After a three-month hiatus, Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) are back on a new night (Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox) and with a new addition — their baby girl. Originally, producers thought Brennan would run off to South America to give birth with a tribe whose ritual she admired, and Booth would spend tonight’s episode trying to find her. “Even for Brennan, that’s a little bit insensitive,” creator Hart Hanson tells EW.
Then, they sketched out an idea for a home birth, which would allow the Jeffersonian gang to be there. But once they hit on the idea of Booth delivering the baby himself, they realized the moment should be Brennan’s and his alone. “It’s an incredibly emotional sequence, and we wanted to keep it that way,” executive producer Stephen Nathan says. “We wanted to give the fans the essence of that moment.”
So, look for Brennan to go into labor while the duo is investigating a murder at a prison — “One of the greatest images I’ve ever seen on Bones is pregnant Brennan walking through a prison riot,” Hanson laughs — and for Booth to deliver the baby in an unexpected location. ”The fans have been waiting seven years for this moment,” Nathan says. The baby, meanwhile, was much less patient. ”It did pee on both David and Emily,” he says. ”I think it was because David forgot a line.” (That baby has already been replaced, though presumably not for that reason. “Having babies in a TV show is very complicated because you need twins, sometimes triplets, and the babies change as they age,” Nathan says. “So a baby that is a brilliant actor at age two months might have chosen another profession at four months.”)
What’s next for Baby Booth? The search for a nanny will begin. “All we can say is that Brennan is as picky and opinionated about childcare as she is about everything else in her life, so finding someone she’s comfortable with to watch her child is very, very difficult,” Nathan says.
Adds Hanson, “It’s a process. We go to a few places — and some things work better than others — until we finally get to the solution.” (The answer is someone viewers have met before.)
More to look forward to:
• As for how the baby will affect the show, Hanson and Nathan assure us that while Booth and Brennan will deal with her surprise over her own maternal instincts and his insecurities over Brennan being able to provide a better financial future for their child, the focus will continue to be on them solving grisly murders. (The FBI won’t have a problem with the couple working together, so no worries there.) One case will be the Bones version of the Hatfields and the McCoys, “which is a riot,” Nathan says.
• The season 7 finale, “The Past in the Present,” will feature the return of creepy hacktivist/serial killer Christopher Pellant (Andrew Leeds), and, as we’ve already reported, producers are debating the final shot. “What we’re actually debating is literally the last image that we leave our audience with,” Hanson says. “We have options as to how it motors us into season 8. There’s a see-saw between hope and confidence and vulnerability and fear that we have to walk. We’re searching for that last poetic image, and that’s what we will argue about up until the day we shoot it. And I’ll bet ya we still argue about it as we’re putting music on the final shot in the editing room.” In a conference call with reporters last week, Hanson also revealed that the episode, like several we’ll see in the spring run, will highlight Brennan’s friendship with Angela. “I think in the season-ender, the audience will get a very good feeling for how close Angela and Brennan are,” he said. “In some ways, Angela knows Brennan better than Booth does in that way that another friend of the same sex can understand you more than your partner.”
• There’s still no definitive airdate for the show’s “four weirdo episodes,” which will be self-contained stories that Fox can plug into its schedule at will. Nathan’s written a script in which one of the squinterns finds a set of unidentified remains from 9/11 in the Jeffersonian. Through the course of the hour, we’ll hear where everyone was on 9/11, and see almost all of the squinterns. In another episode, a Banksy-type artist (guest star Jay Paulson) falls onto the remains of a murdered person, which become glued to him with industrial strength adhesive. Another, in Hanson’s words, takes on the “time-honored chestnut of identical twins.” (They go to notify a wife that her husband is dead, and they see he’s still alive.) And the last one, they hope, will be told 100 percent from the point-of-view of the victim.