Temperance Brennan is an anthropologist who writes about the character Kathy Reichs in her spare time. In real-life, Kathy Reichs is an anthropologist who writes about the character Temperance Brennan.
Eric Millegan, who plays Dr. Zack Addy, a grad student younger than the other scientists, is actually one year older than T.J. Thyne (who plays Dr. Jack Hodgins), two years older than Emily Deschanel (who plays Dr. Temperance Brennan, his teacher), and four years older than Michaela Conlin (who plays Angela Montenegro).
Angela's father is played by ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons, and there have been several indications that the audience is supposed to understand that her father *is* Billy Gibbons (albeit a fictional version of Gibbons, since Angela is herself fictional). Although Angela's dad has never been given a name, before his first appearance Angela told her friends that her father is famous enough that they might recognize him immediately, and during Gibbons' appearances, there have been several references to the music of ZZ Top.
In "Gamer in the Grease", Sweets, Hodgins, and Fisher all take turns camping out to get tickets to see the movie Avatar (2009). Joel David Moore, who played Fisher on "Bones", played Norm in Avatar (2009).
Bones works at the Jeffersonian Institute. There is no such place in Washington, D.C. However, the name is probably a play on the Smithsonian Institute. Shots of the outside of the actual Smithsonian, are often used in the show.
Almost every time Booth, is in front of the camera, he has on him a watch, his FBI ID, a holstered sidearm, a Zippo lighter, Craps dice, a 100 dollar poker chip, a floaty pen (the type where a girl's clothes fall off when you turn it upside down), 3"x5" index cards, his light brown sunglasses, and he is wearing a St. Christopher medal. All of these items can be spotted being handled by Booth throughout the series.
Originally, the weight they'd give the victim, who was exactly like Brennan on "The Doctor in the Photo", would be twenty pounds less than the weight that aired. Emily Deschanel had read the script, and called the producers, asking them to put the weight closer to reality.
The Royal Diner, where Brennan and Booth (and occasionally the other characters) go to relax after work, really exists in Washington - but the one in New Jersey (on Route 31 North), not the District of Columbia.
There have been several references to Agent Seeley Booth being a "direct descendant" of John Wilkes Booth. In reality, is is highly unlikely that John Wilkes Booth had any direct descendants. As the assassin of Abraham Lincoln and the first-ever assassin of any U. S. president, J.W. Booth's life history has been exhaustively scrutinized by generations of historical scholars, and there is absolutely no evidence that he ever married or fathered any children, legitimate or illegitimate. Several of John Wilkes Booth's brothers and sisters did have children, but in genealogical terms, to be a *direct* descendant of J. W. Booth, Seeley Booth would have to be descended from a child of his, and not just a niece or nephew.
Season seven contains a reduced order of thirteen episodes to accommodate Emily Deschanel's pregnancy. FOX ordered an additional four episodes, that were produced during the seventh season, but aired during the first part of season eight.
David Boreanaz and T.J. Thyne have worked together before. T.J. played a Wolfram & Hart lawyer on the season five premiere of David's previous show Angel (1999). Angel ended the year before Bones premiered.
As of season twelve, only two shots in the opening title sequence have remained the same throughout the entire series: the very opening shot of the skeleton, and the final shot of Booth and Brennan in Limbo closing a drawer full of remains.
Out of the 12 rotating interns on the show, eight received their doctorate: Zack Addy, Clark Edison, Arastoo Vaziri, Oliver Wells, Rodolfo Fuentes, Colin Fisher, Douglas Filmore (Forensic Podiatrist), and most recently, Daisy Wick.
Up to season three, Special Agent Seeley Booth has handled a Glock 17, a Magnum .357, a two-tone S&W Sigma (commonly misidentified as a Glock, both pistols look and function nearly identical, however Glock does not produce two-toned pistols), and a Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 (Airsoft replica) with a tactical flashlight attachment, along with a Colt .22 back up weapon. While Doctor Temperance Brennan has handled a Colt .22 in the pilot episode, where she shot a suspect, as well as on several occasions to back Agent Booth, a very large Smith and Wesson M500 .50 Revolver in season two, and Booth's Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 Airsoft Replica when she shot Booth's stalker.
Carla Gallo (Daisy Wick) and Joel David Moore (Colin Fisher) guest starred in the same episode (season three, episode nineteen) on the FOX series House (2004), but they did not share any scenes together. Pej Vahdat, who portrays Arastoo Vaziri guest starred in the episode before.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Angela Montenegro's middle name is thought to be "Pearly Gates" which is the name of a guitar belonging to ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons, who plays Angela's father in some episodes. However, when she marries Hodgins (season five, episode twenty-one) it is revealed that her legal name is not the name she has been using. She whispers it in to the ear of the judge marrying them, but he does not repeat her name.
Every child born to a main character on the show is named after a close friend or family member who has died as a way to honor their memory. Booth's oldest child (from a previous relationship), Parker, is named after Teddy Parker, a fellow sniper and close friend who died in Booth's arms in combat. Angela and Hodgins' son, Michael Vincent, is named after squintern Vincent Nigel-Murray who was murdered shortly before Angela gave birth. Booth and Brennan's first child, Christine, is named after Brennan's mother, who was also murdered. Sweets and Daisy's child, Seeley Lance Wick-Sweets is a partial exception. Named after Booth, who is still alive, and (Lance) Sweets, who was murdered before his child was born. And Booth and Brennan's second child is named Hank after Booth's deceased grandfather, who raised him after finding out that Booth and his brother were being physically abused by their father (Hank's son).
John Francis Daley needed four months off to direct "National Lampoons Vacation." Since there was no good way to give his character the time off, the first episode of season ten has Sweets being killed off from internal bleeding, after an altercation.
The establishing shot of Seely Booth's apartment (which his Grandfather almost burns down) shows him living in an apartment above a liquor store, called Sportsman's. This is a real apartment and liquor store in D.C., on Mt. Pleasant Street.
Jack Hodgins becomes paralyzed in Season 11, and after that event, is seen getting around in a wheelchair (instead of walking). In real life, actor T.J. Thyne is not paralyzed and is "walking just fine these days," according to Screener TV.
Despite being married to Jack Hodgins for over seven years, Angela has only referred to her husband by his first name once in season 2, episode 9 "Aliens in a Space Ship". Usually she calls him "Hodgins".
Shortly after Brennan finds out her father, Max Keenan, gets a pacemaker (without telling her), he is shot and killed protecting Christine and Hank, his grandchildren. But not before killing the armed men who practically walked in past the FBI special forces trained guards that were supposed to be protecting the house.