Season 2 Episode 10

Bones of Contention

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Dec 09, 2005 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When a researcher who specializes in Native American antiquities is killed at the museum where she works, the FBI is called in because the museum is on federal land.

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  • Need more action!

    This episode is okay and it's good. But it keep audience boring but we don't want that! But I love Eppes's Plot in this episode. Their plot were about their dad hides their mother's clothes and stuff. He was supposed to give them away to charity and Donate. Charlie think Dad is not ready let his wife go. It is so funny that Amita knew Charlie don't organize his office!! But Charlie said he organize enough! It is so funny! I love Eppes scenes but not case! Case is boring, it should make people exciting and more action from FBI! Great episode!moreless
  • moving on

    Although I gave this episode a ten I was basing that solely on the Eppes scenes. I liked the parts where Charlie found out that Alan was supposed to have taken his deceased wives belongings to a charity shop but instead he hid them in the garage. I liked the friendly confrontation that Charlie and Don had with Alan over it. The ending was definitely the best part when Charlie was trying to hug Don. I enjoyed the case in this episode but felt a little disappointed when I compare it to other episodes of Numb3rs. Hopefully there is better to come.moreless
  • Review

    Lets break this episode down into two parts - the case and the personal character devolopment part. The case in question was one of the most boring in series history. The pace of the entire episode was slow and overall I didnt think the math connected it was used enough. Charlie used math twice in this episode, but nothing amazing that I could actually understand. The dinner party was a little less dramatic then I thought it could have been. I thought after the end of the last episode it would have been really cool to see Megan invited over for the dinner party. I thought the case was really boring, the math was pretty boring, and the personal lives of the characters pretty boring as well. Not one of the bext this series has been able to come up with.moreless
  • The episode was good, but needed more explanation.

    I had no trouble with the episode "Bones of Contention." But that is because I actually have some familiarity with archaeology and the Kennewick man controversy (on which this episode was based).

    They never properly explained the controversy that the skull being classified as "caucasian" caused. It doesn't effect Native American land rights, but rather causes issues with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act or NAGPRA (which basically says that all native remains and grave goods found on public land must be returned to the tribe they originated from). Granted, NAGPRA isn't the most exciting topic in the universe, but without explaining it the controversy seems to be over Native American land rights, thus getting people up in arms over nothing.

    However, I did enjoy the episode (if not the fan reaction to it), and I thought that the team interaction was very good. And there were quite a few good lines ("Someone needs to circulate that memo.").moreless
  • It was okay, nothing exciting happened. I thought that the guy at the end would have put up more of a fight. It was good for character developement.

    This episode was okay, there wasn't a lot of anything in this episode. It is an interesting topic, it just didn't come out exciting. It was a good episode for character development. It was good that they're bringing up the mom's death and the family's reaction to it. I wonder what the ice cream tasted like?!
Michael Greyeyes

Michael Greyeyes

Thomas Morris

Guest Star

Mark D. Espinoza

Mark D. Espinoza

Frank Lopez

Guest Star

Reed Diamond

Reed Diamond

Dr. Kenneth Hill

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • The image of the skull that is reproduced and pictured throughout looks very strange largely because the eye orbits are completely filled in by bone. Real orbits have other bits like the lachrymal bone and hollows that allow the optical nerves into the brain.

    • Larry has sold his restored 1877 Victorian house.

    • The MATH in this episode included: Exponential decay and Voronoi diagram.

    • The scenes for this episode were shot at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park.

    • The storyline for "Bones of Contention" was based on the Kennewick Man and the legal issues that surrounded that find.

    • The t-shirt Charlie is wearing while going through his father's boxes is a well-known Geek-Shirt called "Pi by numbers" showing the symbol pi composed of its first 4493 digits.

    • Opening numbers:
      350,000 NATIVE AMERICANS, 1900
      206 HUMAN BONES
      2 TRUTHS

    • When Don is seeing what the skull would look like with facial features, the skull has hair. When we see the skull again there is no hair on it. But when we see the skull for the last time, it has hair.

    • When Larry is offering everyone ice cream, it shows Charlie saying "I do I do" on closed captioning, but we hear nothing on the audio.

    • In the scene where Amita talks about Prof. Kepler, Charlie's darts keep jumping around on the dart board, indicating different takes of the scene.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Larry: (About the ancient skull) Yeah, did his family wonder what happened? Anybody cry for him?... Real faith cannot transcend knowledge. It has to adapt to it and embrace it. And bones?...
      Charlie: They don't make the man.
      Larry: And they sure don't make the soul.

    • Alan: You're gonna help with the dishes? We should eat at someone else's house more often.

    • Charlie: The math always works.

    • Larry: (wearing goggles and gloves, and carrying a large metal container) Who wants dessert?
      Alan: What's that?
      Larry: Liquid nitrogen... plus milk, cream, sugar, and a little vanilla.
      Amita: It's a fast and simple way to make ice cream.

    • David: He was a white guy!
      Don: Nah.. it's more a geographic thing. Apparently, race isn't really a factor.
      David: They need to circulate that memo.

    • Charlie: Hey I'm organized... enough! Have you seen your office lately?
      Larry: There's a symmetry to my chaos. Okay. My system is chronological by height.
      Amita: Pretty poetic description of "clutter."

    • Don: Her last entry was yesterday.
      Megan: It sure was her last.

    • Don: Does dinner have a color scheme?
      Larry: Look, my predilection for white food is not pathological... at least not yet. The menu will... uhh... manifest all the colors of the spectrum... yes... well, the visible spectrum.
      Don: (smiling) All right... well... consider me there.

    • Megan: Your attorney?
      Chief Clearwater: History's taught us to exercise caution when dealing with the federal government. An MBA has taught me the value of expert counsel.

    • Charlie: We're not really a group-hug kinda family.
      Don: No kidding.
      Alan: This is where a daughter would've come in handy.

    • David: Good lawyers cost about two hundred dollars an hour. Goodwill costs a lot less.
      Antiquities Dealer: My lawyer charges three hundred.

    • Charlie: Yeah, but how many of your suspects grounded you for breaking a neighbor's window?
      Don: Never proven.

    • Charlie: Dad, you're dating again... What if you meet someone and she finds out that you're still hanging on...
      Alan: (angrily) I'll tell her it's none of her business, which is exactly what I'm telling you right now.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Don: Carbon dating uses radiation, right?
      The technique of radiocarbon dating was discovered by Willard Frank Libby and his colleagues in 1949. In 1960, Libby was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for radiocarbon dating.

    • The 'Professor Kepler' whose class Amita teaches is named after Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), an astronomer who determined the laws governing planetary motion.