Trivia / Bones

  • Actor Allusion: Towards Avatar, Angel and various other things other people did.
    • The Vegas episode combines Boreanaz's role of Angel (who also spent time in Vegas) with a role Angel himself played as vampire stuck in the fifties, rat-pack style. Booth spikes his hair up, dons greaser clothes and suspenders, faking a Bronx accent outta Guys and Dolls. Plus, there's a mention of Hyperion Hotel on the show (episode "The Girl with the Curl"); the Hyperion Hotel was a major setting for Angel.
    • Booth, like Angel before him, feels that he has to atone for the lives he's taken as a sniper. And they both play detective style roles.
    • Joel Moore played a major character in Avatar, and one episode has Fisher and his nerd pals camping outside for the premiere.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Pelant went to Stanford University and got a degree in Computer Science, just like his actor, Andrew Leeds.
  • Ascended Fanon: "Squintern" was a fan term referring to Brennan's six ever-rotating interns. The cast and crew have recently adopted it.
  • California Doubling: The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is "The Aquarium of the Atlantic".
    • The Jeffersonian itself is often "played" by the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.
    • Averted in "The Suit on the Set" — shot on location at Fox Studios, although they never explicitly say where they are. They just let the coffee cups do the talking.
    • Despite the name, "The Bones on the Blue Line" doesn't resemble the DC Metro in the slightest (barring an establishing shot of the distinctive DC Metro), and is actually the Earthquake subway set on the Universal Studios Backlot (part of the Universal Studio Tour).
    • "The Murder in the Middle East" has Little Tokyo substituting for Tehran, Iran (there's lots of rice-paper-looking window coverings in the background, plus Aristoo emerges from a notable yogurt shop in that area).
  • Creator Cameo: Kathy Reichs, the forensic anthropologist whose life and work inspired the show, shows up in Judas on a Pole as a professor on the panel quizzing Zack at the start of the episode.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Zack is supposed to be the youngest member of the team by a significant margin; in fact Eric Millegan is the third oldest member of the cast after David Boreanaz and Tamara Taylor.
    • Daisy is around the same age as Sweets, but Carla Gallo is ten years older than John Francis Daley. She's actually older (by a year) than Emily Deschanel, too.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • David Boreanaz seems to have what it takes to be a TV director on top of an actor. In total, he's directed 11 episodesnote , including the milestone 100th and 200th episodes, four Season Finales, and the very last episode.
    • Emily Deschanel's directorial debut is the Season 12 premiere, "The Hope in the Horror".
  • Fan Community Nickname: Fox recently started referring to fans of the show as Squinterns.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The official forum is "The Boneyard".
    • The rotating squints are "The Squinterns".
    • "Baby Duck" for Sweets, and "The Duck Family" for him, Booth, and Brennan as True Companions.
  • God Does Not Own This World: Seasons 1-9 were handled by series creator Hart Hanson. For Season 10, Hanson stepped down and passed on his showrunner duties to Stephen Nathan, a good pal of his who'd been in the series since the beginning. Later, Michael Peterson and Jonathan Collier, two writers/producers who began working on the show in 2009 and 2012 respectively, took over as showrunners for Seasons 11 and 12.
    • In a positive example of this trope, the two new showrunners made sure to get Hart's approval for some of the plotlines in the episodes they made, even though they didn't have to. Hanson's vision for the Grand Finale of the series was different to what Collier and Peterson did, though he gave them his support regardless.
  • Milestone Celebration:
    • Episode 100 is an Origins Episode detailing how the Jeffersonian and the FBI came to work together.
    • Episode 200 is an Elseworld episode similar to the Season 4 finale, but set in the 1950s with Booth being a jewel thief and Brennan a detective facing sexism in the police force.
    • The Big Beef in the Royal Diner is a special episode for two reasons: it's the landmark episode that pushed Bones as the longest-running FOX drama, and it's the 206th episode of the series. To celebrate, all 206 bones of the human body are mentioned.
  • McLeaned:
    • Vincent Nigel-Murray was killed by Broadsky due to Ryan Cartwright leaving the series to be a main character on another show.
    • A more harsh example with the death of Sweets; John Francis Daley (whose writing and directing career was picking up steam) requested a four-month leave to direct a movie with full intention of returning to the show once it was completed. Showrunner Stephen Nathan instead opted to kill off his character in the season premiere, feeling it would be better for him to dramatically die, than to have him vanish for half a season, and possibly having to write him out again later on.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Thomas Vega, the kidnap expert who'd been following the steps of The Gravedigger, was portrayed by a different actor in each of his two appearances, in Aliens in a Spaceship and The Hero in the Hold.
    • Cam's daughter Michelle was played by a different actress in her very first appearance.
    • In season 11, the actor playing Parker was changed
  • Out of Order: Two instances, in Season 3.
    • The Baby in the Bough aired in the latter half of Season 3, but judging by the opening credits (which don't feature John Francis Daley), the episode was supposed to air before The Santa in the Slush.
    • Player Under Pressure was supposed to be the 19th episode of Season 2, but was delayed for a year thanks to the Virgina Tech shootings. When it aired in Season 3, it had new Hodgins and Angela scenes so it wouldn't look as out of place. The DVD features the original S2 version.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Aubrey's dad is played by John Boyd's actual father, Guy Boyd.
    • David Boreanaz's daughter Bella appeared as one of the kids in Christine's class in "The Movie in the Making". His son and his wife both appeared briefly in "The Steel in the Wheels".
    • Emily Deschanel's younger sister Zooey appeared as one of Brennan's distant relatives in "The Goop on the Girl". Her real-life husband, David Hornsby, appeared briefly as the Father at the beginning of "The Woman in White".
  • Recycled Script: The Season 8 episode The Pathos in the Pathogens is remarkably similar to the House Season 2 two-parter Euphoria. Both episodes have a team member contract an illness from the infected victim/patient of the week, and the rest of the team rushing to find out what the illness is (and catch the murderer to get the antidote, in the case of Bones) before it's too late.
  • Screwed by the Network: Over its 12-year lifespan, the show never had a consistent time slot, and switched around many, many times. Not to mention that according to cast and crew, their show never got many promos and they were always on a bubble, wondering if they'd get another season. It even briefly ended up in the Friday Night Death Slot in mid-Season 9, rightfully raising concerns that FOX, being FOX, would screw over the show soon.
    • Through all this, it was the persistence and loyalty of the Bones fanbase that managed to keep it alive and performing steadily for so long. Hart Hanson even called it "the cockroach of FOX".
    • This trope was ultimately (and thankfully) subverted at the end, since the FOX execs decided to give the show a mercy kill: granting the showrunners a chance to write a twelfth, half-length Finale Season to give it a proper ending.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, Hart Hanson intended Angela and Booth to drunkenly get together one night, but abandoned the idea to save Angela's reputation among fans. Instead, he created Cam and originally planned to have her be a Romantic False Lead to Booth and a rival to Brennan for six episodes before killing her off. However, the crew really liked Cam, so they decided to keep her alive and promoted her to a regular.
    • Apparently, the Gravedigger was originally going to be a one-episode villain. According to the original FOX summary for Aliens in a Spaceship, after Brennan and Hodgins were found, the bumper sticker in Hodgins's leg would be used to arrest Thomas Vega's co-author Janine O'Connell, closing the case. Instead, the episode was ended with character reunion scenes, and the Gravedigger case is left unsolved.
    • The plot for the Season 11 Mid-Season Twist, where Hodgins and Aubrey nearly get blown up by a bomb in a body was initially considered as the plot for the season premiere, which would bring Booth and Brennan back into their old jobs. But David Boreanaz got sick before filming began, so the showrunners instead came up with the "Booth goes missing" two-parter in response.
    • The series finale and the answer to the 447 mystery are both different from what Hart Hanson originally intended... though that doesn't mean he disapproves of the ending that was actually done.
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