Season 5 Episode 10

The Goop on the Girl

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 10, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Booth and Brennan investigate the case of a man in a Santa Claus costume who tried to rob a bank but was blown up in the process. Meanwhile, Brennan's father Max asks Margaret, a distant relative of Brennan's, to spend Christmas with him and Brennan.

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  • Absolutely fantastic!

    This is the best episode of Bones which I've ever seen. I like it! Booth & Brennan and Christmas = absolutely fantastic !!! Thank you for that episode!

    I couldn't wait to see this episode. It was absolutely fantastic. I like that part when there's a xmas dinner at Brennan's house.

    The beginning of this episode is also great! I like that part when Santa come into a bank :D and after that he explodes before the bank.

    And in the lab, Brennan collects evidence :D and she says: Evidence for Hodgins and flesh for Cam. After that she takes off Booth's pants and Cam come in. :Dmoreless
  • Pretty good.

    I really enjoyed this episode, mainly because we get to see Booth in his underwear. Bones undressing him was classic. Not as good as the miseltoe kiss episode but a close second.

    Bones gets to meet a relative, played by real life sister Zooey, who is just as quarky as she is. It's a little bumpy at first but at the end they reach a middle ground. I would love to see more of this character but seeing as it took 4 years to get the scheduling to work, I don't see it happening again anytime soon.moreless
  • A man, dressed up as Santa Claus, not only robs a bank but got him self blown up in the process. Bones agrees to meet a distant relative and Camille is upset that her adoptive daughter does not want to spend Christmas with her.moreless

    This is probably my least favorite of the Christmas themed episodes. It is still a great episode, but was not nearly as good as it could have been.

    The murder-mystery itself never really generated much interest for me because I was pretty sure how it would turn out and who was probably forcing the man to rob the bank.

    The episode wants us to view the angry-eccentric guy on the radio as being morally responsible for the death of the bank robber. Heck, Booth looks at this man as being a traitor for expressing his opinions. I am sorry, but I just could not get too angry at the guy for expressing his viewpoints on the air.

    Maybe if we had actually heard more of what the man believes, but what little we hear just does not rise to the level of being un-American. Is the man on the radio Eccentric? Yes. Angry? Yes. Paranoid? Probably, but I am not sure that means he should stop his broadcasts and I just could buy the argument that he was somehow morally responsible for killing a bank robber.moreless
  • A Santa robs a bank and in the end seems to blow himself up. Bones, Booth, and the team need to figure this out before it happens again. Everyone is dealing with the holiday as well "even though Jesus was born in March"!moreless

    One of the more touching and poignant episodes of Bones in a long time. The end sequences really give one a sense of good will and peace at this holiday time. I especially loved the cemetery and the dinner scene. We also get to see Zooey Deschanel make an appearence as Tempe's second cousin. It was cute the many references to "is this your sister?" A nice holiday themed episode with the case interacting very well with the personal relationships on the show. This episode really features everyone. Of course one cannot forget to mention the Bones disrobing Booth to his skives scene which was promo-ed to death. David Boreanaz luckily keeps himself in pretty good shape so this comes off without a hitch!

    I have to admit the crime scene was one of the more gruesome I think we've ever seen with pieces of Santa Claus in everyones hair, etc.. Of course knowing what we know at the end it almost seems like just deserts to those involved.

    Has anyone else noticed the references to Jesus not being born in December coming up in a number of shows this holiday season? Of course that is a historical fact, but I find it sort of odd to be a recurring theme.

    The other little relationship stories with Cam and Michelle, Hodgins and Angela, Sweets and Daisy, and then finally Zooey, Bones, and their Father were nicely done. I would also like to point out the smaller but excellent performance of Dorien Missick who played the radio operator who brought a lot to his small but significant part. Excellent job!

    In a way I think this episode could be Emmy worthy even though I think that ship has sailed for this season. A very nice, comfortable, and endearing episode of Bones that one could watch over and over. It brings you a little bit of everything. This is my 800 episode review! Thanks for reading...moreless
  • A man in a Santa suite blows up after robbing a bank and Booth becomes part of the evidence. Brennan's cousin (Zoe Deschanel)and her dad join her for christmas and so do the rest of the gang.moreless

    I loved it as a christmas episode and even though I love David as if he were my own brother, I got to admit, one thing better than David is a half naked David! And I have to add, he looked great and the stylists had fixed his hair do so he was his handsome self again.

    As far as the plot goes, there were some mistakes like the unnecessary virtual rebuilt of the explosion that could have been spared and added to Hodgins's experiment, the story had some things to say. It's also true that the radio host could have continued his show and made it more moderate or at least used his freedom of speech more responsibly but the idea of peace on earth made it look more appropriate for the season and frankly I think we could all use some sympathy with the oh so many problems we have these difficult days.

    Moreover, Zoe's role was too small and she should return if possible because Brennan probably changed her character's perspective and things were left unfinished. Then again, it was a 40 minute show and we always expect too much.

    Anyhow, happy holidays to every one and may this great episode be the first of many for Bones and may peace happen at least on some parts of the earth.moreless
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Margaret Whitesell

Guest Star

Matt McTighe

Matt McTighe


Guest Star

J.J. Boone

J.J. Boone


Guest Star

Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

Max Keenan

Recurring Role

Carla Gallo

Carla Gallo

Daisy Wick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the opening scene the camera pans in on an area with flags flying outside it. Among the flags is the Canadian flag, which is normally only hosted in cities and towns in the U.S. which are very close to the Canadian border.

    • In-joke: The likeness (or lack thereof) between Temperance and her second cousin Margaret is hinted at several times during the episode. In real life, Emily Deschanel (Temperance) and Zooey Deschanel (Margaret) are sisters.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Michelle: You didn't get my present, did you?
      Cam: Still working on that.
      Michelle: Good. 'Cause I know what I want. Hawaii. The Big Island.
      Cam: That would be hard to wrap.

    • Brennan: Well, why do people hate to spend Christmas alone?
      Max: 'Cause it means nobody loves them.

    • Brennan: Dad, I'm- I'm going to do volunteer work in El Salvador.
      Max: Well, that means I'm gonna be alone for Christmas.
      Brennan: Well, wha- what about Russ and the girls?
      Max: Your brother is going to Orlando to spend the holidays with his in-laws, and I will be alone, and it'll be pitiful.
      Brennan: Well if I stay, then there'll be two of us alone, which is twice as pitiful.
      Max: Well that's interesting math.

    • Margaret Whitesell: I'm, Margaret.
      Brennan: There's no resemblance.
      Booth: What do you mean? You're both ... very beautiful.
      Margaret Whitesell: "Beauty and folly are old companions."
      Brennan: Told you! Benjamin Franklin.
      Booth: Right, right. Hey hey! Good old Ben, you know, he invented electricity and the 100-dollar bill.
      Margaret Whitesell: Neither one of those things is true.
      Booth: You're right, there's no resemblance whatsoever. Nice meeting you, Maggie.

    • Hodgins: Hey Booth.
      Booth: Yeah.
      Hodgins: Think I got something here.
      Booth: Oh great, join the party.
      Hodgins: Where's your chest hair?
      Booth: I'm highly evolved.
      Bones: His pubic extension is entirely within normal-
      Booth: (interrupting) Enough.

    • Booth: You know what, Bones? Sometimes I think your heart muscle is ... bigger than people give you credit for.

    • Daisy: Oh one more thing. I found this in Santa's twelfth rib.
      Hodgins: I'm never gonna make my flight.
      Daisy: I recommend celebrating in March.
      Hodgins: Thank you, Ebenezer.

    • Cam (walking in as Brennan is removing Booth's pants for evidence): Anyone for mistletoe?
      Brennan: I'm recovering evidence.
      Booth: Just evidence, that's all.
      Cam: Interesting.

    • Angela (as Brennan pushes an almost naked Booth by on a gurney): Uh, are we doing experiments on Booth? Because if so I'd, like to help.
      Booth: Make fun of the naked guy, knock yourself out.

    • Hodgins: Hey check this out. Explosive Unit guys loaned me these magnetized gloves. (excited) Oh these are so going on my Christmas list!

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: December 17th, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Spain: February 19th, 2010 on Fox
      Australia: February 28th, 2010 on Channel Seven/7HD
      Latin America: March 17th, 2010 on Fox
      Sweden: April 4th, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: August 26th, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: November 6th, 2010 on Sub
      Germany: November 11th, 2010 on RTL
      Slovakia: December 22nd, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: April 19th, 2011 on Prima

    • Ryan O'Neal (Max Keenan) and Zooey Deschanel (Margaret Whitesell) were credited as "Special Guest Stars" in this episode.

    • Featured Music:
      "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Bob Dylan (during the opening scene)
      "Snowfall" by Ingrid Michaelson
      "Star of Wonder" by Matt Alber (during the montage containing the funeral of "Santa")
      "O Christmas Tree" by Johnny Reno

    • Zooey Deschanel is show star Emily Deschanel's younger sister in real life.


    • Angela: (recreating the cab driver's reaction to the explosion) Yeah. Now, I can adjust his reaction times, but even when I go superhuman -- and I'm talking, like, Maverick and Iceman reaction times -- look at where the bone shrapnel lands.

      Angela is referring to the callsigns of the two best Navy fighter pilots from the 1986 action movie Top Gun -- Maverick (Lt. Pete Mitchell, played by Tom Cruise) and Iceman (Lt. Tom Kazanski, played by Val Kilmer).

    • Daisy: Oh, one more thing. I found this in Santa's twelfth rib.
      Hodgins: I'm never going to make my flight.
      Daisy: I recommend celebrating in March.
      Hodgins: Thank you, Ebenezer.

      Ebenezer Scrooge in the main character of Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol. He had been a cold-hearted man most of his life and hated everything related to Christmas and happiness, but after being visited by the three Ghosts of Christmas, he begged for a chance to change and was given an opportunity to repent.