Bones - The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken

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"The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken" is episode six of season five of Bones, the forensic drama television series loosely based on the novels and life of anthropologist Kathy Reichs. In this episode, the body of a chicken-faced man is discovered by a group of Woodchucks.

A Body Discovered by the Woodchucks

Brennan and Hodgins arrive at the lab with Hodgins telling Brennan that a body has been brought in by the Woodchucks. The Woodchucks are similar to the Brownies, but science-oriented and run by the Jeffersonian (and are therefore fictional). So, when they found a body in a river, they didn't freak out, they collected the body as well as GPS linked soil samples and photos of the crime scene. Despite how professionally they did the collection, Brennan isn't happy that the Woodchucks disturbed a crime scene, and, with her usual tact, manages to upset them.


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The Dead Man Looks Like a Chicken

The body is in poor shape and smells strongly of sulphur dioxide. Or a fart, as it is put. It's suggested that it could be related to a DARPA suspended animation project, and DARPA is missing someone, although they won't supply a picture. Angela's facial reconstruction leads to a man who looks half chicken. Apparently the missing DARPA soldier resembled a bulldog.


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He Really Does Look Like a Chicken

Surprisingly, Angela's reconstruction is accurate - there's a man in the missing person database who does look like the reconstruction. And worked at a chicken farm. Not using the required protection meant that his sinuses became scarred and deformed, making him look like a chicken. The chicken farm itself has a lot of protesters outside too, and they had threatened to make an example of someone. When the protesters cover Brennan and Booth in corn syrup, the latter arrests the lot of them.

The Protesters at the Chicken Farm

One protester had made a video and posted it online. He had been given it anonymously, rather than sneaking into the plant to take it himself, and then edited it together. He hands it over, not exactly willingly, after being told what the penalty for assault on a federal officer is.

Killed Like a Chicken

The dead man had his neck wrung, like a chicken, and is missing his thumbs and toes. Which turned up in a chicken restaurant. Someone looks to be making a point, and the factory farm is unlikely to survive this. Or was someone trying to cover something up?


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Personal Issues and Saving a Piglet

Angela wants to save a piglet and ends up getting in an argument with Brennan about it. It's also nearly time to end her six months of celibacy as Sweets suggested in "The Salt in the Wounds".

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