Bones (2005–2017)
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The Santa in the Slush 

Brennan and Booth investigate the death of a Santa as Bones tries to give her father the Christmas he's always dreamed of, and Booth comes to terms with not spending the holiday with Parker.


Jeff Woolnough


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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)
John Francis Daley ... Lance Sweets
Ryan O'Neal ... Max Keenan
Patricia Belcher ... Caroline Julian
David DeLuise ... Santa Jeff Mantell
Reginald VelJohnson ... Dale Owens (as Reginald Vel Johnson)
Ernie Grunwald ... Santa Fred Spivak
Donovan Scott ... Santa Larry
David Doty David Doty ... Ralph Harley
David Ackert ... Marty Moussa


Elves find a rat-eaten Santa, skull smashed. The victim was the city's only permanent, obsessively devote Santa, Kris Kringle, who lived above a toy shop. Still, their was a criminal side to his generosity. Booth's mood is already miserable as Parker must spend this Christmas with his mother and her Coastguard friend. Prosecutor Christine's prank, in exchange for allowing a Brennan prison Christmas reunion, actually helps cheer everyone up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

27 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


For some reason (likely a script error), prior to the first commercial break, Booth was entirely committed to believing the victim was the 'real' Santa, while Brennan was adamantly a nonbeliever. However, after the break, speaking to the victim's landlord, Booth is the nonbeliever and Brennan is joyfully following along with the guise of the 'real' Santa being their victim. See more »


Right after bones visits her father and she and booth are in the car he does not have his hand near his head but in the next scene he is now rubbing his left side of his face. See more »


Special Agent Seeley Booth: Ahhhhhh! Three days before Christmas and somebody kills Santa!
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Alternate Versions

There is an extended kiss scene on the DVD with a longer, more intimate kiss. See more »


References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »


Bones End Theme
Composed by Peter Himmelman
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Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like the rat-chewed body of Santa Claus!
26 November 2008 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

What an excellent way to kick-off the Holiday Season! The wife and I have been making our way through the first three seasons of Bones and so far, "The Santa in the Slush" just might be one of my favorite episodes. In this one, Booth and Brennan are called in to investigate the death of a man they later identify as Kris Kringle. In full Santa regalia, Kringle is found dead, his body decomposing, lying in a sewer. Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like the rat-chewed body of Santa Claus!

There are other episodes of Bones that are more realistic, that take their subject matter more seriously, and that toy more with the emotions of the viewer - but there are few that are this much fun. A lot of the usual drama is pushed to the side in favor of a more comedic tone - and with excellent results. Don't misunderstand, I realize there is a touch of comedy in almost every episode, but here it takes center stage. And just the notion of a temp agency specializing in Santas and Elves is hysterical. The interplay between Bones and Booth was never better. The subplots dealing with Bones' attempt to give her father his dream Christmas in jail and Booth's desire to spend the Holiday with his son add just the right touch of humanity without ever becoming schmaltzy. Altogether, this is one fine episode of a wonderful show. A 9/10 seems right to me.

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