Season 5 Episode 19

The Rocker in the Rinse Cycle

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The body of an eccentric rich man is found in a laundry machine at a hotel, and Brennan and Booth find out that he was last seen at a Rock 'n' Roll camp, where they go to investigate. Back in the lab, a strange piece of evidence found on the body helps the team uncover potential murder suspects.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Ignore the case...

    concentrate on the character interaction.

    Booth being embarrassed by the sex talk between Cam and Bones; the awkwardness between B & B about their new dates; Cam and Michelle; Hodgins, Aristoo and baseball .

    There are lots of witty lines ( see below in quotes) so concentrate on them and forget about the inadequacies of the plot. Enjoy the guitar playing even if the Hot Blooded sequence is a little cringe worthy.moreless
  • inaccurate & lame

    Booth's assumption that women only go to gynecologist was sexist and very uninformed. I was saddened that (for once!) they did not have Bones correct him on this point.

    I found it kind of odd that Cam would book a male gynocologist for her daughter, but maybe that's my own prejudice. I did like that subplot.

    oh and mistaking a testicle for an eyeball ... that did surprise a laugh out of me.

    Otherwise the episode was pretty lame. The murder itself was stupid. Who kills someone for "not being worthy (of paying to spend a few minutes with a star)? The clues they found were pretty random and by chance (only one girl at the camp had a piercing?? the one clue happens to be one of the few purple hairs). None of the characters were believable. Bones complete & total ignorance on ANY sports or popular culture continues to be annoying. Booth & Sweets act like morons.moreless
  • As a huge music snob, this episode mostly annoyed me.

    The best thing about this episode was the side plot with Cam and her daughter. I love Cam, and it always makes me happy when they do a story about her. I hope things go well with her and the gyno, cause she totally deserves someone! :)

    I also enjoyed some of the baseball talk... I liked the line Angela said, something about "after the snow melts, white men hit things with sticks". :D I seriously want Angela and Jack to get back together... sooooooooo bad.

    The rest of the episode was really bad, though. Some of my top gripes:

    - Most of the science in the episode was wayyyyy too by-chance and "lucky". There are other things that would've cracked nickel besides chlorine... no way Jack would've known that upon first glance. What are the odds that a tiny little piece of purple hair was stuck in the guitar, when the killer only had a tiny portion of his hair dyed that color? Too much luck and over the top assumptions in this episode.

    - The killer was fairly obvious. I knew it was gonna be one of those two kids the moment they met them in line. I wasn't sure if it'd be the guy or the girl, but they made it pretty obvious it was one of them.

    - I think the most annoying thing was how Bones just happened to know how to play Hot Blooded, and instantly knew how to play a mean rock guitar solo. I know she's a genius, and I'd be willing to believe that she could pick up guitar in no time, but instant professional solo? Sorry, that's just too much.

    - I also really hate episodes like this, how they make Booth into this caveman type idiot. I didn't believe for a minute that he'd act like that around some electric guitars. And right, of COURSE he's obsessed with Led Zepplin and hates Toad the Wet Sprocket. Really? Is that the best the writers could do?

    - Finally, this "famous guitarist" who just spends all his time playing at some lame camp? If he was really as famous as Booth and everyone made him out to be, especially with an attitude as bad as his, he'd be making records and performing huge venues. Sorry my first review is so negative. I really love Bones, and most of the episodes are so great... but this one had so many short-comings and I just didn't really enjoy it at all.moreless
  • Dreamcamp..

    This time.. it is all about dreams. I mean.. the person killed has been going those dream camps and so.. they have to go one too.. and Booth starts to be carried away by his own Rock'n Roll dream.. Ok.. I loved that singing on stage.. but other than that.. Booth and Sweets managed to act very childish. Maybe music like that makes people do that... maybe.. not..

    The weird thing was, that I quite liked Cam substoryline with her daughter.. Specially the end, when they switched rolls.

    And the case.. I mean.. the way the murderer said he is proud to done it.. Oh.. Maybe they were just too crazy to be understood.moreless
  • Really good episode

    A funny episode with nice character development for Cam.

    It was nice to include someone for Cam, Paul character seems pretty compatible with her. He looks like someone likable to be around for a while.

    I liked so much how Bones seemed obsessed with Booth been with Catherine. She couldn´t keep he mouth shut Lol. At the beginning of the ep. she is like "oh the social contract" using her anthropological persona. But then out of the blue she tells Cam about Booth liking Catherine and how she didn´t like Hacker "not like Booth" likes people, Lol. So funny seen her like that.

    The sweet part was the ending and Bones telling Booth how much their partnership means to her. I was like Awwww! And it seems like that´s what´s all about with Bones. She freaked out when Booth declare to her, because even when she knows how much she feels for Booth, she´s just afraid to loose Him and the partnership that is almost her whole life. And I think that why she told Booth the partnership line, to let him know how much he means to her.

    Anyway, a nice and funny episode.

    The Hot Blooded scene was great even when David and Emily can´t carry a tune.moreless
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

Tiffany Hines

Tiffany Hines

Michelle Welton

Guest Star

Elon Gold

Elon Gold

Dr. Lidner

Guest Star

Josh Todd

Josh Todd

Erik Dalton

Guest Star

Pej Vahdat

Pej Vahdat

Arastoo Vaziri

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Booth tells Brennan that "Hot Blooded" is "our song" it's because they've rocked out to it together before -- in the season one episode "Two Bodies in a Lab".

    • Goof: When Cam and Michelle are talking in the diner, a man wearing a brown plaid shirt can be seen walking toward the bar and sitting down behind Cam. The shot switches to Michelle, then back to Cam. When the shot goes back to Cam, the same man walks up behind her and sits down again, just like in the first shot.

    • This episode contains numerous overt and covert references to the rock band Led Zeppelin:
      1) The victim shares a name (Richard Cole) with the man who served as Led Zeppelin's tour manager for the length of their career (excluding reunions). 2) The killer's weapon, a Gibson Les Paul guitar, is a guitar that Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page has used extensively throughout his career. 3) The name of the fantasy camp's promoter/coordinator (Simon Graham) may be an amalgamation of the names Simon Kirke and Bill Graham. Simon Kirke is a drummer who was once rumored to have been in the running to replace the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Simon Kirke has also appeared as a counselor at Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. Bill Graham was a famous rock concert promoter with whom Led Zeppelin's management had some physical conflicts.
      4) Towards the end of the episode, Booth and Bones share a conversation about tickets for Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion. David Boreanaz (Booth) actually attended the Led Zeppelin reunion.

    • Angela: According to my dad, guitarists have this thing about their picks. Different materials make different sounds.
      Hodgins: Brian May uses an English penny.

      Queen guitarist Brian May actually uses an English sixpence coin, which is equivalent to six pennies, and hasn't been legal tender since 1980.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Brennan: If a testicle is severely twisted or de-gloved, it almost always necessitates removal. (Booth and Sweets are visibly uncomfortable) In the case of penetrating trauma …

      Booth: No … no … d … j … do you think we can go twenty minutes on this case without talking about testicles?
      Sweets: Please.

    • Cam: (looking for a victim's body part) Is there a testicle up here?
      Hodgins: (with Arastoo) Four that I know of.

    • Michelle: (about her gynecologist) Is that why you sent me to him? So you could get a date? I know you haven't seen anyone since I've been living with you.
      Cam: No. He's a good doctor. That's all.
      Michelle: Who just happens to be cute.
      Cam: Yes. No. God.
      Michelle: Why didn't you tell me? Don't you trust me? You have to sneak around behind my back?
      Cam: No. Wait. How did we switch roles here?

    • Camper #1: Dude, you could lose the tie around here.
      Brennan: Well, he- he likes it. It's a- a gift from a woman.
      Booth: (shows badge to campers) All right, FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (to Brennan) Hacker get you anything?
      Brennan: A subscription to Lapham's Quarterly.
      Booth: Sexy.

    • Brennan: I was a very big fan of Toad the Wet Sprocket.
      Booth: You might wanna keep that to yourself, all right?

    • Booth: We have some unanswered questions about Kurt Cobain's death, we thought maybe you could give us some insight.
      Girl: Seriously?
      Brennan: I believe he was being ironic but if you do have information about this Cobain person, I'm sure the FBI would appreciate that too.
      Booth: Thanks Bones.

    • Bones: Booth seems to like Catherine, don't you think?
      Cam: I do. I'm glad. It's been a long time since he's dated anyone.
      Bones: I know. It's important for Booth to share his life. I prefer being alone.
      Cam: But you're seeing Hacker.
      Bones: Yes, and I like him, but not like Booth. I mean, not like Booth wants to like someone.
      Cam: All organisms evolve and develop along patterns only recognized in retrospect. Your life doesn't exist outside the laws of nature.
      Bones: Then in ignorance, I await my own surprise. Although the odds of it involving a commitment to another person are remote.

    • Bones: Our partnership is still important to me. You know that, right?
      Booth: Sure. Yeah. Die for your partner. That's the way I look at it.

    • Sweets: (about Booth and Bones) Wow, you two seem to be handling dating very well. I'm impressed.
      Bones: Well you've known me for two years Sweets, you should expect to be impressed by me.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "A Hero's Welcome" by Brian Tichy
      "I Don't Need No Doctor" by Ray Charles (performed by the fantasy camp band)
      "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner (sung by Booth and Bones)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 28th, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 6th, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: May 16th, 2010 on Channel Seven
      Latin America: May 19th, 2010 on Fox
      Spain: June 4th, 2010 on Fox
      Brazil: July 8th, 2010 on Fox
      Sweden: August 15th, 2010 on TV3
      India: October 5th, 2010 on Star World
      Norway: October 28th, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: December 18th, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: March 9th, 2011 on JOJ
      Germany: April 7th, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 19th, 2011 on Prima

    • This episode was part of a promotional May sweep "Fox Rocks" week, where nearly every show on the Fox primetime schedule had musical elements in their storylines.