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Margaret Whitesell
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Gender
Female
Age
35
Date of Birth
1976
Status
Alive
Family
 
Relatives
Temperance Brennan(2nd cousin)

Max Keenan/Matthew Brennan(1st cousin once removed by marriage)
Ruth Keenan/Christine Brennan(1st cousin once removed)
Kyle Keenan/Russ Brennan(2nd cousin)

Christine Booth(2nd cousin once removed)
Portrayed by
Zooey Deschanel
Created by


Margaret Whitesell is a distant cousin of Dr. Brennan on her mother's side whom Brennan's father invited to spend Christmas with them in the episode "The Goop on the Girl."

Season 5Edit

Initially, Dr. Brennan dislikes Margaret, which Dr. Sweets would tell her is because Margaret's off-putting personality is too similar to Dr. Brennan's own antisocial difficulties. Booth notes a striking physical similarity between Dr. Brennan and Margaret, suggesting that they could easily pass for sisters (which the actresses are in real life). During Christmas dinner, Dr. Brennan finally expresses her irritation with Margaret's habit of quoting Benjamin Franklin, explaining that it is not really communication and that she would prefer to hear what Margaret has to say herself (without using Franklin as a proxy). Margaret replies, "That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me."

NotesEdit

  • Margeret was portrayed by Emily Deschanel's real life sister Zooey Deschanel.
    • Max and Booth separately make hidden references to this when they state that she and Brennan look like they could be sisters.

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