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The Santa in the Slush 

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:
Zack Addy
Camille Saroyan
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Max Keenan
Santa Jeff Mantell
Dale Owens (as Reginald Vel Johnson)
Santa Fred Spivak
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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27 November 2007 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in Washington D.C. However, the mall security guard, Marty Moussa, who is questioned about an altercation with a mall Santa, is wearing patches bearing the old logo of the "Mall of America" on his shoulders. The only "Mall of America" in existence is located in Bloomington, Minnesota. 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 »


Special Agent Seeley Booth: [to Bones over the phone. She is celebrating Christmas with Max, her brother and his family in a trailer at prison] Listen, Bones, uh... I got a little something for you.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Oh, I got you something, too, Booth. We can exchange gifts in a couple days.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Go to the window and open up the blinds now.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: What?
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References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »


A Holly Jolly Christmas
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Burl Ives
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Starting my Christmas season
28 November 2007 | by 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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