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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Bones is a television series which started on September 13, 2005 and ended on March 28, 2017 after 12 seasons. Temperance "Bones" Brennan, forensic anthropologist, is the pride of the Jeffersonian Institute's medico-legal lab. She's a brilliant scientist who's traveled all over the world in the course of her work and has even used her experience in the field to write a couple bestselling mystery novels. She's the person the FBI calls when a body (usually, well, bones) can't be identified by normal procedures.She's also aggressive, abrasive, and has all the social grace of a snapping turtle.Fortunately for her (and the members of the public who have to deal with her), she has FBI agent Seeley Booth on her side. A former sniper with a young son and a laid-back loose-cannon personality, Booth is Brennan's partner in crime-solving, mutual irritation, and Unresolved Sexual Tension. With the help of a team of "squints" (Booth's terminology for The Lab Rat, because they're always squinting at things), the two of them solve murders through a mix of forensics, detective work, and occasional violence.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Bones is easy to dismiss as yet another Forensic Drama, especially considering the laxity of some of the science and the better-than-life crime recreation technology, but fans are quick to point out that the show's strength lies in its characters. The cases of the week are typically complements for their interactions and growth. The writing and science can sometimes be uneven, but the dialogue is clever and funny, also frequently peppered with moments of genuine emotion. Their behavior and interests help the audience relate to them as One of Us.Rounding out the main cast of the lab are conspiracy theorist Jack Hodgins, the "bugs and slime guy"; hip and snarky Angela Montenegro, the facial reconstruction and crime scene recreation artist; and No Social Skills Zack Addy, a grad student even more socially awkward than the title character. Season two added Dr. Camille Saroyan, a pathologist who'd been assigned to take charge of the lab. Tension resulted, naturally, although it's mostly been smoothed over now. Season three added Dr. Lance Sweets, an FBI psychologist tasked with doing therapy sessions between Bones and Booth as well as profiling some of their suspects. The show also stars a rotation of "squinterns", Dr. Brennan's ambitious and quirky doctoral candidates.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })An often recurring theme is the nature of intellect versus emotion and at what point you should use which. Most of Brennan's team rely on careful logic, and in some cases are bound entirely to it. Meanwhile Booth brings Brennan along on investigations and has to help put a soft touch to her chainmail glove when dealing with people.A recurring element is wisecracking Hodgins and stoic Zack/squintern of the week performing some absurd "test" to help solve cases. One particularly memorable one was putting a frozen pig through a wood chipper. It's a Long Story.Loosely based on the novels and life of Kathy Reichs, professor of anthropology at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a former-director of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.Has a character sheet. Not to be confused with the comic book series Bone, the musical group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, the animation studio BONES, The McCoy, the Snoop Dogg horror film, the rapper BONES, or actual bones.
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Therapy Is for the Weak
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Therapy Is for the Weak: Definitely. They resist Sweets' much needed therapy sessions for over a season. Even later, they would cheerfully leap out a window before admitting they're actually coming to Sweets for therapy, rather than profiling and the like. Finally, Sweets gets so fed up with Booth's weak excuses that he threatens to jump out of the car if Booth doesn't admit that he actually wants advice from Sweets. Even then, Booths adds afterward that he didn't really need Sweets' help, he was just making him feel better about himself.
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Finale Season
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Finale Season: In February 2016, FOX executies and the showrunners came to an agreement to end the show with a shortened 12-episode farewell season. In response, the showrunners wrote a Season 11 finale that brought back Zack Addy for a serial killer arc and served as a launch pad for the last season's main theme: tying up loose ends.
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Retired Badass
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Retired Badass: Max. He doesn’t work much after leaving his temporary gig at the Jeffersonian but he still managed to kill several attackers with his bare hands to save his grandkids.
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Strictly Professional Relationship
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Strictly Professional Relationship: Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and her partner FBI Agent Booth, though everyone can see that they should be together. People actually ask them why they aren't having sex. Changes over the course of the show since they do get married.
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The Gambling Addict
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The Gambling Addict: Booth. He struggles all along and relapses in season 10 and Brennan kicks him out while he works to get "sober" again.
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A Taste of the Lash
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A Taste of the Lash: Poor Sweets as a kid, by his own foster parents. He still has scars from it on his back.
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Adam Westing
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Adam Westing: David Faustino in "The Radioactive Panthers in the Party".
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Anyone Can Die
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Anyone Can Die: While there's not Characters Dropping Like Flies, and the major deaths are all very separated, main characters aren't actually safe most of the time. The first season finale has Bones' mother as the victim of the week, despite her actually having been dead for quite some time. Season 6, during the investigations of Broadsky, Vincent Nigel-Murray gets shot in the heart and dies. In the Season 10 premiere, Lance Sweets dies. Season 11 premiere has Booth's brother as the victim of the week. Season 12 sees Max Keenan, Brennan's father die.
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Friendly Sniper
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Friendly Sniper: Booth is a nice guy, even wanting to atone for the people he had to kill.
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Adorkable
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Adorkable: Most of the regular male cast: Zack, Hodgins, Sweets, Vincent and Aubry. Brennan is an uncommon female example. Despite geeky traits, Booth (comic book collector, although that is his only one) and Wendell (though half the time you want to coddle him) are a little too macho to count, and Edison and Arastoo (after being caught faking his accent) seem a bit too smooth. is a genius, but not at all nerdy.
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No Celebrities Were Harmed
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No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bunsen Jude, the Science Dude. In "The Wannabe in the Weeds," the closing credits include characters identified as "Kanye West Wanna-Be," "Dolly Parton Wanna-Be" and "Springsteen Wanna-Be." Judge Trudy
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Abnormal Ammo
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Abnormal Ammo: The ice and blood bullet that Brennan was shot with in “Shot in the Dark”.
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My Friends... and Zoidberg
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My Friends... and Zoidberg: The second season opens with a new person in charge of the team at the Jeffersonian, A Token Twofer Minority in Dr. Saroyan who, after an episode with some small conflict between her and Brennan, defends everyone on the team at the Jeffersonian by way of strong arming a federal prosecutor into taking a case to trial. Bones doesn't think much of Sweets's choice of career.
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Arbitrary Skepticism
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Arbitrary Skepticism: Hodgins is a conspiracy nut but doesn't believe in the supernatural or the afterlife (ironically this comes up during a crossover with Sleepy Hollow; he was also trying very hard to convince himself that whatever he saw on a The Blair Witch Project-esque film In "The Headless Witch in the Woods" was just a wisp of smoke).
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Fake First Kiss
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Fake First Kiss: In The Santa In the Slush, where Brennan and Booth were coerced into kissing under the mistletoe. In The End in the Beginning, an Alternate Reality Episode where they were married nightclub owners. Both scenes appeared in the trailers for those episodes. In reality, Brennan and Booth don't get together until the end of season 6. There's a questionable third instance in The Sum in the Parts of the Whole, where Brennan and Booth kiss in a flashback. However, due to an actual kiss that also occurs in that episode, the status quo does change going forward.
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Scenery Censor: In “The Finder”, Walter talks to Brennan while on the toilet with his boxers down. The only reason we don’t see his naughty bits is a strategically placed sink between him and the camera.
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Heroic BSoD
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Heroic BSoD Booth nearly has one in "Proof in the Pudding", when it's implied that there were two assassins involved in JFK's death and there was a government cover-up to hide this. Given the number of people he's killed for his country, he sees it as a huge betrayal.
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Season Finale
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Season Finale: Let's just say the writers and producers really like making big/special finales, often with a Cliffhanger. Season 1: Brennan finds her mother's remains and receives a message from her long-missing dad. Season 2: Angela and Hodgins leave Booth and Brennan at the altar. Season 3: Zack Addy is revealed to be the Gormogon's apprentice. Seasons 4, 5 & 6: See Dénouement Episode above. Season 7: Brennan goes on the run after Pelant frames her for murder. Season 8: Pelant forces Booth to reject Brennan's marriage proposal. Season 9: Booth is shot by three corrupt Delta Force agents, and is arrested for their killing. Season 10: Booth and Brennan decide to leave their jobs, but not before investigating a possible Pelant copycat. Also see Series Fauxnale below. Season 11: Zack Addy returns while the team investigates the mysterious Puppeteer killer.
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All Are Equal in Death
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All Are Equal in Death: In "The Titan on the Tracks", a rich industrialist faked his death, then was beaten severely by his accomplice in order to cover his (the accomplice's) participation. The following takes place in his hospital room:
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Ripped from the Headlines More than one plot, but perhaps most obvious in an episode featuring a "pregnancy pact" written around the same time the Massachusetts girls were news. Another episode featured all those feet that washed up in The Other Rain Forest's area. "The Goop on the Girl" has all the earmarks of the 2003 death of Brian Wells, aka "The Pizza Bomber." "Mayhem on a Cross" may have something to do with the murder of Euronymous, guitarist of black metal band Mayhem.
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Relationship Upgrade
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Relationship Upgrade: Bones and Booth in season 7. Sweets and Daisy at the beginning of season 10, and then he died. Jack and Angela in season 6. Cam and Arastoo get one, then they break up, then they get back together and marry.
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Your Head A-Splode
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Your Head Asplode: Heather Taffet, aka the Gracedigger, when Broadsky obliterates her head with his sniper round.
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Cool Old Guy: Max Brennan-retired and often seems kind of harmless but threaten his family and you’ll be sorry. Billy Gibbons-tests Hodgins’ character pretty thoroughly before accepting him, including two instances of knocking him out and tattooing him . Hank Booth-ex army guy who wasn’t afraid to stand up to his abusive son to save his grandkids. Gordon Gordon Wyatt-he has a funny way with words during Booth’s therapy sessions and is secretly a heavy metal fan and ex player.
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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Done at Jack and Angela’s first wedding. As it turns out, Angela was already married. Booth and Brennan’s wedding plays with it. Aldo starts the line, then replaces the “speak now” part with “keep it to yourself.”
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Unreliable Narrator
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Many, most of which seem to be pointed at Sweets and Psychology as a whole. In the (admittedly odd and written by an "Unreliable Narrator") season finale, Sweets' surrogate declares that psychologists are glorified bartenders. Unknown if this is used for comedic effect, because they do like riling up Sweets.
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Give Geeks a Chance
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Give Geeks a Chance: Hodgins, the nerdy guy, and Angela.
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Artistic License – Biology
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Artistic License – Biology: In "The Critic in the Cabernet" Booth gets his sperm analyzed and everyone brags up that he had 28.8 million sperm in 3 mL. Although anything over 1 million sperm per mL is capable of fertilization, the average sperm count for a male in the United States is 120 million in ONE mL. (Or 360/28.8 = 12.5 times Booth's sperm count). "The Pathos in the Pathogens" involves a virus that is eating away the victim's corpse. By definition, viruses require living cells to reproduce. "The Source In The Sludge" seems to have confused lampreys, which are parasitic on live prey, with hagfish that scavenge dead carcasses.
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Accent Slip Up: Intern Arastoo Vaziri who isn't actually "fresh off the boat", but is pretending to be so he won't have to take any grief for his devout Muslim beliefs.
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Victim of the Week
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Likewise, Booth's brother Jared, who was introduced in Season 4, was recurring in Seasons 4 and 5, and then never showed up again after that. He also didn't show up to the wedding. He finally showed up in the Season 11 premiere as the Victim of the Week.
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Gone Horribly Right
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Gone Horribly Right: In "The Secret in the Proposal" A CIA Honey Trap is very good at being attractive enough to seduce her target but innocent enough that no one suspects her real job — too good: her handler gets assaulted by her mother (who thinks her daughter's an escort and the handler's her john) and killed by her boss (who's in love with her and thinks the handler seduced her into being a prostitute).
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: Angela's husband, finally seen in the season 4 opener. If he was one of the main cast, he'd be a Marty Stu. There may even be slashy implications in there, what with two separate male cast members volunteering to take him to the airport. Booth. 'nuff said.
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The Heart
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The Heart: Angela, at least according to Hodgins. Except rather than personal vendettas, it's the minutiae of the body they're studying that she raises their eyes from. Further driven home by the fact that in "The Man in the Cell", Angela receives a human heart in the mail after the publication of a newspaper article in which Hodgins calls her "the heart of the operation".
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The Spock
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The Spock: Brennan, who also sometimes is a Straw Vulcan as well. In addition, Zack.
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Dad the Veteran
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Dad the Veteran: Booth’s abusive father and Booth himself. Edwin Booth was damaged by his war experience and it’s indicated it drove him to alcohol and abusing the kids. Booth was an Army Ranger and saw way more war than he wants to remember.
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Self-Parody - "Bone of Contention".
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Overly Narrow Superlative
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Overly Narrow Superlative: In season four's "The Crank in the Shaft", an office worker uses his phone to take a picture of Cam (Booth thinks he's taking a picture of the body):
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues: When Brennan finally does get to use the Hand Cannon she picked up in an earlier season... it's way too large to be practically used, and a ricochet injures Booth. The villain of the week even mocks the gun because it only has five shots.
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Senseless Sacrifice
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Seemingly Senseless Sacrifice - "The Sense in the Sacrifice" The agent who was seriously wounded in the attempt to catch Pelant helps the team by setting up a fake Pelant-style body dump only to become the body himself after being caught by Pelant. It's not a complete loss, however, when it ultimately leads to Pelant's death.
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Heterosexual Life-Partners
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Heterosexual Life-Partners: Brennan and Angela Hodgins and Zack until the latter's departure from the show. Later, he becomes especially close to many of the interns (Wendell, Finn, and Arastoo in particular). In later seasons after Zack leaves and is replaced by rotating interns, and Cam and Sweets have fully adjusted as members of the team, there is instead a true companionship between the entire team, although Bones and Angela retain their special life-partners status.
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf Max Keenan does NOT take it well if you threaten Brennan or her brother Russ, as seen in the episode "Judas on a Pole". The rest of the time, however, he comes across as more bumbling than menacing. This is intentional. Also Angela's dad. He is Billy Gibbons after all. Booth is on record as saying that if "God Himself" told him to sacrifice his son, "That's not gonna happen." Considering that he's a devout Catholic... The killer in "The Sin in the Sisterhood". The victim was in a polygamous marriage with three sisters, and cheated on them with yet another woman, so their protective father killed him. The father of two of The Gravedigger's victims was approached by a sniper with an offer that he'd kill her for two million dollars. He gladly paid the money to have the murderer of his sons killed.
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Diabolus ex Machina
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Diabolus ex Machina: Pelant, for one, when he gets in the way of Booth and Brennan’s wedding plans, steals Hodgins’ money and frames Brennan.
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Trapped in Villainy
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Trapped in Villainy: In "The Goop on the Girl" the Perp/Victim of the Week was strapped into a bomb vest and forced to rob a bank or else the bomb would be set off.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: When, during an interrogation, Gordon Gordon Wyatt gets thoroughly irritated at being called a fry cook. At that point, he's a chef. Played by Stephen Fry. Could also be a nod to comedian Peter Cook, whom Stephen Fry had worked with several times and was good friends with.
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Fingore
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Fingore: The Ghost Killer rips off one fingernail from each of her victims because when she was a child her father locked her in a stable and she ripped all of her own off trying to escape. When her body is found she's wearing all of her victims' fingernails as her own.
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Who Shot JFK?
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Who Shot JFK?: "The Proof In The Pudding" is built around (possibly) answering this question.
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Cryptid Episode
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Cryptid Episode: "The Truth in the Myth" focused on the chupacabra.
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Wainscot Society
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Wainscot Society: In "The Woman in the Tunnel", Booth and Brennan investigate the death of a woman who was investigating the underground denizens of Washington DC, who are depicted as forming something of a distinct society; one of the main guest stars is a vet who suffers from PTSD and who lives down there.
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Failed a Spot Check
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Failed a Spot Check: Behavioral analyst Karen Delfs falls for Jeanie Kovac's act hook line and sinker in all of the three episodes Jeanie appears in, which proves costly for the main characters.
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I'm a Humanitarian
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I'm a Humanitarian: The Gormogon. Happens by accident in "The Tiger In The Tale", when a car is stuck in the mud where a body is buried, and the man trying to dislodge it gets spattered by human remains sprayed by its tires. A tooth is flung into his open mouth and he swallows it by reflex. The Victim of the Week was also consumed unknowingly in the opening scenes of The Mystery in the Meat, having been cooked
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: Working around corpses tends to bring that out in people, especially Booth and Hodgins. How the corpses are found practically always falls into this. Episodes often start with someone trying to have fun or going about their business and stumbling onto a body in a darkly amusing way.
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It Never Gets Any Easier
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It Never Gets Any Easier: Even though the team is made up of a coroner, murder investigators, and forensic anthropologists, every so often this comes into play, either by a person's death being exceedingly disturbing, or the circumstances being tragic. "The Goop in the Girl": The victim was an innocent bystander who was forced into robbing a bank while strapped to a bomb, which got detonated by sheer coincidence. Before figuring it out, Angela joked that "I won't let Santa ruin Christmas". Afterwards... "The Ghost in the Machine" shows how the entire team's affected by the remains of a young 14-year old.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Brennan, and occasionally Zack, asking Booth for a gun. Which means that any time they do get a gun, it's made by Chekhov Arms. Brennan eventually just got a permit and bought her own gun.
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: Gormogon. The 2007 writer’s strike cut it short and forced the ending to be greatly changed.
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Babies Make Everything Better
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Babies Make Everything Better: Six seasons of UST followed by instant Relationship Upgrade as soon as Bones is pregnant. Daisy and Sweets were together for a long time (longer than Booth and Brennan were officially coupled) but broke up in Season 9. In the Season 10 premiere it's revealed they kept hooking up and Daisy is now pregnant with Sweet's son and it appears they're going to stick together for good. And then someone involved with a government conspiracy killed Sweets...
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Brutal Honesty
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Brutal Honesty: "The Pinocchio in the Planter" deals with a murder connected to a group which practices radical honesty, a whole philosophy based on this trope. Cue a lot of blunt comments and answers to the investigators.
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Back for the Dead
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Back for the Dead: The Gravedigger in season 6's "The Bullet in The Brain", and Agent Flynn in season 9's "The Sense in the Sacrifice".
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Only Sane Man
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Only Sane Woman / Only Sane Employee Goodman in season 1. Camille Saroyan. Angela often served this function before Cam signed up. After, she apparently felt more free to be nuts. Recurring intern-of-the week Clark Edison tends to act like this whenever he shows up. Ironically, his straight-laced nature compared to the other interns makes him come across as equally quirky.
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Spontaneous Human Combustion
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Spontaneous Human Combustion: In the episode "The Foot in the Foreclosure", they find ashes of a pair of lovers; Booth suspects SHC, but Brennan says it's just an urban legend.
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Circling Vultures
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Circling Vultures: Used at least a couple of times - once when the heroes were looking for some remains and saw vultures circling so they knew that that's where the remains were, and once when they were lost in the desert and saw vultures circling over them.
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Anti-Climax
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Anticlimax / Anticlimax Boss (hopefully): For all his preparations Pelant didn't expect Booth to show up early and for Bones to let Booth shoot him (she'd previously admitted that Pelant's genius was "beautiful" and wanted him taken alive, possibly becoming a Boxed Crook).
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Captain Ersatz
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Captain Ersatz: Bunsen Jude the Science Dude
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Red Right Hand
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Red Right Hand: Pelant becomes Two-Faced after surviving a bullet from Booth.
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It Has Been an Honor
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It Has Been an Honor: Hodgins to Brennan before they attempt to blow up the windshield of the van they are trapped in.
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: Brennan describes scoring a goal in hockey as "making a net." Cam gives her the strangest look.
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Special Guest
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Special Guest Stephen Fry is a recurring character. A more regular example is Family Guy's Stewie Griffin. No, not Seth MacFarlane, Stewart Gilligan Griffin appeared in cartoon form on a television, as part of Booth's anxiety-induced fantasy while donating sperm. And again in the usual episode-ending interrogation sequence, except without the TV. When he starts talking to "Stewie", Bones takes him to the hospital. Booth has a brain tumor. Surprise! It's worth noting that Stewie was one of the few pop-culture references Bones actually "got" instantly. Betty White appeared in Season 11 as an experienced forensic anthropologist, and is returning for episode 10 of season 12.
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Camp Straight
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Camp Straight: In "The Bikini in the Soup," the wedding planner's assistant is very effeminate in manner and speech, but winds up being completely straight.
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Promotion to Opening Titles
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Promotion to Opening Titles: Tamara Taylor (Cam Saroyan) in season 2, John Francis Daley (Lance Sweets) in season 3, and John Boyd (James Aubrey) in season 10 in the episode after Sweets' death.
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Rogue Juror
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Rogue Juror: Subverted in "The Fury in the Jury" where Brennan's the rogue: she convinces the rest of the jury the defendant has not been conclusively proven guilty by the prosecutions case, but then discovers he not only murdered his wife, but his best friend as well (a witness in the case), and she must then prove him guilty of this new murder along with the rest of the team.
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Nightmare Fetishist
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Nightmare Fetishist: Sweets pops into the Jeffersonian to discuss the Gormogon in "The Knight on the Grid." The team is somewhat disturbed by how enthusiastic he is. We later find out that in his youth he was a fan of both Black and Death Metal and still has the clothes — or lack thereof — to go incognito at a concert.
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Parental Abandonment
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Parental Abandonment: Brennan's parents disappeared when she was fifteen.
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Withholding the Cure
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Withholding the Cure: The killer in “The Pathos in The Pathogens” won’t give up the anti-serum at first, even as Cam begs him to save the dying Arastoo. He relents when Brennan grabs a nearby syringe and fakes injecting him with the virus.
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A Date with Rosie Palms
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A Date with Rosie Palms: Alluded to when Mr. Fisher the depressed intern gets in trouble for sleeping with a suspect:
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Plot Armor
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Plot Armor: Pelant once had a suit of it so thick that not even the typically-fatal Boom, Headshot! slowed him down, though it cracked enough to leave him with scars and a ruined eye. Early in season 9, however, the armor completely shatters.
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Limited Wardrobe
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Limited Wardrobe: Booth's trademark black suit and belt buckle, with occasional variations in the shirt, socks, and tie. When he's off the job, he usually wears a brown leather jacket, which he sometimes wears to crime scenes. Brennan tends to wear big, dangly earrings and necklaces.
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Performer Guise
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Performer Guise: Booth & Brennan go undercover at a circus as a knife-throwing act — Booth learned knife throwing in the Rangers, Brennan is his Lovely Assistant.
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Bland-Name Product
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Bland-Name Product: "Sea Chimps" (= "Sea Monkeys") were used in one of Hodgins's and Zack's experiments. Also Hottie Student Body, a thinly-disguised Girls Gone Wild. And a drain cleaner called "Clog-O." Aubrey has a “Forensics for Knuckleheads” book in his office. It’s a thinly-disguised copy of the “For Dummies” books of which “Forensics for Dummies” is a real title.
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Sickeningly Sweethearts
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Sickeningly Sweethearts: Sweets and Daisy quite often. She calls him Lancelot and there are a few instances of sappy talking between them. Cam once says she thinks she’s going to yak. She also threatens Hodgins and Angela with a bucket of cold water in another episode. They did get kissy in several early episodes and had the Running Gag with Cleopatra’s bed but matured a little as time wore on.
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Nausea Dissonance
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Nausea Dissonance: This comes up all the time. The Jeffersonian crew are all unfazed by decaying corpses and the like, while other characters get squicked to varying degrees, including having to vomit. Surprisingly, even Bones is not immune to this. When Angela plays a scenario of a girl with a belly-button ring shimmying in a narrow space, in the part where the girl's belly-button ring gets ripped off, Bones immediately looks away from the computer screen and takes a few deep breaths. Angela calls her out on this.
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Hollywood Hacking
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Mechanically feasible, but highly improbable. There have been many viruses that take advantage of how an image/file is opened by an application to sneak code in. So if the hacker knew what software Angela was using AND said software had a security hole, he could theoretically have pulled it off. Insanely improbable, but fundamentally feasible. Which is, sadly, better than about 99% of Hollywood Hacking examples.
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Secret Relationship
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Secret Relationship: Cam and Arastoo for a while. We don’t know when they became a couple, but probably late season 7 or early season 8. Cam is very private and doesn’t want anyone to know while wanting to tell all at the same time. Hodgins finds out accidentally and then Angela when she and Jack see them kiss. They keep it a secret from anyone else for a few episodes longer.
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Famous Last Words
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Famous Last Words Vincent’s: "Please just don't make me go. I don't wanna go. I love... it's been lovely being here with..." Sweets’s were "The world is a lot better than you think it is. It...”
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Catapult Nightmare
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Catapult Nightmare: The beginning of "The Boy with the Answer" has Brennan waking up from a Gravedigger nightmare this way.
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Head-Turning Beauty: Booth says to Brennan, "There isn't a guy in this country who wouldn't want to have sex with you, including half the gay men."
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The season 10 premiere has Booth in prison after a Frame-Up until Brennan resorts to blackmail to free him.
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Sophisticated as Hell: The only way Sweets knows how to talk.
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Hidden Depths
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Hidden Depths: All of the main characters have them. For example, Arastoo (the Iranian squintern) writes poetry in Farsi.
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Eskimos Aren't Real
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Eskimos Aren't Real: Zack expresses surprise that Hodgins believes in pirates, and Hodgins snarks back that they're not Santa.
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Person as Verb: Wendell tells Hodgins “I’m about to Brennanize you” before launching into science talk in “The Change In The Game”.
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The Cavalry Arrives Late: In "The Proof In The Pudding" Booth's boss charges in with a full FBI squad saying this is now under FBI jurisdiction... eight seconds after Booth disables The Men in Black holding them hostage.
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The Bad Guy Wins
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The Bad Guy Wins: Pretty much every Pelant episode (except the one where he's shot dead, of course) ends like this. Even the one where Booth puts a bullet in his face ends on the note that Pelant is still out there, and the team can do nothing but wait for him to attack again.
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Older Than They Look
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Older Than They Look: Daisy's actress, Carla Gallo, is actually a year older than Emily Deschanel and ten years older than John Francis Daley (Sweets). Sweets himself falls victim to this. In his first appearance, he's 22, but looks like Sam Weir if he grew a foot taller.
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Thou Shalt Not Kill: Analyzed carefully in the show. Booth is a former sniper and while he acknowledges the acceptability in dealing with enemy soldiers and criminals, he doesn't take it lightly. When Brennan had to kill someone to protect Booth, she is also noticeably troubled by it, but only the first time. She kills the stalker who shot Booth (who took the bullet for her) with a throat shot and was shown having no problems at all with the killing and declares how she's killed and it wasn't that hard in the 2-parter in England when trying to talk Scotland Yard into giving her a gun like they did Booth.
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Dead Guy Junior One of the names Angela and Hodgins' baby gets is Vincent, after Vincent Nigel-Murray. Booth names Parker after Corporal Edward Parker, a friend of Booth's from the Army Rangers. Booth and Brennan name their daughter Christine Angela Booth, after her mother. Inadvertent one: Sweets is killed in the same episode that revealed Daisy is pregnant with his son whom she has already named Lance. Ends up subverted in the end, as Sweets’ wish to name the baby Seeley wins out. Lance is his middle name though. Booth and Brennan's son's name is Hank, after Booth's grandpa
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Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting
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Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting: Booth. His father was abusive and often drunk but Booth is shown to be loving and playful with Christine and Hank.
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Illegal Gambling Den: In one episode, one victim uncovered a dog-fighting ring. He was killed because the operator found out he was gathering evidence against them.
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Full-Name Basis
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Full-Name Basis: Gordon Gordon Wyatt. That's not a typo, at one point he posits that his first and middle are the same, and he never says whether he's joking or not.
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Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Arguably what happened between Seasons Five & Six between Bones & Booth.
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Beard of Sorrow: Booth gets one during his prison stint between seasons 9 and 10.
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Insufferable Genius
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On the other hand, he does not find it difficult to accept that he made a mistake and he does not take conflicts personally. So, he is definitely more an Insufferable Genius rather than Jerkass, in comparison to Brennan.
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Hollywood Nerd: Brennan, Hodgins, Zack, Sweets...most of the Lab characters fit here. They’re all good looking, have nerdy interests and varying social awkwardness in Brennan and Zack’s case. Angela is the non-nerdy exception.
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Hates Everyone Equally: Hodgins is told by Sweets that he has misanthropic tendencies after he breaks up with Angela and has to deal with his issues with what Zack did. He assumes he’s headed for endless medication and therapy but Sweets assures him he’ll learn to cope. It does improve, then comes back big time when he’s left paralyzed in season 11, at least til Angela talks some sense into him.
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Stuff Blowing Up: Wait, why is the ship exploding that spectacularly? Oh, because it's cool. Several of Zack and Hodgins experiments. Seen in the movie within a show Bone of Contention, a loose adaptation of one of Bones' novels. Also the entire lab in the series finale.
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Apologetic Attacker: Agent Kenton. apologizes to Brennan before preparing to murder her and frame it on a serial killer Booth is after in "Two Bodies in the Lab", saying he'll kill her before inflicting the serial killers signature mutilations. Brennan is understandably non appeased by this and plus up a fight before Booth arrives shortly after he regains the upper hand.
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Shipper on Deck: Brennan & Booth: In the hundredth episode, Sweets is a very adamant Bones/Booth shipper. Cam, and Clark seemed to have joined in on the Booth/Brennan shipping in season six. Angela has been on that ship from the Pilot. Brennan's father Max is definitely a shipper by season six, asking Angela if Brennan and Booth were together, declaring his daughter much prettier and smarter than Hannah Burley, and then buying his daughter a conch shell toothbrush-holder with two holes. Just check the quote at the top of the page; he was disappointed they weren't sleeping together. Booth's grandfather, Hank said a few times that he thought they should be together. Angela also said that Abbie and Ichabod should totally get romantic with each other during 'The Resurrection in the Remains', the Sleepy Hollow crossover.
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TV Genius
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TV Genius: Brennan,Zack,Wells.
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All Psychology Is Freudian: Played straight by psychologist Sweets who often utilizes Freudian theories and language. However, psychiatrist Gordon Wyatt subverts this stating that "Freud is largely discredited, so to hell with him." Brennan actually feels that Wyatt's psychology makes more sense.
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Geek Physiques
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Geek Physiques: Sweets and Zack are both skinny and kind of scrawny. Hodgins is a subversion. He looks skinny but is actually very well toned when his shirt comes off.
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Waking Up Elsewhere
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Waking Up Elsewhere: Brennan and Hodgins in “Aliens In The Spaceship.” Brennan is tazed and Hodgins hit by a car. They wake up in a car buried underground.
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Hollywood Law: Diplomatic immunity is badly abused in two cases. In the first, a diplomat is threatened with being returned home to be prosecuted, in which case she'll be put in prison and killed by other inmates. To avoid this, she waives immunity. Too bad for her, immunity belongs to the state, not the individual, so she can't actually waive her own immunity. Later, Pelant falsifies records to claim Egyptian citizenship, without any mention of him actually having (fake) diplomatic status. Somehow, all Egyptian tourists are diplomats now.
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Trailers Always Lie and/or Trailers Always Spoil A trailer spoiled that Hodgins and Angela kiss while being trapped in jail. It didn't let on that they then got married when the judge showed up to free them. The trailer for "The Hole in the Heart" cuts to black at end but features a voice-over by Brennan. This gave away that not only was she safe but that whoever did get shot was going to be with her. Which made it extremely obvious Nigel-Murray was going to die when he appeared in the scene with Brennan and Booth.
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Quintessential British Gentleman: The Duke's family in the fourth season opener. Quite posh.
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Writing Indentation Clue: A high tech version is used to recover the writing from Sweets' blood-soaked notebook.
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Anti-Intellectualism: A Recurring Element is how Bones and her "squints" are supposed to be smart enough to catch crooks with microscopic bone fragments, but not smart enough to confuse, embarrass, or intimidate Muggles. Hodgins gets chewed out on a regular basis for his impromptu tests — Spam and artificial bone (2x01 The Titan on the Tracks) to determine exact circumstances of death by incineration make perfect sense to Hodgins, Zack and the viewer, but Cam threatens to fire them on the spot for acting without her permission. Bones herself gets harangued for being smart because most people are slack-jawed morons in comparison — she nearly loses an otherwise open-and-shut case (1x08 The Girl in the Fridge) because the opposing expert is chatty and handsome.
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Murder by Mistake
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Murder by Mistake: One Victim of the Week was killed just for being the intended target's identical twin.
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Done in-character. Arastoo (the Muslim squintern-of-the-episode) slips his around Cam, then decides to not even bother with the accent any more when it's revealed that he was faking it all along — he thought his religion would not be accepted if he did not have a heavy accent like he was a recent immigrant.
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Gratuitous German:
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Rule of Cool
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Wait, why is the ship exploding that spectacularly? Oh, because it's cool.
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The Last of These Is Not Like the Others
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In "The Movie in the Making", The film crew is documenting the relationship between the Jeffersonian and the FBI, and throughout the film, all of their past members such as Vincent Nigel-Murray, Lance Sweets, and Zack Addy are mentioned. The Last of These Is Not Like the Others. Guess who returns in the season finale?
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William Telling: When Bones and Booth were undercover at the circus doing a Knife-Throwing Act, she made him throw a knife at an oversized prop apple on top of her head. She sprang it on him all of a sudden during the show.
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Agony of the Feet: Booth was held captive during his army service and tortured with beatings to the soles of his feet. The scars are still there on the skin and bones both.
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Poorly Disguised Pilot: "The Finder" for The Finder. It was the launch pad for the attempted spinoff before its own pilot aired and Booth and Brennan were barely in it at all.
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Born in the Wrong Century
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Born in the Wrong Century: It's often acknowledged that Max would be considered a hero in the old west.
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Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When the very independent and in-control Cam's identity gets stolen and she's arrested for check fraud it takes her a long time to accept help even from Hodgins (who had to deal with Pelant stealing all of his and his family's foundation's money, if not his identity) and techno-wizard Angela. Hodgins himself oh so much as he struggles to adjust to being a paraplegic in season 11. He shuts out everyone including his wife and Took a Level in Jerkass until he tries for a divorce and Angela finally talks sense into him.
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Carrying the Antidote: The killer in “The Pathos In The Pathogens.” It’s surmised that the killer would have it in case he was infected himself, so they need to find him before Arastoo succumbs to the virus.
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Actor Allusion
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Actor Allusion: Towards Avatar, Angel and various other things other people did. The Vegas episode "The Woman in the Sand" combines Boreanaz's role of Angel (who also spent time in Vegas) with a role Angel himself played as vampire stuck in the fifties, rat-pack style. Booth spikes his hair up, dons greaser clothes and suspenders, faking a Bronx accent outta Guys and Dolls. Plus, there's a mention of Hyperion Hotel on the show (episode "The Girl with the Curl"); the Hyperion Hotel was a major setting for Angel. Booth, like Angel before him, feels that he has to atone for the lives he's taken as a sniper. And they both play detective style roles. Booth is reading a ‘'Green Lantern’’ comic in the bathtub in “The Pain In The Heart.” Boreanaz did voice work in one of the franchise’s animated series. Joel Moore played a major character in Avatar, and "The Gamer in the Grease" has Fisher and his nerd pals camping outside for the premiere. Someone says during the camp out that they’re “up against freaks and geeks” which is a reference to Sweets, who’s one of said nerd pals, being played by "Freaks and Geeks" alum John Francis Daley. In the episode "The Death of the Queen Bee", Sweets reads up on Ray Buxley, the custodian of Dr. Brennan's old high school, and how he was a suspect in the death of one of her classmates. Sweets then comments that he finds him "Creepy. He's like, "Freddy" creepy...". Oh, and did I mention that Mr. Buxley is played by Robert Englund?
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They Fight Crime!
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They Fight Crime!:
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Conspiracy Theorist
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Conspiracy Theorist: Hodgins. At least one was oddly plausible; he believes that old, rich families secretly rule the world. He is actually a member of one of these families. Another was actually confirmed by a government official when he suggested it as a viable tool, although it turned out to be nowhere as cloak and dagger as he imagined (it came down to looking up information that was available in public records, but the way he described it made it sound like there was a dossier already prepared for every human being the US government knew existed). One episode features a team of secret service agents 'commandeering' the lab and the team, requiring them to examine a set of bones. They're firmly told not to speculate about the deceased's identity, but as the evidence mounts it looks more and more like they're examining the remains of President JFK. If it *is* JFK, then the evidence they uncover all but proves the existence of a second gunman, and a cover-up .)
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The Man Behind the Man
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The Man Behind the Man: Angela's input on relationships and sex are a major part of Brennan's success as an author.
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Stalker Without A Crush: The season four episode "Man in the Outhouse" has Noel Liftin, a stalker who was previously on the show as a Stalker with a Crush; Booth pays him $50 to "stalk" one of their suspects and get more information. He proves to be frighteningly good at it.
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Something Completely Different
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Something Completely Different: "The Ghost in the Machine", which puts the viewer in the POV of the victim's skull. "The Movie in the Making", which has the investigation filmed by a camera crew, with sidelines commentary of the cast members.
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Jury and Witness Tampering
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Jury and Witness Tampering: In one episode, a man who is about to testify against a big military contractor ends up with his wife dead and son kidnapped in order to keep him from testifying.
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Living Lie Detector
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Living Lie Detector: Sweets
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident In the episode "The Man in the Fallout Shelter," Brennan mentions a Fourth of July fiasco when Hodgins and Zack tried to spike the eggnog. An agent from the State Department asks Bones about an incident involving a South American drug lord: Booth: That time you dropped a dead monkey down the elevator shaft. In "The Bones on the Blue Line": a sexual position described on page 187 in one of Brennan's books. The newly-personable Edison refusing to talk about what he did while working for the NSA. Naturally this drives conspiracy-buff Hodgins nuts. The case we never see solved: a skeleton curved all the way around into a backwards circle. This is before Brennan is pulled off the case for her father's trial. It does get more closure in season 12,though. Dr. Nigel-Murray's hedonistic trip during the one-year break using the money he won on Jeopardy!. The reason for Wendell being in juvenile hall for a weekend is never elaborated on. Ken Nakamura states in season 4 that his friendship with Booth is based on mutual respect – that, and "a situation incited by a gallon of sake, a police boat and Uraga Harbor at dawn".
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Misplaced Accent
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Misplaced Accent: In-universe; Vaziri fakes a Jordanian accent despite being Iranian.
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Every Car Is a Pinto
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Every Car Is a Pinto: In the final episode, serial killer Kovac is shot by Booth while driving and the vehicle runs off a nearby ridge and promptly explodes on hitting the ground.
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Parental Substitute
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Parental Substitute: Mostly in backstory, and related to Abusive Parents. Booth and Sweets are both abused by their parents... but rescued and raised with great love and care by substitute parents, Booth's grandfather in his case, an older couple who adopted him for Sweets.
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Cold Sniper
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Season 6's penultimate episode has Vincent Nigel-Murray killed by a Cold Sniper, and Booth and Brennan sleeping together. The finale has the birth of Angela and Hodgin's baby, Booth undercover in a mullet as a bowler, and the revelation that Bones is pregnant with Booth's child.
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Secret Test of Character
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Secret Test of Character What Sweets thinks is happening to the team in "Proof in the Pudding". What Cam's daughter thinks is happening when Cam got her into Columbia University behind her back using a spruced-up version of her college essay. She declares that she's not going to cheat and will earn her way into Columbia — because she wants to be as upright and honest as Cam. What Angela’s dad tells Hodgins after they break in to steal back Angela’s dad’s car. He was testing Hodgins to see if he was worthy of marrying Angela.
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Ungrateful Bastard
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Ungrateful Bastard: The mother of a young boy who killed his mother's assassin boyfriend (both in a violent gang) because he threatened to kill her if she didn't become more obedient. When she learned the truth (in the interrogation room, in front of Booth) she attacked him and declared she can make another kid.
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Required Spinoff Crossover
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Required Spinoff Crossover: Sweets and Hodgins both appeared in episodes of The Finder
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Genius Cripple
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Genius Cripple: Hodgins after his season 11 injury.
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Broken Aesop
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Broken Aesop: In "The Goop on the Girl", a suicide bomber at a bank appears to detonate his bomb using the signal from an angry left-wing radio show. Booth accuses the host of spreading "poison" throughout the airwaves and causing the attack, even if he was not legally responsible. The episode ends with the radio host giving a long apology on air, lecturing on the dangers of media-stoked rage, and ending his radio show. Nobody told him, however, that the radio show didn't inspire the bombing. The only reason the show's signal set off the bomb was because it was very close to the frequency used by the actual robbers.
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Blatant Lies
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Blatant Lies: Dmitri Vladov is an importer of window cleaner. He has no knowledge of any vodka.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: "The Graft in the Girl." The team has busted an illegal tissue harvesting ring that's selling cancerous tissue samples, but Deputy Director Cullen's daughter Amy is still going to die of terminal bone cancer. "The Hole in the Heart". The Squints pay tribute to Vincent Nigel-Murray by singing his favorite song as they place his casket in the hearse. They later pay a very similar tribute to Sweets with the same song, also his favorite,as they scatter his ashes in “The Lance to the Heart.”
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Shut Up, Hannibal!
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Shut Up, Hannibal!: Bones hits a guy with a bedpan rather than hear his psycho-rant about why it's OK to eat people. Pelant had one last message about how he planned far enough ahead to transcend death but Bones shuts it off — he's dead, they're alive, end of (his) story.
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Lonely Funeral
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Lonely Funeral: Brennan and Booth decide to avert this by showing up with the whole team at the funeral of their latest corpse of the week, a loner who had nobody in the world but his mother.
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Stylistic Suck
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Stylistic Suck: The movie version of Brennan's book, The Bone of Contention, from "The Suit on the Set". Even the actress and director and scriptwriter shown on screen are living jokes. Clark's attempt at mystery writing in "The Carrot in the Kudzu". We only hear a little of it, such as a hilariously redundant description of a dead body and an accidental rephrasing of the line "Old MacDonald had a farm", but Hodgins, Angela and Camille all say it's terrible. Shockingly, he manages to get it published. Cam's student film where she starred as a vampire.
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Torture Always Works
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Torture Always Works: A horrifying example in "The Scare in the Score": someone who's after Booth, but doesn't actually know his name, captures one of the men in his old army unit, but after having failed to extract info from another of Booth's comrades (see below), they also abduct an innocent old lady and torture her in front of Booth's friend until he breaks and gives up his name. ...And then, they kill the old lady and move on to torture Booth's friend For the Evulz for one week.
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Malaproper
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Malaproper: Bones, after getting out of her "I don't know what that means" phase, and moving onto guessing.
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Body in a Breadbox
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Body in a Breadbox: Corpses turning up in unlikely places is such a hallmark of the series that most episodes are named for where the body-of-the-week is found.
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Smart Ball
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Smart Ball: How can a show completely populated with geniuses hand one of them a Smart Ball? When you have Raised by Wolves Bones be the one who can navigate Japanese manners with politeness and sensitivity. This is the person who often can't even figure out how to compliment someone in the looser and less formal American society without making it an offhand (or sometimes just outright) insult. Also as noted in "The Maggots in the Meathead", she can quite readily pick up and understand cultures and social groups to the point of appreciating various similarities and differences. Mostly, it's just her tendency to be fairly literal in her own culture that makes her seem socially stunted.
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Keeping Secrets Sucks
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Keeping Secrets Sucks: Booth had to turn down Bones' marriage proposal because Pelant threatened to kill five random people if he stopped being Booth's #1 priority, and because Bones is a poor actress and Pelant is nigh-omniscient he can't take the risk of telling her. Booth knows this is making Bones miserable but he also knows trading five innocent people for her happiness would be much worse. Fortunately after speaking to Booth's ex-confessor/bartender Bones realizes his "cold feet" is making him just as unhappy and they'll work it out somehow (but next time it's his turn to propose).
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Cold-Blooded Torture
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Cold-Blooded Torture: Happens to Booth in one episode. He says he's had worse. It’s revealed that one of the worst things was the soles of his feet being tortured when he was captured as an Army Ranger, and it was very severe. Done to people connected to Booth's assassinating a Serbian war criminal, even tenuous ones like a little old lady whose only connection was being Booth's former squadmate's frequent customer, who was only tortured to torture the guy.
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Spock Speak
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Played rather darkly in "The Girl in the Fridge" where Bones is testifying in court, and her Spock Speak is hindering her testimony, making her appear unsympathetic to the jury. Until the prosecutor, with a little help from Booth, brings up her childhood, which disturbs her enough to start speaking in Layman's Terms.
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Sibling Team
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Sibling Team: The final Big Bads turn out to be the children of a war criminal who Booth assassinated who were posing as husband and wife. The "wife" would have gotten away with it if she hadn't molded explosives with her bare hands.
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Funny Foreigner
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Oddly inverted for the intern-of-the-week crowd: they all started off with a single trait (Muslim, way too over-peppy, constantly spouting useless facts...), but these easy traits all turned into pretty deep characterization down the road.
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Villainous Crush
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Villainous Crush: Pelant towards Bones in his last(?) episode, because he read Sweets' report and learned that Bones can learn to like (Sweets) or even love (Booth) people she initially disliked, and unlike Booth and Sweets she does like him for his genius; she also said she likes his mind enough that she'd prefer him alive. Unfortunately for Pelant she doesn't like him that much and lets Booth kill him.
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Two Halves Make a Plot
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Two Halves Make a Plot: One episode's Victim of the Week is a man that Cam used to live with. She wants to adopt his now teenage daughter, who was about 10 when Cam left. At the time Cam gave her half of a hugging kitties salt-and-pepper shaker set, keeping the other half and saying that whenever the girl looked at it and thought of Cam, Cam would be looking at hers and thinking of her. In the present day the girl claims not to remember Cam, but when Cam pulls out her half the girl runs upstairs to bring out hers too.
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Serial-Killer Killer
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Serial-Killer Killer: The sniper who goes after evildoers such as embezzlers and The Gravedigger. Booth loathes being compared to him, which Bones does constantly.
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Female Gaze
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A post-sex scene provides the audience with nice shots of Booth's abs and rear when he's in his underwear before he (unfortunately) dresses himself.
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: In "The Girl in Suite 2103" the team find evidence a South American official with Diplomatic Immunity was involved with a murder. Getting through the red tape would be nearly impossible, and Cam suggested manipulating evidence to implicate the son, trying to get the official to confess and waive immunity. Booth listened but quickly rejected the proposal on the grounds that trying to cheat around DI would cause international problems, even though such manipulation is used all the time in local law enforcement. They got her to waive immunity based on what the political situation would be back home-if they did try to go through the normal channels, she would be killed by her enemies. As mentioned above, this is Hollywood Law though. In another episode, they are taken hostage by The Men in Black, ordering the squints to ID a body's cause of death and explicitly NOT to look into the body's identity. Their quest for the whole truth nearly leads to Booth being fired for helping out
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Long-Lost Relative
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Long-Lost Relative: Hodgins finds he has a brother named Jeffery who lives in a mental hospital in “The Heiress In The Hill”.
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Introduction by Hookup
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Introduction by Hookup: Brennan has a one night stand with her former college professor who has just come to town. The next day she discovers that he's the forensic anthropologist that the defense has hired for a trial she's testifying at.
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Shirtless Scene A post-sex scene provides the audience with nice shots of Booth's abs and rear when he's in his underwear before he (unfortunately) dresses himself. Booth gets one in the '09 Christmas episode "The Goop on the Girl". Booth gets caught in the blast of a suicide bomber and his clothes become covered in DNA evidence. So naturally, Brennan strips him to his undies. By the time she's done Booth is being wheeled around on a cart. Merry Christmas, indeed. Also serves as a setup for Not What It Looks Like. They certainly do love to give Christmas presents: in the 2005 Christmas episode, Hodgins had to hit the showers after a biological accident and for about half the episode appeared in a Modesty Towel and nothing else. Another for Hodgins in the Season 1 gag reel, where he apparently did a scene in boxers and nothing else. With Angela. Sweets in “Mayhem On a Cross”. Mostly because his shirt is needed to stop someone’s bleeding. It turns out to give him some new depth as Booth and Brennan see the scars on his back. Oddly, said scars are missing when he gets caught in the bathtub while staying with Booth and Brennan in his second shirtless scene in season 8.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: Brennan's anxiety when she couldn't get a hold of Max, who was babysitting Christine in "The Family in the Feud".
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Someone to Remember Him By
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Someone to Remember Him By: Daisy gives birth to Sweets’ son a couple of months after Sweets’ death.
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IdentificationFromDentalRecords
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Identification From Dental Records: Used frequently, since they deal with corpses in advanced states of decay and/or dismemberment.
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Screaming Birth
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Screaming Birth: Lots of yelling in all three main character birth scenes. Angela in "The Change in the Game". Brennan Daisy after being taken in by a New Age guru after Sweets' death. After putting up with the candles and crystals she declares she wants science and medicine STAT! Hodgins plays with it screaming a lot when his botfly emerges from his neck
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The sheriff who puts Hodgins and Angela in jail after they mess around with their Prius' auto-driving feature showers them with confetti when they get married in the cell. Awww.
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Meet the In-Laws
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Meet the In-Laws: Cam meets Arastoo’s parents in season 9. He’s scared because they’re rather old school and she’s not the kind of woman they imagined him marrying. He gets angry and storms out with Cam when he fears they’re rejecting her but in the end of the episode, they stop in to say they do accept her. Hodgins meeting Angela’s dad counts. He’s rather scary to Hodgins every time he shows up
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Characterization Marches On
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Characterization Marches On: Bones. At first, she comes off as cold and heartless, but as the series goes on, more "layers" to her are opened up. She is actually a warm and caring person but has learned how to compartmentalize those feelings, as Sweets pointed out numerous times.
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Smart People Know Latin
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Smart People Know Latin: In the third episode, Booth, Bones, and Zack go to a very upscale private school with a Pretentious Latin Motto - Omnia Mea Meacum Porto. Catholic Booth doesn't get a word of it, snarking that it must mean, "Normal People Stay Out." Bones and Zack translate it without pause - "I carry with me all my things." In unison.
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I Just Want to Be Normal: Hodgins's family is actually one of the most powerful families in the world and owns the Jeffersonian. He deliberately downplays it because he wants to be treated on his own terms.
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Informed Attractiveness: Brennan. Characters regularly refer to her as being beautiful. Naturally, Booth's attractiveness in a hunky way is mentioned quite often as well. So is Angela’s attractiveness.
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I Was Young and Needed the Money
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I Was Young and Needed the Money: Cam's role in "The Invasion of the Mother Suckers".
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Happily Adopted
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Happily Adopted: Sweets in his backstory-an older couple rescued him from abusive foster parents and he was quite close to them. Cam's daughter Michelle. There was friction a time or two but they had a decent relationship.
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NameTron: The Angelatron, which replaced the Angelator after the first few seasons. Its Angela’s Computer invention that is used for simulations and reconstructions.
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the episode the Family in the Feud the conflict of the Hatfield and McCoys is referred to as "a story," whereas "there's nothing made up about the Mobley's and Babcocks," when in fact it's the exact opposite.
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Getting Crap Past the Radar In "The Maggots in the Meathead", Sweets is translating text messages in text-speak. He gets to one that reads "4Q" and decides it doesn't need to be translated out loud. In "The Secret in the Soil" Sweets gives Booth and Brennan a psychological questionnaire. We don't get to hear the actual question, but one of Booth's answers is "About 15-20 times a day. But I'm starting to think that I really misunderstood the question..." In “Change in the Game”, Hodgins and Wendell discover the bowling team name was Thunderballs and Wendell starts up “I knew a guy in high school that everybody...” before Hodgins cuts him off.
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Booth foils one of Broadsky's assassination attempts by shooting his rifle, as he couldn't get a clear shot at Broadsky himself.
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Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: Serial Killer Howard Epps, possibly. He could be a Manipulative Bastard all along, or maybe he learned it while on death row. When we first meet Epps, he's claiming to be innocent and trying to get exonerated, but it ends up he just reveals he's killed even more people than previously thought, so they have to keep him alive while they process the new bodies. When he returns in season 2, Epps is even more manipulative and playing serial killer games, leading the team on a merry chase with body parts as clues.
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Beeping Computers: Whenever the interface of a computer moves or changes.
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Downer Ending: "The Graft in the Girl". Sure, they caught the murderer, but Amy's still terminal. Howard Epps's introductory episode probably counts as this; sure, the guy on death row got his life extended, just not for the right reasons. The end of Season 7. Brennan has been framed for an assassination by a guy the Squints and Booth are investigating. The guy managed to falsify proofs of both electronic and physical kinds, and the Squints and Caroline have no choice but to report. In the end, Brennan runs away with Christine, and Booth can only see how his girlfriend and daughter leave him. The beginning of Season 10. Booth is released from prison and the crew is on their way to getting to the bottom of the conspiracy that landed him in there when Sweets is killed trying to stop one of the conspirators... not long after the audience learned he had not only reunited with Daisy but she is also pregnant with his son. We learn he is really, truly dead when Cam does his autopsy with everyone present, including Daisy.
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Workaholic: The whole main cast; the things they've worked through include but are not limited to: Hodgins and Angela's imprisonment/wedding, the birth of Hodgins and Angela's baby, Booth and Brennan's wedding and Booth and Brennan's honeymoon.
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Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Angela finds Hodgins' missing money — all four billion of it — and Hodgins doesn't want it back because it's been tainted by Pelant, not to mention the hacker who originally found it was murdered over it and displayed Pelant-style so who knows who else could be after it. He tells Angela to give it to "a hundred charities" instead.
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Wham Line: From the Season 6 finale: Also Brennan’s “I don’t know what that means” in the series finale after the explosion in the lab leaves her unable to process job related information.
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White Male Lead: Despite having Michaela Conlin and Tamara Taylor as main characters and Eugene Byrd and Pej Vahdat as regular side characters, not to mention other minorities regularly in the show, Booth and Brennan's relationship is the only one in the spotlight, and they're white straight people. Michaela Conlin's character Angela is bisexual but that's never mentioned again after she stops dating Roxie. Even the relationship Tamara and Pej's characters are in are just seen as a side-story even after they're married on the show, though granted, they marry only one episode before the series finale.
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Encouraged Regifting: Season One's Christmas episode sees the gang trapped in the Jeffersonian by a quarantine. Everyone is stressed by the situation, especially Booth, who was supposed to get his son a Christmas present. The gang try to make the best of things and hold a pretty decent Christmas, including a Secret Santa where Zach gives Booth a robot he was working on earlier, explaining that "I thought you could give it to your son." This earns him a handshake from a delighted Booth.
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Early Installment Weirdness: Early on, Hodgins handles and analyzes the bones themselves, which he doesn't do later Booth is in the lab itself much more. Once Sweets (and later Aubrey) comes around, Booth spends most of his time with Sweets, Aubrey (or less often) Bones while Bones toils away in the lab. The lab doesn't always work with Booth and the FBI and sometimes, handles the interpersonal stuff themselves.
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Trash the Set: Booth and Brennan's house gets destroyed in the ninth season finale. The Jeffersonian lab is blown up in the final two episodes.
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Unresolved Sexual Tension: Word of God says it's the whole point. The writing and long looks show this, but some fans don't feel the chemistry part. It is lampshaded by every guest character, ever. As of "The Doctor in the Photo", she's openly lamenting the fact they never got together. It's pretty sad. After they're trapped in an elevator for a day they make a promise that when Bones is no longer scared and Booth is no longer angry they'll give their relationship another try. As of "The Hole in the Heart", it's heavily implied that They Do.
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Do Not Call Me "Paul": Booth and Cam did this to each other a few times. Cam prefers Cam and Booth his last name. “Don’t call me Camille!” “Don’t call me Seeley!”
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Background Music: Billy Gibbons gets his very own background riffs in "The Killer in the Crosshairs". Then again, it is Billy Gibbons.
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Cops Need the Vigilante: The show is particularly terrible about this. Agent Booth will tell Dr. Brennan to step in in the middle of an interrogation if a suspect lawyers up. She dives in and steals evidence right in front of him. The entire team colludes to hide that one of their own tampered with evidence in an investigation he should have recused himself from. They should have the worst record of any team ever for case closure,yet somehow they manage a high solve rate.
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Sniper Duel: The second half of Season 6 is essentially a long duel of Friendly Sniper Atoner Booth versus his Cold Sniper Mentor Broadsky: Booth foils one of Broadsky's assassination attempts by shooting his rifle, as he couldn't get a clear shot at Broadsky himself. Their final hide and go seek sniper showdown is not only of their skills but their philosophies. Booth has pursued Broadsky to his base of operations, a Container Maze where Broadsky is not only intimately familiar with the territory but armed with a customized precision rifle that insanely outperforms Booth's FBI-approved mass-production longarm. But Booth has Bones and the squints, who figure out that as a result of the previous encounter, Broadsky's right hand is broken, therefore he can only rest the gun barrel on his arm and is incapable of gripping the barrel and aiming downwards. This allows Booth to do the exact same thing to his other hand before he can change cover, taking Broadsky alive.
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Eyepiece Prank: Hodgins does it to Vincent Nigel-Murray to get revenge for Vincent claiming he slept with Angela.
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Motive Decay: In the early episodes, the scientists at the Jeffersonian spend most of their time on historical and archaeological work, and only put up with the FBI commandeering their services in order to justify their federal funding. By the middle of the first season, they're a dedicated crime lab. More Characterization Marches On, since at least one episode actually addresses this: they find the FBI cases are much more exciting, challenging, and rewarding. They still do the other work, it's just that they're not as enthusiastic about it anymore.
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Book Dumb: Booth, contrasting with Brennan's TV Genius; there is evidence that this is more an act of Obfuscating Stupidity on his part, so that the various insufferable geniuses he works with are less threatened by him, but we don't know the degrees in which these tropes are present. Probably he's just picked up a lot more from working with them than he lets on. Booth is usually presented as more intuitive with a high emotional intelligence which makes sense for someone who has suffered abuse. Several episodes generally present him (and others) acknowledging that within context of the team, his "specialty" is the emotional aspect of such cases. It comes up a lot less though because within context of having to present a legal case and identifying bodies, gut instincts generally don't cut it.
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Affably Evil: Max before his forced retirement. He was a robber and killed several people but he was still likable as a person and the murders were usually to protect his family.
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The Killer Becomes the Killed: Heather Taffet, the serial killer known as the Gravedigger, is Jacob Broadsky’s first victim.
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Always Gets His Man: Booth says this. Brennan turns it into No Man of Woman Born by saying she’s a woman, not a man.
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The Eeyore: Fisher. Naturally, his mom is an overly-sunny optimist.
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"Sesame Street" Cred: In-universe example with Bones. She was on the Bunsen Jude kids’ science show.
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Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: The show has always balanced humor and drama, though around Season 4, non-serialized episodes began becoming Denser and Wackier.
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Easy Amnesia
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Easy Amnesia: Brennan recovers from her amnesia in the finale awfully quickly.
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Artistic License – History: Booth being descended from John Wilkes Booth. He could be related and descended from another Booth brother but John Wilkes Booth himself had no known children. Plus, the Booth surname itself died out because only females lived to even have descendants that are alive now.
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10-Minute Retirement: Booth and Brennan return for season 11 and take back their old jobs, though not without a lot of trauma: Booth's brother dies, Booth is severely injured, and Brennan is horrified to discover that under Aristoo's leadership the Jeffersonian's unsolved cases have piled up.
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Driving a Desk: Several times during the Hitchcock-inspired "The 200th in the 10th".
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Chickification
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Chickification: The title character is a trained marital artist and competent marksman who isn't shy about using either on bad guys when the situation warrants... for the first season or so. Afterwards these skills are rarely seen again and Bones becomes completely helpless when a killer is within 20 feet of her and has to be rescued. The worse example is Pelant, who Bones has the opportunity to stop a few times and she just stands there until he says his piece and gets away. However, it's implied that she's been consciously adopting a more feminine role in response to Booth's presence. In the season 6 premiere, she's shown beating up a group of armed men with a shovel. When she tells Booth about it later, he expresses surprise.
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Hero of Another Story: Occasionally Booth and Brennan will run into another odd pair of team of crime fighters that they will have to work with in order to solve the mystery of the week including a crossover with another (short-lived) crime show about an eccentric and talented "Finder" and his hard-line Law Enforcement Handler. There is also "The Yanks In The UK" where they team up with (in Booth's words) "The British Version of me and you!" (A top-line forensic anthropologist who consults with Scotland Yard and his Detective Partner).
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OfTheWeek
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The Victim of the Week was also consumed unknowingly in the opening scenes of The Mystery in the Meat, having been cooked
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Cerebus Call Back: "I don't know what that means", one of Brennan's recurring lines since the pilot, gets this treatment in the Grand Finale. Brennan says "I don't know what that means" when confronted with bone evidence because she has a serious contusion that compromises her ability to work thanks to Mark Kovac's bombing. Inverted with "King of the Lab", also in the finale: While Cam's away from the Jeffersonian for a few months, Hodgins will be in charge. So he'll literally be the king of the lab!
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Beta Couple Angela and Hodgins until season 4, where it seems like Writer on Board was trying to avoid Shipping Bed Death by throwing in a Toilet Seat Divorce. Sweets and Daisy later on until they broke up in Season 9 (he didn't realize that when he asked her to move in with him it was as good as a marriage proposal to her; at least he gave her the apartment), then revealed to have hooked back up in the premier of Season 10, and then Sweets was killed at the end of the episode. Aubrey and Jessica in later seasons.
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Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Booth is the responsible sibling despite a few slips into gambling addiction along the way. Jared kept getting in trouble and Booth would try to help. Jared was an alcoholic and had repeated money issues and his issues cost him his life.
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Even the Guys Want Him: Angela's ex-husband Grayson gets some of this from both Sweets and Clark.
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Near-Death Experience: Brennan in 'The Shot in the Dark'
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The Conspiracy: Booth gets mixed up in one led by a corrupt judge that sends 3 Delta Force agents to attack him and Brennan, destroying their home,and then framed him for murdering the agents, sending him to prison. It also resulted in Sweets’ death before it was over.
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In The End in the Beginning, an Alternate Reality Episode where they were married nightclub owners. Both scenes appeared in the trailers for those episodes. In reality, Brennan and Booth don't get together until the end of season 6.
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Instant Sedation: Arastoo in “Pathos in The Pathogen” again. He needs a procedure to help him fight the illness and when Cam injects sedative into his IV beforehand, he’s out in seconds. Possibly justified since it was directly into his bloodstream.
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When you have Raised by Wolves Bones be the one who can navigate Japanese manners with politeness and sensitivity. This is the person who often can't even figure out how to compliment someone in the looser and less formal American society without making it an offhand (or sometimes just outright) insult.
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Framed Clue: Subverted in "The Man in the Mansion", when Hodgins is taking samples from a crime scene and when nobody is looking opens up a frame and removes a picture that showed him and the victim together before anyone noticed. The picture is NOT a clue related to the case, but would have revealed Hodgins past connection to the victim (childhood friends until he stole Hodgin's fiancee) and stopped him from helping to solve his old friend's murder.
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You Can Leave Your Hat On: In “The Party In The Pants”, where the victim of the week was a stripper, Angela tells Hodgins she’d put money in his pants and he launches into a strip tease or at least as close to one as can be done at work. One of his thrown clothing items nearly hits an incoming Cam, who just turns and leaves and doesn’t want to deal with it.
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Conveniently an Orphan: Dr. Brennan, whose loss is used to explain and excuse her (seemingly?) detached approach to humanity.
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We All Live in America: In the episode "Mayhem on a Cross", Norwegian police are depicted as wearing what appears to be riot gear and guns, violently kicking in the door spurring a fight between policemen and musicians and concert goers. In reality, Norwegian police are typically unarmed and many policemen may only arm themselves in extreme situations, such as when approaching a suspect they know to be armed.
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Give Away the Bride: Angela’s dad gives her away during the first wedding attempt. Later, Brennan plays with it. She lets Max walk her down the aisle to Booth, then says to everyone that it’s not one man giving a woman to another man like property.
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Big Eater: Aubrey. He usually either has something in his mouth or he’s looking for something to put in it.
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Slipping into Stink: In one episode, Booth slips, falls down a hill, and lands against the decomposing severed human head that was missing from the crime scene they were at.
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Filipinos Love Colin Haynes: In-Universe, the episode "Big In the Philippines" is about a country singer who is astoundingly popular in the Philippines despite being virtually unknown in the US (his fans amount to twenty or less here, whereas he's a radio superstar there with legions of fans).
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Pragmatic Adaptation
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Pragmatic Adaptation: Very enjoyable, if admittedly quite divergent from the novels.
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Beastly Bloodsports
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Beastly Bloodsports: "The Finger in the Nest"'s Victim of the Week is a veterinarian who is trying to shut down a dogfighting ring.
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Elseworld
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Elseworld: The fourth season finale, a dream sequence in which a married Booth and Bones run a nightclub staffed by most of the cast. The 200th episode, in which Brennan is a police detective in the 1950s, while Booth is a jewel thief.
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Names to Run Away From Really Fast
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast Subverted with Bones herself. The Gormogon, Arthur Graves and the Master. The Gravedigger.
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Fictional Counterpart
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Fictional Counterpart: Bones and her team work at a thinly veiled version of the Smithsonian Institution.
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Off the Wagon: Booth's gambling addiction is triggered by very bad experiences. Ironically what causes him to apparently fall off the wagon wasn't the recent horrible experiences of having his house destroyed, getting shot, forcing Bones and Christine to go into hiding, having Sweets die in his arms, and spending months in prison but the happy news that he's going to be a father again (very happy experiences can be triggers too). Sadly everyone thinks he's fine (they all saw him turn down a big bet to arrest a suspect on camera).
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Find the Cure!: Arastoo is infected with a Synthetic Plague in “The Pathos In The Pathogens” and catching the killer of the originally infected victim is tantamount to getting the anti-serum to save him.
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Do You Want to Copulate?
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Do You Want to Copulate?: In "The New Tricks in the Old Dogs" an old man in a nursing home asked one of the women if she "wanted to pork". She didn't. He admits this line hasn't been too successful.
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Professionals Do It on Desks
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Professionals Do It on Desks: Sweets And Daisy liked to do this.
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer
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Recurring intern-of-the week Clark Edison tends to act like this whenever he shows up. Ironically, his straight-laced nature compared to the other interns makes him come across as equally quirky.
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Death by Sex: The three part arc of the season 9 finale and first two season 10 episodes opens with Sweets and Daisy having sex after things were kind of cool between them for a while. Guess what happens to Sweets in part two of the arc? Yup, dead.
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Marijuana Is LSD: Averted.
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Death Glare
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Ask Booth any questions about his abusive father and he goes from happy guy to Death Glare in a heartbeat.
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Bottle Episode: Several examples, most of which involved being trapped in the lab. The most notable is probably season 6's "The Blackout in the Blizzard", which finds Wendell, Angela, Cam and Hodgins stuck in the lab while Booth and Bones are stuck in an elevator with seats from old Veterans Stadium (with Sweets helping them from outside the elevator). As with many bottle episodes, there is lots of character development, including Bones and Booth agreeing to try a relationship at a future date.
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Always Save the Girl: Whenever Bones is in danger, Booth won't hesitate to jump in to the rescue.
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Cannot Spit It Out: Booth and Brennan at different times. And when one of them can, the other one doesn't want to hear it.
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Putting the Band Back Together: The whole purpose of the sixth season opener: Brennan and Daisy went to the Maluku Islands, Booth's in Afghanistan, Hodgins and Angela are in Paris, Cam's still in DC, Sweets is on sabbatical, and the interns have either taken new positions at other places, lost the funding for their scholarship, won the lottery, or in a clinic. But the core team returns (with Caroline's urging) to help save Cam's job. Also the season 11 opener, after Booth and Brennan retire and Jack and Angela try again to move.
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Our Ghosts Are Different When Booth is trapped on a ship set to explode, he's reunited with Corporal Teddy Parker, the dead guy he named his son after. Teddy is 100% tangible and picks up stuff, helps Booth open doors, Booth physically picks him up... but disappears just as Booth gets rescued. Later, Brennan (who sees him later, but doesn't know the guy's identity) points out that some of the stuff Booth did to get out really did require two people. An odd episode to be sure. In-universe, Booth was drugged (though this is not confirmed by anyone other than himself) and it's later established that he has a hallucination-causing brain tumor but still, you can read it as you like. An earlier episode involves college students filming a Blair Witch knock-off in the woods when one character was apparently "possessed" by the ghost they were looking for and goes on a killing spree. Although the real course of events is solved, it turns out the camera actually caught the ghost on tape. Angela and Hodgins decide that it's an optical illusion, and try to convince themselves of it very hard.
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The Kindnapper: One episode involves a kidnapped child, who it turns out has been kidnapped by his father, who thinks his ex-wife is an unfit mother. The father changes the child's name and hair color to hide him at his cousin's house.
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Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard
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Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: When Brennan and Hodgins are buried alive by the Grave Digger, their cell (Brennan's car) contains all of the materials a person needs to perform surgery, manufacture oxygen, power a cell phone, and hack a detonator — assuming one has three PhDs.
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Breaking the Fellowship
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The penultimate episode of Season 5 features the trial and conviction of recurring villain The Gravedigger. The final episode ties up loose ends as members of the team go their own ways.
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Big Brother Instinct: Booth towards Sweets and, to a lesser extent, all the Squinterns. They’re his people and he gets angry when they’re messed with. Sweets is a cross between this and seeing Booth and Brennan as surrogate parents due to his childhood being bad. Christine to her baby brother Hank. She was once found to have taken the box of Jared’s remains to climb on so she can get in Hank’s crib and comfort him.
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The Power of Lust: "The Dwarf in the Dirt" has Agent Booth facing his marksmanship test. He is advised to bring Dr. Brennan along as he won't miss his shots with her by his side. He does bring her, and he doesn't miss.
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The Unfair Sex
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The Unfair Sex/Double Standard: While the show is feminist and portrays a wide range of strong female and male characters, it will occasionally veer into this category generalizing men as Acceptable Targets, Played for Laughs. For example, in "Yanks in the U.K., part 2": Or in "The Finger in the Nest" Or the episode involving the MRA group used as a HateSink.
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Paranormal Episode: The Gravedigger trapped Booth in an old submarine and he saw his late friend, Parker. Brennan seemed to see him too at one point. There was also that episode that riffed on The Blair Witch Project.
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Techno Babble: Most of the scientists. Played rather darkly in "The Girl in the Fridge" where Bones is testifying in court, and her Spock Speak is hindering her testimony, making her appear unsympathetic to the jury. Until the prosecutor, with a little help from Booth, brings up her childhood, which disturbs her enough to start speaking in Layman's Terms. Invoked by Booth in "The Proof in the Pudding" where part of his plan involves Bones burying the Secret Service agent holding the team in lockdown under technical jargon so he will let them perform a questionable experiment. Bones doesn't disappoint.
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Birth/Death Juxtaposition: The death of Vincent and the birth of Angela and Hodgins' son an episode afterwards. Plus Brennan seeking comfort with Booth over Vincent's death led to her becoming pregnant we learn that Daisy is hugely pregnant with Sweets' son not long before Sweets is killed in the first episode of Season 10. She gives birth later in season 10.
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Unstoppable Rage: Max Keenan killing several of Kovac’s lackeys with his bare hands when they attack the safe house he and his grandkids are in.
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In "The Girl in Suite 2103" the team find evidence a South American official with Diplomatic Immunity was involved with a murder. Getting through the red tape would be nearly impossible, and Cam suggested manipulating evidence to implicate the son, trying to get the official to confess and waive immunity. Booth listened but quickly rejected the proposal on the grounds that trying to cheat around DI would cause international problems, even though such manipulation is used all the time in local law enforcement. They got her to waive immunity based on what the political situation would be back home-if they did try to go through the normal channels, she would be killed by her enemies. As mentioned above, this is Hollywood Law though.
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Teacher/Student Romance
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Teacher/Student Romance: Brennan carried on affairs with a professor and her thesis adviser in college.
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Once Done, Never Forgotten: Agent Booth once, in a moment of personal stress, drew his weapon and fired two rounds into a robotic clown-head atop an ice cream truck. Several seasons later, after he'd completed counseling, got reinstated and received commendations for his work, it still gets brought up by folks from other government agencies when they want an excuse not to trust him with sensitive documents. Bones shooting an unarmed man. He was trying to set her on fire.
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Speaks In Shoutouts: Brennan's cousin, who speaks by quoting Benjamin Franklin, and a street performer dressed as William Shakespeare.
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But Not Too Foreign
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But Not Too Foreign: Double Subverted with Arastoo. He shows up as a thickly-accented, fresh off the boat, Arabic stereotypical Muslim who observes all of the customs of his faith. It turns out that the accent is fake and he is an urban intellectual who puts on the FOB act to keep people from questioning his devotion to the Muslim faith.
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The "I Love You" Stigma
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The "I Love You" Stigma: When Booth talks to the ghost of an old army friend he tells him he loved his girlfriend Claire but couldn't tell her cause he felt they were too young, his last request is that Booth tell her and his finding her at his grave is one of the signs he wasn't a hallucination.
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Opposites Attract
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Opposites Attract: Lampshaded when Sweets writes a book with this title about Bones and Booth.
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Turn in Your Badge
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Turn in Your Badge: Season 2 episode "Judas on a Pole" offers the most classic example of this, but also toyed with a few times throughout the show, when Booth gets decommissioned or confined to desk duty for needlessly discharging his weapon.
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And the Adventure Continues
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And the Adventure Continues: The series finale implies this declaring that the lab will be rebuilt with Hodgins ("KING OF THE LAB!!!") becoming interim leader while Cam is away on her honeymoon.
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Hodgins gets chewed out on a regular basis for his impromptu tests — Spam and artificial bone (2x01 The Titan on the Tracks) to determine exact circumstances of death by incineration make perfect sense to Hodgins, Zack and the viewer, but Cam threatens to fire them on the spot for acting without her permission.
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Death in the Clouds
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Death in the Clouds: In "Passenger in the Oven", they're taking a plane to China when a dead body is found, and they have to discover and arrest the murderer before they touch down or else the case becomes "property" of China.
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Camp Gay: Zigzagged with Straight Gay at the couples' retreat, where a gay couple are both rather effeminate but also happily debate what the greatest boxing match of all time was with Booth and an older man.
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Darwinist Desire: Dr. Brennan initially justified her interest in having a child with Booth by claiming he possessed favorable genetic traits that would complement her own, she later decided she wanted to have a baby via IVF and decided that Booth had the best genes for it. Then the plan went by the wayside when Booth was diagnosed with an early-stage brain tumor. They end up having sex, with Bones accidentally getting pregnant and having a daughter. Later they also have a second child after getting married.
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Panicky Expectant Father: Hodgins spends most of “The Change In The Game” going “is it time?” in a panicky voice every time Angela comes to talk to him in the lab. When Angela’s water actually breaks, he’s slow to get that it happened and starts off calmly. But as soon as Angela yells at him to get the car, he runs off yelling “where the hell are my keys??”
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In-Series Nickname: Bones, Bren, and Tempe for Brennan. King of the Lab for Hodgins (and occasionally, Zack). Cam has called Jack Hodgepodge and Zack Zackaroni (he always has Mac and cheese for lunch). Daisy calls Sweets Sweet Lancelot as a play on his first and last names Jessica calls Aubrey Superman Angela likes to call Booth Studly on occasion and she sometimes calls Jack Hodgie.
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Almighty Janitor
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Almighty Janitor: In security guard form, Micah from "The Doctor in the Photo". Hodgins is a variation in that he practically owns the Jeffersonian while working in the lab.
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The Cast Show Off Eric Milligan is trained in musical theater, so the show had Zack sing an amazing rendition of "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing". John Francis Daley's band Dayplayer made an appearance in the season 4 finale. In the season 3 ep. "The Wannabe in the Weeds" Dr. Brennan tells the cast that her mother insisted that Temperance sang "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" better then Cyndi Lauper. Emily Deschanel gets the chance to prove that later in the episode.
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Sex Is Interesting: Angela, though it is consistent with the character's general portrayal.
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Out-of-Genre Experience Bones is usually a drama with some hints of comedy. But a 4th season episode "The Double Death of the Dearly Departed" is a pure comedy. It's filled with out-of-character actions that in any other episode would be considered utterly ridiculous. Such as Brennan and Booth stealing a body because they can't get a warrant to examine it, as Hodgins distracts the funeral guests. However due to Rule of Funny this episode actually works and currently has an average rating of 9.2 out of 10 at TV.com. And "The Death of the Queen Bee" is mostly Shout Outs to horror movies, complete with Scare Chords every few minutes.
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Sully for Bones before he was Put on a Bus. She was close to leaving with him
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Hard on Soft Science Brennan rather hypocritically mocks psychology. Which makes it darkly ironic when she persuades Zack to give up the Gormogon using applied psychology. Very ironic, considering that Brennan is an anthropologist, and psychology is a considerably "harder", more lab/experiment-based social science than anthropology. Also ironically, one of Brennan's childhood idols is Wonder Woman, a superheroine designed by a psychologist. Interestingly after Sweets dies she's the one who brings up psychological aspects of the cases because that's what Sweets would do.
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Tar and Feathers: Well. Corn syrup and paper feathers. Booth and Brennan get it from a group of protestors outside a chicken processing plant in “The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken”.
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Belligerent Sexual Tension: Aubry and Jessica, what with them being uncertain if they're just meeting for a congratulatory drink or an actual date, deciding to deliberately style themselves after Booth and Bones, and being sassy about it the whole time. They hook up but break up in the series finale. It's implied that Aubrey will hook up with the "quirky glasses-girl" FBI agent.
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In season six, Vincent Nigel-Murray is a recovering alcoholic (though his road to recovery is almost entirely Played for Laughs).
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"Be Quiet!" Nudge: In "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken", when Brennan has had a fight with Angela, she says she usually doesn't have problems with people. Sweets starts questioning that, but then Booth quickly kicks him under the table to shut him up. In "The Dentist in the Ditch", Brennan tries to do the same thing when she and Booth are having drinks with Booth's brother and his girlfriend and Booth takes issue with something about their relationship. However, she accidentally kicks Jared instead.
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Character Shilling: For Hannah Burley in the sixth season...there’s a lot of talk about how perfect she is but she turns out not to be good for Booth and turns down his proposal. She also wanted to say she was friends with Brennan but it never really showed that much.
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Remember The Dead Guy: "Double Death for the Dearly Departed" opens with a wake for a co-workers at the Jeffersonian, who apparently was very close with most of the cast. Except Brennan.
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Hot Scientist: A significant portion of the cast. Bones, Cam, Arastoo, Wendall, and Clark are all brilliant scientists and complimented on their looks at some point or another.
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Passing the Torch: The Season 10 finale had Booth and Brennan leaving Washington DC for the much safer environments of Kansas and Bones anointing Daisy, Edison, and Wendell (and possibly Arastoo) as her successors at the Jeffersonian.
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Real Life Writes the Plot: Emily Deschanel's pregnancy was written into the first half of the 7th season. It also meant she and Booth started living together and enter a committed relationship. 10th Season: Carla Gallo was pregnant in real life and John Francis Daley was getting ready to write and direct his own projects, so it seemed like a good time to give Daisy a baby and kill off Sweets. Emily Deschanel's second pregnancy was also written into the season. David Boreanaz had some medical issues during the summer of 2015, and had to take a few weeks off of filming the show. As a response to this, the showrunners wrote the two-part Season 11 premiere, in which Booth goes missing. Boreanaz recovered and returned to shoot the scenes he missed later. Zack had to be written out of the show because Eric Milligan was struggling with his mental health at the time. It was also partly Executive Meddling due to budget issues.
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Gretzky Has the Ball: Any time Bones has to talk about sports.
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Impoverished Patrician: A bizarre zig-zag around this trope was performed around Dr Hodgins. He was originally an undistinguished, if brillant, senior squint. Then he turned out to be grotesquely rich (in fact, his family more or less owned the entire Jeffersonian Institute). Years later he lost his entire fortune in an absurdly unrealistic way that didn't withstand a single minute of reflection, but was repeatedly emphasized as being irreversible and permanent. After that the writers came up with one hare-brained scheme after another to explain him getting rich again. Particularly puzzling because none of these status changes had any appreciable impact on his standing in life whatsoever.
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Comic Role Play
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Comic Role Play: When the Squints are re-enacting a crime, you can bet it's going to end up as this. Particularly when one of them tries to role play as Booth simply to try and come up with a theory to why a crime was committed when he's not available (they're the science people, he's the people person).
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A Threesome Is Hot: A guy at the bar tries to get Brennan and Hannah into one at the end of "The Body in the Bag" — they tell him to get lost.
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Their final hide and go seek sniper showdown is not only of their skills but their philosophies. Booth has pursued Broadsky to his base of operations, a Container Maze where Broadsky is not only intimately familiar with the territory but armed with a customized precision rifle that insanely outperforms Booth's FBI-approved mass-production longarm. But Booth has Bones and the squints, who figure out that as a result of the previous encounter, Broadsky's right hand is broken, therefore he can only rest the gun barrel on his arm and is incapable of gripping the barrel and aiming downwards. This allows Booth to do the exact same thing to his other hand before he can change cover, taking Broadsky alive.
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Celebrity Paradox
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Celebrity Paradox Played with as Temperance Brennan, who is based on the main character in a series of books by Kathy Reichs, herself writes a series of books about a forensic scientist named Kathy Reichs. The actor who plays Fisher is also in Avatar. This would not be a problem, except Fisher appeared in "The Gamer in the Grease", which has an Avatar-centric B-plot about him getting free tickets to the movie, and hatching a scheme with two coworkers to keep a place at the front of the line. Ironically enough, he winds up missing the movie completely. The same character also comments on being a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Amusing, given who he works with. Much more subtly, Hodgins mocks Zack for "watching reruns of ''Firefly" in Season 1. Six episodes later, Jayne backstabs them on a case. One of the most memorable moments of the series is Bones performing Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" in Season 3. And, then Cyndi Lauper gains a reoccurring role as Angela's psychic friend Avalon. Who, at Bones and Booth's wedding, sings "At Last" which was covered by Cyndi Lauper.
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Origins Episode: Episode 100 gives us the story of how Booth and Bones first met, their real first case and why they were at odds in the premiere episode.
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Smart People Play Chess
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Smart People Play Chess: Sweets has two doctorates and is a whiz at the game.
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Hot Librarian
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Hot Librarian: When Bones is doing an investigation on a flight to Shanghai, she has to borrow hornrim glasses from an elderly passenger. Booth walks in on her with her hair up in a bun wearing the glasses and requests she shake her hair out of the bun and say, "Mr. Booth, do you know what the penalty is for an overdue book?" She doesn't get it.
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Atonement Detective: Booth was an Army Sniper before joining the FBI. In the Pilot he tells Bones that he wants to catch at least as many murderers as people he killed in the line of duty.
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Cultural Translation: The original novels were partially — sometimes mostly — set in Montreal or North Carolina. This gets a nods in the pilot, where Brennan tells Booth the nearest forensic anthropologist other than herself is in Montreal.
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Hollywood Silencer: Averted in "The Bond in the Boot," where a very obviously silenced pistol was still pretty loud.
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The Alcoholic: Booth's dad and until recently Booth's brother. In season six, Vincent Nigel-Murray is a recovering alcoholic (though his road to recovery is almost entirely Played for Laughs).
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Expository Hairstyle Change: Zack's second-season makeover.
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Functional Addict: Nigel-Murray, apparently, who would get drunk and brag about sleeping with the lab's ladies to his pals (Cam and Angela are shocked, Bones just finds the idea of them being compatible hilarious). He joined AA and got better before he died.
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How We Got Here
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How We Got Here: The episode "Aliens in a Spaceship" and "The Parts in the Sum of the Whole".
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Alcoholic Parent: Booth’s dad; Booth said he only stopped drinking long enough to hit him or Jared.
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Breather Episode: Broadsky was taken down in the penultimate episode of season 6, with a named character death to boot. The actual finale is a goofy Bowling for Ratings episode where Booth inexplicably goes undercover in a mullet and hick accent, and the victim was so annoying that the people that had to deal with him wanted them to go light on the murderer.
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Murder by Remote Control Vehicle: Pelant tries to use a drone to kill a school full of girls in “The Corpse on the Canopy” but is stopped.
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Continuity Cavalcade: "The End in the End" is the best example; fitting for a finale. Among the things and events brought up or seen one way or another are: a photo of Hodgins and Zack from season 1, the plaque in memory of Vincent Nigel-Murray, Sweets's book on Booth and Brennan (finally published!), a photo of Max with Brennan at her wedding, many mentions of the B&B moments over the years, and a few of Brennan's memories of her interns.
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One Body of the Week is a Salary Man paper-pusher at the CIA who investigates a diamond smuggling operation on his own after his superiors didn't think there was anything to it. He is killed by torture but never gives up the info they were after. CIA agents point out that even most well-trained field agents would crack under what he was subjected to. After the crime is solved, he is given a star on the CIA "Killed in Action" wall even though his position didn't qualify for that honor.
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It Amused Me: Caroline Julian's reasoning for making Bones kiss Booth in a Christmas Episode, though chances are it's more Shipper on Deck.
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Dysfunction Junction: After finding out that Sweets's birth parents were abusive, and his adoptive parents died shortly before he started working with Booth. Lampshaded by Booth: "What are we, the Island of Misfit Toys?"
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Motor Mouth
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Motor Mouth: Daisy and Karen. Never shutting up was Daisy’s quirk among all the intern quirks and Karen was a Sweets replacement in seasons 11 and 12 who never shut up when she was in a scene.
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Embarrassing First Name: Angela is actually Pookie Noodlin Pearly Gates. It’s no wonder she changed it to Angela.
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A literal example is Bones' hand-cannon. The subject of much Freudian dialogue throughout the episode, it comes in handy when Booth has to shoot a serial killer through a metal door.
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Contamination Situation: The first season's Christmas episode, "The Man in the Fallout Shelter". The entire team is exposed to an infectious body. “The Pathos In The Pathogen” has a contaminated body brought in and Arastoo is infected and nearly killed by a virus carrying needle hidden in it.
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Stepford Smiler: When Brennan turns out to be the most normal alumnus from her high school, you can sure bet there's some.
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Straight Gay: To the max in "The Dentist in the Ditch." The victim played amateur full contact football, his entire team is gay and his ex is a bow hunter.
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Right for the Wrong Reasons: A meta-example. Viewers believed that the apprentice to the Gormogon shown in the last second of "The Knight on the Grid" was Zach, and that Zach was the Gormogon's apprentice. Turns out it wasn't Zach, but Zach would become the apprentice very soon.
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The penultimate episode of Season 4 reveals Booth has a brain tumor. The actual last episode is in an Alternate Universe dream where Booth and Bones are married and running a bar, and ends with Booth waking up having post-surgery amnesia.
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If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Inverted. Booth says this to Brennan's brother Russ. Booth also does this to the boyfriends-the first guy and later intern Finn-of Cam's foster daughter, introducing himself as a cool uncle... who happens to be a sniper. Angela’s dad tells Hodgins he has cars, guitars and guns and that if Hodgins treats Angela right he’ll only see the business end of the cars and guitars. Max to Booth at Booth and Brennan’s wedding. And Booth knows he means it.
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Frickin' Laser Beams In the episode "The Knight on the Grid", the show warrants a surprising Artistic License – Physics when Zack turns on a laser and we can see the laser tracing out its path. Occurs even earlier (first season) when Hodgins uses two lasers to examine the chemical composition of a bone.
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21-Gun Salute: Booth takes part in a volley at the funeral for Booth himself, which was staged in order to catch a perp who said that Booth would never see him again except at his (Booth's) funeral. Since Booth had gotten shot by a Stalker with a Crush at the end of the previous episode the FBI decided to use it.
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Twerp Sweating: Booth intimidates Cam's daughter's boyfriend in "The Plain in the Prodigy".
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Agent Scully No matter how often Sweets is useful or just plain right, Brennan always dismisses it as coincidence. This has been sort of wink-and-nudge acknowledged as Brennan not necessarily believing it's a coincidence, but making herself believe she believes it's a coincidence, which is not the same thing. Witness the time she tries to get Sweets to explain, and he blows her off with "You wouldn't believe me anyway." The curiosity clearly eats her alive. Lampshaded (somewhat) by Booth in the first episode, when his way of turning over a new leaf with Brennan is by referring to them as Mulder and Scully. He makes this reference again in the final episode, saying they're "better than Mulder and Scully" (Brennan still has no idea who they are). The Booth/Brennan partnership and UST has often been compared to the Mulder/Scully partnership and UST. Quite a few Bones fans were The X-Files fans first. However, since Booth and Brennan are not (thankfully) Expys of Mulder and Scully, the personalities are different and so is the interaction and dynamic between partners. The Booth/Brennan romantic relationships was (presumably) planned from the start, giving a more logical progression to their UST (also adds realism). Unlike Mulder and Scully's romantic relationship, which was not planned from the start and entered into Romantic Plot Tumor territory after awhile.
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Broken Pedestal: Broadsky was Booth’s mentor who became a Cold Sniper and went on a killing spree, including his mistaken identity shooting of Vincent Nigel-Murray The guy in “The Girl in the Fridge” was one of Brennan’s anthropology mentors and ended up being a jerk who worked for the other side of the case.
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Quiet Cry for Help: Cam thinks an email from Arastoo might be this (paraphrasing: "'I'd like a shower and fresh clothes' means he's been thrown in jail!"); Edison, who's also Arastoo's friend, assures her that's unlikely and because he (Edison) is a Bad Liar he's not hiding anything or pretending so she won't worry. Then again Arastoo's emailing her from Iran and a future episode description says he was kidnapped but not when. Subverted — Arastoo was fine until he was kidnapped which was some time after he emailed Cam, plus he was on the phone with her as it happened.
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Badass Boast: In "The Verdict in the Story" we get one as badass as one can get in a realistic series, and from Clark Edison no less!: "I shave, sir. I have a driver's license. I've won a couple fistfights. I've saved a life. I've lain with a woman. I've been hustled at pool. I've defied my father's wishes. I have broken hearts and I have been heartbroken. So by all the markers of this society, I am a grown man."
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Frying Pan of Doom: Booth hits a suspect with one when they’re running through a restaurant kitchen, using whatever is on hand as weapons.
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Inside Job: In one episode the Victim of the Week had been trying to talk his girlfriend, who works at a currency exchange, to leave the back door unlocked so he and an accomplice could rob the place when nobody was there, but she refused.
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Brainy Brunette: Bones; Angela and Cam aren't slouches in the brains department either. They’re all intelligent dark haired women.
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Protagonist-Centered Morality: Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan has been flanderized into this in recent episodes. Where before the characters would call her out when her Jerkass tendencies crossed the line, then they would make excuses for her, now they are telling people they should be honored to be insulted by her. It has reached the point where you can tell the villain or at the very least antagonist of the episode by who she insults.
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Drinking Game: In-show, not for the show (although there's probably one of those, too) — Hodgins reveals that he and his college buddies had one of these for Bunsen Jude the Science Dude when he starts fanboying over the eponymous Science Dude and the latter calls him out on being "older than my usual audience".
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Denser and Wackier: A common comment from season four onward is that the show begins to dip more towards the comedy part of "dramedy".
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Merchant Prince: In the two-part episode "Yanks in the UK", a powerful American businessman in London uses his political influence to get Booth and Brennan (who are in town for a conference) seconded to Scotland Yard to investigate the death of his daughter, despite the fact that the FBI has no jurisdiction in the UK. Things get more complicated when the businessman becomes a suspect in a second murder.
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: When questioning a drug dealer about one of his "clients", a murdered teenage gymnast, he's horrified at the implication:
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Magical Computer: Lampshaded in the pilot. But still played straight most of the time. Angela's computer (and Angela herself) can do almost anything with her combination computer-hologram projector. Such as recreating detailed hieroglyphics... from the stains of an object inside a several thousand year old mummy or being able to reconstruct an accurate corpse from a body that had been crushed with a car crusher... enough to be able to identify markings on the bones. Parodied in episode 100 "The Parts in the Sum of the Whole", a flashback to the first collaboration between Booth and Bones, where Angela, new to the Jeffersonian, reenacts the murder with a flip book animation of stick figures. Caroline Julian says it won't convince a jury unless it's a computer simulation. Angela has a minor in computer science to explain her tech-savvy.
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Stalker with a Crush: Berimbau
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Ethical Slut: Angela really likes sex, and has no reservations about letting people know it.
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Zig-Zagging Trope
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And then they go ahead and do exactly that anyway
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Took a Level in Jerkass: Hodgins in season 11 after he’s left wheelchair-bound by an explosion. He did get better after a while.
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Two-Timer Date: Brennan
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Bouquet Toss: Brennan at Booth’s mom’s wedding. She insists she won’t be the next to marry but she actually is. Cam’s wedding has one as well.
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Finger in the Mail: The Bishop's kneecaps Caroline Epps' head... One actual use of this trope occurs in "The Woman in the Car", where the son of a grand jury witness gets kidnapped. Booth gets the kid's pinky finger in the mail. Again in "The Corpse in the Canopy", though it's not a human finger.
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Wham Episode "The Change in the Game" (S6 finale) ends with Brennan telling Booth she's pregnant with his baby. The previous episode, "The Hole in the Heart," was no slouch either, as the season's main villain kills Mr. Nigel-Murray and Booth finally manages to take him down. "The Pain in the Heart" (S3 finale), where we learn that Zack was the Gormogon's most recent apprentice. "The Conspiracy in the Corpse" (S10 premiere) brutally kills Sweets without warning in the last few minutes. The final episode of Season 11, "The Nightmare in the Nightmare", ends with the revelation that Zack Addy is The Puppeteer, and he's kidnapped Brennan.
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Undercover as Lovers In one episode Booth and Brennan go undercover as married circus performers. Booth and Brennan go to Las Vegas and pose as a "loosely committed" couple. (Read: Brennan nixed the idea of marriage because she doesn't believe in it — even when it's supposed to be fake for the investigation.) Season 5 has an episode where they go semi-undercover to Bones' high school reunion, with Booth posing as her husband. Made a thousand times more awkward by the fact that this came right after the episode where he confessed his love for her and she said she didn't want to start a relationship. Done a fourth time in the season 6 finale, with a twist: at the end of the episode, Brennan reveals that she's carrying Booth's baby (the previous episode had implied that they'd slept together), and they actually do become a couple thereafter. In season 11, Booth and Brennan went undercover again as demolition derby drivers who were lovers. One episode has Angela and Sweets going undercover as a couple to nab possible murder weapons.
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Prison Episode: a couple. Pregnant Brennan goes into a prison riot in one season 7 episode The season 10 premiere has Booth in prison after a Frame-Up until Brennan resorts to blackmail to free him.
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: A few over the years. The guy on the bowling league in “Change in the Game” was disliked by just about everyone else. The Gravedigger is probably the best example, though, when Broadsky killed her. No one was too upset to see a serial killer killed.
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Knife-Throwing Act: Booth and Bones went undercover as a knife-throwing act.
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Corrupted Data: Given lip service where even though it's stated to be corrupted Angela will regularly reconstruct data and it will be good as new.
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Meaningful Funeral: Sweet's wake/funeral in the second episode of season 10 will be (according to Word of God) going to be very moving but also rather quirky.
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Invincible Villain: Christopher Pelant has been built into one of these. He can get anywhere, hack anything, kill anyone, and get away scot-free without breaking a sweat. And, as Hodgins finds out first-hand, he enjoys the idea of being killed, even if only for the effect it would have on the protagonists. Turns out to be quite vincible, and the heroes don't even care to watch his last ominous recording because now he's dead, end of story.
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Replaced with Replica
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Replaced with Replica: Part of the plot of "The Man With The Bone" involves bones being stolen from the lab and replaced with fake ones. Naturally, Brennan isn't fooled.
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The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: What happened to the Ghost Killer: Her first victim was pinned on an innocent teacher and her rich family covered it up and got him sent to jail. He spent the next 20 years planning his revenge and finally killed her (and the judge who helped the family) when he was paroled.
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Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Once an Episode, on balance.
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Seasons 4, 5 & 6: See Dénouement Episode above.
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GPS Evidence: And Jack Hodgins has the GPS.
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Laser-Guided Karma: In "The Graft in the Girl", a woman who dropped out of medical school is stealing corpses from a funeral home and selling them through a fake medical supply house for bone grafts. One of these corpses, who died of mesothelioma, infected at least five people with a deadly disease. The suspect isn't going to trial, though. She didn't last long enough in med school to know that bone dust is toxic, so she gave herself a fatal disease.
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Arc Number: 447, which in the Grand Finale is revealed to mean Times of change for Booth and Brennan.
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Sleeping with the Boss: Arastoo is still an intern when he starts dating Cam in season 8. By the time they marry, he’s got his doctorate and they worry less about being called out for it.
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Season 11: Zack Addy returns while the team investigates the mysterious Puppeteer killer.
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Handcuffed Briefcase: One Victim of the Week is a diamond merchant who was transporting diamonds in a briefcase handcuffed to his hand. His murderer cut the hand off in order to get the briefcase.
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You Keep Using That Word
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You Keep Using That Word: In "The Twist in the Twister", Sweets takes issue with Booth's choice of words. Inverted in Aliens in a Spaceship. Bones gets highly annoyed to have her trust, based on personal experience, that Booth will save her and Hodgins from their current predicament called 'faith'. Hodgins laughingly points out that she just gave the dictionary definition of 'faith', apparently only knowing about the religious usage.
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Revenge: Zigzagged in the final season Booth killed a war criminal decades ago and now his grown son (and daughter, as it turns out) want revenge so they torture Booth's old squadmates for fun and information. Brennan supports going after the killers to avenge Booth's friends, then the killers go after Booth's family, killing Brennan's father in the process and now it's Booth and Brennan who are out for revenge. Booth wants it in season 10 after he’s framed and Sweets is killed. He breaks out a sniper rifle and Brennan has to talk him into solving the case the lawful way.
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Monster Clown: "The Mummy in the Maze"
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Busman's Holiday: Bones is bad at vacations. She doesn't actually take vacations. She goes somewhere else to do her job for free, hip deep in genocide victims. The one time we see her actually try to take a typical vacation is early in the ninth season, during her and Booth's honeymoon. She's so bored she takes a trip to the local morgue and finds a case.
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Take a Third Option: One earlier episode had Zack and Hodgins fighting over who signed for a hot delivery girl's packages. Angela is there to see which one the girl chooses when both men are there. She chooses Angela. Who says that's "sweet", and fans herself.
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The Scourge of God: Broadsky, season six's villainous sniper. Booth has to remind people the guy is just a crazy murderer with a severely skewed moral compass.
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Bus Crash: Jared Booth and Aldo Clemens show up as murder victims after some time absent from the show.
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Standard Cop Backstory: Brennan, Booth, and Sweets were all victims of child abuse. Brennan and Sweets spent time in the foster care system, and Brennan and Booth both have a dead parent and a string of failed romances.
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Tuckerization: A really strange example. The work of Real Life forensic antropologist and author Kathy Reichs and her Temperance Brennan novels inspired the show, in which the main character, Temperance Brennan, is both a forensic anthropologist and an author that writes novels about the adventures of a fictional forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs.
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Cam, being the Only Sane Employee at the Jeffersonian, does this. A lot.
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Behind the Black
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"The Ghost in the Machine" plays with this. The victim is dead and doesn't play any tangible part in solving his murder, but all of the characters treat him as if his spirit is still with his body and the entire episode is seen "through the victim's eyes", with the victim's skull always immediately Behind the Black.
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Damn You, Muscle Memory!
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Damn You, Muscle Memory!: For the final sniper cat-and-mouse showdown with Booth, Broadsky, as trained snipers are taught to do, camped out on the high ground. Unfortunately, he forgot that in their previous encounter Booth shot his rifle out of his left hand, mangling it; therefore he can only rest the gun barrel on his arm and is incapable of gripping the barrel and aiming downwards. This allows Booth to do the exact same thing to his other hand before he can change cover.
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Moral Guardians: Booth is extremely conservative many times, and becomes annoyingly overbearing when defending his beliefs. For example, when trying to convince Brennan to have their baby in a hospital (a Catholic one, as noted by Bones) while she wants to give birth at home because hospitals tend to be infested with germs and bacteria, and then proceeds to show how the ENTIRE PLACE is covered in dried up bodily substances such as blood, spinal fluid, etc. He then tries employing Sweets into scaring her to his choice, and gets chewed out over it. Moments like this make some people want to slap Booth upside the head.
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Sleep Cute: Bones and Booth, cuddling in bed, have made it to the opening credits as of the seventh season.
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Interdisciplinary Sleuth
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Interdisciplinary Sleuth: Brennan, Hodgins, and Angela all qualify in their own way.
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Mass
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Mass "Oh, Crap!": In the Season 11 Finale, when the team believes that Zach Addy has become a serial killer.
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As You Know
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As You Know: A fair bit, but notably Played for Laughs in "The Source in the Sludge" when Daisy, having failed her orals, spends the rest of the episode answering Bones's case-relevant questions as if on an exam.
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Odd Couple: Booth and Bones' outlooks on very nearly everything are polar opposites. Certain other characters have noted that they really shouldn't work as well together as they do because of it. Dr. Sweets drafts a book centering on exactly that during season 4 (Opposites Attract: Yin and Yang in the Workplace), but seems to eventually change his viewpoint after discussing it with retiring psychologist Gordon Gordon Wyatt. At least four in the crossover with Sleepy Hollow: in addition to Booth/Bones and Angela/Hogins there's the goth victim and her religious boyfriend; Bones encourages Ichabod Crane to take his relationship with his partner to the next level because it had such a positive effect for her and Booth.
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Mistaken from Behind: An episode has a terrorist with a dioxin bomb about to blow up a peace conference. At one point Booth nabs who he thinks is the guy, but he turns around and it's someone else.
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Let Me Get This Straight...
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Let Me Get This Straight...: From the episode The Santa In The Slush.
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Maternity Crisis: Brennan goes into labor while investigating a prison connection to a murder case. And she’s in the prison at the time. Angela goes into labor in the lab during an earlier case. Daisy rounds out the trio, going into labor in the lab in season 10.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: Broadsky invokes this when comparing himself and Booth, as does Bones when comparing the two. Booth vigorously rejects the notion but has trouble with the fact that Bones sees them as similar.
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Giver of Lame Names: Angela's father. She goes by Angela Pearly Gates Montenegro, but her given name is Pookie Noodlin. When she's pregnant, her father tries to convince Hodgins to name the child Staccato Mambo, which he defends as being gender-neutral. Staccato does wind up as the kid's middle name, but it's Michael Staccato Vincent, and after the episode where he's born, he's consistently referred to as "Michael Vincent."
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Character Blog: The Bones iPad app has this in the form of Sweets' journal entries.
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Evil Counterpart: Fans have come to consider the Gravedigger the evil version of Brennan, as both are brilliant people who have difficulty connecting to others, save for the fact that the Gravedigger didn't care. Broadsky is this to Booth. Broadsky is a sniper who is possibly the only one anywhere near as good as Booth and he wants to kill whereas Booth helps people (Broadsky claimed he just wanted to punish the guilty, but in the course of his appearances he killed more innocents than criminals). Pelant can be considered this to Angela in that she’s a computer whiz who helps catch killers and he’s a super smart hacker who uses technology to harm others and help himself. Glen Durant is this to Caroline Julian; where Caroline abides by the letter of the law and is owed favours from various government officials, Durant used blackmail to manipulate government officials to maintain his "Shadow Government". Philip Aubrey, father to FBI agent James Aubrey, can be considered this to Max Brennan; they both abandoned their families due to their criminal pasts, but Max did it to protect his children while Philip just wanted to be rich.
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What the Fu Are You Doing?: Hodgins in "The Devil in the Details". Arastoo shows him how it's done.
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Hand Cannon
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Hand Cannon: One episode has Brennan getting the most powerful production handgun in the world. In a later episode, she trades guns with Booth, confessing, "my gun is too big for me," and putting an interesting spin on the very Freudian conversation she'd had with him earlier.
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Lovable Sex Maniac: Angela
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Foreshadowing: Angela's bisexuality was hinted at as far back as the first few episodes. "You have no idea how open-minded I can be." In "Woman in the Car" Agent Pickering, who was conducting interviews to see how suitable the lab guys were to be allowed access to top secret files (or something) asked Zack what he would do if someone used irrefutable logic to get him to do something treasonous. Zack replies he would ask Dr. Brennan first. Just before he gets shot, Vincent says, "I feel like I'm going to be dead soon." Zack is seen to hang on every word that his best friend, Jack Hodgins, says. This makes it all the more heartbreaking when you learn that it was partly because of Hodgins believing in conspiracy theories that Zack was persuaded to become the Gormogon's apprentice. In “The Sound In the Silence” Booth and Bones talk about what to get Angela and Jack for the baby. Booth makes a comment about Brennan’s hormones going haywire and “boom, Mama Bones”. This was just two episodes before her pregnancy reveal. In "The Change in the Game", Bones and Booth spend most of the episode at a bowling tournament and are saddled with a "horrible child" as Bones calls her. In between dealing with the girl, Bones states "you and I would never have a kid like that" several times. Guess what she announces at the end of the episode? In "Woman in the Car", while being going through interviews and background checks for security clearance, Angela is asked by the interviewer when the last time she saw her husband was to which she splutters out "Wow, that took? Didn't seem legal." and "We were in Fiji". Guess who Angela and Hodgins have to track down several years later when they want to tie the knot? In "The Movie in the Making", The film crew is documenting the relationship between the Jeffersonian and the FBI, and throughout the film, all of their past members such as Vincent Nigel-Murray, Lance Sweets, and Zack Addy are mentioned. The Last of These Is Not Like the Others. Guess who returns in the season finale? In "The Price for the Past", Aldo Clemens's body is found with colorful balloons tied to it. This is brushed off by the team early on as a way to ensure the body would be found quickly. It makes sense, until you realize that the culprit is the now-grown-up son of a Bosnian warlord who saw his father shot by a sniper (Booth) at his birthday party. Doubles as Fridge Brilliance. Brennan deals with Dr. Goodman's "retirement" (she simply didn't find anthropology fun anymore) and one of her interns' problem with finding a thesis subject (Brennan was so enthusiastic about her chosen field she did four of them and that's just the ones that got published) and realizes how much she loves her job and couldn't imagine living without it. In the series finale she loses her "technical memory" and everything related to bones and anthropology becomes gibberish to her. Fortunately it was temporary. Season 8 heavily foreshadows Booth and Brennan’s season 9 wedding. One episode has them talk to a jeweler about a case and the guy thinks they want engagement rings. A couple episodes later, Brennan catches the bouquet at Booth’s mom’s wedding. Tradition says the bouquet catcher will get married next, and despite Pelant’s meddling, it did happen. In “The Radioactive Panthers in the Party”, Betty White’s character Dr.Mayer asks Brennan to think about her work and how she would feel if it were all taken away. The next two episodes are the series finale where Brennan suffers a head injury that temporarily does just that. Sweets dresses as a Star Trek Red Shirt in “The Princess and the Pear” in season 4. Six seasons later in season 10, he’s the first opening credits character to die.
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A Master Makes Their Own Tools: In season 6 the Big Bad of the Half-Arc Season is an expert sniper who makes his own bullets.
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Continuity Nod: Oh so many of them, especially in later seasons. It'd be really tough to list them all. Just know there are many episodes that to get the fullest experience, you need to get the nods. Continuity Cavalcade: "The End in the End" is the best example; fitting for a finale. Among the things and events brought up or seen one way or another are: a photo of Hodgins and Zack from season 1, the plaque in memory of Vincent Nigel-Murray, Sweets's book on Booth and Brennan (finally published!), a photo of Max with Brennan at her wedding, many mentions of the B&B moments over the years, and a few of Brennan's memories of her interns.
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Tiny Guy, Huge Girl
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Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Angela is noticeably taller than Hodgins. Commented on in "The Man in the Cell." But it's O.K., because apparently "short guys have better leverage."
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Ambition Is Evil: While not evil, Aubrey wants to be more than a mere FBI agent and as such he's hesitant to get involved with "gut-feeling" squintern because she used to be a member of an extremist environmental group, among other unusual aspects of her past. He later realizes what a hypocritical jerkass he was being by judging her on her past since anyone would be suspicious of his past as the son of a multi-million dollar embezzler.
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Secret Keeper
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Secret Keeper: In Murder In the Middle East the victims cousin, a local cop, seems a bit too brusque and secretive while cooperating with Booth. While he turns out to be innocent of the murder, it turns out that he was aware that his cousin was a political activist who violated Islamic Law (something he'd let him get away with either out of family loyalty or due to secretly sharing his views) and has been trying to keep his more conservative uncle from finding this out.
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Sliding Scale of Plot Versus Characters: While the show usually balances crime solving and character development quite well, there are some episodes with a bigger focus on the story (basically any serial killer episode), and some episodes more about the characters' interactions (like the wedding in Season 9 and the finale).
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Taxonomic Term Confusion: For Valentine's Day, Hodgins splices rose DNA into a slime mold, creating a sweet-smelling variety he claims will be called Angelicus montenegro. Just adding a bit of extra DNA doesn't change its genus or species, nor does it qualify as a "hybrid" as Hodgins claims. A true hybrid of two species would be called "[Species 1's name] x [Species 2's name]"; at best, Hodgins can add Angela's name to his creation's strain, not its species.
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It's Personal Does this somewhat frequently. When someone threatens either Booth or Bones, or their kids,it becomes quite personal for the other. Brennan wanting justice for her murdered mother in season 1. The Gravedigger and Harold Epps are the most guilty of invoking this. The Gravedigger kidnapped Bones and Hodgins in one episode and Booth in another. Epps poisoned Cam, tried to blow up Zack, and used Booth's son as a clue, all in the same episode. Making it personal was pretty much his M.O. And then there was Pelant, who snuck a dead body above Angela and Hodgins' bed while they were knocked out from carbon monoxide poisoning, among other things. After a while his M.O. was literally making things personal. Season 10’s Beginning, when Booth is railroaded and framed and winds up in prison. Then no sooner is he freed than Sweets is fatally injured and dies in his arms. Booth and Brennan definitely want these guys stopped. Later there’s Kovac, whose storyline has a double dose. He attacks Booth and Brennan because Booth killed Kovac’s war criminal father during his sniper days. It then turns personal for Brennan and Booth when Kovac’s attack kills Brennan’s father and later blows up the entire lab.
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Rock–Paper–Scissors
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Rock–Paper–Scissors: Zack and Hodgins play to determine who has to deal with a bag of unsavory evidence.
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Left the Background Music On
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Left the Background Music On: In "The X in the File," Bones and Booth are talking about the possibility of alien visitation, when the X-Files theme starts up in the background. Turns out it's the ringtone of an abandoned cellphone.
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I Just Shot Marvin in the Face
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I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Averted with Booth. He shows excellent trigger discipline, even checking a rifle he brought to a scene himself that has no magazine.
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Bowling for Ratings
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Bowling for Ratings: “The Change In the Game” where a mangled body was found in s bowling alley pin setting machine.
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Monster Fangirl
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Monster Fangirl: Howard Epps gets married to one while he's in prison. Then he escapes and kills her.
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Pregnancy Test Plot
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Pregnancy Test Plot: As said above, Cam finds a positive test in the lab bathroom and thinks it’s her daughter Michelle’s. It’s actually Angela’s false positive.
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: Although it's done to a dead body, the scene where they remove fluid from an eye in "The Double Death of The Dearly Departed" is still not for the squeamish.
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Wouldn't Hurt a Child
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Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Repeatedly invoked by Bones in the seventh episode of season seven. She's in a prison and knows the prisoners wouldn't hurt a pregnant woman. Up to Eleven when she walks calmly through the middle of a prison riot, where the prisoners don't just get out of her way, but actively block some people who might get close to her.
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The Show Goes Hollywood
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The Show Goes Hollywood: In "The Suit on the Set", Bones and Booth visit the set of the film of one of Bones' novels, where they discover an actual dead body.
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The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Brennan's authorization password was "daffodil". When Booth lampshaded this trope by telling her her own password, she changed it. He immediately guessed the new password. Twice.
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The Pratfall
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The Pratfall: A disturbing-but-still-funny version. Booth is in a hurry to find a missing head. He slips on a muddy riverbank, and slides on his rear into the water, then triumphantly holds up the head.
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Cop Killer
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Cop Killer: A couple The corrupt judge who had his guys beat Sweets to death. Federal agent killer, but still counts. The kids who leave a bomb in a body that kills four cops, badly tears up Aubrey and ultimately paralyzes Hodgins. They mostly wanted thrills but it went far worse than they wanted.
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The Butler Did It
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The Butler Did It: Deconstructed in "The Woman in the Garden". The butler says he did it to protect his employers' reputation, but it's implied that he's falsely confessing for that reason. They even vow to provide him with "the finest legal representation". And all law enforcement officers present immediately pull the how-stupid-do-you-think-we-look expression.
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Double-Meaning Title: A couple: The sixth season opener, "The Mastodon in the Room", deals with the team getting back together and examining the motivations that had split them up and the problems this had caused. Unlike most episodes however, the case has nothing to do with mastodons. It instead involves the body of a young boy, and as the episode is entering its last few minutes with not even a mention of mastodons you find yourself thinking "Aren't they ignoring the Mastodon in the Room?". Then in one of the final shots, the team returns to their old lab — which in their absence has been turned into an exhibit room for the Jeffersonian — which features an actual mastodon. The show title itself, "Bones": 1) While the show discusses and utilizes many different types of forensics (forensic psychology, engineering, pathology, entomology, etc.), its primary focus is forensic anthropology, which studies the "bones" of the victims. 2) The main character is a female anthropologist with the In-Series Nickname "Bones", given to her by the male lead/Deuteragonist who is her partner and later lover/boyfriend/baby daddy, and later still, her husband. “The Lance to the Heart” is referring both to the shock of Sweets’ death and his first name being Lance and the others deeply caring for him. It also refers to the broken rib that pierced his aorta and killed him, a literal lance to the heart. “The Pain in the Heart” refers both to Booth’s gunshot wound and the emotional pain Brennan had when she thought he died. “The Change in the Game” refers to the team changes in the bowling game, the change in the pin settings on the lane, and Brennan’s reveal that changed things for the whole series since she and Booth were now a couple.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: Constantly. This is a lighthearted sweet comedic show about serial killers, mutilated corpses, cannibals, murder, and death. There's an episode where the team finds a body in a river. The bones have been removed, meaning they can't get a facial likeness from the skin of the head. So two of the characters rig a way to inflate the eyeless, boneless, water-rotted face like a balloon to give it the rounded shape of a human head. This scene is played for laughs.
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Glad You Thought of It: Invoked. When some characters wonder how Dr. Sweets will tell Daisy Wick she's being fired, Booth suggests he'll make her think she's leaving on her own.
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Circus Episode: In "Double Trouble in the Panhandle", the remains of a set of conjoined twins are found on an oil field. When they find out the twins worked at a circus, Bones and Booth go undercover to find the culprit.
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Joisey: Bones pretends to be a Jersey girl when she and Booth go undercover at a couples' retreat. Her anthropological fascination with the Jersey Shore series comes in handy when a case of the week takes place there.
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As Himself
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As Himself: Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has appeared several times as himself — Angela's dad! Which is to say, Billy Gibbons is Angela Montenegro's father in-universe. Real Life Gibbons and Michaela Conlin are unrelated. Cesar Millan showed up in one episode, in an obvious plug for his own show. Several scenes were devoted to showcasing his dog-taming skills as the main characters oohed and aahed. David Faustino, who took over one victim-of-the-week's glurgey movie and transformed it into an action schlock-fest.
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Bones is usually a drama with some hints of comedy. But a 4th season episode "The Double Death of the Dearly Departed" is a pure comedy. It's filled with out-of-character actions that in any other episode would be considered utterly ridiculous. Such as Brennan and Booth stealing a body because they can't get a warrant to examine it, as Hodgins distracts the funeral guests. However due to Rule of Funny this episode actually works and currently has an average rating of 9.2 out of 10 at TV.com.
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Enfant Terrible: A particularly brittle, obsessive, bratty little girl on Max's bowling league. You know something's up when Bones declares several times that her child will never be like that! There's usually an underage killer once per season.
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Shoot Out the Lock: Booth did this a few times. One richocheted and hit him in the leg unexpectedly. Eventually, the lab's doors were outfitted with bulletproof locks.
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Joker Immunity: Whenever the team even manages to get close to thwarting Pelant, he always has a contrived way out of the situation to turn up and torment them all again. Booth even manages to shoot him in the head, complete with epic blood spatter, and he still escapes, although this time he finally suffers lasting injuries, including a ruined right eye. All this seems to do, however, is make him more vicious and untouchable. Subverted in a big way in Season 9: Booth kills Pelant with a single shot to the throat.
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Status Quo Is God: A form of it with the Sleepy Hollow crossover. It was written in a way that the "Bones" characters could go to Sleepy Hollow and manage not to see a bunch of things that would change everything they ever believed and permanently alter them and the show as a whole. Brennan wondered why Crane's writing matched a document hundreds of years old, but seemed to accept his explanation of inherited handwriting similarities. Over on the Sleepy Hollow half of the crossover, they didn't see all the supernatural stuff happening and came back to "Bones" pretty much unchanged.
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Karma Houdini: At the start of the eleventh season, a newly retired Agent Booth gets involved in a multimillion dollar heist in order to protect his brother from the latter's gambling debts. There are several murders at the scene and later deaths, and Booth ends up in the hospital (again. With a bullet wound. Again.) The episode ends with both Booth and Brennan realizing that they are simply not built for retirement. For Brennan, this isn't really a problem, but Booth ends up back in his old job at the FBI without any questions asked about his role in a series of felonies.
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Over-the-Top Christmas Decorations
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Over-the-Top Christmas Decorations: The victim of "The Santa in the Slush" is a Santa who lived the part 24/7, including having decorations all over his apartment. For a brief moment they consider the possibility that the guy really was Santa.
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Max Keenan does NOT take it well if you threaten Brennan or her brother Russ, as seen in the episode "Judas on a Pole". The rest of the time, however, he comes across as more bumbling than menacing. This is intentional.
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Your Approval Fills Me with Shame
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Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Angela is horrified when Brennan praises the way she conducts her love life and compares it to her own.
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Mood Dissonance
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Mood Dissonance: Or it would be if we didn't know her so well — Bones behaves at a body farm the way other people would at Disneyland.
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Casanova Wannabe: When Dr. Nigel-Murray starts going to Alcoholics Anonymous and has to make apologies to anyone he's harmed, he brings up that he bragged about sleeping with Angela... and Bones... and Saroyan... Dr. Fuentes, who flirts with the lab women and has a karate move laid on him by Brennan when he won’t stop flirting and give her due respect.
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RealLife
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Which is to say, Billy Gibbons is Angela Montenegro's father in-universe. Real Life Gibbons and Michaela Conlin are unrelated.
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The Friend Nobody Likes
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The Friend Nobody Likes: Newest squintern Dr. Wells. He takes being an Insufferable Genius Up to Eleven, to the point not even Bones likes him. Everyone (except for Fisher, go figure) will outright admit they don't like him. He's kept around out of necessity (and being a polymath).
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Non-Uniform Uniform
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Nonuniform Uniform Booth wears a standard FBI suit-and-tie get-up, but varies it with strange socks and a ludicrous belt-buckle. Angela decorated the collars of her lab coat, though it's the same lab coat all the time.
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Odd Friendship: Angela and Brennan have opposite views on most things, yet are great friends.
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Cop and Scientist
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Cop and Scientist: Booth is the cop and Brennan the scientist.
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Agents Dating
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Agents Dating: Booth and Bones will often discuss domestic relationship stuff while doing their respective jobs (they're partners on the field that are a forensic anthropologist and FBI field agent respectively) or they'll talk about the job while cuddling in bed together. Other times their date nights/lunches together will be interrupted by a call from The FBI/forensic team at the same time for the same case they'll be working on.
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Foot-Dragging Divorcee: Angela's husband that she didn't even remember marrying appears and says he has built a house for her. He won't grant her an annulment/divorce so she can marry Hodgins, but by the end of the episode he relents.
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Usually described as "The X in the Y", with X being a one-word description of the victim, and Y being the place in which they're found. X and Y are usually alliterative too. Exceptions to this pattern are often highly meaningful.
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Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: From season four onwards, the show noticeably takes a more comedic tone.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Broadsky, the evil sniper, the Dark Booth, killing people not on orders, but as "the hand of God". Part of his games is that he steals other snipers' identities for his work, including Booth's to buy the land he's hiding on. When Booth tracks him down and they confront each other across the gate leading onto Broadsky's land, they make it clear that Booth is constrained by the law, and entering without a warrant would make any arrest worthless. The killer in “The Pathos In The Parhogens” when Brennan jabs him with a syringe she says is full of distilled virus.
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Arc Villain
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Arc Villain: The Gravedigger, Gormogon,Jacob Broadsky, Cristopher Pelant,the Ghost Killer,the Puppet Master, and Kovac.
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I Can Still Fight!
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I Can Still Fight!: Booth leaves the hospital after he’s injured by a bomb to save a kidnapped Brennan.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Everyone, to a certain extent. Bones especially, though. Subverted in that much of the time, Temperance isn't aware she's snarking. Cam, being the Only Sane Employee at the Jeffersonian, does this. A lot. Also Caroline Julian is made of this trope — everything she says is both deadpan and snarky.
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Face–Heel Turn: Vera Waterhouse. is genuinely innocent of any crime in her first appearance Yanks in the UK part 1. and helps with the investigation, but ends up murdering Ian Wexler., apparently as an unpremeditated crime of passion, between that episode and Yanks in the UK part 2.
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Dreaming of Things to Come: In the season 11 finale, Brennan has dreams about burnt remains coming to life, and at one point dreams of a Wendell with a cigarrette behind his ear and with burned hands telling her "If you knew what I knew, you'd be so proud of me". Dream Wendell's line and burned hands are both nods to Zack in the season 3 finale "The Pain in the Heart". Guess who shows up at the end of the episode.
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Accidental Marriage : Angela, so drunk she ''forgot'' it (and implied that she didn't think it counted; she had no idea the paperwork had been filed).
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Catchphrase
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"I don't know what that means."
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Intro-Only Point of View
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Intro-Only Point of View-episodes often open with random people finding a body and then the main characters come in.
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Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For: Played for Laughs in "The Rocker in the Rinse Cycle". Cam is looking for a gynecologist for her teenage daughter and discusses some options with Brennan at the crime scene. Booth asks them to change the subject. Then what Booth assumes is an eyeball tumbles onto the ground at his feet.
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No Warrant? No Problem!
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No Warrant? No Problem!: Sometimes used, where Booth will say "Did you hear that?" to Brennan before breaking down the door. Other times he'll mix it up, telling Brennan "if anyone asks, we found the door open."
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In "The Price for the Past", Aldo Clemens's body is found with colorful balloons tied to it. This is brushed off by the team early on as a way to ensure the body would be found quickly. It makes sense, until you realize that the culprit is the now-grown-up son of a Bosnian warlord who saw his father shot by a sniper (Booth) at his birthday party. Doubles as Fridge Brilliance.
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Abusive Parents Booth's father. Booth was abused a lot by him until Pops rescued him and Jared. One of Sweets' foster fathers whipped him with something. Brennan's foster parents locked her in a car trunk for breaking a plate. Abernathy's step-father. Abernathy wanted to kill him because it was so bad. Aubrey's embezzling father isn't physically abusive (as far as we know) but he's definitely cold-hearted and manipulative, enough to pretend to have a family to support in order to wring money from his own son.
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Courtroom Antics: Caroline has been known to engage in them every now and then.
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Enhance Button: The show RUNS on it. So much so that when they seemed about to avert it in season 5 in "The Predator in the Pool" they felt the need to justify themselves at length... And then they go ahead and do exactly that anyway
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Flowery Elizabethan English: In the episode "The Archaeologist in the Cocoon", the team solves a 25,000 year old murder involving both modern humans and Neanderthal. They are recreating the scene, and Dr. Hodgins is playing the part of a Neanderthal male:
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Toilet Horror: In one episode, the Victim of the Week turns up when a kid who seems to be in the middle of potty training goes into the bathroom and gets terrified by blood and body parts coming up from the toilet. The team, of course, has to figure out where they came from and find the rest of the body.
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Moral Myopia: Dr Brennan and the squints have no problem talking down to people they feel are less intelligent than them, correcting people’s mistakes or refusing to dumb themselves down. However they don’t like Oliver Wells because he does the same thing to them. What makes matters worse is that he only started doing this after a one episode Flanderization. During his initial appearance he was incredibly charming and witty and only Dr. Brennan didn't like him.
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Take Five: In an early episode, Booth tells the Jeffersonian technicians that he needs the room for a few minutes, to a room full of blank faces. Hodgins ends up explaining to them that Booth wants them to leave so he can talk with Bones in private.
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Take That! Many, most of which seem to be pointed at Sweets and Psychology as a whole. In the (admittedly odd and written by an "Unreliable Narrator") season finale, Sweets' surrogate declares that psychologists are glorified bartenders. Unknown if this is used for comedic effect, because they do like riling up Sweets. Sweets gets one on Brennan in a season 4 episode, when he is able to pick out a murderer from a crowd of college students. She is "amazed" he was able to do that, and questions him on what he saw. Sweets doesn't answer her, simply saying "You're not gonna believe me anyway," and walks out of the room. From "The Salt in the Wounds": "Of course, you aren't a medical doctor, either." Bones had been asking for it. Nullified when it turns out the chiropractor's the killer, but still very sweet. "The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood": "What are you supposed to do, preach abstinence? It doesn't work in Alaska, why would it work in Verbena Court?"
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Internal Homage: Compare these scenes from “The Parts in the Sum of the Whole” and “The Boy With the Answer”◊ — same taxi even!
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Amoral Attorney
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Amoral Attorney: Not a direct example as Bones isn't an attorney, but the exact same Unfortunate Implications of the trope are explored in episode 1x08 The Girl in the Fridge; Bones and an Old Flame turned Rival are opposing experts in a murder trial. Bones clinically delivers her conclusions, her ex makes somewhat less professional conclusions while chatting up the jury - and implies that Bones isn't really as smart as she sounds. In between sessions, her ex states that he's merely "playing the game" - he's supposed to argue that the evidence supports the defendant, just as she's for the prosecution. In-universe, Bones' consultant argues for impartiality and sweet-talking the jury, but sees nothing wrong with her ex using inside knowledge (which he got by sleeping with her) to attack her character instead of the evidence (the prosecution objects and the judge sustainsnote Character of Witnesses; "Personal opinions on the moral character of a witness, being usually too general, sweeping or subjective, are excluded." Bones' ex isn't saying that she's reading the evidence wrong, he's saying she's a lousy scientist. Such a broad accusation is absolutely wrong in a courtroom where she is not the defendant., but Brennan's consultant waves it off as a technicality; "He looks like a regular guy who's not allowed to speak the truth because the stupid rules get in the way."). This leads into the same Unfortunate Implications as Amoral Attorneys - that scientists aren't supposed to be impartial, but to have agreed in advance as to who is guilty no matter which side they're on.
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The Ace: Booth and Brennan as a team; any random activity their case gets them involved in, one of them will usually reveal themselves to be surprisingly talented at it.
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They Do
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They Do Hodgins and Angela. Later, Bones and Booth. Angela's thrilled. Sweets and Daisy, right before his death Cam and Arastoo
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Pregnancy Scare: Cam panics when she finds a positive pregnancy test in the lab's bathroom, thinking that maybe her teenage daughter had used it. She interrogates Brennan—not guilty—and realizes that it was Angela's. Who got a false positive, naturally.
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Zack had to be written out of the show because Eric Milligan was struggling with his mental health at the time. It was also partly Executive Meddling due to budget issues.
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Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Mostly averted. The squint squad is a team of highly-focused specialists, and many episodes will have someone rattle off some fairly dense bio-babble that needs to be translated, even for the other scientists. Zack, on the other hand, seems to be a whiz at math, chemistry and physics, besides his doctorate in forensic anthropology. Early on, Zack is revealed to be working on an engineering degree as well as anthropology. Hodgins is also revealed to have three doctorates — explaining why he can do bugs, plants and material science (don't say 'dirt' around him) It's best not to look too closely at how long it would take to get the background/experience the team has, and their relative youth. Also Vincent, who can spout random useless facts on a wealth of topics. And yes, there are people who can actually do this. He won a large sum on Jeopardy! doing this, and promptly spent all of it.
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Revenge by Proxy: Kovac wanted to get revenge for Booth killing his father during his sniper days by killing Booth’s family.
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Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
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Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: A murder suspect in season 3 is easily distracted by the shiny table in the interrogation room. In the middle of an interrogation even!
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Convulsive Seizures: Arastoo when he’a dying from a virus in “The Pathos In The Pathogen.” He’s given an anti-serum but it fails to work and increases his heart rate until he seized.
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Blood from the Mouth: Sweets is bleeding from the mouth when Booth and Brennan find him as he’s dying.
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Demoted to Extra
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Demoted to Extra: Even though Mark Kovac is the Big Bad of both season 12 and it's two-part finale, he only appears briefly in that finale, has no dialogue, and dies somewhat unceremoniously in a shootout after his more notable role in the first episode he appeared onscreen.
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Aerith and Bob: Seeley and Jared Booth. Seeley is a legitimate name, but it sounds a little odd when compared to his brother's. Then there’s Camille and Arastoo as far as the couples go.
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Emotionless Girl: Brennan. She does occasionally show emotion but she is often detached and doesn’t show emotion much. At one point Brennan meets an emotionless food scientist who works alone (there was her boss but he was the Victim of the Week).
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The Sadistic Choice is becoming Pelant's favorite tactic against Booth's team. After Brennan proposed to Booth in the Season 8 finale, "The Secret In the Siege", he railroaded their happiness, forcing Booth to break it off with Brennan or else he would kill five innocent strangers. At the end of the Season 9 premiere, Brennan assured Booth that she has absolute faith in him (a major step for her given her mistrust of the concept of faith over the years) and will stand by him no matter what, saying only that the next time it will be Booth's turn to propose to her. Which he did at the end of "The Sense in The Sacrifice", after he finally killed Pelant.
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Cop Killer Manhunt: After Sweets is killed in season 10, everyone is determined to take down the guy who did it, with Booth nearly going rogue to do it himself. Also the aftermath of four cops dying in “The Doom In The Boom”.
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Away in a Manger: It wasn’t at Christmas but Brennan did give birth in a barn because there was no room at the inn.
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Precision F-Strike In "The Man with the Bone," upon discovering that a skeleton has disappeared: And in "The Baby in the Bough: When Angela goes into labor:
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Berserk Button Bones flips out whenever Booth is hurt or threatened. In "The wannabe in the Weeds", she grits her teeth, screams, and guns down a middle-aged stalker who shot Booth. Booth later faked his death so that he could go deep undercover for exactly the first ten minutes of the following episode. When he came back, she was so upset, she hit him. She also smacks the Gravedigger with a metal briefcase. Likewise, Booth for Bones (see the end of "The Woman in the Garden," where Booth threatens a gang leader). Ask Booth any questions about his abusive father and he goes from happy guy to Death Glare in a heartbeat. Ditto with asking about his army experiences, especially the torture or his sniper activities. And definitely don’t say he’s anything like Cold Sniper Broadsky. Booth is related to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth; the fact that he's also a sniper makes him doubly sensitive about it. It's just one time, but Dr./Chef Gordon Wyatt gets a good one in "The Dwarf in the Dirt." "FRY COOK?!" Aubrey has a special bone to pick with financial fraudsters, seeing as his father was one himself. She may not get violent over it, but even if true DO NOT refer to Dr. Brennan as average in anything especially her intelligence or she will become very indignant about it and even vindictive trying to prove you wrong. Even direct evidence that it's true won't get her off your back most of the time. This also extends to anyone referring to her daughter Christine in such a way, especially teachers. Arastoo got rather ticked off by an intern who kept assuming all Muslims are terrorists and gave a pretty epic What the Hell, Hero? when he’d had enough. He’s also fiercely defensive of his girlfriend and eventual wife, Cam. Hurt or annoy her and he WILL get in your face. Hodgins is prone to anger management issues in general, but he will completely lose it if Angela or Michael Vincent are threatened or hurt. The others had a lot of trouble getting him to act rational and think clearly in “The Corpse in the Canopy.” And he was very upset in the finale when Angela was hurt and Booth was risking things further in desperation over Brennan’s injuries. Hurt Max Keenan’s family and prepare to die horribly. He’s actually a likeable guy for a criminal, but he will very easily kill to protect his family. Even if he has to do it with his bare hands.
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No Social Skills: Zack, and Brennan to a lesser extent. As Angela puts it when they attempt to fist-bump (and immediately start deconstructing the entire concept): "It's so cute when you try to behave like earthlings." What's strange about this is that from what we see of Zack's family, it's normal. Like, mind-numbingly normal. His descriptions of them fit the stereotype of the average American family to a T. If anything, this seems to have exacerbated his strangeness. Brennan misses nearly every pop-culture reference made in her presence, it is rather unbelievable for a successful writer of fiction novels to be so unfamiliar with it in general. Though there's a reason for the last bit. Brennan plots out the forensic aspect of the novels, then Angela comes over, has a glass of wine, and fills in the interpersonal bits.
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Fauxreigner: Arastoo (see farther down about his accent), because pretending to be fresh off the boat would make his coworkers less likely to bug him about his religion.
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Mini-Golf Episode: The episode "The Putter in the Rough" focuses on a murdered "superstar mini-golfer."
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Happily Married: The adorable older couple at the couples' retreat who turn out to be serial house robbers and that week's murderers. They're not sorry because the victim tried to hit the wife while they were stealing his car, so she KO'd him with her blackjack and he crushed him between the car and a tree. They also think (or appear to think) they won't be separated in prison due to their age; Booth doesn't have the heart to tell them otherwise. Booth and Bones like them so much they say they would KO and crush to death anyone who'd harm the other. Aww! Hodgins and Angela, and as of the latest episodes Booth and Bones. Unfortunately not Booth's brother Jared and his wife Padme (he was trying to hook back up with her before he was killed) nor, as far as can be seen, Cam and Aristoo (he proposed then broke up with Cam after Brennan essentially fired him for not being as good at her as closing cases and knew that while Cam would follow him anywhere he didn't want her to hate him for making her leave her job and her friends). After a lot of delays they finally get married in the penultimate episode of the final season and appear very happy.
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Mind Screw: Hodgins tells Angela to record Sleepy Hollow. It can't be another adaptation, because the real story was never written in-universe, according to Sleepy Hollows showrunners. And yet later, there's a crossover, Abbie and Ichabod are showing up at the Jeffersonian as real people.
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Torture Is Ineffective: One Body of the Week is a Salary Man paper-pusher at the CIA who investigates a diamond smuggling operation on his own after his superiors didn't think there was anything to it. He is killed by torture but never gives up the info they were after. CIA agents point out that even most well-trained field agents would crack under what he was subjected to. After the crime is solved, he is given a star on the CIA "Killed in Action" wall even though his position didn't qualify for that honor. In season 12, Aldo Clemens was tortured by someone tied to one of Booth's sniper kills using the barbaric technique of making rats burrow into his chest while alive. However, he didn't give up Booth's name and sacrificed himself by breaking his own neck instead.
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Sliding Scale of Continuity: Somewhere between Level 3 and 4. The majority of episodes feature crimes and subplots that are concluded within the same episode, but there are occasional serialized episodes that share the same storyline. There are also many episodes that have a stand-alone crime, but the "B-story" is a continuation of an already-started subplot (like Booth's gambling relapse in Season 10). Also, there's a day-night difference between a Season 1-3 episode and a Season 7-9 episode, as the show has changed the status quo several times over the years, and callbacks are more frequent later on.
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Jump Scare: Cam jumps visibly when Hodgins rolls up behind her to tell her something. His wheelchair doesn’t make much noise rolling over the lab floor so she’s startled when he suddenly starts talking behind her.
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Preclimax Climax: The circumstances of Booth and Bones finally hooking up. Booth was planning on finally confronting Broadsky the next day.
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Best Friend Manual: Angela for Bones. She often gives others tips on interacting with Brennan Booth inverts it by explaining things in the world to Brennan.
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Stuffed into the Fridge: A trademark of Max in season 2. He takes to leaving the people who threaten his family as charred corpses strung up on poles with Columbus coins in their mouths.
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Chaste Hero Averted. Bones hooks up with more men than any other female lead not portrayed in a misogynist manner on American television, ever. She once dated two men at the same time, one for sex and the other purely for conversation. They're not amused. She even discusses society's gender roles and sexual hangups from an anthropological perspective that flummoxes her partner Booth. More recent episodes do the same thing such as Bones reasonably justifying the choice of several teenage girls to have children without the father, skip college, and live together. Booth, being a practicing Catholic, is flummoxed.
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Seen in the movie within a show Bone of Contention, a loose adaptation of one of Bones' novels.
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Angst / What Angst: Angela and Hodgins are brimming with sadness after learning they both carry a gene that gives their child a 1/4 chance of being blind, but later Hodgins decides to make the best of it, saying they should take up hobbies that don't require sight (piano for him and sculpture for her). When their baby is born he's perfectly healthy. The "gut feeling" Squintern has been just fine about her "educational cooperative" (not a commune) breaking up due to the head's retirement until the very end of "The Geek in the Guck" when she reveals she's a complete wreck because that place was her home and everyone was family to her. She's also annoyed that Aubrey doesn't want to get involved with her just in case her past environmental activism messes up his chances for higher office, and she's annoyed that she's annoyed because they aren't even dating (Bones doesn't care so long as her statement that "being upset makes her work harder" is true; Angela is more sympathetic).
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Neck Snap: Booth kills one of the Delta Force guys this way when they storm the house and attack him and Brennan.
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True Companions
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True Companions: The Jeffersonian-FBI gang. A certain quote that's said multiple times sums it up best: The true companionship kicked in even more in Seasons 4-5, after Goodman and Zack left and Sweets became a fully integrated team member. And it isn't just restricted to the main cast. Many of the rotating interns (more prominently Wendell, Clark, Daisy, and Arastoo) along with Caroline Julian also fit this. By the later seasons, it's clear that all these people would do anything for each other, and don't dare mess with one of them, or the others will find you. The gang is also open to welcoming newer additions such as Aubrey, Rodolfo and Jessica. In an interesting example of Life Imitates Art, the Bones set had the reputation of being one of the happiest and most friendly sets in town. Pretty much everyone got along really well, from the actors for the regular and recurring characters, to the writers, producers and directors.
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Irony: The replacement bowler on Max's team (paraphrased): "I'm not superstitious like Victim-of-the-Week, I believe in God!" Amazingly Bones doesn't say a word (she's undercover, barely, but it must have been a strain).
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Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Possibly as a side effect of being a Long Runner, numerous Bones characters have disappeared from the face of the Earth: Dr. Goodman, who was last mentioned to be on sabbatical. In the Season 2 premiere. Brennan's brother Russ and his family, it's especially noticeable in Brennan's wedding and Max's funeral. However, he is mentioned in the case of the latter. Intern Finn Abernathy. Others include agents Payton Perrota and Genny Shaw, FBI director Sam Cullen, Booth's boss Andrew Hacker, Cam's ex-boyfriend Dr. Lidner, Sid Shapiro (though the actor's death definitely justifies lack of recent appearances), and Booth's ex-girlfriend/Parker's mom Rebecca Stinson (once again, this is a case of Real Life Writes the Plot; see Grey's Anatomy).
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Badass Bookworm
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Badass Bookworm In addition to her scientific prowess, Bones is a skilled and aggressive martial artist. Her father is no slouch either, since he was a science teacher before and after he was a dangerous fugitive. Don't underestimate Arastoo either. He is quite skilled with nunchaku.
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Boom, Headshot!
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Boom, Headshot!: The Gravedigger meets her end when a sniper uses a high-caliber rifle to invoke this trope, and we get to see her head explode, on screen, in glorious high def.
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They certainly do love to give Christmas presents: in the 2005 Christmas episode, Hodgins had to hit the showers after a biological accident and for about half the episode appeared in a Modesty Towel and nothing else.
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Exiled to the Couch: Booth says in “The Movie in the Making” that he has “healthy debates” with Brennan that sometimes get so “healthy” that he has to sleep on the couch.
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Willing Suspension of Disbelief: The show basically requires you to suspend your disbelief and accept Angela's computer skills at face value. Especially since as anyone versed in crime law will tell you, facial reconstructions (besides not being as easy and instantaneous as the Angelatron makes them seem) are not admissible for identifying a victim or a killer, at least by themselves.
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Hope Spot: Brennan's dad hid a hospital visit; turns out they "only" got a pacemaker. Unfortunately the pacemaker's GPS allowed trained assassins to track him and the grandkids to an FBI safehouse. Fortunately they survive the encounter; unfortunately he dies in the hospital after the attack proved too much for his heart (he was able to say goodbye, in a way, to Brennan).
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And Starring
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And Starring: Of a sort: all of Verizon fiOS' episodes descriptions from episode two of season 10 onward include "and Special Agent Aubrey" (IE "Booth/Bones/the team and Special Agent Aubrey investigate...").
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Intentional Engrish for Funny ("Blind Idiot" Translation in-universe): The instructions to the "baby walker" that Angela buys for her baby in season seven's "The Prince in the Plastic".
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Share the Male Pain
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Share the Male Pain: When a severed testicle is recovered from a corpse found in a high-powered washing machine in "The Rocker in the Rinse Cycle", there's a Running Gag about the men in the lab feeling the deceased man's pain. Especially Booth.
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Six seasons of Unresolved Sexual Tension climaxing off-screen? REALLY? Then there are not one, but two time skips jumping ahead to five months into the relationship.
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Establishing Shot: The stock footage of a lovely summer garden outside 'The Jeffersonian'.
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I Knew There Was Something About You
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I Knew There Was Something About You: Zach was a brilliant but vulnerable genius, who goes absolutely crazy, crushing his friends.
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Dating Do-Si-Do: Angela and Hodgins dated, then Angela dated Wendell then she dated Hodgins again and married him. Cam dated Booth (twice), who then eventually dated Bones and married her. Cam eventually went on to date, break up with, date again and marry Arastoo. Off in their own little corner is Daisy and Sweets who dated for quite a long time, then Sweets dated Jessica who would later date Aubrey. Sweets reunited with Daisy shortly before he died.
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Shout-Out: A woman named Harriet dies in a chocolate bar. Turns out she's a corporate spy. Harriet the Spy. Sweets' new roommates are named Janet and Chrissy. Investigating the deaths of two conjoined twins that were members of a traveling circus, Booth and Bones went undercover as a Russian knife-throwing act, Boris and Natasha. The victim-of-the-week in "The Lady on the List" is the anti-Walter White: He's a teacher with terminal cancer which isn't what killed him who enlists a former student to help him with a money-making plan to provide for his family (plus a bucket list), but instead of meth he sells inspirational videos and everyone loves him, including title lady, whose life he ruined (he caught her stealing but didn't realize that with her previous felonies she'd get her kids taken away) and who will get a portion of the money, much to the displeasure of his partner who did all the shooting and editing without pay. The Heisenberg uncertainty principle is also mentioned, and a profiling algorithm called VAL deduces he had a lot of hidden rage (he didn't but his partner did). In "The New Tricks in the Old Dogs", Jack Hodgins describes his maternal Grandfather as the most selfish billionaire after Montgomery Burns “The Gamer in the Grease” has Sweets waiting with a couple of interns for movie tickets. A comment is made “We’re up against freaks and geeks. John Francis Daley was a regular on "Freaks and Geeks" before playing Sweets here.
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Non-Idle Rich
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Non-Idle Rich: Hodgins, as well as Bones, who makes enough from her books to discuss the merits of having a Cayman Islands account.
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Synthetic Plague
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Synthetic Plague: The modified virus that killed the victim and infected Arastoo in “The Pathos in The Pathogen”.
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Freudian Excuse
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Freudian Excuse: They put pressure on escaped serial killer Epps by locking up his (abusive) mother.
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You Can Barely Stand
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You Can Barely Stand: Booth insists on going to save Brennan in “Two Bodies In The Lab” despite being badly hurt by the fridge bomb hours before.
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Interplay of Sex and Violence
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Interplay of Sex and Violence: A fourth season episode opens with the squints watching Booth playing hockey and beating the crap out of some guys on the ice (he's the team's enforcer). Cam says she likes it... a little too much. Then she has a Did I Say That Out Loud moment.
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Artistic License – Chemistry
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Artistic License – Chemistry: In "The Twisted Bones in the Melted Truck", the bones in question were "melted" by exposure to a magnesium fire. Magnesium burns at 5000°F plus which would have been more than hot enough to melt the bullet which was found intact within the skeleton (lead melts at 622°F, steel at 2500°F).
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Crippling the Competition: In "The Plain in the Prodigy", the Victim of the Week had done this to himself shortly before he was killed: he slammed his right hand with a desk drawer to break it, in order to remove the temptation of going to a music school to study piano.
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Informed Ability
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Informed Ability: Brennan often says that she is extremely intelligent and has very high IQ. In practice, she is far from that. Sure, she is very knowledgeable but she finds it difficult to make connections when they are not obvious, something Booth or Hodgins do naturally. This is especially jarring in social situations, because Brennan sometimes compares the situations she witnesses to anthropological trivia, yet sometimes she seems completely lost even though such event should be simple to any anthropologist, even on a purely analytical level.
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No Badge? No Problem!
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No Badge? No Problem!: Bones frequently helps interview witnesses and conduct interrogations, despite being a forensic anthropologist with no law enforcement training. In the pilot she even went to arrest the murderer by herself, kneecapping him in the process. (The show admitted this was technically assault with a deadly weapon and she was chewed out for that and general foolhardiness, but no charges were filed.) A Body of the Week was a data analyst for the CIA. When his superiors refuse to investigate a possible diamond smuggling operation he discovers, he investigates it himself despite having no field experience, training, or authority.
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Was Brennan drugged or bespelled in New Orleans? And did Booth really see a ghost, or was it just a hallucination? Was Booth’s friend Teddy a hallucination from Booth’s brain tumor or a ghost? Was Brennan hallucinating like she insisted or really seeing her mom? Is Buddy just Christine’s imaginary friend or is she really having talks with Sweets’ ghost?
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Crime Time Soap
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Crime Time Soap: Sudden conversational switches from details from the murder victim to details of personal life is a show standard.
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Vigilante Man: The sniper who shot The Gravedigger as she was going into court. Booth loathes being compared to him, which Bones does constantly ("He kills bad people, just like you do!"). In "The Nail in the Coffin", one of these goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against The Ghost Killer and her accomplices for giving him a Miscarriage of Justice for her first murder.
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Not Really a Birth Scene: In "The Dude in the Dam", Hodgins is host to a larvae in his neck, which eventually needs to come out... screaming, controlled breathing, and all. Earlier in the episode, Wendell even asked if he needed to boil some water. The whole thing played out like a pregnancy.
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Insult of Endearment Hodgins dismissivly calls new intern Finn Abernathy "Opie", after the character in The Andy Griffith Show. Abernathy counters by calling Hodgins "Thurston." By the end of the episode they've gained respect for each other, but still use the same nicknames. Also used with 'Mister' Nigel-Murray, introduced as Brennan's way of subtly mocking him for having not received his doctorate yet. By later in the series, even after he has proved himself, it is used as a fond nickname. Played With by Booth and Bones herself. Booth originally used the name as a term of endearment and respect for Brennan but after their first falling out he continued to call her it out of a desire to annoy her and always got a "Don't call me Bones!" in response. Later on she came to like the nickname again and he became the only person allowed to call her that.
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Lampshaded (somewhat) by Booth in the first episode, when his way of turning over a new leaf with Brennan is by referring to them as Mulder and Scully. He makes this reference again in the final episode, saying they're "better than Mulder and Scully" (Brennan still has no idea who they are).
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Black, White, Asian: Cam, Brennan, and Angela. It fiddles around with the stereotypes, too: Angela is the cool one, Cam is the reserved one, and Brennan is the nerdy one (granted, they're all nerds, but she takes the cake).
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Killed Off for Real: The Gravedigger, head-shotted by Booth's ex-sniper teammate Vincent Nigel-Murray, shot in the heart by Booth's same ex-teammate Pelant, shot by Booth Sweets is killed at the beginning of Season 10. Unlike Booth's fake death this is for real because Cam does their autopsy in front of all their friends. Booth's brother, and pretty thoroughly at the beginning of Season 11: Shot through a third story window and his body incinerated. Because the brothers have similar injuries from similar life experiences his body was mistaken for Booth's. Brennan's dad, peacefully(!) of heart failure after saving his grandkids by killing two assassins. This was after setting up a hope-spot: a mysterious hospital bracelet he's hiding from Brennan which turns out to be from a secret pacemaker operation; unfortunately the pacemaker's GPS allows the killers to track him to an FBI safehouse.
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Hyper-Competent Sidekick
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Hypercompetent Sidekick: In season 7, Genny Shaw accomplishes a lot in a very short time and does it well.
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In "The Nail in the Coffin", one of these goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against The Ghost Killer and her accomplices for giving him a Miscarriage of Justice for her first murder.
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Never Suicide: Inverted No one considers suicide in "The Lost in the Found", least of all Brennan because she overcame her troubled, lonely childhood while the victim didn't (there's also the fact that the victim numbed herself so she could wrench her non-dominant arm out of its socket and stab herself multiple times with a pair of scissors).
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Badass Longcoat
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Badass Longcoat: Booth dons one from time to time. Bones herself occasionally slips into her own trench coat as well.
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Uncanny Family Resemblance: Brennan and her cousin, who was played by Emily Deschanel’s sister Zooey.
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Booth does this continuously; notice he is more prone to having great ideas and Eureka Moments in times of greater urgency.
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Mundane Made Awesome: Wendell and Hodgins frantically attaching wires while Angela yells, in the background, "Guys! The phone!" and rock music ramps up the mood... the fact is that Hodgins and Wendell are frantically hooking up potatoes for a very, very big battery.
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Forensic Drama
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Forensic Drama:
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British Royal Guards
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British Royal Guards: When Brennan and Booth go to London, they suspect a Buckingham Palace guardsman of killing the Victim of the Week, but it turns out he only beat the guy up for sleeping with his sister. While waiting for the guard to finish his tour Booth taunts him, knowing that he can't react. When Booth discovers the truth about the two, he apologizes to the guard who very subtly acknowledges Booth with his eyes.
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That Came Out Wrong: Pointed out in-show in "The Man in the Outhouse" when Booth and Bones were discussing her sexual relationship with a Deep-Sea welder. The conversation about how Bones' gun is bigger than Booth's. In another episode, Dr. Gordon Gordon Wyatt announces his plans to retire from psychiatry and become a chef: Sweets tells Booth’s trainee that “I don’t measure my manhood the same way you do” then says this, mostly because said trainee is female.
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No Sympathy for Grudgeholders
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No Sympathy for Grudgeholders: One sub-arc was about Cam getting her identity stolen. She wound up living on a minimal income and faced the possibility that she'd never repair her credit. When they found the woman who'd done it, she turned out to be an old "friend" of Cam's who was jealous of her life and never shows the slightest hint of remorse. Cam is given the option of adding years to the woman's sentence by proving that the harm was done maliciously (targeting her, rather than just taking a convenient identity). Arastoo (who is dating her at this point) acts as if this would somehow make her the bigger monster and send her down a road of hatred and bitterness. She ultimately decides not to pursue the additional charges.
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Life Imitates Art
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In an interesting example of Life Imitates Art, the Bones set had the reputation of being one of the happiest and most friendly sets in town. Pretty much everyone got along really well, from the actors for the regular and recurring characters, to the writers, producers and directors.
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Long Bus Trip
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Dr. Goodman, who was last mentioned to be on sabbatical. In the Season 2 premiere.
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What the Hell, Hero? Booth gets a minor one directed at him when he runs a background check on Jared's latest girlfriend. Sweets, Brennan, and Jared all call him out on it. He pulls one again when he ducks out on Angela and Hodgins' announcement of her pregnancy to have sex with his girlfriend. Everybody calls Cam out on cheating to get her adoptive daughter, Michelle, into Columbia University. Perhaps the most biting comes when she asks Sweets for help on how to tell Michelle about it. Caroline gives a spectacular one to the whole team in "The Man In The Mansion" after Hodgins' attempts to remain on a case he's personally involved in nearly get their case kicked out of court.
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Break Out the Museum Piece: Hodgins and Wendell do this in "The Blackout in the Blizzard" (with a healthy dose of MacGyvering) when they are trapped by a blizzard without power, and they have to solve the case quickly because the murderer might be contagious. The clearest example is when Hodgins actually manages to vaporize some of the metal shrapnel and analyze it. Justified because they work IN a museum. Angela had to borrow an Amiga computer "from the third floor" to process a 20 year old floppy disk found with the Victim of the Week in "The Boy in the Time Capsule". They had to break out an old Kennedy-era replica rifle for Booth in "Proof is in the Pudding" so that he can prove that the corpse, presumed to be John F. Kennedy, was not killed by two gunmen. Unfortunately for Booth, while he did replicate the wound, it turns out that the second hole was an entry wound, invalidating the test anyways. In "The Male in the Mail", Hodgins used antique weapons on fake bones to compare striation patterns to the bones of the victim. The closest match came from a guillotine, which led Booth and Brennan to discovering that the killer dismembered the body with an industrial paper-cutter, which left similar striations. One Valentine's Day episode, after Booth was put out with the idea of romance in general after the abrupt end of his relationship with Hannah, Brennan cheered him up by meeting him in the FBI rifle range with a pair of Thompson sub-machine (or "Tommy") guns, in honor of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. In "The Next in the Last" Hodgins uses an early mass-spectrometer from the Manhattan Project exhibit to analyze a pizza just because he's moving to Paris and thinks it'll be his only chance to use it (he and Angela change their minds about moving).
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Canada, Eh?
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Canada, Eh?: The guy who Bones insulted so hard his arm stopped working was Canadian. The entire episode was full of references to Canadian politeness. Booth and Aubrey go to Canada in “The Grief and the Girl”.
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Tarot Troubles
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Tarot Troubles: With Special Guest Cyndi Lauper as the fortuneteller.
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"The Gamer in the Grease" has a suspect who is a female gamer. She takes advantage of the fact that by being a Gamer Girl she has a great deal of popularity with the predominantly male gamer community.
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Writing Around Trademarks
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Writing Around Trademarks: "The Gamer in the Grease" featured an arcade game called "Punky Pong".
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Feuding Families
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Feuding Families: The Mobley's and the Babcocks, from the episode The Feud In The Family, centering around the murder of the patriarch of the latter. At one point, a mountain of books detailing the various legal issues that have developed in the feud, including multiple assaults, murders, thefts, and nuisance lawsuits.
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Not to mention that while the show tries to excuse some of it with Brennan simply being clueless her incredible hypocrisy suggests she might just be an awful person. Among other things: Other people have to provide a high standard of evidence but she expects people to accept her own leaps of logic without question, she goes out of her way to be condescending even on topics she knows little about, she actively spites other skilled people (including her own interns at times) out of apparent jealousy, and on many occasions she takes offense at people not observing social norms she herself discounts when its convenient. Unfortunately Status Quo Is God so episodes where she learns to get past these behaviors are forgotten the moment the credits roll.
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Estranged Soap Family: Brennan's brother Russ hasn't made any appearances since season 3 (and wasn't mentioned in most of the following nine seasons) to the point where he almost reached Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, missing multiple important events: the birth of his niece and later, nephew; his sister returning after being a fugitive for several months; Brennan and Booth's wedding; and most strikingly, his father's funeral.
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The Nothing After Death
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The Nothing After Death: In the crossover episode with Sleepy Hollow the victim promised her religious boyfriend he would see the afterlife like she did when she had her heart stopped; he saw nothing which broke his faith and her artery after he freaked out and beat her to death with a skull. More generally, in the same episode Cam and Bones assert that they don't believe in the afterlife.
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Sex with the Ex
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Sex with the Ex: Bones and Booth have both indulged in this with past flames, Bones with her old boyfriend (and thesis supervisor!) when he came into town, Booth has had a couple of "one time only" sleepovers with his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his son. He also had sex with Cam a few times after her arrival and having dated her before.
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Afterlife Antechamber: Arguably what looked like Brennan’s childhood home in “The Shot In the Dark” if she indeed wasn’t hallucinating as she insisted.
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The Patient Has Left the Building
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The Patient Has Left the Building: Booth in the episode "Two Bodies in the Lab". He insists on leaving the hospital to go save Brennan.
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Unusual Euphemism: In "The Double Death of the Dearly Departed", Booth makes Brennan say "translated" instead of "murdered". Oddly, in Shakespeare's time this would have worked as a metaphor.
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Ensemble Dark Horse
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Ensemble Dark Horse: An In-Universe example. It had been a Story Arc looking for a new lab intern and the crew were really starting to like Wendell Bray. When the scholarship that qualified him for the position in the first place went bankrupt, they spent an episode trying to find a way to keep him. He was kept on thanks to an anonymous donation. Except they received three times as much money as they needed, meaning everyone was desperate to keep him but didn't want to admit it.
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Nerdy Nasalness
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Nerdy Nasalness: When agent Booth dresses as a lab tech for Halloween, and purposely starts talking in a nasal voice. Nobody in the lab actually talks like that, he just thought it made him sound less like the aging jock he actually is.
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Writers Cannot Do Math
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Writers Cannot Do Math: In "The Boy in the Time Capsule", the skeletal remains of a teenage boy are found in his high school time capsule after being buried for 20 years. In the subsequent investigation, it's discovered that he has a son, who was explicitly born in January 1988. However, the son is stated to be a senior at the high school despite the fact that at the time of the episode's airing (November 2007), he should've been nearly 20.
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Recovered Addict: Seeley Booth is a recovered gambling addict. It rarely comes up except when their investigations take them to a casino or similar place. At least until season 10, when it’s a major plot point.
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One of Our Own
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One of Our Own: Hodgins was a murder suspect three times over the years. Brennan when she was framed by Pelant for murder. Booth was framed and spent 3 months in prison Zack and his aiding of Gormogon Cam was accused of fraud before she proved it was identity theft.
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Hollywood Atheist: Dr. Temperance Brennan fits the stereotype of not just declaring her (anti-religious) atheism but going so far as picking fights over it with her Catholic partner Booth. Her views seemed to veer into scientism too.
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Whodunnit to Me?
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Whodunnit to Me? In "The Graft in the Girl" the team tries to solve a murder where the victim is still alive. Plus, there's when Bones and Hodgins are buried alive in "Aliens in a Spaceship" and have to figure out and tell the others where they are. "The Ghost in the Machine" plays with this. The victim is dead and doesn't play any tangible part in solving his murder, but all of the characters treat him as if his spirit is still with his body and the entire episode is seen "through the victim's eyes", with the victim's skull always immediately Behind the Black.
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Thanatos Gambit
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Thanatos Gambit: Pelant may have had one but Bones doesn't care.
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Window Love
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Window Love: Everyone, when they're trapped in quarantine during a Christmas Episode.
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Everyone Can See It
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Everyone Can See It: Bones and Booth. Sweets writes a book about it!
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Contrived Coincidence: Often but The Mummy in the Maze takes the cake with two huge ones. First, the bodies of both of the killers victims, killed a year apart, being found separately, in different locations by random innocent bystanders within 24 hours of each other. Second, the same suspect, who knew both victims, having been near where both bodies were dumped but not being guilty, although the second one could be justified by the killer having made a conscious attempt to frame him by dumping bodies in places he visited.
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Ship Tease
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Ship Tease: Every single episode, more or less, but especially the Christmas episode where Booth and Brennan kiss. And that only came about because Caroline was feeling "puckish".
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Pregnant Badass
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Pregnant Badass: Brennan. She still stands up for herself and even goes into a prison riot while pregnant.
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Affectionate Nickname: In addition to Bones by just about everyone, Brennan is also called "Sweetie" by Angela. Angela sometimes calls Jack “Hodgie”. Daisy likes to call Sweets Lancelot or Sweet Lancelot. Jessica calls Aubrey “Superman”. She also has a habit of calling Hodgins “Curly”.
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Crushing Handshake
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Crushing Handshake: In "The Plain in the Prodigy", Booth meets Cam's step-daughter's new boyfriend. After greeting him enthusiastically, Booth throws in some not-very-veiled threats about treating the girl right, including mentioning that he used to be a sniper, and finishes off with a handshake that leaves the kid wincing and rubbing his hand.
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Hates Small Talk: Bones is an expert at shooting down any conversation that isn't related to the case during the first examination in the Jeffersonian; she's also terrible at subtle hints that her coworkers give ("I work better when I'm upset." "Well you're doing good work."). Squintern Edison is constantly frustrated by the amount of time the main characters spend discussing their personal lives and dramas, so much so that "can we talk about the job, please" is his Catch Phrase.
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Playful Hacker
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Playful Hacker: The "hacktivist" who claims he's only trying to expose government corruption. His methods are a little unorthodox: he explodes an innocent girl with a tiny bomb on a stick, rearranges her spine into a riddle, soaks it with donated FBI agent blood, sneaks it into a museum(?), puts the rest of her in an FBI file room, etches a computer virus into her bones to short out the Angelator, and explodes a reporter who was on his side because he was on the verge of revealing him. He's been studying Bones & Co. for a very long time and is doing these things to challenge them personally. And he does all this while under house arrest with no computer access.
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Pulled from Your Day Off In "The Boneless Bride in the River" Brennan is temporarily shacking up with Booth's FBI colleague Sully when a call comes in, but the body has no bones: "Dr. Saroyan said, "no bones". So, you know what that means? I'm back on vacation. No bones, no 'Bones'. Uh... I was the second bones." She heads back to the boat Sully has rented, but when a small bone is discovered Booth takes the opportunity to interrupt Brennan again. In order to convince Brennan that the staff has the crime of the week covered they get the various interns to come in & pretend for 10 minutes to work. After she's convinced & leaves, they pack themselves up to go, but Dr. Edison (who is covering for Brennan on her wedding day, though he is getting paid) guilts them into staying and helping for free.
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Standard Female Grab Area
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Standard Female Grab Area: Booth pulls Brennan out of a room by her upper arm on the first case they work. Booth also grabs Sweets at the end of the third season to drag him into Bones's office.
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Dead Person Conversation: Brennan and her mom in 'The Shot in the Dark'. It’s ambiguous if she was seeing a ghost or hallucinating. Ditto Booth seeing his dead army buddy in “The Hero In The Hold”.
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Invisible Writing
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Invisible Writing: In the Season 7 finale a man in a mental institution leaves a secret message written on the walls in his own saliva. It works like invisible ink; it only shows up under special light.
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But Not Too Black
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But Not Too Black: Angela and Camille, the two main characters of color, are both half-white and look very light.
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Last-Name Basis: Most characters. Some standouts: Even away from the job Booth is just Booth, almost nobody calls him Seeley. Inverted with his brother who is always called "Jared" and is actually at one point called "a fake Booth". Max and Russ are the only people who call Bones "Temperance". Booth calls her "Bones" (the only one she allows to), Angela calls her "Sweetie" and everyone else calls her Brennan with or without the "Doctor". Bones herself refers to everyone but Angela by their last name, even still calling Booth by his last name after they marry. Colin Fisher is never called by his first name. In a scene where Wendell is speaking to Cam about the other interns, he refers to them as Daisy, Vincent (who almost everyone else calls Mister Nigel-Murray), Arastoo and Fisher. Hodgins; even his own wife rarely calls him Jack. In fact, Angela is the only character that no one refers to by their last name. Only Dr Goodman regularly referred to by last name.
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Literal-Minded: Brennan, more so than anyone who isn't an android should be.
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