Season 4 Episode 19

The Science in the Physicist

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 09, 2009 on FOX
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The team is led to a well-known physics research center after finding a piece of a meteorite in the ear of a victim whose pulverized remains were found in a garbage bag. Meanwhile, Angela's dad returns, seeking revenge on Hodgins.

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  • Sorry but this didn't work for me

    As a little light relief from the preceeding emotional episode I suppose it was OK but I thought it predictable and not particularly funny.However I loved the inner child of Hodgins coming out again and taking Nigel Murray with him. Nigel Murray must have had the Encyclopaedia Britannica with his cornflakes every morning he is such a fund of facts, though there were fewer in this episode.

    The bouncing chicken was predictable and my husband was saying 'Don't go in there the door will close' as B & B entered the chamber. The blind scientist hitting Booth in error - you could see that coming a mile off too.

    Brennan was singularly rude at the end to Booth. You just don't call anybody stupid - stupid Booth is not. His intelligence lies in a different direction to hers - more human for a start. In fact Brennan is beginning to annoy me.moreless
  • I enjoyed this episode a lot. Vincent Nigel-Murray was the highlight for me. He makes a great team with Hodgins, and I think that Cam has a weak spot for him as well. The experiments in the lab were hilarious.moreless

    I enjoyed this episode a lot.

    Vincent Nigel-Murray was the highlight of the episode for me. He makes a great team with Hodgins; I think that Cam has a weak spot for him as well. I wish he would appear in Bones more often. The experiments in the lab were hilarious.

    The scenes with Angela's dad and the scene with the three men (Hodgins, Sweets, Mr. Nigel-Murray) having a lunch together were interesting.

    The only downside for me was promoting the silly notion that being a scientist and a reasonable person equals being promiscuous. Well, that, and the scene with B&B screaming their heads off in the pressure chamber was rather ridiculous.moreless
  • Another great installment.

    Our story starts with a photo shoot on a disused car lot when a 'pulped' body is found. After some investigation by our dynamic duo they are led to a physics research centre and so our story continues to find the murderer.

    Naturally all fingers point to the most likely suspect, then as with Bones we are thrown another curve ball and another suspect comes to the forefront until eventually the real murderer is caught.

    As with all shows we also have a sideline story, this involves Angela's dad seeking revenge on Hodgins for breaking his little girls heart and to me that was the funniest part of the whole episode especially the ending with Hodgins waking up in the desert somewhere with a tattoo of Angela's face on his shoulder/bicep.

    Another great episode but not enough of Sweets who is becoming my favourite character.moreless
  • Science... all the way

    Considering the last 3 episodes, the show is getting better. There were funny moments and I think we got to see each character and enjoy their time on screen.

    Hodgins and Nigel-Murray make a good team and their dynamic is very interesting, but he's still not my favorite grad student. However, I like how Hodgins has accepted his trivia moments (and Cam too) and he's become more patient. Both experiments were hilarious. Apparently Angela is back to normal and it was nice to see her father back, only to scare Hodgins away. I still blame her for the break-up though. There were good B&B moments. It was nice to see Brennan worried about Booth and you have to love their conversations. Fortunately, the writers did not make Brennan look or sound like a total fool this time. I still don't like that she understimates Booth's intelligence, but she corrected her comment in the end by stating what she can't do sometimes. Cam is still growing on me, she's gone from dictator to coach. The case was interesting, believable and lead to fun moments.moreless
  • Very interesting science and a original and bizarre way to kill someone.

    Wonderful to see John Pyper-Fergusen, I've always loved him. Using a meteorite for an engagement ring is awesome and given her field, incredibly thoughtful.

    Hodgins is corrupting Vincent now. The experiment was cool and so Hodgins to fire the cannon anyway. Loved that Cam forbade them to be in the same room together.

    Either I'm unreasonable or I don't know, if someone walks in on you having sex, particularly if that person is an FBI agent investigating a murder, you *stop* having sex. There is way too much sex going on in that building with multiple partners, how do they get any work done?!

    Angela's father is so cool and plays great guitar. Giving Hodgins the tattoo was hilarious.

    Very cool episode.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

Ryan Cartwright

Ryan Cartwright

Vincent Nigel-Murray

Guest Star

Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons

Himself (Angela's Dad)

Guest Star

Jason Rogel

Jason Rogel

Broderick Mullins

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Hodgins: Liquid nitrogen freezes at 63 degrees Kelvin, which is -210 degrees Celsius, or -346 degrees Fahrenheit.
      Vincent Nigel-Murray: It's uh unnecessary to say degree Celsius, it's implicit.

      While it is possible to use the units °C and °F with the degree simply implied, it would have been more important to remind Hodgins that the unit °K has been redefined (since 1967) to simply K, so that with this unit, the degree is not just unnecessary, it is actually wrong to use (at least in scientific circles).

    • Brennan: Diane Sidmans's role was important to the Large Hadron Collider team?
      Landis Collar: The effort to find the Higgs-Boson will be set back months.

      The death of one physicist alone would not significantly set back work at the Large Hadron Collider (where the Higgs-Boson or "God Particle" is being searched for). Also, at the time the episode aired, and assuming it took place sometime near that date, the LHC was out of order due to a Helium leak which occurred on September 19th, 2008, so the work there is set back anyways.

    • The formulas written onto the transparent boards in Dr. Sidman's office affect the Higgs-Boson ("God Particle") only peripherally, so Landis Collar's claim that Dr. Sidman's work was vital to the Large Hadron Collider group (which was working on a way to discover the Higgs-Boson is incorrect.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Hodgins: I have got an absolutely fascinating clue to tell you.
      Angela: (running up) Hey, hey. Uh, you have to leave town.
      Hodgins: What? Why?
      Booth: No, fascinating clue first.
      Hodgins: The ... pearl we found in the victim wasn't a pearl. W- why do I have to leave town?
      Angela: My father is here.
      Cam: What was it, then?
      Hodgins: Carbonaceous chondrites. It's what meteorites are made of -- your father blames me for our breakup?
      Angela: Well, he has sort of a blind spot when it comes to me so, I think you should just get out of town until I can call him off.
      Booth: Stop. Okay, stop it. Dead guy, what about the dead guy?
      Cam: It's obvious. He was frostbitten while climbing Everest, then struck by a meteor, then dumped into a vacant lot in two garbage bags and eaten by crows.
      Booth: (sarcastically) Right, obvious. That's so obvious.

    • Booth: I didn't mean to call you creepy.
      Brennan: You said I have a creepy mode.
      Booth: I apologize. Okay look, I wasn't in my element.
      Brennan: Well, every element is your element.
      Booth: No, that is not true. Okay, listen. We just gotta stop hanging out with geniuses, because you're going to figure that I'm really stupid.
      Brennan: What, don't worry about that. I figured out along time ago how stupid you are.
      Booth: Hmm.
      Brennan: What I just said ... is true, and yet it ... really sounded wrong. What I should say it that I don't care how stupid you are.
      Brennan: It's not any better?
      Booth: No. No. Not at all.

    • Cam: What did I tell you?
      Hodgins: That we aren't allowed in the same room without supervision.
      Cam: Why?
      Nigel-Murray: Because we were ... stupid enough to fire a cannon indoors.

    • Hodgins: (about Angela's father) I am not scared of him.
      Sweets: Okay. Okay. You know that whole, that whole "sell your soul at the crossroads" thing? I'm buying it. You gotta run for it man!
      Angela: I told you so. (she leaves)
      Sweets: Yeah. You know what? I secretly had a thing for Angela, now it's gone! Like- like wiped from the memory banks.

    • Brennan: So, you just think that if two people care about each other, they leave metaphorical marks which should be allowed to fade naturally?
      Booth: You heard me but you just didn't understand me.
      Brennan: I wonder that about you all the time.

    • Hodgins: (sarcastically) To eternity, to glory, to the future.
      Bones: You disapprove of the Collar Institute?
      Hodgins: Up and forward are only two directions. Science should look in all directions. You taught me that.
      Bones: I did?
      Hodgins: Every day.
      Bones: (visibly pleased) Thank you.

    • Sweets: I looked through over 800 threats made against Dr. Diane Sidman. You, Dr. Mullins, are the only person I thought merited questioning.
      Dr. Mullins: Using psychology?
      Sweets: That's correct.
      Dr. Mullins: (smirking) You might as well have picked my name from a hat.
      Bones: Normally I'd agree, but your disapproval of Dr. Sidman's work makes me wonder if you're a religious man.
      Dr. Mullins: No. Like most reasonable human beings, I'm an agnostic.
      Sweets: You have a doctorate in physics, from Princeton, right? Yet, you work as a welder?
      Dr. Mullins: Welding is a real job, unlike ... psychology.

    • Bones: Do you even know what superconductivity is?
      Booth: I know it's better than normal conductivity.

    • Hodgins: The man (Angela's father) is from Texas! He told me that if I messed up ... ugh, I don't remember what he said exactly but he, mentioned the key G-demolish and it sounded pretty bad.
      Nigel-Murray: The blues is known as the Devil's music because those most adept are thought to have made a pact with the Devil and thus fear no earthly lore because, they're already doomed to an eternity in Hell.
      Sweets: Harsh.
      Hodgins: (sarcastically) Thank you, Vincent. I- I feel much better now.

    • Booth: You know what? You're the only smart person I really like.
      Brennan: Thank you.
      Sweets: Awe, that's ... What- what about ... what about me? (Booth and Brennan leave.)

    • Dr. Collar: (to Dr. Brennan) I was wondering ... could I have your phone number?
      Sweets: Wow!
      Booth: Told you.
      Sweets: Really?!
      Brennan: I've been ... considering how to respond if you asked and have decided upon -- no.
      Booth: Oh.

    • (Dr. Collar punches Booth.)
      Booth: Ah! God! Ow!
      Dr. Collar: That's for killing my fiancée.
      Brennan: One person to your left, Dr. Collar. (Dr. Collar punches Milton.)
      Dr. Collar: My apologies Agent Booth. My, echolocator must have malfunctioned.

    • Booth: You know that guy Landis?
      Brennan: Yes.
      Booth: He's about to make a move on you.
      Brennan: How do you know?
      Booth: Because it is the rational and smart thing to do, and he is all about that. And I see how he looks at you.
      Brennan: How he looks at me? He's blind.

    • Booth: You're testing me on the cancer chair?!
      Brennan: What, you're wearing a suit, plus it's not radioactive anymore! We're going to need to take this chair.
      Booth: No, no, no! You just don't go around doing human testing on people, Bones! I gotta go to the bathroom.
      Brennan: It's just- (Booth runs away.) Well I, touched it with my bare hands, see!

    • Angela: Celibacy is a lot like fasting.
      Brennan: So you've become sexually anorexic?

    • Nigel-Murray: The ancient Sumerians were prone to spreading gold dust over the body during funeral rites.
      Cam: Did the Sumerians chop up the body into little tiny bits first?
      Nigel-Murray: Not to my knowledge.
      Hodgins: What is this?
      Cam: A black pearl?
      Nigel-Murray: Pearls! Symbolizing eggs or rebirth and resurrection, were used in many South Seas funeral rites.
      Cam: Did they chop up the bodies into little tiny bits first?
      Nigel-Murray: I've begun to apprehend your point, Dr. Saroyan.

    • Hodgins: (looking at the remains) Wow.
      Cam: I've been a pathologist for 13 years and I admit, I am ... a little nauseated.
      Nigel-Murray: It's going to fall to me to empty these bags, isn't it? (Hodgins and Cam look at him.) All right then. Fine. I may need a pot of tea waiting.

    • Booth: Hey, would you even want to guess what happened to this human being?
      Bones: No.
      Booth: I knew you'd say that. I just had to ask.

    • Booth: Hey, so what's it look like to you?
      Brennan: An ear.
      Booth: Did you just make a joke?
      Brennan: No.
      Booth: 'Cause that wouldn't be like you.
      Brennan: I didn't. It looks like an ear.

    • Bones: What exactly are you working on?
      Milton: I am endeavoring to find a way to transmit single-cell organisms using common pond scum from one location to another.
      Booth: Ever try a spoon?

    • (Sweetw approaches quickly behind Hodgins, who is examining evidence)
      Sweets: Hodgins!
      Hodgins: (jerks suddenly) Don't sneak up like that, I could put out an eye on my microscope.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "El Diablo" by ZZ Top (over the closing scene as Hodgins wakes up to Angela being avenged)

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: May 17th, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: June 19th, 2009 on Fox
      Australia: July 12th, 2009 on Channel 7
      Finland: October 3rd, 2009 on Sub
      Norway: November 19th, 2009 on TV3
      Slovakia: March 17th, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: April 1st, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: January 3rd, 2011 on Prima


    • Booth: Veni, vidi, vici. Look to the future. Carbon dating is all about the past.

      "Veni, vidi, vici" is a quote attributed to Julius Caesar which means "I came, I saw, I conquered." Booth pronounces it in the way most people do, but this is technically incorrect, as the phrase is from classical Latin, and in classical Latin, 'v' sounds like 'w' and 'i' usually sounds like a long 'e', and the 'c' is a hard 'c' (pronounced like 'k'.) The proper classical pronunciation is way-NEE we-DEE wee-KEE. Booth uses the Ecclesiastical Latin (or "Church Latin") pronunciation, which is "Italianized." This makes sense because we know from previous episodes that Booth's knowledge of Latin comes from being an altar boy.

    • Angela: Basically, Hodgins sees himself as Dr. Nemo.

      This is likely a reference to Captain Nemo of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Captain Nemo is a man with a huge thirst for scientific knowledge which he pursues on his submarine, the Nautilus.