Bones (2005–2017)
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The Santa in the Slush 

Brennan and Booth investigate the death of a Santa as Bones tries to give her father the Christmas he's always dreamed of, and Booth comes to terms with not spending the holiday with Parker.


Jeff Woolnough


Hart Hanson (created by), Kathy Reichs (inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and author) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Deschanel ... Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz ... Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin ... Angela Montenegro
Eric Millegan ... Zack Addy
Tamara Taylor ... Camille Saroyan
T.J. Thyne ... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
John Francis Daley ... Lance Sweets
Ryan O'Neal ... Max Keenan
Patricia Belcher ... Caroline Julian
David DeLuise ... Santa Jeff Mantell
Reginald VelJohnson ... Dale Owens (as Reginald Vel Johnson)
Ernie Grunwald ... Santa Fred Spivak
Donovan Scott ... Santa Larry
David Doty David Doty ... Ralph Harley
David Ackert ... Marty Moussa


Elves find a rat-eaten Santa, skull smashed. The victim was the city's only permanent, obsessively devote Santa, Kris Kringle, who lived above a toy shop. Still, their was a criminal side to his generosity. Booth's mood is already miserable as Parker must spend this Christmas with his mother and her Coastguard friend. Prosecutor Christine's prank, in exchange for allowing a Brennan prison Christmas reunion, actually helps cheer everyone up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

27 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The security guard, Marty Moussa, is identified as an Egyptian. He says that he's Coptic, and they celebrate Christmas. It is true that Copts observe Christmas, but they use the Orthodox calendar and many Orthodox Christians actually celebrate Christmas on January 7 rather than December 25. A minority of Copts, however, are Catholic, and they follow the Roman Catholic calendar. It is likely that Moussa is Coptic Catholic. See more »


In the driving scene after Brennan and Booth visit the Santas, the neckline of Booth's jumper changes between shots. In some shots you can see most of his shirt collar, but in others the jumper covers all but the top of his collar. See more »


Special Agent Seeley Booth: [Bones is hanging mistletoe in her office] What is with the mistletoe?
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: I was going to talk to you about this. Caroline wants us to kiss under the mistletoe.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: What?
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: It's the only way she'll make Christmas for my family.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: What, by having us kiss?
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Yes.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Why?
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Because she's feeling puckish.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Puckish? What's that mean?
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Listen, Booth, she's gonna be here any second. Do you want some gum?
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There is an extended kiss scene on the DVD with a longer, more intimate kiss. See more »


References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »


Bones End Theme
Composed by Peter Himmelman
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Christmas Gifts
20 July 2016 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This was an excellent episode and all the fans of Booth and Brennan got a special gift when watching this episode. It's a first for this non-couple, and the aftermath is about as great as the event!

Booth and Bones work together to figure out who killed Santa Clause. Really, it was a no-brainer...

Then Bones shows her love for her father when arranging a special Christmas for her family with a little help from Carolyn. It's Carolyn who asks for the little "first" for the non-couple that leads us to our special surprise.

And, of course, Booth would do anything to make Brennan's day special. Just wait!

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