Season 1 Episode 2

The Man in the S.U.V.

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 2005 on FOX
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When a man is killed driving an SUV registered to a Middle Eastern man, Dr. Brennan and her team find themselves tracking a terrorist.

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  • A car explosion, leads to the team being called in.

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. We open this episode with a car exploding. Booth is on scene and Bones and Angela are called in, we learn that 4 people are dead and that 15 are injured. Booth knows who the victim is behind the wheel of the car, but they are hoping that they are wrong, and so are hoping that Bones can ID the man as quickly as possible. If the Bones match that of the person they think it is, then they have a huge national security problem, because of who he worked for. And so they set about IDing the body, at least what's left of it. After they confirm the ID, Bones goes round to hand deliver the results to Booth and he bumps in Tessa, his girlfriend, and neither of them are fully dressed. And when both Bones and Booth head to the office, we learn that it was not a terrorist attack, but the driver was in fact murdered. After learning about Booth's girlfriend Tessa, Angela goes and checks her out in person. Bones soon learns that the victim and his brother had both been poisoned. But soon evidence points to his own brother, who made and planted the bomb. And when they search his apartment, they learn that he has made another bomb, and has it on him. They learn where he is going and so they head there. They soon spot him, and as he goes to detonate the bomb, Booth shots him. The shot is fatal and when they open his bag, they find the bomb inside of it.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of bones she gets called to the scene when a suv exploeds and she reconizes the driver and they think they got a terriorist situation on there hands and she hurrys to get the bones examined and they question the brother but they later he planted the bomb there and they go to his apartment and they think were he is going to plant the next bomb so they rush to find him and he gets shot fataly and they go pick up his bag and it hada bomb in it . it was a very good ep and i enjoyed it.moreless
  • Adoro los episodios de bones todos y cada uno de ellos ya que la serie es increible ya que es mui entretenida

    Esta es una de las series que mas me gusta para empezar por q me encanta el misterio de la serie y aparte por la historia de cada personaje y por q sus historias tienen mucho que ver con la forma de ser de cada uno. Aparte me encantan los romances que se an desatado entre los integrantes de este equipo y la forma de comollevan cada relacion. Tambien me encantan todos los personajes q salen en esta serie desde los mas viejos hasta los ultimos en aparecer en esta serie. Y lo mejor es que Booth esun hombre guapisimomoreless
  • Interesting and well-plotted with good performances all-round.

    A well-honed plot with a few canny twists and quirks along the way made for a nicely crafted second episode. The Booth/Brennan dynamic was a little jarring at time, which was hardly surprising, seeing as the series was still in its earliest days. Booth is clearly intolerant of the Squints and Brennan in particular, but then this paves the way, I guess, for his gradual thawing as the series progresses. Brennan is typically cold and brittle and often taxes Booth's patience to the hilt, but despite all of this, the twosome make tremendous headway in their investigation and show themselves to be a strong, compatible team, despite their misgivings about each other. Angela's blatant machinations to engineer a romance between Booth and Brennan is amusing and excrutiating all at the same time. But in truth the one false note sounded in this episode is Brennan's fascination with Tess. However, on a recent re-watch of this and other S1 episodes, I concluded that at this early point in her relationship with Booth, there was a 'moment' maybe when Brennan almost believed Angela was right - that there was the possibility of a relationship with Booth here. But the existence of Tess, (and Booth's initial distaste for Brennan's personality), put paid to that. And by the time Tess was off the scene, the chance of a sexual relationship with Booth, in Brennan's mind, had well and truly passed, as Booth and herself had established a cordial, professional working relationship - and growing friendship.

    As for the plot itself, it was a fairly reactionary premise truth be told, but in being so, it was almost bold. The easy and all too often erroneous assumption that someone of arabic origin should be suspected of terrorist sympathies seemed set to be subverted, but was then cleverly folded back on itself.moreless
  • Good but the political stuff never interests me much.

    Not a big fan of political storylines and there's enough terrorism in the news without having to watch it in a fictional series too.

    Brennan's behaviour toward the wife seems cold to Booth until she explains it. When dealing with non-American cultures, Brennan is far more qualified about how to behave toward people than Booth is. Ironically, it wasn't the victim who was the bomber but was killed because he found out his brother was.

    Booth is every inch the sniper his reputation claimed, that was an incredible shot.

    Liked Hodgins paranoia about the Homeland Security guy, very funny. Becoming very fond of Zack.

    An interesting episode.moreless
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

José Zúñiga

José Zúñiga

Mickey Santana

Guest Star

Bahar Soomekh

Bahar Soomekh

Sahar Masruk

Guest Star

Dave Roberson

Dave Roberson

Bennett Gibson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • In this episode, Booth uses a security card to access the forensic area of the lab, but in the next episode he doesn't have one. This is because The Man in the S.U.V. was originally scheduled to air after A Boy in the Tree, not before.

    • It is somewhat odd that Hamid Masruk was working for the Arab-American Friendship League, since he was Afghani, and therefore not Arab.

    • The many car rides done by Booth and Dr. Brennan have very bad continuity. The lighting that is supposed to imitate the sunlight is from the same direction in every car scene.

    • Goof: As Booth and Brennan go up the escalator, the audio is not in sync with what Booth says.

    • Goof: Brennan moves her hands from her hips and folds her arms while talking with Mrs. Masruk, but her reflection behind Mrs. Masruk shows her hands still on her hips.

    • Goof: At 18:35 there are people visible entering the restaurant behind Brennan, yet when the shot pulls out a second later onto Booth, Brennan and Angela, the people are gone.

    • Goof: At 31:20, Dr. Brennan is congratulating Angela on doing good work, but when she is talking to her she clearly says "Good work An-u-la" instead of "Good work Angela."

    • Goof: During their car ride, at around 35:10, just as Booth finishes his line "Just be careful, alright," the view in the rear window changes and suddenly there is a car close by.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode there is a close-up of Brennan, and her head is resting on her hand, but when the shot changes, her hand is down.

    • Goof: When Hamid was on the phone with his wife he was speaking fluent Arabic with a Lebanese accent, making it hard for one to believe that he's truly Afghani.

    • Goof: After shooting Farid and waiting to get the "all clear," Booth holsters his gun to lean on the railing with both hands. However, in the next shot of him, he is holding the gun as if he had just taken the shot, showing that the reaction shots were shuffled around.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Hodgins: (to Booth) Sure, so what do we do, group hug?

    • (Booth and Brennan search for the bomber at the Hamilton Cultural Center.)
      Brennan: If you see him, will you shoot?
      Booth: Well, he might not have the bomb.
      Brennan: You don't believe that.
      Booth: I'm not taking out a target, Bones, unless I'm sure.
      Brennan: Is that how you make it easier? Calling him a target?
      Booth: You know, you really picked an odd time to have that conversation.

    • Brennan: This is my lab. I'm a scientist, a doctor.
      Booth: So I've heard.
      Brennan: Would you be able to do your job when someone's looking over your shoulder all the time?
      Booth: You do, okay? I developed a tolerance.

    • Zack: We have his detergent brand, cologne, and shampoo. He died a well-groomed man.

    • (Booth kicks down the suspect's door.)
      Booth: (to Bones) Okay, anybody asks, that door was open.

    • Brennan: (frustrated) Uhhh! You are an insufferable ... arrogant ... man!
      Booth: Ooh, so only a woman could know a woman. I thought women wanted us to understand them!
      Angela: Not really. A magician never wants to reveal her tricks.
      Booth: (to Angela) We're having a private conversation.
      Angela: I'm not here.
      Brennan: So, you think you know women just because you live with some sexy lawyer? Unbelievable.
      Angela: You live with a sexy lawyer?
      : She has her own place, okay?

    • Brennan: He thinks just because Masruk's wife started working out and had a little makeover, she's having an affair.
      Angela: Hmm, and how long were they married?
      Booth: Eleven years.
      Angela: I'm with him.
      Brennan: There's no concrete proof.
      Angela: Boobs perkier?
      Booth: Mmm hmm.
      Brennan: I don't believe this. If you're so sure, then why didn't you confront her?
      Angela: Because if she and her boyfriend were involved, she would warn him.
      Booth: Very good.
      Angela: I'm a constant surprise.

    • Brennan: Isn't the FBI working on that?
      Hodgins: Yes. It's just for fun.
      Brennan: To see who's better?
      Hodgins: Maybe, a little. Yeah.
      Brennan: Good luck.

    • Booth: Okay, what is so funny?
      Brennan: I just never figured you being in a relationship.
      Booth: Why? Do you think something's wrong with me?
      Brennan: Not wrong. You just have alpha-male attributes usually associated with a solitary existence.
      Booth: What, me? You're solitary.
      Brennan: No, no, I'm private. It's different, and we weren't talking about me.
      Booth: I was.
      Brennan: I wasn't. Look, I'm happy for you. Relationships have anthropological meaning. No society can survive if sexual bonds aren't forged between–
      Booth: What the hell are you talking about?

    • Agent Gibson: Dr. Brennan, I have jurisdiction.
      Brennan: Then why don't I destroy my notes, and let you guarantee the identity of the remains.

    • Hodgins: Someone seems really defensive about the FBI lately. You realize Booth is just another government stooge.

    • Angela: Bottom line, I still think Brennan has a shot with Booth.
      Hodgins: But she says she's not interested.
      Angela: Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

    • Angela: (Referring to Brennan) Please, she's been sleeping alone for months! She has enough pent up sexual energy to power a small mid-western city.

    • Zack: Isn't that the FBI's job?
      Hodgins: What, you trust the FBI? You realize those guys are gonna suppress whatever they need to cover their asses!
      Zack: (To Brennan) I found a portion of the clavicle.
      Hodgins: Are you even listening?
      Zack: No.
      Hodgins: They have a separate division, you know, that way their hands are always clean. In 1970–
      Brennan: Jack! We're trying to work!

    • Zack: If Smoky here had access to the president, why would he attack a café?
      Brennan: Smoky?
      Zack: It's how I deal with stress.
      Hodgins: Targeting everyday places causes panic. People stay home, the economy is crippled. It's terrorism 101, man.

    • Booth: We're dealing with someone here who devalues an entire culture; terrorizing people by using God to justify mass murder.
      Brennan: You're making it personal. That doesn't help.
      Booth: It is personal, Bones. All of us die a little bit on one like this.

    • Booth: Trying to track down the doctor?
      Brennan: Don't need him. It's definitely a toxin, but we can't determine what kind.
      Zack: Too bad the liver is cooked; that could tell us everything.
      Booth: You know, I need subtitles walking in here.

    • Jack: I graduated top of my class, Rhodes scholar, the youngest member inducted into the Academy of Physical Sciences, but [Brennan] still makes me feel like a cretin.
      Zack: She apologized to me.

    • (Booth and Brennan sit at the bar after Booth has shot the bomber.)
      Booth: I told them to tell the press that it was an undercover operation.
      Brennan: But it would be a Rose Garden ceremony. That's an honor, right? I thought you FBI guys liked your medals.
      Booth: No pleasure in taking someone's life. Nothing to celebrate.
      Brennan: (puts her hand on his forearm) You saved so many people, Booth. Don't forget that.
      Booth: Wanna get another drink?
      Brennan: Shouldn't you be getting home? Tessa will be worried about you.
      Booth: Yeah. I guess I should. (looks at her earnestly) Thanks for your help, Bones.
      Brennan: Sure.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Featured Music:
      "I Turn My Camera On" by Spoon (when Tessa is eating and reading, then Angela comes to talk to her)
      "Every Ship Must Sail Away" by Blue Merle ( during the final scene)
      "Shalom" by Moonraker (when Booth and Brennan are arguing at Wong Foo's)
      "Try" by Deep Audio (in the last "Wong Foo's" scene)

    • Hart Hanson and Barry Josephson received double billing in this episode. In addition to their credits in the main titles sequence, they also had credits in the main crew sequence.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: February 14th, 2006 on TV3
      Norway: Thursday, June 15th, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: Thursday, October 19th, 2006

    • Crew Additions and 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), Mellanie Bradford (script supervisor), 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), Panavision (camera systems & Lenses)


    • Angela: Methinks the lady doth protest too much.
      Angela uses a popular variation of a line from William Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act III. Scene II.) – "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Angela is saying that maybe Dr. Brennan protesting so strongly about having feelings for Booth is an indication that she does have feelings for him, and that her protesting is a defense mechanism to hide her feelings.