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Crossing Jordan

Season 4 Episode 16

Skin and Bone

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 27, 2005 on NBC
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Skin and Bone
When a mass grave of the mob is found, the killer assaults Bug. Not long after the discovery Woody's brother shows up sparking some suspicion. Lily and Nigel stay at Bug's side waiting for him to wake up.

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  • When Bug is assaulted, Nigel and Lilly stay by his side. Jordan and Woody work on a case, and Garrett is stuck doing things on his own.

    This was a great episode. I loved the way that Lilly and Nigel were so caring about Bug, and Jordan and Woody make a great duo. Not my favorite episode, but one of the ones that I really like. I felt so bad when Bug was assaulted! The whole minotaur debate was so hilarious! Those two really know how to make a person laugh! I'll bet Nigel would be just as funny in person as he is in the morgue. Bug is a classic character, and the producers would be nuts to get rid of him. This episode is definitely worth watching more than once.moreless
  • wow this one was intense! A mass grave is found and it required all hands available.

    This one was very important revealing the bonds between people. Calvin, Woody's brother comes to Boston on visit and he his cute, I like Woody more but he is not that bad lol

    Passing on, all those bones are from the murderers bring the media and the responsibles for the killing get worried.

    A guy even assaults Bug, he ends up pretty beat up at the hospital without waking and here I saw what really matters and what's real. Nigel got very worried, he stayed with Bug waiting for him to wake up. Lily was also very worried, they all were. Here I saw that they meant a lot to each other, they are friends, family, and that's awesome. And of course, when Bug woke up, at the end, him and Nigel got back to fight like they always do.

    The other moment is between Woody and his brother. Cal wasn't just visiting, he was spying the case. That scene with Jordan, Calvin and Albie at the club, that was intense. Woody has a great shot and everyone came out OK.

    And I loved that last scene:

    Jordan: Well, I don't know about that, but I do know it's true that he's not the only thing you've got in this world. This was perfect and the song saying "We will make this thing work, we should take it slow". The perfect ending to a great episode.moreless
  • A personal review of the episode Skin and Bone, my favorite eposode of the series. For more CJ reviews visit my web site (www.crossingjordanencyclopedia.com)

    The underlying theme: Family (Woody & Cal, the mobsters, the members of the Boston morgue—each makes up a ‘family’ of some sort.

    Bug and Nigel: You’ve got to love the bantering between these two. I could close my eyes and see them as brothers (they’ve grown so much from rivals to colleagues to friends). The argument at the end over fried eel (I believe that’s what Nigel had ordered) was a perfect and satisfying moment to end the intense worry that Nigel (and us viewers) lived through. We’re satisfied in knowing that Bug really will be okay. And we’re left no doubt that, despite the bickering and playful arguing, Nigel (and vice versa) cares deeply for Bug. More than just a friend, but family.

    Woody and Cal: It pulls at your heart the dilemma Woody’s in. He’s got only his brother as family. He’s practically raised Cal, bailed him out of trouble, loved him, always been there for him. Yet at the same time the responsibility that came along with ‘raising’ Cal has made Woody a bit cynical and a hard person for Cal to measure up to, in both their eyes. Cal can’t live up to Woody’s expectations and Woody can never just be Cal’s brother (accepting him as he is, faults and all). It makes for a difficult relationship, which this episode brought to a head. They love each other—there’s no doubt in that fact, but Cal’s actions, which indirectly (seriously) affect Woody’s friends, cause a rip that sends Cal packing and leaves Woody sincerely disappoint in him. It’s left a big rip in the fabric of their relationship. It’s going to take some time to mend, and I don’t think they’ll truly ever have that easy sibling relationship they want (especially Woody).

    On a side note, Cal had some great lines, and his moments with Jordan showed (more than any words he could ever say to Woody) that he really cares for his brother. He casually (or not so casually at times) drops hints. His one comment about Woody telling him any woman in Boston except Jordan was free for his picking was great in what it did for Jordan. Loved the look on her face.

    The Others: The mobsters and their willingness to die to protect one of their own leaves Woody (and I imagine a good portion of the US population) in disbelieve. He can’t quite grasp the complete and total sacrifice of one for another. This is a deliberate choice—not something done in the heat of the moment (like jumping in front of a bullet.) This is only intensified because of the issues he’s dealing with, with Cal.

    Lily did what she does so well, she supported everyone. She listens. She’s there. She’s not afraid to say what needs to be said/done. Off to see Bug, she stops to take the time to let daughter of one of the bodies found have a moment to say good by to her father. Compassionate to a fault.

    Woody and Jordan: Slowly, ever so slowly they’re getting closer. I have to sigh and just enjoy the journey. As much as I want them to hook up, this one step forward, two steps backwards game they play is to satisfying to give up (just yet…they’re going to have to do something soon though). Every time Woody manages to break down a piece of the wall Jordan’s built around herself she builds it back up. However this time it was Jordan who took a brick down herself (with a little insight from Cal along the way) which gives me great hope that one of these days the entire wall will come crumbling down. (She just might get over those commitment issues). It was a perfect ending with Jordan telling Woody he wasn’t alone. Woody’s got more people who care about him than he realizes and it’s not just Jordan—though Jordan I believe was opening up a bit of herself and telling Woody that feeling ARE there.

    Who’d have thought a simple handhold could be so perfect, but it was. A great way to end the episode.

    What proved to be in interesting plot was really just there to allow us an even deeper insight into the ‘family’ of the Boston morgue. An emotionally satisfying episode.

  • When a mass grave is found, The team searches for answers that lead them to a mob war. This will come close to home espicalley for Woody, and someone will get into a lifethreating postion.moreless

    I loved this episode. It had so much emotion and heart. It was such a good to get Charlie O'Connell to play the Calvin "Cal" Coolidge Hoyt (I love the how president thing). It showed a real brotherly bond between Woody and Cal. I felt we saw the strong bond between Nigel and Bug, which was so nice. I also loved the ending with Jordan and Woody on the couch hugging, and "Ordianry People" playing in the back ground. This episode tops my list.moreless
  • Reminds me of a country song of 2 brothers one was a priest and one was a murder they were totaly opposit.

    I love how ever know and then the show brings Nigel and Bug closer but the way they did this along with throwing Woodys real brother in to the mix was a good thing. Nigel and Bug are like real brothers just from diffrent races but they love each other like brothers. Then you bring in Woodys brother Calvin and you see Woody life isnt perfect. I Mean we go at little in Blood Moon when we heard his mother died when he was 4 and Calvin was 2 and there father was real tought on them and when Woody was 16 and Calcin was 14 there father was shot in the back and died 2 days later. And then this were it seems Woody became the Goody toosho and simi took over the mother figure when he had to and when daddy died he became daddy to. Well we also foudn out in the Episodewith the sweaters feeled with coke and woody got over dosed he admited that Calvin usto be a user. And in this one we see that he still causing trouble but we see each obrother loves each other with ever thing Woodys brother has caused him he finaly becomes tired of it but i think it might have made Calvin finaly thing of what he does to Woody by causing him greaf. Maybe at some point well se a episode were Jordan and Max are truely and fully a family agien a i hope the same for Woody and Calvin. I would like to see Calvin maybe become a co star in the show or do a few shows in the new season.moreless
Ravi Kapoor

Ravi Kapoor

Dr. Mahesh "Bug" Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh

Steve Valentine

Steve Valentine

Dr. Nigel Townsend

Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Woody Hoyt

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Garret Macy

Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn

Lily Lebowski

Isa Jonay

Isa Jonay


Guest Star

Charlie O'Connell

Charlie O'Connell

Cal Hoyt

Guest Star

Rudolf Martin

Rudolf Martin

Albie Samson

Guest Star

Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode has been said to have been emotionally trying on Steve Valentine, the one who plays Nigel because he's so caring of other people.

    • Nigel: Centaur, you know, mythological creature, half man/half goat, plays the Pan flute.
      Bug: That's a minotaur, and it's half horse.
      Nigel: No, a minotaur has the body of a man and the head of a bull.

      Nigel was right about the minotaur, but Bug was only half right. Centaurs are half man and half horse. The half man, half goat creature is called a satyr.

    • Calvin Hoyt, Woody's brother, was played by Jerry O'Connell's real life brother Charlie O'Connell, who also appeared in the episode Sunset Division as Calvin.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bug: Am I dying and you're not telling me?
      Nigel: (Laughing) No, of course not! Why?
      Bug: You're being too nice.

    • Woody: Why Calvin. Why? Tell me why. Little question, little word. Three little letters Calvin.
      Jordan: Why is he shouting?
      Bug: And when will he stop?

    • Jordan: You know you'll see him again.
      Woody: Not any time soon, and not if I can help it.
      Jordan: Yeah, you can say that, but...
      Woody: I heard what he said, Jordan. As I was lining up my shot, I heard what he was saying to the guy. About... being everything to me, and all I got in this world.
      Jordan: He was trying to save me.
      Woody: I know that, and that's the kind of guy he is inside, which is what makes it so hard, because... he's right. He's always been everything to me, and... in this crazy world, where crazy things happen, he was all I had. But, when he said it this time - I know I was distracted - but it didn't mean a thing to me; like it wasn't true anymore.
      Jordan: Well, I don't know about that, but I do know it's true that he's not the only thing you've got in this world.

    • Calvin: So, why won't you have sex with my brother?

    • Jordan: Oh and by the way, "Woods", what's it like kissing your sister?

    • Bug: I go from seeing Iris to you.
      Nigel: What?
      Bug: Iris. The girl in payroll. She came to me in a dream... quite naked... sporting the head of a bull. She said "I am a Minotaur!" And I'm pretty sure she had her way with me.
      Nigel: Excellent. Bulls head or not, how many chances do you get with Iris?

  • NOTES (1)