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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.
    • 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.
  • Ascended Fanon: "Squintern" was a fan term referring to Brennan's six ever-rotating interns. The cast and crew have recently adopted it.
  • Dawson Casting: Zach 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.
  • 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.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: Since mid-season 2013, and at least one person at Entertainment Weekly magazine thinks the show will end in 2015. According to the Friday Night Death Slot page there's already a few bad signs: it's on FOX, it's not family-friendly, and it's on FOX. The fact that killing off Sweets in the season 10 premiere has alienated many fans, probably won't help, despite the producers' faith that the show will last more seasons.
    • Though Season 10 also saw it move to Thursday.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
  • McLeaned: Vincent Nigel-Murray is killed in "The Hole in the Heart" a few weeks before Ryan Cartwright's new show was set to premiere. The dialogue during the death scene even sounds like someone who's likelier to be fired than died.
    • Lance Sweets, played by John Francis Daly gets taken out in the season 10 premiere, due to the actor wanting to focus on his writing/directing career.
  • Real-Life Relative: Bones's second cousin Margaret is played by Emily Deschanel's sister Zooey in the Season 5 Christmas Episode. Lampshaded to death: "You two could be sisters!"
  • Retroactive Recognition
    • Victoria was a defense lawyer before becoming a vampire.
    • Before she was a rival doctor of House, a friend of Betty Draper, and the spy's sister, Anne Dudek was Booth's lawyer girlfriend.
    • Before Agent Pete Lattimer was in the Secret Service retrieving artifacts, he was previously FBI Special Agent Tim Sullivan before being Put On A Boat.
    • Azita Ghanizada/Rachel before she was designated an Alpha has a brief cameo using her super vision to watch men play basketball.
    • Before Phil worked at Veridian Dynamics he decided to participate in a "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder inspired by Bones' book.
    • Simon Lee before being a mole in the CIA for Sophia, was training to be an astronaut. Probably to get him back to his home planet. (YMMV on whether Ian Anthony Dale is currently big enough now to warrant this.)
    • The man or Percy is a Jeffersonian Institute bigwig. (YMMV, depending on where you saw him first, since Xander Berkeley has been in everything to varying degrees from Miami Vice to Terminator 2 to 24.)
    • Avatar Korra was a car saleswoman in a past life.
    • Jack Hodgins also worked at Wolfram and Hart and was accused of stealing money during a store robbery on CSI. He also worked as a bookstore owner and was arrested for murder on CSI NY.
    • Gary Bell was Vincent Nigel Murray in a past life!
    • Grampa Gene tried to kill Bones and Russ and Angela used to date Jill Tracy.
    • And there's General Beckman as the victim's mother in the pilot.
    • Also in the pilot, Sam Merlotte tried to set Brennen on fire.
    • Hardison plays a shell-shocked veteran in Season 1 and Phil was Brennan's publisher's assistant.
    • Kaidan Alenko is the private eye Angela and Hodgins hire to track down Angela's former husband in the first episode of the third season.
  • Trolling Creator: Executive Producer Stephan Nathan seemed to really be enjoying how much the fans wanted to kill him for the season 8 finale. His response to being told dropping Pelant like a nuke on the B&B engagement was "not right" was to laugh and call it "so much fun to do."
  • What Could Have Been
    • Cam was supposed to be killed off way back in season two and if season three hadn't been cut short, Zack would have been a victim of the Gormogon.
    • Supposedly, the Gormogon would have been Sweets. In fact, the whole Gormogon arc was a string of What could have beens derailed by the Writer's Strike.
      Sweets: Um, I mean the name of the band is Gormogon. Some people think I'm Gormogon, but I'm not.
    • Season three was supposed to have an episode dealing with Booth's childhood. It was never made due to, again, the writer's strike.
    • In season five, there was supposed to be a Noir Episode. This was called off due to Fringe beating them to it. They finally did one for the 200th episode.
  • The Wiki Rule: It's got one.