The Skull in the Desert is the seventeenth episode of the first season of Bones.


When Angela finds a skull in the desert on her vacation, she asks Brennan for help identifying the skull as she fears that it may be her missing boyfriend's. With the sheriff's sister still missing in the desert and with drugs involved and the rest of the remains from the skull still missing, Booth flies down from D.C. to help Brennan.


Main CastEdit

Guest CastEdit

Featured MusicEdit

  • "Rain" - Patty Griffin
  • "Too Easy" - OneRepublic


  • When Booth Angela and Bones are left in the desert by the sheriff booth states they are at least 5 days from the highway. Then right after when they find the jeep at approximately 30:40 you can see a car drive down the highway in the background.
  • In the episode Angela say's she is with this boyfriend three weeks a year. Though in earlier episode's Angela dated online and brought a guy to the Jeffersonian Institute ( A Man on Death Row ). Although that wouldn't matter if she and Nick had agreed to keeping their relationship open when apart.
  • There are Yucca brevifolia, Joshua Trees, near the end of the episode that are only found in the Mojave desert, the Navajo Nation lies on the Colorado Plateau.
  • Mexico is not 3 days walking away from the Navajo nation.
  • In the scene, where Bones and Booth are driving through the desert, there "spawns" a mountain in the background.


  • Bones: Only Angela could get a ride in the middle of nowhere.
  • Bones: You okay?
  • Angela: (after a vision) Dani went that way.
  • Bones: (confused) Okay.

I don't know what that meansEdit

Angela: I'm afraid that I won't have the chance that I had with Kirk ever again.
Bones: You will.
Angela: How can you be so sure?
Bones: Because nothing in this universe happens just once, Angela. Nothing. Infinity goes in both directions. There's no unique event, no singular moment.
Angela: I don't know what that means.

Anthropological/Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Navajo
  • Mongolians
  • Bedouins of the Sahara
  • Himba of Kunene

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