Season 2 Episode 20

The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 09, 2007 on FOX
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Glowing bones are found in an old stone house, and Brennan and Booth are called in to investigate. They find that strangely, the bones are not radioactive and lack any other explanation for why they would be glowing. With the victim identified, the team sets off to figure out the murder mystery.moreless

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  • Liked it, lots of red herrings but boils down to several of the good old fashioned motives.

    Unorthodox episode but it worked: jealousy, sex, adultery and murder, with some red herrings thrown in (forgive the seafood reference). I also liked the personal but understated touch of Brennan knowing Carly. One of the strengths of the series is always personal involvement but within limits (see the overdone Sully storyline).

    Took Hodgins a while but thanks to Booth, he figured Angela out. By giving her freedom, it was proof how much he loved her. Guess we're going to a wedding! Loved Hodgins plan for the honeymoon, very romantic – Hodgins has a very creative romantic side, he never goes with the obvious and that's how he won Angela's heart. Seriously, who would think to take their first date to a children's playground? He's one of a kind.

    I liked the story and the Angela/Hodgins stuff was lovely. Nicely done.moreless
  • Another very solid episode, which will definitely lead to a good season finale.

    Another very solid episode, which will definitely lead to a good season finale.

    When Hodgins thought that it is better not to ask Angela to marry him since she was always refusing, Angela tells him that she will marry him and marry him very quickly inside the month. And not only that she wants a big wedding. And with Hodgins chequebook one is guaranteed a huge wedding.

    Bones and Booth are always becoming closer and closer. They care a lot for each other and make really good partners. I really would like to see them as a couple. It will definitely be one of the best couples on TV.moreless
  • To marry or not to marry?!?

    I love this episode, it has everything, the final acceptance of Hodgens marraige proposal, the end scene with 'be my love' is so sweet!!! makes me cry everytime. Brennan re-affirms all the reason she hates marriage, but she goes on about it so much it, like theres going to be a turn around? kind of the feeling of the more you go on about how much you hate something it turns out you really love it? who knows! I love cam in this episode too, she basically keeps cathing Jack and Angela 'jumping' each other, but she shows the nice side to her authority held position! like she is finally becoming one of them and becoming their friend. Brennan and booth at the end with the mac and cheese is so cute aswell!! The way they look deep into each other eyes is so fasinating!! Science and story dead on as usual, the mystery will keep you guessing until the end.moreless
  • WOW.....Glowing Bones!

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When a body is found glowing (possibly from radiation), Booth and Bones are called in to investigate. But when the room/building is checked, they find no radiation there. Back at the lab, they manage to ID the victim, as a celebrity Chief. We also learn that Bones knew the victim, as she had been to her restaurant a couple of times. When they go to see her husband, they learn that her friend is also missing. They then find the car of the missing girl Abby, and they find her in the boot of the car, alive but barely. She comes round in the hospital, and so Booth and Bones go to question her. We learn that they were attacked in the car, but she can't remember anything else, until she woke up in the boot of the car. DNA tested from inside of the car, matches that of Abby's boyfriend, Ben. Soon when they look over her medical records, they find out that Abby's story isn't as it seems. Soon it becomes obvious that Abby killed Carly, after learning that she was having an affair with Abby's boyfriend, Ben. When Hodgins makes a sign for Angela, which says "Be my love" she accepts his proposal (even though it isn't one). He starts to suggest places to get married and she says it has to be next week. We end with Bones making Booth a meal in her apartment.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of bones bones and booth are called to a scene becasue a body was found glowing. and they thought it was radiation. and they must investgate to figuor out what happen and they do work they realize it was a huge chif that was murderd. and they first look to the husband and they realize he did not do it. and then they looked to a old friend of hers. and then they cleared him and then it lead back to her best friends husband but then they realized that she was killed by a saramic knife that broke apart from the stabbing and her bones were only glowing from a bacteria from fish. and then they realized it was her from a affair with her friends husband. this was a good epmoreless
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

Hillary Tuck

Hillary Tuck


Guest Star

Brian Hallisay

Brian Hallisay

Ben Michaelson

Guest Star

Dan Martin

Dan Martin

Homeland Security Major

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Booth is at the sushi restaurant, the "sushi" he is eating in the scene is actually pieces of fruit, including an apple and a banana.

    • Goof: Different characters refer to Michaelson's character as either being in the Reserves or the National Guard. These are two different entities within the US Army.

    • Goof: When Booth is walking away from his conversation with Hodgins about marriage, he is not looking and runs into the edge of the partition. You can see him jolt if you watch closely.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (Booth and Brennan talk about catching Carlie's murderer)
      Brennan: We do this all the time, you know, I should be used to it. It shouldn't bother me.
      Booth: No, it should. (looks at her for a while) Was she really gonna teach you how to cook?
      Brennan: Yeah. I've always understood the basics of cooking, the physics of it, but Carlie said she was going to show me what it was really about. To her, she said, it was a way of ... well, she said loving, but then, she was prone to hyperbole.
      Booth: Well, hey, I mean, that's what family dinners are all about, right? Those are some of my, my best memories.

    • Brennan: You still torturing Hodgins?
      Angela: He loves it.
      Brennan: Just tell him "No." Put him out of his misery.
      Angela (laughs lightly): What if I want to say "Yes"?
      Brennan: You, get married?
      Angela: Sometimes your brain just shuts off because you're in love.

    • Cam: (after walking in on Angela and Hodgins making out again) Doesn't marriage destroy sex? Please, Angela, say yes!

    • (Cam walks in on Hodgins and Angela kissing)
      Cam: Oh good lord, you have to stop mounting each other in the office.

    • Booth: You know, you should let me help.
      Bones: No, cleaning up, you can do that. (brings over a hot plate of the famous macaroni)
      Booth: (sarcastically) Great- (shocked and giddy) Wow, hee hee, mac and cheese, wow, Bones, this looks fantastic.
      Bones: Yeah, really?
      Booth: Yeah, I mean, you-you shouldn't have done all this work just for me.
      Bones: No, I mean, it wasn't that much.
      Booth: (takes a bite) Mmm, this is unbelievable.
      Bones: You like it?
      Booth: I'd like to be alone with it. (they both chuckle)
      Bones: She told me I could go with my instincts, so I put in a little fresh-ground nutmeg.
      Booth: Well, she taught you well. (really blown away) Thanks Bones.
      Bones: (brushing it off) Yeah, well, you know, you have to eat right?
      Booth: Yeah, gotta eat, always gotta eat.

    • Hodgins: Look, Angela, I've been thinking, and you're not like anyone I've ever known, and I don't want that to change, so I'm taking you the way you are, no strings.
      Angela: And the smell?
      Hodgins: P. phosphoreum.
      Angela: Ugh, the fish bacteria.
      Hodgins: Close your eyes. (puts her hand over her eyes and starts to lead her over to the table) Be careful.
      Angela: Yeah.
      Hodgins: Okay, keep em closed. (turns off the lights) Okay.
      Angela: (uncovers her eyes and looks down to "Be My Love" spelled out in glowing fish bacteria) Yes, yes, let's get married.
      Hodgins: No, no, no no, this is not a proposal.
      Angela: I know, that's why I'm asking you.
      Hodgins: Huh?
      Angela: What you said here, that we're enough, (starts to tear up) just this, no pressure for more, that's all that I ever wanted. Hodgins, say something!
      Hodgins: You're insane.
      Angela: Is that a yes?
      Hodgins: Absolutely. (kisses her) Okay, okay, um ...
      Angela: Yeah.
      Hodgins: Alright, how about Italy, Italy in the spring, Umbria.
      Angela: No, right away, next week.
      Hodgins: We cannot get a wedding together in a week.
      Angela: We have to, one week, I could change my mind, it's up to you.
      Hodgins: Oh-yeah, just a small little thing then.
      Angela: No, big, I want a big one.
      Hodgins: Totally insane! (they kiss)

    • Cam: Booth?
      Booth: Yeah, Booth, talk to me squints, as close to English as possible.

    • Bones: I am not as cold as everyone thinks, Booth.
      Booth: Okay, that was a leap.
      Bones: Just because I think marriage is an antiquated ritual doesn't mean that I don't want Angela and Hodgins to be happy. I have an appreciation and a need for emotional and physical intercourse, just like you.
      Booth: (slightly uncomfortable) Yeah, sure, I mean, okay, good for you with that.
      Bones: Did I make you uncomfortable?
      Booth: No, not at all, I just want to focus, let's just focus on the case.
      Bones: I did make you uncomfortable.

    • Booth: Abby just ... (Hodgins suddenly hugs him; he continues very uncomfortably.) ... woke up. I need you to find out what that stuff is, okay? (pries off Hodgins' arms) Um ... it's so much easier just to fight and shoot guns.

    • Booth: You're done with Angela?
      Hodgins: No, but, hey I fell in love with a free spirit, and if getting married makes her feel trapped or something, then I'm just gonna have to deal with it.
      Booth: Right, so you don't want to get married anymore.
      Hodgins: Sure I do.
      Booth: (frustrated) You know what, this whole ceramic stuff was making more sense to me.
      Hodgins: But Angela doesn't. And I don't wanna drive her away like you did with Rebecca.
      Booth: Woah, I did not drive Rebecca away. We both agreed that it wasn't right.
      Hodgins: After you asked and she said no.
      Booth: Well, when you say it like's-
      Hodgins: (feeling enlightened) If it had been right, it wouldn't matter if you were married or not, would it? Because you'd have a life together.
      Booth: Great then, why not get married?
      Hodgins: Cause then we wouldn't be able to be together. See? This is all becoming so clear now.
      Booth: Ha, not really.
      Hodgins: You put on that macho front but inside you understand.

    • Angela: You know when I said before that you were the difficult friend inside my head, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
      Bones: Yeah, I know that sharing a strong emotional attachment with another human being can be a good thing, but there seems to be a disconnect between my mind and ...
      Angela: You know, I-I shouldn't have brought up Sully before, I'm sorry.
      Bones: It's just ... if a relationship seems more than casual, I feel that I need to posit the potential problems, probabilities of success and failure or -
      Angela: You get scared.
      Bones: (nods yes) But I miss so much, don't I?
      Angela: I want to say no, but yeah, you do, and so does whoever you're keeping yourself from.

    • Hodgins: Unidentified particulates, the two sweetest words I know.
      Cam: I don't even want to think about your pillow talk with Angela.

    • Hodgins: Maybe whoever did this saw what he'd done and lost the stomach for it when it came to Abby.
      Cam: (Cam's light picks up some trace) Hello, possible semen and vaginal contributions.
      Hodgins: (Disgusted) Cause this wasn't nasty enough.

    • (Dan rushes at Booth, Booth catches his arm and slams him on the counter)
      Booth: (Talking about Abby) She got caught up in the middle...
      Dan: Get off of me!!
      Bones: You know, I'd back down if I were you, he shot a clown once.

    • Angela: Haven't you ever just looked at a guy, and said screw it? I mean, maybe not the best choice of words okay, but, like when you were with Sully, don't you regret letting him go?
      Bones: I made a decision. Regret serves no real purpose. If you want to be impulsive why don't you just say yes?
      Angela: Because I've also got you in my head telling me that marriage will hobble my personal and legal freedoms. You're a very difficult best friend to have.

    • Angela: (After Cam breaks up a makeout session of Angela and Hodgins) We were working.
      Cam: You were working it.

    • Booth: How'd you get in?
      Bones: I'm a best selling author, Booth, I get in anywhere.

    • Cam: One perfect fingerprint.
      Booth: Unbelievable, all from fabric softener.
      Cam: Rehydrates dried tissue and fights static cling.
      Booth: (Bewildered) Ah, geez, Puffy Soft, 21 loads, look at that.

    • Booth: Oh, you think all a man wants is sex.
      Cam: No of course not, beer too...chips...salsa.

    • Bones: Still no answer for the luminescent bones?
      Hodgins: It's not like we get a human lightbulb in here everyday.

    • Booth: (After they confirm there is no radiation) Why is she glowing?
      Bones: I have no idea, no idea at all.

    • Bones: You know, Angela turned down Hodgins again.
      Booth: What?
      Bones: Hodgins proposed, Angela turned him down.
      Booth: You really want to talk about that now?
      Bones: Why not? There's been no confirmation of danger yet.
      Booth: It's just you know, weird, you know, talking about uh, marriage when we're trying to avoid radiation poisoning.
      Bones: No, what's weird is Angela thinking about marriage at all.
      Booth: People fall in love and they get married. That's what people do.
      Bones: Thought you didn't want to talk about it.
      Booth: Well, I'm just believe in love don't you?
      Bones: I believe that dopamine and norepinephrine stimulate euphoria because of certain biological triggers, like scent, symmetrical features...
      Booth: (Sarcastically) Symmetrical features?
      Bones: Yeah, it's an indication of a good breeder. You appear to be a very good breeder.
      Homeland Security Guy: (Chuckles) How long have you two been going out?
      Booth & Bones: We're...(They turn to look at each other and smack their anti-radiation suits together)
      Bones: We're partners...that's it.
      Booth: Partners.
      Homeland Security Guy: Me and my partner talk baseball.
      Booth: (Bones walks away) You may not want to admit it Bones, but there's some things, like love, that just can't be measured in your lab.

    • Angela: Fame is creepy.

    • Booth: See, uh, bodies, they don't usually glow.

    • Zack: (Irritated) Why am I always the murder victim?!
      Hodgins: (Points at a chair) Sit!

    • (Booth points to glowing skeleton)
      Booth: Okay, squint squad. Why does she look like a glow stick?

  • NOTES (7)

    • According to the DVD commentary on this episode, in the final scene David was served a normal 'mac n' cheese' whilst Emily's was a vegan dish to which truffles had been added. Steve, the sound man, tasted both and reckoned Emily's was better.

    • For this episode viewers could log on to Myspace and find out more about the victim and suspects and solve the case on their own.

    • Emily Deschanel requested not to have any kissing scenes in this episode because her father directed it.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 on TV3
      Spain: Friday, June 22nd, 2007
      Belgium: Friday, January 4th, 2008 on RTL-TVI
      Germany: Thursday, January 31st, 2008
      France: Friday, April 5th, 2008 on M6
      Australia: Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 on Seven
      Finland: Friday, September 19th, 2008 on Sub

    • Music:
      "Limbomaniacs" by Zeb
      "Loves In The Air" by Juan Maclean
      "Going Home" by Mozella
      "Cannonball" by Damien Rice (when Abby confesses in the hospital)

    • This episode was originally titled "Glowing Bones in the Cove." However, during shooting, the location of the bones was changed from a cove to an old stone house, prompting the episode's name change to "Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House."

    • Caleb Deschanel, who directed this episode, is the father of Emily Deschanel (Brennan).


    • Booth: (seeing Cam cutting a finger off a corpse's hand) Oh my God. What are you doing? Plugging a dike or something? This is a reference to the Dutch boy who saved his country by sticking his finger in a leaking dike. This story is told in Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates, a novel by the American writer Mary Mapes Dodge, which was first published in 1865.

    • The Waitomo caves, as mentioned by Zack, are in the Waikato region in New Zealand and are a major tourist attraction due to their stalactite and stalagmite displays, as well as their glowworm populations.

    • Booth: Okay, what are we missing here?
      Cam: The Stooges.

      This is an allusion to the Three Stooges, a slapstick comedy trio, who made people laugh by essentially slapping each other and inflicting slight physical pain that was over exaggerated.