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After a month’s absence that either made the heart grow fonder or made you realize that you could live without it (which was it for you?), Bones returns tonight at 8 p.m. ET with a new episode titled “The X in the File.” Even though I’m not an X-Files fanatic, and I apologize if my recap tomorrow will suffer for it, I’m kinda shocked that it took Bones five seasons to get there — back in the pilot, Booth made the Mulder and Scully comparison. But back to 2010: Booth and Brennan (spoiler alert) travel to Nevada to investigate human remains (those of a local UFO fanatic) with extraterrestrial attributes. Dean Haglund, who played Richard ‘Ringo’ Langly on The X-Files and The Lone Gunmen, guests in the ep. Bonus: We also get Angela and Wendell coming clean about their relationship.

From the looks of this image, I think I’m going to like this colorful episode. But as someone who’s been burned by this show before, I’m always cautiously optimistic. Which is how I felt reading my colleague Michael Ausiello’s latest Bones scoop. I’m cool with Zack coming back for April 8’s 100th episode because we’re flashing back to the first case Booth and Brennan ever worked together. That’s not the problem. It’s exec producer Stephen Nathan telling Ausiello that after that episode, B&B will “reassess and reexamine their relationship” and “be going off on a different trajectory than we have been seeing this season,” and that “it’ll be much more interesting than just consummating the relationship. It’ll stir everyone up a lot more.” That sounds good to me — even if he were to mean that the duo would take a step back (it would give the sexual tension a jolt) — but after the third and fourth season finales, I’m not sure my “good” is the same as the producers’ “good.” Still, Emily Deschanel has assured Ausiello that the relationship changes in a “good way.” She also teased that we’ll be seeing an engagement and a wedding later this season — maybe not from the same characters…

Where do you stand on Bones now?

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