Bones (2005–2017)
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The Man in the Bear 

Bones and Booth travel to Washington to investigate an arm found in a dead black bear.


Allan Kroeker


Hart Hanson (created by), Kathy Reichs (inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and author) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Emily Deschanel ... Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz ... Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin ... Angela Montenegro
Eric Millegan ... Zack Addy
T.J. Thyne ... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Jonathan Adams ... Daniel Goodman
Alex Carter ... Dr. Andrew Rigby
Marguerite MacIntyre ... Dr. Denise Randall
Tom Kiesche ... Sheriff Chris Scutter
Steve Reevis ... Ranger Sherman Rivers
Rusty Joiner ... Charlie
K.D. Aubert ... Toni
Chris Schuette Chris Schuette ... Lab Worker


After Bones confirms to Booth the hand found in a black bear is from a human male and was hand-sawed off days earlier, they are sent to the Washington state Flathead Indian reservation. The vet Denise Randall brought to Dr. Andrew Rigby most of the arm of the 18 to 25-old victim, on which Zach finds human bite-marks; not being cooked, that must make the cannibal sick. Aurora's sheriff Chris Scutter knows only of a missing hiker Ann Noyes. Ranger Sherman Rivers shows where he found the bear to harvest the excrement, which includes skin tattooed with an Indian Haida sun, which fits missing Richland college boy Adam Langer (22), missing for ten days, who, considering a ranger career, visited Sherman, who flees into the woods, but only as bear poacher. Adam also took climbing lessons with Aurora's hunky private courier Charlie. The corpses of Adam and Ann -missing the heart- are found, shot in the head from up close, buried near a 'medecine wheel' made of stones, fit for a shaman ritual ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

1 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Altadena, California, USA See more »

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While examining the bear scat, Hodgins is wearing gloves as he should, but after finding an item he wishes a better look at, he grabs a magnifying light without removing the gloves, covering the light switch with feces. This could easily be transferred to other evidence, rendering them contaminated and possibly ruining a prosecution. A scientist of his caliber should know better. See more »


Dr. Temperance Brennan: What if I have to shoot? What part of his body should I hit?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: The part that isn't me.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


Bones Theme
Written by The Crystal Method
Performed by The Crystal Method
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Bones still developing
9 July 2016 | by Michelle PalmerSee all my reviews

We are still waiting for the character of Bones to fully emerge. The writer's are taking their time, but eventually the Bones we all know and love will emerge. She's not clearly defined on her spiritual beliefs or on her being a vegetarian, but soon we'll see those emerge.

Booth and Brennan work well together on everything. The last episode, I felt he hated her, but their chemistry seems to be back on track here. The cannibal element will play a big part in Season 3 in a pretty wicked way, so watch out for it...

After watching 11 seasons of Bones, it's interesting to see how young they all are. Love when characters are more fully developed.

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