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The New Tricks in the Old Dogs is the third episode of the twelfth season of Bones.


When the body of an old man is found in an acid dump site, the team becomes enmeshed in retirement home drama. As they explore the case, talk of marriage and kids begins to dominate the conversation back at the lab.


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Intern of the Week[]

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  • Brennan mentions having followed metal bands since she investigated the case involving the heavy metal band Skalle -this is a reference to the episode "Mayhem on a Cross," in which she investigated said case.
  • The conclusion revealed a rather glaring continuity error. No explanation was provided of about how the very elderly murderer managed to dispose of the victim in a barrel of acid, especially while suffering from a broken clavicle. Nor was there any reason given for the choice of this body disposal method.


Hodgins: [The kids] created an exothermic reaction? How long was the carbon snake?
Cam: Twelve feet, why?
Hodgins: Lucky son of a bitch.
Cam: Excuse me?
Hodgins: Sorry, it's just--whenever I've thought of my own death, that is exactly how I've always wanted to go. Man, this day just keeps getting better and better!

Brennan: He looks like Eddie of Iron Maiden. Not the torture instrument of historic myth, but the English heavy metal band.
Angela, shocked: You know who Iron Maiden is? You, who thinks Maroon 5 is a color palette?