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.
18 MILLION NATIVE AMERICANS, 1492
350,000 NATIVE AMERICANS, 1900
206 HUMAN BONES
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.
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.
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Spor o kosti (Contention About Bones)
Czech Republic: May 29, 2009 on TV Nova
Slovakia: November 10, 2009 on JOJ
Graham Greene also played in 5 episodes of Northern Exposure with Rob Morrow.
Dylan Bruno (Colby Granger) did not appear in this episode.
This episode is rated: TVPG.
The music in this episode was: "Melt" by Way Out West (opening) and "The Pop Song" from an album ("Wir Sind Hier") by the German group Marz (closing).
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.
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