Bones: Season 3, Episode 9

The Santa in the Slush (27 Nov. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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Brennan and Booth investigate the death of a Santa as Bones tries to give her father the Christmas he's always dreamed of, and Booth comes to terms with not spending the holiday with Parker.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Santa Jeff Mantell
Dale Owens (as Reginald Vel Johnson)
Santa Fred Spivak
Santa Larry
David Doty ...
Ralph Harley
Marty Moussa


Elves find a rat-eaten Santa, skull smashed. The victim was the city's only permanent, obsessively devote Santa, Kris Kringle, who lived above a toy shop. Still, their was a criminal side to his generosity. Booth's mood is already miserable as Parker must spend this Christmas with his mother and her Coastguard friend. Prosecutor Christine's prank, in exchange for allowing a Brennan prison Christmas reunion, actually helps cheer everyone up. Written by KGF Vissers

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The security guard, Marty Moussa, is identified as an Egyptian. He says that he's Coptic, and they celebrate Christmas. It is true that Copts observe Christmas, but they use the Orthodox calendar and many Orthodox Christians actually celebrate Christmas on January 7 rather than December 25. A minority of Copts, however, are Catholic, and they follow the Roman Catholic calendar. It is likely that Moussa is Coptic Catholic. See more »


Right before Caroline comes into Bones's office she puts a white stick of gum in her mouth. After the kiss, the gum is in Booth's mouth, but is now bright blue. See more »


[about the victim's many, many Christmas decorations]
Special Agent Seeley Booth: This guy was committed!
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Should have been.
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References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »


Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Written by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots
Performed by Peggy Lee and the Santas
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Starting my Christmas season
28 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just the thing to start the Christmas viewing of shows to get me in the spirit. Santa barely recognizable as he lay in a pile of sewage. But, yes it is Kris Kringle, and that opens a slew of jokes to make this an interesting Christmas show.

I am still not completely thrilled by this series, as the characters in Kathy Reich's books are so much more interesting, but they have to appeal to the Fox and WB viewers, so they bring in the pretty boy. The supporting cast is always enjoyable as they bring some interesting characters to the table. I do like the addition of John Francis Daley as Dr. Sweets. Patricia Belcher as AUSA Julian is also good.

I'll keep watching as I like the concept. I just wish it more international like the books. You can't have everything.

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