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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First appearance of both Billy Gibson and Ty Panitz, who play Angela's dad and Booth's son Parker respectively. See more »


Booth, Brennan, and Dr. Goodman are sitting on the catwalk discussing a case. Angela comes on scene and talks to them from downstairs. This prompts Brennan to get up and leave. Yet when the frame goes back to Angela looking at Booth and Dr. Goodman, you can still see Brennan sitting to the right. See more »


Special Agent Seeley Booth: What are those little tiny lights dancing on the ceiling?
Dr. Daniel Goodman: For the third time, those are minute firings of neurons on your optic nerve due to your reaction to the anti-fungal cocktail.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Wow, whoa. They're beautiful.
Dr. Daniel Goodman: You are stoned, Agent Booth.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: [laughs] Oh, good. Let's hope it lasts long enough to keep this from being the worst Christmas of my life.
[... ]
Special Agent Seeley Booth: What are those little lights on the ceiling again?
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References He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) See more »


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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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