Season 5 Episode 20

The Witch in the Wardrobe

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 06, 2010 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Two bodies are found in the woods -- one belonging to a modern-day witch and one that is over three hundred years old, dating back to the time of the Salem Witch Trials. As Booth and Brennan go in to investigate, Angela and Hodgins meanwhile end up in jail.moreless

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  • so tired of the car ads masquerading as part of the plot

    Stop the product placement!

    The 4 stars are for the opening bit where the find the skeleton and the 'wicked witch of the east'.
  • Disappointing, typical hollywood with no research into wicca

    Yes I admit I am pagan. If Bones had done the study of Wicca she claimed, then she would have been able to correct everyone's misconceptions in the show. First Wiccan's can't worship Satan since they don't believe Satan exists. Also there is no white or black magic, because they believe in what they do will be reflected back on them three times so the thought to curse someone would not exist. It was just too easy for the writers to ignore the facts. The only reason I didn't give this a 1.0 rating is the storyline with Angela and Hodgins was interesting.moreless
  • Much better!

    I rather enjoyed this episode! They've had better cases, and I felt like the research into this witch stuff could've been more developed, but they obviously spent more time on the CASE this time than in the last few episodes, which is awesome. I felt like the science was actually there, and things were explained instead of just assumed. I liked everything about Jack and Angela ending up in jail - except I felt it a bit unrealistic that these two people who aren't exactly unimportant, low-profile folks have been hanging out with warrants for this long. Also, there's no way they were both carrying around these rings all this time - especially not Angela. I saw some other reviews that said this wedding thing was rushed and out of nowhere - absolutely untrue. Jack and Angela almost got married before, and their break-up was not exactly messy or filled with hard feelings. Plus for the last few weeks, it's been made very clear that Jack still loves Angela, and she's been realizing that he's the right one for her. Oh man, this whole thing made the romantic in me so happy :) I love those two together... seeing Angela go out with other people was so painful! I really like Clarke. He's probably my favorite intern. Wendell was only really interesting cause of Angela. Arastoo has gotten really boring. Haven't seen Nigel in a while... but yeah. Clarke is great. I liked the advice he gave Jack recently, and he was fun in this episode, with his Hodgins-inspired experiment :-Pmoreless
  • I though it´d be better.

    Honestly I didn´t enjoyed this episode like the others.

    About the case; there was TOO much talk. Sweets and all the research about witches was to much for me.

    The whole thing with Angela and Hodggins was so rushed that it felt like a kick in the face.

    I mean, I did like the getting together thing. BUT, getting married in jail? What the heck was that? And the whole ring in the pockets? How needy and pathetic the writers made them look. Totally horrific scene, sweet and all.

    The only things I did like was the spying on the witches scene. And Booth and Bones faces when the ladies got naked. So funny.

    And what can I say about the last scene. Totally nice.

    The "Look it´s you little Bones" phrase was so funny. Although, it was kind of sad the look on Bones face when she said that she didn´t know what happiness means. But, Booth was so sweet to made her understand what that meant and how he carry on making her smile.

    Anyway, a good episode but it could have been better.

    Now, the next episode seems is going to be very interestingmoreless
  • Scenes between Hodgins and Angela were great, but not a very satisfying case.

    I really enjoyed many aspects of this episode. The scenes with Hodgins and Angela in jail were brilliant, both for humour and entertainment value, and for the development in their relationship. They both seem spontaneous enough to get married in that fashion so I found it perfectly plausible. I thought the case had lots of potential, with a very intruiging premise and some interesting historical connections. But I wasn't particularly satisfied with the ending, it seemed a little implausible and rushed, as if they wanted to focus mostly on Hodgins and Angela, rather then wrapping up the case. Maybe they could have saved the plot with the witches for another episode where they had more time to flesh it out.moreless
Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Dr. Temperance Brennan

Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin

Angela Montenegro

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Dr. Camille Saroyan

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Dr. Jack Hodgins

John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley

Dr. Lance Sweets

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

Sheriff Gus Abrams

Guest Star

Jillian Bach

Jillian Bach


Guest Star

Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon


Guest Star

Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd

Dr. Clark Edison

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof - In the beginning of this episode when the firefighters open the wardrobe and discover the skeleton inside there are two small fans that can be seen behind the skeleton.  These were probably used to blow out the smoke and make the skeleton's hair and dress move.

    • Since Angela changed her name to "Angela" legally, according to the private investigator and Angela's statement in "Mummy in the Maze"), it is unnecessary for her to tell anyone what name is on her birth certificate.

    • Goof: The pentagram Brennan draws on the X-ray is upside down, having two points up, rather than one. This reverses the meaning of the symbol, making it a representation of evil, commonly used in satanism and black magic. Additionally, Sweets claims that the pentagram is an ancient Wiccan symbol representing solidarity and sisterhood. This statement is wrong on several different counts. Firstly, Wicca is a relatively new religion, based on the traditions of witchcraft. None of the ancient practitioners would regard themselves as wiccans. Secondly, the pentagram has also been a meaningful symbol in several other religions, such as Egyptian mythology and Christianity. Thirdly, in contemporary wicca, it is mostly seen as a symbol of the four elements being presided over by spirit. It is commonly used as a sign of magic, good and protection, but not usually tied to solidarity per se.

    • In this episode Hodgins reveals that he has been carrying Angela's wedding ring in his wallet ever since their first failed wedding (during the second season finale, "Stargazer in a Puddle").

    • The "wedding ring" that Angela produces for Hodgins is actually a body jewelry ring.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Hodgins' full name is: Jack Stanley Hodgins IV.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Hodgins: (vowing) Angela, or whatever your name is ... I'm your guy.

    • Clark: (to jailed Hodgins and Angela) Nice cell.
      Hodgins: It's not much but, we call it home.
      Angela: Yeah we're thinking of redoing the kitchen.

    • Booth: So, witch hunt tonight?
      Bones: All right.
      Booth: You bring the candles, I'll bring the broomstick.

    • Hodgins: Yeah, yeah, I've had several martinis, some absinthe and a barrel of mead.
      Sheriff Abrams: License and registration, please.
      Angela: He was kidding. He's just, being an idiot.

    • Booth: (after the feet of the dead body curl up) Whoa, okay. I don't like it when dead things move.

    • Sheriff Abrams: (wheeling in a very old computer) Your lab called. This computer may not be state of the art, (enthusiastically) but we got the Internet!
      Hodgins: (sarcastically) Sure! Let's uh, throw some coal in that thing and fire it up!

    • Angela: (while Hodgins is giving her a massage) Oh, thank you God! Oh!
      Hodgins: God is a little formal. Hodgins is fine.

    • Angela: Do you ever wonder what happened to us? (pause) On the day we broke up?
      Hodgins: Yeah, every day. I run through that conversation, word for word.
      Angela: Me too.
      Hodgins: You said, "All you had to do was trust me."
      Angela: And you said, "Hey, you're the one who's leaving."
      Hodgins: And then you said, "You're the one that isn't stopping me."
      Angela: And I left.
      Hodgins: Yeah.
      Angela: I wish I hadn't.
      Hodgins: The biggest regret of my life is I didn't stop you.

    • Sweets: So, I've been thinking about dead cats.
      Bones: That ... doesn't seem like a good use of your time.

    • Sweets: I wanna work on the case.
      Booth: What are you gonna do, cast a spell?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 5th, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 13th, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: May 23rd, 2010 on Channel Seven
      Latin America: May 26th, 2010 on Fox
      Spain: June 11th, 2010 on Fox
      Brazil: July 15th, 2010 on Fox
      Sweden: August 22nd, 2010 on TV3
      India: October 6th, 2010 on Star World
      Norway: November 4th, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: December 25th, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: March 16th, 2011 on JOJ
      Germany: April 14th, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 24th, 2011 on Prima

    • This is the first episode written by Kathy Reichs (though she was involved with the story of the "Pilot" episode), the forensic anthropologist whose novels Bones is inspired by.


    • Hodgins: (after seeing the red slipper-clad feet of human remains curl) We're not in Kansas anymore.

      This is an allusion to the book "The Wizard of Oz," which was made into an iconic 1939 movie of the same name. In the movie there is a scene where the feet of the dead Wicked Witch of the East curl up after her ruby slippers are removed from her feet. The line "We're not in Kansas anymore" is a very well-known line in the movie uttered by the character Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland).

      Later on in the Bones episode, Clark makes another reference to "The Wizard of Oz" when he mentions the Wicked Witches of the West and East.

    • Angela: (regarding a bug in amber) So if we remove the DNA we could recreate dinosaurs, right?

      This is an allusion to Jurassic Park, the 1990 science fiction novel written by Michael Crichton in which a billionaire and a team of scientists create an amusement park of cloned dinosaurs using the genetic material found in ancient mosquitoes that fed on dinosaur blood and were preserved in amber. The book was made into a movie (directed by Steven Spielberg) in 1993.

    • Title: The Witch in the Wardrobe

      This is likely a reference to the book by C.S. Lewis called the "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" in which a girl enters a wardrobe and discovers that it is a portal to another world in which an evil witch rules a land called Narnia.