Season 4 Episode 4

The Finger in the Nest

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 17, 2008 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

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