Bones (2005–2017)
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The Woman in Limbo 

When Brennan's mother is found in the Jeffersonian's storage for unidentified remains, Booth opens an official FBI investigation to find out who killed her.


Jesús Salvador Treviño (as Jesus Trevino)


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
Loren Dean ... Russ Brennan
Pat Skipper ... Vince McVicar
Coby Ryan McLaughlin ... David Simmons
Dee Wallace ... Special Agent Callie Warner
Ewan Chung ... CSI Tech
Bob Rusch ... Carnival Owner




Even cool, together Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan is unable to go testify in court when she sees a facial reconstruction from a skull in a mass grave is her mother Christine Brennan, officially missing like her father, a science teacher, for years. Now Booth can finally start an official investigation, as mother, an accountant, had been giving evidence in high-profile tax evasion cases and Temperance's elder brother Russ, who deserted her, is on parole after convictions for a shop in stolen car parts. Now Booth finds Bones' parents had assumed the late Matthew Brennan's identity in 1978. However she was buried with a movie ticket for the 1993 movie The Fugitive, released two years after her disappearance. When Booth finds the parents were really Max and Ruth Keenan and had a federal criminal record as bank robbery strong box specialists, Russ, who was seven, admits his real name is Kyle, hers Joy. So why did mother 'Brennan' disappear, abandoning her kids for two years, and who ... Written by KGF Vissers

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When Brennan uses the weapon used to kill pigs on a fence, she says "I think I just became a vegetarian." In real life Emily Deschanel is a vegetarian/vegan. See more »


The movie ticket for "The Fugitive" found on the body of Dr. Brennan's mother has a very visible "R" rating stamped on it. "The Fugitive" was rated PG-13. See more »


Special Agent Seeley Booth: [McVicar's in custody wants to talk to Bones] You got two ways to look at this. One is, you score a private chat. The second one is, you attack her, and I'll drill you through the forehead.
Vince McVicar: How can I possibly attack her?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: I'll decide what is and *isn't* an attack- like say, a hiccup.
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References The Fugitive (1993) See more »


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What happened to my Mother?
12 July 2016 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

At the beginning of this episode, Brennan is devastated to learn that some remains left at the Jeffesonian are those of her mother. Booth is the first (after Brennan) to discover this and works hard to comfort her and help her learn how her mother died.

There were hints throughout the season that her parents were missing and we knew it was only a matter of time before that story was written. This is a story that is never really resolved, as far as I can tell. Even in Season 10, Max states that there are things she just doesn't know. This story evolves over the seasons.

Again, the writer's do such a good job with the complicated relationship Booth and Bones have. Though she has a boyfriend, she turns to Booth for comfort and help. She cries in his arms and throughout this episode there are several times he chases everyone out of the room so he can speak to her alone.

And ohmygosh, what Booth finds at the very end of this episode is shows just how deeply she cares for Booth.

A cliff hanger is added at the end that promises Season 2 will be interesting!

Oh, and Bones makes the comment of "I just may now be a vegetarian after this." She actually already was one...

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17 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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