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Suggested correction: With Zack's kids, Hodgins was referring to the 40 cousins and nephews that Zack has, and sees every Christmas.

The Pain in the Heart - S3-E15

Character mistake: Bones says the remains are from someone about 180cm tall, and when asked for the "English" version, says "approximately 5'8." But 180cm is nearly 5'11" - 5'8" is only just over 170cm. Not a simplification someone as pedantic/accurate as Bones would make.

Jon Sandys

The Man with the Bone - S1-E18

Character mistake: The finger bone found in the dead man's hand was said to come from somewhere near Assateague Island, to which Hodgins replies, "That's where the money pit is." The "Money Pit" is actually located on Oak Island in Nova Scotia, not on Assateague Island, in Maryland/Virginia. He also says that they dug it out to about 150 feet, which is also incorrect. The 1971 Triton excavation was able to dig a shaft to a depth of 235 feet. What is said to be on Assateague island is the legendary lost Spanish galleon La Galga, not the Money Pit. (00:02:55)

The Dwarf in the Dirt - S5-E7

Character mistake: Episode 5.07, "Dwarf in the Dirt" - Over lunch with Doctor/Chef Gordon Wyatt, Angela says he'd have to dislocate his jaw like "an articulated python" in order to bite into his sandwich. The snake is actually called a reticulated python.

The Finger in the Nest - S4-E4

Character mistake: Hodgins discovers sap from a Japanese cherry tree on the bone from the nest. When the new graduate assistant suggests that it is one of the cherry trees at the Jefferson Memorial, Hodgins is skeptical of the information. In reality everyone who has lived in DC knows about the Japanese cherry trees at the memorial. They have an entire festival attributed to it every year and it practically shuts down the city with tourists. Hodgins should have known about the trees to begin with. (00:01:45)

The Blonde in the Game - S2-E4

Character mistake: In season 2, episode 4, when they find the girl buried under the cross, you can see her face, which means she was on her back, because her neck couldn't possibly bend that far around without it being noted by Dr. Brennan later in the episode (which it isn't). Later in the episode, however, Special Agent Booth tells Epps' wife that she was found buried face down. (00:14:15 - 00:17:30)


The Doom in the Boom - S11-E10

Character mistake: In the last scene of the episode, the hospital doctor comes into a waiting room to give a status on Hodges to his coworkers. She is carrying two large x-ray films. Bones says "Are those the MRIs? Let me see them." Bones would have known that they were x-ray films and not MRI scans, which would have been printed on paper.

A Boy in a Tree - S1-E3

Character mistake: While visiting Hanover Prep, Booth asks what "Omnia Mea Mecum Porto" meant, insinuating that he didn't know Latin. However, in later episodes every time he translates Latin he brings up that he was an altar boy, therefore he should have known Latin during this episode. (03:41:00)

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Character mistake: Sweets is a psychologist who deals with the team's problems. However he is constantly shown breaking patient confidentiality by mentioning what has been said in sessions.


The Head in the Abutment - S11-E19

Character mistake: Hodgins flies a decapitated human head via drone all the way from the crime scene to the Jeffersonian. A distance of several miles over city and urban landscapes. This would comprise all the evidence and be a massive risk to public health. Dr. Hodgins would know how much it would mess up the evidence since his area of expertise is particulates, and insects, both of which would be compromised. (00:28:30)


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Suggested correction: Actually, When Pelant is leaving for Egypt, he gives Brennan a flower to communicate grief and loss, so Pelant did in fact communicate with flowers.

It is implied that he communicated frequently with flowers. Which he did not.


Actually, this is what is accurately said 'Exactly what Pelant used to use to send a message' in reference to the flowers, if it were 'what Pelant used to send "messages" then yes, your point would be more accurate. Yet the wording suggests that it was 'a' message he sent, not plural, single. Which he did.

The Predator in the Pool - S5-E18

Character mistake: When Bones and Dr Hodgins, who is proclaimed as a seasoned diver in a previous episode, are in the tank, Bones gives an instruction and Hodgins replies with a thumbs up. Since Bones is diving as well, they both would know from certification (without which neither would be allowed to dive in the facility) classes that a thumbs up is the hand signal for "I'm ascending", not OK or any form of acknowledgement. They either are not certified divers or they should have immediately surfaced. (00:06:30)

Patrick Pugh

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The Woman in the Car - S1-E11

Question: Pickering is interviewing the team from the Jeffersonian. When she gets to Bones, she mentions someone's name and Bones rings a phone number and Pickering is told not to move and all her notes are to be destroyed. What is Bones' relationship to the person Pickering mentioned?


Chosen answer: Pickering states the name "Juan Guzman" and during the run of the show we are never told who he is, or why Brennan had been in Cuba and met with this Juan Guzman. We don't know if there is any kind of "relationship" between Brennan and Guzman. A bit frustrating, but I like how this short scene shuts down Agent Pickering's entire review, and it hints at Brennan's career history and her level of security clearance.

Super Grover

Thanks for the clarification. It's been a while since I watched the series start to finish. It also adds to show how much power Brennan actually has.


Do you remember when Bones was telling Angela about the time she was on one of her out of the country trips, and she was thrown in a dark cell for what she later found out was 3 days? She was crying and looked terrified as she remembered this. She had that same look as someone who was remembering past trauma when Pickering said this name. I kind of always thought that "Juan Guzman" was the one who did that.

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