Season 2 Episode 13

The Girl in the Gator

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 2007 on FOX
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Brennan has to work with another agent - Agent Sullivan - while Booth needs to see a therapist. They investigate the death of a college freshman, who took part in a "Hottie Student Body" video and whose body is found in an alligator. Sullivan asks Brennan out.moreless

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  • Welcome to Dr Wyatt

    So Booth is in trouble for endangering passers by due to shooting a clown head on top of an ice cream van. But no one was in danger because he is a good shot. However he has to be assesed by a psychologist - Dr Gordon Gordon Wyatt, an Englishman who drinks tea!! This means that he and Bones are not working together and she goes off to the Everglades with agent Sullivan.

    The episode is patchy, like the curate's egg - some bits good, some bad. The suspects are predictable so are the murderers., and agent Sully doesn't seem half as good at his job as Special Agent Booth. Sully is too occupied with thinking of other ways to make a living and is hard to take seriously. No wonder Bones keeps ringing Booth though she does find Sully attractive and funny.

    The therapy sessions between Wyatt and Booth are interesting. Booth at first really frustrated and in the end being made to admit that he doesn' know whether he let Epps slip or it was inevitiable. When questioned about the number of men he has killed as a sniper, he shows his discomfort. His past is obviously something which preys on his mind.

  • I love the growth of Booth!!!

    Okay, I am so glad that they are delving into Booth's psyche. He has way more depth than he is credited for. I also really liked that Bones kept calling him to make sure Sullivan knew what he was doing. They really are partners, and they illustrated that in this show. She is always talking about how independent she is, but she always seems to go to Booth for advice, and support. I really like the way that their relationship is growing into a true partnership. In regard to the previews for next week, I also am so glad that someone notices how Booth feels for Bones, or how protective he is of her. The mistake that Angela made just broke my heart. She totally didn't mean to lead th father on, but the way she said it, I could tell that he was going to go after Monte. I am sure she is going to be feeling pretty guilty, and I wonder if the writers are going to do anything with that. All in all, this episode was another great installment, and I could go on for pages, but I will save my rambling. I just really appreciate where the writers are taking the characters. There are so many shows where people just do, there are no consequences or afterthought. I am glad that the human three dimensionality is the forefront of a show about murder, it is refreshing, and it keeps the attention, because if it was a "murder of the week" type show, the viewers would get bored, there is so much more going on, and that is what I love about my favorite show on television.moreless
  • It was boring....

    So Booth has to go see a therapist and Bones is with a new partner temporarily until his issues are dealt with.

    Sorry, but the chemistry and friction between Bones and Booth while they are solving crimes is what makes this show so great. I was totally yawning while watching the team solve the case. Which was disappointing considering how great last week's episode was.

    Although the case with a little interesting. The victim was a college freshman who had been in a "Hotty Student Body" video. "Hotty Student Body" is the fictional version of the "Girls Gone Wild" series. Those videos have gotten a lot of attention lately and I figured that sooner or later, murder case was going to be made on Bones or another crime show (CSI, Law & Order, etc.).

    Booth did reveal a lot of himself to the therapist but I think the couseling sessions would have been better if they were over several episodes. It seemed to be too dry when they made him to do over an entire episode.

    I am looking forward to a much better episode next week.moreless
  • A really annoying icecream truck clown is shot in the head. 3x. By Booth which = mandatory leave, visits to a shrink, & a new temporary FBI partner for Bones. Oh yeah, and a gator ate a girl who was behaving badly.moreless

    I really liked this episode; I was really looking forward to seeing how Brennan would work with her new partner, and I'm pleased to see that the writers continue to deliver more than I expected in terms of characters. This episode has plenty of funny spots, including Booth's interludes with his psychiartrist, Dr. Wyatt (skillfully played by Stephen Fry, whom I love), with whom Booth now has mandatory visits because of what I now call the 'Clown Incident'. Booth learns a new word or two: 'cogitate'; and delivers a couple of the episodes funniest lines (which of couse, must be heard in context) as he tries to get back to work:

    Booth: "I told the ice cream guy I was sorry, all right?" I even bought him a new clown head!'

    Booth: "Listen, I really gotta get back to my job, so why don't you sign one of those clown-restraining orders and just sign my paper?"

    Booth and Dr. Wyatt also share one of the episodes more serious moments, as when Dr. Wyatt finally presses Booth to examine the root of his responsibility for and guilt over the death of serial killer, Epps: Dr. Wyatt: "Did you let go of his hand, or did he slip out of your grasp?" Booth has to admit that he really doesn't know, and that marks the step forward in self-awareness that Dr. Wyatt was looking for in order to recommend Booth's return to active duty.

    The episode's mystery: the death of a young woman who's been caught up in the madness of Spring Break and the world of girls behaving very badly is a sad cautionary tale. But it also creates an opening for the the very funny line from Hodgins as he tries to explain to Angela and the gang just why he knows so much 'Hottie Bodies' website:

    Hodgins: "I clicked on a pop-up and got caught up in a 'pornedo'!"

    The ususal suspects in the persons of the soft porn media mogul (Monte Gold) and his creepy entourage, the preachy moralist, and the devastated father of the victim; the latter stalks and then terrorizes Angela, pressing her to confirm his suspicions about Monte's (the porn king) role in his daughter's death. When Monte is later found very very dead, I know who went right to the top of my suspect list…

    Bones and Sully (name is too freakin' close to Seely, causing my little brain to revolt) bond over diverse intellectual pursuits, and I see a sex-thing coming on for Bones in the near future.moreless
  • Booth shoots a clown and is sent to see a shrink.

    This episode is the first of the show that separates Booth and Brennan from investigating a case - and it is not recommended.

    It starts with Booth being bothered by a music-blaring ice-cream truck, shooting at it and has now to see a psychiatrist before being allowed back into the field.

    So Bones is on her way to Florida and paired up with Special Agent Tim "Sully" Sullivan (played by Eddie McClintock), to investigate the murder of a college girl who was eaten by an alligator.

    After a bumpy start Brennan and the new Agent solve the case and he asks her out, which starts the storyline which I like the least of the entire show.

    While Bones is busy investigating and flirting without him, Booth is trying desperately to get his shrink Dr.Wyatt (played by the brilliant Stephen Fry) to sign a paper that allows him back to work. He even has to built a barbecue for the doctor.

    "Girl in the Gator" is not an outstanding episode. It is still good but lives mostly on the interaction between Booth/Wyatt. I sorely missed the Booth/Bones interaction. It doesn't help that there is no chemistry between Bones and Sully, which becomes even more prominent in the following episodes.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

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

Dr. Gordon Wyatt

Guest Star

Eddie McClintock

Eddie McClintock

FBI Agent Tim Sullivan

Guest Star

Alex Winter

Alex Winter

Monte Gold

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: When Brennan and Sullivan are talking to a victim's father, she gives him a locket wrapped in an evidence bag. The father tells them it belonged to his deceased wife. A second later he continues speaking and he holds the locket in his hands. Once the locket was bagged and tagged as evidence, the father would not be allowed near it, much less remove it from the sealed bag.

    • The victim is identified as a student from Virginia State. The victim is Caucasian though, which would be quite unlikely at Virginia State since only 1% of their student body is Caucasian.

    • This is the first episode where Booth and Brennan don't work on the case together.

    • Goof: When the gator from the lake is brought up, the officer who shot it says that alligators do not eat fresh kills, but rather bring their prey underwater and 'tenderize' it for awhile before eating. He is mistaken in that alligators do eat fresh kills. However, as the officer mentioned, alligators and crocodiles take prey under water to drown it and sometimes store it.

    • Goof: In the opening scene, when Booth turns to shoot the clown, in the reverse camera shot he already has the gun raised and starts to shoot, without having enough time to retrieve it from his holster.

    • Goof: When Booth's pen runs out of ink in the opening scene, Brennan goes in her bag to get one, and in the next shot, without any time lapse, he already has the pen and has been writing with it.

    • Goof: In the very beginning, when Booth is trying to write down the flight information while walking with Brennan, the pad and pen he is writing with changes from being held up with his phone at his ear, and down being written on in front of him from the close shot to the reverse angle shot without a time lapse.

    • During the story Monte's bus driver admits to taking Alligator Alley to US 75 because of construction on US 95. That seems highly unlikely. US 75 is on the west coast of Florida while US 95 is on the East Coast. It seems like there'd be a shorter detour than that.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Dr. Wyatt: According to the FBI report, there was no way you could save Epps' life. Your partner's report says the same thing. An FBI sniper on the upside roof saw everything through his scope. According to all witnesses you have nothing to feel guilty about.
      Booth: (depressed) Yeah, so?
      Dr. Wyatt: So why in a fit of pique did you endanger innocent people in a public thoroughfare by discharging your firearm?
      Booth: I'm a good shot. I didn't put anybody in danger.
      Dr. Wyatt: How many people have you killed?
      Booth: I lost count.
      Dr. Wyatt: Oh, you could remember 180 bricks but not how many lives you've taken?
      Booth: Epps makes fifty.
      Dr. Wyatt: Fifty what?
      Booth: (weighed down) Fifty kills.
      Dr. Wyatt: But Agent Booth, you didn't kill Epps! You tried to save him, remember? Perhaps I better put it as a question: did Howard Epps slip from your grasp or did you release him? (Booth ponders the moment Epps fell in a flashback, he can't answer) Oh, come now man, this is a simple enough question. Was he indeed your fiftieth kill or did you just happen to be there when he died?
      Booth: (very vulnerable) I - I don't know.
      Dr. Wyatt: A man like you? In control of every situation and you don't know?
      Booth: I don't know...I had him and then I lost him and something happened in between. (almost in a whisper) I don't know.
      Dr. Wyatt: I believe you. Because for a man like you to admit you don't know, to relinquish control, that could indeed argue a disruption in yourself - that was large enough to motivate you to shoot a clown.

    • Dr. Wyatt: You tend to do things well, don't you? Make coffee, build BBQ machines.
      Booth: It's not really a machine.
      Dr. Wyatt: Solve crimes, raise a son, love women, leave women. Whatever you aim at you hit.
      Booth: Is that bad?
      Dr. Wyatt: By no means, of course not. Except ...
      Booth: Oh, okay, here we go. Let me have it, Doc.
      Dr. Wyatt: Except it is indicative of a need to control your environment.
      Booth: Again I ask, is that bad?
      Dr. Wyatt: No, of course not, no. Except ...
      Booth: Except?
      Dr. Wyatt: Except when you shoot a clown.
      Booth: You know, you make it sound like he was walking around making balloon animals.
      Dr. Wyatt: For the most part your rebellions are small.
      Booth: Rebellions?
      Dr. Wyatt: The colorful socks, the funky belt buckle. They're a mechanism, quiet rebellions. A way of asserting your personal control over a homogenizing organization like the FBI. But shooting a clown is not a quiet rebellion. Shooting a clown is quite literally deafening.

    • (Booth and Brennan talking on the phone. Brennan has another call coming in)
      Brennan: That's Sully calling right now. (hesitant) We're, uhm, we're doing, you know, what we did.
      Booth: (a little worry in his voice) You know, I'll be back soon.
      Brennan: Ok. I'll talk to you later.
      (Booth hangs up and remains thoughtful and slightly worried)

    • (Booth is knocking at Dr. Wyatt's door)
      Booth: Hi.
      Dr. Wyatt: Did we have a schedule?
      Booth: Listen, I really need to get back to work, so why don't you give me one of those clown restraining orders and just sign my paper?
      Dr. Wyatt: Have you had an insight then as to why you shot at that clown?
      Booth: (Booth's cell rings) Yeah. You know what? I've had some insight. It's right here. (pointing at the display of his phone) That's my Bones calling, my partner.

    • Booth: Dr. Wyatt.
      Dr. Wyatt: Ah, Agent Booth is it? Yes, Gordon. Gordon Wyatt. (extends his hand to Booth but instead of his hand Booth pulls out a piece of paper from his back pocket)
      Booth: Great. You the shrink?
      Dr. Wyatt: Shrink, yes, meaning psychiatrist.
      Booth: That's great, Doc. How's about you just sign my piece of paper here and I'll get back to work, right?
      Dr. Wyatt: Certainly. (Booth hands him a pen) No, no, I have a pen. Do you mind if I ask what exactly it was that you did?
      Booth: Yeah, I shot a truck.
      Dr. Wyatt: Ah, full of terrorists no doubt or plutonium or fleeing felons, was it?
      Booth: Nah, it was an ice cream truck.
      Dr. Wyatt: You have a good reason for firing on it?
      Booth: Yeah, the music, it was bothering me.
      Dr. Wyatt: Ah.
      Booth: Yeah, there was a speaker in the clown's mouth? Yeah, I just pulled out my gun, you know, bum-bum-bum. It was gone.
      Dr. Wyatt: (folding the paper without signing it) So, the FBI sent you to me because you shot a clown?
      Booth: Not a real clown.
      Dr. Wyatt: (handing Booth the paper back) I suggest you cogitate on the underlying reasons why you shot that clown while I make us some tea. (goes into the house)
      Booth: Cogitate? Tea?

    • Bones: (After Booth shot the ice cream truck) That was NOT good!

    • Monte: Unbelievable, you people, what is it now!!
      Sully: Hey, hey cool your jets Hef, we just want to search your bus.

    • Brennan: (Asking Monte about his trip from Ft. Lauderdale to Daytona) Any girls ride with you?
      Monte: As much as I hate to disappoint you, uh...fact is I'm not entertaining like I used to.
      Sully: (Sarcastically) Aahh, getting too old to exploit little drunk girls?
      Monte: You seen the videos? They exploit themselves.

    • Booth: I told the ice cream guy I was sorry, alright, I-I-I even bought him a new clown head, so just sign the paper. (tries to hand the pen and waver to Dr. Wyatt)
      Dr. Wyatt: I must apologize, but I've got to go off and get some ingredients for my mortar. Um, why don't we reschedule?
      Booth: We can't reshcedule, alright, I-I-I got to get back to work.
      Dr. Wyatt: Oh, well, in that case, um ... why not finish off uh preparing this area here. Could you do that? All the specifications are on the plans. You are fit for physical labor aren't you, I mean the uh clown didn't return the fire did it?
      Booth: (gets up and throws down the pen) Oh, yeah and uh what if I said the plastic clown did fire back huh?
      Dr. Wyatt: Brilliant! Now, while I'm gone what I want you to do is to consider what you were really aiming at when you drew a beat at that unfortunate clown.
      Booth: Hey buddy, when I aim at something, I hit it.
      Dr. Wyatt: Precisely.

    • Sully: Okey-doke, well, if you're doing this, then there is a boat for sale that I'd like to check out.
      Brennan: Boat?! Booth helps.
      Sully: Because Booth can't relax.

    • Monte: Has God even fed you today Isaac?

    • Brennan: (Talking to Monte) You know, anthropologically speaking, you follow a very ancient tradition.
      Monte: Okay...Entrepreneur?
      Brennan: (Pointedly) Pimp.

    • Dr. Wyatt: You know what? I'm in America. We are men. Let's drink coffee, not tea, ay? (examining Booth's handiwork) Oh, I say. Marvelous job.
      Booth: Thank you. (takes a sip of the coffee) That's not coffee.
      Dr. Wyatt: Ah, what is it?
      Booth: I don't know what the hell it is, but it sure as hell isn't coffee, Doc.

    • Monte: (pointing at Brennan) This is you, isn't it?
      Brennan: Please don't point your finger at me.
      Monte: I knew the first time I saw you, here comes another feminist crusader, out to spoil some good, all-American fun. (shoves his hand close to Brennan's face; Brennan grabs his hand and twists it around his back) OW! Get off, get off!
      Brennan: (to Sully) Self defense, he assaulted me.
      Sully: Yes, he did.

    • Dr. Wyatt: Earlier you said you weren't used to drinking tea with men which suggests to me that you're usually pretty rigid in your assignment of gender roles.
      Booth: What? No, no. My partner is a woman, okay? A woman who needs my help.
      Dr. Wyatt: But are you currently involved with anyone?
      Booth: Just broke up with someone, okay? Me. And I ended it.
      Dr. Wyatt: How long had you been involved with her? Or him.
      Booth: Her! Let's get that straight, okay? Her. Couple of months this time.
      Dr. Wyatt: This time?
      Booth: We'd gone o- we'd gone out, b-before a a f-few years ago, and I, I, ya know, we ah, I broke it up when ah, ya know, my ex wanted to give it another go. Ah! That's it. I shot the clown because I can't let go of the women in my life. Thanks, Doc. Alright. Now I can go back to work and you can sign the (faking a British accent) papa.
      Dr. Wyatt: Excellent theory, but quite wrong! And, we're out of time. Tomorrow I'll wait for you?

    • Abigail: I thought maybe she'd hooked up.
      Brennan: (confused) Hooked up? (to Sully) Hooked up? Oh. With anyone in particular?
      Abigail: We met so many guys, you know how it is.
      Sully: I'm guessing she doesn't.

    • Sully: Okee doke. Ah, I'm gonna go grab a slice, so gimme a call when you've got an ID. (walks away)
      Brennan: (calling after him) Her name is Judy Dowd.
      Sully: Shouldn't you at least look at the x-rays before deciding that?

    • Cam: Sully!
      Sully: Cam! Look at you, in charge of moon base alpha here!
      Cam: And you're still a G-man! What happened to that restaurant you were gonna open, or was it a...petting zoo?

    • Angela: I knew it was a gator. Brennan told me it was a gator. And yet ... wow.
      Hodgins: Definitely confirms one thing. We have the coolest jobs ever.

    • Sullivan: Dr. Brennan?
      Brennan: Agent Sullivan?
      Sullivan: Uh huh. Name's Eugene.
      Brennan: Oh, okay Eugene.
      Sullivan: No. Not me. I'm Sully. Short for Sullivan.

    • Brennan: Is there an actual human victim?
      Sullivan: Inside Eugene.

    • (Brennan is in Florida talking on the phone to Booth who is in Washington)
      Brennan: I thought you said you'd be down on the next flight.
      Booth: I haven't met with the shrink, yet.
      Brennan: What shrink?
      Booth: Well, the department psychiatrist has to sign a piece of paper saying, you know, that I am not nuts before I get my gun back, so I got an appointment tomorrow.
      Brennan: (sarcastically) Great, now I have to break in this Agent Sullivan?
      Booth: Sully's a great guy, okay. And for your information, you never broke me in.

    • Zack: How would someone eat gold?
      Angela: Not eat, drink. Goldenrod.
      Brennan: Goldenrod?
      Angela: It's this 100 proof cinnamon schnapps that we drank in college. It's infused with real gold flakes, purely for decadence sake.
      Brennan: How did it taste?
      Angela: Well, it's way worse coming up. I can tell you that.

    • Monte Gold: They all want to be a Hotty Body - I walk into a place and the shirts fly off, making what used to be a rush kinda, I don't know, mundane.
      Brennan: Because you objectify them - you never see what makes them human.
      Monte Gold: (laughs incredulously) Man, you have to spend all day with her?
      Sully: Yeah, an actual woman - you ought to try it sometime.

    • Angela: (to Zack) Just because you have a doctorate now doesn't mean I won't use you as a swizzle stick.

    • Hodgins: I clicked on a pop-up, and got caught in a pornado.

    • Sully: You can only admit evidence that is in plain view, although in this bus that could be DNA on virtually any surface.
      Dr. Brennan: That's an image.

    • Dr. Wyatt: You know, in an effort to understand your culture better I've been trying to embrace this very American practice of preparing meat in the garden.
      Booth: Barbeque.
      Dr. Wyatt: Hmmm, it's a delightful word isn't it? Barbeque.

    • (Dr. Wyatt is pouring tea into some cups)
      Booth: You are really English.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      Spain: May 4th, 2007
      Belgium: November 16th, 2007 on RTL-TVI
      Germany: November 29th, 2007 on RTL
      Saudi Arabia: January 19th, 2008 on ShowSeries
      France: Friday March 14th, 2008 on M6
      Denmark: Tuesday April 3rd, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: Thursday May 15th, 2008 on Channel 7
      Finland: Friday, August 1st, 2008 on Sub

    • Stephen Fry was billed as Special Guest Star.

    • The writers on the FOX website said that this episode was "part cautionary tale, (the booze, partying, and spring break part) and part comment on the insidious hypocrisy of moral judgment (the preacher part)."


    • Hodgins recognizes the victim as an "HSB girl" from the Hottie Student Body website. This is a parody of Girls Gone Wild, the infamous series of girls exposing themselves on film.

    • Sully: Cam! Look at you, in charge of moon base alpha here!
      Cam: And you're still a G-man!

      and also later

      Dr. Gordon Wyatt: (Telling Booth how he wants his steak done) Medium-rare please, Mr. G-Man.

      G-Man is a nickname for an FBI agent. It literally means G(overnment)-Man.

    • Monte: Unbelievable, you people, what is it now!!
      Sully: Hey, hey cool your jets Hef, we just want to search your bus.

      This is an allusion to Hugh Hefner, referred to colloquially as "Hef" who is the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine. He has become an icon of American sexuality and a spokesman for the sexual revolution and of libertarianism.

    • Dr. Wyatt: Oh, splendid, so it was your father who taught you to read plans was it?
      Booth: Wrong tree doc, Dad and I were tight.

      This is an allusion to the saying "You're barking up the wrong tree", meaning that Booth had no problems with his father and that was not the issue that caused him to shoot the clown.

    • Sully: Cam, look at you. In charge of Moonbase Alpha here.

      and later

      Sully: Here, take one of these back to that spaceship.

      This is a repeated reference to the 70s sci-fi series Space: 1999.

    • Dr. Wyatt: A truck that is the "Heartbeat of America"...
      Referring to one of the many slogans of Chevrolet. Chevrolet currently offers over twenty vehicles ranging from subcompacts to commercial trucks. The Silverado pickup truck is the second-bestselling truck in the U.S., and the Impala is the number one bestselling domestic car.

    • Sully: It's the last thing you said to Monte, Isaac, "His judgment cometh, and that right soon." That's not even a Bible verse, the judgment thing, it's a line from Shawshank!

      "Shawshank" refers to the prison and movie, The Shawshank Redemption. This movie was based on the novella "Hope Springs Eternal: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" from the book Different Seasons by Stephen King. The saying Sully quotes was a cross stitch done by the warden's wife in church group.