Saturday, October 31, 2009

31 Memorable Halloween Episodes

Premium Hollywood has ranked 31 memorable Halloween episodes. "The Mummy in the Maze" (one of my top Bones faves) comes in at #7.

7. Bones, “The Mummy in the Maze”: Booth and Brennan are called in to investigate after the mummified remains of a teenage girl are found in a Halloween-themed maze. Then the mummified remains of another teenage girl are found at a Halloween amusement park funhouse. Basically, when the team finds out a third teenage girl is missing, they realize that they’ve got an Oct. 31st deadline. But who am I kidding? The best bit about this episode is seeing Emily Deschanel filling out a Wonder Woman costume.
If you scroll down a bit further you can see John Francis Daley in a Freaks and Geeks mention as well, at #12.

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Episode Stills: The Foot in the Foreclosure

Album of episode stills for Bones Season 5 Episode 8 "The Foot in the Foreclosure" can be seen here. Spoiler warning.

Time for Vampires: David Boreanaz Angel Reunion

Edit: David isn't appearing. It's basically a 'rerun' of a past appearance. Sorry!

Much is said about David Boreanaz and his unwillingness to constantly talk about his past role as Angel. Apparently, that isn't set in stone.

Saturday, November 14th, David Boreanaz is set to appear at the Paley Center with Joss Whedon for an Angel reunion and screening as the center spends 3 days exploring vampires and their resurgence on the screen. Buffy will also be addressed, on Friday November 13th, but it doesn't look like he will be attending that one.

If you go, please share!

You can also vote for Angel in the poll to name the Greatest TV Vampire of All. He is currently in 3rd place, with Spike in the lead.

Thanks, N2SeeleyBooth, for the link.

LA Times TV Critic Talks About the TV Shows She Loves

LA Time TV Critic Mary McNamara lists the TV shows she'd watch even if she weren't getting paid to do it. Bones is 4th on her "with the kids" list:

"Bones" (Fox) -- Love the gruesome corpses, love all the geek-tech stuff, love the twisted family dynamics of the forensic anthropology lab, but mostly love the perfect chemistry of Emily Deschanel's Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and David Boreanaz's Agent Seeley Booth.
Thanks, N2SeeleyBooth, for the link.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fox Press Release: Upcoming Guest Star(s)

Fox has put out a separate press release for an upcoming Bones guest star and a returning favorite. Spoilers about that and a bit about an upcoming case.

Thanks, Jeannie!

Eric Millegan: Living and Acting with Bipolar Disorder (part 2)

Jamie Frevele has posted part 2 of her wonderful look into what Eric Millegan has been through as he learns to live with bi-polar disorder.

Part 1 here

How much is Castle really like Bones?

A couple of days ago Hart Hanson tweeted the this message:

My first reaction was to chuckle.

But that didn't last long. I actually love Castle. And Warehouse 13. And I missed the X-Files train but I like watching it too when I can. I used to watch Law and Order: SVU. And I love Sam and Jack from Stargate: SG-1. Heck, I even watched Moonlighting growing up!

Do I think Bones does it best? Definitely. Do I think Bones owns the rights, lock stock and barrel, to evil-fighting male/female partnerships? No.

What makes the Castle/Bones comparisons so persistent? If you actually watch the show do you think to yourself "I'm watching the same thing I do on Thursdays?" I know I don't. I am just curious what people use to define the idea that these two shows are exactly the same and that Bones 'did it first' so why watch part deux?

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Comparing Bones to Moonlighting, part 2

Last March, thanks largely to Milky, we had a great post here discussing how Bones truly compares to Moonlighting and The Thin Man.

If the subject interests you, I have been sent various links that extend the discussion nicely. They range from a few weeks to a few years old but together paint an interesting picture of the TV landscape and make a nice argument in favor of TV couples.

Slate - TV couples that take forever to hook up (does not directly mention Bones)

A. V. Club - 22 TV series NOT ruined when two characters hooked up

NPR - What really happened to Moonlighting?

NY Post - Drama Mama blurb post from a couple of weeks ago highlighting the chemistry between BB

UNC Chapel Hill rates Procedurals

The UNC Chapel Hill newspaper blog has a full list of TV show procedurals, breaking down the ones to try, ones to discard and the ones to keep (with some in-betweens). Guess which show tops the keepers list?

CSI? nope

NCIS? nope (though it's a close 2nd)

Bones is the keeper of all keepers, according to this author.

If “NCIS” is the best of CBS’s procedural dramas, “Bones” is the best procedural, period. Like “NCIS,” “Bones” has found that success lies in capitalizing on the supporting cast. The audience can appreciate every character on “Bones” because they are well written and amusing, and somehow manage to make terms like “calcium hydroxylapatite” pertinent to us. By focusing on the characters and their relationships, the hour feels more personable than any that CBS brings us. Plus, there’s always the guarantee of gross-out shots of decaying bodies!

The main draw of the show, however, is the sexual tension between Brennan (Emily Deschenal) and Booth (David Boreanaz), both of whom work the longing stare and hidden smiles well enough to create the best will-they-won’t-they dynamic this side of Ross and Rachel.

Bottom line: If you watch one procedural this season, let it be “Bones. (Just don’t watch while eating dinner. You will lose your appetite.)

Set pictures of David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel

WENN has a gallery of David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel on-set pictures. Kate (I think) posted this in comments. If you're strict on spoilers it does include on-location images so just be warned.

Eric Millegan: Living and Acting with Bipolar Disorder (part 1)

Jamie Frevele has written part 1 of a great 2 part series about Eric Millegan and his life with bi-polar disorder. Through interviews with both Eric Millegan and Hart Hanson she tells his story and gives you a heart-wrenching glimpse into what Eric's journey has been like.

Fox Video: Deep in the Institute

Thanks, Jeannie, for sharing the link to the new Fox behind the scenes Bones video "Deep in the Institute." I don't see any Youtube version yet on their channel or otherwise. It explains how they do some effects work, especially in the 'Egyptian Room."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

@harthanson Tweets about David and Emily's Relationship

Hart Hanson tweets about the idea that David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel don't get along:

Baseball cushion for Bones?

If you look at upcoming TV listings, between the sites TVCountdown and The Futon Critic you can get a picture of a possible cushion Bones has built in, just in case baseball knocks out the November 5th Bones episode.

It seems they are planning on airing 2 episodes of Bones on Thursday November 19th. I think it will be up to the extent of the baseball interruption to determine whether that will be a rerun at 9 or a 2nd new episode. (If we miss Bones on 11-5 then we'll make it up by having 2 new episodes on 11-19.)

At least that won't push the season back or start rumors we're the show will lose one of it's ordered episodes! I personally hope baseball is decided quickly and we get a nice 1/week pace through Christmas.

Episode Description: The Dwarf in the Dirt

You can read the Fox press release and episode description for "The Dwarf in the Dirt" here. Spoiler warning as always. This will be the second Bones episode after the baseball hiatus, airing November 12th (or 19th if baseball goes long).

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Monday, October 26, 2009

31 Classic Halloween Episodes

Zap2It has compiled a list of 31 classic Halloween Episodes and one of my favorite Bones episodes, "The Mummy in the Maze" is high on the list!

Bones shows up in the Top 25

Every year, Bones creeps just a little higher in the list of top shows by ratings. Last year it was in the 30s, the year before that the 50s. "A Night at the Bones Museum" showed up at #25 for overall ratings for the week at 9.5 million. That's a trend that will hopefully continue!

Kathy Reichs talks about Bones

In this article in the Calgary Herald Kathy Reichs talks about science and her role overseeing the Bones scripts. It's definitely not blithely rubber-stamping, that's for sure.

Ausiello Spoils: 100th Episode of Bones

Ausiello spoils on the premise for the 100th episode of Bones. He gives two major parts of the episode but no specific details. I don't think most of the anti-spoiler people would mind knowing that the episode will contain these two things because it actually tells you nothing you didn't already know about these characters, but if you are strictly "I want to know NOTHING!" then avoid, as always :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

New Season 5 Photo

Here's a newly released Bones Season 5 cast photo of David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel.

Tough Man/Dead Man Promo Mix

Here is a mix promo, combining scenes from "Tough Man in the Tender Chicken" and the "Dead Man's Party" Bones promo. Light spoilers for the episode.

People's Choice Awards

People's Choice nominations are open. You don't have to register to vote and you can write in Bones or any of the actors in the appropriate categories.

Dead Man's Party: Behind the Scenes

Fox on Demand has a video behind the scenes of the fun "Dead Man's Party" Bones promo.

Today's Chatter Post

To keep up the experiment...Talk about anything you want, Bones or not.

Remember, only 2 rules

  • Keep it clean
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Episode Stills: The Dwarf in the Dirt

Episode stills are out for Bones Season 5 Episode 7: The Dwarf in the Dirt. You can see the album here. Spoiler warning as always.

Happy Halloween from Bones

Fox has made a fun Happy Halloween from Bones video:

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hiatus Test: Chatter Post

Since forums are a bit beyond my capacity I wondered, during this hiatus void, if you all would be interested in having a daily 'off-topic' post just to chat about Bones or anything else going on in the world?

Consider this the first one, as a test. There are only 2 rules at this point:

  • Keep it clean
  • No spoilers

Otherwise, talk about whatever you want!

If you enjoy them I will keep posting them throughout the hiatus and even after.

I am also looking at revamping the Master Episode List to include links to all music and discussion posts as well, while adding a slew of new discussion posts to cover all the episodes that pre-date the live discussion posts already in existence.

I'd be happy to know your thoughts on these ideas or anything else you'd like to see here! Meanwhile, I am going to go read about making your own baby food! :)

Extreme Spoiler Chat: The X in the File

Sides are out for Bones Season 5 episode 11: The X in the File. Here, you can comment about ANY spoilers related to this episode. It's FFA and spoiler-phobes stay away!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

A few weeks of extra Bones

Starting November 6th, there will be a double dose of Bones for nearly a month. Friday night new programming will be replaced with repeats, including Bones at 9pm, following House repeats. Regular programming will resume on December 4th.

Where Baby Bardot got her Name

This is from a few weeks ago, but some of you may also have missed it. Jeannie sent me this link. The people story talks about how David Boreanaz and his wife Jaime have been doing with their new addition, how Jaden is doing with her, and where her name came from.

During a recent appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, the 40-year-old Bones star said that it was actually a Douglas Kirkland photograph of the famed actress that reeled him in, a mere two weeks prior to Bardot’s August 31st birth. “It was the energy,” David revealed. “The essence of that photograph kind of got me moved. It hit me hard.”

Ausiello spoils: Christmas Episode

If you didn't already know, Bones is doing a Christmas episode this year (guess all 'odd' years get them?). Now, though, we know when it will air:

December 10th

That is, of course, barring any interruptions.

You can read Ausiello's confirmation, but there is a spoiler for the casting of that episode.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fox in November

Fox has put out a press-release for their post-baseball show lineup in November. You can read the short descriptions for multiple Bones episodes if you scroll down to Thursday. As with all episode descriptions there are some spoilers.

Looking forward to this run of episodes!

Episode Description: Tough Man in the Tender Chicken

You can read the episode description for the November 5th (or 12th, depending on baseball) episode of Bones: "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken." Some spoilers, as always.

Keck Spoils: An Interesting Episode Idea

TV Guide's Keck spoils on an interesting idea for an upcoming Bones episode. What do you think?

A Night at the Bones Museum - More Intimate Picture

Here is a more intimate picture from the ending of "A Night at the Bones Museum."

Schedule gaps fuel the procrastinator in me. Hope to have the review up soon!

Zooey Deschanel: Married Woman

Wonder when Emily will follow suit? :)

Zooey Deschanel married her boyfriend in Seattle (last month - sorry!).

CNN story

Thanks, Yvanne!

EW David Boreanaz Mention

EW has a list of 28 TV Castmates with Perfect Chemistry and David Boreanaz has a mention. Kudos to them for doing a positive list this time! Too bad it's DB as Angel, and not DB/ED instead.

Thanks, Louise, for the link!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kristen Spoils: Casting

Kristen spoils on some anticipated guest-star casting this season in Bones.

Are you all still split on this casting?

Episode Stills: The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken

You can view the episode stills for the 1st November Bones episode "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken" here. Spoiler warning applies, like all episode stills.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Emily Deschanel talks to Ecorazzi

For Vegetarian Awareness Month, Ecorazzi spoke with Emily Deschanel about her convictions.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bones Ratings: A Night at the Bones Museum

Last night's Bones ratings show a slow start with a big gain. Good sign - Flashforward may have started higher, but Bones gained all the advantage in the 2nd half. Hope those viewers start at the right place next time!


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.4 10 11.834

ABC FlashForward 3.1 9 9.245

FOX Bones 2.6 8 8.896

NBC Community 2.0 6 5.091

CW The Vampire Diaries 1.8 5 3.854

8:30 CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.6 10 11.993

ABC FlashForward 3.2 9 8.994

FOX Bones 2.7 7 9.314

NBC Parks & Recreation 2.0 6 4.687

CW The Vampire Diaries 1.9 5 3.863

LA TIMES - TV industry and Twitter

LA Times examines the TV industry and Twitter with a heavy focus on Hart Hanson. Thanks for the link goes to Poetic_Line (aka Rosalyn who is quoted in the article).

How do you view Twitter and Bones? I may be the kid on the sidewalk looking through the grubby window, but I see it as a mixed bag. It is absolutely wonderful to have such close access to the people who make this show happen and to be able to reach new fans through an explosively popular medium but, at the same time, I feel like so much is lost in the here-and-gone nature of Twitter. If you comment on a forum or a blog it stays indefinitely but the discussion on Twitter flies by. Immediate, but fleeting. And it's hard to jump in to all the flying tweets for anyone not there 24/7.

What do you think?

Behind the scenes: A Night at the Bones Museum props

Fox has posted some behind the scenes pictures of the museum cards created for the "A Night at the Bones Museum" episode.

Twitter: 50 TV Insiders to Follow Right Now

Hart Hanson makes the list of "50 TV Insiders to Follow Right Now."

TVGuide Spoils: Future Case Story

TVGuide talks to Stephen Nathan about a future case, in a Bones episode airing in January. the information is only slightly more specific than episode titles, for those who don't like spoilers.

What do you think of story lines like this?

Thanks, Erin.

Promo: The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken

Due to baseball, Bones has (at least) a two week hiatus. Currently, "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken" is expected to air on November 5th, provided there is no game 7. Here is the promo for the episode:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

What Song was that in... A Night at the Bones Museum?

If you have a question about any of the music from tonight's Bones episode "A Night at the Bones Museum," post them here so they don't get lost in the episode discussion.

Main Bones Music Post

Favorite Quotes: A Night at the Bones Museum

Post your favorite quotes from tonight's Bones episode: A Night at the Bones Museum.

Episode Discussion: A Night at the Bones Museum

Tonight's episode is:

Bones, Season 5, Episode 5
A Night at the Bones Museum

Please, please, PLEASE -


Please, do not say "wow, that must be what leads to..." or "well, that won't last because Hart Hanson said that 2 episodes from now she will..." or whatever. I will have to delete any comments that include spoilers for future episodes or download links.

Other than that, please discuss away, every aspect of this episode. Disagreements, as long as you are respectful, are more than welcome!!

Happy Bonesday!

Tonight's Bones episode is "A Night at the Bones Museum" and you can find pictures, descriptions, clips, and even spoilers under the tag here on the blog.

I will post the episode discussion tonight by 8pm eastern. As we have been doing this season, you can start posting in it right away as a pure "Episode Discussion" thread when it goes up if you saw it last night. If you just can't wait, remember there is always the spoiler post!

The promos-

24 TV Characters Who Just Turn You Off

EW, or at least EW readers, are not showing Bones much love right now in their photo gallery compilations. Their fan-submitted list of 24 TV Characters Who Just Turn You Off includes not one but two Bones favorites. Obviously it's a gripe-fest of some weird reasons for not liking characters. I would much rather see sites do positive lists than the negatives they've been putting out lately!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bones Episode Review: 5.04 "The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

Procrastination is an evil beast. I'm not sure I should write reviews on my current level of sleep, but giving it a go...

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Who doesn't love funny Bones? (har har) I think this was a great example of how Bones can be funny and still manage to stay just this side of going too far into the silly. Having never seen an episode of Desperate Housewives I can only say that, at the least, this lampoons the stereotypical view of such a show well.

This neighborhood, especially in the scene where Hodgins is taking the luminol to all the signs, made me think of an adult version of Children of the Corn. Sometimes these people got downright creepy! Despite being a street in the suburbs where families live we only saw the 18+, most definitely adult, crowd which just made it all the creepier.

Everything that gives neighborhoods soul was missing. On my current level of sleep I do not have the energy to completely dissect everything Brennan and Sweets were arguing about but this 'unit' in the cul-de-sac forgot a very vital aspect of any living being for far too long - the heart.

While I didn't like the setting, per se, I did appreciate the depth to which they wrote it. You weren't supposed to like this group of people on Verbena Ct and I doubt anyone did. From the broad strokes on down, it was not the street you'd want to live on.

You don't even like the victim, which is a rarity in Bones. Was there a single thing redeemable about him, even if his transgressions were (mostly) within accepted derivations?

How much of this portrait of suburban America feels true to you, murder aside? Is this the creation strictly of Hollywood, where such exacting simultaneous conformity and one-upmanship is a requirement?

To as tired as I am (multiple 4 am mornings in the last few days) I am feeling awfully cerebral and I think I could spend my typical length just discussing suburbia. To finish up case discussion I will say - liked the murder trio, loved the aviator glasses on the charred remains, and I'm glad I don't care for shows like Desperate Housewives.

On to the fun stuff - the characters.

Vaziri - dude gets interesting with one angry outburst.

By far, Vaziri has been considered the boring intern. He was introduced late and seemed to only be a foible for Brennan's anti-religion attitudes. I don't think that does either of them justice for his introductory episode, but I'll save that for a hopeful/eventual finish to the Season 4 reviews :)

Only the writers could answer to whether or not this twist of his fake accent was always in the works (someone go ask Hart?!) but I like it either way. It was certainly unexpected, as Cam's reaction mirrored our own, though missing some of the laughter. I like it when TV surprises me. Stargate SG-1 is a favorite show of mine, but 'unpredictable' it ain't. Bones always keeps you a little on edge, wondering who will follow their expected path and who will completely surprise you. Even deeply held convictions can be chinked away in this show.

Vaziri surprises, but he holds tight to his beliefs in the face of overwhelming adversity from his peers. Obviously, he's battle-hardened on this front. And, I feel that the squints are respectful of that, if a bit incredulous that he holds such 'archaic' beliefs. They give him a fair chance to reply and accept his answer, even if they find it still unfathomable.

I like that Bones muddies the waters and doesn't present us with absolute stereotypes. Not all scientists have to be atheists, not all women have to wear heels or place relationships above all else, and so on.

Return Vaziri = good for me

Parker - Parker appearances are ALWAYS good!

The Walt of Bones is getting so big! In lieu of cheek pinching, I would say that hair-tousling is in order. Parker is always the perfect vehicle for Booth and Brennan to draw closer and the 'family' feel is no exception (more about that at the end), but the kid can stand on his own as well. The lab is so anti-child that it becomes a different place when you introduce Parker, or Andy!, into the mix. I am glad he's not there all the time, just like Max or Caroline - a sprinkle here and a sprinkle there is the perfect dash of seasoning to keep an episode fresh.

On a personal note, it did make me think about the conversations we will have with Noah some day!


I still feel the Cam-is-different vibe pretty strongly. Would old Cam have gone so far in trying to accommodate Vaziri's religious convictions in regards to pigs? For "The Queen" she seemed extremely subservient. Was this further changes or simply the over-reaction that many people experience when dealing with an issue that could be very sensitive? Did she care that much about Vaziri, was she uncomfortable with his devout convictions like the rest, or was she worried about offending a Muslim?
  • Oh, you aren't even going to try to un-ring that bell, are you?
was one of my favorite lines from the episode. Her scattered reactions and pounce-and-run on Sweets just cracked me up but also make me think that a lot of her interactions with Vaziri have been overly-colored by his religion and nationality. Until this point she, and all the others, have only seen him as a very flat person. They didn't look past his convictions, and prayers, and accent. Now they are forced to look at him in a whole new light. They run him through the gauntlet a bit, but with Cam at the helm they draw him into the moonshine-fold.


Nothing is really Hodgins-centric right now, so I feel like there is not a lot to say about him other than a few points.

-love him going into the field. I do miss his giddiness about it though. I guess after a few years it has to wear off.
-love him getting Zack-slapped. Someone needed to
-Maybe-Beef - Hodgins hates, hates, hates the term dirt but he calls crap a technical term? (waaa waaa nit-picky, I know)


Angela really personifies the mother earth ideal yet again. She lives to nurture others and this time Parker is the recipient of her attentions. She is like the naughty Aunt that offers to buy the kids beer (I had one of those, by marriage) one day and offers very sage, reliable advice the next. The nearly-impossible-to-remove face paint is perfect Angela.
  • You're with me, Baby Booth.
  • It's been 5 months and 9 days which, in celibacy time, is 400 years.

I'm starting to really miss the 'couples' sessions, but I continue to like the level of involvement they give to Sweets. He's not overly intrusive and even Brennan has been forced to acknowledge his contributions and valid points. Cam and Booth's uses of his knowledge flowed well with the story and made sense. He was dead on the perfect person for Cam, in particular, to corner. For Booth, it wasn't as clear cut and that showed because Sweets did not give him the support he was looking for and he quickly went elsewhere.

I LOVED the anthro/psych fight.
  • Wrongology - keep your grubby Anthro hands off my Psych.
He is really stepping up the plate and refusing (at least some of the time) to let them steamroll his contributions. Some of his previous case appearances have been dubious at best, but he is now showing how he can be a valued member of the team, despite continued opposition from Brennan.

Booth and Brennan

We can add one more thing to the list in our heads of ways that these two are already a couple, even without the official commitment. There are so many ways to define a couple other than cohabitation and sex. Connections? Arguments? Shared spaces? Gifts? These two are steadily racking up quite a tally of couple-like actions, interactions, and tangible objects that they share. Brennan passes it off as simple solving a problem but the solution speaks to her emotional connection more than she would like to believe. If Michelle wanted pool access, for example, I have a feeling Brennan would be suggesting where she could find public accommodations instead of handing Cam a key to her building.
  • Would you be my village?
  • I will be your hamlet of 800 people or less.
Am I looking to deep in connecting the village comment and Brennan's previous baby desires? She wanted him to be a donor so she could raise a child on her own, and now he is asking for her assistance in raising his own son.

As much as I enjoyed Brennan's tiff with Sweets, I think that, beyond the first line, the fight with the neighborhood therapist was overkill. It was funny when Brennan knew she was a therapist by how she talked but seemed forced when the therapist switched it around on her. I don't know if it was meant to be a joke, but it didn't come through well and seemed like they were trying to beat us over the head with the anthro vs psych fight after it had been done very well with Brennan and Sweets.
  • Booth: It's thicker than Achmed the Rug Merchant. Was that racist? That sounded racist.
Again, similar to Cam, I think they have all seen Vaziri through only his nationality and race. Other than the mix tape he made Angela we as audience members (through the other character's perceptions and interactions) have exposed very little of his character before this episode. I do find it funny that he asks Brennan whether that seems racist. She just seems like the wrong person to ask that of and she doesn't even understand the question.

Booth's struggles with fatherhood, even when funny, are always good for me. He desperately wants to do the right thing by Parker and be the father he never had. Booth is constantly juggling so many hats, but this one is more important than even Brennan. Sometimes the needs of Parker pass him by but he immediately steps up to the plate when he realizes he has missed something. Does he want to fake a relationship or social outing? No. But does he want to get a girlfriend right now? Noooo. We've already been shown that his Brennan issues run deep and are very far from clear. I would be shocked if, unless pushed into it somehow, we see him with anyone else before some sort of declaration of intent beyond "2nd best" is made, for good or bad.

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With that, I end. It's almost 11 here and I swear I turn into a pumpkin at 10, or even 9, every night now. I apologize profusely for any gross grammatical travesties, typos, missed topics, or unfathomable thought processes.

David Boreanaz on True Romance

David Boreanaz talks about the true romance of Booth and Bones. Spoilers, kinda, sorta, not really... he talks about where their relationship stands now and what Booth is trying to do. Call it... clarification?

Extreme Spoiler Chat: The Goop on the Girl

Sides are out for Bones Season 5 episode 10: The Goop on the Girl. Here, you can comment about ANY spoilers related to this episode. It's FFA and spoiler-phobes stay away!

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David Boreanaz on Craig Ferguson

David Boreanaz on the Craig Ferguson last night. Skip to 50 seconds to avoid the show clip which talks about the case murder in "A Night at the Bones Museum" but has no character spoilers.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Night at the Bones Museum - New Promo

Thanks, Lily, for sharing this 2nd Bones promo for "A Night at the Bones Museum."

Happy Birthday, Emily Deschanel!

Happy Birthday to Emily Deschanel who turns 33 today!

Pumpkin Picking

JustJared has a photo set of David Boreanaz with his lovely wife Jaime and their son Jaden picking pumpkins recently. Jaden is so tall!

Thanks to multiple people for sharing this.

Emily Deschanel, small People Magazine mention

Thank you, Michelle, for sending me this small people magazine blurb from Emily Deschanel (who turns 33 today!)

Fox Fall Eco-Casino Pictures

Thank you Abigail for sending me this link to Fox Fall Eco-Casino pictures at IF Magazine. The page has pictures for all the attending Fox stars, including David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Tamara Taylor, and Michaela Conlin.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Smack Talking Bones

Aziz Ansari, one of the stars of the 8:30 Thursday nights comedy Parks and Recreation is doing a little smack talking on Twitter about Bones. It's humorous, but a bit NSFW on the language, FYI.

Official Bones Twitter

Bones now has an official Twitter feed. In honor of that, I updated the old Bones-on-Twitter post. Did I miss anyone?

Bones Ratings: The Beautiful day in the Neighborhood

Looks like Bones is back on the upswing as the newness of Flash Forward wears off. Bones is back in 2nd place with last night's episode, "The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." Stephen Nathan, as em-jay pointed out, is even sharing the love.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)

8:00 CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.4/10 11.73

ABC FlashForward 3.0/9 9.05

FOX Bones 2.8/8 9.92

NBC Community 2.0/6 5.11

CW The Vampire Diaries 1.7/5 3.52

Extra Cast Photos: Medium Quality

Here are a few different Bones cast photos from the Season 5 photo shoot.

Shows with bigger audience than buzz

I meant to post his sooner but it got lost in the shuffle. Detroit News has a great article about shows that critics ignore but audiences love, including Bones.

We're not one of the big, shiny shows," [Hart Hanson] says. "I'm beginning to wonder if it isn't because most of us are kind of like that. We're not really big, shiny people."

Fox Promo "Welcome to the Club"

Here is an extended promo for Fox shows, including Bones. Viewer discretion advised - it's set in a strip club.

Sad thing is... they are able to use show clips for most of it because that many Fox shows have featured strip clubs or similar scenes. Boring!

20 TV Shows You're Breaking Up With

EW has compiled a list of "TV Shows You're Breaking Up With" and Bones is on the list.

It seems the comments are split on both sides. Question - If you have objected to recent story lines, do you think Season 5 is redeeming Bones?

The Suspect Board Discussion - Photos

Fox is really getting interactive this year with Bones! They have posted closeup photos of the suspect board Sweets and Brennan fight over. Thanks, Jeannie, for the headsup!

A Night at the Bones Museum - Promo

Last night's Bones promo for "A Night at the Bones Museum". Definite spoiler warning for character stuff in this promo.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What Song was that in... The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood?

If you have a question about any of the music from tonight's Bones episode "The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," post them here so they don't get lost in the episode discussion.

Main Bones Music Post

Favorite Quotes: The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Post your favorite quotes from tonight's Bones episode: The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Episode Discussion - The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Tonight's episode is:

Bones, Season 5, Episode 4
The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Please, please, PLEASE -


Please, do not say "wow, that must be what leads to..." or "well, that won't last because Hart Hanson said that 2 episodes from now she will..." or whatever. I will have to delete any comments that include spoilers for future episodes or download links.

Other than that, please discuss away, every aspect of this episode. Disagreements, as long as you are respectful, are more than welcome!!

Happy Bonesday!

Tonight's Bones episode is "The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" and you can find pictures, descriptions, clips, and even spoilers under the tag here on the blog.

I will post the episode discussion tonight by 8pm eastern. As we have been doing this season, you can start posting in it right away as a pure "Episode Discussion" thread when it goes up if you saw it last night. If you just can't wait, remember there is always the spoiler post!

The promo-

Bonesday question for you...

This was brought on by something that happened here yesterday. Jeannie asked for the name of Barry Josephson's new baby girl and he answered it himself via a comment on OWB.

My question is - who has had something answered by a star or someone else associated with Bones directly (like via Twitter or Jeannie's experience) or indirectly by submitting to Ausiello or other press for their interviews? What did you ask? (please, no spoilers!)

Another question along on the opposite side of the coin - how many of you never seem to get your questions answered? :) I fall heavily on this side, especially in asking Hart Hanson questions on Twitter, while some people always seem to get noticed and replies.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ausiello spoils on Bones in video form

Ausiello talks to Michaela Conlin about an upcoming spoiler. Thanks, Brittany, for the link. The Bones info is the very first question but the video covers many shows.

David Boreanaz on Craig Ferguson

David Boreanaz is scheduled to appear on Craig Ferguson October 12th. Never miss a CF interview with either David or Emily!

More UK Press for Bones

What's on TV has a Q&A with David Boreanaz in advance of tomorrow night's UK Bones premiere. Most of it involves spoilers, but there are a few non-spoiler bits:

We hear you’ll be directing the show’s 100th episode

"I’ll direct a couple of episodes in the new series and that’s one of them. It’s a flashback to Booth and Brennan’s first assignment together when they didn’t like each other at all."

Are you and Emily Deschanel good friends off-set?

"I’m sure there are TV shows in the past where actors had great chemistry on screen, but didn’t get on outside work. We’re not like that. Emily has become part of my family. We’re always there for each other."

Which other TV show would you like to appear on?

"I’ve told my agent that I’d like a guest spot on Damages, which is a really smart show. I love watching Breaking Bad, too."

What is your TV guilty pleasure?

"I admit to watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I was born nearby, in Buffalo, so I know a lot of women like that."

Your wife, Jaime, has just given birth to a daughter, Bardot. How will she affect your life?

"Well, my wife and I like to stay in most of the time and cook, so that won’t change. It’s not as if I spend every night hanging out with other actors. I never get Johnny Depp on the phone asking me to come out and party."
Thanks to Mickey, via Twitter.

David Boreanaz: The Stage Podcast

In advance of the UK Bones premiere tomorrow night, you can listed to The Stage podcast interview with David Boreanaz. They talk about the character of Booth, changes, and (of course) some light spoiler talk. It's mostly concerned with him as an actor, director, and Booth.

Note: He says he will be directing not just 1, but at least 2 more episodes of Bones.

David Boreanaz talks to Zap2It

Korbi from Zap2It talks to David Boreanaz about Bones Season 5. There are some specific spoilers, but mostly speculation about what might happen in the course of the season.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bones Season 5 premiering in the UK this week

Season 5 of Bones premiers this Thursday, October 8th, in the UK. In advance of that, Sky1 has a video and short article with Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. It mostly involves speculation of what might build from Season 4 into Season 5. There really aren't any spoilers, especially beyond what has aired in the US so far.

Another place to (legally) watch Bones

If you life outside the US you know the frustration of waiting to watch Bones for weeks, or worse. There are always download options (please do not post them here!) but there is also another legal option to see it in, at least some, other countries. Global Canada offers streaming video just like the Fox site.

Bones is Babyland!

Congratulations to Barry Josephson on the birth of his baby girl, just a few weeks after David Boreanaz shared the same joy:

Those missing seat belts

Hart Hanson again answers why Booth never wears a seat belt:

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bones Episode Review: 5.03 "The Plain in the Prodigy"

I found this episode neither great nor horrible. I would call it… uninspiring?

Which is sad, considering there are aspects of this episode that truly are inspiring, or at least worthy of a deeper connection. The victim and his talents were heartbreaking in their loss. Cam’s growing relationship with Michelle…

But it just didn’t touch me or make me think “Wow, I can’t wait to talk about this one!” I don’t think I’m alone in that feeling. But, going through it piece by piece…

The case

I liked this case, from the forensic side. The only thing it lacked was true Bones-y gore, but I’m glad it’s missing because to laugh over this body would be disrespectful toward the tragedy of the victim’s lost life and potential.

It had a great list of red herrings. Was it the girl? Her boyfriend? The father? The girl’s brother? The friend? In the end, it was none of these. There was absolutely no clue of the huge turn the case would make into a sudden resolution. Normally that would make for bad TV but it fit perfectly with the victim’s story. His loss was senseless and abrupt. It’s okay that the discovery of the killer was the same.

That said, however, I disliked most of the writing where the Amish were concerned. It’s a mass of contractions; everything is all over the place. They are supposedly so isolated that there are absolutely no markers of modern life on him, yet they live near a town that assuredly produces the emissions that show up in isotopic analysis, drink well water, like approximately 20% of the entire US, and the son has a job in town where he would be exposed to electricity and almost certainly eat available foods. The one thing I remember about my visit to Amish country 15 years ago was that Amish believe photographs to be graven images and against the most basic of God’s laws – the 10 commandments. Yet they accept a photograph of their son? It makes for good TV that they accept the video player but I truly believe that would not happen. And, to get just a bit nitpicky – Yosef sounds like a California surfer dude, weed or not!

Even Brennan’s knowledge and attitudes seemed to be all over the place. She seemingly does not know that males would be dominant in such a culture, yet she knows the customs of Rumspringa well. She also seemed overly dumb at the beginning. I don’t want to arm-chair FA here, but I cannot believe she would not instantly look to the victim possibly being Amish immediately upon tallying up the various markers.

Would that be conjecture?

In the end, I think they did the heart of this case well, but left most of the brain outside with the cars, musical instruments, and buttons.


Why do I just want to give the guy a big hug? He seems like he needs it. His frustration with the team is firmly affixed, like he puts it on with his lab coat before he walks in. Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy, but I think he’s getting a little too close to jerk territory with his attitude. I felt that the slave reference was uncalled for (how many times has Zack had to do just that, looking like the Great Kazoo (sp?) no less). But, it sure was funny, and no surprise she didn’t get it.

  • Why are you talking like that?
  • Clark – I got bit by God knows what kind of bugs out there.
  • Brennan – Perhaps Hodgins can identify them for you.

He didn’t have a lot of screen time in this episode, but what he got mattered. He fit seamlessly into the action. He didn’t take over anything and he wasn’t there for pure comedy, for a change. I could get used to Sweets on this lighter level.

It did give me a little time to think about his relationship with Booth. Does anyone else feel that it is very different post-coma? Booth treats him like an equal now instead of the little brother that needs a good hazing. This may be a stretch, but it almost feels like Brennan’s insistence on trashing Sweets is a not-so-subtle way to remind Booth of how ‘they’ are supposed to treat him. Like I wouldn’t be surprised to see her try to get him to run out on Sweets while he’s making an important point or analyzing them a bit too deeply. This level of respect seems to be what Sweets always deserved and maybe always had, but the joking and teasing and hazing always got in the way. I doubt it will last and it’s not completely serious anyway. Maybe just one more step on his recovery?

  • During the Crusades, Knights used to lock up their wives and daughters.
Inappropriate, funny, random – Hodgins in a nutshell. There’s no deep Hodgins here, just ‘just right’ Hodgins, between this, his love of the fauna evidence, and his emerging soliloquy on the meaning of rocks. Perfect.


Free spirit. Mother. Lover. Nothing but gore is taboo to the woman. She may not know what she wants or where she’s headed or have any real emotional maturity and self-awareness beyond the outer level (I promise I am not trying to be mean here!) but she will put herself aside in a heart beat to help someone else. If Michelle were in the room instead of Cam she would happily tell her directly about Brian and how to have sex responsibly. The only barriers Angela has are her own internal walls. What she is, she is completely. She has no reservations and it makes you wonder what ‘minimum’ age Angela would set. I have a feeling she would strongly resist setting one at all, but would eventually stop at ‘gross’ or ‘wrong’ at some age below 16.

All of the women mother in their own ways. Angela arms people to take on their problems and choices directly. She specifically does not tell people what is right or wrong, but instead tries to equip them in whatever way they need to take on their challenges directly. Be it a kind word or strong advice she will be there for anyone she cares about. I could strongly disagree with many of her choices but that’s not the point of Angela herself who tries very hard not to do that to anyone else.


Smooth Cam is such a long lost memory right now and it’s great. Dealing with her new responsibilities has left the poor woman a complete mess, comparatively. She’s still dressing all-Cam, but mentally she is all over the place. She can’t talk, she’s running around frantically like Edith Bunker, she’s not overly case-focused (except when the man, Hodgins, tries to join her girl talk with Angela), and she can’t seem to pick her path. A very un-like Cam way to be. She is so used to just ram-rodding straight ahead, no matter who she has to challenge to get her way.

Her attempt to talk to Michelle about sex is a great example of how mushy she really is. It was only slightly above Brennan attempting to do the same. Brennan would have her on cohesive thoughts but be no better at reaching a 16 year old. She does cover all the bases though, if a bit haphazardly. From the physical ‘secretions’ to the religious implications and the emotional truth:
  • There’s no such thing as ‘just sex’, Michelle. Every time you give a bit of yourself to the person you are with.
That line has truth in this area, but could mean so much more for the characters of this show. Like Wendell’s line about daring to dream last week, I feel like little lines are being dropped that mean much more than their face value. Am I looking too deep?

One more question – Do you think parenting an orphan will help Cam understand Brennan any better?

Booth and Brennan

I mentioned last week how Brennan looks to the world for her self-worth and I think that idea continued in this episode. Booth could easily chose a personal relationship or his faith over anything the world could offer or even that he himself valued in the form of a gift. Whereas to Brennan this was about denial of true self value for the wrong reasons, for Booth, if given time to explain himself, I think would have a lot to say about why that was not the wrong decision at all. This case gave yet another illustration of their completely different internal structures that go far beyond their differences in religion, music taste, vacation destinations, etc. They have such fundamentally different experiences in their lives that, while they can know how the other thinks, I’m not sure how much they can every really understand it. (That’s not to say it’s remotely a relationship killer, but something they need to understand about each other and accept.)

When it comes to religion, it is no surprise that this case brought the issues to the forefront yet again. Booth glosses over aspects like the Pope’s hat while that is all Brennan can see. The concept of faith, and that level of relationship with God, who cannot be seen (no different than talking to her dead mother, to Brennan) is completely unfathomable to her. The only way she can even begin to attempt to understand it is to deconstruct it which defies the whole purpose. It’s like breaking apart why you love someone. The pieces don’t make sense without some assumptions and inexplicable bits holding it all together.
  • We reject Satan, they reject buttons
Side note – it bothers me that they use Catholicism as a stand-in for Christianity as a whole. Not all denominations have all these ornate trappings. It may be a bit easier to use as a discussion point, though and just ‘taking the easy’ road. It fits for Booth’s history for him to be Catholic, but as a Christian I have to say that Catholicism does not speak for me at all!

I am glad to see the Cocky belt buckle return. Now if Booth can only rediscover the attitude that MADE him love that Booth-y belt buckle. (Seems that he didn’t even understand what ‘being Booth-‘ means when he used the term. ) I think they are doing a great job in characterization and showing the difference as he rediscovers himself. Even his jokes seem more natural and less zing-y (except for the ‘buttons’ thing). He has less armor around himself than before. The coma took down his walls as well as his flair and while parts of it are missing, I think he could do without a few of those bits, don’t you? Confidence is sexy, but so is vulnerability. He’s still a bit off-balance between the two, but I hope he doesn’t swing completely back to armored, untouchable, squirmy confidence any time soon.

Booth threatening Perry was one step toward his old self. It doesn’t matter that he has zero responsibility for her and his only real tie is through his ex-girlfriend. Booth will protect anyone he deems in need of it and Michelle no longer has a father. It is a fundamental aspect of his character that may not even need rediscovering.

The ‘minimum’ age talk was a brief but meaningful discussion between them. 16 vs 22. At 16, Brennan’s life was in complete disarray with her family completely gone. It is not surprising with the emotional trauma that she looked at sex completely from a technical standpoint, with no emotional ties. Though, if that was Michael Stires she slept with there clearly were emotional aspects somewhere down the line. Why pick 17.5 as the minimum age, though?
  • Inference, not conjecture.
That line felt very much like a “do as I say, not as I do…” It made me smile. Brennan is far less ‘perfect’ on logic and conjecture than she thinks she is.

In the end, I think there were some very important aspects in this episode that are lost on initial viewing. It feels like filler and, in some ways it is. But if every episode were a Con-Man or Harbingers we would have a soap opera, not our beloved Bones.

PS - I’m sorry I cut corners and left out more extensive quotes. I will try not to put it off so long next time. This episode just really did not bring out any strong impetus to get on with the review ASAP!

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