Season 5 Episode 11

The X in the File

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 14, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Booth and Brennan go to New Mexico to investigate when a body is found in the desert near Roswell. Meanwhile, a relationship between two people back at the lab is revealed.

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  • Funny Episode with great nods to X-files and David Boreanaz's Dad!

    I love how it gave a nod to not only X-Files, but to a little show David Boreanaz's dad, Dave Thomas, had while he worked at WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo, called "Rocketship 7"! It was a kids show seen by hundreds of thousands of Western New York and Southern Ontario children for years during the late 60's thru the early 80's! Nice tip of the hat to the ol' man!

    The episode itself was priceless as it was humourous, and moved the overall storyline along as Wendall and Angela heat things up, much to the chagrin of Hodgins.

    Kind of surprised that they kind of left the Mexican thing open ended and that nasty corporate Beeatch all alone to get away with the industrial waste dumping. Perhaps they will meet again?moreless
  • Very interesting

    In this episode of Bones, the following happens. Booth and Bones travel to New Mexico to investigate when a body is found in the desert near Roswell. Of course everyone jumps to the conclusion that the remains are that of an alien, but Bones is quick to point out that the remains are human. What follows is an x-files inspired episode, which ends with Booth and Bones on top of a car, watching the stars together. Also in this episode Hodgins finds out about Angela's new relationship and acts as though he is ok with it, but of course he isn't and soon it seems as though he is wondering if perhaps they should still be together.moreless
  • I really miss the X-Files!

    First of all, I never thought I was going to be able to like another show after the X-files because David and Gillian had so much chemistry that I thought no other TV couple would be able to equal them. But then I discovered Bones... and it filled the void... and its lead couple rocks.

    I loved the X-Files references, beginning with the episode title. But having Dean Haglund was excellent! I loved Frohike but he was the fun one of the Lone Gunmen.

    Again a crime committed by greed. It was good to see Booth and Bones out of the lab, reminds me of that first season's ep in the desert. I felt sorry for Hodgins because I think he was really in love with Angela and the reason for the break up was just lame. It was a very loyal thing to do Wendell deciding to tell his friend about the relationship. But I'm not sure if I want to see more of Angela having corny and kissing moments in the lab again.moreless
  • An alien "enthusiast" finds a strange looking body in the dessert in new mexico and Booth and Brennan are called to investigate as the episode pays tribute to The x files.moreless

    The episode was funny, witty and there were enough suspects to keep you wondering to the last minute. My favorite scene would be in the beginning when the body's phone went off with the x files ring tone and the timing couldn't have been better.

    The final scene was also amusing with the whole "Did you hear that?" routine which was a classic but nevertheless a smart move. The murder itself was interesting and the alien footage made it all more exciting alongside the involvement of dumping toxic waste across the border; and who can forget Brennan's scream and Booth's reaction when the body rose on the table.

    Hodgins's sense of grief was also touching as I never could get over the fact that his break up with Angela was rather silly and the trust issue between them was never mentioned again. Wendell's character is charming and honest, but I can't stop thinking he's not right for Angela.

    Final verdict, I liked it. It was sort of a comeback for Bones after some mediocre episodes.moreless
  • a nice homage to The X-files!

    This episode was one of my favourites of this season, mostly because I am a huge X-files fan. It revolves around the story of a man who believes he found an alien in the dessert of Roswell (which of course turns out to be a woman that had some interesting things happen to her body that makes it appear as though she's not from this world)

    Bones and booth then find out that the woman that was found in the dessert may have witnessed (and video-taped) a possible Alien space craft and alien creatures!

    its a funny episode, again with a lot of little nods towards the world Chris Carter created years ago. Definitely worth seeing.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

Ben Giroux

Ben Giroux

Sherriff Bonds

Guest Star

Dale Dickey

Dale Dickey

Marsha Vinton

Guest Star

Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald

Rachel Adams

Guest Star

Michael Grant Terry

Michael Grant Terry

Wendell Bray

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Booth gets the print from the cinder block, the tape he uses and holds up is smudged with dust and you barely see the print. Then the camera switches to a close up of the tape, which is now clean on the edges and showing a clear print.

    • After finding out that the blood on the cinder block they found outside Ursula's "space age" trailer apparently wasn't Ursula's, the Jeffersonian team never actually stated whose blood it was. This is especially odd because Brennan stated that they needed to analyze the blood. It can be assumed that the blood was Delmy Polanco's since he used the bloody cinder block to break into Ursula's trailer, but this fact was never stated.

    • Goof: In the scene where Booth and Brennan perform an MRI on the remains, the metal (Booth's gun) isn't attracted to the MRI magnet until the machine is turned on. In reality, the magnet in an MRI machine (just like any other typical magnet) is always working, even when the machine is not powered up.

    • The man in the Rocketship 7 photo that Booth points out in the diner as Dave Thomas is historically accurate. Dave Thomas is David Boreanaz's (Booth's) father. His real name is David Thomas Boreanaz, but he used the stage name Dave Thomas (later changing it to Dave Roberts). The elder Boreanaz hosted the children's show Rocketship 7 on WKBW in Buffalo from 1962-1978, before relocating to Philadelphia to become a local weatherman at WPVI.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (The body is drawn up to the MRI. Brennan screams, and Booth draws his gun, which is pulled out of his hand by the machine.)
      Booth: I won't say anything about the scream if you won't say anything about the gun.
      Brennan: Those terms are satisfactory.

    • Cam: Not so fast, Dr. Brennan. I know you dislike flesh, but I'm going to need you to remove the adipocere and organs and send them to me. (Bones looks unsettled)
      Wendell: Oooh, Dr. Brennan dealing with flesh.
      Hodgins: Like a cat dealing with water.
      Bones: Flesh is not my strength.
      Cam: You're going to need a hair dryer and some cooking spray. (Bones looks unhappily at the remains.)

    • Booth: Hey, uh, you're gonna be okay here all alone in this spooky hospital with a ... dead alien body?
      Bones: Yes.
      Booth: (snaps) Right ... that would be me who wouldn't want that.

    • Sweets: I don't think you're jealous. I think that you're grieving ... what you've lost.
      Hodgins: Grieving? As in grief?
      Sweets: Yes.
      Hodgins: Man, the only thing that cures grief is time. Unless you're recommending a lot of alcohol.
      Sweets: I can't really recommend alcohol.
      Hodgins: Man, it would be great if you could though, right? (laughs)
      Sweets: I recommend time.
      Hodgins: So just ... smile and act like a good guy?
      Sweets: You are a good guy.
      Hodgins: You know, there was a time that I thought that Angela and I would be together forever.

    • Brennan: It's not a spaceship.
      Booth: Well, if it smells like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck ...
      Brennan: But then it would be a duck, not a spaceship, so your point escapes me.
      Booth: It's just a metaphor.

    • Blaine Miller: Oh. Oh you're here about that body they found up at Vinton's place.
      Brennan: We never mentioned a body, Mr. Miller.
      Blaine Miller: Nothing travels faster than the speed of light than gossip in a small town.

    • Booth: Hey, FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth. This here is Dr. Temperance Brennan from the Jeffersonian.
      Sheriff Bonds: Sheriff Jerry Bonds. But you probably got that from my shiny badge, my imposing gun, and my big hat.
      Booth: Yeah, right.

    • Booth: Come on Bones, you don't believe that there are other real life forms out there?
      Bones: Well the ... probability is very high, but any alien visiting this planet would have sufficient intelligence not to die in the middle of the desert.

    • Brennan: These remains are not extraterrestrial. ("The X-Files" theme starts playing; Brennan picks up a phone) It's a cell phone.
      Booth: You hope.

    • Sheriff Bonds: I'm not gonna take the heat when people scream I sent an alien off to Washington for secret testing! (chuckles then turns serious) I've been through that before.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Spain: February 26th, 2010 on Fox
      United Kingdom: March 11th, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Latin America: March 24th, 2010 on Fox
      Sweden: April 11th, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: September 2nd, 2010 on TV3
      Slovakia: November 3rd, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: November 13th, 2010 on Sub
      Germany: November 25th, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: April 21st, 2011 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "The X-Files" theme song by Mark Snow (when the dead body's cell phone rings, right before the opening credits)


    • Episode Title: The X in the File

      This is a word-play referring to The X-Files, a popular 1990's/early 2000's science fiction FBI investigation series focused on cases involving suspicious paranormal (often alien) activity.

      Additionally, the killer in this episode (actor Dean Haglund) is the same actor who played Langly, one of the Lone Gunmen from The X-Files. Guest stars Penny Johnson Jerald and Dale Dickey are also X-files alum.