Celebrate a 'Bones' Milestone by Playing Live Bingo with Fans
Celebrate a 'Bones' Milestone by Playing Live Bingo with Fans
Catherine Cabanela
Catherine Cabanela
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Holy cats, the Bones Fairies are whipping up quite a frenzy in the digital world to get fans jazzed about the 206th Bones episode, "The Big Beef in the Royal Diner." As any good Boner (Thanks, Craig Ferguson) knows, there are 206 bones in the adult body. The usual individual bone mention count for a Bones episode falls between ten and 20. To give this momentous occasion the respect and adulation it deserves -- after all, this episode is now FOX's longest-running prime time hour dramedy in crime procedural history -- FOX has assured us that all 206 human bones will be mentioned on screen during during "The Big Beef in the Royal Diner."

Wait, there's more! As Bones loves interacting with their fan base they've devised a way for all y'all to participate in the fun by playing Bones Bingo. Viewers can download their own Bones Bingo board to play while watching. Also, fans will need to follow the Twitter stream #BonesBingo to interact with some of the Bones Fairies and to see the names of each bone mentioned as it happens on screen. The first players to get four across, down or diagonal, or a full blackout will be the fortunate recipients of an as yet not revealed squinty surprise from Bones.

Is There Some Big Bones Bible Somewhere?

Well, now there is an official Bones bible. Remember when FOX partnered with an elite team of super fans called the SquintSquad200 (should we now call them SquintSquad206?) to create a database of Bones facts? At that time the SquintSquad200 and I didn't document every bone per episode though we got everything else as you can see in this zoomable version of the 'Bones: 200 Episodes to Die For' Infographic that resulted from our research. 

Don't think the SquintSquad200 has been sitting on their laurels eating M&Ms out of their navels since then. No, we got pulled into another fun project recently - one that is still under wraps - to help spread the word about Bones Bingo. As such, we each received our own Bones Bingo cards and an official Bones marker along with game instructions. We were sworn to secrecy until yesterday when we were directed to Tweet bomb the digital word with pictures of ourselves and our game cards being especially sure to mention #BonesBingo.

That is why you've been hearing about this momentous event ad naseum since around noon yesterday.

How Do I, Jane Q Bonehead, Participate in Bones Bingo?

Glad you asked. It's simple! Here are the rules:

1) Go to FOX.com here and click on the bouncing Bingo markers. Bones Bingo card at the bottom of the FOX page.
2) Download as many as you want as there are hundreds of combinations.
3) Hop on Twitter and search '#BonesBingo'.
4) Watch the #BonesBingo feed during the show between 8/9c
5) Interact with live tweeting Bones fairies while you fill in your card.
6) Four in a row (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) and blackouts constitute wins. 
5) Be one of the first Boners to tweet a selfie with the winning card to @BONESonFOX including #BonesBingo in the tweet. 
6) Find out if you were one of the winners, then claim your prize.

What's the Prize?

Bones and FOX are being very hush-hush about the prizes so far. One speculation has been a personal congratulation tweet from David Boreanaz himself, or a Bones hat, a poster or mug, or your name and tweet featured on FOX's Bones page, or possibly a cast-autographed copy of "The Big Beef in the Royal Diner," or a life-sized copy of the 'Bones: 200 Episodes to Die For' infograph. Now, these are all wild speculation, folks. Personally, just playing is a prize in itself to me.

Now, Go Download Your #BonesBingo Cards!

As a member of the SquintSquad, I received mine in the mail along with a Bones Bingo marker, but your card will look just like this:

Bones Bingo Card.jpg

Bones airs Thursdays at 8 pm on FOX. 

(Images courtesy of FOX)