Today, March 7, 2012, Bones’ very own TJ Thyne (Jack Hodgins) turns 37 years old. With his humor, brains, quirky personality, and fierce devotion to those he loves... we’ve been huge fans of Hodgins since day one. Now, here are five reasons that TJ makes our lives just a little better every day.

1. Even with Bones off the air for now, TJ still hasn’t left us completely.

Credit: TJ Thyne on Instagram

Bones’ long Season 7 hiatus has been difficult to bear, but at least our Thursday nights have not been completely devoid of our favorite Jeffersonian crew. Both TJ and Bones co-star John Francis Daley (Sweets) have paid a visit to the show’s quirky spin-off, The Finder. TJ joined Walter and Co. in Florida just a few weeks ago, and we have to say it was great to see a familiar face pop up at The Ends of The Earth.

2. “King of the Lab.”

We love Hodgins. We love that phrase. We love the spirit of crazed competition and undeniable hi-jinks that are sure to ensue as Hodgins battles with his pals each week to win his rightful title. And it is rightfully his. Most of the time....

3. He’s friends with his co-star, past and present.

Eric Millegan (Zack Addy) might not be on the show any more, but that doesn’t mean he and TJ can’t still hang out. Back in the summer, TJ tweeted this photo of he, Eric and Tamara Taylor (Cam) spending some time together. “Look who Tamara & I kidnapped for a birthday shopping spree. Mmmhmm. Yup. Zackaroni! :0)” he tweeted. Aww, fun! We miss him, too.

4. TJ loves emoticons, and he’s not afraid to show it.

If you follow TJ (@TJThyne) on Twitter, we’re sure you’ve noticed his penchant for smiley faces — and one smiley face in particular. Before TJ, we’d never have thought to use a “0” for a fun smiley nose, but now we have to admit... “:0)” is about the cutest smiley we’ve seen!

5. His hair: It’s awesome. We’re jealous. Get over it.

No offense to any of Bones’ beautiful ladies, or David Boreanaz’s (Booth) perfectly-gelled head of hair, but we think that TJ’s awesome curls are the best hair on the show. They’re fun, energetic, and just a little off-beat... exactly like Hodgins!

Happy Birthday, TJ. We’re missing you — and Bones — like crazy, and we can’t wait for April and your Thursday Monday night return!

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