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The Yanks in the U.K. Part 1. is the first episode and season premiere of the fourth season of Bones. It forms a two-part story with the following episode.


This two-hour season premiere, begins when Bones and Booth are at Oxford University in Oxford, England for a conference. They are then called to London to help solve a case in collaboration with a pair of British investigators from Scotland Yard. Meanwhile, Angela's estranged husband, Grayson Barasa, is finally found, but he refuses to sign the divorce papers, much to the dismay of Hodgins and Angela.


Temperance Brennan is guest-lecturing for Ian Wexler at Oxford University in England. Seeley Booth can be seen falling asleep in the audience. Brennan asks Booth to stand up, then has to shout out his name to wake him up. She then goes on to stay that pure logic can be destructive, citing Zack Addy as an example. Booth bluntly elaborates on the issue, upsetting Brennan.

Outside of the lecture hall, Booth and Brennan discuss Brennan's budding attraction to Ian. Ian takes Brennan aside, but their flirting is interrupted by a call informing Ian that a body has been found inside a car in the Thames River.

At the scene they meet with Ian's partner Inspector Cate Pritchard. It is suspected the body is the that of Portia Frampton, a wealthy American heiress. Ian mentions that Portia's father Roger Frampton is currently trying to build skyscrapers over a site that Ian and his team are currently excavating. Ian and Brennan examine the body and conclude that Portia was murdered. Pritchard says the Framptons will demand FBI involvement, and Booth insists he's not going to help unless he can have a gun. Pritchard says she'll try her best to get him one. Brennan has the remains and other evidence sent back to the Jeffersonian.

At the Jeffersonian, Cam explains the situation to the Jeffersonian team, including Clark Edison, one of Zack's replacement interns. Everyone divides up the evidence. Grayson Barasa, better known as Brimbau, arrives to see Angela. Angela is happy to see him and gives him a kiss, then tells him he's not going to get any more "sugar" from her and that she wants her divorce.

Back in England, Ian is describing the family members of Portia Frampton. Pritchard continues describing the case, mentioning that Portia disappeared after her 21st birthday party, about two weeks ago. Booth and Brennan say they'll go talk to the family.

Clark describes to Cam the attack on Portia. Angela introduces them to Grayson, and Cam seems very taken by him. Angela explains that she doesn't want everyone staring at him because that might upset Hodgins. Angela introduces Grayson to Hodgens. Gayson refuses to sign the divorce papers because he's still in love with Angela.

Booth and Brennan are question Mr. Frampton and his girlfriend. Booth asks for a list of his enemies, and Mr. Frampton explains that his daughter was a sweet, innocent girl. Brennan says not always and shows them a picture topless picture of Portia from a tabloid. Mr. Frampton's girlfriend gets upset and asks them to put it away. She says she was very close to Portia and they talked about everything, including Portia's secret relationship with Lord Harry Bonham, heir to a duke.

Booth, Brennan, and Pritchard are in a small rental car on their way to the Bonham's. Booth has a hard time adapting to the different traffic laws and they almost hit a bus. Brennan gets a call from Cam, who reveals that Portia was about two months pregnant.

Booth, Brenan, and Pritchard arrive at the Bonham's to question the Duke and his son Harry. Booth thinks it's suspicious that Harry kept his relationship with Portia a secret. Harry denies having sex with Portia, but his grandmother says of course he was, and that the relationship was kept secret because Portia's father had a bad reputation. Brennan informs the Bonham's that Portia was pregnant. Harry then reveals that Portia broke up with him and Booth says that's motive for murder.

Back at Oxford University's lab, Angela is explaining to everyone via webcam that the tabloid photo was taken indoors and doctored to look like it was taken outside. Angela then mentions that Grayson is there with the divorce papers. They then discuss who could have taken the photograph.

Grayson and Hodgens discuss the divorce papers again. Grayson refuses to give up on Angela, and Hodgens insists he love Angela more. When Grayson says Angela kissed him and Angela confirms it. Hodgins punches Grayson. Sweets tries to help out but trips. Grayson then picks up Hodgins and throws him into a passing garbage truck.

Back in England, Booth and Brennan are questioning Mr. Frampton's girlfriend. They think she took the tabloid picture of Portia and she admits she did, because she wanted to make Portia look like a sexually mature adult instead of an innocent child, so he would be more inclined to get married. Mr. Frampton walks in and Booth and Brennan tell him what his girlfriend did. He gets mad and walks back out, with his girlfriend following him.

Booth and Pritchard are outside at a restaurant sitting at a table. Pritchard gives Booth a gun, which makes him happy. Booth gets a call from Angela. She says she found a letter from Portia's mother. It was dated a year ago, except her mother was thought to be long-dead.

Clark is explaining details of the case to Brennan and Ian through a webcam. Brennan and Ian are at the excavation site. A few of Ian's students walk up and say they found some bone fragments, but they're no older than 100 years, which won't prevent Frampton from building his skyscrapers. Ian asks Brennan to have a drink with him then go and have sex, but Brennan says that Booth told her she shouldn't trust him. She agrees on a compromise of having a drink and seeing what happens from there.

Back at the lab, Hodgins is showing Cam some evidence, then asks her if Angela is mad at him. She says yes, Angela is very mad. Hodgins is confused because he thought women liked when men fought over them. Cam says "women" is an unacceptable generalization.

Back in England, Booth and Brennan are in the small rental car Booth got by mistake. He's having trouble getting out of the parking spot they're in on the side of the street. Brennan asks if Booth would be less agitated if she told him she didn't sleep with Ian last night. He says that he's not mad because of Ian but because he can't get out of the parking spot. They continue to talk about the situation with Ian, then Booth says that there's not a man in the country who wouldn't want to have sex with Brennan. He says that she's special and Ian is not. Cam then calls Brennan, who says she's helping Booth drive. They argue about Booth's driving ability while Cam tells Brennan that Portia suffered from a hereditary disease. Meanwhile, Booth hits the curb and gets a flat tire. Brennan says that if Mr. Frampton doesn't have the same disease he's not Portia's biological father.

Brennan, Booth, and Pritchard are asking Mr. Frampton more questions and say that Portia's mother is alive, but Mr. Frampton doesn't believe them. It's discovered that Portia's mother was indeed alive and sent her secret letters, as she was dying. Booth tells Mr. Frampton Portia isn't his biological daughter and he looks upset. Pritchard says she should perhaps conduct the rest of the interview.

Sweets joins Angela in what looks to be a break room in the lab, and tells her a story about how when he was 10, his neighbor had a toy he really wanted - a Turtle Party Wagon. Sweets climbed the neighbor's tree outside his window to get the toy, but it had some dead branches and he fell and had to go to the hospital. Sweets' neighbor came in to visit him in the hospital and Sweets confessed everything. The neighbor said that he'd have given the toy to him if he had asked. Angela says the neighbor had a gay crush on Sweets, which Sweets says would have explained a lot. Angela says Sweets' must have another point to the story, possibly that she's the Party Wagon. Sweets says no - she's the gay neighbor boy, her love is the Party Wagon, Grayson is the tree, and Sweets is Hodgins.

Examining the victim's car's tires, Hodgins shows Cam that there was crushed coral in the treads. The coral is expensive and smells like roses and comes from an old roadway. Angela walks in and takes Hodgins hand, leading him out of the room. Cam warns them that there are security cameras around the building.

Outside, Angela tells Hodgins that her heart isn't Hodgins' to take, but hers to give away, but she is giving it to him. They kiss. Grayson sees it and realizes that Angela really does love Hodgins.

Back in England, Booth is mad that his rental car is up on a tow truck when all he asked was for the flat tire to be fixed. Brennan is on the phone and says crushed coral was found in the tire treads of Portia's car. Brennan finds the same coral in their car tire treads, and deduces it came from the road by the Bonhams' house. The Bonhams lied about Portia going to their house.

Booth, Brennan, Pritchard, and Ian arrive at the Bonhams' house. They believe that Mr. Bonham is Portia's biological father and plan to pretend that they have the letter from Poria's mother. Booth put Bones on the spot, saying she's going to read the letter out loud. She pretends to read the blank page she's handed. Booth tells her to skip to the part about Portia's father, but Mr. Bonham stops her from "reading" and Mr. Bonham tells Harry to leave. Once he is gone, it is confirmed that Mr. bonham is Portia's father, and Pritchard requests that he comes back to Scotland Yard. The butler steps in and confesses to the murder.

Outside, at the same restaurant, Booth, Brennan, and Ian are discussing the case. They think the butler could very well be protecting the Duke but they'll never know. Ian asks Brennan to go back to Oxford with him. Booth says he has a gun he's been dying to use, but Brennan says she'll handle the situation and takes Ian aside with her. She says she thinks he's a lot of fun but it would upset Booth if she slept with him, and she shouldn't offend her partner for an hour of fun. He leaves, saying he'll call her again before she leaves. She rejoins Booth, who says he's just there to help her find the right guy. He then says he's just there to bring a little luck. Brennan says she doesn't believe in luck though, and Booth explains his logic, but they bicker some more.


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Featured Music[]

  • "Raise Today" by Peasant


  • Starting with this episode, the position on the "Squint Squad" door seems to be a revolving one as no permanent replacement for the Zach Addy was ever put in place. It should be noted the rotation is "Squinterns" will, at times, also include Zach himself.
  • Several of the characters are named after British rock musicians: Roger Frampton (for Peter Frampton), the Bonham family (for John Bonham of Led Zeppelin) and Emerson, Lake and Palmer (for the members of the progressive rock band of that name)
  • It's mentioned a couple times that allegedly seeing the Tower Bridge opening is considered lucky. In the final scene, the bridge opens in the background but Booth and Bones fail to notice it because they are friendly bickering...about luck, among other things.

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