- "Why is it that nobody ever says to me, "Gee, Angela. This looks impossible, but maybe you're the person who can solve the problem.""
- ―Angela inThe Bones that Foam
Angela Pearly-Gates Montenegro-Hodgins is a specialist in forensic facial reconstruction at the Jeffersonian Institute, frequently working with Dr. Temperance Brennan, who is her best friend. She eventually marries Jack Hodgins, and the two have a son Michael. She is the godmother of Christine Booth and Hank Booth II.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Angela Montenegro is a specialist in forensic facial reconstruction at the Jeffersonian Institution, frequently working with Dr. Temperance Brennan and the rest of her best friends. With her indispensable artistic prowess, and her fluent understanding of the Angelatron, she continues to maintain and improve it, often developing programs to assist in solving cases with a minor degree in computer science and biomedical illustration at American University. Angela Montenegro is not her birth name; rather, it came to her in a dream when she was younger, and she made it her legal name on her 18th birthday.
Like the other characters in the series, Angela's background is revealed in various subplots as the series progresses. Little is known of her family, although it was revealed she is the daughter of Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top and she is half-Chinese. In the same episode, it was revealed that her full name is Angela Pearly Gates Montenegro (her middle name a reference to the name of Billy Gibbons' guitar, "Miss Pearly Gates"). It was also revealed during her testimony at the Gravedigger's trial that she has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual arts with a minor in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. She also studied biomedical illustration at American University. Apart from this and the parade of faces and anecdotes from her love life, not much is known of her background.
It is revealed at one point, she married in an alcohol-influenced ceremony in Fiji. She was unsure whether the marriage "took" (was legal) and had no knowledge of where her husband was after the ritual. It was revealed on the last episode of Season 2 the U.S. State Department considers the marriage valid, and halted her impending marriage to Hodgins.
Throughout the series, Angela Montenegro has been described as a "free spirit", "good-time girl" and is a "wild child" at heart. During Season 2, Hodgins was quoted as saying Angela was "The Heart of the Operation." She is the center of life and passion among the team, although not quite the one of normalcy and stability. Although she may not exhibit the same social traits as her colleagues, she is well-suited intellectually to them, providing a sense of balance to the team as a whole. While Drs. Hodgins, Brennan, and Addy all have science deeply ingrained into their thought patterns, Angela is an artist at heart. In one episode she was quoted as saying "this time, art made science her bitch".
She is an extremely talented and professional artist. She developed and maintains the Angelator, the lab's three-dimensional graphics and computer simulation system. Later, she replaced it with the Angelatron, which uses flat, transparent displays.
She is open, friendly, and caring, seeming to have taken on a nurturing role in the team, considering Dr. Brennan her best friend (referring to her as "Sweetie"), and acting as adviser and "social coach" to Zack. When Warren Granger is murdered trying to save an abused woman, Angela finishes his comic book depicting him succeeding so it can be put in his coffin, displaying considerable art talents as well. Later when Zack is found to be an apprentice to a cannibal she blames herself. Her rapport with Hodgins appears to be that of a colleague, the two of them being the closest to socially normal within the team. Her appreciation for the well-scrubbed appearance of Seeley Booth is obvious for anyone within sight or earshot of her.
Her personality according to her coworkers is "quirky" which she seems to be aware of herself. In fact, it is revealed in season three that Angela Montenegro is not her real name; she changed it when she was 18 after the name came to her in a dream. She once told Dr. Brennan, "I don't know how to talk to crazy people unless I'm dating them." She is also the most socially sophisticated of the team, especially on matters pertaining to love and romance. Rarely an episode goes by when her sexual expertise does not come up in some conversation with the team. She was once advising Zack Addy on a sexual relationship and told him to "reap the benefits of my sexual wisdom Z-man." She also frequently shows attraction to a man who turns out to be guilty of the crime they are investigating. She appears to be bisexual, as she has engaged in relationships with both male and female partners throughout the series.
She has also frequently visited many places, particularly islands. She has made mention of going to Jamaica, and was once a magician's assistant during which she states that she was often sawed in half. She also loves to party till morning.
Early on in Season 1, she considered leaving the Jeffersonian, feeling that her work was unimportant and unsure if she could handle the graphic nature of the work done there. Despite every member of the team trying (in vain) to convince her otherwise, it was the Jeffersonian's director, Dr. Goodman, that managed to change her mind. He spoke of the vital importance of her work in the respect that it provides an element of humanity to the victim, giving the victim a face and thus returning their identity. This rather emotionally provocative description by Dr. Goodman seemed to satisfy Angela. (This exchange prompted Zack Addy to say, "Apparently Angela just needed to hear her job description in a deep, African-American voice.")
Angela once was asked by Jack Hodgins o seen a date. She broke it off and went back to being just friends because she was afraid if things got "messy," it would affect their co-workers negatively. Later, after he was found buried alive, they kissed, and at the end of the episode they went home together. Additionally, Angela asked Hodgins if she could sleep at his place one night after being spooked by restored video footage. Angela and Hodgins became romantically involved again and in the second to last episode in Season 2 , Angela proposes to Hodgins after refusing his two previous marriage proposals. Their wedding is cut short in the season two finale when it is revealed Angela is technically married to a man from Fiji named Grayson Barasa.
During Season 3, both Angela and Hodgins attempt to locate Barasa, even going so far as to hire a private detective, and he is eventually found. However, he refuses to give Angela the divorce, and she and Hodgins are left with nothing they can do.
In Season 4, Barasa comes to Washington, D.C., and gives Angela her divorce. However, due to Hodgins' overprotective and distrusting behavior, she feels it would be better if their engagement were canceled.
In episode 8 of Season 4  it is revealed about eight years prior she was in a long-term relationship with a woman named Roxie (previously described in Season 3 as someone "whose heart [Angela] broke in art school") who happens to be this episode's main suspect. Angela and Roxie share a passionate kiss at the end after it is proven Roxie was innocent. The two resume their relationship for a while, but Roxie breaks up with her – explaining she wants someone who thinks of the future instead of always living in the moment – in episode 17 of Season 4. After she sleeps with Hodgins in Season 4 she does not know what is ahead for them. Angela tries to get Brennan aka "Bones" to admit how she feels about Booth. She becomes very angry at Angela so Angela becomes very worried for Brennan so she goes to ask Sweets for advice. She becomes celibate, in The Salt in the Wounds, something she finds quite difficult.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Angela once was asked by Hodgins on a date. She broke it off and went back to being just friends because she was afraid that if things get "messy", it would affect their co-workers negatively. Later, after he was found after being buried alive, they kissed, and at the end of the episode they went home together. Additionally, Angela asked Hodgins if she could sleep at his place one night after being spooked by restored video footage from The Headless Witch in the Woods. Angela and Hodgins became romantically involved again and in The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House, Angela proposes to Hodgins after refusing his two previous marriage proposals. Their wedding is cut short in the season two finale when it is revealed that Angela is technically married to the man from Fiji, Grayson Barasa.
After Grayson signs the divorce papers in season 4 episode "Yanks in the U.K.", Angela and Hodgins realize that they do not trust each other and they break up. Later, in the season 5 episode "The Witch in the Wardrobe", the two share a kiss and ask to be married in the jail cell they are being held in.
In the first episode of season 6, "The Mastodon in the Room" Angela reveals to Bones that she is pregnant and later tells Hodgins about this. He seems to be very happy with the idea of becoming a father and the two decide to keep the pregnancy a secret.
In the episode "The Killer in the Crosshairs", Angela's father visits and tells her "I heard his name (the baby) in one bad, get down, boogie in the blues number between an E 7th Heaven and a A Minor Genus. It was like hearing it from the lips of God himself." Hodgins is reluctant to allow Angela's father to name the child. She reminds him that her father does have some say over the name, which, of course, he brushes off. Her father then surprises Hodgins in his lab and reveals the name, "... it could work for either a boy or a girl, that's the beauty part:Staccato Mamba. Hodgins responded "I didn't see that one coming ... it's not going to happen." Hodgins then tells him that him that they will name their child Micheal Vincent if it's a boy or Catherine Temperance if it's a girl. He grumbles to himself and walks off.
They are seen in a Cleopatra bed making love in The Priest in the Churchyard and The Salt in the Wounds. Cam placed cameras in the storage area in The Player Under Pressure and showed it to Angela to try and blackmail her to stop and even tried to get Angela to do some of Hodgins' work knowing that it would annoy her.
Angela: The Jeffersonian has this, uh, ancient Egyptian wing, inside of which there is this huge bed, which is so perfect for.... Let's just say if Hodgins is the King of Egypt, then I'm most definitely the Queen.
Bones: Marriage between royalty in ancient Egypt was often incestuous.
Kirk was the boyfriend of Angela. Every year, Angela took 3 weeks off from work and went to New Mexico to visit him. Angela mentions spending about 15 weeks with him in total, and that it was her choice not to spend more time with him. He wanted to marry her. In the episode The Skull in the Desert, he was murdered while taking photographs in the desert and his skull was sent to the local police station, prompting an investigation.
It is revealed that at one point, she married in a fire-water-influenced ceremony in Fiji. She was unsure whether the marriage was legal and had no knowledge of where her husband was after the ritual. It was revealed on the last episode of the second season that the U.S. State Department considers the marriage valid, and halted her impending marriage to Hodgins. Finally, they find Mr. Barasa in season three and eventually get him to sign divorce papers so she can marry Jack.
In episode 8 of Season 4  it is revealed about eight years prior she was in a long-term relationship with a woman named Roxie (previously described in Season 3 as someone "whose heart [Angela] broke in art school") who happens to be this episode's main suspect. Angela and Roxie share a passionate kiss at the end after it is proven Roxie was innocent. The two resume their relationship for a while, but Roxie breaks up with her – explaining she wants someone who thinks of the future instead of always living in the moment – in The Salt in the Wounds.
For a short period of time Angela has a relationship with Wendell Bray in season 5. In season 5 episode Tough Man in the Tender Chicken where Angela asks him for money to help save a piglet. Even though he is a professed meat eater and is deep in debt with student loans, he still contributes $45 to the cause and Angela kisses him in return, sparking a relationship and ending Angela's almost six month celibacy kick. Their relationship continued throughout the middle portion of Season 5. Angela had a pregnancy scare during The Proof in the Pudding, though a second pregnancy test run by Dr. Saroyan,who thought it was Michelle's reveals the first to have been a false positive. When Wendell eventually finds out, he tells her that had she actually been pregnant, he would have supported no matter what she chose regarding the baby because it would be his duty and "the right thing to do." Seeing that Wendell views the prospect of raising a family with her as a duty to be carried out on moral and ethical grounds rather than something he actually wants, Angela realizes that while Wendell is a great guy, he is not "[her] guy" and she subsequently ends their relationship. The break-up is amicable, especially since Wendell stated that they both know who her guy really is; Hodgins.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Angela was the first main character ever shown on the show (Pilot).
- When Angela was legally old enough, she changed her name because she was embarrassed with her original name that her father chose. Her birth name is never stated until The Life in the Light; Pookie Noodlin; but she did keep the middle name, "Pearly Gates". "Pookie" could be a reference to the teddy bear owned by the cartoon cat; Garfield. In music, "Noodling" means to improvise a musical number in a casual manner, especially as a warm-up exercise. Essentially, people who use her real name would call her a guitar-playing teddy bear.
- She can spit with deadly accuracy.
- She had never gone 6 weeks without sex since she lost her virginity until Sweets advised celibacy.
- In The Superhero in the Alley, Angela displays considerable talent in art when she finishes murder victim Warren Granger's comic book.
- She has a very close relationship with her father, though it can be difficult when Hodgins has different opinions than her father.
- She cried at the Shamwow commercial when pregnant.
- She can tie a cherry stem using her mouth, shown in The Mystery in the Meat.
- In The Movie in the Making, Angela calls herself "The Queen of Egypt" as a reference to one of Hodgins' nicknames "The King of Egypt" as they both reference the Cleopatra bed that they slept in from Season 2.
- She hates when children get killed.
- 25% of the profits from Brennan’s books go to her.
- She is the most intuitive thinker of the group, able to make inferences more easily than the rest of her colleagues. For example, she was the only one who pieced together that Fisher worked as the president's daughter's college tutor based on the two facts that he provided (that he was on loan from the Secret Service, indicating a White House connection, and that he traveled with 'young, nubile women').
- She grew up touring the country with her dad's band, ZZ Top.
- Though she is primarily shown using her artistic talents, she is also an incredibly proficient software engineer. She was able to hack into Pelant's computer before he noticed, and she learned his patterns quickly enough to design a fail-safe server mechanism in case he decided to hack into the Jeffersonian once more.
- She always wanted a large family, though Hodgin's partial paralysis put those plans on hold.
References[edit | edit source]
- "The Man in the Fallout Shelter", Bones Season 1 Episode 9.
- "The Boy with the Answer", Bones Season 5 Episode 21.
- "The Woman in the Tunnel", Bones Season 1 Episode 16.
- "The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House", Bones Season 2 Episode 20.
- "The Skull in the Sculpture", Bones Season 4 Episode 8.
- "Mummy in the Maze", Bones Season 3 Episode 5.
- "The Salt in the Wounds", Bones Season 4 Episode 16.