Bones (2005–2017)
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The Man in the Fallout Shelter 

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.


Greg Yaitanes


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




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
Jim Ortlieb ... Hal
Heavy D ... Sid Shapiro (as Heavy D.)
Margaret Avery ... Ivy Gillespie
Billy Gibbons ... Angela's Dad (as Billy F Gibbons)
Bob Bouchard ... Mr. Addy
Christina R. Copeland ... Lisa Pearce (as Christina Copeland)
Ty Panitz ... 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) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hodgins calls Brennan the Grinch while trying to decide what to give Angela for Christmas. T.J. Thyne (Hodgins) played Stu Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). See more »


While searching online for information we see Dr. Brennan using an AOL account. This seems quite odd as she would have to have access to the best computer programs and search engines. This takes place seven years after Google was launched in 1998. See more »


Angela Montenegro: Ok, brief announcement: you guys might recognize my Dad. I don't really want to talk about it; so... thanks.
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References He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) See more »


Bones End Theme
Written by Peter Himmelman
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A Rare episode - of any TV show
16 January 2015 | by hansenmv2002See all my reviews

This ep I never fail to watch: early in the show run - the creator/writer overlays everyone with detail here - early, and often. Funny, heart-warming, shocking, bizarre - several times over. This is an ep - that few shows ever manage so early - and it is actually a study in - "oh yeah? - then you write this stuff." The convolution of the different characters - blaming, sharing - is not something you bang out on a slow weekend. OK - to hit 10 lines - this is a way of softening the main character for the future. The other shows i think of - seeing this - I don't want to spoil anything such as possible anymore/years later --- X-Files "Jose Chung" - ST:TNG "Cause and Effect" - they highlight the show in one 45 page ep; "The Wedding" / Seinfeld - the 'backwards' episode - all come to mind. I made 10 lines? WHAT a LAME requirement.

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