Bones: Season 5, Episode 9

The Gamer in the Grease (3 Dec. 2009)

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Mailman Steve Rifton's corpse is found in frying fat, hence extremely decayed over two weeks. He was reported missing for three months. The highly intelligent man's passion was the computer... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Tory Payne
Chris Ballinger
Dierdre Ryan
Keith Seeger
Jill Rifton
Billy Gabel


Mailman Steve Rifton's corpse is found in frying fat, hence extremely decayed over two weeks. He was reported missing for three months. The highly intelligent man's passion was the computer game Punky Pong. He recently lost the world record, which was bitterly contested. Both motive and means require several theories based on forensic findings until things start fitting. Meanwhile Jeffersonian intern Colin Fischer gets three Avatar tickets, which also excites Hodgins and Sweets, so they cover for each-other to take turns standing in line for the best seats. Colin's tent however offers an unexpected alternative 'entertainment' for two. Written by KGF Vissers

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The video game "Punky Pong" is based on the original arcade game "Donkey Kong". The character of Billy Gabel is an exaggerated version of the original world record holder, Billy Mitchell. The plot is an alternative version of the documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters", documenting one man's attempt at the world record. See more »


Brennan and Booth are in Sweets's office getting advice from Sweets about the aggressive video of the other gamer. When Sweets gets the call from Hoggins the camera turns to face Brennan and Booth. The Gamer on the screen clearly sits back in his chair with an slightly annoyed look on his face even after the video was supposed to be paused earlier. See more »


Dr. Jack Hodgins: [Referring to his tattoo] I didn't do it.
Angela Montenegro: Wait a minute - my dad?
[Hodgins chuckles]
Angela Montenegro: My father did that to you.
Dr. Jack Hodgins: Let's just say, I think he was trying to prove a point.
Angela Montenegro: I am *so* going to kick his Texan bad ass! You - you need to get that removed.
Dr. Jack Hodgins: Why?
Angela Montenegro: Because we are not together anymore. And I-I don't want you sweating all over my face. And I-I , you -you need to get that lasered.
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6 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think it is very funny that Joel Moore, who stars as Colin Fisher in Bones, and in the this episode wins the tickets to Avatar, is in Avatar. He plays Norm Spellman. Obviously Avatar isn't out in theaters yet, but when it is I wonder in "Spellman" will be a similar character to Fisher. I kind of hope he is.

I just think it was clever, and wondered if anyone else picked up on it. I haven't finished this episode yet, but it looks pretty good. Also thought it was funny that Temperance wouldn't look at the body until all the flesh had fallen off.

Anyway, Avatar looks like a great movie.

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