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Bones - S05E01

Drama . Comedy . Crime

It's been six weeks since Booth and Brennan have seen each other. Booth has been recovering from brain surgery, and Brennan has been on a dig in Guatemala. Angela's psychic, Avalon Harmonia reveals while reading Angela's tarot cards that there are multiple bodies buried under a Washington,DC fountain. Angela shares the information with Brennan and Booth, but they're both a little skeptical. The lead pans out, and the duo find the remains of 11 bodies exactly where the psychic said they would be. Meanwhile, Sweets has certified Booth mentally fit to return to duty after his brain surgery, but Booth is still experiencing some side effects from the coma.

Episode Title: Harbingers in the Fountain
Airs: 2009-09-17 at 08:00 pm
  • Doug Elfman

    Boreanaz and Deschanel stir good chemistry as a crime-fighting duo.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Bones isn't the riskiest or most ambitious series coming your way this season. But it may turn out to be one of the most satisfying and entertaining.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    The show's witty, inventive writing would be fun even in the hands of a less capable cast.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    You might think you can't possibly fit one more crime-solving procedural onto an overcrowded calendar, but consider giving Bones a break.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    Besides the nifty, repressed romantic dynamic between Brennan and Booth, "Bones" has some fun with snazzy hologram visualizations of the murder victims in each case.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Mike McDaniel

    Like CSI and its offshoots, Bones will take viewers to dark and sometimes disgusting places. So, in one sense, Fox may have come up with a format that will reach both men, who love unappetizing scenes, and women, because of the female heroine.

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Emily Deschanel is well cast as Brennan--she has the right sort of drained, remote presence, as if still working off last night's sleeping pill--and she's also well cast against David Boreanaz. [19 Sep 2005, p.45]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Deschanel, who's believable either serious or perplexed -- and adorable in her quirkiness -- immediately becomes this series' most important ingredient.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    An engaging crime show that borrows plenty from the ''CSI" franchise but adds a layer of light character drama.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ray Richmond

    While "Bones" has too much "X-Files" and "CSI" going in the pilot to feel completely original, it's nonetheless a taut, well-constructed, character-rich procedural with genuine potential.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • John Leonard

    As science and as detection, Bones has a way to go before it's more than a bug in Grissom's Vegas eye. But the screwball romance is promising.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Gillian Flynn

    If Bones holds up, it'll be because that old Sam-and-Diane, Maddie-and-David, Mulder-and-Scully opposites-attract stuff never feels standard when it's done right.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Adam Buckman

    In tonight's premiere of "Bones," for example, super-sleuth Temperance concludes from the young victim's bones that she was probably a tennis player -- a nifty conclusion, but one that has no bearing on the case. It's a factoid that leads nowhere, which is kind of where "Bones" goes in its premiere episode.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    There's a fine line between clever and labored, and "Bones" sometimes strays over that line with one-liners about skull fragments, blood samples, X-rays and microbes. That's where "see how cleverly we can banter" writing creeps into the otherwise crisp proceedings.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Paul Brownfield

    Rather too slick for its own good.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    Deschanel exudes a luminous quality that elevates this grim, conventional show.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The quality of the mystery in the pilot, no better than mediocre, is what keeps this series from starting off with a wider lead at the opening gun.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    It could use a little more dramatic meat on its predictable framework.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Clings to proven formulas.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Boreanaz and Deschanel have nice chemistry... but the script also tends to undermine its brighter moments with dialogue that repeats the exposition and the characters' defining traits over and over again.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sid Smith

    The scientific setup may be intriguing... But the dialogue, including the contrived sexual tension between Temperance and Seeley, is strictly canned and cutesy.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's an (occasionally) frothy mix -- comedic moments tumble into serious scenes of forensic examination -- that's not altogether terrible, but neither does it beg to be watched on a regular basis.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    "Bones" probably will remind more viewers of a cross between "CSI" and "The X-Files," except with more humorous banter than the first, and more romantic heat than the latter.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Deschanel comes off a little too much like a sorority girl rather than a scientist with missing-parent issues.

    Variety Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    A flimsy little procedural that uses logical and technological leaps of faith to hide its central problem: lack of co-star chemistry.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Roger Holland

    Bones is a very poor cross between the X-Files and CSI with characters stolen from NCIS, plot devices from Veronica Mars, and topicality from Law & Order.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Memo to network execs planning an all-forensics programming slate for fall: Watching attractive people poke at skull fragments is not inherently interesting.

    Slate Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    The heroine, unlikely in every detail including her name, Temperance Brennan, goes about reassembling corpses and then divining how they got to be that way. It's precise, tedious work and so is watching this show.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    It's as if we've all passed this way (many times) before and could write the dialogue, act the scenes, predict the outcome all in our sleep.

    Newsday Full Review
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