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The Character Everyone Forgets Bones' Emily Deschanel Played In Spider-Man 2

Actress Emily Deschanel is best known for her long-running role on Fox's "Bones," the police procedural series where she spent copious hours combing through human remains in search of forensic clues. Indeed, the actress starred in the series as the emotionally stunted Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan for a whole 12 seasons. During her time on the show, Deschanel was nominated for multiple People's Choice Awards, including two consecutive nods for favorite crime drama TV actress (via IMDb). 

However, there are other notable reasons that avid TV watchers might recognize Deschanel. Some audiences might recognize the former "Bones" actress because she bears such a strong resemblance to her younger sister, "Elf" and "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel. In fact, if you were paying close attention, you may have recognized one "Bones" episode that featured both Deschanel sisters.

Although the forensic anthropologist certainly defines a big part of Deschanel's career, it isn't actually her only claim to fame. From the looks of her IMDb profile, Deschanel's credits prior to "Bones" were relatively sparse, but there's one cinematic appearance that's always fun to look back on. You may not remember it, but Deschanel played a small role in Sony's "Spider-Man 2." That's right, Deschanel was Marvel before it was popular, and she was hilarious, even though her moment in the film is fleeting.

Emily Deschanel was the unimpressed receptionist in Spider-Man 2

"Spider-Man 2" follows Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and his desperate attempt be a normal, educated, financially stable New Yorker, while also being the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. One such revenue stream that the famous web slinger's crime-fighting activities make even more difficult is Parker's stint as a pizza delivery man. Even though Parker's powers afford him a surefire way to avoid New York City traffic, he still somehow fails to get anywhere on time.

On a delivery run in the first act of the film, Parker enters a high-rise from above (a special Spidey perk) with a stack of pizzas. He changes out of his costume in a janitor's closet, but on his way out of the cramped room, he manages to knock over literally everything. What follows are about thirty seconds of the most awkward clatter imaginable, as Parker balances the pizzas while trying to get everything back in the closet. Unbeknownst to him, he has an audience: A receptionist (Deschanel) is staring at him, deadpan, and unimpressed.

When Parker finally gets everything put away, he hurries over to her and deposits the pizza on her desk, to which she stares pointedly at the clock, then says, "You're late. I'm not paying for those." Then he leaves, defeated, but just as awkward as ever under her withering glare. It's not exactly a blink-and-you'll-miss-it situation, the entire segment is through her POV, but it is brief. Deschanel compresses a thousand relatable feelings into a few seconds. Her stare tells you that this is just another Saturday in the city, that she's definitely seen worse, and, if she could get away with it, she'd happily toss that delivery boy off the roof.