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The Man in the Fallout Shelter 

"The Man in the Fallout Shelter" is an episode of Bones starring Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, and Michaela Conlin. While the gang is quarantined in the lab for Christmas, they search for clues to solve the mystery of a skeleton found in a fallout shelter.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Temperance Brennan
... Seeley Booth
... Angela Montenegro
... Zack Addy
... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
... Daniel Goodman
... Hal
... Sid Shapiro (as Heavy D.)
... Ivy Gillespie
... Angela's Dad (as Billy F Gibbons)
... Mr. Addy
... Lisa Pearce (as Christina Copeland)
... Parker Booth


Two days before Christmas Angela, who is dressed as an elf, wants everybody to join her for a Chistmas party. Bones seizes her only chance of escape when Booth gives her the kind of present he knows she likes. The present: a 50 year old corpse found in the atomic fallout shelter of a building where Congress lodges guests! When the bones are sawed open, a fungus causing life-threatening valley disease is unknowingly released. Hodgins takes his mask off to drink eggnog and everybody is subsequently quarantined indefinitely. They learns more about each other's personal backgrounds, notably that Booth has a 4 year old son, Parker, but no parental rights and Bones' parents disappeared on Chistmas Eve. Angela is determined to celebrate Christmas even though she's locked-up and exchanges hand-made gifts, with her relatives coming visit her behind glass. Meanwhile the corpse is fairly easily identified as a white-collar white man Lionel, who hoped to get married in Paris to his -illegal- ... Written by KGF Vissers

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13 December 2005 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Brennan is telling Angela about her Christmas with her brother, she mentions her brother was 19 and moved out west to work and she was put in the foster system. In an earlier episode she alluded to the fact that they separated her from her brother, which would have never happened as he was not in the system. See more »


When Booth leaves the lab, he is carrying his coat and nothing else. Later on, at Wong Foo's, he gives the robot that Zack made to Parker. See more »


Zack Addy: Krystal from accounting is after you, isn't she?
Dr. Jack Hodgins: Uh, like Alien after Predator.
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References He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) See more »


Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
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Bah! Humbug!
27 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a middling effective tearjerker marred by a few specific things: First, the absolute insistence that everybody and everything is Christian. (How do you actually tell someone you don't know over the phone to tell somebody else you don't know "Merry Christmas"? How rude is that if they are any other religion?) Yes, some scientists have religious faith, but two thirds of a given group of scientists believing in the actual divinity of Jesus of Nazareth? Please. Which brings us to the scene where Booth and Brennan argue about faith; the scene ends with Booth saying, "You don't know if you're sick, but you're more than willing to take drugs just in case. Seems to me you should give the man upstairs the same benefit of the doubt that you do an invisible fungus." And he walks away while Brennan looks contemplative, like she needs to think about that argument. But the argument is complete rubbish: the fungus might be invisible to the naked eye but its presence has been tangibly established by evidence nonetheless; and even if it were a fair comparison, the best it amounts to is Pascal's wager, the argument that one should believe in God just in case he's real and wants to send non-believers to hell. This show clearly wanted to side with theists—not just theists but Christian theists—over atheists, and it uses bogus rhetoric and tear-jerking to do so. Bad! Bad TV program! ((Smacks 'Bones' with newspaper.))

Finally, this episode is marred by the most egregiously awful rendition I ever hope to hear of "Have Yourself oh! Merry Little Chruhmuh", courtesy of Tori Amos. No doubt Ms. Amos has considerable talent and appeal as a musician—I remember liking a thing or two from "Little Earthquakes"—but this performance was a catalog of WTF ARE YOU DOING TO THIS SONG?! moments: mangled pronunciation, bad microreadings, worse vocal habits... Ugh! Ugh! Ugh! Stinky! ((Smacks Tori Amos with newspaper.))

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