Bones (2005–2017)
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Aliens in a Spaceship 

When Hodgins and Brennan are buried alive, it's a race against time and a kidnapper who doesn't negotiate.


Craig Ross Jr.


Hart Hanson (created by), Kathy Reichs (inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and author) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Emily Deschanel ... Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz ... Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin ... Angela Montenegro
Eric Millegan ... Zack Addy
Tamara Taylor ... Camille Saroyan
T.J. Thyne ... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Benito Martinez ... Thomas Vega
Julie Ann Emery ... Janine O'Connell
Charles Mesure ... Pete Sanders
James McDonnell James McDonnell ... James Kent
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Kurland
Rich McDonald ... PA State Trooper


A reported find of 'two aliens' in a large vat proves the gruesome grave of human twin boys, Ryan and Matthew 'Matty' Kent, missing since years, burned at 300°. It's again the work of "the Gravedigger", a serial kidnapper-murderer who buries his victims and demands a royal ransom, no negotiation. The twins had not enough air to survive even if the ransom had been delivered as demanded, but after examining Matthew's serious fracture and stun-gun wounds, the team concludes it was a car crash, the Gravedigger was surprised by the second twin and has no larger vat available. Now the Gravedigger kidnaps both Bones and Hodgins from the Jeffersonian parking-lot, asking $8,000,000, well within his family's means. Zach discovers why the vat contains so much blood: Ryan severed his own artery with a pen, to give his brother more air and hence time. The forensic hostages -inside a car boot- aren't found within the ultimatum, but use enough tricks to gain time by saving and making oxygen, send a ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

15 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


First episode to crown a "King of the Lab". See more »


When Brennan is comparing the Gravedigger to God, we first see the car from the outside and the windows are up. The next shot is from the inside and the windows are down, but there's no wind (you'd be able to see it in her hair). See more »


Dr. Jack Hodgins: If you can perform surgery out of thin air, then I can pull a little thin air out of thin air.
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Bones Theme
Written by The Crystal Method
Performed by The Crystal Method
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EXcellent Episode!
15 July 2016 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

We are introduced to the Grave Digger, which will have some related episodes in the upcoming seasons. While investigating, Dr. Brennan and Jack are buried alive in her car. Booth and the rest of the team work non-stop to find them before it's too late.

Jack and Angela's relationship is officially confirmed in this episode. Both express their deep feelings for the other, expressed after Jack's life in endangered.

Booth holds back no punches when it comes to finding Bones. He threatens a man's life, tells the squints what to do, and doesn't give up even when it looks like they are too late.

I love the Booth and Bones relationship. Anybody who can watch this show cannot tell me Booth is not totally in love with Bones! The emotions, the expressions, and his prayerful thankfulness at the end is all the proof we need!

Booth's running in the dirt to dig Bones out is a classic scene. The looks they share after only adds to the sweetness of the moment!

This story line is going to get worse before it gets better...If you like seeing Booths and Bones fighting to save each other, you'll defiantly want to watch the next one!

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