The Dresden Files

Season 1 Episode 2

The Boone Identity

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 28, 2007 on Syfy
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A grieving father asks Harry to help put his daughter's spirit to rest. This should be easy. All Dresden has to do is track down the killer and make sure that justice has been done. There's only one catch: the killer died only hours after the murder.


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  • The Boone Identity


    The Boone Identity was a great episode of The Dresden Files and I really enjoyed watching this episode because the story was intriguing and full of action, suspense, and magic. It was great to see more of Murphy and Dresden interacting. There was a lot of character development for them both. I liked the Egyptian themed magic in this episode and it was a great idea. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!

  • I thought that this episode was okay... it had action in it and many twists.

    This episode bigins when one of Harry Dresdens customers asks him to make the spirit of his daughter's lie in rest. The only problem is she wont. Acouple of months agon as is in the episode the father and the daughter were being robbed. And all that was stolen was an ancient Egyptian template. Harry tries to figure out why the ghost wont lie in rest when he discovers that the murderer is already dead so he figures it cant be about revenge. But in the end as it turns out thats axactly it. She wants revenge because of what the Egyptian template does. It allows the person to switch bodies wiht their killers.moreless
  • A grieving father hires Harry believing that his daughter's ghost is still around. When that proves to be true Harry investigates and when Murphy gets involved things become personal.

    This was an excellent episode for its story and for the light it cast on the character relationships. We see Bob caring for Harry's well being and Harry's willingness to risk himself to save Murphy by dabbling in the black. Egyptian angle that was used in this episode was refreshing and inspiring.

    Moment Harry and Murphy shared at the end of the episode left me wondering if something will happen between them and somehow wishing for it, because the spark is there and all it needs is a little gasoline before it bursts into flames. Harry's denial of anything out of the ordinary happening and Murphy's I don't believe it look along with the "Please don't ever lie to me again." sentence really spiced things up. It's obvious that there's an mutual attraction between them but will it be explored... Well, we'll just have to keep watching!moreless
  • This is really starting to come along nicely. We see a bit more of the relationship between Murphy and Harry which is a big part of the books and Bob is growing on me.moreless

    This is really starting to come along nicely. We see a bit more of the relationship between Murphy and Harry which is a big part of the books and Bob is growing on me. Nice bit of character development and while this series is a lot different from the books some things are very similar. Harry gets beaten up yet again, he doesn't tell Murphy everything and he and Bob seem to work.

    As I said before, this series has potential and I think there is a lot more to come. Better I think to draw us in gently rather than blow us away and then leave us dissapointed when it doesn't do that every week.moreless
  • Interesting episode!!!

    This episode was actually better than the last one...I was about to give up on this show, but this episode made me rethink it... Harry's help is asked by a Mr. Harding, who's daughter got killed in an armed robbery...The killer also died in a supposed accident...So Harry does his own investigation and he discovers that Boone, the killer had learned ancient Egyptian rituals in the prison and that he used those in order to transfer himself into other people's bodies...So when Boone gets hold of Murphy's body, Harry has to appeal to desperate measures in order to save his friend...This episode resembled more with the Poltergeist series and it proved to me that "The Dresden Files" can still become an excellent show... 8/10.moreless
C. David Johnson

C. David Johnson

Charles Harding

Guest Star

Kaleigh Nevin

Kaleigh Nevin

Lisa Harding

Guest Star

Tom Barnett

Tom Barnett

Edward Miller

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Marie in records says that Connie Murphy's father was also a cop. She goes on to say that he was an "old school cop" and explains that means the kind of cop who would use a phone book on your face (as a side note phonebooks were used because the large flat surface area equally distributed the impact leaving no bruises or marks).

      Marie further indicates that Murphy's dad "lives in Florida now with some hooker".

    • From Officer Murphy's signature Dresden reads that Murphy's full first name is Constanza.

    • When Dresden wakes after being shot by Boone, there's a quick camera shot of Miller's body in which we can perfectly see there's no wound on the top of his head, although he fired the gun below the jaw pointing up.

    • The prison shown in the episode listed as Menard Correctional Facility is actually named Menard Correctional Center, a Medium and Maximum Security state prison located in Menard, Illinois.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Bob: So, you didn't ask her to appear in any way but she still made herself known to you, unbidden.
      Harry: Mmhmm, and she kicked my ass.

    • Murphy: Harry, I keep dreaming about you.
      Harry: Good dreams, bad dreams, what you got?
      Murphy: I don't know. Sometimes you're pretty scary in them. Other times not so much. But in all of them you're... performing?
      Harry: Like on stage? What?
      Murphy: Like miracles. Weird, huh?
      Harry: Yeah, that's weird.

    • Harry: (voice over) The final showdown. I kind of like that part. Face the villain, beat the bad guy. It's the waiting beforehand that kills me. Wondering if I'm going to survive, knowing I might not. Gives me ulcers.

    • Bob: A voodoo doll? How completely irresponsible of you. So you're going to reach out and touch Boone, by bringing pain to Murphy's body.
      Harry: Well, that's where Boone is.
      Bob: Harry. Harry, that is black magic and you cannot afford to dabble in the black.
      Harry: I need a way to convince Boone that he can run but he can't hide, all right? And with this...
      Bob: With that you run the risk of alerting the High Council and falling prey to your darker desires.

    • Harry: I told you, ski mask, shotgun. Same M.O. as Boone.
      Murphy: The shooter wasn't Gus Boone. He's dead.
      Harry: Which leaves his old partner, Edward Miller, copycatting him.
      Murphy: Okay, this bee in your bonnet, kill it!
      Harry: Somebody doesn't want me asking questions.
      Murphy: I don't want you asking questions.
      Harry: You own a shotgun?
      Murphy: Several.

    • Harry: Okay, Boone, Miller, and Sabin all had the same tattoos.
      Murphy: God, don't do this.
      Harry: Would you please at least consider the possibility that Boone was working with Miller or Sabin, or both?
      Murphy: So you think that Miller, or Sabin, or both, contracted Boone to murder a young woman, take some carved up rock, drop it, then get his brains blown out? Good plan.

    • Sabin: Ever been in prison, Mr. Dresden?
      Harry: No.
      Sabin: Violence and tedium. Those are the major threats against the hell of insanity. As it turned out, Boone was a reasonable protection against both. During the day he watched my back, and at night he listened to my ramblings. Over time I believe he actually grew to appreciate my particular interests.
      Harry: Those being ancient Egyptian funerary rites?
      Sabin: It's not a crime.
      Harry: Not unless you practice them on live people.

    • Marie: Gus Boone. He served 5 years for aggravated assault and he got out and he killed a girl the next day. He got what he deserved. Blown to bits by one of Chicago's most eligible bachelors, Edward Miller.
      Harry: Who is this guy?
      Marie: Well, if were a single woman you'd know. But you're a single man, aren't you? (Starts hitting on Harry) How's your salami? Sandwich, I mean. Sandwich.
      Harry: (Very uncomfortable) Terrific. Thank you.

    • Harry: Come on, help me do a good thing. If I get any karma points, I'll give them straight to you.
      Murphy: Fine.
      Harry: Oh, yeah. Thank you.
      Murphy: You'll have to go downtown. See Marie in the basement.
      Harry: Marie?
      Murphy: You'll like her. She's single.
      Harry: Murphy, you're the only one for me, you know that.

    • Harry: (yelling in a police station full of people) I got a message from beyond the grave!
      Murphy: (whispering) Get out.
      Harry: Well, give me the file and I'll be gone.
      Murphy: I can't do that.
      Harry: You're a cop, Murphy, you can do anything.
      Murphy: No, I can't make you go away.

    • Dresden: (voice over) Not all ghosts are spooky, or have unfinished business. Some are just annoying. Especially when the ghost has a thousand years of supernatural knowledge he feels compelled to share. Constantly.

    • Mr. Harding: Boone, Gus Boone. He'd just gotten out of prison. There used to a jewelry store next door. The police think maybe he got confused, came in here and panicked. Killed Lisa. And then took something he thought he could sell.
      Dresden: What was that?
      Mr. Harding: An engraved stone tablet, Egyptian. I had it under glass. It must have caught his eye, but he dropped it in the alley. The cops found it smashed to pieces.
      Dresden: Cops caught the guy?
      Mr. Harding: No.
      Dresden: Well, if Lisa's killer went unpunished that might be enough to keep her spirit here.
      Mr. Harding: Boone is dead. He left here and he carjacked a guy at gunpoint. There was a struggle. Boone's shotgun went off, in his own face.

    • Mr. Harding: Are you feeling a cold spot or whatever you people call it?
      Dresden: No, not getting a thing. You say you've been sensing your daughter's presence here for a whole year?

    • Harry: Anubis- it's the Egyptian God of the Dead, it's the body of a man and head of a jackal.
      Marie: My, my. Well, I wouldn't care what his head looked like as long as he had the ass of Brad Pitt.

    • Harry: (referring to the Tablet of Anubis) So it's like a get out of death free card?
      Sabin: If you need such an imbecilic crutch to grasp the concept, then yes.

    • Bob: Yes, well, life is pain. So's dinner. You've burnt your garlic bread. (Harry opens oven to find smoke) What, no tantrum?

    • Harry: (voice over) Hey, what do ya know? I'm alive. Saved by one of the tools of the trade: the shield bracelet I inherited from my mother. Thanks Mom.

    • Harry: (Voice over) Most people would drop it, right here, right now, no questions asked. Unfortunately, I'm not most people. When someone says stop, somewhere between my ear and my brain, what I hear is "full speed ahead."

    • Harry: (Voice over) Putting "Wizard" on your door is like putting up a sign that says "Lunatics Welcome." Not that all my clients are crazy. But they all think I'm a little crazy. They ask me to cast spells, move objects without touching them, and of course see dead people. Hey, don't get me wrong, I can do most of that stuff, but when it comes to dealing with ghosts, let's just say I'd rather get a root canal.

    • Harry: To me, there's no such thing as coincidence. I also don't believe in showing up on someone else's doorstep uninvited. But for five hundred dollars a day, two-day minimum, you learn to make exceptions.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In this episode, Dresden uses a Voodoo doll to attract Boone's attention to him, which Bob says is a form of Black Magic.

      Although largely associated with Voodoo practices, a doll figure with pins stuck in it causing pain to someone is not a representative form of this African-originated spiritual system of faith and ritual practices. In fact, Voodoo religion beliefs include both dark and benevolent magical practices, functioning as a way to explain the forces of the universe, influence those forces, and affect human behavior.

    • In Egyptian mythology there is no Lock/Tablet of Anubis whatsoever, although its idea may have emerged from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a compilation of funerary texts/spells to be read at a burial as a guide for the soul in the afterlife.

    • In Boone and Sabin's tattoo, from top to bottom, the Egyptian hieroglyphs for Anubis (a jackal), Osiris (a seated man) and Horus (a falcon) can be easily identified beside some Egyptian phonetic symbols and other hieroglyphs.

      Anubis was the Egyptian God of the Dead, serving as their guardian in the journey to the Underworld and as judge of their immortal souls once there.

      Osiris, sometimes credited as Anubis' father, was the Egyptian God of Life, Death and Fertility, whom once dead took Anubis' position as God of the Underworld and judge of the dead.

      Horus, son of Osiris (although sometimes considered Osiris himself reborn), was the Egyptian God of the Sky and Royalty, and after defeating Set ruler of the lands of the living.

      Hence, the linking of their symbols may indicate the allowances of both the Gods of the Dead and of the Living are needed in order to the body exchange to happen.

    • As in the books, we learn that Dresden does not watch TV.


    • Harry: (referring to the Tablet of Anubis So it's like a "get out of death free" card?

      Harry is making a play on the "get out of jail free" cards which are a treasured "chance" card, in the popular Milton Bradley board game, Monopoly.

    • Bob: Oh, I sense another Quixotic crusade looming on the horizon.

      This is a reference to the XVII century classic novel "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes. The book tells the story of an old landowner who cannot distinguish reality from fantasy and starts a quest that is romantic and chivalrous, but also idealistic and impractical.

    • Title
      Referencing the spy first created by Robert Ludlum in the novel The Bourne Identity (1980). The character went on to appear in eight subsequent novels, and was adapted into a TV movie in 1988 starring Richard Chamberlain. The novels were then loosely adapted into a series of movies, starting with The Bourne Identity in 2002.