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The Boy in the Shroud (2×3)

Written by: Gary Glasberg

Directed by: Sanford Bookstaver

An adolescent has been found dead in the garbage. All of it is sent to the Jeffersonian. Cam examines the remains.

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CAM: No visible tats or track marks.

BRENNAN: You sound surprised.

BOOTH: Well, it’s pretty obvious, Bones. It’s either a junkie or a hustler.

BRENNAN: Why make the assumption?

CAM: Not many kids from the suburbs end up rotting in garbage trucks. Fun factoid from the front lines.

Angela works her magic and forms a facial reconstruction from the shroud around the body.

ANGELA: I’m running our facial reconstruction through the Missing and Exploited Persons database.

CAM: That’s a lot of missing and exploited kids.

BRENNAN: These are just the locals.

BOOTH: Let’s hope we don’t have to go national.

CAM: Narrow the search. To street kids in the foster system.

BRENNAN: Why?

CAM: Because statistically, that’s where this boy comes from.

BRENNAN: It’s far too early to start narrowing our focus.

CAM: Runaways, street kids, foster system.

BRENNAN: Dr. Saroyan’s the boss.

CAM: I’ve autopsied a lot of dead kids – car accidents, drug overdoses, drownings. Fine, it’s a broad search. Kid in a dumpster – it’s a runaway, street kid or foster system.

BOOTH: Cam’s right, Bones.

ANGELA: Got it. Dylan Crane, 17.

CAM: This is why I was appointed to this job, Dr. Brennan – to streamline the process.

ANGELA: Honor student from a nice neighborhood in Alexanadria.

BRENNAN: Oops.

ANGELA: He disappeared three weeks ago with his girlfriend, Kelly Morris – who is in the foster system.

Be prepared for some Brennan backstory coming!!

CRANE: Dylan was getting ready to go to M.I.T. She’s already dropped out of high school. The life we provided him didn’t prepare him for a girl like Kelly.

 BRENNAN: You mean a foster child.

BOOTH: Bones.

 B&B discuss the case.

BOOTH: You okay, Bones?

BRENNAN: I was a foster child.

BOOTH: Yeah, I know.

BRENNAN: Did people always assume the worst of me?

BOOTH: You know, I know that you hate psychology – but those people – they just lost their son. They need to blame someone.

They talk to foster placement and to the Kelly’s brother.

BRENNAN: Well, do you have a read on Dylan Crane?

BOOTH: Oh, yeah. He had that whole adolescent savior complex thing going on big time.

BRENNAN: Savior complex?

BOOTH: Yeah, teenage boys love nothing more than the idea of saving the damsel in distress.

BRENNAN: How do you know?

BOOTH: Well, ’cause I was, ya know, I was a teenage boy.

And he has a savior complex! 🙂

Meanwhile, Brennan is frustrated with how Booth and Cam are investigating the case.

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BOOTH: Where are ya going?

BRENNAN: I thought that before we arrest Kelly Morris for murder, based solely on the fact that she’s a foster kid, we might want to find the place where Dylan Crane actually died. Point of fact, the pipe, if that’s even what it was, was not the murder weapon. The evidence, if anybody cares, shows that Dylan Crane died from a fall.

B&B interrogate another teenager.

BOOTH: What’s with the, uh, names on the inside of your forearm there? What does that mean?

CARTER: Guys I killed.

BRENNAN: It’s a list of foster homes. Ones that threw him out.

CARTER: Sometimes getting thrown out is-

BRENNAN: -It’s the best thing that can happen. I know.

CARTER: You were in the system?

BRENNAN: (nods)

Booth later asks Brennan about her experiences.

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BOOTH: DO you have a list like Carter?

BRENNAN: Of foster families that didn’t work out? Yeah. We all did. I wrote mine on a bottom of a shoe.

BOOTH: Oh. You know, they say with foster kids, they’re really hard on themselves.

BRENNAN: They?

BOOTH: Yeah. Experts, psychologists, like that. Apparently, foster kids feel so alone in this mean world, they lose that knack of trusting other people.

BRENNAN: You mean at work?

BOOTH: Uh, everywhere. You know, the weight of the world. It’s – It’s just profound. They say that they, uh, have a hard time letting themselves off the hook. They – they grow up with control issues.

BRENNAN: Are you telling me something, Booth?

BOOTH: No. I’m just saying something to keep in consideration when we catch up with Kelly Morris.

BRENNAN: Okay…

BOOTH: If you decide to take some other wisdom out of it, none of my business.

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BRENNAN: How Cam and I get along is none of your business.

BOOTH: Yeah. Right. Which I just said. Said just then – none of my business.

Cam and Brennan butt heads as to how they should continue the investigation.

CAM: It’s my call. No.

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CAM: Really?

ANGELA: Really. And Booth too.

CAM: In the interest of this investigation, I’m going to defer to you, Dr. Brennan.

BRENNAN: Thank you.

ANGELA: Thank you.

CAM: But I will start the search for your replacement.

Booth and Cam talk.

CAM: Booth, if Dr. Brennan were to quit-

BOOTH: What?

CAM: If she were to leave the Jeffersonian-

BOOTH: Well, the squints would flee this institution like the French Army.

CAM: And you?

BOOTH: Well, I do as I’m ordered.

CAM: No, you don’t, Seeley.

BOOTH: Okay, here we go. What’s going on, Camille?

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Hodgins interrupts with evidence. Then they wrap it up.

BOOTH: Look, Cam. Maybe you just got off on the wrong foot with this case with Brennan because uh, she was a foster kid.

CAM: Oh. Why didn’t she tell me?

BOOTH: She doesn’t do that. Oh, by the way, I didn’t just tell you that.

 They find the missing Kelly, who confesses to murder. Brennan doesn’t buy it.

BOOTH: Well, she confessed.

BRENNAN: She got it wrong. She forgot about the pipe.

BOOTH: She said they fought.

BRENNAN: She’s lying.

BOOTH: You know, I’m just trying to think of a situation so bad where a girl would confess to a murder to try and get out of it. That’s just-

The second murder victim’s wife approaches B&B.

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FRAN: Kelly shouldn’t take the blame. (She reaches in her purse and pulls out a gun and places it on the table.) You’ll find one bullet missing.

BOOTH: You’re confessing to your husband’s murder?

FRAN: He used me to get close to young girls. I don’t know how many though the years.

Meanwhile, the early beginnings of Hodgela are forming.

CAM: What evidence do you have of that?

HODGINS: How about this? Specimen 268 – “right corner of the room” schematic.

 ANGELA: You are good.

HODGINS: Oh, you have no idea.

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ZACK: Are you having a moment?

LOL Zack.

The team does a reconstruction using Booth as the murder victim. They realize Kelly was trying to save the victim.

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BOOTH: Guys. There’s only two people in this world that Kelly Morris would cover for. One of them went out that window.

They talk to Kelly and Alex.

KELLY: I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I didn’t tell them. They just – they just knew.

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ALEX: It’s okay. Sorry about Dylan.

Brennan approaches Cam who is alone at the diner.

BRENNAN: You were right about the pipe.

CAM: You were right about the rose.

BRENNAN: Could I sit for a moment?

CAM: I wish you’d eat some of these fries. Save me from myself. They’re really good with garlic mayonnaise.

BRENNAN: We have a problem.

CAM: Uh, huh. Do you see a solution?

BRENNAN: It’s not completely my fault. I was a foster child and apparently, Booth says that – Booth says that I have – Well, something about control issues and the weight of the world.

CAM: That sounds like Booth.

BRENNAN: I think he meant that if I’m going to share responsibility for these cases, I’m going to have to learn to stop controlling everything too. Does that make sense? Psychology’s not – I really – I really hate psychology.

CAM: Not everyone’s brain works as fast as yours. I have to mull sometimes. Are – are you familiar with that concept?

BRENNAN: Yes. I just always thought it was a waste of time.

CAM: I’m in charge. But out of respect for you, I could extend – Monopoly. Did you ever play?

BRENNAN: No.

CAM: Well, they have this thing called a ‘Get out of jail free’ card. Think of it as a free pass to defy me. No explanation needed. No recriminations. No repercussions.

BRENNAN: Well, how – how many would I get?

CAM: One a week.

BRENNAN: Five per case.

CAM: Three per week.

BRENNAN: Booth told you I was a foster kid, didn’t he?

CAM: Okay, yes. He did. But he did it with a good heart and I’d really appreciate it if you didn’t let him know. Please.

BRENNAN: He’s gonna know that you told me the second he sees us together.

CAM: It’s true. He’s awful like that.

BRENNAN: He reads people the way you read pathology reports or I read bones.

CAM: Oh, God. I know. I hate him. Well, I don’t really.

BRENNAN: I know. Me either. I will take you up on this.

CAM: Would you, please.

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I really like this last conversation between the two women. They both have very distinct ways of being in charge, so they are going to butt heads. But they are learning to figure out how to work together. They both have respect for each other and share a common bond with one Seeley Booth. I think it’s an intriguing start for their characters.

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15 thoughts on “The Boy in the Shroud (2×3)

  1. Really – Brennan has control issues? Where did Cam go to leadership school?

    I just hate that they ‘frame’ the reason Cam wants to fire Brennan on the surface is due to Brennan having control issues and Cam only tries to make peace after the rest of them say they would walk if got rid of Brennan. It’s Cam that has control issues….has to be the boss and has to call all the shots and wants zero question to her ‘commands’. I never saw ‘control issues’ when Brennan was working for Dr. Goodman.
    Perhaps it’s the fact that Cam is sub-par? LOL It’s these episodes that make my ‘dis-like’ boil. Last episode with the pregnancy question btw Brennan/Booth/Cam, it’s pretty obvious that Cam finds Brennan threatening professionally and on a romantic level with Booth. Cam wants Brennan out of the way.
    Booth – who supposedly reads people so well – doesn’t quite seem to get the female species here and what’s going on…..
    While he verbally backs Brennan here, it’s an empty statement when he sleeps with Cam 2 episodes later. Cam wins and I really really hate that because she’s basically despicable in s2.
    It should have been apparent to me here that HH doesn’t do triangles well….as we learn again later in the series! lol

  2. “it’s pretty obvious that Cam finds Brennan threatening professionally and on a romantic level with Booth. Cam wants Brennan out of the way.”

    Not a fan of Cam!!
    “While he verbally backs Brennan here, it’s an empty statement when he sleeps with Cam 2 episodes later. Cam wins and I really really hate that because she’s basically despicable in s2.”

    I loved when Booth said that…but it was pretty hollow after sleeping with Cam, UGH!!!

    “They both have respect for each other and share a common bond with one Seeley Booth.”
    I never liked that Cam and Booth had a past. No.

    Don’t forget the best part is this song!!

  3. I may be in the minority but I liked Cam (until they started really messing with her character and especially after they broke her and Paul up). I like that Cam was a glimpse into Booth’s past. I like that Booth has a history of liking smart women. I don’t mind so much about early Cam and Booth because I know the end game is Brennan. She has her own man past and chose some Booth lites to hook up with, so it’s on both sides (Sully, Jared, Hacker). But as long as B&B are the endgame, I can deal lol

  4. I can deal lol

    Yes – I learned too deal too! But Cam was supposed to die, I don’t think we were ever supposed to like her until HH decided he couldn’t axe the Canadian! LOL
    I had no problem with Booth having ‘past’ girlfriends (Rebecca was fine) or even current ones…..it was sleeping with Brennan’s boss who was also trying to get rid of her…..that rubbed me the wrong way.
    None of Brennan’s men wanted to fire Booth! LOL

    Bb, I’m sure I am in the minority. People grew to tolerate/love Cam much more than I ever did. I am the odd ball who never forgot s2 which for me was wrong on so many levels. But I try and focus on s3 and s4 – which get so very much better! 🙂

  5. I find S6 painful but worth it, because you can see Brennan realizing what she lost and finally coming to the place where she could be in a relationship with Booth. You could also see Booth longing for Brennan even though he was with Hannah (except for his proposal to Hannah which I just like to pretend didn’t happen).

    S2 was just painful without anything to really redeem it, imo. Don’t get me wrong, there were good moments, but over all it was/is painful to watch.

  6. “You could also see Booth longing for Brennan even though he was with Hannah (except for his proposal to Hannah which I just like to pretend didn’t happen).”

    Season 6 had some of the worst (Maggots) and best episodes (Bullet, HitH) in Bones history. Agree about the proposal to Hannah. Booth went off the rails IMO because of Sweets wanting to propose to Daisy and commenting he did not want to end up like Booth, unmarried at his age. But…It did help B&B get together with Hannah out of the picture and Brennan realized she wanted to be with him.

    I may be in the minority also, but I did love the end scene of Daredevil

  7. I agree that the end scene in Daredevil was outstanding, but I think they could have still had that scene if Hannah had decided to leave Booth (perhaps because she suspected that he really loved Brennan). I would love to hear from Hart about why he chose to have Booth propose. I always thought it was because the network wanted to delay them getting together until the end of S6, and so Hart had to come up with something that would make Booth mad enough to stay away from Brennan for awhile. I think Hannah walking out would have done it as well…Booth would have been really mad about that, I think.

    I guess it’s just always griped me that Hannah got a proposal, which puts her up there with Rebecca in Booth’s romantic past. It wouldn’t have bugged me if Brennan hadn’t confessed her feelings to Booth in the car because I think Booth was justified in moving forward into a relationship after Brennan’s rejection in the 100th, but how could he propose to Hannah after knowing how Brennan felt. Just seemed wrong to me.

    Oh well, old water….old, old bridge.

  8. “I think Booth was justified in moving forward into a relationship after Brennan’s rejection in the 100th, but how could he propose to Hannah after knowing how Brennan felt. Just seemed wrong to me”

    I agree Estella. That was partly Dean Lopata going off the rails!!
    The story line tried to suggest it was Sweets and his comments that pushed a “desperate” Booth in to proposing to Hannah. *Ugh* I hate that scene in Daredevil. Hannah even told him she was not the marrying kind, and he proposed anyway.
    But you are right, old old bridge…

    Everything happened eventually ❤️😘

  9. Always an interesting debate!!
    I don’t think it was Dean Lopata who is to blame for that stupid proposal – it was all HH’s call and you know he wrote it! LOL
    HH liked to stick it to the fans back then!

    I don’t really consider it a ‘proposal’ – so I don’t see it as on a level with Rebecca, who’s proposal again was ‘because’ of the baby, even though Booth said otherwise. It was after the fact…..so baby had to be a factor he just didn’t want to admit to it. Booth has issues admitting to things in his heart. His heart and brain didn’t always communicate well!

    When your ‘proposal’ is an excuse to get rid of your girlfriend, it doesn’t seem very sincere.
    His quasi-proposal in 100 – wasn’t an excuse to get rid of Brennan, it was a reveal of his heart.
    If you really love someone, you don’t tell them to go away, you don’t give them ultimatums. etc…..
    I too enjoyed the end scene at FF. Booth was mad, he deserved to be mad and hurt and I don’t think he ever shared that anger with Brennan before. And I don’t for a second think that hurt and anger was directed at Brennan, it was a culmination of everything that had happened. How wrong he had been and the really bad choices he had made along the way of his 7 or 8 tumultuous months since the 100 when he was hurt and trying to pretend he wasn’t.
    Definitely water under the proverbial bridge! LOL

  10. This was a pretty good episode.

    Thoughts:
    – I forgot how much we learned in the early seasons about Brennan being a foster child. I kind of wished they had referred to it more often throughout the series (frankly I always thought B&B would foster at least one child and maybe adopt them…that’s still in my head canon!)

    – I loved Booth standing up for Brennan to Cam. Who wouldn’t? It was fierce. Booth and Brennan were solid even back then…nothing, but nothing was going to come between them.

    – Brennan displayed an incredible amount of empathy in this episode…condolences to the widow (Booth didn’t even do that) and then understanding the motivation of the sister to protect her little brother…what happened to this Brennan in the later seasons???

    – I always forget how hot and intense early Booth was…sad that he became a bit of a goofball later on (with a few notable exceptions).

    And finally this quote from Brennan:

    “Dylan made you feel like you weren’t alone in this world, right? He was sweet to you? He took so much weight off your shoulders. He was good to Alex. And when Dylan said that you’d be together, you believed him.”

    Does anyone else feel that this was some major foreshadowing of the B&B relationship? Could Hart have really been that intentional with wording this early in the series?

  11. “His quasi-proposal in 100 – wasn’t an excuse to get rid of Brennan, it was a reveal of his heart.”

    Well Brennan was the only one he stayed with, even after her rejection. His relationship with Rebecca fell apart after she turned him down, and he didn’t even consider for one second staying with Hannah after she said no. Brennan was entirely different, that’s for sure.

  12. Does anyone else feel that this was some major foreshadowing of the B&B relationship? Could Hart have really been that intentional with wording this early in the series?

    I think so, because if HH always approached the story as it could end any season, then that was the end game. We had already seen how Booth had demonstrated to Brennan that he was there for her and she wasn’t alone with his investigation of the back story about the parents.
    The foster kid story here was an emotional way to peek into why Brennan is Brennan and what makes her tick. Her hard exterior was exposed as a cover here.

    “Well Brennan was the only one he stayed with, even after her rejection. His relationship with Rebecca fell apart after she turned him down, and he didn’t even consider for one second staying with Hannah after she said no. Brennan was entirely different, that’s for sure.”

    That’s because Brennan was his only one true love his emotional bond with her was nothing like the other women he’d met in his past. Those other proposals were done under duress. He felt compelled by honor and duty in both situations imo.

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