Bones is back tonight with brand-new episodes and TV Equals was able to learn all about the rest of the season’s spoilers during a conference call with creator and executive producer Hart Hanson and executive producer Stephen Nathan. During the call, we were able to find out what issues will affect Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel), who’s moving in, when Pelant (Andrew Leeds) will return and more. (There are spoilers, so be aware!)
When Pelant will resurface
Fans have been wondering when criminal mastermind Pelant will make his return. According to Nathan, the wait won’t be long.
“The Pelant story will reappear in January,” said Nathan. “You know, Palant is always going to be hanging over their heads in all of the episodes, but he comes back in earnest–we’re actually shooting the episode now.”
“It’s directed by Rob Hardy and it’s one of the biggest episodes we’ve ever shot,” said Hanson. “We’re starting to talk about what our season ender will look like and [Pelant] may or may not be a part of that.”
Will Angela leave?
If you’ve been concerned about Angela being written out of the show, don’t–she’s not going anywhere, according to Nathan and Hanson.
“We have no plans to move Michaela off the show,” said Hanson, referring to Michaela Conlin, the actress who portrays Angela. “This is her season to start to think that her life is meant to be bigger than recreating crimes and living in a life of murder. She’s feeling antsy. But I’m very speedy to say that we have no plans to diminish Michaela’s involvement in the show.”
Keeping the tension between Brennan and Booth
One of the show’s strongest points is keeping Booth and Brennan’s relationship entertaining and tension-filled, even though they’re now raising a family.
“So far, knocking on wood, this has been a very rich lode for us to mine, the two of them living together with a baby and continuing to live lives and solve crimes,” said Hanson. “So far, we don’t have to do anything big to throw a wrench into that machine. It’s working just fine. Lots of new stories–as many as I think as we had in the beginning, when there was just sexual tension.”
“I think what we’ve done this season, hopefully, is kind of give them stories that are overwhelming emotionally so we see how they react as a couple, so that they see how their relationship is tested and we’re doing that by keeping Pelant alive, by adding someone to their household, which will happen soon, and also putting themselves in situations that they never expected themselves to be in,” said Nathan. “We have an episode coming up where Brennan has a near-death experience, which causes her to reevaluate her life and see everything a little bit differently. So we’re just trying to move them along and have these characters evolve and not just stay in the same place. So hopefully, it’ll be surprising for everybody.”
Sweets moves in
The house guest that will be joining Brennan and Booth is Sweets (John Francis Daley). Nathan and Hanson talked about how much fun they had writing the episodes involving Sweets as a temporary guest.
“You know what, it started out as something that we were going to play out for one episode. When he busted up with Daisy, he let her have the apartment, so he’s been kind of a nomad since then, and they say ‘Come on in, you can stay with us for a few days,’” said Hanson. “And we were going to do that for one episode, but it was just too much fun. And if Stephen and I have one fault out of many, it’s that if something’s fun, we’re going to stick there for a little while.”
“It’s so rich because you have Sweets, who’s a psychologist and Brennan who disdains psychology, now in a house together where Brennan can kind of use pyschology against her guest,” said Nathan. ‘She keeps reading his books when [s]he’s in the bathroom, and comes out armed with all this new information which drives him insane,” he said amid both his and Hanson’s laughter.
Death at a roller derby
“There’s murder at a roller derby game and it’s just another world that we’re entering into that we’ve never been in,” said Nathan when discussing one of the upcoming episodes in which we learn more about Angela than we previously knew.
“Angela’s been roller-skating a lot more than anybody knew, so she’s helping a lot more in the case than she would be otherwise,” he said. “And as somebody who’s been a little frustrated with her job, she feels like she’s lived her life too safely lately, and she wants to kind of break out a little bit. So getting slammed into a wall in roller derby seemed to be a good way to let that happen for her.”
We also learn something about Booth that we didn’t know in an upcoming episode involving ballroom dancing.
“It’s a murder at a ballroom dancing competition, and we find out in this that Booth actually taught ballroom dance when he was in college to make money,” said Nathan.
“Well, he thought he was doing that,” said Hanson.
“Yeah, he thought he was doing that, but Sweets points out that he was probably a gigolo for old women,” said Nathan through their laughter. “You know, we have that from Booth’s standpoint, and from Brennan’s standpoint–because of her phenomenal knowledge of kinesthesiology and anatomy, she believes that as long as she can look at someone dance, she can replicate that exactly. And I can just tell you that that’s not true.”
Hanson added, “And I’ll tell you something about that episode. I watched David Boreanaz learn how to rumba in five minutes. He is gifted. He’s a physically gifted guy.”
“We’ve also populated the episode with tons of winners and runners-up from So You Think You Can Dance, so the dancing is kind of remarkable,” said Nathan.
Another upcoming episode involves the discovery of a previously unidentified person’s identity. The knowledge of the person–who died during 9/11–affects the Jeffersonian crew in a personal way.
“I think the reality of–without giving anything away–the reality of the victim has a profound effect on everybody because this someone that has been previously undiscovered,” said Nathan. “This is someone who has been in the Jeffersonian bone room for many years and has been anonymous up until this point. So giving someone an identity, someone who died–you know, everyone’s life is worth of respect and reverence, and to have someone who was up to this point anonymous to be given their life back, their identity back, is a profoundly moving experience for everybody.”
“We know that on 9/11, there were acts of great heroism done that nobody knows about. And we just wanted to take a look at, pull the veil back on one of those possible stories. And that kind of thing has a huge effect on characters,’ added Hanson.
All-new episodes of Bones kick off Monday, November 5 at 8/7c on FOX.