4x20 The Cinderella in the Cardboard
First Aired: Apr. 15, 2009 on FOX
Summary: When an image of the Virgin Mary turns out to be a bloodstain at a cardboard recycling plant Booth and Bones find a flattened body inside a compressed bale of cardboard. The line of suspects grows longer when the team discovers that the marriage-obsessed young woman had a fiancé as well as…
Main Characters in this Episode
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Duck hunting.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Not really, right? [Booth quacks]
- Goof (factual errors): The victim, Mayhem, was the bassist of a *death* metal band called Spew. Yet members of Spew wear corpse-paint ("penguin face-paint"), which is the traditional stage and promo shoot make-up for *black* metal bands.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Pinworm is in the interrogation room and everyone is commenting on the bullet he is wearing around his neck, no-one is making any comment about the barbed wire he has circling his neck. The bullet might be the totem, but the barbed wire is the supposed murder implement.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The team discusses the Norwegian annual murder rate of 0.7, and Brennan says that means less than one murder a year. Since murder rates are given as murders per 100,000 citizens, the Norwegian murder rate works out to about 33 murders per year.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the forensics are talking about how skull (Skalle) is pronounced in Norwegian, Clark Edison is actually the one who pronounces the word correctly, despite Brennan's insistence otherwise.
- Goof (factual errors): When Dr. Soroyan informs Angela that the prelim tox result was negative for embalming fluid, she says, "So he was never buried in a sanctioned grave." Embalming is never required under law due to religious objections from Jewish, Muslim, and many other religions.
- The shot at the end shows Sweets' book with the old title ("Opposites Attract: Yin and Yang in the Workplace") crossed out with the new title ("Bones-The Heart of the Matter") handwritten above.
- A fictionalized spin on a real murder case. The a few members of a Norwegian heavy metal band, Mayhem had engaged in a real murder. The band had a lead singer named Dead, who liked to cut himself and bleed on stage. "Mayhem on a Cross" features a lead singer from a fictional band who likes to do the same on stage. In April of 1991, Dead committed suicide. In 1993 band member Varg Vikernes brutally murdered the group's guitarist Euronymous. Euronymous had several cuts, many of them to the back and neck area. Vikernes claimed self defense, stating that he learned of a plot by Euronymous to in fact, murder him, and videotape the entire event for his own pleasure. Both Euronymous and Vikernes has earlier been involved in a plot to blow up several churches. In the end, Vikernes was sentenced to 21 years in prison.