Title: The Skull in the Desert
Original Air Date: March 29, 2006
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* Hodgins: Who vacations in the desert? It’s like eating in the dump.
* Angela: You won’t get any stations out here, we’re about 100 miles past where Jesus lost his sandals.
* Booth: What do you want me to do?
Bones: I want you to get Federal on his ass.
* Booth: Who are you, Dr. Phil?
Bones: What is he? Some kind of expert?
Booth: He likes to think so.
* Booth: You can find one coyote with a wonky jaw in the desert?
* Bones: Only Angela can get a ride in the middle of nowhere.
* Bones: I was trained as an Army Ranger, that mean anything to you Sheriff Dawes?
* Bones: Nothing in this universe happens just once, Angela. Infinity goes in both directions.
Synopsis: The team is working a case while Angela is on vacation in the desert. Angela calls Bones for help. A skull was left at the sheriff’s office. She thinks it’s her boyfriend Kirk as he’s been missing for a week. She is freaked out. Bones immediately heads to Angela’s location to check the skull for her. They arrive at the station. He is trying to coordinate a search. He pulls the skull out of a drawer in his desk. She determines the male skull was murdered with a bullet. At Angela’s cabin Bones sees photos of Dani, Kirk’s guide. She is also missing. Bones calls Booth and asks for his help to find Angela’s missing boyfriend. Booth arrives with breakfast. They go to Dani’s trailer and are attacked by a man with a gun. He gives them a photo of her. When they question the sheriff, he is Dani’s half-brother. Hodgin’s calls Bones and confirms that the skull is that of Kirk’s. Angela doesn’t take the news about Kirk’s death well. She gives Booth the name Kellog, he’s an artist in the area. They question him. Bones notices a Humvee. They go back to revisit Dani’s boyfriend and find that he has been savagely attacked. Bones and Angela talk about Kirk and relationships. Angela decides to join the search party tomorrow. The next day and everyone is searching for Dani. Angela sees a reflection and follows it. She finds Kirk’s camera. She tries to save the film. Booth figures out that Kellog lied and he and Bones take off to question him. The sheriff relents and lets Angela develop the film. Bones finds engraving plates. She takes photos and sends them to the lab. Angela calls Bones, the sheriff saw the photos and took off. He may know where the outcropping is. Booth, Bones and Angela go with him. They locate the outcropping in the photo. He drops the three off at the outcropping and then takes off. They explore the area and find Kirk’s vehicle abandoned. It’s the murder scene. Booth follows the tracks and finds a landing strip. The sheriff returns. They impound Kellog’s Humvee. When they examine it they find blood evidence that Kirk’s body was tied to the hood of the Humvee. Zack is able to confirm that the body was dumped from a plane. Dr. Goodman calls Bones and tells her that the plates are actually counterfeiters dies for making money. They question Kellog and he spills his guts. He knows nothing about Dani though. Back at the lab Dr. Goodman is pushing Zack. They head back to the scene to search again and walk compass lines trying to find her. Angela goes down behind the formation. She sees a vision of Dani and when Bones joins her she tells her where she went. They find her. She is still alive, but barely. Back at the cottage, they prepare to head home. Angela explains that it wasn’t Kirk who loved her only three weeks a year, that was her choice. Bones comforts her.