Bones (2005– )
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The Woman in the Car 

Booth and Bones work quickly to solve not only a murder, but also the kidnapping of the victim's child.


(as Dwight Little)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Carl Decker
Agent Pickering
Trent Seward
Donovan Decker
Stacy Goodyear
Maria Semov
Sharon Pomeroy
Polina Decker (as Anna Shemeikka)


The completely burned corpse of a woman in a car is identified as the estranged wife of genius Carl Decker, the crown witness against his employer KBC Systems, a criminally deficient US Army supplier. Further traces show she bit a man's ear off and was tortured by electrocution; there also was a child with her- probably her and Carl's eight year-old son Donovan Decker, who is missing. The Jeffersonian team is security-screened by federal Agent Pickering, except Hodgins who is furious to be considered 'too inoffensive' and already screened anyhow because of a relative's promotion in the State Department, until... Booth shows his weak flank as a protective father, determined to find and save Donovan at all cost, thanks to good work by Hodgins and especially Zach, and deals with Carl's desperate move as well as cynical careerist Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Weeks who cares only for the company's trial... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

1 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


According to Noah Hawley, the writer of the episode, the main idea of the episode was that the characters would get to save a person's life by using their skills, whereas in most of the series' episodes they find a dead body then investigate the death. Hawley also wanted to raise Booth's stakes in this case, then give him the chance to take some real action and save a boy's life not just based on his expertise as an investigator and a sniper, but also as a father. In addition, the security review conducted on the characters in the episode was used to explore each person's quirks and create possible scenarios that played against who the audience thinks they are. See more »


Zack states that the maxillary (or upper) molars were pulled and replaced with removable dentures, however the removable partial denture he takes from the victim's mouth is a mandibular, or lower jaw, partial denture. See more »


Agent Pickering: What I need to do here is establish that you are not a threat to the security of this country.
Zack Addy: I'm getting a degree in forensic anthropology; I'm halfway through another in engineering. What're you afraid I'll do? Build a race of criminal robots that'll destroy the Earth?
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Good Father Instincts
10 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another good episode where Booth and Brennan work well together fighting and finding justice. This one, like the refrigerator one, is a rare one where the "who done it" is figured out pretty quickly. Instead of looking for a bad guy, the team is looking for a little boy. This hits close to home for Booth, who is a father of a young boy himself...

After watching the entire series (up through near the end of season 11), I find it interesting that Brennan declares rather adamantly that she will never have children. It's nice to see how much her character evolves over the years!

And of course, there's some chemistry in play.

I questioned the care seat in the police SUV for two reasons: 1. His son is five years old, isn't he? therefore, he doesn't need a car seat

  • but a booster seat. 2. Why do we see a car seat now but then B & B

have two children, we never see one? Just wondering...

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