Angela Montenegro

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Angela Montenegro-Hodgins
Bones character
Angelamontenegro.jpg
First appearance"Pilot"
Created byHart Hanson
Portrayed byMichaela Conlin
Information
Nickname(s)Ange, Angie
GenderFemale
OccupationForensic Artist
FamilyBilly Gibbons (father)
Spouse(s)

Grayson Barasa (2003–2008, divorced)

Jack Hodgins (2010–present)
ChildrenMichael Staccato Vincent Hodgins
(son, with Jack; born 2011)
 
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Angela Montenegro-Hodgins
Bones character
Angelamontenegro.jpg
First appearance"Pilot"
Created byHart Hanson
Portrayed byMichaela Conlin
Information
Nickname(s)Ange, Angie
GenderFemale
OccupationForensic Artist
FamilyBilly Gibbons (father)
Spouse(s)

Grayson Barasa (2003–2008, divorced)

Jack Hodgins (2010–present)
ChildrenMichael Staccato Vincent Hodgins
(son, with Jack; born 2011)

Angela Pearly-Gates Montenegro-Hodgins[1] is a fictional character in the television series Bones (2005–present), portrayed by Michaela Conlin. She is a classically-trained artist involved in forensic reconstructions.

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Brief character history

Angela Montenegro is a fictional character, written as the daughter of a fictional representation of Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top (played by the musician himself).[2] Angela was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 16, she is half-Chinese, and she once mentioned having taken French in school, in "The Body in the Bag", in season 6. Her middle name is meant to be an allusion to her father's guitar "Miss Pearly Gates".[2] "Angela Montenegro" is not her birth name, but came to her in a dream; she legally changed it on her 18th birthday. The character of Angela Montenegro is a specialist in forensic facial reconstruction at the fictional Jeffersonian Institution, who frequently works with Dr. Temperance Brennan, her best friend. Angela received her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin in visual arts, with a minor in computer science.[3] She uses her skills as an artist to develop, maintain, and improve the lab’s three-dimensional graphics and computer simulation systems.

Characterization

Throughout the series, Angela Montenegro is described as a "free spirit", "good-time girl" and is a "wild-child" at heart. She is shown to be more socially "normal" than her coworkers at the Jeffersonian, and seems to not consider herself a scientist like the other "squints", instead on multiple occasions referencing facial reconstruction as an "art". In one episode, the character Jack Hodgins was quoted as saying Angela "was the heart of the operation."[4] Angela's more typical social skills are often used by the writers as a balancing point; she demonstrates a need to interact with other people the way her more awkward colleagues do not.[5] Plotlines have alluded that Angela has extensive romantic experience, once telling Zack Addy to "reap the benefits of my sexual wisdom."[6] She also told Dr. Brennan, "I don't know how to talk to crazy people unless I'm dating them."[7]

Angela contemplates leaving the Jeffersonian at one point, under the assumption that her work does not contribute to cases in a meaningful way. She was also unsure of her ability to deal with the graphic violence dealt with regularly at the lab. However, Dr. Goodman, the director of the Jeffersonian, spoke of the vital importance of her work in adding an element of humanity to the victims, returning their identity. This line of reasoning persuades her to remain at the lab.[7]

Relationships

Kirk Persinger

Season 1 Episode 17, "The Skull in the Desert". reveals that for "three weeks out of the year, Angela has a boyfriend and a vacation." Angela's first revealed steady boyfriend Kirk, is a "pseudo-famous photographer" who lives in the desert of New Mexico. Their five-year relationship ends abruptly when Kirk goes off into the desert with his Indian guide and never returns. Angela is prompted to call Temperance for help when a skull is left on the porch of the local sheriff. Dr. Brennan is able to identify that the skull does belong to Kirk and the premise of the episode is discovering what happened to him out in the desert. According to Angela, he was the guy to whom she compared all other guys.[8]

Jack Hodgins

Angela and Hodgins met when Angela was brought on to work at the Jeffersonian by Brennan. While initially on good terms, they grew closer throughout season one. At the beginning of season two, Hodgins became obviously interested in her, and pursued her more openly. After a few episodes of palpable sexual tension, Hodgins finally asked Angela on a date in the episode "The Girl with the Curl". While their date was quite successful, Angela broke it off fearing repercussions if things went badly. Later, after Hodgins was rescued from being buried alive, they kissed, and at the end of the episode they went home together. Angela later asked Hodgins if she could sleep at his place one night after being spooked by restored video footage, and soon they were openly involved. After refusing Hodgins' marriage proposal twice, she proposed to him.[9] Their wedding was cut short in the season two finale when it was revealed that Angela was technically married to a man from Fiji, Grayson Barasa.[10] Their relationship ended after a lengthy search for her husband, and issues regarding Jack's trust of Angela.[11]

Throughout seasons four and five, the two struggled with their relationship, eventually appearing to form a close, albeit awkward, friendship. After Hodgins declared he would support her during a pregnancy scare while she was dating Wendell, their romantic tension was rekindled. While collecting evidence together for a murder investigation in Maryland, they were pulled over for a moving violation and subsequently jailed for a variety of minor infractions by a local sheriff. Their time spent together led them to reexamine their relationship, and why they broke up. When a judge arrived to post their bail, they were finally married in a civil ceremony with the sheriff as witness.[12] They announced their marriage to their colleagues soon after.[3] At the end of season five, they were planning to spend a year in Paris while Brennan and Booth were away, as neither of them wanted "to break in a new forensic anthropologist and FBI liaison."

Upon their return from Paris, Angela discovers that they are expecting their first child. Angela tries to keep her pregnancy a secret from the Jeffersonian team. This is because Angela wants to wait till after the first trimester and Hodgins wants to reveal the pregnancy when the time is right. It is later revealed that if Angela and Hodgins had a daughter, they would name her Temperance, after Dr. Brennan; but strictly as a middle name, because the name Temperance is "awful". Angela's father wanted to name their child "Staccato Mamba". It came to him in a song. However, the three of them finally agree on the names Katherine Temperance for a girl and Michael Joseph for a boy. In the episode "The Blackout in the Blizzard" Angela and Hodgins find out they are both carriers of Leber's Congenital Amaurosis, giving their baby a 25 percent chance of blindness. This was a huge devastation for the couple, but in the end they reminded each other that they can handle anything together. Their son was born healthy and without a vision impairment. He was named Michael, as planned, Staccato, as Angela's father wanted, and Vincent, after the late Vincent Nigel-Murray, the full name thus becoming Michael Staccato Vincent Hodgins.

Roxie Lyon

After breaking off her engagement with Hodgins, Angela resumes a relationship first forged in college with Roxie, a woman who currently works as a sculptor and who was, at the time of their reconnection, the suspect in a case. Roxie broke it off with Angela over irreconcilable differences in world view; Angela "lives in the moment" and Roxie wants a partner who plans for the future.[13][14]

Wendell Bray

After Brennan's intern, Wendell Bray, gives Angela $45 to help save a baby pig, the two kiss and begin a relationship.[15] Their relationship continued throughout part of Season 5. After they had been dating for a few months, Angela took a pregnancy test which came up positive. This test is later revealed by a second test Dr. Saroyan had run to be a false positive. When Wendell found out, he told her that he would have supported her in her choices because it was his duty. This caused Angela to realize that while Wendell is a good guy, he was not "[her] guy" and subsequently ended their relationship. The break-up was mutual and amicable.[16]

Grayson Barasa

It is revealed that at one point, she married in a kava-influenced ceremony in Fiji. She was unsure whether the marriage was legal and had no knowledge of where her husband was after the ritual; in actual fact, the United States government considered the marriage valid, and prevented her marriage to Hodgins.[10] When a private investigator tracked down Barasa, he attempted to convince Angela to stay with him, informing her that he had built them a house; Barasa's presence eventually precipitated the end of Angela's engagement to Hodgins, because Angela felt that Hodgins did not trust her.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Stargazer In A Puddle". Bones. Fox. 2007-05-16. No. 21, season 2
  2. ^ a b "The Man in the Fallout Shelter". Bones. episode 9. season 1. 2005-12-13. 
  3. ^ a b "The Boy with the Answer". Bones. episode 21. season 5. 2010-05-13. Fox. 
  4. ^ "The Man in the Cell". Bones (TV series). episode 12. season 2. series 34. 
  5. ^ "The Man in the Wall". Bones (TV series). episode 6. season 1. Fox. 
  6. ^ "A Boy in a Tree". Bones (TV series). episode 3. season 1. September 27, 2005. 
  7. ^ a b "The Woman in the Tunnel". Bones (TV series). episode 16. season 1. series 16. 2006-04-22. Fox. 
  8. ^ "The Skull in the Desert". Bones. episode 17. season 1. April 5, 2006. Fox. 
  9. ^ "The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House". Bones (TV series). episode 20. season 2. series 42. 2007-05-09. Fox. 
  10. ^ a b "The Stargazer in the Puddle". Bones (TV series). episode 21. season 2. series 43. 2007-05-16. Fox. 
  11. ^ a b "The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond". Bones (TV series). episode 5. season 4. series 63. 2008-09-24. Fox. 
  12. ^ "The Witch in the Wardrobe". Bones (TV series). episode 20. season 5. series 104. 2010-05-13. Fox. 
  13. ^ "The Skull in the Sculpture". Bones. episode 8. season 4. November 5, 2008. Fox. 
  14. ^ "The Salt in the Wounds". Bones. episode 17. season 4. March 19, 2009. Fox. 
  15. ^ "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken". Bones (TV Series). episode 6. season 5. series 90. 
  16. ^ "The Proof in the Pudding". Bones (TV Series). episode 12. season 5. series 96.