Bones (2005– )
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A Boy in a Bush 

When a young boy goes missing from a mall, Bones is called in to determine if it is his body found in a nearby field.


(as Jesús S. Treviño)


(created by), (inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and author) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
David Cook
Margaret Sanders
Sara Johnston
Capt. Kyle Henning
Ellie Nelson
John Sanchez ...
Child Advocate
Maximillian Roeg ...
Skyler Nelson (as Max Roeg)
Kirsten Severson ...
Lab Worker


Looking for missing six year-old Charles Gregory Sanders, Zach's equipment finds in a suburban youth party field the badly degraded corpse of the barely four days dead boy. Autopsy, hard to do objectively on such a young kid, shows Charlie was drugged. Golden spoon-mother Margaret Sanders divorced Charlie's dad before his birth and has two teenage foster sons, brothers David and Shawn Cook. Booth quickly gains their confidence and guesses right David dated his girl-friend Leila at the mall and left younger Shawn with a friend in the park. Mall security recordings show unattended Charlie went to someone calling him. A hereditary bone defect proves Margeret isn't Charlie's biological mother, she illegally kept baby Nathan Downey from OD's junkie Janine, Booth arrests her for kidnapping. Video enhancement shows Charlie was killed by Shawn, who was abused by his dad. Bones shows atypical empathy for foster kids, due to her personal experience, which proves crucially useful after the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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8 November 2005 (USA)  »

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At the beginning of the episode, Booth talks about the FBI agent in Bones' book who is named 'Andy Lister'; in Kathy Reichs' books the homicide detective is called 'Andrew Ryan'. See more »


Angela describes a video image as "640 by 480 pixels per square inch". In reality, the image would be 640 by 480 pixels; "per square inch" is incorrect. (Pixels per inch would vary depending on the device being used to view the image.) See more »


Dr. Temperance Brennan: Do you remember me Shawn?
Shawn Cook: The museum lady, the one who's so smart.
Dr. Temperance Brennan: Yeah, I'm pretty smart. Smart enough to know that you didn't kill Charlie. You don't have to say anything Shawn, just listen. They give you a garbage bag to carry all your stuff, like they're telling you that everything you own is garbage, and then you have to go to a new school in clothes that smell like garbage bags.
Shawn Cook: All the regular kids know you're a foster kid. How do you know what it's like?
Dr. Temperance Brennan: They bounce you from place to ...
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And there's the Booth I know and Love!
9 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an excellent episode! We discover who Dr. Hodgins really is. We also see the chemistry grow between B & B! Booth is a really, really nice guy. He may try to sound rough and tough, but what he did for Dr. Brennan and Dr. Hodgins brought tears to my eyes.

The story of the little boy's death was sad. This story shows gray areas of the law - it's not always easy to judge right and wrong. B & B were both sensitive as they helped this family come to terms with what happened. Booth gives Brennan a special gift when he fulfills her promise to a little boy.

When Booth sees Brennan in her formal dress, he can't even tells her what he thinks. Of course, noble Booth is in a relationship and cannot say too much, but his eyes say it all!

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