Titan on the Tracks (2×1)

New season, new cast member! Off we go!

Episode 2×01

Written by: Hart Hanson

Directed by: Tony Wharmby

B&B are back at it again, and apparently Brennan has recently taken some time off.

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BOOTH: What’d you do?

BRENNAN: I read, walked on the beach, chilled.

BOOTH: You chilled. In Darfur. You chilled in Darfur.

BRENNAN: In North Carolina. I changed my vacation plans to spend time with my brother. Russ and I talked about it and we really want to find Dad.

BOOTH: Okay, Bones, why don’t you have a little, uh, you know, faith in me, okay? I’m not gonna backburner the case all right? I’m gonna…find your father.

BRENNAN: My brother said you’d say that.

BOOTH: You really keep saying ‘my brother’ a lot.

BRENNAN: Well, I lost Russ for fifteen years. I like the sound of it. …my brother.

CAM: Seeley.

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Meet Cam, and her severed arm friend!

BOOTH: Camille.

CAM: Don’t call me Camille.

BOOTH: Don’t call me Seeley.

CAM: Why are you still here, Dr. Brennan?

BRENNAN: Because I’m not a coroner, and I don’t work for you?

CAM: You got that half right.

CAM: Every survivor is one less person for me to autopsy. You look good out of your suit, Seeley. But then, you always did.

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BRENNAN: One minute she’s holding a severed arm, the next, she’s hitting on you.

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Jealous, eh, Brennan??

BOOTH: No, she wasn’t hitting on me, and you know what, she is your boss, Bones.

BRENNAN: What? Goodman’s my boss.

BRENNAN: Why didn’t Goodman hire me?

BOOTH: Oh, my guess? People skills.

BRENNAN: I have people skills.

Back at the lab, Angela and Hodgins discuss the new boss while Cam and Booth talk.

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ANGELA: They have a past.

HODGINS: Cam and the senator?

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ANGELA: Cam and Booth. Look how she touches his arm when he laughs.

HODGINS: You touch my arm when I laugh.

ANGELA: No, no. You touch me. It’s a big difference.

The team figures out a high profile athlete and a senator were killed.

HODGINS: Warren Lynch and Senator Davis, killed in one accident? No way it’s a coincidence.

CAM: Hey, Hodge-Podge, all engines reverse. First we identify beyond a shadow of a doubt, then we get paranoid.

HODGINS: Cool. As long as paranoia’s on the schedule somewhere.

Hodgins can tell Brennan is not super happy about Cam coming on the scene.

HODGINS: You should be okay with Dr. Saroyan getting the Head of Forensics job.

BRENNAN: Why is that?

HODGINS: Because you are strictly rubber-to-the-road, hardball scientist. Not a flesh pressing, ink stained, policy making…wanktard.

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Your face when the new boss overhears you calling her a wanktard 🙂

BRENNAN: What are her qualifications?

CAM: Chief Coroner of New York for two years, Assistant Federal Coroner before that. How am I doing?

BRENNAN: Very well. Impressive.

Angela and Brennan talk about Cam.

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ANGELA: You didn’t actually want the job, did you?

BRENNAN: I don’t even know what the job is.

ANGELA: Well, Goodman won’t explain his decision.

BRENNAN: Goodman appointed Dr. Saroyan while I was on vacation, then took a two-month sabbatical to avoid me. That explains a lot.

ANGELA: Okay, well I think it’s because you are very task-oriented.

BRENNAN: Task oriented is a euphemism for lacking overall perspective.

ANGELA: Oh, no. No! …well, yeah. Yeah, a little. Like, when’s my birthday?

BRENNAN: I can get the computer to remind me about birthdays.

ANGELA:  That’s one of a gajillion examples.

BRENNAN: You could tell me the other gajillion minus one.

Brennan tries to test Cam.

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CAM: Gas chromatography shows there’s also fentanyl in the heroin.

BRENNAN: What’s that?

ZACK: This reminds me of when you interviewed me to be your grad student. She knows what fentanyl is.

CAM: It’s a narcotic which boosts the effects of the heroin. According to Metro cops, fourteen addicts OD’d this week, off this one shipment.

BRENNAN: Have you told Booth?

CAM: No, I’ll leave that up to you. …how’d I do?

Oh snap. Cam is on to her!

Zack and Hodgins make one of their famous reconstructions.

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BRENNAN: Tell me that’s not a real skeleton.

ZACK: No, we made him out of calcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite.

HODGINS: And SPAM.

ZACK: Twenty minutes now.

BRENNAN: It’s still a significant amount of SPAM.

CAM: Why does the whole lab smell like a luau?

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BRENNAN: Zack and Hodgins are proving there was extra accelerant in the Lynch’s vehicle.

CAM: Using what medium?

BRENNAN: Artificial bone covered with SPAM.

CAM: Turn this off.

CAM: Why wasn’t I told about this?

BRENNAN: I encourage independent inquiry.

CAM: Your encouragement does not signify my authorization. If it happens again, I will take action. And I’m from New York, which means that I will take New York action. Am I clear?

BRENNAN: Not at all.

ZACK: I’m from Michigan.

HODGINS: Dr. Saroyan means she’ll make us watch musical theatre.

CAM: Wrong New York. I’m more from the get-mugged-in-broad-daylight tradition. This is not a high school science fair; this is the Jeffersonian Institute. Unauthorized experiments in forensics will get you fired.

ZACK: But…we’re Hodge-Podge and Zackaroni.

BRENNAN: And, they work for me.

CAM: You know, what I’d really like to do here is enjoy a meeting of the minds. But, if you insist on an organizational pyramid, I will be at the top.

Brennan checks in with her partner about this Cam situation.

BOOTH: Spam?

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BRENNAN: There were Mason jars in the backseat, intended to break when the train hit.

BOOTH: And they got this with SPAM?

BRENNAN: Yeah, SPAM.

BOOTH: Mmhmm. And Cam, she got all…bent out of shape.

BRENNAN: She wants to authorize all experiments.

BOOTH: Great, you know Zack and Hodgins, they do an experiment with fake bones in spam.

BRENNAN: What is your spam fixation?

BOOTH: Defense lawyer hears spam, he makes a joke, and the jury laughs, and everything we get from the Jeffersonian is framed as ‘goofy science’, you know, from a bunch of squints with no connection to the real world.

BRENNAN: That wouldn’t happen.

BOOTH: Oh, really, and the time you dropped a dead monkey down the elevator shaft…

BRENNAN: No, that was to show – Okay, I take your point.

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BOOTH: Cam’s goal is a successful prosecution in a court of law.

BRENNAN: Same as mine and yours.

BOOTH: Oh, you’re all about finding the truth.

BRENNAN: Okay, your words say ‘good’, but your tone says ‘bad’, so it’s confusing.

BOOTH: Cam knows that too much truth is just as bad as too little.

BRENNAN: You know, Angela says that you and Cam had a sexual relationship. Does that affect your view of her?

BOOTH: Wildly out of line, just so you know that.

BRENNAN: You know, personal prerogative is at the heart of scientific inquiry.

BOOTH: Bones. (on his phone) Thanks for the notification.

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BRENNAN: What?

BOOTH: The man who was charged with murdering your mother.

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BRENNAN: The pig farmer. Vince McVicker.

BOOTH: He was killed. Today, at Alexandria Federal Holding Facility.

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BRENNAN: I don’t…he was the only connection to my father. His trial was going to be my…How am I ever going to find out what really happened?

Booth and Brennan go on a stake-out.

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BRENNAN: We wait? For how long?

BOOTH: However long it takes.

BRENNAN: Well what do we do while we wait?

BOOTH: This is a stakeout. We converse.

BRENNAN: Well, I tried to initiate conversation about the drug war, but…

BOOTH: Oh God. Fine, you know what, let’s talk about something we’re not going to argue about.

BOOTH: Been out to your mother’s grave?

BRENNAN: Not since the funeral.

BOOTH: Really?

BRENNAN: Why would I?

BOOTH: You know, to connect.

BRENNAN: She’s dead.

BOOTH: Fine. You know what? Forget it.

BRENNAN: Dead. As in, gone from this world.

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BRENNAN: Excuse me? I’m curious. What you…talk to the headstone? What do you say?

BOOTH: It looks like I’m talking to the headstone, but what I’m really saying is…forget about where the words are aimed. What I say is that I remember them.

BRENNAN: They can’t hear you. Because they’re dead.

BOOTH: My mouth moves, words come out, but none seem to get across the drawbridge to the princess I know who waits within.

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That’s very poetic, Booth!

BRENNAN: What princess?

Well, he tried.

Angela and Zack show Booth more findings.

ANGELA: It’s an Navigator. But get this. I don’t know if that’s any use to you.

BOOTH: Yeah. That’s of use.

ZACK: Booth. Do either of these count as experiments?

ANGELA: ‘Cause if they do, we could both get fired. By your old sweetheart.

BOOTH: You know, you just…quit telling Bones who you think I’ve slept with.

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ANGELA: Think? What do you mean, think?

 Booth talks to Cam about how things are going.

BOOTH: Of course, Angela and Zack are scared that this counts as an experiment and you’re going to fire them.

CAM: Ah! I am getting through.

BOOTH: Why did you take this job, Camille?

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CAM: Why shouldn’t I, Seeley?

BOOTH: Because it’s basically herding cats, and you’re a dog person.

CAM: Dogs herd cats.

BOOTH: Dogs…don’t do that.

CAM: Chase ‘em up trees, whatever.

BOOTH: Seriously, Cam. Why did you take this job?

CAM: These. Are titanium rib-clippers from Germany. My last job? Used bolt cutters from Home Depot. These are much, much nicer. This autopsy table? Has downdraft ventilation. No rotting corpse smell, Seeley. My last table didn’t even have a drain. Think about that a second. Leaky corpse, no drain.

BOOTH: So you took this job for better equipment.

CAM: I’ve spent my whole professional life in basement rooms with no windows. Now I’m in the Jeffersonian Institute. …What?

BOOTH: Gotta ask.

CAM: You so do not.

BOOTH: Did you take this job because of –

CAM: God, the ego!

BOOTH: Say it.

CAM: Nothing to do with you.

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BOOTH: I need Bones this afternoon.

CAM: Okay.

BOOTH: It’s about her mother’s murder and her father’s disappearance.

CAM: Plus, she dedicated her book to you, so…

BOOTH: It’s a legitimate case, Cam.

CAM: I know. I read the file.

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CAM: How do I help her make the right decision?

BOOTH: Go for the truth. You know, Take care of her people.

Booth and Brennan go talk to the man who killed McVicker.

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BRENNAN: Mr Downs, the man you killed –

DOWNS: McVicker.

BRENNAN: He’s not my friend. He killed my mother.

DOWNS: You come to tell me thanks?

BRENNAN: No, McVicker was my last chance to find out some things. McVicker might have known something about my father. I can’t ask my father because he left a message on my answering machine telling me to stop looking for him.

DOWNS: I’ll tell you what. Maybe…look at McVicker’s murder as a second message from Max. One that he didn’t use the phone for.

BRENNAN: We never mentioned my father’s name was Max.

BOOTH: Did you perform a hit for Max Keenan?

DOWNS: Take it as a sign from God.

BRENNAN: How am I going to tell Russ that our father ordered the death of another human being?

BOOTH: If he did that, and I’m not saying it happened that way, then your father took down the man who murdered his wife.

BRENNAN: Good people don’t have other people murdered. Good people don’t even know how.

BOOTH: Well, your father buried your mother in a pair of new shoes in a cemetery. With her dolphin belt buckle that reminded her of you because you both loved dolphins.

BRENNAN: That does not make him a good man.

BOOTH: People can be more than one thing. We were a dead end! All right, we know that your father got to Mitchell Downs, persuaded him to kill McVicker. We find out how he did that, we’re that much closer to finding out what happened to your old man. I mean that’s…if you still want to find him.

BRENNAN: I do.

BOOTH: Okay. Silver lining.

Booth tries to get info out of a private investigator, and it doesn’t work. Brennan presses him to figure out a way to get more information out of the guy.

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BRENNAN: Well, It took two people! It was him. C’mon Booth. The part of you with a big gambling problem must love this idea.

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the BODY LANGUAGEEEEEEEEEE

BOOTH: Right there. Mhmm. That’s the reason you didn’t get Cam’s job.

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The team talks to the prosecutor to get her to proceed with the case.

CAM: You accept this plea bargain, you don’t deserve to be a federal prosecutor.

LISA SUPEK: Dr. Saroyan –

CAM: Yeah, it’s scary. The whole country will be watching the trial, and you don’t want to go in with less than a sure thing. But you put my people on the stand as expert witnesses and that’s a sure thing.

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BRENNAN: Not Zack.

ANGELA: Not Zack.

HODGINS: Not Zack.

CAM: You tell people the story of what happened using the evidence these people provided and if you have any ability as a prosecutor, you’ll win the case.

LISA SUPEK: Are you finished?

CAM: No, Ms. Supek. In the future, when you have problems with my team, you register them with me in private, not by grandstanding in a public forum.

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BRENNAN: Okay, I, um, sort of see why she got the job.

Booth and Brennan head to the cemetery to visit her mom.

BOOTH: Well, looks like your brother was here.

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BRENNAN: Never understood the idea of bringing flowers.

BOOTH: Just for once, Bones, do what people do. Kay? See how it feels. That’s it. I’m going to go stand over here, while you talk to your Mom.

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BRENNAN: I told you, I don’t do that.

BRENNAN: Mom, it’s me. Temperance. I have questions, but you can’t answer them. No offence, but I don’t think there’s anything here of you but your bones, so… can’t believe I’m doing this. Is Dad a good man or…a bad man? He had someone killed. Had him murdered and…what’s the truth? Do I…do I keep looking, or do I let it go like he asked? Who’s he protecting? Himself? Or me, and Russ?

BRENNAN: Booth? I asked the questions and guess what? No answer.

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Just innocently eavesdropping on conversations…. 🙂

BOOTH: Well, maybe if you weren’t standing right on top of her, took a step to the left, showed just a little respect. Sometimes it takes a while to get an answer, okay? Just leave the flowers.

BRENNAN: I get answers from a lab, you get them from people. Nobody gets answers from a slab of stone.

BOOTH: Yeah, well I see an answer in the stone. See, you buried your mother as Christine Brennan, the woman that you knew as your mother and not by her real name, Ruth Keenan. That tells me who you are.

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Brennan picks up the dolphin with gloves, as evidence.

BOOTH: What do you have?

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BRENNAN: A dolphin. What does that tell you?

BOOTH: What does it tell you?

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BRENNAN: My father was here.

BOOTH: Because he loves your mother, grieves her loss, and he came here to talk to her.

(Booth removes the dolphin from the evidence bag)

BRENNAN: You’re tainting evidence.

BOOTH: It’s not that kind of evidence, Bones. It’s evidence of something else. Something that can’t be tainted.

BRENNAN: It’s beautiful.

BOOTH: Yeah.

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The Woman in Limbo (1×22)

The Woman in Limbo”

Episode 1×22

Written By: Hart Hanson

Directed by: Jesus Trevino

Ok, so the first scene is too good to cut, so enjoy the back-and-forth between all our favs! Brennan is torn in 65 directions as everyone on her team wants something, and her partner, Mr. Sexy Agent Seeley Booth, is attempting to whisk her away to trial.

GOODMAN: All I ask is that you stop by the archeology section and identify the skull as a Syrian, Hetite or Egyptian!

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BRENNAN: I’m in court today. I need my notes.

GOODMAN: Well, there’s a photocopy in the file

BRENNAN: No. The last time I read from photocopies, the defense lawyer told the jury I was winging it.

BOOTH: Ready? Chop, chop.

BRENNAN: I can’t find my original notes…

BOOTH: Photocopy in the file.

BRENNAN: No. The last time the defense lawyer told the jury that I…

BOOTH: It was a ploy. It failed. Let’s go.

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HODGINS: I found glass. I found pollen. Which do you want first?

BRENNAN: Pollen.

GOODMAN: Perhaps you could swing by archeology on your way to your ah..court..

BOOTH: No. No swinging.

ANGELA: Alright. Her height makes no sense and her spine length is…wacky.

ZACK: Dr. Brennan?

BRENNAN: Okay. Calculate the height off the femur and assume that fire shrunk her spine.

BOOTH: I don’t think you should talk about other cases so much on court day. You might get confused.

GOODMAN: One simple question. A Syrian, Hittite or Egyptian?

ZACK: Dr. Brennan?

GOODMAN: 5 Minutes.

BOOTH: Bones!

Brennan: What’s up?

Zack: Buttercup. If you sign off on these tissues markers, Angela can finish the facial reconstruction.

BRENNAN: Why did you say “buttercup”?

ZACK: What’s up, buttercup is an amusing, rhyming, linguistic meme. This (skull) is the latest Jane Doe from Limbo.

BOOTH: How ‘bout this for an amusing, rhyming linguini. See ya later, alligator.

GOODMAN: Please don’t refer to bones storage as “Limbo”. 5 minutes.

I didn’t realize that Zack was the one who coined the phrase!

ZACK: There are thousands of human remains down there waiting to be identified. Limbo seems an appropriate name.

BRENNAN: No sign of foul play.

GOODMAN: If you have time for this, you have time for my Hittite.

BRENNAN: Tissue depth of the cheekbones and along the jaw line looks a little deep to me, but otherwise–

BOOTH: …out of limbo, back on earth and on our way to court. Thanks.

We run into Brennan’s BF, who also happens to be named David. (ED sure knows a lot of them!)

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DAVID: Oh, Temperance. Hi.

BRENNAN: David! What are you doing here?

BOOTH: She has to get to court so –

DAVID: Agent Booth. Nice to see you again. Especially when I’m not in custody. Listen, I read your manuscript. I couldn’t wait to tell you how great it is.

BRENNAN: Thank you. Really?

BOOTH: You read her manuscript?

DAVID: Her second novel. Bone Free. It’s kinda like “Born Free” except no lions.

BOOTH: Yuck on the title. Am I in it?

BRENNAN: No! / DAVID: Definitely.

BOOTH: Ah!

BRENNAN: Uh, we have to get to court – –

DAVID: Hope you remembered your original notes, because last time….

BRENNAN: Told you, Booth!

BOOTH: No. Bones. We don’t have time! Our – all right, listen. Uh, Three minutes. I’ll wait for you in the car.

BOOTH: So are you two, uh –

DAVID: Yeah, sort of. Is that a problem?

BOOTH: Yeah. Bones is very literal. So in the future, no jokey advice on a court day.

DAVID: Okay.

However, Brennan is caught off guard by the image Angela is showing in the lab.

GOODMAN: Is something wrong?

BRENNAN: What’s this?

ANGELA: Zack’s Jane Doe. He said that you okay’d the tissue markers

BRENNAN: No, that can’t be right. That can’t possibly be right. You did it wrong. It’s a mistake, Angela.

ANGELA: Alright, fine. Sweetie. I’ll turn it off.

BRENNAN: Zack. The artifact bag from your Jane Doe – do you have it?

ZACK: Yes. I also have three – (Brennan runs off with the bag)

 

BOOTH: Any of you see Bones? We’re due in court, like –hello–Now.

 Angela shows him the face of the woman in limbo.

ANGELA: This…totally freaked her out.

ZACK: My theory. Caffeine intolerance.

HAHAHA! Season 1 Zack has been cracking me up!

BOOTH: Yeah. You’re gonna want to take Dr. Brennan off the witness list today. No. She can’t make it into court. Thanks.

ANGELA: Alright. What’s going on.

BOOTH: That… is Christine Brennan.

GOODMAN: Good God.

BOOTH: You just found Bones’ mother.

My favorite thing is how Booth just knows. He knows this is too big a blow, he knows she needs support, and takes her right off the witness list.

BRENNAN: I have to miss court.

BOOTH: I know.

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BRENNAN: I remember this belt buckle. I borrowed it without asking first day of high school. My father had it specially made for my mother because she loved dolphins.

BOOTH: Bones…I’m sorry.

BRENNAN: I always knew that for my parents to disappear like that They – They had to be dead. I thought that when it was confirmed, I’d feel relief, but—

BOOTH: It’s still bad news.

BRENNAN: You have the file, Zack?

ZACK: Jane Doe, Number 129-0998.

BRENNAN: Where was she found?

BOOTH: Bones, I –

BRENNAN: What does it say?

ZACK: “In September of 1998, a grave-digging crew at the Sunset Memory Cemetery in Salisbury, Pennsylvania, uncovered human remains in a completely advanced stage of decomposition.”

BOOTH: Is it from a grave?

ZACK: No. It appears that somebody just dug a hole at the edge of the cemetery and…plopped the body in there.

BOOTH: Zack….

ZACK: Sorry. “The local coroner found no obvious evidence of foul play and sent the remains, a few artifacts and soil samples to the Jeffersonian, hoping we could identify her. Technically, you mother’s been at the Jeffersonian as long as you have.

BOOTH: Zack.

ZACK: Sorry. But they both got here in 1998.

GOODMAN: Dr. Brennan. Miss Montenegro has volunteered to drive you home.

BOOTH: Temperance. Go home.

He fails to mention he’s planning on being there later 🙂

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BRENNAN: It’s after midnight…

BOOTH: Well, I was driving by, I saw that lights. I thought you might like some Wong Foo’s.

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BRENNAN: You saw my lights from the road?

BOOTH: That is correct. All right!

BOOTH: After you gave me your parents’ missing persons file, I did some poking around.

BRENNAN: You worked on it?

BOOTH: Well, there wasn’t much I could do. There was no evidence, no clear jurisdiction. Listen, Bones. Finding your mother’s remains means that I can open an official F.B.I. case. I mean for the first time, a real investigation can occur.

BRENNAN: Three days after my parents disappeared, they found our car at a rest stop a thousand miles from where we lived in Chicago.

BOOTH: Yeah. I found it in a Federal impound lot in Jersey. I’m having it trucked to the Jeffersonian.

BRENNAN: They kept it all those years?

BOOTH: Well, nobody claimed it. Your father was a high school science teacher. He had no trouble with anyone at work. And then your mother – That’s a different matter.

BRENNAN: She was a bookkeeper.

BOOTH: Mmm, she was a witness for the prosecution. Twice. On evasion charges. That gives motive. Then there’s uh, your brother.

BRENNEN: Russ – The brother who deserted me.

BOOTH: He’s on parole. He ran a chop shop processing stolen cars for parts.

BRENNAN: Figures.

BOOTH: He says that you blame him for your parents’ disappearance?

BRENNAN: You talked to Russ?

BOOTH: I called him. Just asked him a few routine questions. He didn’t give me much. We’re gonna find out what happened to your mom. Okay?

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Back at the lab, the squints are trying to help Brennan sift through evidence, when Booth kicks them out. He has news.

BOOTH: When you first gave me the file on your parents, I..I looked back into their lives three to four years before they disappeared. Jobs, friends.

BRENNAN: Okay…

BOOTH: I looked back a little further and I found that…Christine Brennan didn’t exist before 1978.

BRENNAN: What are you telling me? That – That this woman isn’t my mother? I was born in 1976. Obviously, my mother existed.

BOOTH: Do you know the most common way of creating an identity?

BRENNAN: Getting the birth certificate of someone deceased who was born the same year you were…and take over that identity.

BOOTH: I found a one, Matthew Brennan. Born and died, in 1948. Do you understand?

BRENNAN: I don’t know what it means. I don’t know what any of it means.

BOOTH: It means your parents weren’t who you thought they were. It means that they were living under…assumed identities.

Booth tracks down Russ.

RUSS: You found my mother?

BOOTH: Your sister did the I.D.

RUSS: What about dad?

BOOTH: No.

RUSS: What do you want?

BOOTH: Do you remember being anyone else besides uh….Russ Brennan?

RUSS: No.

BOOTH: You wouldn’t lie to me, would you, Russ?

RUSS: Cops always think I’m lying.

BOOTH: I want you to come back to D.C. and help out in this investigation.

RUSS: I got a job, man.

 Back at the lab…

ANGELA: Hodgins. What’s the giant problem.

HODGINS: It’s a movie ticket. A little U.V. analysis, some guesswork..I come up with “The Fugitive”

ANGELA: So what’s wrong? You don’t like Brennan’s mom’s taste in movies?

HODGINS: The Fugitive was the third top-grossing film of 1993.

ANGELA: Brennan’s parents disappeared in December of 1991.

HODGINS: Yet, mom’s going to Harrison Ford movies almost 2 years later.

ANGELA: Oh, god. This IS giant.

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HODGINS: What do I do? Pretend I never found this?

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BRENNAN: Did you find something in the soil?

Booth arrives on the scene with Russ. She doesn’t want to chat.

BOOTH: Hey, Bones. Come on.

BRENNAN: My mother died of a subdural hematoma. Bleeding in the brain.

BOOTH: You want to proceeded rationally, correct?

BRENNAN: Chances are the subdural hematoma was caused by a blow to the head.

BOOTH: Great. You got the how. Now let’s get the who. You just told me that your mother was murdered. I mean, who better to help us than – than your brother?

He got her with logic!

RUSS: Mom loved dolphins. This was mine! My favorite marble. What was she doing with that?

BRENNAN: Where did Booth find you?

RUSS: It’s not hard for an F.B.I Agent to find a parolee.

BRENNAN: I didn’t ask how. I asked where.

RUSS: Moorehead City, North Carolina. I call every year on your birthday. You never pick up.

BRENNAN: Take a hint.

RUSS: Can I have this, please?

BRENNAN: It’s evidence.

RUSS: Of what? It’s a kid’s marble.

BRENNAN: It’s the rules. I can’t let you have it.

RUSS: Same old Tempe. Never met a rule worth breaking.

BRENNAN: Same old Russ. On parole.

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BOOTH: Angela, I might send Russ in to describe some people to you.

ANGELA: Okay. What people?

BOOTH: Some people a seven year old boy might remember.

ANGELA: That’s a little vague there, Booth.

BOOTH: The drawing – I mean, that’s important. It’s more that I trust your instincts.

ANGELA: When it comes to men?

BOOTH: When it comes to suspects….Why do you think that Bones asked her boyfriend you know, to uh, read her book and not me? You know, maybe…maybe because there was just too much of me in the story. Oh, she was embarrassed. You think? May–Maybe? (His phone rings) Booth. Yeah, I’m on my way. Thanks. Uh, the family car just arrived.

I love that Angela is the one he asked about Brennan and her boyfriend! She gets it.

Booth reveals to Brennan and Russ that he’s found out more info.

BOOTH: I had N.C.I.C. database check for a married couple who disappeared in 1978. Meet Max and Ruth Keenan.

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RUSS: That’s mom and dad alright.

BRENNAN: The N.C.I.C. database? That’s ..that’s criminals. My parents were on the list of Federal Offenders?

RUSS: How do you like that? I guess a criminal nature runs in the family.

BRENNAN: You were seven years old, Russ. Old enough to remember. What – What is your real name? What is MY real name?

BOOTH: Bones, it’s right here in the file.

BRENNAN: No! No! I want him to tell me! What is my real name, Russ?

RUSS: My name was Kyle. Your name was Joy.

Brennan has a heart to heart with her bestie.

BRENNAN: At first, I thought the worst thing was that they were missing.

ANGELA: Except “dead” means no more hope.

BRENNAN: My mother was alive for almost 2 years after they disappeared. She abandoned me.

ANGELA: You don’t know that. Look. You finally got to slap Russ. You’ve been wanting to do that for years.

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BRENNAN: I worshipped him. You know? Oooh. He was so cool. Everyone knew I was Russ Brennan’s little sister. I wasn’t cool or pretty, so being his sister – You know that game, Marco Polo? I’d be sitting in class, and I’d hear out the window “Marco!” It’d be Russ, checking in on me and letting everyone know that I was his little sister.

ANGELA: Did you “Polo”?

BRENNAN: Yeah. Sometimes it’d be the only word I said all day – “Polo”. And then mom and dad disappeared and Russ took off. Suddenly, no one cared where I was. I miss that. Someone caring where I am all the time.

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BOOTH: Bones! Bones! You up there? Come on. Let’s go. Chop. Chop. I found the Agent that was assigned to your parents’ case.

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One of my favorite B&B moments of all time. Of the whole series. Booth is there for her. Always.

The investigation continues. Angela meets with Russ.

ANGELA: You know, your sister is my best friend, so when she says you can’t be trusted, I trust her.

RUSS: This is you being charming? Does Tempe really hate me that much?

ANGELA: Russ, she loves you. It’d be easier if she hated you. Hate is a lot easier to deal with than love. Especially, disappointed love.

RUSS: You know what’s ironic? Tempe doesn’t trust me because I keep a promise.

ANGELA: What promise?

RUSS: Seven years old. Dad and me in the backyard, this was in Ohio. My dad tells me. “You’re not Kyle anymore. Forget about Kyle. You’re Russ.” He says, “If you ever tell anyone – the police, anyone – you will be killing your mother and your sister.” “Swear” he says. “You swear on your baby sister’s life you won’t tell” He makes me say my new name a hundred times – Russ Brennan, Russ Brennan, Russ Brennan. He says it with me. Russ Brennan. Russ Brennan. Russ Brennan.

ANGELA: Around that time, when Kyle became Russ…Maybe you saw someone. Maybe you saw someone who scared you? Someone who scared you because you had instincts. The instincts of a frightened kid. Was there someone like that?

RUSS: Yeah. A man came to the house one day. Um, my dad said if I ever saw this guy again, to grab my sister, and hide.

ANGELA: Well, when you’re ready, you’ll describe that man to me.

RUSS: All right.

Booth is back at Brennan’s place.

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BRENNAN: If you keep bringing Chinese food in the middle of the night, we’re both gonna get fat.

BOOTH: I know what you’ve been thinking.

BRENNAN: I doubt it.

BOOTH: You’ve been thinking that your family is made up of liars and criminals. And that makes you feel lonely. There’s a story here we don’t know yet.

BRENNAN: Like what?

BOOTH: Bones, “don’t know” means it’s a mystery.

BRENNAN: What were your parents like?

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Awkward.

 

BOOTH: My parents, uh – my dad, he, uh –He drove thuds and phantoms in Vietnam. Those are fighter jets. After that, he was a barber in Philadelphia and my mom, she wrote jingles for a local advertising agency.

BRENNAN: So they didn’t go out at night after you were asleep and rob banks?

BOOTH: Listen, Bones. You know – parents, um, they have secret lives. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be parents. It is a little late for Chinese, isn’t it? Thanks for the meal. See you tomorrow.

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 Brennan goes to the lab, but she isn’t alone.

ZACK: Dr. Brennan, is it morning?

BRENNAN: No, I couldn’t sleep. Why are you still here?

ZACK: We’re all here. No one’s leaving until we figure out what happened to your mother.

BRENNAN: Thank you.

 Angela, Booth, and Brennan are trying to figure out who scared Russ as a child.

BOOTH: Hey, know what? I’m gonna play hardball with Witness Protection. If they don’t cooperate, I’m gonna put his face in the paper.

BRENNAN: Wouldn’t you get in trouble for that?

BOOTH: Well, we’ll find out.

ANGELA: You know what? Sometimes, he is just – Whew.

Our thoughts exactly, Angela.

B&B head out to talk to a man who ran with her parents. He spins a tale about running off with Brennan’s mother and that her dad is guilty of hitting her mother. She loses it.

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BRENNAN: I work at the Jeffersonian Institution. I’m a Forensic Anthropologist. I specialize in identif – in identifying – in identifying people when nobody knows who they are. My father was a science teacher. My mother was a bookkeeper My brother – I have a brother. I’m Dr. Temperance Brennan.

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BOOTH: I know who you are. Hey. I know. It’s okay. Shh. It’s gonna be alright.

Booth and Russ do not trust this guy’s story.

BRENNAN: You don’t believe him?

BOOTH: No. I don’t believe him.

BRENNAN: Give me one piece of evidence that doesn’t back up his story.

BOOTH: You’re school sticker on the back of your parents’ car – it was scraped off.

RUSS: What does that prove?

BOOTH: Well, there’s a story that tracks for me, but without evidence, it’s – it’s just a story.

RUSS: Tell us.

BOOTH: Your parents go out Christmas shopping one day. They spot McVicar, the hit man. Alright? They lead him away from your home.

BRENNAN: Scrape off the name of the school so he can’t trace it back to me and Russ.

BOOTH: He take out your father…

BRENNAN: …and my mother gets away with a head wound.

BOOTH: She leaves the car a thousand miles away, finds friends, but she can never go back to see you guys because the crew is still looking for her. It’s just a story.

BRENNAN: Fits the evidence.

RUSS: Tempe, that theory explains why mom never came back for you during that year and a half before she died.

BRENNAN: What’s your excuse, Russ?

RUSS: You’re the one that left me. You needed someone to blame. You chose me.

BRENNAN: I was fifteen years old.

RUSS: I was nineteen! My parents were gone. My sister hated my guts. Everyone’s telling me that she’d be better off in foster care.

BRENNAN: You didn’t even ask me.

RUSS: I tried, Temperance. You wouldn’t talk to me. You still wouldn’t be talking to me if mom’s bones hadn’t shown up. And I kept trying. Every year. Every year on your birthday. You’re the on that gave up! You turned your back on me and you made yourself a new family.

 They go back to confront the creep.

MCVICKER: I need to speak to you alone.

BOOTH: Forget it.

BRENNAN: Booth, it’s alright.

BOOTH: No.

BRENNAN: It’s alright.

BOOTH: You got two ways to look at this. One is, you score a private chat. The second one is, you attack her and I’ll drill you through the forehead.

MCVICKER: How could I possibly attack her?

BOOTH: I’ll decide what is and isn’t an attack –like say, a hiccup.

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I just adore his protective thing.

BRENNAN: Why are you letting me drive?

BOOTH: It’s your reward.

BRENNAN: For what?

BOOTH: For totally pissing off a hit man. Can I read your book?

BRENNAN: After it comes out.

BOOTH: Not before?

BRENNAN: No.

BOOTH: I let you drive!

BRENNAN: Just let it go.

BOOTH: Where are we going?

BRENNAN: I’d like to make up for a little lost time.

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BOOTH: I’m gonna go get a funnel cake. Okay?

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BRENNAN: I have something for you.

RUSS: Thanks, Tempe.

BRENNAN: Russ. You were right. You were only 19, but at the time, I didn’t understand what that meant. Sometimes people need to explain things to me, I guess.

RUSS: Then, you have to let them talk to you.

BRENNAN: If you can maybe come back and stay a couple days longer? Please? At my place, I mean.

RUSS: Marco.

BRENNAN: Polo.

All three return to Brennan’s place.

BRENNAN: Anybody thirsty?

RUSS: Is it too early for a beer?

BOOTH: Ah, I gotta go. You know, I’m picking up Parker for the weekend.

He notices Brennan’s book and decides to stay awhile.

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RUSS: You have a boy?

BOOTH: Yeah.

RUSS: The woman I’m seeing, she’s got uh, two daughters.

BOOTH: Nice. Girls are nice.

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ANSWERING MACHINE: “New message recorded today. 3p.m.”

MAN’S VOICE: “Temperance? You have to stop looking. Y—You have to stop looking for me right now. This is bigger and worse than you know. Please stop now.”

BOOTH: Who’s that?

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BRENNAN: That was my father.

 

And just to end it on my favorite part:

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The Soldier on the Grave (1×21)

Written By: Stephen Nathan

Directed by: Jonathan Pontell

Let’s balance out the serious tone of this episode with a gratuitous Booth shot from later in the ep!

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Open collar, no tie, serious face….what was the point again? Oh yeah, recap!!

 

BOOTH: I never get used to the magnitude of this place, what it’s taken to keep this country free.

BRENNAN: All societies build monuments to their dead, to convince future combatants that it’s an honor to die in battle.

BOOTH: For these servicemen it was. And somebody to use this place to protest the war just pisses me off. These are the lives that gave them the right. These men, they should be respected.

BRENNAN: If they were really respected, maybe not so many of them would be buried here.

BOOTH: Are we gonna get into something here, Bones?

BRENNAN: I don’t see why. I think we both wish this place were a lot smaller.

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BRENNAN: Charlie Kent?

BOOTH: He was in the National Guard. About to be drafted by the NBA when he got shipped out to Iraq. He gave his life taking out a group of insurgents to save his unit.

BOOTH: Won the silver star.

AGENT #1: The White House and the D.O.D. want an I.D. as soon as possible.

BRENNAN: So they can brand him a traitor.

BOOTH: Why do you have to be so cynical?

BRENNAN: I’m not cynical. It’s a necessary psychology of warfare. Heroes and villains. Without clear distinctions like that, we’d never be able to fight.

BOOTH: Yeah, well, I always found being shot at… was a motivating factor.

BRENNAN: What?

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BOOTH: It’s Jamie Richards. We were in the Rangers together.

BOOTH: He was hit by a roadside bomb… just outside the green zone. He left a wife and two kids. The fact that he was near this —

BRENNAN: You believe somehow he’s still here watching?

BOOTH: Yeah. You don’t. I get that.

BRENNAN: I know you think he’s a good man. That’s — that’s enough for me.

GOODMAN: Ah. I used to love watching Kent play. He could fly.

ZACK: He made 46.4% of his three point attempts in his last season.

GOODMAN: A basketball fan? I’m surprised, Mr. Addy.

BRENNAN: Zack, I’d like you to keep cleaning the bones.

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ZACK: Did you see the game against North Carolina?

GOODMAN: It’s difficult knowing Kent will never play again. Makes the war so real.

HODGINS: Which is odd since it was all fiction that got us there in the first place.

GOODMAN: So you don’t think we should stand up to tyrants?

HODGINS: Sure. I’ve been waitin’ for the press to do that for three years now.

ANGELA: I can’t believe you took the bait.

GOODMAN: Yeah. Me neither.

Booth arrives.

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HODGINS: Big boys telling you to sweep this one under the rug?

BOOTH: Just can the left-wing conspiracy, Hodgins. Probably one of your nut-ball friends here on the table.

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They find he served with the man on whose grave his body rested on.

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ZACK: He was protesting?

HODGINS: Marshall could’ve had a change of heart. It’s not like support for the war is increasing.

fBOOTH: It also could’ve been survivor’s guilt. The guy who saved his life didn’t make it. You can’t imagine what it’s like carrying that around.

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BRENNAN: They knew he’d look like a protester, so no one would expect murder.

BOOTH: As far as anyone knows, this is still a suicide. I want the killer to think that he got away with it. He’s smart. I want the edge.

BOOTH: Y’know, I’m just gonna be asking his mother a few questions. You could’ve just stayed back there and played with your bones.

BRENNAN: I know. Just wanted to keep you company, that’s all.

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BOOTH: Company?

BRENNAN: Yeah. I’m trying to be more sociable. You know?

BOOTH: Lousy liar.

BRENNAN: I just think inside, you’re still military, Booth. You might be too close to this one. I just wanna make sure you stay objective.

BOOTH: I know how to do my job. I was doing it just fine long before I met you.

BRENNAN: You’re angry.

BOOTH: Well, because I have people all around me with opinions about the war who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about!

BRENNAN: I’ve been in Sudan, Rwanda. For two months I sifted through the wreckage of 9/11 trying to help the families of the victims.

BOOTH: All I’m saying is that this is just another case. That’s all. It’s just– It’s another case.

BRENNAN: You’re not such a great liar yourself.

BRENNAN: I’m your partner. Let me be your partner.

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And we get some levity in this serious episode.

BRENNAN: John Wayne syndrome.

BOOTH: Don’t tell me you’re gonna trash the Duke?

BRENNAN: Wh- are you kidding? I love the Duke.

BOOTH: I wouldn’t have guessed that one, little lady.

BRENNAN: Remember “Stagecoach?”

BRENNAN: “Listen, cowboy. Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”

BOOTH: What was that? The Duke? That was horrible.

BOOTH: That was like, Jerry Lewis.

BRENNAN: Was not.

We meet someone from Booth’s past.

BOOTH: Sweet ride, man. Hank Lutrell, Dr. Temperance Brennan.

HANK: The bone lady.

BRENNAN: That’s me.

Hank: I heard you two were working together. Booth and I were in the same unit in Kosovo.

Aw, he talks about her to his peeps!

Back at the lab, Angela is getting frustrated with Hodgins’ approach.

ANGELA: I just think that you should be aware that Booth went through something over there.

HODGINS: So I’m not supposed to tell the truth?

ANGELA: Truth? It’s *opinion* Jack.

ZACK: Looks like a dimple in the bone. Could be genetic.

HODGINS: There were no W.M.D.’s. That’s the truth.

ANGELA: Every major intelligence agency in the world thought there were.

HODGINS: Are you defending what’s going on over there?

ANGELA: No. Mistakes were made, obviously.

HODGINS: Yeah! Like establishing military bases over there instead of investing a fraction of what this war costs into alternative energy projects.

ANGELA: Nothing is that simple.

HODGINS: To me it is! We’re ruled by the corporate oligarchy. Face it.

ANGELA: You want to make the world a better place, Jack? Try shutting your yap long enough to hear something other than the sound of your own voice.

Angela drops the mic. Boom.

Booth reveals to another solider that they believed it was murder, not suicide.

BRENNAN: I thought we were keeping the murder to ourselves.

BOOTH: He’s the company commander, Bones. He’s a decorated officer.

BRENNAN: And you think a soldier wouldn’t kill someone?

BOOTH: Huh, and suddenly it’s your job to question the motives of everyone who served?

BRENNAN: No, it’s my job to solve a murder. Yours too. Treat him like you would anyone else involved in an investigation. You’re not in the military anymore, Booth.

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ANGELA: How’s Booth doing?

BRENNAN: He’s angry. I think I said some things.

ANGELA: Sweetie —

BRENNAN: He wasn’t being objective. I just had to get him to focus.

ANGELA: You have to think before you speak.

BRENNAN: Why? I can say anything to you without thinking about it first.

ANGELA: Yeah. Men aren’t like us. They’re much more fragile and needy. The fact that they think *we’re* the needy ones is a testament to our superiority.

BRENNAN: Yeah. I guess I forgot.

Brennan gets an idea.

BOOTH: So what do you wanna do?

BRENNAN: I wanna exhume Charles Kent.

BOOTH: Exhume a *war hero*? Do you have *any* idea what you’re asking?

BRENNAN: It’s the only way we’ll really know what happened to him.

BOOTH: The report.

BRENNAN: Which is sloppy and incomplete.

BOOTH: He is supposed to be honored this week, Bones, not humiliated.

BRENNAN: Doesn’t Devon Marshall deserve as much respect and honor as Kent?

BOOTH: I’m sorry Bones, I can’t let you do this.

BRENNAN: I’m not asking for your permission Booth. I can get the court order on my own. I was just kind of hoping for your support.

Then, the angry family comes up to Booth because of the exhumation. Booth gets a slap in the face. The body is taken to the morgue.

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BOOTH: You know, this is a Silver Star.

BRENNAN: I know how much you hate this, Booth.

BOOTH: Let’s just get this over with, all right?

HODGINS: I know we don’t see eye to eye on a lot of stuff because you know, politically, I think we live in an Orwellian nightmare due to —

BOOTH: What– what are you trying to say?

HODGINS: Just– I’m sorry, man. I really am.

BRENNAN: It’s always the young. Anthropologists have theorized that wars break out when there’s an increase in the population of unmarried men under the age of 25. I’m sorry. I need to create a distance from the victim. It’s how I deal. I– I didn’t mean–

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BOOTH: Just, you know, do what you have to do. I’m gonna go do my thing.

Hodgins and Angela have a moment.

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ANGELA: Did you find anything in the wounds that might’ve changed the trajectory of the bullets?

HODGINS: Not yet. Just residual sesquioxide, in silico accumulation. A little decayed organic matter. Probably food that was on the floor. So–

ANGELA: Thank you.

HODGINS: Look, Angela. Look, I run on sometimes, I know. I guess I think if I yell loud enough, maybe someone will listen.

ANGELA: Well you have to be careful people don’t go deaf. You know, what you did for Booth before… showing him you understood, that was good. Everyone hears something like that.

B&B realize the truth.

BOOTH: Wait. The ones that killed him are from an M-14. Those are from our weapons.

BRENNAN: Friendly fire.

BOOTH: Oh, God.

BRENNAN: Booth–

BOOTH: You know what? Let’s just find out who did this. All right? Not all personnel in a unit carry the same weapons. We have to find out who was issued the M-14.

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BRENNAN: This is hard for Booth. He’s idealistic.

ANGELA: Well, it’s nice to know somebody that wants to keep honor and responsibility alive.

BRENNAN: I feel like Booth thinks I’m taking that away from him.

ANGELA: You’re just doing your job. He knows that.

BRENNAN: I guess. I tell Booth we’re on the same side. I’m not the one who’s disillusioning him. It’s my findings. But when I look at him, I– I don’t know what else I can do.

ANGELA: I do.

BRENNAN: Ange.

ANGELA: As a friend, Brennan.

BRENNAN: Yeah, that whole “friends with benefits” thing, that’s– that’s not happening.

ANGELA: I’m not talking about that. I’m– I’m talking about being there for him. Knowing when a simple touch is enough.

BRENNAN: Maybe I can write him a note. I can be very articulate on paper.

The team discovers there was a big coverup.

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BOOTH: You son of a bitch! You covered up the whole thing!

CPT. FULLER: Stand down, Agent Booth!

BOOTH: They were innocent!

CPT. FULLER: I don’t know what you’ve heard, but my report clearly states–

BOOTH: We’ve taken your report apart! We have the *facts*, Captain! Your squad blew away a family of innocents!

CPT. FULLER: Kent! Kent did! A kid so green he never should have been there in the first place. Do you know what that town was like? Our guys were being blown up by I.E.D.’s every day while we were trying to build hospitals and schools. A mistake was made. No one likes it. But you know what happens. If it got out what we did that neighborhood, the whole damn city would’ve exploded.

CPT. FULLER: What would you have done? Would you have let the city burn? This can’t come out, Agent Booth. Don’t make this any harder with an ugly story like this.

BOOTH: I don’t know what you’re fighting for, Fuller, but it sure as hell wasn’t my country. We’ll start with obstruction of justice.

They solve the case. At the cemetery, they observe the military families involved hugging each other in their grief.

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BRENNAN: I would never have expected to see that.

BOOTH: Well, people will always surprise you.

BRENNAN: That hasn’t always been my experience.

BOOTH: I’ve done some things.

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BRENNAN: I know.

BOOTH: No, no, you don’t.

BRENNAN: But it’s okay.

BOOTH: Well, not– not as a secret… it’s not. I have to be uh, honest about myself. I– I have to be able to tell someone.

BRENNAN: You will in time, Booth. You will.

BOOTH: I was sent to Kosovo. There was this Serb, General Raddick, who led a unit who would go into villages and, you know, destroy ’em. Women, children, all– all killed because he wanted to ethnically purify his country. He’d done this twice before. I mean, we had facts, proof. 232 people just erased.

BOOTH: I was the sniper sent in to stop him. He was set to leave in a couple hours. It was his son’s– son’s birthday. A little boy maybe about six or seven. I can still hear the music from the party, you know? That song just playing in my head. Nobody knew where the shot came from, but, you know, they knew why it came.

BOOTH: They said I saved over a hundred people. But, you know, that little boy who didn’t know who his father was, who– who just loved him… he saw him die, fall to the ground right in front of him. That little boy all covered in his daddy’s blood was changed forever. It’s never just– It’s never just the one person who dies, Bones. Never. Never.

BOOTH: You know, we all die a little bit, Bones. With each shot, we all die a little bit.

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**This is a topical post! David’s new SEAL show is about to start. Who’s all watching it? Also, this is interesting because Stephen Nathan wrote it. It was not as heavy handed as his season 10 preachfest, so I appreciated seeing the differing points of view, from Hodgins to Booth to Angela to Brennan. And how they were able to find common ground. I think we could use more of that today! Anyway, what were your thoughts about this episode?

The Graft in the Girl (1×20)

Written by: Greg Ball and Laura Wolner

Directed by: Sanford Bookstaver

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BRENNAN: Why are we meeting Cullen here?

BOOTH: Because he’s the deputy director of the FBI and this is where he wants us to show it to him. OK, listen. About a month ago his daughter Amy was diagnosed with cancer. Meso…

BRENNAN: Mesothelioma. Lung cancer.

BOOTH: Exactly. So she’s not doing so well, so it’s a lot easier for us to come to him right now.

BRENNAN: Huh.

BOOTH: Huh, what?

BRENNAN: Nothing. It’s just that’s an extremely rare form of lung cancer—odd for someone Amy’s age to contract.

BOOTH: No, no, no. No probing, OK? Not to Cullen, not to his family. This will take five minutes. We go in, do the show and tell relating to the case and then we’re out of there. Is that clear?

BRENNAN: I think it’s peculiar.

BOOTH: No.

BRENNAN: But I…

BOOTH: No.

BRENNAN: You have to admit…

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CULLEN: Booth. Dr. Brennan. How appropriate, you two bickering in an adolescent wing.

BOOTH: Uh, sir, yes. Um, is it OK if we come in, sir?

CULLEN: What do you think, sweetheart?

AMY: Booth’s cool, most of the time.

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ANGELA: Can I see your drawings? Wow. These are beautiful.

MRS. CULLEN: Our artist in the making.

AMY: Right now I’m doing landscapes. I’m really into this French dude Rousseau.

BRENNAN: She’s amazing.

MRS. CULLEN: Mm-hmmm. Amy’s been very brave this week. They’re trying an experimental viral chemotherapy, and we’re very optimistic.

BRENNAN: Since asbestos exposure is the primary way people contract mesothelioma…how do you think…How do you think Amy got it?

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Booth is like, “I just told you no questions!!”

 

CULLEN: Oh, we don’t know, Dr. Brennan. The first place we looked after she was diagnosed was all her previous schools, the house we lived in…nothing.

BRENNAN: Has there been a history of illness?

MRS. CULLEN: Hardly. Apart from breaking her leg snowboarding a year ago I can’t remember the last time she was sick.

BRENNAN: How bad was the break?

CULLEN: Compound fracture, left tibia.

AMY: I was boarding with some friends and I…I hit a tree. Pretty dumb, huh?

BRENNAN: And that required surgery?

MRS. CULLEN: A bone graft.

BOOTH: I hate to drag these lovely squints back to the lab, but, you see, we have another case.

They go back to the lab, where something appears off in Amy’s scans.

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ZACK: Amy Cullen’s file states the donor of the bone was 25 years old.

BRENNAN: Well, I don’t buy it.

ZACK: How old do you think the donor really was?

BRENNAN: Judging from the reduction in bone mass…at least sixty.

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BRENNAN: Doctor, you performed Amy Cullen’s graft, correct?

DOCTOR: Yes, But I just do the procedure, Ms. Brennan.

BOOTH: Dr. Brennan.

DOCTOR: MD?

BRENNAN: PhD.

DOCTOR: Well, those who can’t do, do research.

BOOTH: OK…

BRENNAN: Booth…

The squints realize the graft gave Amy Cullen cancer. 

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BOOTH: But how do we know that it’s the bone that gave Amy cancer?

BRENNAN: Because of this. Magnify. The graft is riddled with cancer.

ZACK: Cancer consistent with morphology origin in the pleura, most likely mesothelioma.

BRENNAN: Whoever this is had terminal cancer. And no so does Amy.

ZACK: She went in for a broken leg and was poisoned.

ANGELA: She never even had a chance.

BRENNAN: Someone knew that bone was infected and they gave it to her anyway.

ZACK: This will kill Amy Cullen.

BOOTH: Well, in that case, it’s murder.

B&B brief Cullen on their findings.

BOOTH: The next step would be to find out where the graft came from and how it slipped through the system.

CULLEN: This is not FBI jurisdiction.

BOOTH: It’s a question of justice.

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Brennan, Booth, America, Justice

 

CULLEN: Does this, in any way, change my daughter’s prognosis?

BRENNAN: No.

CULLEN: So she’s still gonna die of this cancer?

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BRENNAN: Barring spontaneous remission the likelihood is significant.

CULLEN: The FBI’s not my personal police force. I appreciate what you discovered. Call Charlie Hammond, CDC. Tell him what happened…he’ll continue the investigation.

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BRENNAN: So that’s it? Whoever did this to Amy Cullen just gets away.

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BOOTH: No. What we do now is we find out a way to make this a legitimate FBI case.

BRENNAN: If one graft is infected, there’s no telling how many others are out there.

BOOTH: Geez, you know, I feel like I’m on a serial killer case just waiting for another victim to surface.

BRENNAN: You’re not far off. What if BioTech makes a habit of selling diseased parts?

BOOTH: Well, then it becomes FBI business if one of those tainted grafts is sold across state line…first we gotta find out if this tissue lab is servicing any other hospitals.

BRENNAN: See if they’ve killed anyone else.

BOOTH: Amy Cullen is not dead, Bones.

BRENNAN: I’m afraid there’s a degree of inevitability. Sorry.

At the hospital, Angela bonds with Amy over art.

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AMY: How’d you do that?

ANGELA: Most of the time I restore and enhance old bones, so this is a lot more fun.

AMY: It’s hard, you know? One second I’m at school and I’m gonna be an artist and the next…My friends don’t know what to say. My parents are scared. Things change, I guess.

ANGELA: Yeah. Yeah, sometimes they do.

AMY: Angela? Is the Louvre just unbelievable?

ANGELA: It’s the most beautiful place you’ll ever see.

AMY: Maybe you can tell me about it sometime.

ANGELA: You’ll go there yourself. I know you will.

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BOOTH: All right. Building manager says BioTech went belly-up two years ago. They couldn’t even pay their last month’s rent.

BRENNAN: What? Two years ago?

BOOTH: Exactly. I mean, Amy Cullen’s graft was sold to Washington General twelve months ago.

BRENNAN: If BioTech doesn’t exist, who sold the diseased bone to the hospital?

They find out someone was using the name BioTech after it had gone under. They find other possible victims.

ZACK: Kelly DeMarco, age 32, dead of lung cancer two months ago.

BRENNAN: Take a biopsy of this ulna graft from Ms. DeMarco and compare it with the core sample from Amy’s leg.

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BOOTH: Look, I spoke to DeMarco‘s husband. She, uh, had the accident, she had all the operations. You know, she never smoked a cigarette in her whole life only to die of lung cancer eight months ago.

ZACK: When your number’s up, I guess, right? I never understood that saying ‘when your number’s up.’ Numbers and equations are quantitative and predictable. Everyone knows when a number’s up.

BOOTH: How do you listen to this all day?

BRENNAN: I find intelligence soothing.

 They find out there was a victim in another state. This is good news for Booth.

HODGINS: Yeah. Why?

BOOTH: Cause it means that this fraud just crossed state lines and became a legitimate case for the FBI. Looks like I don’t have to use my sick days anymore, huh?

 Booth reports in to his boss.

BOOTH: …that makes it a multiple homicide case and since it’s not isolated to the district and the recipients are in multiple states…

CULLEN: This falls under FBI jurisdiction.

BOOTH: Yes, sir.

CULLEN: I should kick your ass.

BOOTH: Yeah.

CULLEN: What’d you do? Take sick time to work on this?

BOOTH: Yeah. Migraine.

CULLEN: Thanks, Booth. Catch the son of a bitch that did this to my daughter.

BOOTH: That’s absolutely my intention sir.

Brennan catches Amy up on the investigation.

AMY: Who would do a thing like that? If they knew they were sick, why make other people sick too?

BRENNAN: I don’t know. It’s terrible, but that’s what we’re trying to figure out.

AMY: So, if you take the bad grafts out will they be ok?

BRENNAN: Some of them.

AMY: But not me.

BRENNAN: No.

AMY: I want this out of me.

 Back in the field, B&B find out the mortician was involved in the graft scam.

BRENNAN: So I looked it up on the internet…you can get $10,000 for grafts on the black market these days.

BOOTH: Ten grand. Geez, my bones are worth more than that.

BRENNAN: What makes you so special?

BOOTH: Three glasses of milk a day, I work out and I eat right.

 Back in the lab, Booth is impatient.

BOOTH: Today, Zack, I need something today.

BRENNAN: Hey, don’t harass my assistant.

HODGINS: That’s right, that’s our job.

 They find out the assistant was in on the bone graft crime.

HODGINS: So the transplant assistant fancied herself a doctor?

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BRENNAN: Not a doctor exactly but qualified enough to extricate bone grafts from a cadaver.

HODGINS: And what about BioTech Tissue Labs?

BRENNAN: Once it was a legitimate company…Combs kept it alive on the web and funneled the money into her own well-disguised bank account.

ANGELA: So where does that leave Amy?

BRENNAN: Same as where she started, just with answers…that’s all.

 Hodgins consoles Angela and gives her an idea of how she can help Amy.

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ANGELA: Welcome to the Louvre.

AMY: I’m really there.

BOOTH: That’s amazing.

CULLEN: Is this your doing, Dr. Brennan?

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BRENNAN: No, sir. It’s all Ms. Montenegro.

MRS. CULLEN: Thank you Angela.

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*I love how Booth uses sick days to help his boss until he can find a legitimate reason for the FBI to be involved!

*It’s very nice how the squints , including Brennan, jump on the case without complaint.

*I love how Hodgins has always been the wind underneath Angela’s wings. He consoles her, advises her, is proud of her skills, encourages her to pursue her passions.

*Too bad we never got any more development on the Cullen side of things. But this was a very good episode. Showed how Bones is a crime procedural with heart.