Season 3 Episode 1

The Widow's Son in the Windshield

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 2007 on FOX
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In the third season premiere, a skull smashes through the windshield of some teenagers' car while they're driving on the freeway. While examining the skull, Brennan and Cam find marks on it made by human teeth, which implies cannibalism. Identifying the victim, Brennan and Booth go out to investigate, discovering a weird cannibalistic society as they try to solve the case. Meanwhile, Angela and Hodgins hire a private investigator to find her husband. Also, Zack returns to the Jeffersonian, and finds some crucial evidence to help solve the case.moreless

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  • Creepy cannibals share a cozy bank vault.

    This season opener is a vast improvement on season 2's.

    So freaked out by being left standing at the altar with Booth, Brennan has crawled back into her cold, anti-social shell. Booth is hurt that she's shutting him out and feeling guilty about arrested Max. Angela makes a charming substitute. Even Cam is intervening, pushing Brennan to go with Booth.

    Very, very cool episode, hope they continue with it so we can learn more. Those artifacts were not assembled overnight, we're talking years and lots of money so this could be a cult.

    It's so cute! Hodgins thinks Angela's marriage situation is funny! It's typical Hodgins that he is so understanding.

    Great episode, opens a door for lots more in the future.moreless
  • A new serial killer?

    Great to get the info on what has been happening for three months - Bones has had 17 assistants: she isn't going out in the field with Booth and he can't understand why: Zack is away in Iraq: Angela and Jack are trying to find out about her earlier marriage through a detective agency: and there's a really gruesome find to be investigated.

    This really kicks off the new season. The skeleton found in the bank vault looks as though it will lead to endless possibilities especially as the cannibal they identify and lock up suicides.

    Brennan admits to Booth that she feels it was all his fault that Zack went to Iraq which is why she has been avoiding him. When Zack returns all is well.

    Great, rollon the rest of the season.moreless
  • Wow....And we're back baby!

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. While some teenagers drive on the highway, a human skull crashes into the car window. And so Bones and Booth are called in to investigate. We soon learn that it has been 3 months since Zach left for Iraq, and Bones is still trying to find someone to replace him. We see Angela and Hodgins hiring a private investigator to try and track down her husband, as she doesn't even know his name and it isn't on the marriage licence. We soon learn that the victim's face was chewed off by a cannibal. Soon the victim is IDed. As they work through evidence found, they are all shocked when Zach walks back into the lab. The team soon make an arrest. When they go back to question him, they find him dead and naked in his cell. As the episode ends, we see that Bones and Booth are back on top of their game, and kissed (kind of!).moreless
  • Great episode for a season opener.

    Lot of changes in Bones this season. Hodgins has a haircut, and a bit of a shave, Zack is gone, and Booth and Brennan are having a few issues of their own.

    It was sad to see Zack gone, he added to the show so much, even though his acting wasn't top notch. But we didn't have to be in pain long because he came back! and bald! I remember the glory days when Zack actually had hair, a lot of frizzy hair. He's back, and the show is good.

    So this episode, we are introduced to a clan of serial killer cannibals. At first they think they caught the only cannibal, then with Hodgins expertise on conspiracies, they found out that it is really a society of cannibals. I can see a whole season moving around this idea.

    Also we saw subtle hints of romance between Bones and Booth, to which I am STILL waiting to improve.moreless
  • A really gud series opener ! This is like soo why i watch Bones Its just like..ur glued and u cant move. Its addictive !

    The storyline was gud..the thingy was informative..

    As usual.

    It was interesting to see Bones not find a replacement for Zac in 3 MONTHS.

    I classified this episode as revealing bcuz..

    Like evrybody know Bones loves Zac

    Its just..i for one didnt noe that the attatchment was so strong.

    Like 3 months..cmon !

    Twaz reli sweet.

    Though i did kinda feel sorry for the Edison guy.

    Like..doing the best ever and still not being gud enuf to be her assistant.

    Well it shows that u cant reli replace sumbody..esp sumbody like Zacmoreless
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Eric Millegan

Eric Millegan

Zack Addy

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd

Clark Edison

Guest Star

Nathan Dean

Nathan Dean

FBI Agent Charlie Burns

Guest Star

Suzanne Ford

Suzanne Ford

Rona Sumner

Guest Star

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caroline Julian

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Booth and Brennan interrogate the cannibal, the moment his confession starts (he says, "It's not like chicken or pork...") a second voice layer of a boy, a whispering, is added to make the confession sound even more creepy.

    • Goof: Hodgins says that pink syenite is the "Cadillac of granite" which is false. Granites and syenites are classified differently depending on their mineral composition (syenites usually have no quartz).

    • When they are in the vault Hodgins says that the artifact with the skeleton is Spanish from Calabria, but Calabria is in Italy, not in Spain.

    • Goof: When Hodgins and Angela are talking, she puts her arms around his neck. In the next shot, when they kiss, her arms are at her sides and she puts them around his neck again.

    • Goof: The greenscreening during the last scene, between Booth and Bones on the park bench, was painfully obvious. They were supposed to be sitting by the Reflecting Pool near the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., but the effect was horribly done and distracted from the scene.

    • The meaning of the old Greek sentence is: Nobody saves the widow's son.

      The sentence reads: Ou sôsei tis ton tes cheras uion.
      You can analyze it this way:
      Ou is negative. sôsei is the third person for sôzô, to save. The subject is tis, meaning someone. Literally someone doesn't save.

      Ton uion is accusative for ho uios, the son, meaning it's the complement of the verb. Tes Cheras is genitive (possessive) for he chera, the widow. Since it's put between the article ton and the name uion it means it's related to it: the widow's son.

    • Private Investigator: Birimbau, it's obviously a nickname, it's a Brazilian flute.

      The berimbau is a Brazilian instrument, but not a flute. It is a single-stringed musical bow, mainly used in the game capoeira, to command the rhythm of the game.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Bones: Who's Clark Edison?
      Cam: The absolutely brilliant forensic anthropologist who'd bite off his own arm to be your assistant.

    • Booth: I mean, how hard can it be to replace one weirdo squint?
      Cam: I'd hire Clark, but it's not my call.
      Booth: No, no, it is! I mean, you've given Bones enough time, just hire the guy!
      Cam: Usually when you get all blustery, it's cause you think something's your fault.
      Booth: Yeah well, you know, I did arrest her father for murder, she could be having trouble with that.
      Cam: Exposing a parent to the death penalty can have a chilling effect on a partnership.
      Booth: Well, look, I asked Bones if that was a problem, she said no.
      Cam: Well, I gotta wonder if deep down anybody is that rational.
      Booth: You're not reassuring here, Camille.
      Cam: If you're looking for reassurance, find someone who's not such a good friend, Seeley.

    • Doug Doyley: So your husband signed his name to the marriage license with an 'X'?
      Angela: Yeah.
      Doug Doyley: So you married a guy without knowing his name.
      Angela: It was Fiji, okay. I was on vacation.

    • Boy: I was driving behind a dump truck, and that came flying off the back.
      Brennan: Do you think the rest of the skeleton is still in the truck?
      Boy: No.
      Brennan: Why?
      Boy: It didn't come flying out, if came flying off. It bounced.
      Booth: Oh, a bouncing skull.
      Brennan: Or perhaps you thought that because you were under the influence of tetrahydrocannabinol.
      Boy: What?
      Booth: Weed.

    • Brennan: How did this skull get here?
      Booth: Ask our eyewitness. (runs off to get a teenage boy) Let's go buddy. (brings the boy over to Brennan)
      Boy: I am not high.
      Brennan: Neither am I, why is he telling me that?

    • Cam: Something chewed on the skull.
      Booth: Oh, like a bear or a dog?
      Cam: Human, Booth. Dr. Brennan is saying human.
      Brennan: In the vernacular, our victim's face was chewed off by a cannibal.
      Booth: (throws away the rest of his hot dog) Okay.

    • Caroline Julian: (to the squints) I find that you maintain an impressively consistent level of annoyance at all times, why?

    • Cam: Obviously, we're looking for someone that really, really hates classical music...

    • Zack (looking up from the skull to find everyone staring at him): It's hard to concentrate when you're all staring at me...

    • Zack: Hey! Why are you listening to my chest?
      Booth: Because I thought you were dead.
      Zack: Why?
      Booth: Why? You're lying on a stainless steel table for dead people.
      Zack: I got tired.
      Booth: New rules okay? Sleeping is for couches and beds and stuff like that.

    • Hodgins: (to Zack) Man! You look like crap!
      Cam: Well, Iraq's not a vacation.

    • Brennan: Hodgins, the reason I'm not going out in the field with Booth is that I'm trying to find a replacement for Zack.
      Hodgins: There is no replacement for Zack. I mean, he's good with bones, excellent at math, he's pretty brilliant at making contraptions, and when our experiments blew up it was easy to pin the blame on him. In my book all that makes Zack irreplaceable.
      Brennan: Exactly, which is why I'm stuck in the lab, not some other reason.
      Hodgins: The only thing you can do is forgot about replacing Zack and find someone who can just help out around here.

    • (About the cause of death.)
      Clark: Did I get it right?
      Cam: Yes. Construction worker, foundation collapse.
      Clark: But I'm not impressing her.
      Cam: I'm still not completely certain what Dr. Brennan thinks of me.

    • Zack: Actually what I'd like is to get into whatever it was you were talking about, before Dr. Brennan's mental problem.

    • Angela: Oh, okay, that narrows it down, he's a sailor, he's maybe Brazilian, and he's named after a flute.
      Hodgins: You know what else narrows it down, he's a Titan, half man half god, I mean, I can see why...why you...I mean I totally...I do....I get it.

    • Booth: Bones, I mean, you see what's going on here right?
      Bones: What are you talking about?
      Booth: You-you're getting them all to help you now.
      Angela: Booth, the vault is filled with priceless artifacts.
      Cam: And probably materials stolen from other victims.
      Hodgins: It's gonna take months to sift through all that evidence.
      Booth: No, this is enabling, you're enabling somebody with a mental problem.
      Bones: Zack...
      Booth: No, you-you Bones, you're the one with the mental problem.

    • Booth: When I put your old man in jail, you said you understood.
      Bones: Don't start again Booth, we'll be together as soon as I replace Zack.

    • Booth: Is this the guy that Bones is checking out to replace Zack?
      Cam: Clark Edison meet Special Agent Seeley Booth.
      Clark: Hey, what's up? Bones, that's funny, that's what all my friends call me back in college.
      Booth: Yeah, I like him.

    • Bones: A cannibalistic violin thief who eats faces?
      Booth: Yeah, that's a stretch, but uh, see how this is, us working together, very symbiotic.
      Bones: You said that already, what is it, the word of the day?

    • Booth: We got anything human?
      Bones: We'll have to go through them and see.
      Clark: Well, I could do that Dr. Brennan.
      Booth: Yeah, Clark could do that.
      Clark: Mm-hmm.
      Bones: There's too many, this could take days, even with the two of us.
      Booth: (skeptically) Aww, come on, (to Clark) is that true?
      Clark: Huh? Dude, you're kinda putting me in an awkward position there.
      Booth: (To Clark under his breath) Zack would have told me.

    • Booth: This is good, first time you've called me in weeks!
      Bones: There's scoring on the skull.
      Booth: Scoring?
      Bones: Yes, scrapes.
      Booth: Yeah, I know what scoring means.
      Bones: The scraping is uniform in scraping, but not in depth, which suggests an ungual pattern.
      Booth: What's an uncle pattern?
      Bones: No, ungual, g-uh g-uh, ungual.

    • Booth: So, what, it's been three months since Zack shipped off to Iraq?
      Bones: Yeah.
      Booth: How hard could it be to replace him?
      Bones: (ignores him and examines the skull in the windshield) Male, Caucasian.
      Booth: You know, I'm just saying, I mean, you in the lab, me in the field, we are not working at our full symbiotic potential.
      Bones: Late teens early twenties, completely devoid of flesh or odor.
      Booth: (taps windshield with his pen) It just seems like, maybe you don't wanna work with me anymore.

    • Booth: Where's Bones?
      Brennan: Right behind you.
      Booth: Oh great listen I got Charlie to check out all the places with that red rock.
      Brennan: Pink syenite.
      Booth: Yeah, there's only one place that uses the pink rock in its foundation. It's an old deserted bank on the Acacia river.
      Cam: Bingo baby.
      Brennan: Why bingo baby?
      Booth: I checked into the ownership of the place.
      Brennan: (still skeptical) Why bingo baby?
      Cam: Shell companies owning defective titles, blah blah blah.
      Brennan: I don't get the significance ...
      Booth: It's deserted, isolated, it's a fortress ...
      Cam: Serial killer heaven.

    • Brennan: I'm curious... in an explosion, how would shutting your eyes help?
      Booth: Uh? It just... it does, okay?

    • Angela: (describing her husband to the private investigator) Tall...yes.! That's all I got. You know what? I think his name had a 'B' in it. Actually it could have been a 'K'. You know what? I can make you a sketch.

    • (Hodgins sees a picture of Angela's possible husband)
      Hodgins: You forgot to mention that he was a giant.

    • (Booth laughs)
      Brennan: What's funny?
      Booth: I thought you were gonna kiss my hand again.
      Brennan: I did not kiss your hand! You put it over my coffee cup.
      (Booth coughs)
      Booth: Felt like you kissed it.
      Brennan: No.
      Booth: Felt like it.
      Brennan: No.

    • Booth: There's something else I gotta know and it's important. We solid?
      Brennan: You and me? Yeah.
      Booth: No, not just you and me, the squints, too. Zack is back for good, Angela and Hodgins have their head back in the game, Cam, she's locked in.
      Brennan: Why are you asking me this?
      Booth: Because, you and me, we're the center.
      Brennan: And the center must hold.
      Booth: Right. So, are we gonna hold?
      Brennan: Yeah, we'll hold. We're the center.
      Booth: The center.

    • Angela: You are not gonna hire that one either!
      Brennan: I haven't made up my mind yet.
      Angela: And when you don't hire him it just prolongs this lame excuse for you not to go out into the field with Booth.
      Brennan: Why would I do that?
      Angela: Because, when Hodgins and I ran away from our wedding we left you and Booth standing at the altar. And that iconic image totally freaked you out.
      Brennan: No, it didn't.
      Angela: Sweetie, this is not one of those things where you try to keep a secret and I ferret out the truth. This is where I tell you something that's true so you can catch up to your own reality.
      Brennan: Ange, I've no idea what you're talking about.
      Angela: Which actually proves my point. I really love you to bits and pieces sweetie, I know you love me back. We'll talk again, when you catch up.

    • (Booth and Brennan are talking about the suspect)
      Brennan: I'd like to be in on it when you interrogate him. (Booth looks at her in happy disbelief) What?
      Booth: You would?
      Brennan: Why are you surprised?
      Booth: Wait, are you serious? I've been trying to get you out of the lab since Zack left.
      Brennan: Well, Zack's back so here I am.
      Booth: That simple?
      Brennan: Why? Did Angela say something to you?
      Booth: No. Angela, why? What?
      Brennan: I told you this isn't about psychology.
      Booth: Fine, fine. (tripping joyfully to the door of his office) Hey, you know what I say huh, welcome home Zack!

    • Booth: (After staring at Bones for a while) No, you weren't upset because Zack was gone.
      Brennan: Yes I was!
      Booth: Ok, yeah, but you were more upset over the fact that I didn't stop him from going in the first place. I mean, look, I could have said to him "Zack, Iraq is no place for a guy like you".
      Brennan: And he'd never have left. You could have stopped him. Why didn't you do that?
      Booth: Whatever Zack's deal is, ok, his weirdness, whatever you wanna call it...
      Brennan: I call it genius.
      Booth: You know, he's a man, he's a, ahm, he's a strange man but he's a man, who wanted to serve a larger purpose.
      Brennan: This is some alpha male rite of passage?
      Booth: No.
      Brennan: You mean go to war?
      Booth: Wrong, no. Zack needed to leave the nest the same way you did when you wanted to leave the lab and see the world for the first time. And I helped you do that. How could I stop Zack from doing the exact same thing in his own way?

    • Cam: You arrested the Deputy Director of the Secret Service for voyeurism?
      Booth: Yeah. Bones in her office?
      Cam: That is awesome and really really stupid. You gotta love a self-destructive man with values.

    • Bones: There's a phrase in ancient Greek burned into the back of the vault door.
      Booth: Well, what's it say?
      Bones: I don't know, it's in ancient Greek.

    • Bones: (After Booth knocks her to the ground, thinking that a bomb was going to go off.) Why are your eyes closed?
      Booth: I thought we were going to get blown up.
      Bones: (looks up) ...It's just a transmitter...

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German title for this episode is "Ein Kannibale und der Hunger auf mehr," which means "A Cannibal And The Hunger For More." This title reveals much more about the storyline of the episode (and future episodes) than the English title does.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: November 6th, 2007 on TV3
      United Kingdom: November 8th, 2007 on Sky1
      The Netherlands: November 14th, 2007 on RTL 4
      Norway: November 22nd, 2007 on TV3
      Spain: January 10th, 2008 on La Sexta
      Latin America: February 19th, 2008 on Fox
      New Zealand: March 30th, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: July 17th, 2008 on Channel 7
      Belgium: September 1st, 2008 on 2BE
      Germany: September 11th, 2008 on RTL
      Finland: December 5th, 2008 on Sub
      Slovakia: April 22nd, 2009 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: September 9th, 2009 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "See The World" by Gomez (playing in the car in the opening scene)

    • At the end of the episode, this dedication appeared:
      Dedicated to our friend
      Mario Jackson


    • When Booth mentions to Brennan that they are the center, Brennan responds that "the center must hold". Brennan is making a reference to a poem titled "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats. The poem begins:

      Turning and turning in the widening gyre
      The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold
      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world[.]

    • When searching through the vault, Angela suggests that the silver skeleton was made in Calabria (Italy) in 12th century. Then Hodgins mentions:

      -Order of Alcantara, which is a military order of Leon (Spain), founded in the 12th century. The Duke of Calabria is a Grand Commander of Alcantara.
      -Illuminati, which is a secret society, amazingly popular in conspiracy theories.
      -Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who was an architect appointed by President Washington to design the street plan for the Federal City (Washington D.C.) Also, in "The Illuminatus! Trilogy" by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson the Illuminati founder kills George Washington and takes his identity.

    • Hodgins: You know what else narrows it down, he's a Titan.

      The Titans are from Greek mythology. Uranus (Sky) and Gaia (Earth), the first gods (as Gaia arose out of Chaos), gave birth to twelve children -- the first generation of Titans. They were overthrown by the second generation of gods, lead by the son of Kronos (the Titan leader and god of time): Zeus (the god of thunder). The Titans are often depicted as anywhere between 10 foot-tall and mountain-sized humans and thus modernly, the term is a synonym for 'giant'. Titan is also the largest satellite of the planet Saturn (the Roman name for Kronos).

    • Caroline: I think this may be one of those, bring the mountain to Mohammad situations.

      This is a reverse of the saying "If you can't bring the mountain to Mohammad, bring Mohammad to the mountain," Caroline is saying that this solution won't work, and the mountain (the vault full of evidence) should be brought to Mohammad (Bones) in this case.