Bones: Season 1, Episode 22

The Woman in Limbo (17 May 2006)

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When Brennan's mother is found in the Jeffersonian's storage for unidentified remains, Booth opens an official FBI investigation to find out who killed her.

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Even cool, together Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan is unable to go testify in court when she sees a facial reconstruction from a skull in a mass grave is her mother Christine Brennan, officially missing like her father, a science teacher, for years. Now Booth can finally start an official investigation, as mother, an accountant, had been giving evidence in high-profile tax evasion cases and Temperance's elder brother Russ, who deserted her, is on parole after convictions for a shop in stolen car parts. Now Booth finds Bones' parents had assumed the late Matthew Brennan's identity in 1978. However she was buried with a movie ticket for the 1993 movie The Fugitive, released two years after her disappearance. When Booth finds the parents were really Max and Ruth Keenan and had a federal criminal record as bank robbery strong box specialists, Russ, who was seven, admits his real name is Kyle, hers Joy. So why did mother 'Brennan' disappear, abandoning her kids for two years, and who ... Written by KGF Vissers

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McVicars' alias while in the witness protection scheme is Steve Beers. Steve Beers is Bones' Co-Executive producer. See more »

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When Bones is looking at the DNA test results she points to the first three results and says that they are hers, Rus', and her mom's when they aren't. The first one is their mother's, the second one is an unknown person and the last two are her and her brother's. See more »

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Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: The NCIC database? That's... that's criminals! My parents were on a list of federal offenders?
Russ Brennan: How do you like that? Guess a criminal nature runs in the family.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: [holding up a picture of her brother] You were seven years old, Russ. Old enough to remember. What... what is your real name? What is *my* real name?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Bones, it's right here in the file.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: [turning to Booth] No! *No!* I want *him* to tell me!
[exhales, and faces Russ]
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: What is my real name, Russ?
Russ Brennan: [long pause] My name was Kyle. Your name was Joy...
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan:
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Bones:The Woman in Limbo
14 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode of BONES, Brennan discovers that remains of her mother have been in the Medico-lab for practically seven years! Booth makes it a top priority to find out who killed her as Zach finds while looking over the skull a hematoma. This episode is important in the ongoing storyline in regards to Brennan uncovering her past, making amends with her estranged parolee brother Russ(Lorean Dean) who is just as much a victim as Bones, learning of how mother and father were crooks linked to a dangerous strong-arm group. This strong-arm group may've hired a hit-man, a "mechanic" who likes to crush the foreheads of his victims. We see how the Jeffersonian team stop at nothing, including working long hours, so that Brennan's mother's killer would be brought to light/justice. This episode further establishes the true friendship between Booth and Brennan, a relationship which transcends some soap opera romance, that is touching and enriching. Good evolution in the character of Brennan, who finds that her real name isn't Temperance, with a strong performance from Deschanel.


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