Booth and Brennan investigate the origins of a decomposed body that's been found in a local alley fully dressed in an unorthodox costume. They determine it's the remains of a reclusive teen who had a secret second life.
Special Agent Seeley Booth
Dr. Temperance Brennan
Dr. Jack Hodgins
Dr. Daniel Goodman
Batman is the only mainstream comic hero (or official comic hero) mentioned by name in this episode. Aside from that, the only other reference to a mainstream comic hero is when we briefly see the cover of a Superman comic Brennan flips through at the comic store.
Goof: When Zack is reading the comic book while he is cleaning the bones, the 3 trays on the table are empty. When he goes to open the container with the bones inside it, the trays have a blue fabric on them.
Goof: The murder victim's parents say that nobody has been in his room since the detective was there 2 months ago. Then why would the lava lamp be on while they were in there?
Goof: At 14 minutes, Brennan says the victim was "Stabbed here, at the base of the spine." As she says this, she points to the to the base of the victim's skull, not the base of the spine.
Booth: All this kid wants is to feel like a hero. Suddenly he's facing the damsel in distress.
Brennan: Lucy McGruder is ten years older.
Booth: No, it's not the damsel part that matters. It's the distress that appealed to the kid. You know, I mean look, it wasn't about the sex or the romance. It never was.
Brennan: He wanted to make a difference in the world before he died. I told you he was more like you then me.
Brennan: Her husband beats her.
Booth: Bones! Talk about multiple hypotheses.
Brennan: It's a leap, yes, but it was bound to happen, me spending so much time with you. I mean that as a compliment.
Brennan: You said before that Warren reminded you of me. You think I'm just like him, that he hid from life by immersing himself in a fantasy world where he fought crime, and I do the same thing. Only I don't have super powers, I have science.
Booth: C'mon Bones, you do fight crime. It's not a fantasy. As far as any normal person is concerned, you do have super powers.
Brennan: You're just saying that to me.
Booth: No, I don't do that.
Brennan: Yes you do. You lied to Warren Granger's mother to make her feel better. That seems to be your super power.
Brennan: You told her that her son didn't tell her about being sick to make her feel better.
Brennan: You don't really believe that.
Booth: Well, people don't actually do that.
Brennan: So, you just told her that to make her feel better?
Brennan: So you just did what you said people don't do.
(Booth and Brennan at Capital Bowl)
Booth: Do you smell that?
Bones: Yes, I do.
Booth: You know what that is Bones?
Brennan: Wax, popcorn, feet, deodorant.
Booth: That is America, Bones.
Brennan: (smiles) You keep your bowling ball in the car?
Booth: Oh, you know, I figured we ask a few questions about Warren Granger, maybe bowl a few frames. You know, nothing like a little sport to uh, take the edge off of.
Brennan: This is not a sport.
Booth: How do you figure?
Brennan: There's no physical benefit, so it's really like golf. It's not a sport. It's an activity.
Booth: You know, could you please Bones, maybe just for once, try not to piss everyone off around you?
Brennan: Yeah, sorry. Are you good at this sport?
Booth: Ah well, my average is over 200, less then two opens per game, one match I had 211 strikes out of 431 shots. Twenty-nine opens, thirty-nine games.
Brennan: What does that mean?
Booth: It means I won some bowling awards.
Brennan: I won the Marshall H. Dixon award for my paper on George John Romanes and physiological selection.
Booth: My God, it's like we lead parallel lives.
Booth: You don't have to solve the whole case, just tell me if I'm looking at a murder, maybe, you know, pull a quick ID? (Booth gives her his brightest smile)
Brennan: (smiles back) Don't use your charm smile on me.
Booth: (innocently) What? It's a mark of respect. That's all.
Cullen: Booth, I want this closed. I don't wanna pick up the next Sunday's post and read "Church kids find mystery corpse dressed for Halloween - FBI remains clueless".
Booth: I guarantee you won't read that, sir.
Brennan: Has anyone we've seen on this case been favoring her arm?
Booth: Not that I've noticed.
Brennan: That's because you're not an anthropologist...with super powers.
Brennan: Booth, are you a nerd?
Booth: First of all, you mean geek. And no, I'm not, okay? It's quite normal for an American male to read comic books.
Brennan: I find it hard to believe you have anything in common with Warren Granger.
Booth: Oh, you mean isolated with an inner secret life? No. I'd say you were more like Warren.
Brennan: With all due respect, but my writing for example is pure fiction.
(Booth is very amused hearing that)
Goodman: Dr. Brennan, I fear you reveal much more of your world view in your writing than you realize.
Brennan: Such as?
Goodman: Such as, archaeologists make good administrators because they enjoy tedium.
Angela: Such as, artists are doomed to a life of loneliness because they are unable to think beyond instant gratification.
Booth: Such as, you know, FBI guys are hot and Angela here wants to have sex with me.
Brennan: Wait, you said that in books you could find the real world version.
Booth: Yeah, well, I mean, if you know you, it's pretty obvious.
Brennan: Well, give me an example.
Booth: Ok. Well, in your book, your partner is a former Olympic boxer who graduated from Harvard and spoke six different languages. In real life, you've got me.
Brennan: So what you're saying is that reality falls far, far short of fictional.
Booth: Yeah, thanks a lot, Bones.
Brennan: I'll see you in the comic books, buster.
Booth: It's "See you in the funny pages."
Brennan: Ok, I took a liberty!
Goodman: All writers reveal more of themselves than they intend on every page.
Booth: You know, I gotta tell you, I never bought all that English 101 stuff. Sometimes a river is just a river.
Booth: What's your name?
Abigail: Blue Minnow.
Booth: Ok, guys, when I ask your names, I want the ones that your parents gave you.
"Bat Country" by Avenged Sevenfold (played at the Doomsday Club)
"Ah! Leah!" by Donnie Iris (heard at the bowling alley)
"Feel It Now" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (played during the cemetery scene)
"Out Of Control" by She Wants Revenge
"Body Talk" by KIX
The first name of the comic-writing victim, Warren Granger, and the last name of his artist associate, Stew Ellis, are combinations of the name of Warren Ellis, a well-known comic book scribe who wrote books such as Planetary and Transmetropolitan.
International Air Dates:
Denmark: April 25th, 2006 on TV3
Norway: Thursday August 31st, 2006 on TV3
Abigail: Before he disappeared, he gave me his entire Neil Gaiman collection.
When the victim's friend, "Blue Minnow" (Abigail), mentions Neil Gaiman, she's referring to the popular writer of Miracleman, Marvel 1602, and Sandman.
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