Season 1 Episode 9

The Man in the Fallout Shelter

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 13, 2005 on FOX
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Brennan and her team are brought in to identify the body of a man found in a fallout shelter. While cutting into the bones of the man, Zack accidentally releases a deadly fungus that causes the team to be quarantined over Christmas.

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  • My favorite episode of all time!

    This one put me in the Christmas spirit. I keep looking for it now, but it's not on. I'll keep on looking. If someone knows where I can get it on DVD, let me know. (Besides Netflix!) I give it a 10.
  • A sweet little Christmas episde that will have you smiling any time of the year.

    I just watched a rerun of this episode( no idea why it was on--it's march) but it was my first time seeing it. And I can tell you that it was the best christmas episode aired by Bones so far.

    So many well formed character bonding moments, put to those traditional sappy holiday tunes, made me tear up, and then smile. The murder story was a particularly sweet fairytale based happening that didn't come off as cheesy or overused, just touching and somehow not even horrific or bloody-- it was especially sad, how you learned about his dreams and ambitions, then realizing he was murdered for cash. Some suprises here too. Booth has a kid! We had NO idea. That kind of changes things(for those B&B shippers, maybe at the time). I especially loved the sad little montage with everyone meeting their family members-- Booth and his kid, Angela and her famous father, Zack's 40 family members (so sweet! My favorite)! Hodgins and... soneone he loves, not really sure. It was so sad, everyone touching hands on the glass, talking, smiling, through their headsets, so happy. And Brennan, alone and standing off to the side watching everyone meeting their family members, made me tear up as well.

    I enjoyed this episode, the story of what would happen when colleagues(friends)? are forced to solve a murder while cooped up in their lab--and over the holidays.moreless
  • a stoned FBI agent? high-larious

    This is probably one of my favorite episodes of this show, or any show for that matter. I personally love David Boreanaz's Seeley Booth but having him get high as a reaction to valley fever spores and medication was hilarious. I love this show's take on humor in a not so humorous situation and this was definitely one of their hole in ones.

    Also this show amazes me how this entire episode took place in the lab in a biohazard quarantine. Not to mention, Booth casually mentioning he has a 4 year old? Add in Christmas spirit and this a great episode hands down.moreless
  • Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

    Spoilers possible. This is such a charming, tender, sentimental episode, just what you want at Christmas. No matter how often I watch it I always feel myself filling with tears.

    It is gently funny at times. Booth being stoned on the cocktail of drugs. And those socks and boxers of his!

    Hodgins having showered with Zack!

    The sadness of only seeing their families through the doors on Christmas Day. The sadness of the story of Careful Lionel and Ivy.

    The revelations - first of Booth having a child and then of Brennan's reasons for hating Christmas.

    Zack's family, Angela's dad, Goodman's little girls.

    Loved the secret Santa and their presents to each other, especially Zack's wonderful robot. Booth's origami isn't bad either.

    Of course it all comes right in the end as it should at Christmasmoreless
  • Christmas in the lab..........Brilliant!

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. We open on this episode on December 23rd at 6.00pm. We see that there is a Christmas party and Angela, manages to get Bones to agree to go to it with her. But as she is about to leaves, Booth comes in with a present for Bones, a skeleton. And so Booth has to go with Angela to the Christmas party, to make sure she doesn't make a fool of herself. Soon Booth is back with the body and Bones, and Angela demands that they all head back to the party. When Zack does a quick procedure before going to the party, he accidentally releases a deadly fungus, which causes the team to be quarantined in the lab. We soon learn that it is "Valley Fever" which is in the air. We soon learn that all of them will be there over Christmas and they all have to be injected to try and cure them, if any of them do in fact have the fever.

    We also learn in this episode that Booth has a son named Parker, who is 4 years old. Son Bones sneezes and so they believe that she may have Valley Fever. As it is Christmas Eve, visiting is arranged for everyone, but of course it is through glass doors. And of course it is an emotional occasion for everyone, especially Bones as she has no one to visit her. We also have confirmed the fact that Bones has a brother named Russ, who is older than her. We also see Bones opening up about her past, and we see her crying when discussing her parents and their disappearance. Soon Christmas Eve, becomes Christmas day. Everyone is tested and since everyone is clear they are all free to go. Everyone runs to the door to get out of there, except for Bones. Booth invites her to spend Christmas with him and Parker, but she doesn't answer him. Soon, after IDing the man, they learn that he planned on leaving the country to live with his African American girlfriend, who was pregnant with his child. After much tracking down, Bones manages to find her and she comes to the lab, to learn what happened to her true love. Soon Booth and Parker are reunited and Bones is there to watch it. As the episode ends, we see Bones back in the lab and e see that the present form the year her parents went missing are still unopened, until now. As she opens them she has tears in her eyes, and then she smiles.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

Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams

Dr. Daniel Goodman

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Dr. Goodman states that in 1958 interracial marriages were illegal in Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia never enacted a law forbidding interracial marriages though. In fact, D.C. was where an interracial couple went to get married in 1958 to avoid a Virginia law against interracial marriage -- that sparked the Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which ruled that outlawing interracial marriages was unconstitutional.

    • It is revealed that Booth has a four-year-old son named Parker.

    • It is revealed that Angela's father is Billy Gibbons, member of the legendary band, ZZ Top.

    • Goof: During their breakfast, Angela brings up Brennan's past and Booth reacts as if he didn't know anything about it. However, in a "Pilot" scene, after Booth told them that science can't solve mysteries, he had a conversation with Angela in which she told him that he should know about her family and he replied that he "read the file." Plus, in the previous episode "The Girl in the Fridge" Booth persuaded the prosecution counsel to use Brennan's personal information in order to show the jury that she has a reason for doing what she does the way she does it.

    • Goof: While eating their "Christmas Dinner'" the team talks about how Lionel's girlfriend was pregnant in 1958. However at the end of the episode when we meet Ivy, she says that she gave birth to a half-white child in 1960. It's impossible for someone to be pregnant for over a year.

    • Goof: When Hodgins is talking to Brennan on the walkway he accuses her of being the Grinch and goes on to say that it isn't fair for the rest of the team either because "Goodman doesn't get to see his family, Zack can't see his kids, and Booth won't see his son." The dialogue should have been "Zack doesn't get to see his family, Goodman can't see his kids, and Booth won't see his son."

    • Goof: The raised area that the team works from has to be accessed by a card system to avoid setting off alarms. Yet when Booth comes in to mention the body and Bones agrees to look at it, he whistles to the FBI guys who have the body bag and they manage to get it up to them without having the card access.

    • Goof: When Booth, Brennan, and Goodman are sitting on the walkway, Angela convinces Brennan to find the victim's girlfriend. Brennan gets up and leaves but in the next shot of Booth and Goodman, Brennan's head and feet show that she was still sitting behind the equipment.

    • Goof: While Angela and Brennan are talking in their sleeping bags, Brennan's bra straps shift from one place to another between shots.

  • QUOTES (37)

    • Booth: What are those little tiny lights dancing on the ceiling?
      Goodman: For the third time, those are minute firings of neurons on your optic nerve due to your reaction to the antifungal cocktail.
      Booth: Wow. They're beautiful.

    • Brennan: (to Hodgins and Zack) Is that pure alcohol?
      Zack: ...Yes, Dr. Brennan.
      Brennan: You really think Goodman's gonna let you spike the eggnog after the Fourth of July fiasco?

    • Hodgins: I brought an eggnog.
      Zack: I can't drink while I work.
      Hodgins: Good thing I didn't bring it for you.

    • (Brennan and Booth at the counter of Wong Foo's)
      Brennan: Ivy Gillespie came to the lab after you left, with her granddaughter. (Booth smiles knowingly) Don't you wanna know what happened?
      Booth: I know what happened. You told her about careful Lionel, you showed her the letters, the tickets, she cried. But, you made her happy.
      Brennan: Not to mention I gave her a penny worth over a hundred thousand dollars.
      Booth: She won't care about that today. You just gave somebody the best Christmas gift they could ever get. Who's the secret Santa now?
      Brennan: Stop!
      (Zack's robot starts doing push-ups on the counter)
      Booth: Whoa! (they both laugh) And that weirdo assistant of yours just made me the coolest dad in the world.

    • Booth: Listen, Bones, here is the thing. What if a gift goes both ways? What's wrong with that? (Brennan ignores what he says and talks about something unrelated) Look, all I'm saying is that maybe the real gift is when you accept something with a little grace.

    • Brennan: Wait, Booth has a kid?
      Hodgins: You didn't know?
      Brennan: No!
      Hodgins: I wasn't the one who told you.

    • Booth: Listen, I got Goodman for this Secret Santa thing and I don't know what to get him.
      Brennan: Anthropologically speaking gifts are a way of asserting dominance in a group. Now, imagine an entire holiday devoted to self-promotion, especially in this materialistic culture. How can you expect me to get behind that? How can you get behind that?
      Booth: Wow. That's deep, that's a very deep pile of crap.
      Brennan: You came to me with information this morning, a peace offering, but it was to make you feel better, not me. Proves my point.
      Booth: You know, Bones, you make it very, very hard for me to be nice to you.

    • Booth: You know, I have a kid, too. His name is Parker, he's four years old. (hands Parker's picture to a surprised Goodman) His mother wouldn't marry me, so my parental rights are totally, phew-
      Goodman: Vague?
      Booth: That word is just a little bit more Christmas-ier than what I was thinking.

    • Brennan: Booth, will you escort Angela to the Christmas party and make sure that she doesn't photocopy her butt?
      Booth: Oh, no, no, I can't do that. See, I've got some really last minute, important Christmas shopping that I gotta do.
      Angela: (takes him by the arm and drags him off) It's not last minute until tomorrow.
      Booth: (looks pleadingly at Brennan) Come on, Bones. (Brennan looks on indifferently) Bones! Just, I gotta, jeez.

    • Angela: We have to be extremely creative.
      Hodgins: Maybe string a bunch of test tubes together and fill them with luminescent liquids.
      Angela: Nice. Very festive.
      Zack: They'll probably give us cancer.
      Goodman: (sarcastically) That would be fitting this Christmas.

    • Angela: All right. We need a way to choose our Secret Santas.
      Zack: I could build a random generator.
      Goodman: Wouldn't it be better to match complementary people in a premeditated manner?
      (Booth and Angela smile at each other)
      Hodgins: I got five numbers in my head and five letters. You tell me the number, I'll tell you the matching letter.
      (Meanwhile, Booth is busy writing on slips of paper)
      Goodman: Well, are the letters sequential, or are the numbers sequential?
      Hodgins: Sequential. We'll go in order. Oldest to youngest.
      Zack: Six.
      Hodgins: There's no six!
      Goodman: A through E. And 1 through 5.
      (In the background, Hodgins says, "Yeah. No six." Zack says, "Six")
      (Booth hands the three a tin can)
      Booth: Just pick a name. If you get your own, put it back.
      Goodman: Oh. That could work.
      Hodgins: Yeah. That's good.
      (Booth and Angela smirk at each other)
      Angela: Good idea.

    • Booth: Bones, it's after midnight. Hm? Christmas Eve day. Both an Eve and a day it's a Christmas miracle.
      Bones: Still enjoying your medication I see.

    • (Angela shows Brennan the holographic tree and they start talking about Christmas)
      Angela: So what is it with you and gifts anyway? (Brennan shrugs) I know your parents disappeared just before Christmas.
      Brennan: My brother Russ was nineteen and we were still in the house.
      Angela: That must have been strange.
      Brennan: Russ found our presents in my parents' room (Booth steps in the doorway unnoticed) and on Christmas Eve when I was asleep he snuck down and made Christmas trying to do the right thing for me.
      Angela: Christmas for his little sister.
      Brennan: (teary) But when I came down and saw the lights and the presents...
      Angela: You thought your parents were back.
      Brennan: I just expected to see them sitting there drinking their coffee watching Russ and me open our presents.
      Angela: Oh my God.
      (Booth looks sympathetic)
      Brennan: (trying not to cry) I kinda lost it. I refused to open the presents until they came back. It was like I told Russ he wasn't enough family for me. Before New Year's he (wipes tear from her face) went out West to work and I was in the foster system.

    • Hodgins: At least I'm an accidental Grinch; with all due respect you're the Grinch on purpose.
      Brennan: I have no idea what you are saying to me.
      Hodgins: The Grinch is a relatively well-known creation of a children's author named Dr. Seuss.

    • Zack: In some cases of Valley fever, skin lesions appear.
      Hodgins: Will someone in a position of responsibility please order Zack to shut up!

    • Angela: It's all so tragic. A cheap wedding ring sewn into his suit, two tickets to Paris, it makes you wonder who was the girl. Can you imagine what it was like for her, waiting and wondering never knowing what happened?
      Brennan: I don't have to imagine.
      Angela: What do you mean?
      Brennan: I'll tell you what I'm going to do for Christmas.
      Angela: Good, thank you. At last you decided to take part.
      Brennan: (getting up) I'm going to solve a murder.

    • (the team just learned they have to stay in the lab over Christmas)
      Hodgins: I'm supposed to go to Quebec!
      Angela: Hey, whose fault is this?
      Hodgins: Who forced me to go to the party where I drank too much and had to hide from Crystal?
      Angela: Who never should have cut into a bone with a drunken fool in the room?
      Zack: Who brought us human remains just to ditch a little paper work?
      Booth: Oh, wait, you're saying this is my fault?!
      Dr. Goodman: You knew Dr. Brennan could not resist.
      Brennan: Well I would have been able to resist if I was in Niger where I wanted to be.
      Dr. Goodman: You're blaming me.

    • (Angela is running after Temperance, to whom she wants to ask a favor: to accompany her to the party)
      Angela: Sweetie, could you stop galloping for like two seconds?
      Temperance: Better able to withstand peer pressure when you can't catch me.

    • Hodgins: (to Zack) Your robot reminds me of you. You tell it to turn, it stops. You tell it to stop, it turns. You ask it to take out the garbage, it watches reruns of Firefly.

    • Brennan: And say what, 'Merry Christmas Ivy Gillespie your fiancée was murdered and your life is ruined, but hey at least you get to know what happened to him'?
      Angela: Don't you wish someone had said that to you?
      Brennan: Yes.

    • Booth: (To Hodgins and Zack) You know what? If this is fatal, I will shoot both of you.

    • Hal: Dr. Hodgins may have inhaled the spores, yes.
      Booth: Ok. It must suck to be Hodgins right now, but the rest of us, we didn't inhale. So it's ok that I go, right?

    • Booth: Anybody besides me worried that a guy dressed like Santa is in charge?

    • Angela: Ok. You people listen to me. There is a party going on upstairs, k? A Christmas party. We're going up there. We're gonna talk to some people, we're gonna sing some carols, we're gonna drink some egg nog. (To Booth) You are going to kiss me under the mistletoe. On the lips. (To Hodgins and Zack) I might kiss you guys under the mistletoe, too. (To Brennan) Maybe even you, in a festive, non-lesbian manner. But we are going to that party.

    • Goodman: I thought I might take a look at the contents of the suitcase with you.
      Booth: Why?
      Goodman: It beats cobbling together Christmas decorations out of pipettes and graduated cylinders.

    • Zack: I'm a rational empiricist all the way. Unless you talk to my mother, then I'm Lutheran.

    • Hodgins: Although I believe organized religion is just another political movement designed to control the masses, it doesn't mean God doesn't love me.

    • Dr. Brennan: You have a son?
      Booth: Yeah.
      Dr. Brennan: You've never mentioned that.
      Booth: Well, nothing brings people together like a Christmas lung fungus.

    • Dr. Goodman: For a father like myself, like Agent Booth, a few glowing test tubes don't make up for missing Christmas morning with the children.
      Angela: Excuse me?
      Zack: Be kind, rewind.
      Hodgins: Booth has a son?
      Dr. Goodman: Ah, not common knowledge, I gather.

    • (Christmas Eve Day, just after midnight. Booth, still a little high from the anti-fungus medication, joins Brennan in the lab)
      Booth: You don't seem too upset about missing Christmas.
      Brennan: Indications are that Christ, if he existed, was born in the late spring and the celebration of his birth was shifted to coincide with the pagan rite of the Winter Solstice so that early Christians weren't persecuted.
      Booth: Who are you, like the Christmas killer?
      Brennan: It's the truth.
      Booth: No, it sounds like the truth cause it's so rational, right? But, you know, the true truth is you just hate Christmas so you spout out all these facts and you ruin it for everyone else.
      Brennan: I ruin the true truth with facts?
      Booth: Yeah, and you're ruining it for the squint squad, too, by making them work on a case about a guy who's been sealed up in a fallout shelter for 50 years.

    • Zack: Christmas is going home to Michigan and heading out into the woods with your brothers to cut down a twelve foot Christmas tree and you all decorate it together - brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. Forty people who all love you and are happy to see you. That my friend is the true meaning of Christmas.

    • Hodgins: I got into the decontamination shower with Zack. Haven't I been through enough hell?

    • Dr. Goodman: Were you conforming to autopsy protocol?
      Zack: One of us was.
      Hodgins: The other was drinking an egg nog.

    • Angela: I need you. Friends don't let friends photocopy their butts at Christmas parties.

    • Brennan: How would you like me to spend my Christmas?
      Booth: Christmas is the perfect time to re-examine your standing with, you know (pointing upward)
      Brennan: A helicopter pilot?
      Booth: Oh, right, right. You can't measure the man upstairs in the beaker, so he can't possibly exist.
      Brennan: The man upstairs?
      Booth: Hmm. You know, you don't know if you're sick, but you're more than willing to take drugs just in case. Seems to me you could give the man upstairs the same benefit of the doubt that you do an invisible fungus.

    • Booth: (Hallucinating) You know what? I never realized how pretty all this shiny stuff is.
      Hodgins: That is so not fair.

    • Hal: Be prepared for side effects.
      Brennan: Nausea, fever, insomnia?
      Hal: In very rare cases, euphoria, dream state, mild hallucinations.
      Angela: I'll take that, please.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Winter Wonderland" by Jewel (at the very beginning of the episode and when Angela unveils her holographic tree)
      "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Tori Amos (during the family reunions and when Temperance opens her gift)
      "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" by Brian Setzer (at Wong Foo's when Temperance tells Booth about Ivy Gillespie)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: April 4th, 2006 on TV3
      Norway: Thursday August 10th, 2006 on TV3


    • Hodgins: reruns of Firefly.

      Firefly was a short-lived FOX sci-fi show set 500 years in the future. The show chronicled the struggle for survival of the crew of the space vessel Serenity. The show was created by Joss Whedon, who also created the hit shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, both of which David Boreanaz starred in as the the vampire Angel.

    • Hodgins: At least I'm an accidental Grinch; with all due respect you're the Grinch on purpose.

      Hodgins is referring to the children's book, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! which was written by Dr. Seuss in 1957. In 2000, the book was made into a film, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carey as the Grinch. T. J. Thyne, who plays Hodgins, also appeared in the film as Stu Lou Who.

    • Angela: My best friend is in the lab eyeball to eyeball with Skeletor.

      Skeletor is the evil nemesis of He-Man in the successful animated program 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe'.

    • Zack: Crystal from accounting is after you, isn't she?
      Hodgins: Uh, like Alien after Predator.

      Alien Vs. Predator was the 2004 movie that tied in the two enormous franchises.

    • Hodgins mentions how he has plans to go to Quebec for the holidays.

      In the books by Kathy Reichs, upon which the show is loosely based, the main setting of the plots is in Montreal, Quebec.