Bones (2005–2017)
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The Woman in Limbo 

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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Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)


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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17 May 2006 (USA)  »

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We see Brennan's apartment three times in the season: in "Pilot," in "Two Bodies in the Lab," and in "The Woman in Limbo." However, every time, her apartment looks distinctly different. See more »


When Dr. Hodgins finds the movie ticket buried with Christine Brennan, the large ticket on the screen has the date listed as 9/22/93 and the small ticket shows the date as 4/22/93. See more »


Angela Montenegro: [Angela and Brennan are standing on the catwalk above the lab] Look, you finally got to slap Russ. You've been wanting to do that for years.
[Angela and Brennan chuckle]
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: I worshipped him, you know. God, he was so cool. Everyone knew I was Russ Brennan's little sister. I wasn't cool or pretty, so being his sister... You know that game Marco Polo? I'd be sitting in class, and I'd hear out the window, "Marco!"
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: It'd be Russ checking in on me... and letting everyone know that I was his little ...
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References The Fugitive (1993) See more »


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Written by The Crystal Method
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What happened to my Mother?
12 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the beginning of this episode, Brennan is devastated to learn that some remains left at the Jeffesonian are those of her mother. Booth is the first (after Brennan) to discover this and works hard to comfort her and help her learn how her mother died.

There were hints throughout the season that her parents were missing and we knew it was only a matter of time before that story was written. This is a story that is never really resolved, as far as I can tell. Even in Season 10, Max states that there are things she just doesn't know. This story evolves over the seasons.

Again, the writer's do such a good job with the complicated relationship Booth and Bones have. Though she has a boyfriend, she turns to Booth for comfort and help. She cries in his arms and throughout this episode there are several times he chases everyone out of the room so he can speak to her alone.

And ohmygosh, what Booth finds at the very end of this episode is shows just how deeply she cares for Booth.

A cliff hanger is added at the end that promises Season 2 will be interesting!

Oh, and Bones makes the comment of "I just may now be a vegetarian after this." She actually already was one...

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