BONES: Stephen Nathan Teases Booth-Brennan Honesty, Angela-Hodgins Drama and More
March 17, 2011 by Marisa Roffman
On Thursday’s brand new episode of BONES, a blizzard traps Booth and Brennan in an elevator together, with only Sweets to connect them to the outside world. Elsewhere, Angela and Hodgins aren’t having better luck when they get some not-so-happy news about their unborn baby.
In the midst of that chaos, they’re also trying to solve a murder. A pretty busy episode for the Jeffersonian crew, right?
I talked with BONES executive producer Stephen Nathan about B&B’s time trapped together, the upcoming test for the Hodgins-Angela relationship, Cam faking that college application and more…
Fans have been abuzz since you said “The Blackout in the Blizzard” would be an episode for people who want Booth and Brennan in love. Is the word “love” actually used —
Stephen Nathan: I don’t think anyone ever said that. No one said those words. They will discuss their history and their relationship. They will talk for the first time since Hannah left and they’ll open up to each other. But the fact that…that [in love comment] wasn’t an actual quote, that was nothing certainly that I said.
Okay. So will Booth and Brennan discuss his proposal to Hannah?
SN: No, they’re going to discuss their relationship. Their relationship will be brought up post-Hannah, because in the blackout, it’s Sweets, Booth and Brennan trapped in the same building.
Is Sweets there the entire time?
SN: Sweets is there most of the time. Sweets is kind of their conduit to the outside world, so he comes and goes. So Booth and Brennan are left alone at various points in the elevator.
And how honest are actually they with each other?
SN: Oh, you have to watch. But from where I’m sitting, I was very impressed with how honest they were.
Very interesting. Those two have danced around a lot of things and left things unsaid in the past.
SN: There’s not a lot of dancing in this one. They’re opening up a bit to each other.
Good to know. Moving on to another couple, Hodgins and Angela will be getting some bad news about the baby this week. Are you planning on having this play out for multiple episodes or are you going to confine most of it to this one?
SN: They will have to deal…we try to do this as realistically as possible, so they will be dealing with the news that they discover in the blizzard episode through the rest of the season. Not every week, but it’s something that will reappear throughout the rest of the season.
Can you tease how serious the discovery is?
SN: It’s something that would give serious pause to any perspective parent. And it will test them as a couple and what they’re willing to take on.
Speaking of parents, earlier this season Cam faked Michelle’s college application. Will that be brought up again?
SN: Oh yes! That’s being brought up…we just finished that episode [last week] and that’s just great. Michelle comes back and all the acceptance letters have gone out and she feels that she now has no options. And Cam has a little secret up her sleeve.
That’s sure to get an interesting reaction.
SN: Oh yeah.
Is there anything else you’d like to tease?
SN: We do have some really good episodes coming. We have one written by John Francis Daley (Sweets) and his partner [about MYTHBUSTERS]…it’s terrific. And his dad is in that [episode]. That one came out really well. That’s terrific.
We also have one that takes us to the body farm at a university which will be delightfully revolting. We’ll kind of pit Canada against the United States — Booth going up against a doctor from Canada because the evidence is spread across the border.
What are you most looking forward to seeing play out?
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