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Bones: Pilot

Special Agent Seeley Booth requests the help of Dr. Temperance Brennan, a top forensic anthropologist, to help provide information when skeletal remains are found in the bottom of a lake. With help from her team of specialists, Brennan determines the body is that of an aide to a Washington congressman. As Brennan provides Booth a series of clues, she wants in on the case. Though skeptical at first, Booth agrees to a partnership. However, Brennan may be in over her head as she leaves the lab and goes out into the field.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1AKY79
Airdate: Tuesday September 13th, 2005
Special Airtime: 08:00 pm

Director: Greg Yaitanes
Writer: Hart Hanson

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3 Puls) Feb 07, 2006
DE (RTL) Oct 19, 2006
NL (RTL 4) Jul 13, 2009

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (18 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Chris Conner
As Oliver Laurier
Dave Roberson
As Bennett Gibson
John M. Jackson
As Dep. Director Sam Cullen
John Sterling Carter
As FBI Director
Larry Poindexter
As Sen. Bethlehem
Bonita Friedericy
As Sharon Eller
Dominic Fumusa
As Peter St. James
Katherine Ann McGregor
As Mrs. Bethlehem
Naja Hill
As Cleo Eller
Sam Trammell
As Ken Thompson
Tyrees Allen
As Ted Eller

Co-Guest Stars
Jeff Witzke
As FBI Agent
Billy Briggs
As Airport Clerk
Charles Janasz
As Reverend
Marilyn Sue Perry
As Customs Agent
Yun Choi
As FBI Agent
Main Cast
Emily Deschanel
As Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan
David Boreanaz
As Special Agent Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin
As Angela Montenegro
T.J. Thyne
As Dr. Jack Hodgins
Eric Millegan
As Dr. Zack Addy
Jonathan Adams (1)
As Dr. Daniel Goodman
Episode Notes
In the book the series is based on, Brennan has an ex-husband named Pete. In the episode, Pete is Brennan's ex-boyfriend instead of ex-husband.

The house used in the episode for the Eller house is the same house used for the WB's Charmed.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Daughter DarlingBroken Bridge 
FeederPain on PaidBrennan stares at the hologram
Howie DayCollideBrennan puts the skull back together
Thirteen SensesGoneat the funeral

Episode Quotes
Booth: It's like pornography. You'll know it when you see it.

Brennan: My most meaningful relationships are with dead people.

Zack: Your suit, for example, will outlast your bones by decades.

Booth: A decomposed corpse was found this morning at Arlington National Cemetery.
Brennan: Arlington National Cemetery is full of decomposed corpses. It's a cemetery.

Booth: You expect me, a federal agent, to declare war on a United States Senator based on your little holographic crystal ball?

Dr. Goodman: Go polish a bone, Mr. Addy.

Booth: He's got no sense of discretion, that kid. Typical squint.
Brennan: I don't know what that means.
Booth: When cops get stuck, we bring in people like you. You know, squints. You know, squint at things.
Brennan: Oh, you mean people with very high IQ's and basic reasoning skills.

Dr. Goodman: Dr. Brennan, are you playing me?
Brennan: You know I'm no good at that.
Dr. Goodman: Thus far, but you have a disturbingly steep learning curve.

Booth: Bones identifies bodies for us.
Brennan: Don't call me Bones and I do more than identify.

Episode Goofs
At the beginning of the episode a plane is landing under an on-screen title of "Dulles International Airport" with the Capital Building prominently shown behind the runway. Dulles International Airport, though, is approximately 25 miles west of Washington DC.

At the funeral, Temperance places a rose on the coffin amongst a few others, and she walks away from the congregation with Booth. When the screen pans back, Cleo's father places a rose on the coffin in the same place Temperance did, except there is only one there.

A crew member can be seen as Brennan and Booth interview Oliver.

As Brennan leaves the Jeffersonian, the bags she brings with her disappear and reappear between shots.

Before Brennan shoots Thompson, he had pulled a lighter out of his pocket. However, when the bullet hits his leg, his hand is in his pants pocket pulling the lighter out again.

Cultural References
Booth: We're Scully and Mulder.

Scully and Mulder are the main characters on the critically acclaimed FOX hit The X-Files.

Booth: You know you're not the only forensic anthropologist in town.
Brennan: Yes I am. The next nearest is in Montreal.

In the series of books by Kathy Reich, the main character works in Montreal.

Warning: Bones season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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