Bones: Season 1, Episode 9

The Man in the Fallout Shelter (13 Dec. 2005)

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While the gang is quarantined in the lab for Christmas, they search for clues to solve the mystery of a skeleton found in a fallout shelter.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Sid Shapiro (as Heavy D.)
Angela's Dad (as Billy F Gibbons)
Mr. Addy
Lisa Pearce (as Christina Copeland)


Two days before Christmas Angela, who is dressed as an elf, wants everybody to join her for a Chistmas party. Bones seizes his only chance of escape when Booth gives her the kind of present he knows she likes. The present: a 50 year old corpse found in the atomic fallout shelter of a building where Congress lodges guests! When the bones are sawed open, a fungus causing life-threatening valley disease is unknowingly released. Hodgins takes his mask off to drink eggnog and everybody is subsequently quarantined indefinitely. They learns more about each other's personal backgrounds, notably that Booth has a 4 year old son, Parker, but no parental rights and Bones' parents disappeared on Chistmas Eve. Angela is determined to celebrate Christmas even though she's locked-up and exchanges hand-made gifts, with her relatives coming visit her behind glass. Meanwhile the corpse is fairly easily identified as a white-collar white man Lionel, who hoped to get married in Paris to his -illegal- ... Written by KGF Vissers

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When Brennan is telling Angela about her Christmas with her brother, she mentions her brother was 19 and moved out west to work and she was put in the foster system. In an earlier episode she alluded to the fact that they separated her from her brother, which would have never happened as he was not in the system. See more »


When Angela is asking for Brennan's help to make Christmas, the straps on Brennan's top and bra change positions between the long overhead shots and the close-up shots. See more »


Dr. Temperance Brennan: You have a son?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Yeah.
Dr. Temperance Brennan: You've never mentioned that.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Well, nothing brings people together like a Christmas lung fungus.
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References AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) See more »


Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Tori Amos
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A Rare episode - of any TV show
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This ep I never fail to watch: early in the show run - the creator/writer overlays everyone with detail here - early, and often. Funny, heart-warming, shocking, bizarre - several times over. This is an ep - that few shows ever manage so early - and it is actually a study in - "oh yeah? - then you write this stuff." The convolution of the different characters - blaming, sharing - is not something you bang out on a slow weekend. OK - to hit 10 lines - this is a way of softening the main character for the future. The other shows i think of

  • seeing this - I don't want to spoil anything such as possible

anymore/years later --- X-Files "Jose Chung" - ST:TNG "Cause and Effect" - they highlight the show in one 45 page ep; "The Wedding" / Seinfeld - the 'backwards' episode - all come to mind. I made 10 lines? WHAT a LAME requirement.

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