Australia: February 7th, 2010 on Channel Seven
      Latin America: February 24th, 2010 on Fox
      Norway: August 5th, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: October 9th, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: October 13th, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: October 21st, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: April 7th, 2011 on Prima


    • Booth: Okay, why don't we just get Darby O'Gill there out of the pit.

      Darby O'Gill is the main character from the 1959 Walt Disney movie Darby O'Gill and the Little People . Darby often told tales to his friends about his attempts to catch Leprechauns, but no one ever believed him. In the movie, Darby gets captured by the King Leprechaun, and gets entangled in a battle of wits with the little trickster.

      Since Darby was not a Leprechaun though, Booth's statement doesn't make much sense.

    • There are several references to the long-running Fox animated comedy The Simpsons in this episode:

      1) In the scene where Cam and Vincent are examining the green dwarf skeleton and discussing leprechauns, there is an x-ray of the head of Homer Simpson on one of the screens in the background.

      2) The character of Officer Novarro is played by Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer Simpson.

      3) The wrestler who was fighting the Iron Leprechaun was Bumblebee Man -- Bumblebee Man is a character on The Simpsons.