Season 1 Episode 21

The Soldier on the Grave

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 10, 2006 on FOX
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Brennan and Booth go to investigate an apparent suicide in Arlington National Cemetery, but soon find out that it was murder and that the victim was a soldier who had served in Iraq. The investigation leads to a lot of unanswered questions about the military unit of the victim, with all clues pointing to a cover-up. Booth meanwhile recalls his shady past as a sniper in the military and the horrors of war.moreless

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  • Serbia

    I could not agree more with first comment on this page. It is very interesting how much people like to talk about things they are not familiar with. I always feel disappointed when I hear or see statements like this about Serbia. I quess some things will never change. So I hope that at least few open minded people are going to read this comment and not take everything that is said about situation in Kosovo for granted. I also apologise to those who do not understand why I wrote this, I just feel that it is my obligation to do so.moreless
  • disapointed

    This episode was good, but the end was awful. First of all, I'm from Serbia, and all that Booth's story about Kosovo and ethnic cleaning is a BIG LIE. Kosovo is ours, teritory of our fathers and ancestors. I'm pretty much convinced that it was gave to many of the tv shows what they should be about, because many of them are humiliating our nacional history and that is nothing more than proof of a strong albanian lobby in USA. This is maybe to politicaly coloured, but I'm sick of all that disrespect that we have in your movies and tv shows. They spread wrong impression of us. I hope this will change some day and the whole world will stop watcing us as criminals, just because some big governments think that they can arrange weaker nationalities by changing their borders and history. Kosovo will always be Serbia, no matter what anybody says.moreless
  • Another good one

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When a body is found at a soldier's grave, the team believe at first that he committed suicide. The body has been badly burnt. We soon learn that the victim served in Iraq which the soldier, whose grave he was found on. And the Bones reveals that he wasn't killed by the fire, he was murdered first. We soon learn that the victim was killed by another soldier, as he was going to tell the truth about what happened in Iraq and the truth about how Kent (the solder whose grave he was on) really died. As the episode ends, Booth tells Bones some things that happened to him whilst he was fighting for their country, many years ago. As he starts to cry, she places her hand on his arm. The whole episode is about soldiers and what happened between a group of them in Iraq. Overall a good episode, but not as griping as the previous one was.moreless
  • Not my favourite

    This episode was a really good episode but it wasn't my favourite. I felt like we got to know Booth a bit more and that is why I gave it the rating 9.3. The acting in this episode especially coming from David Boreanaz was spectacular. I don't think I have ever seen any programme where any of the main cast were emotionally involved and put on such an emmy award winning performance. David is one heck of an actor and this episode definitely showed that. I like that Booth and Brennan were getting close at the end of this episode. I like that he can talk to her about his past when he can't talk to others. It just goes to show they have a connection.moreless
  • This is exactly why I watch Bones.

    This episode was defiantly very well written and cleverly plotted. But the great thing about this episode has to be the interaction between Booth and Bones. That is really what makes this episode so great.

    This case really gets to Booth since a soldier had been murdered, and Booth is an ex-sniper, so he is a soldier and kind of knows what the soldiers there in Iraq go through.

    My favorite scene has the be the one at the end of this episode. We see that Booth really trusts Brennan as he tells her one of his bad experiences he had while in war, a experience he had never told anyone before. And we get to see Brennan being a great friend, and comforting Booth while he tell her this.

    This is one of those episodes that you just have to see as a Bones fan.moreless
David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams

Dr. Daniel Goodman

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • It is revealed that Booth used to have a gambling problem.

    • The war story Booth tells Bones at the end of this episode is probably the same one mentioned in episode 1x16 "The Woman in the Tunnel". In that episode, Booth and Bones discuss a homeless leader in the Army who killed a woman holding a baby in one arm and a grenade in the other hand, and later Booth says he understands what the guy's going through.

    • Goof: When Hodgins apologizes to Booth during Kent's second autopsy, he picks up a tray from the table where Kent's uniform is lying. He walks away with the tray, and when the camera pans down to the uniform, the tray is still on the table. In the immediate aerial camera shot of the lab activity, the tray is once again gone from the table and in Hodgin's hands.

    • Goof: Charlie Kent is identified as being a "Private" in the Army by dialogue and the TV News report. However, when Booth is talking to Captain Fuller, he refers to him as "Corporal Kent". Corporal is a higher rank in the Army than Private. While Booth looks at Kent's Silver Star we can see his military uniform with two patches on the arm's badge which suggest Corporal as well, as the Private's arm badge has only one patch.

    • Goof: As Booth and Bones are in the cemetery at the beginning of the episode, Bones asks Booth "What?" Booth replies "It's Jamie Richards..." At that time, the second headstone from the camera (right row) is moving in the wind - solid stone wedged into earth shouldn't move.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Brennan: This is hard for Booth, he's idealistic.
      Angela: Oh, it's nice to know someone who wants to keep honor and responsibility alive.
      Brennan: I feel like Booth thinks I'm taking that away from him.
      Angela: You're just doing your job. He knows that.
      Brennan: I guess. I tell Booth we're on the same side, I'm not the one who's disillusioning him, it's my findings. But when I look at him I - I don't know what else I can do.
      Angela: I do.
      Brennan: Ange.
      Angela: As a friend, Brennan.
      Brennan: Yeah, the whole friends with benefits thing. That's, that's not happening.
      Angela: I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about being there for him. Knowing when a simple touch is enough.

    • Hank: Look at the two of us. You with the badge, me in the court room, both trying to find justice, ey?
      Booth: That's why we fought, right?
      Hank: That's what they told us.
      Booth: What, you don't believe it?
      Hank: Sure I do. You don't look like you do. You're not gambling again, are you?
      Booth: Nah, man. No, I've been good. I've been going to my meetings, haven't even played a game of monopoly. Listen, Hank, this case, Charles Kent? It's a friendly fire.
      Hank: God.
      Booth: Yeah, covered up. Two other members of the squad are dead, one murdered. You know, whatever went down must have been pretty ugly. (thoughtful and hesitant) You know, Hank, what, you know, what we did?
      Hank: Don't go there, Booth.
      Booth: Was it worth it? I mean, look at you.
      Hank: You saved my life! I got a great family because of you.
      Booth: Yeah, but I mean, why was it always a secret?
      Hank: We were given a choice. They always gave us a choice.
      Booth: Yeah, but that last time...
      Hank: Well, you knew what was at stake.
      Booth: Yeah...yeah.
      Hank: You never talked to anybody about it? (Booth shakes his head) You've got to. How about your girlfriend? That doctor.
      Booth: No, she's, you know, she's just my partner. You know, I got work, I should go.

    • (Booth is looking at Kent's exhumed body)
      Booth: He's just a kid.
      Brennan: It's always the young. Anthropologists have theorized that wars break out when there's an increase in the population of unmarried men under the age of 25. (Booth looks at her very hurt, as if she just slapped him in the worst manner) I'm sorry. I need to create a distance from the victim, it's how I deal. I didn't mean -
      Booth: (pain written all over his face) know, do what you have to do. I'm gonna go do my thing.

    • Booth: You know I'm just gonna be asking his mother a few questions. You could have just stayed back there and played with your bones.
      Brennan: I know. Just wanted to keep you company, that's all.
      Booth: Company?
      Brennan: Yeah, I'm trying to be more sociable, you know?
      Booth: Lousy liar.
      Brennan: I just think inside you're still military, Booth. You might be too close to this one. I just wanna make sure you stay objective.
      Booth: I know how to do my job. Ok? I was doing it just fine long before I met you.
      Brennan: You're angry.
      Booth: Well, because I have people all around me with opinions about the war who don't know what the hell they're talking about.
      Brennan: I've been in Sudan, Rwanda. For two months I sifted through the wreckage of 9/11 trying to help the families of the victims.
      Booth: All I'm saying is that this is just another case, that's all, it's just another case.
      Brennan: You're not such a great liar yourself. I'm your partner. Let me be your partner.

    • (Booth is standing in front of Jamie Richards' grave, thoughtful and sad. Brennan sees him and joins him)
      Brennan: What?
      Booth: It's Jamie Richards. We were in the Rangers together. He was hit by a roadside bomb just outside the Green Zone. You know, he left a wife, two kids. The fact that he was near this...
      Brennan: You believe somehow he's still here, watching?
      Booth: Yeah. You don't, I get that.
      Brennan: I know you think he was a good man, that's...that's enough for me.

    • Goodman: It's difficult knowing Kent will never play again. Makes the war so real.
      Hodgins: Which is odd, since it was all fiction that got us there in the first place.
      Goodman: So you don't think we should stand up to tyrants?
      Hodgins: Sure. I've been waiting for the press to do that for three years now.
      Angela: (to Goodman) I can't believe you took the bait.
      Goodman: Me neither.

    • Booth: (thoughtful and sad) I've done some things.
      Brennan: I know.
      Booth: No, no, you don't.
      Brennan: But it's ok.
      Booth: Well, not as a secret, it's not. (He sits down and Brennan sits down next to him) I have to be honest about myself. I have to be able to tell someone.
      Brennan: You will in time, Booth. (Booth looks at her and nods) You will.
      Booth: (with a lot of effort) I was sent to Kosovo. There was this Serb General, who led a unit who would go into villages and, you know, destroy them. Women, children, all killed because he wanted to ethnically purify his country. He'd done this twice before, I mean, we had facts, proof. 232 people, just erased. I was the sniper...sent in to stop him. He was set to leave in a couple of hours. It was his son's, son's birthday. (close to tears) A little boy, maybe about 6 or 7. I could still hear the music of the party, you know? That song, just playing in my head. Nobody knew where the shot came from but, you know, they knew why it came. They said I saved over a hundred people, but, you know, that little boy? Who didn't know who his father was, who just loved him? He saw him die, fall to the ground, right in front of him. That little boy, covered in his daddy's blood. Just changed forever. It's never just the one person who dies, Bones, never. Never. (Brennan gently puts her hand on his forearm. He looks at it gratefully and puts his hand on hers) We all die a little bit, Bones. With each shot, we all die a little bit.

    • Captain: It's a pleasure to finally meet you, Dr. Brennan. You've helped us with the casualties we never thought we'd've been able to ID.
      Brennan: Someday maybe I won't be needed.
      Captain: That's what we all hope.

    • Booth: Great. If you got what you want why are you giving me such grief? (he tries to walk away but Brennan stops him by gently taking hold of his arm)
      Brennan: Because you could have been a little tougher in there.
      Booth: I'm tough.
      Brennan: Most of the time.
      Booth: (laughs) Do you always have to get the last word in?
      Brennan: I like to, yeah.

    • Hodgins: Victim had lamb about an hour before his death. Of course, it's a little overcooked now.

    • Dr. Hodgins: This dude was wearing a military uniform. He's one of yours, not mine.

    • Brennan: Too early to determine cause of death.
      Booth: I'm not a pro, but I'm guessing fire.

    • Zack: Private Kent's autopsy report is careless and incomplete. There was no incision, no x-rays, so there is no way to confirm the amount of bullets that he was hit with.
      Brennan: The ME marked seven entry points but the report says there were only six bullets.
      Zack: I could have done better with a Crayola.

    • Hodgins: Were you really mad before?
      Angela: Why, because of your strident, paranoid ramblings?
      Hodgins: I'm guessing mad. Fair enough. Can I at least give you some material to read?
      Angela: You could try, but you'd walk funny for a week.

    • Angela: You have to think before you speak.
      Brennan: Why? I can say anything to you without thinking about it first.
      Angela: Yeah, men aren't like us, they're much more fragile and needy. The fact that they think we're the needy ones is a testament to our superiority.

    • Angela: (to Hodgins) You want to make the world a better place, Jack? Try shutting your yap long enough to hear something other than the sound of your own voice.

    • Booth: Why do you have to be so cynical?
      Brennan: I'm not cynical. It's a necessary part of the psychology of warfare -- heroes and villains. Without clear distinctions like that, we'd never be able to fight.
      Booth: Yeah, well, I always found being shot at is a motivating factor.

    • Booth: Jimmy loved that guy, he didn't kill him.
      Brennan: Now you're a mind reader?
      Booth: Maybe. Want me to guess your weight?
      Brennan: You do and you could lose a tooth.

    • Booth: Don't tell me you are gonna trash the Duke.
      Brennan: What, are you kidding? I love the Duke.
      Booth: Wouldn't have guessed that one, little lady. (says little lady impersonating John Wayne)
      Brennan: Remember Stagecoach? (tries to impersonate John Wayne) Listen, cowboy, courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.
      Booth: What was that, the Duke? That was horrible. That was like Jerry Lewis.
      Brennan: Was not.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Zack: I could have done better with a Crayola.

      Crayola is a brand of crayons and other writing and drawing utensils, such as markers, chalk, and colored pencils, invented by Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith and manufactured by Binney & Smith Inc.

    • Brennan: Remember Stagecoach?

      Stagecoach is a 1939 John Ford western starring John Wayne, AKA the Duke. The film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The story is about a group of strangers who are on a stagecoach, which is attacked by Apache Indians.