Season 1 Episode 4

The Man in the Bear

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2005 on FOX
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Brennan and Booth travel to Washington to investigate a human arm that was found in the stomach of a black bear.

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  • Bones and booth go away work on a case!

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. After a black bear dies, an arm is found inside of his stomach. The bear and the dismembered arm are in Washington, and so Bones and Both travel there to investigate. When they get to the small town they learn of a woman named Ann, who disappeared a few weeks before. We soon learn from the bones that the killer is also a cannibal. We also learn that the bones are that of a male, and not that of the missing woman Ann. They soon have a suspect in the form of a ranger. When they go to see him, he runs. And since they can't find him, Booth and Bones head to a bar.

    Bones is shocked when Booth tells her that 3 of the men in the bar are hitting on her. So the next morning, with the light, they head of in search of the ranger. But soon we learn that all of the meat in the ranger's freezer isn't human, but in fact bear meat. He was the poacher, and so he is arrested for this crime. Whilst in the woods, Bones discovers 2 bodies, one of which is the missing woman, who is missing her heart.

    We learn that both victims were killed by a gunshot to the head. The male victim is a young man named Adam, who wanted to become a park ranger. They soon ID who the killer is and so Bones and Booth head there, to make an arrest. We learn that the killer is in fact, the local doctor and when they find him, they see him burning bodies. Bones knocks him out with a bedpan, and he is then arrested.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep bones and the fbi agent have to travel to washington to solve a case with man that was found in the bear . it was a funny ep they start to question everyone at first they think it was a indian that they think is in to eating people and scarfices thing is involes awhole lot more that they had not looked into and it was a great ep that involes awhole lot more then just being a small town in washington. such a good ep. i really enjoyed this one it goes to show you that the stories in bones are very interesting.moreless
  • A fun episode, despite the plot's darker underpinnings.

    Booth and Brennan are dispatched to Washington State to investigate the discovery of a man's bones inside a bear. Simultaneous investigations take place at The Jeffersonian with the full Squints team in action, including department boss Dr Goodman, whose specialist knowledge of Native American anthropology comes to the fore, and small-town USA, where Booth and Brennan in particular, cut a glamorous dash amongst the locals.

    The investigation soon leads to fresh grisly discoveries and a particularly gruesome plot involving cannibalism is uncovered. The murderer comes as something of a surprise.

    There are some pleasant moments in this episode. A scene set in a bar where Brennan is grilled by a series of men, seemingly intent on securing info about the investigation, whilst dancing, is well-executed. Booth is quick to point out that they are actually hitting on her, and it is notable too, that 'their' dance is the most naturally fluid.moreless
  • Cannibals are so cool.

    Love cannibal stories, so fascinating. If it's for survival, it's understandable – Peruvian soccer team, Donner Party – but even more so are those who deliberately chose it.

    Brennan makes an interesting point – did the killer become crazy after eating the human flesh or was he already crazy which led to him eating it? Only the trial will tell so this unfortunately becomes a question we don't get an answer to.

    The downside to cannibalism as a career choice, you are what you eat. If your entrée has a disease, you get it too. But not in this case, just a prion disease. Being a cannibal is definitely risky, you can practice 'safe sex' but it would be difficult for a cannibal to do the same, it would probably be more opportunity, unless he/she was willing to commit murder.

    I liked the 'Bone Gatherer' comparison, I've always loved Native American beliefs. It is a great compliment.

    Very interesting case.moreless
  • This episode is just another example of why I love this show so much. I didn't know who the killer was until the very end.

    Now granted, I didn't think it was the Park Ranger – Indian Dude, but I would never have guessed that it was the Doctor either. Shoot he never really looked crazy to me. Actually he was about the only one in the whole town that did look sane. But I guess if you are eating someone then that is a definite give away that you have lost a few marbles. Then when that Veterinarian was naming out the people who would be mad if she was having an affair with the dead guy, that was classic. Especially after while they were all at the bar and all the guys that she had named as her intimate partners – Don't you just think she is ecstatic that the Doctor wasn't one of them?

    So for cleverness and a totally unexpected murderer, I give this one a perfect score. 10moreless
David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams

Dr. Daniel Goodman

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Dr. Andrew Rigby

Guest Star

Marguerite MacIntyre

Marguerite MacIntyre

Dr. Denise Randall

Guest Star

Tom Kiesche

Tom Kiesche

Sheriff Chris Scutter

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Dr. Randall: If I were your cannibal, would I have pointed out that there were human bones in the bear after the autopsy?
      Anyone with a PhD should know the difference between a necropsy and an autopsy, especially someone who works with caring for animals and/or humans.

    • Brennan remarks that the cannibal will exhibit signs of insanity as they will have prions in their brain. She is speaking of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of mad cow disease (BSE). This has been observed in far-eastern cannibals. The X-Files episode, "Our Town," used this as the basis of a story where, in an attempt to gain immortality, the inhabitants of the town eat visitors and then start to go mad. Realistically, the chances of getting CJD from being a cannibal are very slim, as scientists have discovered that genes protecting against prion diseases have long been widespread throughout the world, making a considerable part of the population immune to these kinds of illnesses.

    • Charlie is reading one of Temperance's books entitled Bred in the Bone.

    • Goof: In the beginning of the episode Dr. Brennan and Booth are in Booth's car, and the Volvo's interior is black leather. A minute later, when they arrive and step out of the car, the car's interior is light beige.

    • Goof: In the beginning of the show they refer to the case as coming from eastern Washington state. However the show is obviously supposed to be set in the mountains. While there are mountains in Washington that run through the middle of the state, the eastern part of the state is mostly flat with either farms or dry, barren land.

    • Goof: Booth and Brennan's arrival in Aurora, Washington, was computer generated. When their car pulls up to the curb in front of several other cars, the shadow their car casts does not extend to the edge of the curb, while the other cars' shadows extend well on to the sidewalk.

    • Goof: At 5:36 all the shadows are hard to the left with the sun at the right, but a second later when the shot changes, the light is now coming from the wrong side.

    • Goof: Just as Booth exits the car after they arrive in town, the side mirror catches the reflection of the camera and cameraman.

    • Goof: From 31:06 until 31:13, the Native American park ranger is not cuffed – he is merely holding the cuffs in his hands. Later, at 31:37, he is properly cuffed.

    • Goof: Brennan puts the broken parts of the arm bone back in line, but when she walks away to set up her laptop, the bones are no longer in line.

    • Goof: When Booth first shows Brennan the photos of the hand she remarks that it is probably male, based on the size. However, the photos show no marks or indicators of the size of the hand, so it would be impossible for her to arrive at such a conclusion based on the photos.

    • Goof: During one of the scenes in the woods, the rock known as Half Dome appears. Half Dome is in California's Yosemite National Park, approximately 700 miles from the Washington border.

    • Goof: During the scene where Brennan and Booth are dancing in the bar, the sheriff is first shown with his badge over his right pocket. In the next shot of the sheriff, the badge is over the left pocket, and his nametag is over the right pocket.

    • Goof: Right after Dr. Brennan hits Dr. Rigby in the head with the bed pan, he falls and hits the male victim. As this happens you can see the victim's head move from the impact. This would not happen in real life, because the body would be very stiff and perhaps even pumped full of silicon.

    • Goof: You can see the abdomen of the actress playing the corpse of Ann Noyes move just after Dr. Brennan takes a picture of it during the autopsy.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Ranger Sherman: Ever hear of the bone gatherers? Collecting bones so that the dead can make the journey to the next world?
      Brennan: I'm not even sure I believe in the next world.
      Ranger Sherman: Doesn't matter what you believe in. You're a bone gatherer. That's a good thing, helping the spirits move on.
      Brennan: Thank you. That's probably the best job description I'll ever get.

    • Denise: If I were your cannibal, would I have pointed out that there were human bones in the bear after the autopsy?
      Brennan: An autopsy on an animal is called a necropsy.
      Denise: Yeah, there's a reason I get all the guys and you don't.

    • Brennan: (about Charlie) I bet he's a great skier. His hips and thighs are perfectly developed for strength and maneuverability.
      Booth: (pushes his steak away) Okay, I'm done.

    • (Booth and Brennan dance at a bar.)
      Brennan: Everybody's pumping me.
      Booth: Sorry?
      Brennan: For information on the case.
      Booth: Bones, they're only pretending to be interested in the case.
      Brennan: Why?
      Booth: They're hitting on you.
      Brennan: Are you sure?
      Booth: Yes, I'm sure. You're the hottest thing this town has seen in a long time.

    • Booth: I tell you what. You can take me out to dinner, hmm? Put me on your tab.
      Brennan: It doesn't seem ethical.
      Booth: You still want that gun now, don't you?
      Brennan: We'll start with breakfast.

    • Sheriff: Sherman – Ranger Rivers – traced the bear's route back a week. Said they didn't find anything.
      Booth: What is he, some kind of Indian scout?
      Sheriff: Sherman's a Flathead Indian, but since the bear was wearing a GPS collar, he didn't have to fully utilize his native powers.

    • Angela: Oh, very pretty.
      Hodgins: Lovely. It's a sporocarp called tuber gibbosum after a week in bear poop.
      Angela: Thank you for ruining my moment.

    • Hodgins: (to Angela) If we were a Peruvian soccer team and crashed in the Andes, who would you rather eat? Me or Zack?

    • Zack: I saw a documentary once where a bear got in a car and drove away.
      Hodgins: That was not a documentary. It was a cartoon.

    • Brennan: What took you to Guatemala? Ecotourism?
      Booth: I went down to shoot somebody through the heart from 1500 feet.

    • Booth: You know, it's beautiful here. It's feels good to be out of the city.
      Brennan: Yeah, where murderers feed their victims to bears.

    • Sheriff: Have you ever? (points towards mouth)
      Brennan: I've never been offered human flesh before.
      Booth: Wait a minute. If you had?
      Brennan: It's an interesting question. I'd have to measure my own social inclination against scientific inquiry.
      Booth: Okay, that's sick.

    • Brennan: Why is Booth the one who decides when we go to Washington state? He gets the gun and the authority, he's the one that people like.
      Goodman: Firstly, he didn't decide that you go to Washington state, he made a request. I am the one who decides where you do and do not go.
      Brennan: And secondly?
      Goodman: Secondly, it's time to live a little, Temperance. Connect with other people.
      Brennan: Are you suggesting that I take this opportunity to have sex with Booth on a field trip?
      Goodman: Good God, where's Dr. Freud when you need him?

    • Booth: Just because you say it in that definitive tone, does not mean that it means anything to me.

    • Jack: I found boring dust.
      Angela: Is there any other kind?

    • Sheriff Chris Scutter: (about Angela) She seems very friendly, your associate.
      Brennan: She's 3,000 miles away.
      Booth: Send away for a Russian bride.

    • Sheriff Chris Scutter: Can I help you?
      Brennan: Yeah, thanks, I'm with him.
      Sheriff Chris Scutter: Suddenly, I wish I was FBI.

    • Sheriff Chris Scutter: We see this kinda thing all the time. Kids come up here, get baked, do their own version of the Blair Witch Project.
      Brennan: I don't know what that means.
      Booth: Horror movie, Bones, didn't make any sense.
      Sheriff Chris Scutter: Scary, though, with the bloody hand prints.

    • Sheriff Chris Scutter: I don't know if a wall of knives is evidence, but it sure is creepy.

    • Booth: You're a smart-ass, you know that?
      Brennan: Objectively, I'd say I'm very smart; although, it has nothing to do with my ass.

    • Brennan: What if I have to shoot? What part of his body should I hit?
      Booth: The part that isn't me.

    • Goodman: (to Brennan) Come on now, you have partially-digested dismembered skeletal remains to examine. That should put a smile on your face.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Featured Music:
      "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well" by Mike Doughty (during the opening scene)
      "Big Me" by Peter Himmelman (at the country bar)

    • The Woman missing in the woods is named Ann Noyes, as in annoys.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: February 28th, 2006 on TV3
      Norway: Thursday, June 29th, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: Thursday, October 26th, 2006 on RTL

    • Crew Specifications: The Crystal Method (main title theme performed by), Kathy Reichs (inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and author), David Abbott (make-up department head), Bernie Gough (hair department head), Elizabeth Miller, M.D. (forensic anthropologist), Mike Grasso (police technical advisor), Mark Marcum (video playback)

    • Company Credits: Fotokem/Keep Me Posted LLC (film laboratory & hi def post production services), Sony Pictures Sound (post production sound services), Ignite Creative (main title design & visual effects), Look Effects Inc. (additional visual effects), Panavision (camera systems & Lenses)


    • Angela: What happens in Aurora, stays in Aurora.
      A takeoff on the famous Las Vegas tourism slogan "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."

    • Sheriff Chris Scutter: A cannibal? You mean a Hannibal Lecter type deal?
      Hannibal Lecter is a character originally from the 1980 novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. However, Hannibal is likely more famous due to the 1991 Jonathan Demme film based on Harris' 1988 novel, The Silence of the Lambs, starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal.

    • Angela: So we're looking for maybe a scarecrow, tin man, or a lion?
      This is a reference to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum, where the tin man was missing a heart, the scarecrow was missing a brain, and the lion was missing courage. Heart, courage, and knowledge were three of the symbols found on the ritual wheel.

    • Angela: And you're going to zoom him.
      Hodgins: Like the Indy 500 baby.
      Hodgins is talking about the Indianapolis 500. Often billed as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," this race is held annually on Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

    • Hodgins (to Angela): If we were a Peruvian soccer team and crashed in the Andes, who would you rather eat, me or Zack?
      Hodgins is talking about an Uruguayan rugby team that actually did crash in the Andes Mountains. They became so desperately hungry they had to eat their dead team mates in order to survive.

    • Angela: You're kidding? It's like watching the clash of the horny Titans.
      The Clash of the Titans is a very well known movie based on Greek mythology. It has also inspired a Veronica Mars episode title: "Clash of the Tritons."

    • Sheriff Chris Scutter: We see this kind of thing all the time. Kids come up here, get baked, do their own version of the Blair Witch Project.
      A reference to the 1999 Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez film The Blair Witch Project in which several student film makers disappear in the woods leaving behind footage of strange and creepy events that happened before their disappearance.