Season 1 Episode 10

The Woman at the Airport

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 25, 2006 on FOX
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Booth and Brennan investigate when body parts of a woman are found near L.A. International Airport. Their case goes slower than expected and Brennan's identification is delayed because of the extensive cosmetic surgery the victim had done.

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  • Booth and Bones go to LA to work on a case

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. Booth takes Bone to LA to work on a case, when body parts are found around an airport. When she examines the skull, Bones reveals that whoever it belonged to had a lot of surgery. She soon is IDed as a hooker, and soon they find out who she worked for. We then see Booth hiring one, using Bones's phone. But of course he just wants to ask her some questions about the victim, who they believe went by the name Rachel. We soon learn that she was sleeping with a plastic surgeon and that her boyfriend recently broke up with her, since he found out she was a hooker. They learn what was used to kill her and learn that only one surgeon in LA uses it for surgery.

    Soon the surgeon gives up the name of the girl who he used before Rachel and we learn that she was the one who killed Rachel, as her fake fingernails matches that of one found with the body. They finally manage to ID Rachel as actually being a young girl named Alison and learn that her brother and father are still alive, and so her remains will be returned to them.moreless
  • Bones and Booth go to L.A.

    I really enjoyed this episode, mainly because it's a pretty funny one. The way that Brennan did not want to go to L.A. and that Booth got Dr. Goodman ( Bones boss) so far that she still had to go to L.A. with Booth.

    The fact that Hodgins knew from the beginning of this episode what Goodman would conclude at the end was funny as well, cause you got to admit it to him that he was right. I did found it sad though, that a woman was so displeased with the way she looked, that she did not only did 'normal' plastic surgery, but that she altered herself till the bone. And on top of this, it also made it impossible to ID her, which is just sad.moreless
  • prostitutes and plastic surgery

    overall, not a bad episode addressing plastic surgery from an anthropologist's perspective. multiple plastic surgeries make identifying this week's victim difficult, and allow for a lot of commentary on the nature of beauty and individuality. the show is, thankfully, not weighed down too much by negative commentary on prostitution, aside from the girl who laments that "none of us want to be what we are -- we all say we're something else". while i have no doubt that many girls in prostitution end up there as a last resort, the high-class call girl who books for a week is not in the same position as a street walker. my sympathy for these girls is muted by the fact that they make considerably more money than i do, and enjoy pretty decadent lifestyles. for these girls, it's a savvy business decision. the show seems to collapse all prostitution into one category, but at least does indicate that regardless, the girls do not deserve to be treated like trash just because they are sex workers. the anti-plastic surgery tack is worked through Brennan's eyes, giving it a bit of freshness. of course, to have someone with stunning cheekbones and bone structure bemoan the negatives of plastic surgery, and to have the victim be a very pretty girl before having any surgery, affects the final message. plastic surgery thrives not because already pretty girls are addicted to it, but because so many people fail to live up to beauty ideals. plastic surgery addicts are pretty few and far between, largely because it's so expensive and painful. but a nip here, or a tuck there, is much more common, and hard to make a moral judgment about. i prefer to have my morals a little less overt, a little more nuanced. anyhow, i give Bones props for taking two fairly tired procedural staples (prostitution and plastic surgery) and making them feel fairly fresh.moreless
  • Smart and this show!

    There's chemistry among the leading characters that makes you very anxious for the next new episode, so you can see how things develop. Smart, well-written and riveting...the characters are developed just enough to be interesting, but not too much, so that it turns into just another prime-time soap opera. Can't wait to see where the next episode goes!
  • Not their best story but pretty good.

    I found the whole plot line kind of sad. They couldn't identify the dead woman because of all the plastic surgery she had. I didn't quite believe the reason behind why the other girl killed her. It was a stupid reason for a call girl. The constant name change for the dead girl was stupid.
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

Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall


Guest Star

Jann Carl

Jann Carl


Guest Star

Claire Coffee

Claire Coffee

Special Agent Tricia Finn

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The victim, named 'Rachel' throughout the episode, had at least four fake different names: Sandra Cane, Rachel Achaunce, Candace Hayden, and Susan Sheppard. However, near the end, Brennan and Booth discover she was actually named Allison Holmes.

    • Goof: At 41:33 the officers take the hooker away, but at 41:39 when the shot goes close on Booth, she is leaning toward him on the right.

    • Booth refers to his rental car as a 1966 Mustang.  The car is actually the 1965 model, since the gas cap has a black center, and the grill corral with the pony is secured by its top and sides.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Brennan: Coyotes at the airport?
      Agent Finn: We got coyotes everywhere.
      Brennan: (to Booth) Did you know that?
      Booth: No. I thought coyotes were a cowboy thing.

    • Booth: (to Dr. Kostov) You touch her, she'll break your arm.

    • Bones: (entering her own office and noticing Booth is sitting at her desk) I need a receptionist. I can't have just anybody waltzing in here.

    • Brennan: You're ordering a prostitute from my cell phone?!
      Booth: I'm wondering if Rachel ever took part in one of those two-on-one specials?
      Hodgins: Hey! The old two-on-one special! Classic!
      Zack: What's a classic?
      Booth: That's great. Just send me whoever she worked with the most.
      Brennan: You're ordering a hooker to my hotel?!
      Zack: Did I hear you say hooker?
      Hodgins: Hey, how come I never get to go on these out of town trips?
      Booth: You have much looser daily allowances than I do.
      Brennan: Well, have fun.

    • Zack: (to Hodgins) Why are you being so mean to Dr. Goodman?
      Hodgins: I'm not being mean, I'm being critical of his process.
      Zack: Why are you being so critical of his process?
      Hodgins: We should be looking at the facts. Is the skeleton authentic, or not? That's all. Instead it's all a mish mash of conjecture. What I think is he's forgotten how to do the science and doesn't want to admit it.

    • Hodgins: (yelling) I knew this was gonna happen!
      Angela: Hodgins...
      Goodman: (to Hodgins) Because we have been colleagues on this, more than superior and subordinate, I have allowed you to be insubordinate but I warn you, Dr. Hodgins, that is over.
      Hodgins: Do you want my letter of resignation?

    • Booth: Take a look at this.
      Brennan: A bunch of red circles?
      Booth: Each circle shows where a body part was found.
      Brennan: What is this, an airport?
      Booth: Los Angeles International. Local pathologist says the remains are in pretty bad shape.
      Brennan: So they punt it to the FBI.
      Booth: Airports, they fall under federal jurisdiction... excellent use of the word punt.
      Brennan: I can't go to Los Angeles, I have an Iron Age warrior to authenticate.
      Booth: Iron age warrior? Ok, when was the Iron Age?
      Brennan: 1500 years ago.
      Booth: Fresh body bits just a little bit more urgent.
      Brennan: You do realize that there are a lot more fresh bodies than there are perfect specimens from the Iron Age?
      Booth: When you say things like that it's just to bug me, right?

    • Booth: I'd like to go pay a visit to Dr. Boobies.

    • Dr. Goodman: I am an archaeologist. This is what we do. We step outside the facts and tell ourselves the story of an individual or a culture. And if the story I tell myself about this man, who lived fifteen hundred years ago, is true. If he was laid to rest by people who respect and loved him. Don't I owe it to them not to let the pure scientists desecrate his remains?
      Hodgins: Or you could be totally rational and say you were waiting for imaging technology to improve to the point where it wasn't necessary to disassemble him.
      Dr. Goodman: Ah, yes. I suppose I could say that. It's less uh-
      Hodgins: Sentimental - for the pure scientists.

    • Brennan: Every culture nurtures ideals of beauty toward which people strive - fine! But in the future, people will look back upon the ... surgical alterations of the nose or breasts or buttocks with the same horror that we regard the binding of feet or the use of bronze coils to extend the neck.
      Booth: You wanna speak up? 'Cause it's really hard to hear every word in this very, very quiet waiting room.
      Brennan: It's barbaric! It's painful! It's wrong! This murder victim may never be identified because some glorified barber with a medical degree had the arrogance to think that he could do better than millennia of evolution.

    • Dr. Kostov: (about Rachel) I made her beautiful.
      Brennan: You mean you took what was unique and particular about her and destroyed it.

    • (Booth is talking with this prostitute about Rachel)
      Booth: (to the security guard, who has come to chase them) Listen buddy, I don't know what your problem is but this is my little sister. Okay, I'm visiting from Coeur D'Alene. I asked her here for a drink which is taking a hell of a long time by the way.

    • Hodgins: Science is no country for story tellers.

    • Angela: Okay Bren, you're being a little edgy and tart with me and all I'm trying to do is tell you the truth.
      Brennan: What this young woman did to herself, it's as if she completely removed her own identity. Who hates herself so much that she not only changes her looks but her core architecture? If we don't know who she is, then how will we be able to catch the person who murdered her?
      Angela: Is that your way of apologizing?
      Brennan: Yes, Angela.
      Angela: I accept. Love your guts, sweetie.

    • Brennan: This car doesn't feel very FBI-ey.
      Booth: Hey, Bones, this is a 1966 Mustang. It's a classic. What goes better than that with the FBI?
      Brennan: Then how come on the rental agreement under model, you made the guy write 'sedan'?

    • Zack: You know one thing...
      Angela: What's that?
      Zack: She's going to be beautiful. Why would anyone go through all this pain and not end up beautiful?
      Angela: Do the names Michael Jackson or Joan Rivers mean anything to you?
      Zack: One of them. The other I'll look up.

    • Brennan: (Holding a photo of the victim before any surgeries) Look at her.
      Booth: Yeah. Pretty little thing.

    • Zack: The murder weapon is a larger version of the surgical implement used on the victim's jaw.
      Brennan: You compared the wounds to the marks left on her jaw? That's brilliant, Zack.
      Zack: It was Hodgins; well Hodgins quoting you, so it was us. Go team!

    • Brennan: These bones you bring me; I give them a face, I say their names out loud, I return them to their loved ones, and you arrest the bad guy. I like that.
      Booth: So do I.
      Brennan: I feel like we should be arresting these "doctors" because whether they killed her or not, they still erased her.
      Booth: Well, maybe I can hold Cullen off for a day.
      Brennan: That's not good enough.
      Booth: You're welcome.

    • Brennan: We are born unique. Our experiences mold and change us. We become someone, all of us, and to have that taken away by murder to be erased from existence against our will, it's just...
      Booth: Evil?
      Brennan: Unacceptable.

    • Brennan: We know we're looking for someone who grew up in New England, moved here about eight years ago, her leg was crushed in a car accident when she was thirteen, she was on a boat shortly before she was murdered. We know some of her names and some of her faces.
      Booth: That's all your stuff. Usually by now we know more about my stuff.
      Brennan: We have separate stuff?
      Booth: Yeah, by now I usually have a feel for the person, what they wanted, how they felt, what was going on in their lives. With this girl, nothing.
      Brennan: She thought she was ugly. She did everything she could to make herself beautiful. And all she did was make herself more invisible.
      Booth: Everybody in this city thinks they're ugly, and nobody is. I'm starting to get why you hate anonymous death so much.

    • Zack: This is the type of situation where people say, "Oh my God".
      Hodgins: Pretend you're a person and say it.
      Zack: Oh my God.

    • Zack: What's with Goodman and Hodgins?
      Angela: They're guys. They should just lay them out on the table and measure.
      Zack: Lay what out on the table and measure?
      Angela: Ok. Awkward moment.

    • Brennan: You know, I'd like to drive sometime.
      Booth: (Changing the subject) Look, our contact out here is Special Agent Tricia Finn.
      Brennan: I'm an excellent driver.
      Booth: Ok, Rainman.
      Brennan: I don't know what that means.
      Booth: I'm always gonna drive, you know that, right? Me behind the wheel and you over there on the grandma side.
      Brennan: I'm not above telling Deputy Director Cullen what kind of car you rented.
      (In the next shot we see Brennan with a big smile behind the wheel and Booth less than happy in the passenger seat)

    • Brennan: X-rays, pictures; we're going to do this without touching the actual skeleton as much as possible.
      Zack: Kid gloves?
      Brennan: Latex should be alright... Zack were you being metaphorical?
      Zack: I decided to give it a shot... which is also metaphorical.

    • Finn: Agent Booth, can I have a moment please? Umm, have I done something to offend you?
      Booth: Look, I'm not really into this whole west coast, in touch with your feelings thing okay so--
      Finn: Yeah, umm, I'm really good at my job and I've been nothing but cooperative and helpful to you, but you just freeze me out.
      Booth: Mmm hmm.
      Finn: And, I know you have nothing against working with women because you're partners with Dr. Brennan. So your problem must be with me.
      Booth: Look, I don't have anything against you Agent Finn. I just don't like the way you view the FBI.
      Finn: What do you mean?
      Booth: This is a proud and noble job, but you're using it to get to something else. My advice, write your script, get an agent, hell, have a little plastic surgery, but quit using my Federal Bureau of Investigation as a stepping stone to something you think is better. Because in my book, there is nothing better.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Scenes shot in the outdoor lounge between Boreanaz and the prostitute were filmed at the roof bar of The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

    • Featured Music:
      "Ooh La La" by Goldfrapp (during aerial shots of the beach and the drive down Rodeo Drive)
      "Show Your Style" by Ferry Corsten (at the outdoor lounge)
      "Free Los Angeles" by Baby
      "I'm Slipping Away" by Messy
      "Precious" by Depeche Mode (when Bones and Booth talk after the arrest)

    • Harry Groener, the man that played Dr. Atlas, played Mayor Richard Wilkins III on Buffy the Vampire Slayer during Season 3, which starred David Boreanaz.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: April 11th, 2006 on TV3
      Norway: Thursday August 17th, 2006 on TV3


    • Brennan: I'm an excellent driver.
      Booth: Ok, Rainman.

      This is a reference to the 1988 movie Rain Man which starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman - nicknamed Rainman - played the mentally challenged, autistic older brother of Cruise's character. After their father's death, the two embarked on a cross-country roadtrip during which Hoffman's character repeatedly proclaimed, "I'm an excellent driver".

    • Character Name: Agent Finn

      This character name could be a reference to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer character Agent Riley Finn who was in Season 4 of the series. Ironically, Agent Finn on Bones and Riley on Buffy have the same clashing with David Boreanaz's characters.