Season 3 Episode 9

The Santa in the Slush

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Booth and Brennan investigate a mall Santa named Kris Kringle who was found dead by two elves. A series of clues makes the murdered mall Santa seem like he's the real deal.

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  • Its about time too!!!

    Well we have all been waiting for Bones and Booth to kiss but tis way was even better, Bones had to do it and she let Booth in on it at the lat minute... But it was about time they actually did kiss and the awkwardness afterwards was funny too... You could tell they both liked it...

    As for the dead Santa, that was so funny, Booth saying that Santa is dead before Christmas even started and that he was already having a bad Christmas because he couldn't be with Parker this year.

    I think Bones and Booth are so cute togther even though they aren't a couple, he always sticks up for her and helps her family and is very protective of her. Parker was so cute when he told those police officers that he was lost and his Daddy works in the FBI. Clever thinking. And Captain Fantastic!! Oh how funny but it was cute how they got to spend Christmas together and they got a Christmas tree for Bones and her family. So sweet of Booth!

    I think they would be so weird as a couple because they work now as they are and they sometimes connect on things. But the arguing works for them. I hope we get to see what it would be like for Booth and Bones as a couple!!moreless
  • This was a perfect Christmas episode! (may have spoilers!)

    I loved this episode it had everything I love in an episode. It had a murder, (obviously) it had B/B relationship and it even had family from both Booth and Bones. Over all it had the best holiday of the year, Christmas! I loved the mistletoe! I was waiting for that moment for such a long time! The ending was the best, when they all had their Christmas celebrations and Bones not going to Peru, even when Parker and Booth got them the Christmas tree! Over all they could not of come up with a better Christmas episode. Happy Holidays!moreless
  • One look, One word, One Kiss! Finally!

    Like many other 'Bones' fanatics out there this episode was the crème de la crème, the storm before the calm, that sigh of relief! Finally, Bones and Brennan embrace in a passionate 5-sec kiss, (although in the special features they kiss for 12-secs!)

    I love Caroline's character, but this made her a favourite for me – she doesn't beat around the bush and she is certainly a woman who knows what she wants. I love that fact that this character can stand up to Brennan (and essentially 'put her in her place') without being hated by us viewers. I had hoped though that the next episode (The Man in the Mud) would follow through with this kiss and play on the obvious feelings between Bones and Brennan.moreless
  • Very fun Christmas episode.

    Santa's apartment is great, from the sparkly lights to the train set. All the Santa related jokes in the lab as they processed the evidence and when they found out who the victim was, very funny. Hilarious when they confront the Santas to check the bells and the Santas sing at the killer!

    Parker is a very smart kid, finding the FBI. Creative way of giving the family a Christmas together, putting Russ in civilian clothes was a nice touch. Very sweet of Booth to get the Brennan family a tree. Brennan's trip to Peru certainly sounds fascinating, I love the South American pyramids.

    Blackmail is a beautiful thing – that was a pretty decent kiss.

    Fun, sweet episode.moreless
  • Brilliant and funny

    What a great Christmas episode. OK there was a body but the overall feeling was of humour and sentiment. I particularly love the scene between Booth and his son Parker. Those two actors really gell. I think David Boreanaz is really great in all his scenes with the youngster.

    Those of you out there with the DVD set for this season can enjoy the extended kiss scene which shows just how Brennan's gum came to be in Booth's mouth. Mmmmm!

    Just a nit pick - French people do not kiss on the mouth when meeting in the street with friends. They kiss on the cheeks either side - two or more depending on the area. Where I live it is three kisses or bisous. Lovely to watch teenagers greeting each other. Caroline is a great character, whether she is bawling them out or feeling puckish.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

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Bess Wohl

Bess Wohl

Amy Hollister

Guest Star

Antonia Michael Fuller

Antonia Michael Fuller

Emma Hollister

Guest Star

Skye Casey Arens

Skye Casey Arens

Hayley Hollister

Guest Star

Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

Max Keenan

Recurring Role

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The uniform that the security guard is wearing has a Mall of America security patch on the shoulder.

    • Goof: In the scene where Brennan asks Booth if he wants some gum before they kiss, when Booth says that he needs to talk with Caroline about the kiss, Brennan replies "No!" At that point a piece of white gum is visible in her mouth -- but the gum that ended up in Booth's mouth was blue.

    • In this episode, Bones and Booth share their very first lips-to-lips kiss, though it was not quite voluntary, as they were asked to do it by Caroline Julian as part of a deal.

    • After the guilty Santa is caught and the other Santas sing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" to him mockingly, the lips of the Santas do not match the audio.

    • Goof: When Booth is interviewing the security guard whose wallet was found in the dumpster, the guard's patch is from the Mall of America in Minnesota, which is nowhere near Washington D.C.

    • Brennan mentions to Russ that Burma doesn't exist anymore and that it is now called Myanmar. However, neither the United States of America or the United Kingdom recognize the legitimacy of the ruling military government or its authority to rename the country in English, so in those countries, the name of the country is still officially Burma. Being an anthropologist Brennan may follow what the locals believe (that they live in Myanmar and not Burma) but either way Brennan should have known about the specifics of the country's name change and why Russ said Burma instead of Myanmar.

    • Cam says that "the huge bacteria count and the unseasonably warm weather" explains why the rats got to the body. This breaks continuity with the rest of the episode. There is snow throughout the episode, and everyone is dressed for very cold weather.

    • Goof: When Booth and Brennan are investigating the victim's apartment, Booth repeatedly touches several items and furniture with his bare hands. A cop would never do this in real life because it would compromise the evidence. In previous episodes, Booth used a pen to move things around and in one occasion, gloves.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Bones: The warden says no Christmas tree.
      Caroline: That's right. Three years ago, somebody made a shiv out of the star. Now no trees or ornaments of any kind.
      Bones: Isn't that a little dreary?
      Caroline: Hey, don't kill people, don't get sent to prison, have a Christmas pageant in your own home every year.

    • Brennan: (about the Santas) We have to sniff their behinds.
      Booth: We have to sniff ... (pauses, confused) You lost me there.

    • Brennan: Look, Amy will be there, Dad will be there, the girls will be there.
      Russ: And you?
      Brennan: I was going to, but ... we're not the only people getting the trailer and I thought it would be in the afternoon, but now it's Christmas Eve and ... I gotta be on that plane.
      Russ: To Peru?
      Brennan: Yeah.
      Russ: Tempy, Dad wants us all. And you're one of us.

    • Cam: So Santa was definitely murdered. Someone didn't like their present...

    • (Brennan, Booth, and Cam are at the murder scene)
      Booth: So what do you say we just get back to our, dead Santa here.
      Brennan: He's not Santa, Booth. He's a dead man, in a costume.
      Cam: Well, the beard looks real, and he's pretty fat.
      Brennan: Which doesn't make him Santa.
      Cam: Well, let's not jump to conclusions.

    • Hodgins: The maggots in dead Santa's collar fed on high concentrations of non-sulfated chondroitin glycosaminoglycans and N-acetylneuramic acid.
      Cam: This is why Booth hates talking to you.
      Hodgins: It's the regurgitated saliva of the male Aerodramus fuciphagus. Wait, Booth hates talking to me?
      Cam: Not you specifically - lab people.

    • Cam: (seeing the dead "Santa" in a sewer) You'd think someone who can squeeze up and down chimneys would find a sewer a snap.

    • Caroline: You kiss Seeley Booth on the lips, and I'll make sure your daddy has his dream Christmas. No tree, mind you, but otherwise, as good as an accused murderer can expect.

    • Max: I'm in dress rehearsal, for a Christmas Carol.
      Brennan: You're Jacob Marley?
      Max: I wanted to be Scrooge, but some triple homicide in Cell Block H got the part. You don't want to know how.

    • Zack: If you take into account all believers of the myth, factor in time zones, rotation of the Earth, and assume Santa travels east to west, he would have to make approximately 822.6 visits per second to reach every child.

    • Max: By the way, this is the best Christmas I have had in sixteen years.
      Brennan: Me too.

    • Bones: My father is a murderer and a thief.
      Booth: Well, murderers and thieves, they get Christmas too, in fact it's kinda the point.
      Bones: Well, I have other plans.
      Booth: Well, whatever they are skeletons and Christmas do not mix.
      Bones: That's exactly what my father said.

    • Bones: You love Christmas.
      Booth: I love it, you know, when I have Parker. But this year he's going skiing in Vermont with Rebecca and "Captain Fantastic".
      Bones: Who's Captain Fantastic?
      Booth: It's her boyfriend, commands a Coast Guard cutter.
      Bones: His last name isn't literally Fantastic is it?
      Booth Might as well be.

    • Booth: When you get back, me and you will have our own Christmas, just the two of us.
      Parker: Without Captain Fantastic.
      Booth: You know, we shouldn't call Brent "Captain Fantastic" anymore.
      Parker: Why? You do.
      Booth: Well, I won't anymore.
      Parker: Why? It's funny.

    • Caroline: Congratulations! I hear you have a suspect in the Santa slaying?
      Booth: Yeah, well, it looks like the Easter Bunny has nothing to worry about.

    • Angela: You know, this is our first Christmas as a couple.
      Hodgins: Awww, too bad Santa's dead.
      Angela: I thought that we could make Christmas decorations for our tree. Is that too corny? It's what my family did when I was little. And I always thought you know, when I had my own family that, I'd carry on the tradition.
      Hodgins: Are two people a family?
      Angela: Isn't that how every family starts?
      Hodgins: Then I think us making decorations is just corny enough.

    • Hodgins: Our victim was kicked by a reindeer.
      Angela: Oh, get the hell outta here!
      Zack: The sacrum.
      Angela: Wait, wait, the evidence actually adds up to an old fat man, with a white beard, in a custom-made Santa suit, who smoked a clay pipe, and got kicked in the ass by a reindeer?

    • Booth: Christmas is about making the impossible happen.
      Bones: You mean, like you spending Christmas with Parker?
      Booth: Okay, you know what? That hurt. Wake me up when the Squint Squad finds out something.

    • Bones: (to Dr. Sweets) Booth, who is a very honest person, says, that at this time of year deception is necessary for the happiness of little children.
      Booth: I'm being mis-quoted.
      Dr. Sweets: Booth is absolutely right.

    • Booth: (on the phone with Rebecca) He's fine, Rebecca. No ... just listen, I will get him back in time, tomorrow, before you leave for Vermont.
      Parker: I hate Vermont!
      Booth: No, I didn't tell him to say that!

    • Parker: Are you gonna to be all alone at Christmas?
      Booth: Me? Nah, I'm not gonna be alone ... gonna be with Bones and all of our friends.
      Brennan: I'm going to Peru.
      Booth: See we're all going to Peru.
      Parker: You're having Christmas in Africa?
      Brennan: No, actually Peru is-
      Booth: Is Africa, isn't that right Bones?

    • (after Bones tells Booth she's going to kiss him)
      Bones: I'm only telling you out of professional courtesy.
      Booth: What?
      Bones: So that you won't be surprised.
      Booth: Yeah but when you say kiss you mean like, kiss kiss on both cheeks?
      Bones: No the lips.

    • Booth: Hey, so we figured we'd call and uh, wish you a little uh, yuletide cheer.
      Parker: Merry Christmas, Bones.
      Bones: (laughs) Thanks Parker.

    • Booth: Aww three days before Christmas and somebody killed Santa.

    • Brennan: (after kissing Booth) It was like, kissing my brother.
      Caroline: You sure must like your brother.
      Booth: She does.
      Brennan: I do.

    • (Brennan is trying to get Caroline to let her dad and brother use a trailer for Christmas so family can visit)
      Caroline: I will.
      Brennan: You will? Thank you!
      Caroline: On one condition.
      Brennan: Booth said you'd say that.
      Caroline: Did he say I'd ask you to kiss 'im?
      Brennan: (laughs) No. Well are you?
      Caroline: No cheeks, no noses - right on the lips.
      Brennan: W-people kiss people on the nose?
      Caroline: I want you to kiss him, under some mistletoe.
      Brennan: (laughs) Kiss Booth?
      Caroline: That's right chérie.
      Brennan: Why?
      Caroline: Because it will amuse me.
      Brennan: Why?
      Caroline: Because, you're all, "Dr. Brennan" and "Special Agent Seeley Booth" and, it's Christmas and I have a puckish side that will not be denied.
      Brennan: Puckish?
      Caroline: What's the matter you don't think I can be puckish?

    • Brennan: (to Sweets) I have a crisis.
      Booth: (whispering) Bones it was just mistletoe.
      Brennan: Not the kiss. That was nothing.
      Sweets: You kissed?
      Booth: Mistletoe.
      Brennan: That's not the crisis.
      Sweets: Was there tongue?
      Booth: All right, you know what? Get your own sex life-
      Brennan: Wh-that has nothing to do with sex.
      Booth: Nothing.
      Brennan: No.
      Booth: There was no ... it was ... mistletoe.
      Brennan: Totally sexless.

    • Brennan: (right after kissing Booth) Was that enough steamboats?
      Caroline: (astonished) Plenty. A whole flotilla.
      Booth: I don't know what that means but um ... Merry Christmas.

    • Brennan: What about a tree?
      Caroline: No Christmas tree. No way. Not even if you squeeze his buttocks.

    • Caroline: You kiss Booth on the lips for no less than ... one steamboat, two steamboats - five steamboats.
      Brennan: That's blackmail.
      Caroline: That's correct.
      Brennan: That's unethical.
      Caroline: That's the deal. Take it or leave it.

  • NOTES (5)

    • There is an extended kiss scene that appears on the Bones official DVD for this episode. This scene depicts an extended open mouth kiss which would explain why the gum passes into Booth's mouth. The normal TV scene does not adequately reflect this.

    • Featured Music:
      "A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives (when they're in Kris Kringle's appartment)
      Three different versions of "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town" - one by Peggy Lee, one by Michael Kisur and one by The Pointer Sisters

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: December 25th, 2007 on TV3
      Sweden: January 29th, 2008 on TV3
      Norway: February 14th, 2008 on TV3
      Spain: March 7th, 2008 on FOX TV Spain
      The Netherlands: March 26th, 2008 on RTL 4
      Portugal: April 3rd, 2008 on FOX
      United Kingdom: April 17th, 2008 on Sky1
      New Zealand: May 26th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: September 29th, 2008 on Channel 7
      Finland: January 30th, 2009 on Sub
      Slovakia: June 17th, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: November 4th, 2009 on Prima

    • Booth and Brennan's kiss scene was recorded on the same day that Couples Counseling Part 5 (one of a series of short Bones clips on Fox's website) was. Their clothes are a perfect match, as well as Brennan's jewelry and Booth's tie.

    • As of this episode John Francis Daley is a show star, as this is the first time he was added to the opening credits.


    • One of the Santas in the temp office is an obvious look-alike of Burl Ives and even sounds like him. After the murder suspect is outed by Booth and Brennan and dogpiled by the other Santas, he's the one that starts sardonically singing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," then the others joined-in. Burl Ives was a well-known actor and folk music singer, also known for his 1965 hit single "Have a Holly, Jolly, Christmas," which was also used as part of the music package for this episode. Burl Ives passed away in 1995.

    • Max: I wanted to be Scrooge, but some triple homicide in cell block H got the part.
      Prisoner: Cell Block H was a long running Australian soap set in a fictional women's prison that ran to over 600 episodes, and was shown on ITV in the UK in the early eighties.

    • Cam: This is not Miracle on 34th Street.
      ...and later...
      Zack: Kristopher Kringle.
      Cam: According to AFIS, it's his legal name.

      These quotes refer to Miracle on 34th Street, a 1994 movie in which a little girl is losing faith in Santa Claus. After meeting one that might actually be the real deal, she starts reconsidering what is true and what is worth believing in. In this movie, Kris Kringle is the Santa Claus's real name.

    • Caroline: Because you are all "Dr. Brennan" and "Special Agent Seeley Booth". It's Christmas and I have a Puckish side.

      Puck is a character from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is a mischievous fairy charged by the king of fairies to procure a juice from a flower that when applied to a person's eyes makes that person fall in love with the first person they see.

    • Caroline: You want me to write that letter, you kiss Booth on the lips for no less than ... one steamboat, two steamboats - five steamboats!

      "One steamboat, two steamboats" is a variation on the tradition of counting by "Mississippi's". This method is used to make sure that each second counted; the time it takes to say "one steamboat" lasts as long as one second tick on a clock.

    • Brennan: Was that enough steamboats?
      Caroline: Plenty. A whole flotilla.

      A flotilla is a small fleet (in this case, a small fleet of steamboats). It is an allusion to Caroline's earlier request that Bones kiss Booth for at least "five steamboats". Caroline means here that the kiss lasted sufficiently longer than the required five steamboats.

    • Bones refers to the Dutch Santa ("Sinterklaas"), who has an assistant called Black Pete ("Zwarte Piet" - the black part is because he climbs down the chimney to deliver the presents) who punishes children with a whip.

      Actually it's not a whip but a "roe", a bunch of twigs bound together. Alternatively he also carries a big jute bag to put the naughty kids in, so he can take them back with him to Spain (where Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet live) and they will never ever see their parents again. Nowadays the big jute bag and the roe are no longer used because of all the frightened kids and Zwarte Piet became a generous character. Sinterklaas is celebrated in The Netherlands on December 5th and in Belgium on December 6th.