Credit: Brian Bowen Smith/FOX © 2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Brennan and Booth in a Bones Season 6 Promo Photo
Brace yourself, forensic fans, because Bones isn’t coming back until April 7. On that Thursday three long weeks in the future, we’ll return to the Jeffersonian — and Booth and Brennan’s will-they, won’t-they sexual exasperation — in Episode 17, “The Feet on the Beach.”

The episode, the first of Bones’ seven-part end-of-season run, promises to be utterly disgusting. A pattern of disembodied feet showing up on a beach leads Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) to investigate a murder on a body farm. Judging by the preview, Brennan giggles her way through their tour of the corpse-filled area, while Booth does his best to keep his lunch down.

Unfortunately, the clip offers no insight into the immediate future of B&B. “The Blackout in the Blizzard” ends with Booth and Brennan accepting the possibility of becoming a couple at some point down the road — when Booth is no longer angry and Brennan has grown strong enough to give up the last of her “imperviousness.” They write dates when they think that could happen on scraps of paper and burn them. Fingers are crossed that they both wrote “April 7, 2011.”

Catch the promo below. Can April 7 be tomorrow?
It’s not all bad, because Fox is airing a Season 6 rerun, “The Maggots in the Meathead,” tonight. If you missed it before, don’t miss it again: Watching Brennan navigate the ins and outs of the Jersey Shore based on what she’s learned from an MTV “documentary” is priceless.