The Bones Star You Likely Didn’t Realize Appeared On Friends
Actor T.J. Thyne appears in the episode as Dr. Oberman, a physician that Ross (David Schwimmer) recruits as an alternative after Phoebe’s first doctor expresses an unusual fascination with Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) from the sitcom “Happy Days.” However, this new option doesn’t satisfy Phoebe, who points out that Oberman doesn’t look old enough to have a doctorate. It’s a fair assessment, with Thyne exhibiting a youthful exuberance that’s more suited for a teenager than a medical professional. Although his appearance is brief, Dr. Oberman’s presence provides an opportunity for Phoebe to dole out a few of her signature one-liners. She even makes a “Doogie Howser, M.D.” joke before sending him on his way.
Although the primary focus of “Bones” is the dynamic between forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), the other characters on the show are just as enjoyable. Thyne co-stars on the crime drama as an entomologist named Dr. Jack Hodgins, a high-spirited scientist with a wry sense of humor and a penchant for conspiracy theories. Hodgins’ romance with colleague Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) was a recurring plotline throughout the series, giving fans another love story to focus on while Booth and Brennan worked through the challenges in their own relationship.