Bones (2005–2017)
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The Man on the Fairway 

Bones is told to investigate a plane crash involving Chinese delegates, but she is more interested in bone fragments from a person who was not on the plane. The fragments lead to a man whose father has been missing for five years.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Jesse Kane
Ray Sparks
Ian Dyson
Karen Anderson
Female Tech
Security Guard (as Roderick L. McCarthy)


Zack Addy expresses regret that it's the third case in a row he and Bones must handle without Special Agent Seeley Booth when they are called to the site of a crashed private jet which carried State Department staff and two Chinese cultural attachés (often a spy cover.) The FAA and NTSB classify the crash on a golf-course as an accident, but there is one charcoaled body more than on the passenger list, plus bone fragments of yet another person at the crash site, with cut marks consistent with amputation. Jeffersonian director Dr. Daniel Goodman accepts orders to concentrate only on identifying the sixth passenger; Bones insists to Booth the seventh man is the only possible murder victim. To the amazement of both, Jesse Kane, a reputed expert on missing persons and aspects of police work, approaches them, claiming the bone fragments are probably from his father, rich stockbroker Max Kane, whose disappearance five years earlier on the way to his cottage started Jesse's quest for such ... Written by KGF Vissers

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8 March 2006 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This woodchipper case closely resembles that of Helle and Richard Craft. Richard Craft murdered his wife Helle in their bedroom, then froze her body in their icebox in the garage. He then replaced the carpet all over their house and took his dead wife's body to a nearby river. There he dismembered her body with a chainsaw and ran the parts through a woodchipper he rented. Doctor Henry Lee was the lead forensic scientist on the case. See more »


When starting the wood chipper to feed the frozen pig through, the start button is pressed with an open palm. The start and stop buttons are together in a recess to avoid accidental hitting and would not be activated by an open palm. See more »


Dr. Daniel Goodman: What's our next move?
Dr. Temperance Brennan: I suggest we try to match this reconstruction with escort ads - both internet and print - in the D.C. area.
Zack Addy: Oh, I'll do that!
[Dr. Goodman glares at Zack]
Zack Addy: Wait, was that overly enthusiastic?
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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »


Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking
Lyrics by Gary Lightbody
Composed by Gary Lightbody, Iain Archer, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly and Johnny Quinn
Performed by Snow Patrol
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The true crime
11 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

A plan crash isn't the center of Brennan's investigation. She finds three bone fragments that don't belong with the crash and longs to learn who they belong to. A man believes they are from his missing father. So after Brennan overrides her boss's orders and directs her three helpers to focus on the other case, they sneak around to find the truth.

Brennan and Booth have rather interesting talks. Though Booth accuses Brennan of missing him, it's obvious the feeling is quite mutual. Booth constantly pulls her into the field with him to help him solve the case.

The young man looking for his father plays on Brennan's sympathies by bringing up the fact that her parents are also missing. This infuriates Booth. You can just see his protective instincts clashing with his trying to stay objective.

B & B share a rather intimate look at the end that's interrupted by Zack, who is happy his and Booth's "friendship" is back on track.

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