Welcome to the Drama Bones
The television series Bones premiered on September 13, 2005, and will be the show's ninth season in September 2013. The series is set in the Jeffersonian Institute Forensic Science Department located in Washington D.C. Each episode features an FBI case brought to the team at the Jeffersonian by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth. The head of the team is forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan. The team also includes an entomologist, a forensic artist and a former pathologist turned Head of the Forensic Division. The team also includes assistants to Dr. Brennan called "Squinterns" by Booth. They are lead and recurring characters.
The series is considered a crime procedural but does have elements that make it stand out. The other shows including the CSI franchise, the Law and Order franchise and Criminal Minds are only considered dramas, while Bones is considered a dramedy (a drama and comedy). There is enough humor in the series to keep it much lighter and less dark. The series also differs from its fellow crime shows because the characters' personal lives are featured in every episode. The case is always the main story, but the secondary story is usually the personal side.
The series is based on books by novelist Kathy Reichs, who is also a forensic anthropologist. The lead character in her books is Temperance Brennan, but that is not where the story ends. On the show, Dr. Brennan is also an author and her mystery novels feature a forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs.
As of the end of season 8, the series has aired 166 episodes. I have focused on the 50 episodes that will give you the best cases and personal stories of the team. Many of the episodes feature the important arcs with the most frighting criminals that the team has ever faced. Part 1 features episodes from seasons 1 through 4. Part 2 features episodes from seasons 5 through 8.
The Cast of Bones
David Boreanaz: FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (from pilot to current)
Emily Deschanel: Dr. Temperance Brennan "Bones", a forensic anthropologist, author (from pilot to current)
Michaela Conlin: Angela Montenegro, a forensic artist, computer graphics (from pilot to current)
Tamara Taylor: Dr. Camille Saroyan "Cam", former pathologist turned Head of the Forensic Division (from season 2 to current)
T.J. Thyne: Dr. Jack Hodgins, entomologist and expert in spores and minerals (from pilot to current)
John Frances Daley: Dr. Lance Sweets, FBI psychologist (from season 3 to current)
Eric Millegan: Dr, Zach Addy, former assistant to Brennan turned forensic anthropologist and mechanical engineer (pilot to season 3)
Jonathan Adams: Dr. Daniel Goodman, former archaeologist turned administrator (season 1 only)
Eugene Byrd: Dr. Clark Edison, intern with forensic anthropologist degree specializing in archaeology (season 3 to current)
Michael Grant Terry: Wendell Bray, top scholarship intern (season 4 to current)
Carla Gallo: Daisy Wick, intern (season 4 to current)
Joel David Moore: Colin Fisher, intern (season 4 to current)
Pej Vahdat: Arastoo Vaziri, intern (season 4 to current)
Ryan Cartwright: Vincent Nigel-Murray, University of Leeds graduate intern (season 4-6)
Luke Kleintank: Finn Abernathy, intern (season 7 to current)
Season 1 Episodes
Episode 1, "Pilot": Dr. Brennan must uncover the identity of bones hidden in the lake. Brennan gets help from FBI Agent Seeley Booth who becomes her partner.
Episode 9, "The Man in the Fallout Shelter": Two days before Christmas the team gets the body of a man from a fallout shelter. Brennan wants to start examining the body while others want to go to the museum Christmas party. Zack cuts into the bones and a deadly fungus is released. The team including Booth must be quarantined over Christmas.
Episode 17, "The Skull in the Desert": Angela's vacation is put on hold when her boyfriend disappears and a skull turns up. Brennan goes to the desert to help her best friend find her boyfriend and answers about the skull.
Episode 19, "The Man in the Morgue": Brennan spends her vacation in New Orleans identifying hurricane victims, but soon she is dealing with memory loss from the day before. Booth goes to help her when she becomes a murder suspect.
Episode 20, "The Graft in the Girl": The team helps the FBI Deputy Director find out how his daughter received a bone graft that gave her cancer. The team must find out how to make sure no one else's life will be put in danger.
Episode 21, "The Soldier on the Grave": Brennan and Booth investigate an apparent suicide at Arlington National Cemetery, but soon learn it was murder. This leads to questions about the victim's military unit and Booth recalls his military past.
Episode 22, "The Woman in Limbo": Brennan's job brings answers to her parent's disappearance 15 years earlier. Remains she is asked to identify turn out to be her mother. Brennan is forced to see that her parents might not be who she thought they were. Could this change who she is too?
Season 2 Episodes
Episode 1, "The Titan On The Tracks": Brennan and Booth must investigate a train wreck that may hold the bodies of a senator and a high profile businessman. The case is full of twists and turns and the team is shook up with the arrival of Brennan's new boss, Dr. Camille Saroyan. Brennan must also deal with Camille and Booth's shared past.
Episode 9, Aliens In A Spaceship": The team investigates the kidnapping of two boys who are buried alive and soon Brennan and Hodgins are also buried alive. The team must rescue them before they are victims of the "Grave Digger".
Episode 11, Judas On A Pole": Brennan and Booth are called to a gutted, burned and hung body. Booth learns the victim is a snitch. Brennan's brother, Russ gets a call from their father telling them they are both in danger. A priest tells Brennan to drop the case backing up the call Russ received and the team learns that the victim was an ex-FBI Agent going after Russ trying to kill him.
Episode 21, Stargazer In A Puddle": The team tries to solve the murder of Chelsea Cole while Hodgins and Angela prepare for a wedding. Brennan's dad, Max brings a 1993 video of her mother and Max and Booth get into a fight before Max surrenders to the police. Also, Zach goes to Iraq for the military.
Season 3 Episodes
Episode 1, "The Widow's Son In The Windshield": Brennan and the team are brought into the world of a cannibalistic society, while Zack returns with help to solve the case. Angela and Hodgins hire a private investigator to find her husband.
Episode 6, "Intern In The Incinerator": The team suspects their colleagues after an intern is found burnt in the museum incinerator. One of the possible reasons for her murder is that she is working on the "Widow's Son" case, but the might be another reason involving another museum staff member.
Episode 7, "Boy In The Time Capsule": Booth and Brennan must solve the murder of a teenager found in time capsule buried since 1987. They must investigate the classmates lives in 1987.
Episode 8, "The Knight On The Grid": The team investigates the death of an archbishop. The removal of his kneecaps sends the team back to the "Widow's Son" case.
Episode 13, "The Verdict In The Story": Brennan's dad, Max Keenan goes on trial for the murder of FBI Deputy Director Kirby. While her team is on the side of the prosecution, Brennan tries to free her dad.
Episode 15, "The Pain In The Heart": The Gormogon serial killer returns and the silver skeleton in the museum basement is missing. All of the museum employees become suspects and one of them might be working with Gormogon.
Season 4 Episodes
Episode 11, "The Bone That Blew": Brennan must adjust to her father working at the museum and his assistance in a case. The case leads Brennan and Booth to an elite private school and a high powered family.
Episode 14, "The Hero In The Hold": Booth is kidnapped by the "Grave Digger" and the team must try to save him before it is too late. Evidence in the Grave Digger case goes missing and Brennan and Hodgins are suspects.
Episode 17, "The Salt In The Wounds": Brennan and Booth must solve the murder of a 16-year-old girl who made a pregnancy pact with her fellow volleyball teammates.
Episode 18, "The Doctor In The Den": The team works to solve the murder of Cam's former fiancé after his body is found in a tiger habitat.
Episode 22, "The Double Death Of The Dearly Departed": When a Jeffersonian co-worker dies of heart failure, Brennan is convinced the death is really murder. The team must steal the body during the wake to prove it was a crime.
Episode 25, "The Critic In The Cabernet": The team must solve the murder of a wine critic found in a wine barrel. Also, Brennan asks Booth to father her child and Booth is dealing with a health issue that makes him hallucinate.