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The Superhero in the Alley 

Bones and Booth investigate a body found in an alley that is dressed in a costume. The case leads them to a missing teen involved in comic books and a role playing game.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Helen Granger
John Kelton
Stew Ellis
Abigail Zealey
Ted McGruder
Lucy McGruder
Suzette Craft ...
Kelly Meira


Bones happily postpones her stress research contribution to a 9,600 year old Chinese find to help Booth prevent embarrassment to the FBI after the discovery of a boy in rubber costume, despite maggot-consumption, found to be smashed to death before he was pushed from a roof to stage a suicide. He's identified as 17 year-old nerd Warren Granger, who had no social life except Yasutani the Terrible's loony 'clan' of comics superhero fans role-playing self-invented characters in costumes. Warren designed and drew his own superhero comic, in which he starred with fellow member Abigail Zealey alias 'Blue'; the director studies his psychology from the story-text. While 'research reading' introduces Zack to the fantasy world of comics, the sleuths examine the presumably fatal fantasies and teenage group dynamics... Written by KGF Vissers

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8 February 2006 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Citizen 14 comic is made by Warren and Ellis. This may be reference to comic book artist Warren Ellis. See more »


While describing a "typical" domestic disturbance call to Dr. Brennan, Special Agent Booth refers to "the calvary" arriving. He means cavalry. See more »


Special Agent Seeley Booth: Okay, so did he jump or was he pushed, Bones?
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: That's what we have to figure out. We can take the skeleton in, give you a report; maybe after next week.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: No you don't have to solve the whole case. Just tell me if I'm looking at a murder. Maybe, you know, pull a quick ID?
[Smiles charmingly]
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: [Smiles while Amused] Don't use your charm smile on me.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: What? It's a mark of respect, that's all.
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References Stargate SG-1 (1997) See more »


Ah! Leah!
Performed by Donnie Iris
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Insensitive to Domestic Violence
25 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

The reason I gave this episode the lowest of low marks, was due to the insensitivity to the plight of domestic violence in our world.

Your writer(s) made that segment seem like it is the "woman's" fault for being in that circumstance, without knowing what it is truly like. In fact, you made the character feel personal guilt for her "husband" killing the boy. Your writers were more "giving and understanding" to the parents who had isolated and had no love for him. Really... that's the problem with writers, you can shift people's views on public issues... and in this case, you shifted it the WRONG WAY.

Try to understand that it is sometimes a brave act to stay, as well as a brave act to leave. A woman will need to make decisions for her own safety, and sometimes the safety of her children, that you may not understand. She will need to find the confidence and the right time to act.

She will know when it is time to leave...

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