Season 7 Episode 1

The Memories in the Shallow Grave

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2011 on FOX
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The body of a woman found buried under a paintball field yields more questions than answers as the investigation into her death reveals even she didn't know who she was. On the domestic side, Booth and Brennan adjust to sharing space with each other … and her growing stomach.


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  • out of character for Bones to go through with the pregnancy

    I guess they had to have Bones go through with the pregnancy due to he real life actor being pregnant.

    However, to me, it seems quite out of character for Bones to not have used protection and to not have an abortion

    She is hyper-rational, she has no sentimentality or empathy, she would be a terrible parent, she is obsessed with her career and a child that needs care and emotional support would throw that all off.

    I'm kind of shocked they didn't at least have her consider getting an abortion before deciding that she would deliver something that would need her attention and an emotional connection.moreless
  • Great start to new season

    Love to see them together at last - took a tragedy to do it but hey what the heck. Still they can't stop bickering can they. Wouldn't we all like to see the photo of Booth making an omelette.

    Complex convoluted plot with intriguing psychological problems.
  • Bones

    Love it so how can I watch it I can't find it on netflex
  • plot summary error

    I love this episode. And also think FINALLY! I would be remiss if I didn't point out an error in the plot summary. Bones would point out that her stomach is not changing in size. That would be quite alarming.

    Her Uterus is increasing in size and her abdomen is correspondingly.
  • It was AWESUM one of the best season premieres ever I mean Bones struggling with her hormonal episodes and then both of them adjusting to the situation at hand and the viewers are not allowed to forget Michael ( who is sooo cute).overall wonderful =)moreless

    Here Booth's protective side is always shown and how he is coping with Bones' independence. It brings out a very sweet and Hodgins watching over them in an amused way as if to say this is only the beginning....

    Also how they are sharing their domestic issues....trying to find a place to live together and Angela's advice helps Bones to take the next step,....................
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

Guy Wilson

Guy Wilson


Guest Star

Brooklyn McLinn

Brooklyn McLinn


Guest Star

Brad Greenquist

Brad Greenquist

Joseph Serrano

Guest Star

Michael Grant Terry

Michael Grant Terry

Wendell Bray

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Booth, Brennan and Hodgins are at the crime scene looking for evidence, Booth tries to take a picture of Brennan crying over the body. You can hear the camera phone taking photos, but you can clearly see (even at normal speed) that his home screen never changes into camera mode.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Booth and Brennan are sharing his kitchen as they make breakfast.)
      Booth: You want me to, uh, help you with that?
      Brennan: No, I can make toast. It's just your kitchen is very small.
      Booth: My kitchen is the same size that it's always been. Look at it.
      Brennan: The implication being that I have grown bigger. I'm aware of that.
      Booth: No, no, it's not that you've grown bigger. It's that you've … you know, y-you've grown out. You've gotten larger, you know? Like, you just expanded then (stutters to a stop) you look great, by the way.

    • Booth: So, uh … y-your magazine is in my oatmeal.
      Brennan: Oh! You know, we don't have to go through this. My place is much roomier.
      Booth: Well, we both agreed to split time.
      Brennan: Yes, and we are.
      Booth: Neither of us really likes it.
      Brennan: I'm fine.
      Booth: Ohh … come on, Bones, you know what? It's been five months, and we spend almost all of our time together. What we need is one bed. One place. Our place.
      Brennan: I thought you said you'd never move in with someone again unless you're married.
      Booth: (chuckles) Are you asking me to marry you?
      Brennan: What? Me? No, no! You're the one who believes in marriage. I'm not going to bring it up.
      Booth: Well, you just did.
      Brennan: Are you saying that you aren't going to ask me to marry you?
      Booth: No, you are going to ask me to marry you.

    • Booth: Everything okay, Bones?
      Brennan: (sobbing over the remains) Of course. I'm merely experiencing emotional … inconsistencies due to hormones secreted … during pregnancy.
      Dr. Jack Hodgins: Angela used to cry at the ShamWow commercial

    • Cam: (removing a brain during an autopsy) Hard to believe these three little pounds are the reason we are who we are.
      Wendell: (as a swarm of insects promptly begin crawling out of the brain) Whoa!
      Cam: Oh, my God!
      Wendell: There's beetles in there!
      Hodgins: Come to papa, my little friends! See, they may have ingested some of the particulates that were on the weapon.
      Cam: Judging by the shape of the injury and the fact that some of the brain tissue seems to be torn, it looks like something metal, with a jagged edge.
      Hodgins: Well, maybe you could help us, couldn't you?
      Cam: Really? They're beetles, not puppies, Dr. Hodgins.

    • Wendell: Still, I mean, you crying … I would've loved to have seen that.
      Brennan: Why?
      Angela: It's sort of like an eclipse. It doesn't happen that often.
      Brennan: Well, Booth took a picture of me, but since I have a picture of him cooking an omelet naked, he agreed never to show it to anyone.

    • Brennan: Booth is upset with me. Because I'm not ready for us to move in together.
      Angela: Oh. Good for Booth
      Brennan: I've always been on my own, Angela.
      Angela: Yeah, but you're never gonna be on your own again. Ever. Those little kicks you feel, that's just the beginning.

    • Brennan: (lunching with Booth at the Royal Diner) The Bible features a vengeful god who capriciously slaughters the creatures he creates. Sweets would characterize him as a sociopath.
      Booth: Hey, wait! God is not a sociopath!
      Brennan: Let's just say I don't want Him babysitting for our child.

    • Dr. Saroyan: (discovers Hodgins and Angela with their baby in the lab--against the rules) What is this?
      Dr. Hodgins: (holding his baby) Uh … why, it's, it's a very small bipedal primate from the Hominidae family.

    • Booth: Look, Bones … I love you, okay? That's not rational. Us having a kid? That's not rational. But here we are.

    • Angela: Look, honey, you wound up in foster care, and that would make anybody scared about starting a family.
      Brennan: I didn't say anything about foster care.
      Angela: Well, you didn't have to. Those memories don't have to rule your life. Remember the time with your mom and dad. The good times. Have that life.

    • (After Booth has rescued her from a pregnancy-related incident.)
      Brennan: Anyway, I realize that this is just one of many unforeseen situations that I might find myself in now that we're starting a family. And since I can always depend on you to assist when needed, whether practically, emotionally or sexually, being in close proximity would facilitate that. And if the only way for that to occur is by finding another dwelling, I'm willing to do that, even though it's a foolish investment in this market.
      Booth: Well, I was hoping for something a little bit more romantic, but I'll take what I can get.

    • Dr. Brennan: (noticing possible clues in some digital pictures taken at the crime scene) I would have seen this before if I wasn't awash in hormones.

    • Brennan: We don't need DNA, do we, Mr. Bray?
      Wendell: Of course not. I-I should have seen that, I'm sorry.
      Cam: Excuse me. The, uh, boss here needs an explanation.
      Brennan: Look at the image. There's a clear impression of the tooth in the gum. That's as good as a fingerprint.
      Hodgins: If I, uh, freeze the paintball, I should be able to extract the gum without compromising the shape.
      Brennan: I'll tell Booth.
      Wendell: She's having that baby so the next generation will have someone who'll make them feel dumb.
      Hodgins: Seriously.

    • Brennan: (looking at houses for sale on her laptop) This one has a pool, too.
      Booth: How much does that cost, that, uh, place there?
      Brennan: Oh, it's just a little over $3,000,000.00.
      Booth: What? Whoa, wait a second. Hold on, I can't afford that.
      Brennan: But I can. I just got a big advance for my next book.
      Booth: No, no, no. Mmm-nnh. 50-50, straight down the line.
      Brennan: (scoffs) Well, then, we're gonna have to inflate the pool.
      Booth: Makes for some great memories, right?
      Brennan: Wouldn't you like to have some horses, though?
      Booth: Oh, God, horses. Why did I think this was going to be easy?
      Brennan: That's what you like about me, I'm not easy.
      Booth: Not all the time.

    • Booth: (after Bones tries to make him move into her place because that's how the Iroquois did it) Yeah, but I did some research on the internet and found 20 tribes where you would have had to move in with me, plus one where I would have had to shoot you in the leg with an arrow.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The end of this episode had a dedication card sequenced before the end credits that read, "Emily Therese Maki 1996 - 2011" underneath her picture. Emily was a 14-year-old teenager who died from a stroke in her home state of Wisconsin on August 10, 2011.

    • New footage in the opening credits montage includes a clip from the Season five's "The Proof in the Pudding" in which government agents insist Brennan and her team examine skeletal remains preserved in a form-fitting steel coffin which are eerily similar to JFK.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 3rd, 2011 on Global
      United Kingdom: November 16th, 2011 on Sky LIVING/Sky LIVING HD
      Czech Republic: October 9th, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: October 31st, 2012 on JOJ
      Germany: January 15, 2013 on RTL


    • Sweets: Well, it takes a village.
      It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us is a book published in 1996 by then-First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton. In it, Clinton presents her vision for the children of America. She focuses on the impact individuals and groups outside the family have, for better or worse, on a child's well-being, and advocates a society which meets all of a child's needs.