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Sweets' band is Gormogon which is a reference to the story arc of season three, where they were trying to catch a serial killer dubbed Gormogon. Sweets also clarifies that the band is called Gormogon, not him, which references "The Pain in the Heart" where Sweets is accused of being Gormogon by Cam.
Vincent: (to Zack) Because you're the kind of moron that goes to jail for a murder he did not commit.
This comment references information revealed in "The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond." Wherein Zack tells Sweets, confidentially, that he never actually committed murder—he only felt responsible for it.
Jared Booth, who in this episode assumes a law enforcement role similar to that of his brother Seeley's, is wearing the "Cocky" belt buckle that Seeley is often seen wearing.
Goof: In the last scene, when Hodgins is doing a voice-over of what Brennan is typing on a laptop, the last line of Hodgins' voice-over (which Brennan whispers along with) is "Burdens that allow us to fly." -- but on the screen of Brennan's laptop it says "Burdens which allow us."
Brennan: You were seeing something in there. What were you seeing?
Booth: Stewie, you know, the baby from The Family Guy.
Brennan: You— you saw Stewie ... in there? In the interrogation room?
Brennan doesn't ask for any clarification as to who "Stewie" is, which means that she apparently knows what Family Guy is. It's very hard to believe that Brennan would know about a Fox TV show but not pick up on so many other very common pop culture references, as has been seen throughout the series. Also, she doesn't even own a TV.
Fisher comes up with the idea to use denture cleaner to clean the bones because they contain calcium -- but earlier on in the episode, Brennan stated that the bones were rubbery because they sat in vinegar, which caused calcium to leech out of them.
Goof: One of the wine tasters finds a finger in her wine glass -- but there's no way that a wine spout would have been big enough to let a human finger through it. Even if it did happen to be big enough, there's no way that whoever was pouring the wine would have not noticed the finger plopping into the glass.
Goof: When the wine tasters drink the wine, they immediately spit it out. Later on, Brennan states that the opening of the cask caused the wine to turn vinegary. The affluent wine tasters should have noticed the vinegar smell prior to drinking the wine.
It is revealed in this episode that Booth has been having multiple hallucinations throughout the season (Luc Robitaille, Teddy Parker, and Stewie Griffin) due to a brain tumor, which Brennan describes as the type of tumor that is "usually benign."
Goof: When the wine tasters tried the wine that had the victim's body in it, the wine's consistency was indistinguishable from normal wine. But when the Jeffersonian team examined the wine the body was in, the whole wine barrel was filled with gooey, thick liquid that would have never passed as normal wine.
Near the beginning of the episode Brennan identifies the victim as a 23-year-old male. However, later in the episode Brennan says his birthday was 11-05-89, which would have made him only 19 years old at the time.
Sheriff Tina Mullins: They had a cannon, more like a blunderbuss really. Filled to the brim with bric-a-brac and shrapnel.
Bones and her team continue to use the name "blunderbuss" back at the lab, which is incorrect. A blunderbuss is a hand-held shotgun-type weapon. What was used was clearly a cannon. Also, depending upon the amount and type of powder used, the items put in the cannon (screws, nails, and so on) could have carried on for a mile and would have been a danger to anyone in the field.
The staff of the Jeffersonian tries throughout the episode to figure out if Dr. Haru Tanaka is a man or a woman. While Dr. Tanaka is finally revealed to be a man, the role was played by Ally Maki, a woman.
When Booth gets the call informing him that Sachi's car has been found, the light outside is bright. In the next scene, when he and Bones arrive at the scene, it's completely dark.
Dr. Tanaka: No, this is original. Uh not representing any of the well-known characters -- Sailor Moon, Faye Valentine, Motoko.
Respectively, these are female characters from the anime series Sailor Moon, Cowboy Bebop, and Ghost in the Shell.
Goof: When Mr. Tung tells Booth, "I did my job. I did my job." Hank, who is dead, is visibly breathing.
Hodgins: Liquid nitrogen freezes at 63 degrees Kelvin, which is -210 degrees Celsius, or -346 degrees Fahrenheit.
Vincent Nigel-Murray: It's uh unnecessary to say degree Celsius, it's implicit.
While it is possible to use the units °C and °F with the degree simply implied, it would have been more important to remind Hodgins that the unit °K has been redefined (since 1967) to simply K, so that with this unit, the degree is not just unnecessary, it is actually wrong to use (at least in scientific circles).
Brennan: Diane Sidmans's role was important to the Large Hadron Collider team?
Landis Collar: The effort to find the Higgs-Boson will be set back months.
The death of one physicist alone would not significantly set back work at the Large Hadron Collider (where the Higgs-Boson or "God Particle" is being searched for). Also, at the time the episode aired, and assuming it took place sometime near that date, the LHC was out of order due to a Helium leak which occurred on September 19th, 2008, so the work there is set back anyways.
The formulas written onto the transparent boards in Dr. Sidman's office affect the Higgs-Boson ("God Particle") only peripherally, so Landis Collar's claim that Dr. Sidman's work was vital to the Large Hadron Collider group (which was working on a way to discover the Higgs-Boson is incorrect.
Hodgins: I found traces of uric acid on the victim's clothing. It was the pheromones you found pleasing.
Angela: Yeah, yeah. Uh, the pheromones in tiger urine?
Hodgins: Well, I assume it's tiger urine.
While mammals do produce uric acid, it isn't something they excrete in their urine -- that would be urea. Reptiles and amphibians excrete uric acid in their waste, in a solid form.
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