We can hardly contain ourselves with all the Bones-related spoilers that have bubbled up lately, because they make the next six days before Bones returns — on January 20! — seem like an eternity. But let's look on the bright side: It's really just right around the corner. Like, balance your checkbook and get a latte and Bones will be back on before you know it!
Brennan's emotional revelation in "The Doctor in the Photo" will be addressed many times during the second half of Season 6. Bones Executive Producer Stephen Nathan explained, "We're dealing with how does this make Brennan feel, how does she move forward, what is the pain that she now carries with her after this confession and how does it affect Booth and Hannah. Does Booth keep that conversation a secret from Hannah? That wouldn’t make their relationship very solid. If he does tell Hannah, how does that make her feel, and what does that do with her relationship with Brennan?"
Brennan likes to push her emotions into a neat little box until she feels like dealing with them, which is usually never. According to Nathan, she will try to do that again this time, except it won't work. Homegirl opened the floodgates with her confession, and there's no turning back. When she and Booth get stuck in an elevator later this season, they'll find they have to confront the issue.
February proposal episode
So, who gets proposed to? And who does the proposing? All Nathan will reveal is that the February 10 episode has a murder that "is set in the world of BMX." Nathan particularly likes the opening scene, which he said is one of his favorites. "It's Booth and Sweets just knocking back shots, getting drunk at a bar. Ohmygod, it's very funny." He added, "That [episode] is chalked full of goodies."
Booth and Brennan get some alone time on Single Awareness Day. "They both find themselves alone, both hating Valentine's Day, and somehow wind up doing something which is very unique to Booth and Brennan." This has our minds swirling. Will they ice skate like they did after Booth's concussion? Eat Chinese food? Grab some pie down at the diner? We'll have to wait till February 17 to find out!
The episode with the blizzard and the stuck elevator
David Boreanaz, who has scored some prime episodes to direct, gets to go behind the camera yet again for this one (Episode 16), which will air March 3. In the episode, a blizzard knocks out all the electricity in Washington, and the Jeffersonian team needs to solve a case old school — sans high-tech equipment like the Angelatron. "The Jeffersonian is forced to solve this murder very, very quickly because they discover the body is of someone who has a highly contagious disease," revealed Nathan. "There's no evidence that this disease is out in the world, so the person who killed this woman could be Patient Zero, the person who starts an epidemic. And they have to do this with no fancy electronics or no fancy technology from the Jeffersonian."
We love it when the squints do their science-y thang! Nathan said, "We're going back to the days before CSI and grand technology to solve the murder. There's one wonderful sequence where they have to take an X-ray with no X-ray machine, and they find out how to do it."
Thanks to the blizzard and lack of electricity, Booth and Brennan get trapped in the elevator in Booth's apartment building. Nathan dished, "So we have all of that fun with Booth and Brennan trapped together, and Brennan trying to solve this murder, and the only thing they really have are their cellphones until their batteries run out. It’s gonna be a great episode for the people who want to see Booth and Brennan be in love and a great episode for all the geeks out there who love the science." The episode will also appeal to Hodgela fans, because the momma and daddy-to-be are "gonna have to deal with some news that they get involving Angela's pregnancy."
The Radical Honesty episode
There is also an episode about a murder that occurs in a group of people who believe in Radical Honesty, which basically means they tell the absolute truth at all times. Laughing, Nathan said, "It's not a cult, but it's a group of people who all believe that the world would be a better place if everyone were completely and totally honest about absolutely everything. So there's no question that these people will not answer truthfully. There's no such thing as a little white lie. There's no such thing as stretching the truth. You think of that, if you are radically honest in that way, everybody's gonna wanna kill you at some point. So it's a very funny world for us to kill somebody in." Will Brennan, who tends to blurt things out that should be given the white-lie treatment, feel at home in this group?
The body farm episode
We've talked about the body farm episode, which sounds a little bit disgusting. And by that, we mean it's the perfect backdrop for a Bones murder. Nathan says, "We find a bunch of feet that wash up on the shore of the border between Canada and the United States, so there's a little border dispute about whose feet they are — Canadian feet or American feet — and they wind up taking us to a body farm."
The Bones spinoff
The Bones crew is hoping to fly down to Key West, Florida, which is where The Locator will be set, in February to shoot the crossover episode. That means they need to get down to the business of casting ASAP. Nathan admitted that finding the exact right person can sometimes be difficult. "It's all casting. You want to find people you want to see every single week do one unique character. That's why when you have Hugh Laurie, who is essentially playing a very unlikable character, you love to see him. And that is a rare, rare quality to find. And the finder won't be an unlikeable character, but because it is a unique character, it's difficult to find just the right person." We get that. Who else but Emily Deschanel could play the odd but lovable Temperance Brennan?