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Singer Colin Haynes was based on Sixto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American singer from Detroit, Michigan. He had a brief US career in the 1970's as a folk singer, but never knew he had become a big star in South Africa. Like Haynes, his fans also thought he had been dead for some time until someone found out he was alive in Detroit. As part of the award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man (2012), arrangements were made for a trip to South Africa where he was overwhelmed by his own popularity there and began a new career in the States. Later in the same year (October 7, 2012) Rodriguez sat down for an interview and profile on 60 Minutes.
Goof: At the beginning of the episode, when the body falls over the forewoman, you can see that her clothes are covered with blood and tissue. But, after they pull her up, her clothes are clean.
Deanna's reconstructed letter reads: "Carlene, If your [sic] reading this, it means I finally got the courage to put it in the mail. I know you've been calling but I can't face you – It's not about the fight. I forgave you for that a long time ago. I know it's hard to hear about the end of the world all the time. People don't want to be reminded of it.
"I've finally admitted to myself that ther [sic] might be something worse than the end of the world – rejection … Carlene, I love you. I realize now that you make life worth living. You showed me that there are good things in this world and that it would be worth rebuilding after the world's collapse.
"It's cowardly to say it like this but I've never felt this way before. Maybe there's more to life than just survival. Deanna"
When Angela comes into the lab to say that Brennan is awake. Cam says that Brennan "felt it was cold when she was shot." There's no way Cam knows this. Angela didn't mention it, and since she's announcing Brennan's return to consciousness, Booth hasn't made a call to the lab, either.
Bones refers to "primitive" tribes in this episode, but anthropologists avoid using the term "primitive" because of its derogatory implications. One would think that she would know this as one of the leading members of the field.
Goof: At the beginning of the episode, Booth and Brennan's dark blue couch is on the right hand side of their living room. At the end of the episode, this couch is now on the left hand side, switching places with the beige couch.
Trivia: Brennan and Booth's daughter is named Christine Angela Booth. Christine, after Brennan's mom, and Angela, after Angela Montenegro, Brennan's best friend.
Goof: Photos in Danish passports are black and white, not in color like Inger Johannsen's
Goof: When the girl in the hat fell into the hole in the ground and her friend saw the skeleton, she faced the camera and opened her mouth like she was screaming. In the next shot, however, she was facing her friend and then she noticed the bones.
The episode is dedicated to the memory of Brian L. Chambers (1955-2011). Brian was 56 and died at his home in Sherman Oaks, California on November 11 after a 27-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Brian managed post-production at 20th Century Fox Television for all Fox-produced TV shows including Bones.
Hugh Burnside the prime suspect in the murder, based on being a "lefty," demonstrates being left-handed when he catches an object tossed at him by Booth, yet he's wearing his watch on his left wrist. People tend to wear their watches on their non-dominant hand, usually so they can use it to manipulate the buttons on the watch. Being a lefty, he should have been wearing his watch on his right hand.
During Daisy's "autopsy" of the Prince Charmington Doll (about 23 minutes into the episode), she not only uses a "privacy towel" across the doll's groin, but a closeup reveals a tiny "toe-tag" placed on the doll's right foot.
Goof: At the end of the episode Bones has a toy gun which she fires several times. Just before the toy gun fight she has with Booth there are only four or five balls remaining in the gun. Yet she fires many more than five balls during the fight.
Goof: When Booth, Brennan and Hodgins are at the crime scene looking for evidence, Booth tries to take a picture of Brennan crying over the body. You can hear the camera phone taking photos, but you can clearly see (even at normal speed) that his home screen never changes into camera mode.
Trivia: Brennan and Booth go undercover in this episode as "Buck" and "Wanda," an engaged couple. These are the same undercover names they used in "Double Trouble in the Panhandle."
Angela and Hodgins named their son Michael Staccato Vincent Hodgins, although in "The Killer in the Crosshairs" Hodgins earned the right not to use any part of his father-in-law's dreamt name, "Staccato Mamba."
When Bones is showing Vincent how the victim sustained his injuries by physical example she says, "You are Mr. Leishenger and I am his attacker. Broadsky is an expert in close quarter combat." Vincent then replies, "I assume that I will be dead very soon then." This is clearly a subtle foreshadow of what is to come later on in the episode.
When Brennan recalls that Vincent's favorite song was "Da Lime in Da Coconut", Sweets's response is "Seriously? Because that's my jam." In the episode "The Body in the Bag," Sweets is shown working out to this song on his headphones. He also mentions in "The Passenger in the Oven" that he's going to sing it for karaoke.
When Brennan goes into Booth's room in the middle of the night the clock shows it is 4:47, this is the exact same time shown on the clock next to Booth's bed in the first scene of the 4th season finale, "The End in the Beginning." This is also the time that the clock in the victim's apartment continuously flashes in "The Beginning in the End."
Hodgins' Mini in the scene after he and Angela leave the hospital isn't displaying the required front license plate.
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