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Friday, February 18, 2011
BMX riding featured on Fox TV's "Bones"


Last week, the Fox TV show "Bones" centered around an aspiring BMX pro that is killed while attempting a roof-to-roof jump after being towed by a car. The episode, titled "The Daredevil in the Mold," featured BMX riders such as Ben Snowden, Cory Coffey, Kris Fox, Lawrence Werrell, Launchin' Lance, Matt Cordova, Sean Logan and Dew Tour dirt competitor Luke Parslow.

The episode featured riding footage from the Glendale, Calif. skatepark, which is normally not open to BMX bikes, and depicted riders using old mattresses to master tricks on transitions they haven't pulled yet (much like Mat Hoffman did while trying the flip fake many, many years ago.)

In the episode, a BMX rider named Dustin Rottenberg ("D-Rot") is out filming clips for a video. The trick he's attempting, a jump onto the top of a roof, goes wrong, and he is killed in the process. After his body is found sometime later still on the rooftop, it is covered in mold. Investigators link the mold (and a single bed bug) back to area motels mattresses. And when the health department goes to pick up the mattresses, they found them missing, taken by BMXers.

So the investigators head to the local BMX park, where they discover that riders are using the moldy mattresses to practice landing tricks. A sketch of "D-Rot" is shown to the locals, who identify him as an aspiring pro rider that was trying to land the roof jump in order to get sponsored.

According to another local, a ramp was being designed to perfect the stunt, but wasn't ready to use just yet. And this goes on and on and on until they discover that "D-Rot" attempted the roof gap by getting towed from a car. In the process, "D-Rot" is severely injured. And when the driver of the vehicle that towed him, another BMXer named Pete that manages the BMX park, checks on him, they come to blows over the botched attempt. Pete kicks "D-Rot" in the jaw and kills him.

Ultimately, Pete confesses to the crime, and the episode ends.

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The show, now in its sixth season, is based on forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology, with each episode focusing on an FBI case file concerning the mystery behind human remains brought by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) to the forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel).

While some of the BMX content is purely fictional and used for dramatic purposes, there's another element to the BMX-related content that leads me to believe that a writer for "Bones" either has some personal BMX background or owns the Mat Hoffman video "Head First."

"The Daredevil in the Mold" premiered on February 10, 2011 and was viewed by 9.94 million viewers, who now think that all BMXers sleep on bed bug-ridden mattresses and try to jump onto rooftops.

For the full episode, head on over to Hulu.