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Stargazer in a Puddle is the twenty-first and final episode of the second season of Bones.

Summary Edit

A corpse is found in a popular dumping pool, apparently shot. It seems to be that of a child, but Zack also finds adult, even aged traits. The only explanation is an aging disease, actually Werner Syndrome, which also affected the brain of Cynthia Cole's missing daughter. She falsely accused social worker Joe Mellon of abusing the girl. The real cause of death is a striking OD. Meanwhile, Max brings Bones things from her grandma. Booth must arrest him, but first has to prove his criminal identity. Zack declines being Hodgins' best man, so as not to cause sadness if he is killed while serving the nation, but there are more problems.

Cast Edit

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Featured Music Edit

  • "Blue Jean Blues" - ZZ Top
  • "Adagio cantabile" from Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique"
  • "Give Me All Your Loving" - ZZ Top

Notes Edit

  • White House's letter to Zack

The letter Zack receives has the mailing address of the Jeffersonian Institute. It is addressed to

Dr. Zachary Uriah Addy
Jeffersonian Institute
1 Jeffersonian Circle
Washington, D.C. 2001
  • In Season 1, episode "The Woman in the Car", the state department had mentioned that Angela was married. She was surprised that it took. Now if she already knew that she was married then, why wouldn't she previously try to find out about her "husband" before saying yes to marry Jack. Unless the writers forgot about it when they wrote this episode....
  • When Brennan asks Booth how he felt about his father, Booth says he loved his father. This contradicts the later revelations that Booth’s father, Edwin Booth, was an abusive alcoholic who drove Booth to consider suicide before Hank Booth rescued Booth and his brother Jared. However, he may have simply been lying to her here or Booth later stated his grandfather was real father.


  • Philosophical underpinning

Both Brennan's interactions with Max (and her mother) and the murder explore the Nietzschian notion "Was aus Liebe getan wird, geschieht immer jenseits von Gut und Böse" meaning "What shall be done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil."

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