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Bones: The Santa in the Slush

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 28th 2007 11:40AM

Yes, that is Bones and Booth kissing.(S03E09) "Christmas and skeletons do not go together." -- Both Max Keenan and Seeley Booth, but not at the same time.

No, this isn't a photo taken from a dream sequence of either Bones or Booth. It is actually Seeley and Temperance locking lips. The kiss was performed under duress and a bit of blackmail due to the puckish nature of Caroline Julian. So, it wasn't as intense as you would think their eventual first kiss would be.

Then again, Booth ended up with the gum Bones was chewing right before the kiss. So, maybe this was the kiss that would lead to the eventually blissful relationship of the FBI Agent and the forensic anthropologist.. Only time and several other successful season will tell.

After a pretty intense episode last week we were treated to a whimsical installment of Bones, which fit with the 'holiday magic' theme of this episode. Of course, Bones being Bones the magic began after finding a dead Santa in the sewer. They really had fun with the, ahem, myth of Santa in this episode as everything that they discovered about the dead jolly man pointed to the fact that he really was the true Santa Claus.

Everyone, including Bones and Zack, were getting into it. You wouldn't think that would be the case from two of the most analytical members of the Squint Squad. Yet, Zack was starting to believe a bit when they found out that the guy's name was Kris Kringle and that he was kicked by a reindeer. And, Bones was like a little kid when she and Booth went to the Santa's apartment (above a toy store, no less) and saw all the cool, yet creepy, stuff this Santa had. Personally, I loved the holiday train set in the middle of the room.

Unfortunately, not everything was pure and innocent (and weird) about this Santa. Booth found a whole bunch of money hidden away in one of his dresser drawers. Now, this is where I got confused about the mystery...was it this particular Santa who was the pick pocket, or was it David DeLuise. I seemed to think that it was Kris, but it was implied that Mr. Kringle confronted the other Santa about his habits.

Either way, DeLuise's Santa was arrested for the murder of Kris. This didn't make the other temporary Santas happy at all. I don't believe I have ever heard a more menacing version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town before. I will always hear that song in a different light from now on. By the way, nice to see Reginald VelJohnson again. Even though he is know for his years as Carl Winslow on Family Matters he has been cast in a number of dramatic series.

Even though the Squints and Dr. Sweets (who is now named in the opening credits and said 'Was there tongue involved?' after Bones told him he and Booth kissed) were seen in this episode it was pretty much all Bones and Booth this week. They were both a bit miserable about the upcoming Christmas holiday, and not just because they found a dead Santa. Seeley was grumpy because his son was going to Vermont to spend the holiday with his mother, while Temperance was upset that she could not get her criminal family together for a Christmas celebration.

I think we all knew that things would turn out okay for our favorite non-couple because the heart of the show is, well, heart. Booth got to spend Christmas day with his son after Parker came to find him and, thanks to the mistletoe kiss, Bones got her family together. I really enjoyed the musical montage showing how everyone was celebrating the holiday. There were the festively-dressed Squints smiling and hugging and passing around gifts, followed by Max looking at a barren trailer interior, followed by a very sad Booth. As the music continued the scenes switched and, all of a sudden, Max and Russ were being festive, and Seeley was reunited with his son. It was very heartwarming.

And, I'll admit it, I teared up a bit when Booth appeared outside with a Christmas tree.

That will be it for Bones this year. When I talk to you next it will be on, I believe, Friday, January 4th. This will be the new day for the show due to scheduler killer American Idol. If this pisses you off please contact FOX and tell them what an idiotic move they are making. Until then, have a good holiday.

Does the Bones and Booth kiss mean anyting?
No. There was no magic in that kiss. It was just something that needed to be done.52 (5.8%)
I think that it may mean something down the line, but it won't happen immediately.701 (78.1%)
Plan on watching the marriage of Bones and Booth in season 4.145 (16.1%)

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Amazing... but only if you saw the extended kiss. And through studying the two "kiss-clips", I am almost certain that the kisses are the same but the one the aired on TV had all the juicey parts edited out (only the kiss, not the entire scene). How do I know? If you put the two clips back to back the timing of the movements are about the same and Brennan's hand positions change from the jacket to the collar even in the TV aired episode.

I know it looks like I have a lot of time on my hands but my friends and I thought that from the beginning, we just studied the video to confirm.

So what does that mean? It means that the juicy kiss from the extended version is the ACTUAL kiss that took place between Brennan and Booth during the episode. Now, thats hot!

December 04 2007 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you go the Bones Web site, there is an extended cut of the kiss, and it is so much hotter!!!! I could see where the gum would get exchanged :-)


November 30 2007 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Horse N. Buggy

I know it's just a show, but how on earth does anyone justify Caroline's request that Bones kiss Booth? That is sexual harassment to an extreme. The manager of a 7-11 may be able to get away with this, but there's no way a DA would. Also, how did Sweets not immediately get freaked out over Caroline's misuse of authority? Isn't it just a little bit deranged that an older colleague wants to watch two people kiss?

I know the writers thought that they were giving the viewers a treat, but I thought the situation was just icky. I was much more pleased with Bones' spontaneous peck on Booth's cheek from the previous episode, at least that was of her own volition. It would have been much less icky for Bones and Booth to have to kiss as a result of being undercover. Then Sweets would have had something legitimate to discuss with them.

I want to report Caroline to her superiors!

November 29 2007 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There was a Christmas tune that was playing in the kringle episode, Anyway to find out what the name and artist behind the tune was. Would really appreciate the help. HO! HO! HO!

November 29 2007 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NOOOOOOOO!!! no more bones til 08?? that is the second sadest news that i heared today (the first one was knowing that it was house's last episode too!!!) these is just wrong!!!, these will happend anyway even if the strike woud end tomorrow?? it's these definitive??? pleaseeeeee, tell me that this is not the case!!

Great episode by the way!!!

November 28 2007 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Keller

The grammatical errors have been corrected. Sometimes these things slip through even with my review and the editor's review. If you see these again please make sure you enter them at http://www.tvsquad.com/contact/corrections/ and they will get to us quicker.

And, not to seem like a lame excuse, but I hope the move of Bones to Friday will give me a bit more time on these reviews than it did during my House/Bones review weeks.

November 28 2007 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Richard - I know the writers are on strike but come on, watch your grammar: "Everyone, including Bones and Zack, where getting into it." - Everyone WAS (you meant to say WERE, but even that's not correct) and Sweets 'Was their tongue involved?', Was THERE...if it was 'their' then tongue would be plural. I guess you guys get paid for these reviews, and I know you have to churn them out pretty quickly, but really, re-read! Don't let the written word become a lost art!

Okay, Bones - yes, very confusing about the money on the part of the writers. And why did Kris stop paying his rent? B&B - nice kiss but not the type to exchange gum. Liked that Angela and Hodgins were starting their own family traditions. Very warm and fuzzy ending. Sucks that there will be no Bones until 2008! Thanks for letting us know that it will be on Fridays in Jan.

November 28 2007 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alison, I didn't read the opening paragraph. I saw that it was a Bones post, I began to scroll by, but I couldn't help but see the picture. That was the point of my post.

There's definitely a statue of limitations on spoilers - Rosebud was a sled, Darth Vader is Luke's dad, the Titanic sinks - but that statute of limitations doesn't run out the second something has aired. Millions of people use DVRs now and don't watch shows as their broadcast. It doesn't seem unreasonable to want to still avoid spoilers the next day.

But since most people seem to disagree (and since 'Christmas spirit' apparently means insulting strangers on the internet) I'll quit now.

I thought the episode was pretty good, and I like the idea of a cultish group of Santa Claus'.

November 28 2007 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Everyone knows Santa isn't real, he died a long time ago and the Tooth Fairy had to take over.

November 28 2007 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I remember when the new King Kong came out and people got pissed off because someone said that King Kong dies at the end. The story, and the first movie, were 70 years old. Just because you didn't see it yet mean shit, it's 70 years old.

It was shown in the previews too.

And If I don't want any spoilers of any kind I just don't come to the site.

November 28 2007 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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