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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Booth later asks Brennan about her experiences.
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.
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.
BOOTH: If you decide to take some other wisdom out of it, none of my business.
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.
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-
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?
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.
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.
ZACK: Are you having a moment?
The team does a reconstruction using Booth as the murder victim. They realize Kelly was trying to save the victim.
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.
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?
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.
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.