Bones (2005–2017)
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Player Under Pressure 

The body of a star athlete is found behind the bleachers at Atlantic State University gymnasium.


Jessica Landaw


Hart Hanson (created by), Kathy Reichs (inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and author) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Deschanel ... Temperance Brennan
David Boreanaz ... Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin ... Angela Montenegro
Eric Millegan ... Zack Addy
Tamara Taylor ... Camille Saroyan
T.J. Thyne ... Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
James Black ... Chief Jack Cutler
Jamil Walker Smith ... Colby Page (as Jamil Walker)
Daniel Roebuck ... George Francis
Michael McGrady ... Coach Morse
Erik von Detten ... Ed Dekker
Whitney Anderson ... Dallas Verona
Mekia Cox ... Celeste Cutler
Michelle Page ... Justine Berry
Taylor Kinney ... Jimmy Fields


Atlantic State University's basketball star's corpse is found crushed in the grandstand, but that's not the cause of death. Suspects include his team spot successor Colby Page and his girlfriend Celeste, daughter of former star player and present campus security chief Jack Cutler, mentor George Francis who supplied steroids, simpleton teammate but womanizing rival Ed Dekker, ambitious but cancer-terminal coach Morse, vindictive tutor and dumped girlfriend Justine Berry. Written by KGF Vissers

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21 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


RJ Manning is described by Chief Cutler as "Magic Boy" - RJ was the name of the sports star who attracted women magically in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Him, s7e6). See more »


Dr. Hodgins uses a blender (Cam's) from the staff kitchen to blend up maggots to perform a toxicology screen. This is an extremely irresponsible and unlikely way to do this in a forensics lab. This is because the blender is unlikely to be sterile, and could introduce contamination into the sample being tested, and there is other apparatus that could be used to perform this task (e.g. a lab mortar and pestle). See more »


Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Even Cutler knew you were lying when you said you treated women like that under the bleachers.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Oh, and you believe him?
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: Yes. Because you still remember that first girl's name.
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Alternate Versions

The original episode, shot during the second season, involved a subplot about Dr Hodgins proposing to Angela and being rejected. The episode was delayed one year and aired during the third season, when Angela already accepted Dr Hodgins' proposal, therefore in the version that aired this subplot was replaced with another one about them being caught on security camera while making love in a storage room at the workplace. Both episodes are available on the 3rd season DVD. See more »


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Squeeze play
28 December 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

B&B investigate the remains of a star college basketball player found crushed to death under the bleachers in the college gym. But was he dead before or after the bleachers were closed? It gets worse: the player apparently was on steroids. Brennan gets an introduction to the world of jocks and a side of college she certainly never experienced. Not much frivolity here. There's a side angle involving the sexual antics of the students, which eventually leads to the solution. Not one of my favorite episodes. But for those who decide to watch it, remember blue lipstick. And you get to see Brennan showing a maternal side when she finds a nest of baby rats inside the corpse's body.

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