Season 2 Episode 18

The Killer in the Concrete

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 04, 2007 on FOX
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Booth and Brennan investigate the case of a partial skeleton found in cement. Booth thinks a member of a crime family - Hugh Kennedy - is to blame, but when he hears word that Hugh was burnt to death in a car things get more complicated. Booth finds out that Hugh is actually alive, but then gets kidnapped by him. Brennan must now find Booth before he is hurt, but this is harder to do than she thinks, and she ends up going to great lengths to get Booth back safely.moreless

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  • A cracking episode

    Once again it wasn't so much the crime which took centre stage but character development.

    Brennan and Booth are working apart on this case and Booth gets into deep trouble. The extent to which Brennan cares for him is shown in the lengths she goes to trying to find him. For a start she gets help from her father despite her ambivalent feelings about him. Towards the end her attitude is beginning to change as she becomes uncertain if she should call him in next time he appears.

    The affection that the squint team have for Booth is shown in their desire to find out where he is despite Zack pointing out that they find evidence and Booth interprets it and they are no good at interpreting.

    Booth takes a heck of a beating, and is tortured as well but won't reveal that Kennedy is still alive. Not surprising this as Gallagher would have killed him straight away. He doesn't point this out to Brennan but says that he had to give her time to find him.It is obvious that he was badly hurt as when they are in the diner talking, there are two crutches propped against the wall behind him.

    We have here an 'honourable' ex-killer in Kennedy who is now retired and doesn't kill for fun. He even makes sure that Booth keeps his gun so he won't get into trouble. We know that Booth, despite his job, prefers upright criminals to crooked cops.

    Add in a female bounty hunter, a faked death, Zack advising Booth by cellphone how to find the one legged man and you have a great episode.

  • This is probably the best episode of both season one and two. It expands character development, is humorous, and is atypical of the show.

    First, let me say that there is a quick scene in this episode that cracked me up. This means: I put the DVD on pause just so I could laugh. Its not very realistic, but the shot is really slapstick-comedy funny. (Cp. the bounty-hunter getting the carpet pulled out from under her)

    Anyway, the plot is a little different because in this episode, Bones gets to be the rescuer and Booth is the one needing to be rescued. Fine point: Bones actually reacts to the fact that Booth needs rescuing; i.e. Bones is stressed and emotive. The development with Bones' father ties this episode to many of the subplots and such of the previous episodes. There is one glaring flaw: her father keeps appearing in her apartment. Well, you'd think after he'd done it once, the FBI would be ready for his next attempt. Apparently, he is not only a criminal, but Spider-Man.

    There are some other minor unrealistic scenes in this episode, which purists will dislike. (For example, Booth is really Wolverine for the beating his head takes.) However, its TV - not string-theory physics class, so accept the improbable and enjoy the entertainment.

    Finally, there is a neat treat getting to hear Bones sing a verse.moreless
  • Let me just start by saying that this is one of my favorite episodes, which is why I decided to write my first episode review.

    I thought the case was engaging, the B&B relationship progressed quite nicely, and Brennan's relationship with her father has taken the first tentative step in the right direction. Also, there were some great comedic scenes. This episode is an example of Bones at its best.

    *Note: My review is focused on the character development of Brennan and Booth as well as the evolution of their relationship. I will not recap the episode and have left out major plot points. I am assuming you have seen the episode, so beware that possible spoilers may follow!

    One year after burying her mother, Brennan is still unable to confront her feelings about her mother's death and her father's involvement. Like Booth (in The Titan on the Tracks), Angela takes Brennan to visit her mother's grave and tries to convince her to deal with her emotions. Angela and Booth instinctively understand that Brennan needs to explore her issues with her parents, but Brennan continues to resist. When her father, Max, makes several attempts to connect with her and resolve some of her resentment, she refuses to hear what he has to say. Even when he tries to talk to her about her mother, Brennan shuts him out. Booth's kidnapping is the only thing important enough to force Brennan to seek out her father's help. Desperate to find Booth, she reaches out to Max and accepts his assistance.

    I really feel for Max in this episode. Unlike in Judas on a Pole (when he essentially abandoned Brennan a second time), he's trying desperately to connect with his daughter. He understands that his abandonment has deeply affected her and he is trying to make up for it now. He learns quickly that Brennan is a strong, stubborn woman who blames him for her mother's death. He also learns that she doesn't trust people easily. When the one person she unconditionally trusts disappears, he uses it to get closer to her. On one hand, I think it is sneaky for him to use Brennan's weakness to his advantage. He's a con, a criminal. He helps, not to save Booth's life (Booth wants to arrest him!), but to get what he wants: a foot in the doorway. On the other hand, he does it for a noble reason. He genuinely wants to connect with his daughter. As Booth himself points out numerous times, Max is a good man who does bad things.

    Brennan is frantic when Booth is missing (reacting much like he has when she's been in danger). She reluctantly accepts Max's help out of desperation. When the two track down a bounty hunter with ties to Booth's possible kidnapper, Brennan loses control of her carefully suppressed emotions. Finding Booth's tooth at the scene, she snaps, punching the bounty hunter and screaming, "Where's Booth?!" This is a completely irrational reaction from the typically reserved scientist. Max stops her from attacking the bounty hunter and stares at her in astonishment. Despite his continued attempts to connect, nothing else has elicited such an emotional response from her.

    The intensity of Brennan's reaction to the kidnapping is not lost on the rest of the Squint Squad either. Angela, in her typical atypical **** tries to offer her help and support. Brennan refuses her help (because she doesn't want anyone to know Max is helping her) and Angela tries to push hers way in. She acknowledges that she isn't a fighter (but "can spit with deadly accuracy"), but wants to be there because she understands how upset Brennan is. Cam, on behalf of the Squints, tells Brennan that she's not alone and that they are all worried about Booth. Like Brennan, Cam is concerned about Booth, but her reaction is much more understated. The difference in their reactions speaks volumes about each woman's feelings toward Booth. Brennan is more distraught than Cam and we all know why... In the end Brennan finds Booth, with help from Max and the Squints. Instead of letting the FBI arrest her father, Brennan allows him to escape. She's grateful that he helped her rescue Booth and is finally ready to take the first tentative step toward a relationship. She's slowly beginning to trust him.

    Much like in Aliens in a Spaceship, Booth's faith in Brennan is absolute. When she asks why he allowed himself to be tortured rather than give his captors information, he tells her, "I needed to give you time to find me." He wasn't sure she would find him in time, but he knew she would never stop trying. Even though his life has never been in her hands before, he knows that she would do everything she can to save him. The partners share a bonding moment in the diner when Brennan asks Booth if he knows the song, "Keep on Tryin'" (a fond childhood memory she has of Max). He starts to sing it and she joins in, much to Booth's surprise and delight. They have a strong bond that you can practically feel in this scene. As they sing together, Booth looks at her with such affection that I'm convinced he's in love with her (and knows it).moreless
  • Another great episode about Brennan's father.

    Brennan's father shows up again and seems determined to convince Brennan he's not a monster, as if that would be possible given the violent murders he's committed. Booth actually tells Brennan to forgive her father. It's not like these murders were years ago and he's showing genuine remorse – this was months ago and he's shameless about it. Doesn't matter that these were criminals, it's still cold-blooded premeditated murder. I'm proud of Brennan that every time he showed up, she called it in.

    I will give you this, her father is quite impressive. He's not subtle but he gets things done. There are times when having a serious criminal in your family comes in handy. I was delighted by his "She reminds me of your mother!" comment – I am really starting to get curious about Brennan's mother.

    This is a first – a considerate hitman?! Doesn't kill Booth and doesn't take his gun so Booth won't get in trouble for losing it!

    The mystery surrounding Max keeps growing, I really like this storyline. The series is at it's best when it makes things personal.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of bones they are called to the scene were a skelton is bured in concreat. and they must figure out what happen. and they start to do some more inveatgating and turns out that the guy that is supposivly dead is still alive. and that he is only has one leg. and booth gets the jump and goes looking for him but then the guy gets the jump on him and booth is left there but the guys show up and start to torcher him. to make him talk. and also bones is father is in this ep and they work to gether to find out where is booth. 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

Dalia Phillips

Dalia Phillips

Veleska Miller

Guest Star

Greg Baker

Greg Baker

Melvin Gallagher

Guest Star

Phillip Rhys

Phillip Rhys

Clark Lightner

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In the final scene, if you look carefully behind Booth's head, there are two crutches leaning against the wall. It seems that he really suffered from the torture inflicted on him.

    • Brennan calls the FBI to tell them where the missing Booth is, saying that he's in Oakville, Virginia. It would have taken over 3 hours to get from Washington, D.C. to Oakville. Certainly, local authorities would have been notified of the situation, and would have made it to Booth in less than three hours, so it makes no sense that Brennan and her dad were the first people to get to Booth.

    • Goof: While Booth is waiting for Veleska Miller (the bounty hunter) in the diner, he has a cup and saucer in front of him, as well as a bowl of oatmeal with a plate underneath. When Veleska joins him, she takes his coffee cup. When Booth gets up to take a cell phone call, there are now two coffee cups on the table -- but a waitress never delivered the second cup. Also, there is now an unexplained second plate in front of the bounty hunter.

    • Although Angela seems very confident about the distinction between wiggling and waggling, she has it a little backwards. Wiggle means to move side to side. Waggle means to move up and down or side to side. So to describe the up and down motion she says the killer used, she should have used the word "waggle," not "wiggle."

    • Goof: When Booth was tortured, we could see that he had a wound on his forehead but towards the end of the episode when they are singing the wound is gone.

    • Goof: At the end in the diner, Booth puts the dolphin down on the table before they sing and takes a drink from his cup. When the camera pans out, after they sing, he has the dolphin back in his hand and puts it down again, showing a goof in continuity.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • (Booth, Brennan and Cam talking about Icepick's amputated leg)
      Cam: (to Booth) Was she pretty?
      Brennan: Icepick is a male.
      Cam: I mean the bounty hunter who gave Booth the slip.
      Booth: You know, she didn't get away because she was pretty.
      Brennan: (smiling and teasing) She was a she?
      Booth: No, she was a - Oh, God! (grabs his jaw in pain)
      Cam: What's wrong with your mouth?
      Brennan: I'm guessing the anterior (holds out her hand to touch his jaw but Booth slaps her hand away) molar on the left side is infected. The leg was surgically amputated.
      Cam: Go to a dentist.
      Brennan: He's afraid of the dentist.

    • Veleska Miller: A guy like you must be going crazy in the FBI.
      Booth: What kind of guy is that exactly?
      Veleska Miller: I'm a bounty hunter, sport, I read people fast or I die. You are not standard government issue.

    • Booth: As a friend of mine likes to say, don't jump to conclusions until all the evidence is in.
      Brennan: If the facts are in then it's not jumping to conclusions, so I never said that.
      Booth: I never said that the friend is you.

    • Zack: (to Cam) I'm with you. I'm with you not ahead of you.

    • Bones: Why didn't you just, just tell them about Kennedy?
      Booth: You know, I needed to give you time to find me. I've been tortured worse.

    • Angela: (After Brennan tells the F.B.I. where Booth is being held) You just lied your ass off to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
      Hodgins: (as Bones runs off) That is so hot!

    • Bones: These are Gallagher's tax returns. We are looking for the purchase of any machine that could be used for anodization.
      Angela: What, like a copier, or?
      Hodgins: Oh, that's so cute, but no.

    • Angela: I can't fight or shoot a gun, but if something bad happens, I can spit with deadly accuracy.

    • Guy at Model Airplane Field: Your Dad's a psycho by the way.
      Bones: You have no idea.

    • Zack: We suck at interpretation.
      Hodgins: We absolutely blow.

    • Bones: Have you turned Russ into a criminal too?
      Max: Hey, I haven't committed a crime in over fifteen years, I'm straight.
      Bones: Except for killing, gutting and burning the Deputy Director of the F.B.I.
      Max: He was trying to kill Russ, and then he was going after you. It is not a crime to protect your family.
      Bones: Well, some fathers do it without killing.

    • Booth: (Sarcastically) Well, I gotta tell you, you were right Zack, every model airplane freak from Baltimore is here.

    • Angela: (Talking about how Cement Head was killed) We think he wiggled, instead of waggled.

    • Cam: (Talking to Booth on the phone) Coroner's report said that Kennedy's leg was severed in the car accident.
      Bones: We don't call him Kennedy, we call him Ice Pick.

    • Booth: This here, (Holds up a picture to Bones) This here is uh, Hugh Kennedy, uh, I think he killed Cement Head.
      Bones: Why?
      Booth: Well, West Virginia, likes to use an ice pick on his victims, plus Ice Pick and Cement Head were both employed by a regional crime boss in West Virginia named…Gallagher.
      Bones: Well, what are we going to call him?
      Booth: Gallagher.

    • Max: Don't freak out.
      Bones: (jumps) Ah! You broke into my house, that is not acceptable. (starts to dial phone)
      Max: This little device here, it jams cell phone frequencies.
      Bones: That is illegal.
      Max: Unfortunately, illegal is what I do best, I'm not staying. I just want you to do something for me. I want you to take a look at my rap sheet.
      Bones: Why?
      Max: Why? Because I want a chance to talk to you, actually talk to you without you calling in the 82nd Airborne.
      Bones: How is reading your police record going to change my mind?
      Max: Just do it.

    • Booth: Did you talk to your dad at all before you called the cops?
      Bones: No, why would I?
      Booth: Well, you know I haven't seen my dad in a long time, and if I had the opportunity to –(Grabs his jaw in pain) ah, ow!
      Bones: (Insistent) Go to a dentist.
      Booth: I will, if it doesn't get any better.

    • Booth: Angela did a facial reconstruction of Cement Head.
      Bones: Concrete Head, you mean.
      Booth: No, Cement Head, it's got a nicer ring.

    • (Max Keenan walks up behind Bones at her mother's grave)
      Max: Hiya, honey. I was hoping you might show up. (Bones grabs her phone, dials and holds it up to her ear)
      Bones: I don't ... I don't want to talk to you.
      Max: We're standing here, in front of your mother's grave. Obviously you've come for some kind of answer. Maybe I can ... provide 'em.
      Bones: (pointedly) You're a killer, you burn people.

    • Bones: I'm really not good at this kind of thing. You know, I don't…I don't get the significance.
      Angela: One year ago today, you buried your mother. You laid her to rest. Here. You're marking the anniversary(Hands Bones a bouquet of flowers).
      Bones: Angela, I simply don't believe my mother retained sentience beyond death.
      Angela: Well, part of you is made up of your mother right?
      Bones: In a manner of speaking.
      Angela: So honor that part of yourself. Visualize a memory of her. See what it brings up.
      Bones: (Looks slightly pained) I have very few distinct memories of my mother.
      Angela: (Looking at Bones with sympathy) I'll wait in the car.

    • Cam: You know who wears tracksuits?
      Zack: Athletes?
      Cam: No, huge tubs of lard or retired people.
      Hodgins: (laughs) And Rap stars.
      Zack: The teeth suggest early middle age.
      Cam: So, not a retiree.
      Zack: Uh, calcified holes with radial fractures in the left clavicle and scapula are consistent with ballistic damage.
      Cam: He was shot to death?
      Zack: And stabbed, but neither killed him, the wounds healed.
      Hodgins: Shot, stabbed, but lived to die another day? (With conviction) Rap Star.

    • Booth: So, you ever been here before?
      Bones: No.
      Booth: I don't mean here, here, I mean Baltimore?
      Bones: Yeah, I've given several lectures to the Baltimore Homicide Division.
      Booth: (Grabs his mouth in pain) Ah, gah, oww!
      Bones: What's wrong with your mouth?
      Booth: I've got a tooth situation.
      Bones: Go to a dentist.
      Booth: I will, if it doesn't get any better.
      Bones: Are you afraid of the dentist?
      Booth: I'm not afraid-

    • Booth: You know your father never killed any hard-working-tax-paying citizens or honest cops.
      Bones: You still think that society should forgive him.
      Booth: No, all I'm saying is that if I have an opportunity to arrest him, I will, but you know who maybe should forgive him? His daughter.

    • Booth: (Talking about Bones' Dad) You know, in the Old West he would have been considered a hero.
      Bones: (Holding Booth's head, and looking inside Booth's mouth) Yeah, well the Old West was a time of chaos and violence, that anthropologically speaking, our country is still trying to recover from.

    • Police Officer: We dug up the cement.
      Bones: No, it's concrete, cement is an ingredient in concrete.
      Booth: Yeah, that's a real important distinction to make at this juncture. So, what have we got Bones, do your thing.
      Bones: (she bends over and looks down at the hole and quickly stands back up) Nothing.
      Booth: Nothing. Nothing?
      Bones: Yeah, I can't see enough of the skull, the tibia, the pubis ... nothing. (she takes off her glove and starts walking back to the Chevy)
      Booth: (follows her) Nothing, wait a second, nothing, (talking to the cop as he continues after Bones) sorry, (turning his attention back to Bones) you mean we drove all the way here so you could just tell me nothing. Alright, so what, uh, what do you want me to, uh, get the whole slab of cement, uh-
      Bones: Concrete-
      Booth: Concrete shipped back to the Jeffersonian?
      Bones: Yes, yes!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The man who was found in the concrete was named William Raymond "Billy Ray" McKenna. A man named Billy Ray McKenna frequently works on the crew of Bones as a costume supervisor.

    • International Air Dates:
      Spain: Friday June 8th, 2007
      Belgium: Friday December 21st, 2007 on RTL-TVI
      Germany: Thursday January 3rd, 2008
      Saudi Arabia: Saturday January 26th, 2008 on ShowSeries
      France: Friday March 28th, 2008 on M6
      Denmark: Tuesday May 8th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: Thursday June 19th, 2008 on Channel 7
      Finland: Friday September 5th, 2008 on Sub

    • Featured Music:
      "Keep on Tryin" by Poco (sung by Max when he's in Brennan's appartment; at the end of the episode Booth and Brennan sing it, just before the actual song is heard in background)


    • Booth: I've been tortured worse.

      This is a reference to the old wounds Bones identified in the season one episode "Two Bodies In The Lab". While a sniper, he was tortured and had his feet broken with pipes.

    • Booth: I had to give you time to find me.

      This is an allusion to Booth having the same faith in Bones that she had in him in the episode "Aliens in a Spaceship". During that episode, when Bones and Hodgins were trapped, she knew that Booth would find them.