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.


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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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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 »


Agent Pickering tells Hodgins that she does not need to interview him because the State Department researched him 6 months prior when his cousin was appointed to a very high post in the government. Throughout the series, it is established that Hodgins has no living relatives left (which accounts for his vast wealth as the sole heir to the Cantilever Group). See more »


Agent Pickering: When you were in Cuba, did you meet with a man named Juan Guzman?
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: [pause. Bones picks up her phone and dials a number] Hello. It's Dr. Brennan from the Jeffersonian. You told me to call you if anyone asked about... you know... him... Someone from the State Department named Samantha Pickering.
[hands the phone to Pickering]
Agent Pickering: Pickering. Yes, sir! Yes... I'll wait... I'll wait here.
[hands the phone back to Bones. Bones hangs up the receiver]
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Any more questions?
Agent Pickering: No. Uh, no. In fact, the entire review ...
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Not the best episode, but far from the worst
17 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is more about character development than about the specific story, I think. Fortunately this show does character development very well.

The investigator who was brought in acts as a foil for the unique traits of each character to play off, and they each do it brilliantly.

Despite my first paragraph, there's also no shortage of action and plot, with the usual twists and turns to be found in any episode of the show.

I'm very confused by the previous commenter who said that the main team were being interviewed by a shrink - a State Department investigator is hardly just a shrink, and I think that goes to show how valuable the previous comment is. If you post a comment in here, please be familiar with what you're talking about.

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