Bones is back with a bang—and a baby—after its long hiatus. Nearly four months after viewers last saw Booth, Brennan, and the gang, ‘The Prisoner In the Pipe’ swung people back into the action, while ‘The Bump In the Road’ helped to establish a new normal for the series in the wake of upheaval for the main characters.
Impatient fans were chomping at the bit for the next installment after the break, timed to coincide with Emily Deschanel’s maternity leave. Were they satisfied with the latest episodes, and what do they presage for the future?
The show took a somewhat interesting approach to handling Deschanel’s pregnancy when the creators decided to integrate it into the storyline, rather than attempting to hide it. As Emily got larger in real life, so did Bones on screen; at least, until ‘The Prisoner In the Pipe,’ which was actually filmed after she delivered, forcing her to wear a stunt belly. Likewise, Deschanel is going through the experience of being a new mother while she plays one on television, which creates a strange and intriguing blur between fiction and reality, as well as lending depth to her scenes with Christine.
Viewer reactions to the anticipated birth episode were interesting to watch unfold on Twitter; many observers were particularly fascinated by the debate over where to have the