Season 1 Episode 12

The Superhero in the Alley

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 2006 on FOX
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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.

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  • The comic book world comes to life

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. When a body is found by a bunch of school kids, Booth and Bones are called in to investigate. When they get the body back to the lab, they believe that the victim was between 14 – 18 years old. We soon learn that the victim was 17 years old and was called Warren; he went missing over 2 months ago. We also learn that he was home schooled, was into graphic novels (comic books) and that the costume he was found in was that of a superhero from one of the novels. They soon learn that he was writing his own novel. We learn from the bones that if Warren hadn't been killed he would have been dead by now anyway. He had cancer as a child, and it had returned. They soon learn that Warren worked at the local bowling alley and that he had a girlfriend who worked there. We soon learn that it was the owner's wife who killed Warren, after he tried to protect her from her husband who was beating her. We are then at the funeral for Warren and we see Angela turning up and she hands Bones a copy of Warren's novel, which is then handed to his mother.moreless
  • Our Squints get drawn into the wolrd of comic books.

    I love this episode. Although there isn't anything special that catches the eye "Super-Hero in the Alley" is one of those episode that gets to me every time I watch it.

    Brennan and Booth investigate the death of a teen who liked to play superhero, at least this it what it seems to be. I loved the exchange in the alley where Bones and Zack are busy with describing the body, but Booth was more fixated on the maggots. Also, we know now for certain that Bones can't resist when Booth uses his "charm smile" on her. Cute moment.

    Our dream team meets up with a group of comic book role-playing geeks that give even Bones the creeps, who is usually not affected by this kind of thing.

    I also liked the comparisons made by Booth and Bones regarding the other who is more like Warren Granger.

    In the surprising end though none of this "out there" group has anything to do with Warren's death, but it was rather the result of an abusive husband.

    And the last reason I really love this episode is for the best use of music in it with "Feel it Now" by The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.moreless
  • This is another great installment.

    This case is very well written and in my opinion very cleverly plotted. I just love this episode.

    We also get to meet Booth's charming smile, like she calls it. And I have to be honest I agree with her a hundred percent. I found the storyline really beautiful. Our victim was dying, and he didn't tell anyone that he was dying not even his parent, that must have been hard. He also wanted to make a difference to the world before he would die. And he died while trying to help a woman who was being abused by her husband. And in my eyes he really was a hero.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show bones they have to investgate a kid that was murderd in the alie dressed like a superhero and they do some checking and realizie the kid was going to die even if he was not murderd and they later find a bone that was not his . and they also learn that he loved comics and dressed like one that was like his identy and they learend he had a another girl that he talked to but he deied to go save her after he saw his husband hit her . and they fought and he killed him with a thing that is used for bowling balls this was a sad ep i thought . and a really good story.moreless
  • An excellent Bones episode, complete with humour, twists, and a serious, more meaningful side.

    The episode differed from the usual Bones episodes. It still had the funny, appealing side with witty banter and humourous situations. However, it also had a more serious side. It was about a teenaged boy with little to no friends, living in a fantasy world of fictional characters. Clever twists were integrated into the episode, keeping the viewer's interest and changing the plot line a bit. The actors, both reoccurring and guest, played wonderfully. A significant ending to the episode was also given. It added a deeper level of character development and showed the compassionate side of the characters. All in all, a great episode worth watching over and over.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

John Mese

John Mese

Ted McGruder

Guest Star

Judith Hoag

Judith Hoag

Helen Granger

Guest Star

Ivar Brogger

Ivar Brogger

John Kelton

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • 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.

    • When Hodgins is saying he thought Zack would be a reader of comics, he mentions the following film and shows from the sci-fi genre: Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica.

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • 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.
      Booth: Mmhuh.
      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?
      Booth: Right.
      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.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "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.