Season 4 Episode 17

The Salt in the Wounds

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 19, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Brennan and Booth investigate the death of a 16-year-old pregnant girl who was found buried in a pile of street salt. During their investigation they uncover a high school "pregnancy pact" between the victim and some of her fellow volleyball players.

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  • Okay episode, nice to see Angela and Hodgins together.

    When a high school girl is found murdered and buried under the pile of street salt Brennan and Booth must catch her killer, whilst Cam, Hodgins Sweets and Angela use there magic to discover how and why Booth discovers a high school pact between the victim and her fellow high school volleyball team to become pregnant and all live together for a large sum of money.

    Back at the Jeffersonian Angela get's some bad news when her 'Girlfriend' Roxie makes a choice to leave her and Hodgins is there for a shoulder to cry on.

    Good episode but not the best, it was similar to Player Under Pressure (however that was a better episode ) I think it was just similar as they were both centred at a High school and a schoolgirl, but probably it's the romantic in me but was glad to see Hodgins and Angela back if only for a 'wink' 'wink'.. rendezvous..moreless
  • Not a bad episode but defiantly not one of their best.

    There were a few things that annoyed me about this episode though.

    Namely that the kids all had kids and were not only having unprotected sex but they were almost flaunting the fact that they were pregnant.

    Then at the end of the episode where Booth takes the kid to the side to tell him the kids were his responsibility. Sod that! What about the girls responsibility's to him? They were really just using him to get pregnant. If a girl is not using protection or lying about using contraceptives then how is that the kids fault?

    Sometimes like this Booth comes off as a bit of a self righteous ass.

    But otherwise it was a good episode.moreless
  • Though it's an unusual case, the downside: it has a message that says it's okay for teenage girls to deliberately get themselves pregnant – and the network let this air?

    Ashley's mother is a shrew, she can't get uppity because she doesn't like the questions. Her daughter was murdered, instead of grief there's attitude.

    Angela's flaky girlfriend finally leaves. It was an unbelievable storyline from day one. Then she jumps into bed with Hodgins, which really isn't fair to him. Angela does feel the need to tell everyone who she's sleeping with, hasn't she heard of discretion. I agree with Sweets on this, Angela's sexuality seems to dictate all of her relationship decisions and none of those relationships have worked out. Maybe she should do what he said – take sex out of the equation.

    A new intern, Iranian this time. Guy's impressive, that thing with the x-rays was great. He's also a sweetie, the CD was really a nice thing to do.

    This pregnancy pact is understandable for adult women but these are teenage girls, not even graduated, and they lose everything including their scholarships?! What kind of parents do these girls have?! It's disgraceful and I'm not terribly happy with an episode that actually makes arguments for teenage girls getting pregnant to be alright.moreless
  • Not a horrible episode, just a little too far fetched with the whole pregnancy pact and the chiropracter being the murderer...other than that not too bad.

    Not a horrible episode, just a little too far fetched with the whole pregnancy pact and the chiropracter being the murderer...other than that not too bad. Good acting, decent characters, and some general plot/character development. I love Bones as a show generally, as it has great characters, a good combination of smart humor, drama, and a scientific edge to the show which makes it one of the better shows on tv right now. Definitely leading the show is David Boreanez, whose performance is always stellar (has been since Buffy the Vampire Slayer), plays his character as a federal agent perfectly.moreless
  • Saved by the ending!

    I thought the plot line of a pregnancy pact between a group of high school volleyball players was different. In one sense, it was good because I know from friends in high school that this sort of things happens and it's quite sad that our society has come to this.

    I can't say that I enjoyed the show that much until the end when Seely took an immature boy aside and gave him a Dutch Uncle talking to that he desperately needed. He told him that he was saying these things because he needed to hear them and you could really see where this could very well be the wake-up call that the boy needed and that could turn his life around.

    I think that far too often these days, men are portrayed a soft wimpy types who only seem interested in beer, sports and women and that is sad. I've always thought that Seely Booth is an excellent role model for a strong yet compassionate man and in the closing scene it shone through beautifully.

    I believe it's why those of use that are older should make an effort to be involved in the life of our youth because we have experiences and truth that we can share which can change their lives for the better. That was certainly my experience growing up and I loved the example of it here.moreless
Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Pej Vahdat

Pej Vahdat

Arastoo Vaziri

Guest Star

Nichole Hiltz

Nichole Hiltz

Roxie Lyon

Guest Star

Monique Coleman

Monique Coleman

Becca Hedgepeth

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Booth does the bench pressing you can clearly see the small tattoos which David Boreanaz has on the inside of each wrist. His tattoo is remarked on in the commentary by Boreanaz and Dechanel to "Two Bodies in the Lab" on the DVD.

    • The list of songs on the CD that Arastoo made for Angela:
      "Hope There's Someone" by Antony and the Johnsons
      "Breathe Me" by Sia
      "Heartbeats" by José González
      "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star
      "The Lullaby of Loneliness" by Aaron English
      "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas

    • Goof: After Clinton does some benchpressing, Booth goes and sets a second, larger weight on the right side of the dumbbell. He then goes to the other side of the bench and the camera angle changes. Booth can then be seen adding a second weight to the left side of the dumbbell -- but the original, smaller weights are now the same size as the larger weights Booth has added.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Hodgins: Ya know I- I- I'm gonna take Angela for a cup of coffee, okay?
      Cam: (sarcastically) Sure, yeah, go. This is a simple murder. Solves itself.

    • Angela: So you heard about me and Roxy?
      Sweets: Yeah. Sorry.
      Angela: Oh no, really, it's absolutely fine.
      Sweets: Okay.
      Angela: I also had a little ... afternoon delight with Hodgins but lets just say, it's not really his thing.
      Sweets: Again I'm sorry.
      Angela: No it's ... totally fine.
      Sweets: Then why are you telling me?
      Angela: Brennan approves of the way I conduct my love life.
      Sweets: Oh.
      Angela: Yeah.

    • Angela: I'm fine about Roxie. People come and go in life.
      Hodgins: What did she say, aside from "so long"?
      Angela: Basically she said she wants somebody who, doesn't just live in the moment but who ... considers the future. (pauses) What's wrong with the moment?
      Hodgins: Nothing.
      Angela: But?
      Hodgins: But it's ... nice every once in a while to think about the future.
      Angela: So, let me get this straight: To be together, then it has to be all about the future.
      Hodgins: Yeah.
      Angela: So, this, right now, this isn't together?
      Hodgins: It was a moment. A great moment. But, like all great moments, it passed.

    • Bones: Despite the fact that you aren't, a real medical doctor you have been quite helpful. Thanks.
      Dr. Fitts: Oh you're welcome. Oh and, by the way, you aren't a real medical doctor either.
      (Bones is visibly displeased.)
      Booth: Ouch.

    • Bones: If you had released the remains to me when I had asked and Mr. Vaziri had removed the flesh, then we'd have never have found cause of death.
      Cam: Thank you.
      Bones: Why are you thanking me? I'm simply stating a fact.
      Cam: I'm thanking you for stating the fact that you were wrong.
      Bones: Oh. You're welcome.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: May 3rd, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: June 5th, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: June 28th, 2009 on Channel Seven
      Finland: September 19th, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: November 5th, 2009 on TV3
      Slovakia: March 3rd, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: March 18th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: December 6th, 2010 on Prima

    • Spencer Breslin is credited as a "Special Guest Star," while Nichole Hiltz receives the "and" credit.

    • Featured Music:
      "Heartbeats" by José González (during the montage near the end of the episode)


    • Arastoo: Significant remodeling of the metacarpophalangeal joint on the right thumb, a snap, an old fracture to the little finger, crack, and a bone chip at the dorsal radial portion of the left wrist.
      Hodgins: Pop?
      Hodgins is referring to one of the three animated characters—Snap, Crackle, and Pop—the mascots of Rice Krispies cereal which have been around since 1933. The characters were named after an ad for the cereal that discussed the noises the cereal makes in a bowl of milk.