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Bones - S05E01

Comedy . Crime . Drama

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
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Doug Elfman
Chicago Sun-Times

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

Robert Bianco
USA Today

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.

Glenn Garvin
Miami Herald

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

Tim Goodman
San Francisco Chronicle

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

Mike Duffy
Detroit Free Press

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.

Mike McDaniel
Houston Chronicle

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.

John Leonard
New York Magazine (Vulture)

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.

Matthew Gilbert
Boston Globe

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

Ray Richmond
The Hollywood Reporter

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.

Gillian Flynn
Entertainment Weekly

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.

Adam Buckman
New York Post

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.

Hal Boedeker
Orlando Sentinel

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

Paul Brownfield
Los Angeles Times

Rather too slick for its own good.

Mark Dawidziak
Cleveland Plain Dealer

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.

David Hinckley
New York Daily News

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.

The A.V. Club

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.

Alessandra Stanley
The New York Times

Clings to proven formulas.

Jonathan Storm
Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

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

Melanie McFarland
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"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.

Brian Lowry

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

Rob Owen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.

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.

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.

Tom Shales
Washington Post

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.

Aaron Barnhart
Kansas City Star

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

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.

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