Season 6 Episode 17

The Feet on the Beach

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 07, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Brennan reluctantly teams up with a Canadian podiatrist, whom she disparaged in a scientific article, in order to gain access to her remains after seven pairs of feet are found washed up on the U.S.-Canadian border. Brennan may have to acquaint herself with the true meaning of apology—or is that contrition?—as Dr. Filmore becomes a key part of the team's effort to determine the identity of the real victim from the ones that belong to research, and the true cause of death. Elsewhere, Cam has crossed a major boundary when a fraudulent but successful college application for Michelle is delivered to the lab along with some seriously ethical issues.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Everyone missed the "Angel" nugget in the episode?

    The scary gardener on the riding lawnmower was named Larry WOLFRAM (the scary law firm in Angel was Wolfram and Hart)
  • Could you not say that as though I'd killed three people?

    I am surprised by the low ratings you guys are giving this episode. I Loved this episode. Bone's was as awkward as always, which is my favorite personality trait of hers. I loved Bone's vs. the foot guy, I think they should give him his own show instead of The Finder! I thought the story with Cam and her daughter or adoptive person. I thought the murder story was not at it's full potential, because there was much other things going on with the personal, but that the story is faded is my only complaint. My favorite part when Sweeds(don't know if I spelt that right) throw the bowl and the foot doctor guy, and hit him in the head.

    All In All I thought this was a good episode!moreless
  • Enjoyable episode

    I just saw that episode and there is one thing that came to my mind right away and it is that bringing guest stars on a show is not always a good thing. Because if they're not on the good guys side, they are more than likely to have comitted the crime of the episode. And that's how I felt as soon as I saw Michael Welsh. Don't get me wrong I love that actor but because in his first scene he had like 3 lines of dialogue I knew right away that we would see him again and that he was to be the killer.

    Now that said, it was still an enjoyable episode, especially the scene where Bones arrives at the body farm with Booth and she is like a four year old at Disneyland. And the exploding corpse and B&B reactions were priceless.

    The intrigue was quite interesting and I like that B&B are back in the field more often, I thought there were too much interrogation scenes in the latest episodes.

    For the canadian scientist part, personally I found it a bit boring and I didn't quite understand why Bones was like that with him. I mean, I know it's part of her character but wasn't the goal of the previous seasons and episodes to show us how her relationship wth Booth has led her to be a more human and compassionate person, able to a certain extent to understand how she can affect people with what she says? I have to admit I'm a bit puzzled by the way the writer handled that in this episode.

    Finally, the part about Camille and Michele, I had no interest at all. But I liked the Sweets parts as usual.moreless
  • The Feet on the Beach...

    The cliche of Canadian niceness was visited in this week's Bones as a foot filled crime scene forced the Jeffersonian team to work with a somewhat counterpart from the Great White North. There's more than the usual amount disgusting forensics as Booth and Brennan head up to a local body farm to find the origin of the various pairs of feet that are found at their border crime scene, however the mystery of "The Feet on the Beach" was cut sadly short by anyone who has had the displeasure of watching a film in the Twilight franchise.

    When the killer is an actor you've never seen it's not difficult to sit and say "I can't believe it was him!" but when you see an actor who has been in a film or two appear on television, you are just waiting to be told that they did it. Following suit we learn of the lesser known nerd vs. stoner cliche as a motive for murder.

    Whilst the significant lack of mystery in the murder didn't make for much entertainment, there was a jolt of humor that has been missing from Bones of late that brought it back into the worth watching category. The various interactions of the Jeffersonian team and the Canadian foot doctor brought about some cringe filled laughs whilst Cam trying to find a way to tell her daughter that she had cheated her into Columbia University without her permission, brought an acceptable tone of silliness to the show. All in all Bones hasn't been one of my favorite things to be watching of late, but the writers attempts and finding a balance between character development, mystery and humor have kept me coming back to it. Although it is destined for at least another season, it is very much beginning to feel like this show needs to find itself an end.moreless
  • This was the worst episode of Bones in my opinion, even though Bones was adorable and Booth was ever so charming.

    The cast of character's treated the new doctor as if he was ever more brilliant than them. They credited him with brilliance he didn't posses acting as if they had no idea how to do their jobs and as if they would have figured out what happened even if he wasn't there. Hello writer's we've seen them figure out worse. The new doctor was a moron and I completely agree with Bones, that his profession isn't valid; podiatrist anthropologist... seriously? I could barely get through the episode it annoyed me so much.

    The murder was a but predictable as well as the who done it. However, the fact that he was covered in bug food to obscure time of death was great! The only reason to watch this episode is to see Brennan acting like a child in an amusement park when in fact she's surrounded by decomposing bodies(fantastic)and Booth explaining to her why she should apologize to the moron(endearing), I mean respected doctor.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

Scott Lowell

Scott Lowell

Dr. Douglas Filmore

Guest Star

Joel McKinnon Miller

Joel McKinnon Miller

U.S. Border Agent

Guest Star

Hank Harris

Hank Harris

Kent Durham

Guest Star

Tiffany Hines

Tiffany Hines

Michelle Welton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sweets: (about Michelle's forged application) Did you consider the person that didn't get in because you cheated?
      Cam: All right! I'm a terrible person. I stipulate to that. But that's not why I'm here.
      Sweets: (amazed) You're kidding.
      Cam: What I need is your advice on how to tell Michelle that she has the option of going to one of the best universities in the world.
      Sweets: Unfairly and illegitimately.
      Cam: I'd rather not put it to her that way.
      Sweets: I can't help you.
      Cam: Why not? Some sort of professional code of ethics?
      Sweets: No, my own personal code of ethics. You should consider putting one together of your own.

    • Dr. Filmore: So, does everybody who works with Dr. Brennan end up in therapy?
      Dr. Sweets: If it's any consolation, she spent three years degrading the entire field of psychology and essentially dismissing my life's work as a foolish waste of time.

    • Dr. Filmore: Confrontation's not a natural state for me. I'm … Canadian.
      Dr. Sweets: Canadian, or afraid?

    • (Brennan pulls a foot from the river bank.)
      Brennan: Based on the size, this belonged to an adult male.
      Booth: Hmm.
      Brennan: Given the range of motion of the metatarsophalangeal joint, I'd say he was somewhere between 18 and 50.
      Booth: Great. That narrows it down to about 50 million people.

    • Booth: But, you know, you really should apologize to him.
      Brennan: I already explained—
      Booth: I know you did, but come on, Bones, he's hurting. All right? Whether you're right or wrong, you leveled the guy.
      Brennan: He's a grown man.
      Booth: Sometimes that makes it hurt more. What makes us human, Bones, is that we can feel compassion and regret.
      Brennan: Why is it so important to you, Booth?
      Booth: Because I know the kind of person that you are, and I think you should let other people in on the secret, too. Right?

    • Sweets: (amazed) You forged Michelle's application and applied to Columbia?
      Cam: Could you not say that as though I'd killed three people?

    • Booth: Sometimes, wouldn't you just like to be a person like the rest of us instead of someone who just paralyzes people?
      Brennan: Those of us who tell the truth have always endured harsh judgment—Copernicus, Galileo. I accept that as something I have to deal with.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Something To Hold On To" by Allie Moss (in the scene with Cam and Michelle at the diner)

    • The location by the St. Regis River that Angela zooms into on the map is actually a residential area, and Hogansburg University is fictitious.

    • Original International Air Dates:

      Canada: April 7th, 2011 on Global

      The Netherlands: April 18th, 2011 on RTL 4

      Sweden: April 24th, 2011 on TV3

      United Kingdom: April 27th, 2011 on Sky LIVING/Sky LIVING HD

      Spain: May 6th, 2011 on FOX

      Australia: August 14th, 2011 on Seven

      Slovakia: December 14th, 2011 on JOJ

      Germany: April 5th, 2012 on RTL

      Finland: June 6th, 2012 on Sub

      Czech Republic: June 26th, 2012 on Prima family