Season 1 Episode 8

The Girl in the Fridge

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 29, 2005 on FOX
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Brennan is about to go out for dinner with her old professor and ex-lover when Booth asks her and her team to help identify the remains of a young woman found in a refrigerator.

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  • Bones's ex comes into town

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. Bones ex, Michael comes into town and at the same time as she agrees to go out with him, Booth comes by and drops off an old fridge, which has a dead rotting body inside of it. Soon she is identified as a girl named Maggie, who was only 19 years old. We soon learn that her ex was also her professor. They soon find out who they believed killed her, but the evidence isn't strong enough to arrest them. Both tells Bones to stop talking to Michael about the case, as he has learnt that he is working for the defence on the case of Maggie, and it is his job to tear apart the case she has just built. When Michael gets up on the stand, the things that he says about Bones, really gets to her.

    We also learn that Michael applied for the job that Bones now has, as they both went for it only she didn't know about it. And so Bones is put back up on the stand. Her testimony helps to make the case more concrete. And soon they are both found guilty on both counts. As we end, we see Bones and Booth working on a new case together, on top of scaffolding on top of, what can only be described, as a huge building.moreless
  • Super episode.

    In this episode, we get to see that Brennan does care and has an emotional side to her. Though when you look closely at each episode, you can see that as well. Well at least I can. The plot of this episode certainly got my attraction. We get too meet one of Brennans' ex-boyfriends, who also turns out to be her old professor. She shares her bed with him again, only to discover that he is hired to testify against her in court, which is like a slap in her face.

    We also got to see Booth jealous, which I always like to watch. Cause it shows that he cares about her.

    When Brennan eventually testifies it is a real emotional episode, and I like to see that side of her.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of bones her ex boyfriend comes into town she does not want to admit there was something between them but her friend knows there was and is happey for her that she is seening him again . but a muder comes in with a girl found in a refrigderater and they start to look over the history about her and then bones goes to take the night off by spending time with her ex and then comes into work late and they know she never does . and then word comes out that her ex is going to be the defence for agins the people that were being accused of murdering her and drugged her and kidnapped. and how they used her to do sexual stuff. and then things start to heat up the person thati s going to be helpoing bones start to critize and saying the jury is not goig to listen to her and then there just going to eat him all up .and in this one bones comes out and tells why she took this job from the quesitons by one of the people and they win and the people are found guilty on all accounts.moreless
  • Bones in a courtroom! Note: Contains spoilers.

    In my journey through season 1 Bones I arrive at episode 8: and it's a good one! This episode mainly takes place in the courtroom, which I personally prefered as I like legal dramas.

    The plot line was intriguing, especially the twist that Brennan's ex professor and now lover is actually working against her.

    This score of this episode got pulled down in my book, as the main plot was very regular: it didn't have any twists or plot changes. Throughout the entire episode, the team knew what was going on and who the killers were. This is unlike the previous episode which was full of twists!

    Obviously there's a great piece of character development here as Brennan starts "dating" her ex professor (who then pretty much kills her original testonmony in court). This is a first for Temperance (or should I say "Tempy"? Seriously, that must be the most unoriginal nickname I've ever heard!) as far as I am aware, and it no doubt pleased Angie!

    So, this episode is very good in parts, the regularity of the plot brings it down a touch in my book. Then again, I have been known to be overly critical!moreless
  • Some good Brennan development in this episode.

    At the very beginning of this episode, Brennan's ex-forensic anthropolgy college professor and ex-boyfriend Michael Stires appears. They become romantically involved in the early goings of this episode. Brennan is currently working on a case while seeing Michael and bounces a lot of information regarding the case off of him. Later in the episode Brennan discovers that Michael is working for the defense in this case and she decides not to see him for the rest on the case. Even though it is clear that the defendant is guilty, Michael is a much more charming expert witness and is doing a good job convincing the jury that the defendant is innocent. Brennan has a hard time connecting with the jury because of all the technical terms she uses. However, the next day Booth tells the prosecutor to bring up the disappearance of Brennan's parents so the jury will understand why she is so distant. When this happens everything turns around in this case and in the end the defendant is deemed guilty.moreless
David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams

Dr. Daniel Goodman

Lou Richards

Lou Richards

Dr. Barragan

Guest Star

Josh Hopkins

Josh Hopkins

Michael Stires

Guest Star

Keith Sellon-Wright

Keith Sellon-Wright

Brian Schilling

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: The court in this episode is identified as the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. However, the flag behind the witness stand is clearly a Maryland state flag.

    • Goof: In the scene where Brennan is talking to Goodman she has a pen in her hand and when Goodman sits down she puts the pen down. The camera then goes to Goodman, and when it comes back to Brennan you can see that she has the pen in her hand again, as if she had never put it down.

    • Goof: At around 32:21 on the DVD, after the statement "Sorry, I don't do this professionally," the shot goes to the jury. As it pans from the lady to the man there is a black format bar on the left of the shot, but as the camera moves the bar goes away.

    • Goof: During the interview with the parents of the dead girl, Brennan asks for photographs of the victim dancing or swimming. The mother looks through the album and hands Brennan a number of photos, but they are all head shots.

    • Goof: The nameplate on Dr. Barragan's desk reads Dr. Nicholas Skinner, M.D.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Hodgins: This is like watching cars mate.

    • (Brennan and Deaver talking about the jury with Booth nearby)
      Brennan: Well, you're underestimating their intelligence.
      Deaver: You're overestimating their ability to stay awake. When these S&M perverts walk on this, it'll be on your head.
      (Deaver walks away; Brennan turns to Booth)
      Brennan: Can you believe that!? (Booth looks very uncomfortable) What? You agree with her?
      Booth: Uh, not entirely.
      Brennan: Not entirely. So that means partly. Well, I was perfectly clear. Didn't you think I was clear?
      Booth: (hesitantly) Sometimes and um, sometimes you were…a little hard to follow.
      Brennan: What are you talking about? When?
      Booth: When you were...talking. (quickly) Listen Bones, I know you care about this case but I think you should let them see that.
      Brennan: So, I should perform?
      Booth: Just a little bit. Yeah, I mean, did you see how I portrayed myself as a no-nonsense, tough guy cop?
      Brennan: You are a no-nonsense, tough guy cop.
      Booth: (snaps his fingers) Exactly! And I think that it wouldn't hurt if the jury saw who you really are.
      Brennan: Well I don't know who you think that is Booth because this is who I really am...just this. (walks away upset)

    • Booth: Bones, you ok?
      Brennan: Why wouldn't I be?
      Booth: Cause the nutty professor has graded your paper. What did he give you anyway, huh? I was always happy with a B.
      Brennan: I never got a B and I never will. (storms off)
      Booth: That's my girl.

    • Brennan: Seeking sexual gratification through the manipulation of power. Probably the oldest of fetishes, Master-Slave. It's all about dominance.
      Booth: This sort of thing only comes up when the bloom goes off the rose, if you know what I mean.
      Brennan: I don't know what you mean.
      Booth: You know, when the regular stuff, when it gets old you need to spice it up, it's over. If the sex is good you don't need any help.
      Brennan: (big smile) That's for sure.
      Booth: I'm sorry?
      Brennan: I was agreeing.
      Booth: Yeah, well, don't, ok? It kinda freaks me out.
      Brennan: I was just saying that I myself feel no inclination toward either pain or dominance when it comes to sex.
      Booth: Are you sure?
      Brennan: Yeah, I'm sure.
      Booth: Cause you can be very bossy.

    • Hodgins: You were Brennan's professor.
      Michael: She was twenty-three. An adult.
      Hodgins: That's what Clinton said.
      Zack: Do you run through a lot of students?
      Michael: That was a long time ago, and Tempe was very advanced. More colleague than student.
      Zack: I'm a pretty advanced student ...
      Michael: No offense but um, I'm not interested. (walks away)
      Zack: No I meant me and her.
      Hodgins: (laughing) Ohoho, burn.

    • Angela: (to Brennan) So I spent the night at Todd's. You remember Todd, right? The bass player, big hands...big nimble hands.
      Brennan: Angela, I'm trying to piece together a skull.

    • Dr. Brennan: How I feel doesn't matter, my job doesn't depend on it.
      D.A. Levitt: But it's informed by it. Or are you as cold and unfeeling as you seem?
      (Dr. Brennan gets offended and pauses, but then resigns herself.)

      Dr. Brennan: I see a face on every skull. I can look at their bones and tell you how they walked, where they hurt. (gets slightly choked up) Maggie Schilling is real to me. The pain she suffered was real. Her hip was being eaten away by infection from lying on her side. Sure, like Dr. Sires said, the disease could contribute to that if you take it out of context. But you can't break Maggie Schilling down into little pieces. She was a whole person, who fought to free herself. Her wrists were broken from struggling against the handcuffs, the bones in her ankles were ground together because her feet were tied, and her side, her hip and her shoulder were being eaten away by infection. And the more she struggled the more pain she was in, so they (glares pointedly at the Costellos) gave her those drugs to keep her quiet, they gave her so much it killed her. These facts can't be ignored or dismissed because you (referring to the jury) think I'm (scoffs) boring or obnoxious, because I don't matter. (very emotionally) What I feel doesn't matter. Only she matters, only Maggie.

    • Booth: Do you want my coat or something? It's cold up here.
      Brennan: (still mad at him) If I did I'd ask for it.
      Booth: Yeah, sorry, and um, I'm sorry.
      Brennan: You had something to accomplish and you found a logical way of getting what you needed. I probably would have done the same thing. (She smiles at Booth and he smiles back)

    • Dr. Brennan: Um, I think I just want to work.
      Angela: Okay. (she leaves, then Booth enters)
      Booth: Hey Bones.
      Dr. Brennan: What is it? I'm not feeling very forgiving.
      Booth: Yeah I know but uh, we have a case. (smiles at her, then, in the next shot, they're at the crime scene)

    • Dr. Brennan: I'm a better forensic anthropologist than Michael Stires.
      Dr. Goodman: Which is why two years ago I hired you instead of him.
      Dr. Brennan: (shocked) Michael applied for this job?
      Dr. Goodman: Yes.
      Dr. Brennan: His credentials are better than mine.
      Dr. Goodman: Yes but you are the more rational reasoned empirical scientist and you care and if he tries to convince you otherwise, tell him to go to hell.

    • Booth: That's very kind of you. Let's talk about your new refrigerator.
      Mary: Why?
      Booth: Mainly, I would like to know what happened to your old one, huh?

    • Hodgins: This seems like an appropriate moment to discuss human goop.

    • Booth: Ok, call me later?
      Brennan: (smiles) I'm not working tonight. I have a dinner [with Michael].
      Booth: What? Wow. I just assumed that the two of you would be eating off an autopsy table.
      Brennan: Not tonight.
      Booth: I was being - tomorrow is fine, call me tomorrow.

    • Dr. Brennan: You could come down here you know.
      Michael: You could come up.
      Dr. Brennan: Half-way.
      Michael: As always.
      (Michael ends up going all the way down)

    • (Zack holds his fist up to Dr. Brennan)
      Zack: You're supposed to bump my fist with yours.
      Dr. Brennan: Why?
      Zack: I've been told it's a widely acknowledged gesture of mutual success.
      Angela: I love it when you two impersonate Earthlings.

    • Booth: You trained her well Doc.
      Michael: She's brilliant. A little cocky though.
      Booth: Yeah, tell me about it. Pretty good partner though. What you see is what you get. It's a rare quality. That's just between us, okay?

    • Prosecutor: Dr. Brennan is cold, distant, and alienating your honor.
      Brennan: Hey!

    • Brennan: You said we tell the truth. We do not flinch. You flinched, Michael.

    • Brennan: (to Joy) You're the reason civilization is declining.
      Joy: (to Booth) Talk to her.
      Booth: I kind of agree with her.
      (Joy walks away)
      Brennan: Thanks.
      Booth: I really don't agree with you. I just, I don't like her.

    • Joy: (to Brennan) Would it have killed you to speak English?
      Booth: For a people person, you're a little rude.

    • Brennan: Why didn't she say anything about you? You can be very irritating sometimes.
      Booth: Bones, she's an expert, just like you. She has an obvious personality disorder, but she wants to help.

    • Bones: Michael wanted to look at our equipment.
      Angela: I'm gonna let that one go.

    • Brennan: The body's going to be mostly decomposed.
      Angela: ...which is my cue to leave.

    • Booth: (to Brennan) Rather than open it myself and risk being trashed by you for contaminating the evidence, I decided to bring the whole refrigerator to you. (finishes with a big smirk)
      Hodgins: All we need is a toaster oven.

    • Angela: (referring to Brennan and Michael) Okay. A guy that gets her to stop working? This I have to see.

    • Brennan: The jury likes Michael better than they like me. Apparently that's a problem. Are they stupid?
      Dr. Goodman: Compared to you, yes. However, compared to you, most of the world is a little stupid.

    • (after Booth has given Hodgins and Zack a thumbs up)
      Angela: Did you just give Zack and Hodgins a sign of encouragement?
      Booth: Well, you know, that's the first time I have been able to look at them without imagining Moe knocking their heads together.
      Dr. Goodman: Agent Booth, you're accessing your inner squint.

    • Angela: (to Brennan, about Michael) Oh, wow! He cooks too! Can we share him?

    • Brennan: What? Is it so odd for everyone to see me with a man?
      (Everyone nods.)

    • (talking about the refrigerator)
      Zack: Good way to remove the victim without being detected. The rubber gaskets seal in the odor.
      Angela: Maybe the company should use that in their ads.

    • Brennan: The X in ex-lover is not a variable. It's a constant.

  • NOTES (4)


    • "The Girl in the Fridge"

      "Women in Refrigerators Syndrome" is a term used to describe a phenomenon in comic books when the hero's girlfriend gets murdered in a horrible, gruesome way. The phrase comes from Green Lantern #54 where the title character comes home to find his girlfriend murdered and stuffed in a refrigerator.

    • The jury consultant calls Brennan Klaatu the robot. This is a reference to the 1951 movie "The Day The Earth Stood Still". However in that movie, Gort was the robot and Klaatu was the humanoid alien.

    • Booth: Well, you know, that's the first time I've been able to look at them without imagining Moe knocking their heads together.

      A reference to The Three Stooges. They consisted of Moe, Larry, and Curly (and later Shemp). They were known for getting angry and hitting each other.