Season 2 Episode 7

The Girl with the Curl

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The team investigates the death of a 9-year-old beauty pageant star. The girl's competitors' parents and siblings soon become possible suspects. Brennan makes a huge mistake when she and Booth visit a tap dancing class where they expect to find info on the killer. Back at the lab, Hodgins and Angela go on a date that actually goes well, despite what everyone else predicted.moreless

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  • I enjoyed this episode EXCEPT . . .

    Angela and Hodgins getting together was a travesty that should never be repeated. I actually stopped watching this show because I found that the two of them as a couple filled me with revulsion. Separate, I can handle them, even like them, but together, well, it's just nauseating. Their entire relationship seemed inauthentic and forced to me. Just recently, I started watching reruns of Bones again on TNT and I also started watching the actual Season 4 episodes, and I'm glad that I did, but when I watch the reruns, if Angela and Hodgins are in even a vaguely romantic scene together, I have to mute my tv and look away or just leave the room. I can't be the only one who hated their relationship this much, can I? Anyway, I would have given this episode a 9.5 if it wasn't for that awful swingset scene. I just pray pray pray they don't get back together during Season 5!moreless
  • A tearjerker…

    This case was really sad, I mean it's always sad when someone gets murdered, but I always find it worse when it is a child. In this case 9-year-old beauty pageant star was murdered and to top it off, she was murdered by another contested. So yeah this case really was a tearjerker. Hodgins and Angela finally have a date. I really like it how he took her to a swing for their first that was really sweet and thoughtful of him. Booth and Brennan were once again awesome, their interaction in this episode was just really cute. I especially love the ending, when he decides to stay with Brennan instead of going with Cam.moreless
  • A very disturbing episode about child beauty pageants.

    This episode touches on a subject I have incredible distaste for – child beauty pageants. What kind of sicko parent puts a 9 year old girl in make-up, dyes her hair and dresses her in skimpy clothing, tells her to act sexy, parading her for the world to gawk at?! Is it any wonder there are pedophiles when this is the kind of fodder they can feast on? Disgusting. Some people should never be allowed to procreate.

    As much as you hope it's the evil mother, it's actually a terrified 9 year old who panicked when she accidentally pushed Briana and Briana died. Again they never say what will happen to the child legally, but in this case it is so obviously an accident that probably (hopefully) no charges will be brought.

    Hodgins finally asks Angela out and despite the doom-and-gloom from Cam and Brennan, he does the incredibly sweet and thoughtful thing of taking her to swings. Hodgins has a great classic car. Terrified of a disaster, Angela pulls the plug, breaking Hodgins' heart.

    A very strong episode, very emotional.moreless
  • this was a good ep i thought

    in this ep of bones . they are called to water plant and a body washed up. and its a young girl and they do investgating and realize it was a beauty queen that dispperd a month ago. and they do more invesgating think it was the father but then it turns to the brother of another constent who is 17 and then they realize it not either one of them it turns too a mother of one of the contestest but its not her either then it turns out to be one of the contestest who killed her becasue she started to make fun of her and saying she wont win anything and then she pushed her and she snapped her neck from afall this was a good ep ithought oh and angleia and hogens went on a date that last very well but at the end they wanted to be friends incase anything went wrongmoreless
  • A 10 year old girl was found death, Hodgins and Angela go on a date.... Bones and Booth investigate beauty pageant contestants and girls mom...

    A 10 year old girl was found death, Hodgins and Angela go on a date.... Bones and Booth investigate beauty pageant contestants and girls mom... This episode was so cool. It was funny when Hodgins reacted on Angelas 'Yes, I'll go out with you'! What really took my breath was when Hodgins remembered what Angela said that she likes swings, so he took her to a park!

    That was so sweet!He is really thoughtful and caring.

    This thing with the case surprised me,it showed how moms can be bossy and outrageous when it comes to beauty pageants and kids can be so mean.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The name of the hotel that hosted the Beauty pageant from which Brianna disappeared is given as "The Hyperion." The fictional Hyperion hotel served as the premises for Angel Investigations through seasons 2-4 of Angel, in which David Boreanaz played the titular role.

    • The antibiotics that stain developing teeth also stain bone, but neither the bones nor the teeth are shown to have the characteristic yellowish coloring of Tetracyclines. Short-term use may not cause much discoloration, but if Brianna was taking Tetracycline for acne, it should have been obvious. Also, if she was self-conscious about the discoloration, why continue to take that antibiotic? There are others approved for acne.

    • Goof: At the very end when Booth and Brennan are talking, and he says she is "structured well" her hair goes from sweeping across her forehead to tucked behind her ears in the next shot without her moving it. (This is caused by different takes of the same scene being cut together to obtain the best performance)

  • QUOTES (27)

    • (Booth and Brennan are sitting in the lab's lounge, eating donuts, talking, when Booth sees Cam leaving the lab. He seems torn and exhales heavily)
      Brennan: You ok?
      Booth: (thoughtful and unsure) Yeah. I just, I remembered that I had an appointment. (He gets up preparing to leave)
      Brennan: (disappointedly) Oh, so I'll see you tomorrow?
      (Booth looks at Cam waiting downstairs and then looks at Brennan)
      Booth: No. You know, you have all the paperwork from the case right?
      Brennan: No, I was gonna stay, do it anyway, so -
      Booth: Nah, no, you know, it's our case, I wanna help.
      Brennan: You don't have to Booth.
      Booth: Bones, just drop it, ok? (in a Basso profondo) I'm here to help.
      Brennan: Well, what about your appointment?
      Booth: It's, you know, it's no big deal. I'll tell you what. How about I (he rests his arms upon the table while standing and leans in really close to her) order some take out and ditch these donuts.
      Brennan: (with a big smile) Sure.
      Booth and Brennan: Thai food.
      (They both smile at each other and share a moment)
      Booth: This time I'm ordering extra crab because last time you ate it all.
      Brennan: What? I thought you were done.

    • Jack: We haven't had the chance to talk today.
      Angela: Yeah. I was avoiding you.
      Jack: That whole swing thing wasn't good enough, right? 'Cause I can do better.
      Angela: It was perfect.

    • Angela: And what the great date tells us, is that when this goes wrong....
      Jack: It'll go really, really wrong.
      Angela So...we go back, right? Friends.
      Jack: Sure. Friends. Just one more question. What if it doesn't end that way? What if it doesn't go wrong?
      Angela: (tearfully) Friends.

    • Brennan: I mean, look at this. Millions of tax dollars are spent to clean and treat tap water, and yet people spend billions on bottled water.
      Booth: Well it's cleaner, look: It comes from a clean mountain stream.
      Brennan: Yeah, which contains fecal matter from animals.
      Booth: There's no...bones in it, though, is there? (mumbles) Don't want that in your water.

    • Booth: (to Brennan about Milk Blast bars) Are you kidding me? These are God's food!

    • Brennan: (on the phone with Booth) Hey it's me. Are you with Kristen Mitchell?
      Booth: Yeah. Uh, we're just uh, sittin' here, ya know. waitin' for a lawyer. Why?
      Brennan: Okay I need to know if her hips are even.
      Booth: Is that slang or do you really mean even?
      Brennan: Well stand behind her, place your hands on her hips, then move your hands up to her rib cage, gauging if it's an equal distance on each side.
      Booth: That is so not gonna happen.

    • Brennan: What's a Milk Blast bar?
      Cam: About the cheapest, worst ice cream bar you can get. Available only at Red Shed convenience stores.
      Booth: Hah!
      Cam and Booth: (singing) Red Shed, what 'ya needin' now, and how?
      Cam: (laughing) I thought they stopped making those!
      Booth: (laughing) I thought I just ate them all.

    • Booth: Did you learn anything?
      Brennan: Yeah, I learned about cankles, how about you?
      Booth: I found a possible suspect.
      Brennan: (notices the boy's boots) Cam and Zack said that Brianna was kicked with a steel-toed boot.
      Booth: Looks like my possible suspect just became our primary suspect.

    • Brennan: (to nine-year-old beauty queens) So yours is a cultural structure predicated in the equation of beauty with power. You instinctively align yourselves with someone who holds the greatest potential for a societal supremacy. It's a Darwinian pressure you're too young to bear.

    • Booth: So mom bound, starved and drugged her. (sarcastically) That's heart warming.

    • Hodgins: I found fragments of steel in the victim's jacket, there was also an excessive amount of polycyclic aeromatic hydro carbons.
      Cam: I assume that means something.

    • Booth: Okay, any luck with cause of death?
      Zack: No, post-mortem trauma makes estimation of cause difficult.
      Booth: Great. No would've been just fine.

    • Zack: (explaining why one mother couldn't be the killer) She has very nice, symmetrical buttocks.
      Booth: (whispered) Well yeah, I know that but um what does that have to do with anything?

    • Hodgins: (seeing Angela walk towards him) Hey! Don't come around again looking for a second chance. That was a one time offer, baby!
      Angela: Really? Hm.
      Hodgins: No what? No n-no-no not really I mean it never occurred to me that you would ... okay you talk now.
      Angela: I accept, going on a date with you, soon.
      Hodgins: Tonight?
      Angela: Wow that is soon.
      Hodgins: I don't wanna give you time to change your mind. What do you wanna do?
      Angela: You asked me. Figure it out.

    • Angela: Well I can't ask Cam.
      Cam: Can't ask Cam what?
      Brennan: Oh Hodgins asked Angela out on a date.
      Angela: Brennan!
      Brennan: Was it a secret? It was a secret!
      Cam: I just came to ask if you'd made any progress with the cellulose.
      Angela: No.
      Cam: (turning around to leave) Okay.
      Angela: Wait you can't pretend that you didn't hear about this.
      Cam: Fine. What'd you tell him?
      Angela: No.
      Cam: Why?
      Brennan: Because it would be a disaster!
      Angela: All of a sudden you have an opinion on this?

    • Brennan: You should never indulge in a romantic relationship with someone you work with.
      Cam: Why not?
      Brennan: Well, anthropologically?
      Angela: There's an anthropological answer.
      Brennan: In efficient work places predicated upon a simple hierarchy, romance undermines the hierarchy. This is like when I had an affair with my thesis supervisor in college.
      Cam: Don't think we have time for that. I say go.
      Angela: What about this hierarchical sexual thing.
      Cam: Won't be an issue. It's always fun to flirt in the work place, but out there when fantasy becomes a reality it's a drag.
      Brennan: What? The date will be bad?
      Cam: It will be awful. You'll both realize it's not meant to be, a couple of days of awkwardness, and then everything will go back to normal.

    • Brennan: If I were you I'd go with Cam on this one.
      Cam: (surprised) Why?
      Angela: (referring to Brennan's earlier statement) Phylogenetic systematics.

    • Booth: Did you argue with Brianna?
      Jeremy: You don't argue with a nine year old, you just call each other names.

    • Angela: Hodgins asked me out.
      Brennan: Is that why you're hiding in here?
      Angela: I'm not hiding. I need advice.
      Brennan: What? On a personal matter?
      Angela: Yes.
      Brennan: From me?
      Angela: Yes.
      Brennan: But, romance is sort of ... this is like me asking you advice on phylogenetic systematics.
      Angela: Phylogenetic systematics. I have no idea what that is.
      Brennan: Exactly.

    • (Booth and Brennan are eating donuts at the lab's lounge.)
      Booth: You know, Bones, I like to think that some place deep inside people really know what's important.
      Brennan: It's hard to believe when you see women trying to disguise or change themselves. I never understood that.
      Booth: Well, I mean ... no, of course you wouldn't.
      Brennan: (frowns) Why?
      Booth: It's just, you know, someone who looks like ... you ... well, wouldn't. (Brennan stares at him.) Just because of the way you look.
      Brennan: I don't understand. What ... way do I look?
      Booth: (stammers) Well, you know, you ... you're structured (takes a deep breath) very well.
      Brennan: (smiles slowly) As are you.

    • Hodgins: Could you ever do this to your kid?
      Angela: You know me I'm all about the swings. (long pause) Did you bring me something?
      Hodgins: Uh. Yeah, this was in the zippered pocket of what was left of Brianna's jacket. It's treated cellulose. Can you get any details from it?
      Angela: I'll give it a shot.

    • Hodgins: Listen, Angela, we've been dancing around this for months now, like 2 pieces of neodymium caught in a magnetic field.
      Angela: Is that good?
      Hodgins: Yeah but if the field weakens they fly apart, which is why I thought they should go on a date.
      Angela: Hodgins…
      Hodgins: You can't say you don't feel it. Come on we owe it to each other to give it a try.
      Angela: I-I just I don't think it would be a good idea. I mean we work together Jack.
      Hodgins: Angela.
      Angela: I'm sorry.
      Hodgins: You're making a mistake.

    • Brennan: You know, we all have aspects of ourselves we might wish were different.
      Zack: Yes, I wanted larger biceps before I became comfortable with my mental acuity.

    • Hodgins: (About the victim) What is she, a midget stripper?

    • Booth: So some twisted psycho killer gives this little girl a makeover before he kills her?

    • Angela: Childhood should be about swings.
      Zack: Swings?
      Angela: Yeah, you know how high can I go, if I twist the chains how fast will I spin.
      Hodgins: What if I try and jump off before the swing stops…
      Angela: Exactly.
      Hodgins: I miss that feeling.
      Angela: Yeah, me too.
      Brennan: I miss organic chemistry class.. those were good times..
      Zack: I miss my first microscope
      Booth: Yeah and I miss normal people!

    • Booth: What nine year old dyes her hair?

  • NOTES (5)

    • Kali Rocha (Jackie Swanson) had a recurring role (as the demon Halfrek) on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which David Boreanaz starred.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: February 13th, 2007 on TV3
      Spain: March 23rd, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      Finland: July 31st, 2007 on MTV3
      Belgium: October 5th, 2007 on RTL-TVI
      Germany: October 11th, 2007 on RTL
      Australia: December 6th, 2007 on Ch. 7
      Greece: August 28th, 2008 on Ant1

    • Featured Music:
      "Shake your Booty" by KC & The Sunshine Band (at the dance lesson)
      "I Got Rhythm" by Ethel Merman (during the competition, when Brennan observes the misses)
      "Mona Lisa" by Grant-Lee Phillips (at the end of the episode)

    • Lisa Thornhill and Kyle Gallner both guest-starred or starred on the show Veronica Mars. Lisa played Celeste Kane and Kyle played Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas.

    • Tamara Taylor was added to the opening credits.


    • Booth: Yeah, it's Booth. Listen, I need a search of any Red Shed convenience stores within a one-mile radius of the Hyperion Hotel.

      The Hyperion Hotel was the main setting of the show Angel during seasons 2-4. David Boreanaz (Booth) played the main character Angel in Angel.

    • Title: The Girl with the Curl

      An allusion to this nursery rhyme:

      There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead, and when she was good, she was very very good, but when she was bad, she was horrid.

      This refers directly to Brianna, who appeared to be a sweet little beauty queen, but was really a vicious competitor.

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