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In this shot, David Boreanaz (FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth) and Emily Deschanel (forensic anthropologist Temperance ''Bones'' Brennan) prepare for another couples therapy session with John Francis Daley (Dr. Lance Sweets). ''We tried a very natural pose for this shot,'' Deschanel jokes. ''Anytime David and Emily do sitcom-y poses, I feel a sudden urge to tackle them,'' quips Daley. ''Those two are just being goofy, and I was just maintaining a strong sense of responsibility on the set,'' Boreanaz insists.
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Boreanaz pretty much chooses Booth's wardrobe. The trench coat is ''the staple homage to McQueen in Bullitt,'' he says. Seeley's ''cocky'' belt buckle was actually a Christmas present Boreanaz received from his acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck, a few years ago. ''When I first wore it, the studio flipped out, and they used to have to erase cocky from the belt buckle,'' he says. ''And now, they love it. It's a plot point. Go figure.''
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BODIES AT WORK
''Laying on gurneys with fake corpses. This is what happens when you've been shooting for 12 hours,'' says Michaela Conlin (facial and crime scene reconstructor Angela Montenegro), posing with Tamara Taylor (Dr. Camille ''Cam'' Saroyan).
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''Whenever you can't find one of us actors, they check Brennan's office to see if we are working on our lines, and they check Angela's couch to see if we are kicking it and chilling with other cast members,'' says TJ Thyne (Dr. Jack Hodgins). ''We are usually on the couch.''
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''This is Tamara Taylor trying to blow me up. Nice. See how they treat me over here on stage 6!'' says Thyne. Against Cam's desires, Hodgins makes a replica of the bomb used on Santa. ''He just can't help it,'' Thyne says of Jack's latest unsanctioned experiment. ''He's a pure scientist.'' Taylor has her own reason for finding this shot frightening: "Not sure which one's scarier, TJ's bomb or my ENORMOUS Granny parka!," she says.
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''Here is the star of Bones posing with Emily Deschanel,'' cracks Daley. ''In my character's office is a bowl of stress-relieving squishy things that keep us entertained... until we're told to stop playing with them and get back to work.'' Deschanel's favorite toy in Sweets' office is actually a combination of two: ''We've discovered this game, and it's my new favorite thing,'' she says. ''We hide tiny magnets in the sand in the Zen Garden and then try to pick them up with the big magnet. It's endless hours of entertainment.''
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''In this shot, TJ Thyne, Joel Moore [who plays intern Colin Fisher], and I wanted to look like we were busy doing something, when in reality we were just trying not to laugh,'' says Daly. ''That something,'' according to Thyne, was reading over their scenes for the gamer episode — which finds their characters lining up early to see Avatar. ''Sadly, the three of us cracked each other up in half of the takes,'' Thyne says. ''Joel, John and I have a hard time making eye-contact in a lot of scenes in that episode.'' (An inside joke: Moore has a role in Avatar.)
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''This is the exact moment David gave me his cold,'' says Daley, who snapped this extreme close-up.
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SOUND + VISION
''The sweet and lovely Tamara Taylor in front of our Sound Cart,'' says Thyne. A truce! ''Hmmm...maybe that's where she got all those wires to create her TJ Bomb!'' Or not.
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''TJ, in the nude,'' jokes Thyne. ''I've been working out for that photo. They said something about Jack being shirtless.''
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BADGE OF HONOR
''David loves to flash his badge,'' says Deschanel, who caught him in the act as ''Uncle Hershey'' drove them to set. Uncle Hershey has been with Boreanaz for roughly a decade. ''He's my main guy,'' Boreanaz says. ''He's Uncle Hershey!''
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WATCHING THE DETECTIVE
''Michaela caught me getting artistic photographing a skull,'' says Deschanel. We can't blame her. The lighting in Angela's office really is fantastic.
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TAKE OFF, YOU HOSIERY
Any Bones fan could identify this self-portrait: Boreanaz's penchant for colorful Paul Smith socks was incorporated into his character, who wears them (and that ''cocky'' belt buckle) to subtly rebel. ''They've become a trademark,'' says Boreanaz. See: the striped socks Fox sent press to promote the show's fifth season premiere. ''Paul Smith only. He won't put anything else on but Paul Smith.''
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HEADS OF THE CLASS
''Emily took this one of me in her office,'' says Thyne. ''We realized after she shot it, I should have been on the other side of the line of skulls, to show the 'history of man.' As is, I think I'm what...Cro-Magnon?''
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KISS AND MAKEUP
We end where it all begins. ''I don't think people realize how long we're in makeup everyday. It's an hour of makeup and an hour of hair,'' says Conlin, with hairstylist Peggy Semtob. ''All smoke and mirrors.''