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Pilot is the first episode of the first season of Bones.


FBI Agent Seeley Booth needs forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan's help to solve the case of a decomposed body found in a pond in Arlington National Cemetery. She agrees to help if she is a full partner in the case.


Main article: Pilot/Characters

Main Cast[]

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Cast[]

  • Alan Bethlehem - Larry Poindexter
  • Ken Thompson - Sam Trammell
  • Ted Eller - Tyrees Allen
  • Sharon Eller - Bonita Friedericy
  • Peter St.James - Dominic Fumusa
  • Cleo Louise Eller - Naja Hill
  • Mrs. Bethlehem - Katherine Ann McGregor
  • Uniformed Security - Damian T. Raven
  • Homeland Security - Dave Roberson
  • Customs Agent - Marilyn Sue Perry
  • Airport Clerk - Billy Briggs
  • FBI Agent #1 - Yun Choi
  • FBI Agent #2 - Jeff Witzke
  • Reverend - Charles Janasz

Featured Music[]

Major Events[]


  • Brennan makes reference to the next nearest anthropologist being in Montréal, Quebec. This is a reference to the character Temperance Brennan in the book series Bones, by Kathy Reichs, which the show is inspired by. Brennan in the novels is very different from the Brennan of the TV show. Brennan in the book is a forensic anthropologist from North Carolina who occasionally works in Montréal assisting with solving crime there. Brennan in this episode also asks Booth if he speaks French, in French. In both the book and the TV show, Brennan speaks conversational French fluently.
  • The prop articles viewed by Booth weren't meant for high-definition display. They are clippings from The Washington Post from around the time of filming:

I don't know what that means[]

  • Booth refers to the characters of The X-Files in his remark, "We're Scully and Mulder", the investigating duo from the long-running television series.
  • Booth refers to Zack as a "squint". "Squints" refers to how the lab assistants will solve a murder or look for a clue, even squinting their eyes sometimes to look.
  • When Bones says a victim was of "mixed race," Angela asks, (while trying to reconstruct the facial image) "Lenny Kravitz or Vanessa Williams?" Lenny Kravitz shares Afro-American, Afro-Bahaimian, Russian-Jewish, and Eastern European ancestry.
  • When Booth says, he needs to put all his ducks in a row before he can bring Bones out in the field with him.


Brennan: "Angela, nothing Pete and I ever did was messy."
Angela: "Then you weren't doing it right."
DHS Agent: "You were illegally transporting human remains ma'am. And you assaulted a Homeland Security agent."
Bones: "Look I'm sorry if I embarrassed you in front of your friends but next time you should identify yourself before attacking me."
Brennan: "If you drive one more block, I'm screaming kidnap out the window."
Brennan: "I find you very condescending."
Booth: "Me? I'm condescending? I'm not the one whose gotta mention that she's got a doctorate every five minutes."
Brennan: "I am the one with the doctorate."
Booth: "Yea? Well, you know what? I'm the one with a badge and a gun."
Brennan: "What exactly am I supposed to be squinting at?"
Booth: "It's like pornography; you'll know it when you see it."
Goodman: "I do not view you as property, Dr Brennan. You are one of the Jeffersonian's most valuable assets."
Zack: "An asset is, by definition, property."
Goodman: "What is the rule, Mr Addy?"
Zack: "You only converse with PhDs. You do realize I'm halfway through two doctorates. Two halves make a whole, so mathematically speaking…"
Goodman: "Go polish a bone, Mr Addy."
Angela: "Can I, as the only normal person in the room, say…eww?"
Brennan: "You didn't come for your TV. You came for a booty call."
Booth: "What are you trying to do?"
Brennan: "Blackmail you."
Booth: "Blackmail a federal agent?"
Brennan: "Yes."
Booth: "I don't like it."
Brennan: "I'm fairly certain you're not supposed to."
Zack: "A good hypothesis withstands testing. That's why it makes it a good hypothesis."


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