Season 4 Episode 4

The Finger in the Nest

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 2008 on FOX
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Parker, Booth's son, discovers a corpse's finger in a bird's nest, causing the team to launch an investigation to try to find the rest of the body. After finding the corpse, the team discovers that the death was caused by a dog, leading them to an illegal dog fighting ring and a search for the killer dog and its owner.moreless

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  • Parker finds a human finger in a nest; Booth is worried Parker will experience negative affects from the find. The finger leads Booth and Bones to a body which leads to a dog fighting ring.moreless

    This is one of my MANY favorite Bones episodes. The case was solid and well written as well as a great change from the regular cases we see. I enjoyed the focus on Parker's well being, the change in Hodgin's life, and of course the development of Booth and Bones relationship.

    One of my favorite moments of this episode was Bones' comment about the dog being like Booth - from this statement I may have read way more into the last scene of the episode. In my opinion I thought Bones was speaking more about Booth than the dog "Ripley". Killing a human because his master said too and that the master was selfish. I thought Booth confirmed that she was talking more to him than the dog when he said her speech was better than any dog could ask for, even with a limited vocabulary.

    Really liked the episode and through my perspective how Bones viewed Booths role as a sniper (a dog fight)moreless
  • A nasty 'sport'

    I really love this episode - not for the crime and its background which is abominable - but for the relationship between Booth and Parker. He really is a great dad and the interacion betwen the actors is very natural.Perhaps this is because Boreanaz is also a father.

    The revelation that Parker was having girl trouble really amused me. There was an older girl who thought he was cute and carried him round at recess. The reason I found this so funny is that my four year-old grandson has much the same problem with an older girl who finds him cute - though luckily she doesn't carry him round.

    Dog fighting is an abominable practice. I once had care of a rescue Staffie who had been used in dog fighting - he had a slit ear and no teeth on one side of his jaw. He was a heck of a character but attacked any dog bigger than himself. He had obviously been starved as he constantly stole and hid food.

    The end scene where Brennan with Booth's help buries the luckless Ripley was moving. Booth really can be very tender and caring. Love her remark to him that he was like the dog 'You have reassuring brown eyes and are capable of great violence'. 'Thanks a million'!moreless
  • Very interesting

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. We open this episode with Booth and Parker, in the park together playing ball. Parker gets lifted up to see a birds nest, during which he finds a human finger. Parker seems ok with it, but Booth seems freaked out by the situation. Both talks to Sweets about the situation, but Parker himself seems fine, just his father who is freaking out. Soon the team find what remains of the body and it is taken back to the lab. Soon the victim is IDed and we learn that he was killed/attacked by a dog. We soon learn that the victim was involved in dog fighting. When Parker starts acting up, Booth takes him to see Sweets. When they get an idea of where the fights maybe held, they head there with a warrant. During which, they find a mass grave of dogs. They also find the fighting area, and loads of dogs all tied up. We soon learn that Parker is having trouble at school, with a girl. Soon the owner of the dog is IDed and is arrested. We then se Hodgins talking o Sweets about his feelings and how he currently hates everyone. As the episode ends, booth has to tell Bones that the dog she wanted to adopt has been put down, because he killed the victim. And so they take the dogs remains, and bury them, together.moreless
  • Bottom Line, People SUCK!!

    I am obsessed with everything canine, and this episode had me balling. I was crying so hard at the end when she was burying Ripley. What made it even worse is that you know these things really happen, so you can't even detach yourself. it just shows how simple and idiotic some humans can be. I fully believe that dog is man's (or woman's) best friend and i don't take kindly to people messing with my friends. I also liked the side of Bones that was revealed in this episode. She always finds a way to surprise me. I was a little weirded out by her childhood fake death story, but that's Bones for you.moreless
  • The best episode so far this season.

    Finally it seems that season 4 is picking up. This is the first episode so far this season that I've actually liked!! The relationship between Booth and Bones just keeps on evolving, and I loved the fact that he was holding her at the end... It was nice to see Bones care about the dogs, and not just trying to analyze the feelings to bits...

    I loved the focus on Hodgins. It was about time that there was some kind of reaction to the break-up and Zack. It almost seems like he's forgotten already by the team. Sweets was really nice, having observed that Hodgins has changed and wanting to find out if it was for the worse.

    All in all, a very good epi!moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Michael Badalucco

Michael Badalucco

Scott Starret

Guest Star

Dean Norris

Dean Norris

Don Timmons

Guest Star

Devon Graye

Devon Graye

Robbie Timmons

Guest Star

Ty Panitz

Ty Panitz

Parker Booth

Recurring Role

David Greenman

David Greenman

FBI Forensic Tech Marcus Geier

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: At 16:07, when Booth and Brennan are sitting in the car, we can see Mr. Timmons walking in their direction. The camera changes angles at least three times showing Brennan and Booth, one time Mr. Timmons is visible, the other time he is not.

    • The suspects' dog, Gladys, is presumably supposed to be a female due to her name, but is very clearly a male dog.

    • Goof: Hodgins announces the pills are erythromycin and Cam says, "That's not an animal drug, that's a macrolide antibiotic."

      Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that is used in both human and veterinary medicine.

    • When Hodgins and Cam postulate that the blood in the vehicle could be from transporting a veterinary patient, Starret (who claims to have worked as a vet assistant) says that's not possible, since "We were as careful with blood as any human doctor."

      While there are not as many blood diseases transferable from animals to humans, there still was no definitive indication that Hodgins and Cam were wrong. A simple field test could easily tell if the blood was human or not.

    • While examining the corpse, Brennan picks up the opossum that is "playing dead" nearby, then puts it down a few seconds later and it walks away. Brennan then sends Booth after it because it could have eaten evidence. If that's the case, why did she let it go in the first place?

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Sweets: You know where to find me if you wish to discuss anything.
      Hodgins: Yeah the problem isn't finding you, it's avoiding you.

    • Booth: Was it good luck when you were taken down by a veterinarian?
      Tucker Payne: I was so high I could have been taken down by a florist.
      Booth: That's dandy.

    • Dr. Saroyan: So you called me over here to ... ?
      Hodgins: Make Sweets go away.
      Dr. Saroyan: Not an appropriate use of your boss, Dr. Hodgins. (starts walking away)
      Hodgins: Well it worked, didn't it?

    • Brennan: The murderer was a human being, the murder weapon was a dog.

    • Bones: When I was five years old I went next door to visit our neighbor Mrs. Walkey and ... she was dead, sitting at the kitchen table. And I'm alright.
      Booth: You spend your life with skeletons.

    • Booth: Bones, just ... speak from your heart.
      Bones: On behalf of humankind, universe, I'd like to apologize for what happened to Ripley. He was born a cute little puppy. And then the people who adopted him wanted to kill him because they were too stupid to realize that ... he would grow into a big dog.
      Booth: That's good.
      Bones: Ripley was a good dog. He didn't want to fight. But he did it to please his master. He didn't want to attack a human being, but he did it to please his master. You know, it wasn't Ripley's fault that his ... master was cruel and selfish. Like all dogs, Ripley only saw the good in people. Dogs are like that. People should take a lesson.

    • Booth: (about Ripley's death) It's not my fault. Bones why are you talking to me?
      Bones: Well you're the only one here!
      Booth: Talk to the universe or- or God or- Ripley.
      Bones: Well I don't believe in God.
      Booth: Well "God" spelled backwards is "dog."

    • Sweets: Do you, uh ... do you often entertain suicidal thoughts?
      Hodgins: No, I'm more homicidal in nature.

    • Booth: (about the opossum) There it goes.
      Brennan: Uh ... you should go get him.
      Booth: What do I look like Ranger Rick?

    • Brennan: So, did Sweets help you with Parker?
      Booth: Yeah. I told Parker that it's uh ... best just to walk away sometimes.
      Brennan: Sometimes? Isn't it always better to walk away? You know this dog would still be alive if he wasn't forced to fight.
      Booth: Well, I told him to walk away if it's ... for himself and to stand up and fight if it's for someone else. (Bones looks at him) I don't know if that's the right thing to say, but-
      Brennan: You're a very good father.

    • Sweets: You were right. Parker is traumatized. (Booth sighs) Uh, it has nothing to do with the finger in the nest.
      Booth: Huh?
      Sweets: Um ... he has a girl problem.
      Booth: Girl? He's six.
      Sweets: Mhm. The girl, her name's Stephanie Clyde - uh, she's somewhat ... large - likes to pick him up and carry him around.
      Booth: Carry him ... under her arm?
      Sweets: (nods) Like a pet monkey. He doesn't know what to do; he says you told him never to hit girls.
      Booth: I told him ... never to hit anyone. You know, unless it was for self-defense. She, uh ... carries him around?
      Sweets: Like a monkey. At recess. She thinks he's cute.
      Booth: What about the finger?
      Sweets: Parker actually wishes that you'd let him have the finger so he could show it to Stephanie and maybe, make her barf.

    • Hodgins: I'd say King of the Lab, but (sighs) that just depresses me.

    • Booth: Okay, yeah, I get it. You saw a whole lady's corpse when you were a little girl and you were fine.
      Bones: Yes. Although, for some reason that I do not understand, I kept staging my own death. Pretending that I'd drowned in the bathtub, faking electrical shock ... it really freaked my parents out, and then once when Russ found me hanging he had to go see the school psychologist.
      Booth: (staring at her) But otherwise, you were fine.
      Bones: Yeah.

    • Booth: Parker had a nightmare.
      Bones: About severed fingers?
      Booth: No. It was the singing frog.
      Bones: I don't see the connection but then I'm one of those people who thinks, if you dream about a banana, it's probably just a banana.

    • Booth: You know what the most beautiful thing in the world is?
      Parker: Mom says the sunset.
      Booth: Okay, well one of the most beautiful man made things.
      Parker: Mom says the Mona Lisa.
      Booth: Okay, look, all due respect to mom, buddy, but a perfectly thrown spiral is way better than any of that stuff.

    • Booth: (to Angela and Brennan) Okay, you two don't get all, you know, Xena Princess Warrior on me, okay?

    • Brennan: (about the dog Ripley) He reminds me of you.
      Booth: Me?
      Brennan: He's got warm and reassuring brown eyes ... and he's capable of great violence.
      Booth: Hey, great, thanks a million.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "I Hurt Too" by Katie Herzig (as Booth and Brennan say their goodbyes to Ripley and embrace)

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: October 9th, 2008 on Sky1
      New Zealand: November 9th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: November 20th, 2008 on the Seven Network
      Denmark: December 23rd, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: December 28th, 2008 on TV3
      Norway: February 26th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: February 27th, 2009 on Fox
      Finland: April 10th, 2009 on Sub
      Portugal: April 16th, 2009 on Fox
      Germany: May 14th, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: September 23rd, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 6th, 2010 on Prima

    • This episode is included as an extra on the "Bones" Season 3 DVD release.