Hey there Bones theory friends! I have a confession to make. My husband and I love Mad Libs. In fact, I’m pretty sure we have a couple books of them tucked away in the bookcase somewhere that we bought not long after we were married and long before we had any kids. Because Mad Libs are fun for any age, right?!?
So anyway, I was thinking about Mad Libs and Bones the other day and suddenly I had a brilliant thought – why not make a Mad Lib…Bones style? So I did. It’s your job, of course, to fill it in. Here’s how to do it:
- Open a Word document or get a piece of scrap paper. Write down an answer for each of the prompts on the list below. Make sure to number them so you don’t lose track.
- Once you’ve finished your list, cut and paste the text of the Mad Lib (scroll down for the text) directly into the Bones Theory comment box or your Word document (you can cut and paste the completed document into the comment box later).
- Replace the bracketed prompts in the story (they are listed in order, numbered, and bolded to make things easier) with the answers you previously provided. Don’t worry if the word of phrase you chose doesn’t make sense in the context of the story. Wacky, nonsensical answers are all part of the fun!
- Post your Mad Lib for everyone else to read and enjoy (and comment on, of course).
- REMEMBER: DON’T PEEK BEFORE YOU’RE FINISHED! Reading the text of the Mad Lib (or even other people’s answers) before you’ve finished yours takes all the fun out of it!
- Have fun!!
- Verb ending in –ing
- Verb ending in –ing
- Body Part
- Name of a squintern
- Cause of death
- Name of previously mentioned body part
- Name of squintern mentioned above
- Name of a bone
- Name of a different bone
- Type of injury
- Name of a board or card game
- Expensive vehicle
- Exotic location
- Sharp instrument
- Type of take-out food
Finished with your list? Scroll down for the text of the Mad Lib.
Okay, okay, are you really ready? Here you go:
Booth and Brennan are [1-verb ending in –ing] on the couch at Booth’s place [2-verb ending in –ing] about the future, when suddenly their cell phones ring. It’s Cam. The police, following an anonymous tip called in from a nearby pay phone, have found a partially decomposed dead body at [3-location] that’s missing its [4-body part] and has been buried in [5-substance].
Once on the scene, Brennan determines that the victim is a male, approximately [6-age] years of age. Hodgins finds insect larvae on the body that puts the time of death at precisely [7-number] days ago.
Back at the lab, Cam and [8-name of a squintern] determine that the victim died of massive blood loss from a [9-cause of death] and that the [10-name of previously mentioned body part] was removed post-mortem. Dr. Brennan and [11-name of squintern mentioned above] also find an unexplained nick on the [12-name of a bone] and remodeling on the [13-name of a different bone] consistent with a [14-type of injury].
DNA results identify the victim as Mortimer Harris, a(n) [15-occupation] with a suspiciously shady past and no shortage of enemies. Booth and Sweets interrogate a variety of suspects, including three ex-wives, the victim’s boss, his bookie, and a girlfriend with an affinity for vividly colored contact lenses. The three ex-wives claim they were all at the first ex-wives house playing [16-name of a board or card game], drinking [17-beverage], and bad-mouthing their mutual ex-husband. Besides, they would never kill him because they were making a killing (no pun intended) in alimony and child support. The bookie insists he couldn’t have murdered the victim because he was busy breaking another customer’s legs, and proceeds to provide proof. Booth immediately books the bookie on assault charges. The victim’s boss says he had no motive for murder as the victim had recently given him a stock tip worth millions. The salesman at the dealership confirms that he was buying a(n) [18-expensive vehicle] at the time of death. The girlfriend says she was [19-alibi] on the night of the murder, but Booth can’t find anyone who saw her that night.
Booth and Brennan find a letter to the victim’s mother in his apartment in which he tells her it’s time for a fresh start, two plane tickets to [20-exotic location], and a large insurance policy that the victim took out on himself two weeks before his murder, naming his girlfriend as the beneficiary.
Back at the lab, Angela identifies the weapon that caused the nick on the bone as a [21-sharp instrument] and Brennan discovers that the fatal wound was self-inflicted. Meanwhile, Hodgins returns to the crime scene looking for additional clues and finds an aqua-colored contact lens in the area near where the victim’s body was found.
Booth brings the victim’s girlfriend back in for questioning. When faced with the evidence, the girlfriend admits that she and the victim planned to fake his murder, collect the insurance money, ditch the child support and alimony payments, and leave the country for a new life in an exotic location. Unfortunately, the victim had lousy aim. Instead of wounding himself enough to cause a significant, but not deadly, amount of blood loss, he hit a major artery and bled out before she could do anything to save him. So she staged the murder hoping to still collect the insurance money.
With the case solved, Booth and Brennan return to Booth’s place to unwind with a rousing rendition of “Hot Blooded” and some late-night [22-type of take-out food].