Bones executive producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan sat down on a conference call to discuss where they plan to take Bones this season and revealed that Booth and Brennan will have a wedding and possibly a honeymoon this season..
Q: I like how you kind of resolved Brennan finding out without him actually telling her, so I enjoyed that. Obviously, though, Pelant is going to at some point come back to the forefront again on the show. Can you talk about that? Is that soon or do you not have any of that done yet to even know?
Hanson: Well, Pelant will definitely figure in their lives quite heavily in the first few episodes. We will see him again. We’ll see him in a way we haven’t before. It’ll be a far more intense episode and it’ll be them confronting him in a way we haven’t seen before.
Nathan: You know they’re going to get married, and they can’t really get married until the issue of Pelant has been dealt with one way or another…We’re doing all that fairly quickly. We’re not teasing this out through the whole season.
Q: Can you tell us anything about the wedding that you can tease?
Hanson: There will be vows.
Nathan: We put a lot of effort into giving the audience what they want, which is a wedding in the way they don’t expect it. I hope that we’ve been successful with that.
Q: Okay, so there’s another uncover episode coming up. What can we expect from Roxy and Tony this time around?
Nathan: David and Emily love doing Roxy and Tony so much that it’s a little disturbing…Yes, and they love Wanda and Buck Moosejaw, but man, they really like Tony and Roxy. What they’re doing is going to a marriage counseling retreat, which is ironic since, A, they’re not married and, B, they have this issue hanging over them. Tony and Roxy are louder than Brennan and Booth, so they get to work out some stuff undercover while trying to catch a murderer. It’s pretty fun.
Hanson: Yes, their mouths are uncensored, so Roxy and Tony get to a lot of things that Booth and Brennan might not get to. It’s always great to see the two of them do these undercover episodes. It’s a hilarious situation they’re in. We have a phenomenal guest cast. Certainly having a couples retreat with various couples interacting with Tony and Roxy gives us a lot of great stuff.
Q: How much will Booth’s ex-priest be in this season?
Hanson: We’re going to have him back a few times, Aldo Clemens. It’s played by Mather Zickel. He’s an appealing guy and he has kind of a vibe that no one else on Bones has, so we’ve been seeing him at work and I think you saw, too, in the first one, he has pretty good chemistry with both David and Emily. We’ll have him back a few times, which I shouldn’t say, because there’s always a chance that people will be killed by Pelant, so now I kind of let that cat out of the bag. We’re going to have him back. Let me say this. He’s part of the wedding episode.
Q: Michaela and T.J. have both mentioned they would love to do their own undercover episode…
Nathan: We have that, we’ve been mulling that over.
Hanson: By the way, TJ totally has earned himself something like that, something fun. We owe the guy. He’s fantastic.
Q: Is there was any significance to 447 and 735 and, if so, how long will we have to wait for it to pay off?
Hanson: Well, 447, we talk a lot about paying that off and there are two schools of thought and I won’t tell you who’s winning. One is that we finally pay it off in the final episode and the other is that we don’t wait that long. That being said, there are a few things that we are paying off fairly quickly at the beginning of this season. For example, what did Brennan write when she was buried alive with Hodgins? Who did she write to and what did she write? Stephen, what other, there are other things we’re paying off?
Nathan: We’re paying off a couple of things that we can’t really talk about…
Hanson: What is Angela’s real name is another hanging chad that we haven’t paid off yet. There’s another one in my mind and it’s just seems to be gone. Then there’s always what is on page 187, which is Hodgins’ miraculous sexual technique. I don’t know if we could pay that off on network TV.
Q: You guys are able to balance one-episode storys and multi-episode arcs. How do you balance the two?
Hanson: It’s a nightmare because at our essence we are an episodic show. We’re a network, 22 episodes a year episodic show where we solve a crime each week. When we go to more serialized stuff, it’s always difficult. You’re always juggling that. If it’s working for you, then we’re incredibly delighted. All I can tell you is that it’s a lot of discussion and a lot of input not only from the writers on the show, but from the network and the studio as to how to balance all these things.
Q: The past couple seasons you guys have been really good about giving us really different or really out of the box episodes. What can you say about what you might have planned in that regard for the Season 9?
Hanson: I’ll tell you something. We front loaded the season with, I’m going to call them obligatory episodes, things that we’ve set up that we have to do. The weirder episodes or out of the box episodes, if I’m hearing your question correctly, are going to happen in the back end of the season. I don’t even mean the back end. Let’s say after Christmas.
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