A 20-year-old body is found when a time capsule is opened, and focus turns towards the victim's fellow high school students.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Gil Bates
Terry Stinson
Janelle Stinson (as Kristin Bauer)
Daniel Dillon
John Adamson
Darwin Banks
Houston Graham ...
Roger Dillon / Alex Stinson
Diane Kim ...
Woman in Crowd


When Foothill High school's time capsule of 1987 is opened, it's industrial waterproof seal laid by class nerd Gil Bates is found broken, there is lots of decomposed material and a skull, soon identified as classmate Roger Dillon. His father, an abusive drunk, refused to help him financially and never noticed his disappearance (20 years). Booth and Bones question the other classmates and the team finds out about the content of the time capsule. This produces several potential motives, such as drug pushing, a computer game which could have made a fortune had it been released, a mean fake yearbook. From hereditary traits it appears Roger has an illegitimate biological son, Alex Stinson, with lacrosse captain Terry Stinson's current wife, then head cheerleader and tutored by him. While the sleuths reminisce their own schooldays, Dr. Lance Sweets eagerly accepts to do suspect profiling if Booth and Bones tell each-other embarrassing anecdotes. Forensics still come up with a surprise twist. Written by KGF Vissers

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13 November 2007 (USA)  »

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If Brennan is really an Anthropologist, it's note-worthy that she doesn't mention that the game of Lacrosse was originally played by the Hausenosaunee, (aka "Iroquois"), and was used to determine/predict the warrior-capabilities of the game as "Younger Brother of War". See more »


Angela states that 'this little darling is a Commodore Amiga' when it's clearly an IBM desktop with an IBM badge visible on the front. She also states it has a Motorola 68 hundred chipset when the Amiga used a 68000 chip. See more »


Angela Montenegro: [removing contents from the time capsule] One year book-Foothill High, 1987.
Dr. Camille Saroyan: [checking list of contents] Check; dehydrate and scan.
Angela Montenegro: [reading year book] "Have a great summer, don't ever change." Remember those days?
Dr. Camille Saroyan: I remember getting grounded every weekend, so many rules to break, so little time.
Dr. Jack Hodgins: You were a nerd fantasy.
Angela Montenegro: I was all about Barbie.
Dr. Jack Hodgins: She was my first anatomy lesson, I was confused for years.
Dr. Camille Saroyan: What about Ken, I felt so sorry for him.
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Back to school
13 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A school's 1987 time capsule is unearthed after 20 years, and inside are the incredibly gross remains of a long-missing student, a real brainiac whom everyone thought was going to be the next Bill Gates. An old yearbook leads B&B on the path to tracking down the boy's killer. Seems the kid invented a video game that was years ahead of the competition, and this plays into the plot. He also was sweet on a cheerleader, who harbors a deep, dark secret about their relationship. For the old timers in the audience, you will get to see the equivalent of a Commodore 64 in action. The killer is slightly less obvious in this episode than in many previous episodes, and may surprise a lot of you.

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