Ballroom dancing, roller derby mayhem, unexpected house guests and near-death experiences — it’s all in a day’s work when Bones returns with fresh episodes on Monday, Nov. 5 (Fox, 8/7c). Executive producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan hopped on the phone with reporters Wednesday to chat about Pelant’s return, visiting family members, a possible new squintern and more. Below, we’ve compiled the 10 most scoopiest.
TROUBLE IS COMING | “The Pelant story will reappear in January,” teases Nathan. The dastardly antagonist “is always going to be hanging over their heads in all of the episodes, but he comes back in earnest.” Adds Hanson: “It’s one of the biggest episodes we’ve ever shot.” And the criminal isn’t done with the Jeffersonian team after this visit. “We’re starting to talk about what our season-ender will look like. He may or may not be a part of that.”
A NEW SQUINTERN IS BORN | “We’re developing another intern now,” reveals Nathan. “That script is being written, so we have to see how that turns out. We definitely do want to add another face on the show.” What’s driving the addition of a new team member? “[With] our normal interns, we always have scheduling issues around pilot season,” explains Hanson. “So it behooves us to have one more in our quiver.”
MID-LIFE CRISIS | “This is [Angela’s] season to start to think that her life was meant to be bigger than just recreating crimes and living in a life of murder. She’s feeling antsy,” says Hanson, who is quick to add that “we have no plans to diminish Michaela [Conlin’s] involvement in the show.” In the meantime, the artist will find an unlikely outlet…
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE | When there’s a murder involving a roller derby team, viewers will find out that “Angela’s been rollerskating a lot more than anybody knew,” previews Nathan. “So she’s helping out on a case in a way that she wouldn’t normally otherwise. And this is somebody who’s been a little frustrated with her job. She feels that she’s lived her life a little too safely lately, and she wants to break out a little bit. Getting slammed into a wall in roller derby seemed a good way to let that happen for her.”
HOUSE GUEST | A broken-hearted and apartment-less Sweets will move in with Booth and Brennan in the Nov. 5 episode, but it’s just temporary — or is it?! “If something’s fun, we’re going to stick there for a little while,” says Hanson. Adds Nathan: “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 use psychology against her guest. She keeps reading his books, which he leaves in the bathroom, and then comes out armed with all this new information, which drives him insane.”
SAVE THE LAST DANCE | “Our undercover episodes are gifts to the hardcore fans where we all get goofy,” says Nathan of an upcoming installment that finds Booth and Brennan infiltrating the world of competitive ballroom dancing. “David [Boreanaz] and Emily [Deschanel] just love doing them, and this one is no exception. … We find out that Booth actually taught ballroom dance when he was in college to make money. He thought he was doing that; Sweets points out that he was probably just a gigolo for old women. And from Brennan’s standpoint, because of her phenomenal knowledge of kinesiology and anatomy, she believes that as long as she can look at someone dance, she can replicate it exactly. I can just tell you that’s not true.”
KNOCKING ON DEATH’S DOOR | “We have an episode coming up where Brennan has a near-death experience, which really causes her to reevaluate her life and see everything a little bit differently,” teases Nathan
IT’S ALL RELATIVE | While the EPs are still working out the details when it comes to introducing Booth’s mother, they admit that another relative will make their way onto the show. “We will see someone that we don’t expect to see – a family member of Brennan’s that we would never expect to see,” hints Nathan. “We saw her in passing in the past.”
ROMANCE REVEALS | How will the team react to the identity of Cam’s new (but familiar) love interest, who’ll be unmasked in the Nov. 19 hour? “There’s some surprise, and it’s not necessarily true that everybody knows,” is all Nathan would say.
WELCOME BACK | Recurring players making a return this season: Ryan O’Neal (Max), Billy Gibbons (Angela’s Dad), Reed Diamond (FBI Agent Flynn) and Cyndi Lauper (Avalon Harmonia).Follow @VladaGelman