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Bones Episode: "The Santa in the Slush"

Season 3, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: The Jeffersonian team investigate the murder of a mall Santa, who decked out his home with holiday decor and had gone as far as changing his name to Kristopher Kringle. Meanwhile, Brennan tries to arrange a festive family get-together. Max Keenan: Ryan O'Neal.
Original Air Date: Nov 28, 2007
Guest Cast Patricia Belcher: Caroline Julian Alessandra Toreson: Teenaged girl elf David Doty: Ralph Harley David DeLuise: Santa Jeff Mantell Donovan Scott: Santa Larry Ernie Grunwald: Santa Fred Spivak Ty Panitz: Parker Booth Martin Chow: Santa Chung Robert Dahey: Chinese waiter Loren Dean: Russ Brennan Reginald VelJohnson: Dale Owens David Ackert: Marty Moussa Ryan O'Neal: Max Keenan
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Season 3, Episode 9
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Length: 43:52
Aired: 11/28/2007
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"The Santa in the Slush" Season 3, Episode 9

Episode Recap: "The Santa in the Slush" Well, that kiss was certainly a nice holiday gift for us all, wasn't it? The way Bones gripped Booth's collar, how the two of them blushed, her gum ending up in his mouth Though when it was over and they got to mumbling about how little it meant to each of them, you'd think you'd just seen two teenagers kiss for the first time in a public game of truth or dare or something. But it was so sweet. I think we all waited a long time to see if something like this would ever happen between them, and I rather enjoyed seeing how innocent it all ended up. As for the dead Santa, he appeared to not quite live up to his good name as the jolly man of myth, despite his milk-and-cookies-swilling dossier. Santa was instead accused of picking pockets and ruining Christmases for folly. I didn't think the episode did a very clear job of connecting Kris Kringle's death to Jeff, the Santa who killed him, or even giving Jeff a motive to commit the crime. The money with the serial numbers was in Kringle's drawer, apparently fingering him as the pickpocket, but Jeff was the one who got beat up by the secrity guard? What was Jeff's deal? And did he kill Kringle over money? Jealousy? I feel like important parts of the Santa case just got cut out. Either that, or I'm just sorely confused. In any case, this episode really put me in the holiday mood for egg nog and snow and family. It might be the first show I've seen this season to touch on the magic of the holidays, corny as it can often be on TV. But it was great to see a family as disjointed as Bones' finally getting together for the holidays despite prison walls, lies and trips to Peru (which I hope we all know is indeed not in Africa). I expected a sort of Bones-style tragic-feeling ending where not everything gets solved and not everyone is happy, but somehow the magic of Christmas put things right. Daddy Bones got to see the whole family together for the holidays, Russ got to keep his charade going for the kids, Bones saw her family happy for a day, Booth got to spend Christmas Eve with his son Parker, and everyone else exchanged presents and looked snappy in their Christmas sweaters. Well, except for Cam, who was tethered to a Sex and the City-style gigantic flower pinned to her dress. Even though I should really blame the costume people on the show, I'm giving her a free pass because she proclaimed in a factual-sounding way to all the empiical thinkers in the lab that the importance of Santa is that "Santa is magic" Still, that pin. Oof. I also totally thought of Chuck's Captain Awesome on the mention of Parker's mom's boyfriend, Captain Fantastic. Hilarious, but none too original. Quotes: Caroline: "You kiss Booth on the lips for no less than 1 steamboat, 2 steamboat... 5 steamboats." "What about a Christmas tree?" Caroline: "No tree, not even if you squeeze his buttocks" Hodgins: "Santa was around some other food source before he died. My bet's on milk & cookies." "Was there tongue?" Booth: "I'll have a talk with Caroline" "NO!" Check out more clips of the Bones gang in our Online Video Guide. show less
Episode Recap: "The Santa in the Slush"Well, that kiss was certainly a nice holiday gift for us all, wasn't it? The way Bones gripped Booth's collar, how the two of them blushed, her gum ending up in his mouth… Though when it was over and they got to mumbling about how little it meant to each of them, you'd think you'd just seen two teenagers kiss for the first time in a public game of truth or dare or something. But it was so sweet. I think we all waited a long time to see if something like this would ever happen between them, and I rather enjoyed seeing how innocent it all ended up. As for the dead Santa, he appeared to not quite live up to his good name as the jolly man of myth, despite his milk-and-cookies-swilling dossier. Santa was instead accused of picking pockets and ruining Christmases for folly. I didn't think the episode did a very clear job of connecting Kris Kringle's death to Jeff, the Santa who killed him, or even giving Jeff a motive to commit the crime. The mo... read more

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