The Man in the Bear

The Man in the Bear

Infobox Television episode
Title = The Man in the Bear
Series = Bones

Caption =
Season = 1
Episode = 4
Airdate = November 1, 2005
Production = 1AKY04
Writer = Laura Wolner
Director = Allan Kroeker
Photographer =
Guests = Alex Carter as Dr. Andrew Rigby, Marguerite MacIntyre as Dr. Denise Randall, Steve Reevis as Sherman Rivers, Rusty Joiner as Charlie and Tom Kiesche as Sheriff Chris Scutter
Episode list = List of Bones episodes
Prev = A Boy in the Tree
Next = A Boy in a Bush
"The Man in the Bear" is the fourth episode of the first season of the television series, "Bones". Originally aired on November 1, 2005 on FOX network, the episode is written by Laura Wolner and directed by Allan Kroeker. The plot features FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance Brennan's investigation concerning a human arm that was found inside a bear in Washington state.


To Dr. Temperance Brennan's dismay, Special Agent Seeley Booth takes her, with Dr. Goodman's permission, to small town Aurora, Washington to identify the victim whose arm was found inside a black bear. From a photograph taken of the arm, Brennan sees that the victim had his arm cut off by a saw before the bear ate it.

Once there, Booth and Brennan meet with the Sheriff and the local doctors. The victim is a young male but only one person has been reported missing — a woman by the name of Ann Noyes. Brennan sends the bone fragments back to the Jeffersonian, where her assistant, Zack Addy, debrides them and finds indentations belonging to bite marks from a human. Brennan realizes the killer is a cannibal. Since a cannibal would get sick with prion disease, Brennan visits local doctor and coroner Dr. Andrew Rigby to ask him if he has met with any patients with such symptoms. He says that he has not.

Back at the lab, Dr. Jack Hodgins examines the bear scat Brennan had sent to him and finds a flap of skin with a tattoo, which turns out to be a Haida Sun motif, when recreated by Angela Montenegro. From the tattoo, the Sheriff is able to find the victim's identity via a missing persons check. The victim is Adam Langer, and according to the Sheriff, he used to come up to Aurora to visit Sherman Rivers, the town's Native American Park Ranger. However, when Booth and Brennan go to question Rivers, he escapes into the woods.

They find Rivers the next morning in the woods. From the evidence Booth and Brennan gathered from Rivers' house, they are convinced that he is a poacher, but not the cannibal. With Hodgins' expertise and Rivers' help, they find the crime scene in the woods, where they also find a perverse version of a medicine wheel and two dead bodies belonging to Adam Langer and Ann Noyes, whose heart has been removed.

Based on adipocere formation, Brennan estimates Ann Noyes has been dead for about a week. When it is revealed that Adam Langer was seeing local veterinarian Dr. Denise Randall, Booth and Brennan corner her at a local bar, where they get her to bite into a block of dental medium so they can check her teeth marks. However, Brennan points out that Randall had no motives for killing Ann Noyes and that they are more likely looking for someone who is clinically insane. Meanwhile, Zack finds more marks on Ann Noyes's sternum, which Brennan determines to be made by a sternum spreader. She realizes that Dr. Rigby would have seen this beforehand but did not mention it because he is the cannibal. Booth and Brennan find Rigby in the process of cremating the bodies; Brennen knocks Rigby out with a bedpan.

During the episode, Hodgins and Addy vie for the attention of the parcel delivery person, played by K. D. Aubert, who later turns out to be homosexual.


The episode featured the following music [ [ Music Season 1] ] : -

*"Looking at the world from the bottom of a well" - Mike Doughty
*"Big Me" - Peter Himmelman

Production details

The episode was written as the series' fifth episode but broadcast as the fourth. [ [ Episode list] at official site of "Bones"] According to Laura Wolner, writer of the episode, the idea for the episode came from her interest in cannibalism and that it would be fascinating to see "teeth marks on bones that turned out not to be from an animal, but from a human". Also by having a different setting, the character of Temperance Brennan could be explored further. [Wolner, Laura, " [ Writer's Block: The Man in the Bear] ", official site of "Bones". Retrieved on July 9, 2007.]


As a lead-in program for "House", "Bones" attracted 7.99 million viewers in its Tuesday 8:00 pm ET timeslot on the episode's original airdate, ranking third in total viewers in its timeslot. [Berman, Marc, " [ Final Tuesday Nationals] ", "Media Week", November 4, 2005. Retrieved on July 9, 2007.]


External links

* [ The Man in the Bear summary] at the official site of "Bones"
* [ "Bones" The Man in the Bear (2005)] at
* [ Bones: The Man in the Bear] at

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