Bones is usually okay with science, but the 'nearly-published' paper by the intern was way off.
1- When we saw the list of papers, they were nearly all single-author papers. Pretty rare in any field.
2- When a paper is accepted in a journal, it doesn't get bumped off for another paper. Paper are published in the order they are accepted, then typeset, then proofed.
3- They made it sound like he'd be a big shot after he published one paper, like his career would be made. Doesn't work that way. You have to publish a lot to get that sort of status.