Bones: Season 4, Episode 24

The Critic in the Cabernet (7 May 2009)

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The remains are found in a barrel of wine. Bones realizes she wants to have a child and asks Booth for help.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Sean Mortenson
Charlie Dunwood
Jenny Holt
Kim Mortenson
Bruce Hanover
Stewie Griffin (voice)


A wine cask sealed years ago by cellar-master Bruce Hanover in Sean Mortenson's well-reputed Virginia winery contains the remains of influential wine critic Spencer Holt. While the forensic team searches for precise cause of death and weapon, the criminal investigation soon digs up possible motives in wine economics and marital infidelity. However the Smithsonian team is more preoccupied with Bones' announcement she wants a baby, and expect model male Booth to donate the sperm. Sweets had a hard time making them admit the relational significance, but something worse surprises even him. Written by KGF Vissers

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Stewie was allowed to appear in this episode because Bones & Family Guy are both owned and broadcasted on FOX network channels. See more »


Booth is diagnosed as having a brain tumor when he has hallucinations of Stewie Griffin from "Family Guy". Other instances of Booth's hallucinations are given as further evidence of the tumor, such as his having seen an old military comrade, Teddy Parker, in a previous episode "Hero in the Hold". However, Brennan also saw and interacted with Teddy Parker in that episode. If his appearance were truly a symptom of Booth's tumor, Brennan would not have seen or interacted with him. See more »


Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Well I'm not asking for you to be involved. All I want is your sperm.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: [Booth realizes the Tech has heard Bones and starts to laugh] That's a good one. "All I want is your sperm." Never heard that joke before.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: I don't understand.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: [to the Tech] Yeah. Okay. All right. Just close your mouth and point us to the body, okay?
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I know it wasn't the greatest episode but I think it did its job which was to advance the story. The story in this case is the relationship between booth and Brennan which everyone watching the show has been waiting for since prob day 1. It also shows Brennan finally start to give in to the fact maybe she does need someone in her life and can't just keep ignoring emotional feelings just bc its not scientifically factual. All in all not the greatest episode but not a 2 out of 10 and actually not all that bad, plus the addition of Stewie made it even more enjoyable IMHO so I'd lean more towards 6.5/7 as opposed to the 2 rosi gave it.

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