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The Girl with the Curl 

When a girl's body is identified as a missing pageant queen, the investigation focuses on her parents.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Jackie Swanson
Kristen Mitchell
Jeremy Farrell
Donna Farrell
Haley Farrel
Mary Gordon Murray ...
Charlotte Craft
Plant Supervisor
Dave Swanson


The team is particularly disgusted to find the corps of a 9-year old girl, almost completely decomposed after three months in a huge interstate water supply maze. It's Brianna Swanson, a long missing top contestant in beauty pageants for children, whose mother Jackie Swanson was so obsessed with winning that she not only resorted to adult make-up (the reconstruction looked about age 30) but also excessive diet, teeth bleaching, dangerous doses of growth hormone and even deliberate mutilation by a permanent, ever-tighter corset. There's a tape of the Jackie furious at Brianna's refusal to keep competing half an hour before her disappearance. The father, Jackie's ex Dave Swanson, is a roof worker, fitting the bitumen traces of which were found on the corps. Zack finds traces of post-mortem abuse. Jackie's alibi and her claim that Brianna loved competing are confirmed, Brianna was mean, insulted and stole from fellow contestants. Angela finally accepts to date Hodgkins, but only to get ... Written by KGF Vissers

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mother | nine year old | contest | See All (3) »






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1 November 2006 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Kali Rocha (Jackie Swanson) had a recurring role (as the demon Halfrek) on the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", in which David Boreanaz starred. See more »


A character references Wanda Holloway, calling her the Texas cheerleader mom who took out her daughter's competition. Holloway tried to hire a hitman to kill the mother of her daughter's rival, not the rival herself, and no one was killed. See more »


Security Guard: How does feeling nine-year-old girls help you solve a murder?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: One of them is the murderer. I know that's hard to believe...
Security Guard: You know? It's really not.
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References Angel (1999) See more »


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Romance in the air
14 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode focuses on a beauty pageant child who is made to look like an adult. The team starts looking at possible motives and several persons of interest. But the truth is much sadder than it should be. I was all on the father's side on this episode. I think he should have been given his little girl's remains to bury!

The romance of Jack and Angela is embraced in this episode as she agrees to go out with him. Unfortunately it went better than she was hoping. This is the beginning of a beautiful thing!

The closing scene was pretty romantic as well. The romantic tension was just rolling off of Booth and Bones. Booth had a decision to make (similar to one Bones had to make in Season 1), and he made the right decision, much to my satisfaction. We get a tease at a possible scene. We are teased this way many times over the next few seasons!

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