BONES: Stephen Nathan Teases the ‘Incredibly Difficult Balancing Act’ for Cam in ‘The Pathos in the Pathogens’
April 22, 2013 by Marisa Roffman
Things get very intense on tonight’s episode of BONES, as the lab does its best to prevent a viral outbreak.
“Tonight’s a very big episode of BONES,” executive producer Stephen Nathan teased. “I have to say, I unequivocally love tonight’s episode. And the finale. They’re both just among our favorites. They’re just so good…We’re happy with this year.”
And with “The Pathos in the Pathogens” — which just happens to be the penultimate episode of season 8 — the Jeffersonian not only has to solve a crime, but they have to focus on keeping themselves safe as well.
“It starts out very dangerous,” he shared. “And because everyone is so good at their jobs, everyone then feels like they have the situation well in hand, and then it spirals out of control in a way that no one could ever have foreseen. So it’s sort of like [the show] 24 at its most tense. And what we’ve tried to do is couple that with an incredibly emotional story, which really drives the whole episode home. And it does alter everyone. This episode really sets us up for the finale. It gets everybody in a kind of vulnerable position so the heightened jeopardy in the finale forces everyone to reexamine their own lives and what’s important to them.”
Getting hit the hardest in the hour is Cam, who not only has to deal with her workplace falling apart, but her boyfriend/employee, Arastoo, finds his life in immediate danger, too.
“It’s an incredibly difficult balancing act for her,” Nathan noted. “And not only does the character pull it off, but Tamara [Taylor (Cam)], I have to say, gives one of the most extraordinary performances I’ve seen on the show. The simplicity and the vulnerability and the emotion she brings to it is really impressive. I mean, I’ve always been a fan, but she really, really brought it home.”
“Cam is forced into a position of being professional at a time when all she cares about is the man she loves,” he continued. “And how she manages to pull this off shows us a whole new side of her. And we also see how far she’s willing to go professionally before she jettisons that and only concentrates on what’s important for her emotionally. ”
BONES airs Mondays at 8 PM on Fox.
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