Bones: Season 4, Episode 23

The Beaver in the Otter (30 Apr. 2009)

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The remains of a college student are found in a mascot costume from a rival college. As the squints investigate how the body got in there, Booth finds out what his brother plans on doing with his life after his court martial.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Molly Briggs
Greg Harmalard
Dean Vernon Warner
Robert Hooper
Sheriff Tina Mullins
Professor Marlene Twardosh
Jonathan Chesner ...
Gary Bacon


When the Middlesex university team publicly burns its Otters adversary's stolen mascot, it's discretely shot and a corps falls out. It's not from anatomy, but James 'Beaver' Bouvier, a popular member of the Delta Beta Sigma fraternity. Sweets analyzes frat-life, Bones looks down upon it, Booth enjoys the male bonding memories. Beaver also was a bookie and involved in hacking to steal test questions. His disputed sex-life also provides suspects. Meanwhile Seeley worries that his brother Jared, who just was paroled, refuses a job interview, desiring to travel India by motorbike. Written by KGF Vissers

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Greg Harmalard, Dean Vernon Warner and the otter mascot are nods to Greg Marmalard, Dean Vernon Wormer and Otter the pledge from the movie Animal House. See more »


You cannot use blanks in the Beretta auto loading pistol used in the show. It requires blow back to operate. See more »


Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: I have to admit, I'm impressed that you picked her out of a crowd. How did you do it?
Dr. Lance Sweets: You're not going to believe me anyway. Just going to say I guessed. So have it your way, I guessed.
[Sweets starts to leave]
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: No. I don't think you're serious. I'd like to know what you saw.
[the door closes]
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References Slumdog Millionaire (2008) See more »


Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
(played by the marching band at the pep rally)
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19 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hated Animal House et al of it Mimickers. Watching adults behaving like hyper-active 8-year-olds on crack just offends me. Amplifying that is my long-standing contempt for the practice of extending adolescence into our late teens, a practice dating to the late 19th Century in America and initially restricted to the affluent. The poor and working classes couldn't afford it and it wasn't til the 1920s that, prompted by free secondary education, the idea seeped throughout the middle classes. Even then, Andy Hardy still matured.

Irresponsibility related to Greek college students follows a parallel line beginning with Fitzgerald, carries through to the mid/late 50s, took a break from the late 50s to Animal House (1978), which devolved that irresponsibility to the level of 8-year-olds on crack.

Personally, I got lucky, going to a large state university where Jocks and Greeks were (self) isolated from the larger community and most of us gloried in our first autonomy as adults. That was 1968 and, during my undergraduate years, I neither saw nor imagined the kind of behavior displayed in either Animal House or this episode of Bones; on our campus, it wouldn't have been tolerated even within the confines of Greek/Jock Row. A kegger on the Snake River was as close as it got.

Bottom line, I'm extremely prejudiced on the subject and only gave this episode a 2 because I love Bones - and the fact that Jared took his first small step towards turning into a Human Being.

Unlike virtually every other episode, there is nothing here I like; no little bit of banter, not even the arching of an eyebrow.

A caveat to latter generations - my generation (or large parts of it) embraced the classic American values and the revolutions of the 60s were based on making those values real, especially the notion of individual autonomy (which we now call empowerment). That was our context. Contexts change, as demonstrated by Animal House. Generation Gaps emerge so, if you don't find that change in context offensive, if you enjoyed its new set of parameters, you might actually like this episode.

As for myself, I feel no grief that the Beaver's dead and figure he deserved his fate.

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