Bones (2005–2017)
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The Boneless Bride in the River 

Bones is called back from vacation - several times - after a boneless body is found, and Sully has a proposition.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Professor Shi Jon Chen
Drew Harper (as J.P. Pitoc)
Joseph Han
Jackie Burrows
Mai Zhang
Bob Lem ...
Eric Chang
Mary Chang

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A trunk, which was submersed for about eight days in a brook, contains a female body, which was boiled, had all bones removed and was sewn up again. Bones resumes her holiday, 'no bones, no Bones', boating with Sully who considers moving onto it permanently. Hair and a genetic disease indicate an Asian, about 20, immigrated- identified through the Homeland Security database as Li Ling Fan, on a fiancée visum, but her partner, Drew Harper, a fence specializing in Asian objects, says they mutually called off the wedding a month ago and escapes. Booth gets Bones who finds sinologist Professor Shi Jon Chen, who introduces them to old Mai Zhang, whose 40 year-old son is a candidate for minghun, an old Chinese tradition for bachelors of reburial with the bones of a posthumous 'bride'... Sully decides to buy the yacht, names it Temperance and asks Bones to take a sabbatical to sail a year with him in the Caribbean, even Booth advises to accept... Written by KGF Vissers

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21 March 2007 (USA)  »

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This is the first appearance of Booth's "cocky" belt buckle. See more »


Li Ling Fan's "fiancée visa" is issued by China, but a real fiancée visa for a Chinese citizen would be issued by the US consulate in Guangzhou. The top part looks like a visa from the Chinese government (issued to US citizens to enter China), even being issued in New York. It's also listed as an L visa, but a US fiancée visa is a K-1. The bottom lines of letters and numbers look like an actual US visa, though. See more »


Special Agent Seeley Booth: Don't knock therapy, ok? Dr. Wyatt has helped me realize there are certain pressures that build up on the job, and I need creative ways...
Dr. Temperance Brennan: [interjecting] We do everything together.
Special Agent Seeley Booth:
  • of dealing with them.

Dr. Temperance Brennan: What exactly do you have to contend with on the job that I don't?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: You, Bones. You don't have to contend with you.
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References Cast Away (2000) See more »


Bones Theme
Written by The Crystal Method
Performed by The Crystal Method
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I can't leave him
16 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found the story itself quite strange and boring, but the reason I gave this episode a pretty good rating is because of the (non)romance between Booth and Brennan.

Again, we see Sully and Brennan together. Sully's getting pretty serious with her and Brennan is even taking time off from the lab to spend time on his boat. Booth, of course, doesn't like this (I think he feels threatened) and he finds every opportunity he possibly can to get Brennan away from her romantic vacation and back into the lab. It's quite comical in the way he does it and of course Brennan doesn't put up much of a fuss.

Later, she is asked to take a break from work and go off with Sully on the boat. She says she can't leave, though she never says why she can't leave. Sully assumes it's the lab, but from the way she acts, I'm pretty sure it's "who" she can't leave then "what." Booth gives her a short speech at the end. I find hidden meanings in his little speech, and I also think it's for the audience as well...

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