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By Suzanne

Interview with Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan of "Bones" on FOX 9/13/13

I love "Bones". It's one of my favorite shows. FOX is always great about letting us speak to their stars and creative people, especially connected to "Bones".  They really seem to value their fans and those of us who are very devoted to the show.

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FBC PUBLICITY: Bones Conference Call
September 13, 2013/12:00 p.m. PDT

Kim Kurland
Hart Hanson
Stephen Nathan


Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Bones conference call with Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we will conduct a question and answer session. (Operator instructions given.) As a reminder, Iíd like to advise you the conference will be recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Ms. Kim Kurland. Please go ahead.

Kim: Hello, everyone. I just wanted to thank you for taking part in the call today. Weíre very excited. We have a lot of fun and exciting things coming up this season on Bones. Hopefully, youíve all had a chance to watch the season premiere episode, which is posted on our Fox screening room site. All right, Joan, I think we can take our first question.

Moderator: (Instructions given.)

Hart: Theyíre all sick of us.

Moderator: We have Jamie Ruby from Please go ahead.

Jamie: Hello, guys. Iím not sick of you. Glad to talk to you again.

Hart: I find that hard to believe.

Stephen: Weíre sick of us.

Hart: Yes, weíre sick of each other. We just assume thatís catching.

Jamie: No, no, and I really did enjoy the premiere. 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?

Hart: Well, Pelant will definitely figure in their lives quite heavily in the first few episodes. We will see him again. Weíll see him in a way we havenít before. Itíll be a far more intense episode and itíll be them confronting him in a way we havenít seen before. Thatís probably vague enough.

Stephen: You know theyíre going to get married, and they canít really get married until the issue of Pelant has been dealt with one way or another.

Hart: Yes.

Stephen: Weíre doing all that fairly quickly. Weíre not teasing this out through the whole season.

Hart: Weíve strung along the audience for eight years. Season 9 weíre starting to resolve things, not everything because there will be a Season 10 through 14, but at this point, we will be moving things along.

Jamie: Awesome. Can you tell us anything about the wedding that you can tease?

Hart: There will be vows.

Stephen: Thatís always like what do we want to say? I think that the wedding, do you have a dog?

Jamie: Yes, I have three dogs. Iím sorry; UPS is here.

Hart: No, the dog is really excited about the wedding. I talked to him earlier.

Stephen: We put a lot of effort into giving the audience what they want, which is a wedding in the way they donít expect it. I hope that weíve been successful with that.

Jamie: Okay, great. I canít wait to see it. Thanks a lot, guys.

Hart: Thank you.

Stephen: Thank you.

Moderator: Our next caller is Meredith Jacobs from Please go ahead.

Meredith: Hello, guys. Thanks for being here today.

Hart: Thank you.

Meredith: Okay, so thereís another uncover episode coming up. What can we expect from Roxy and Tony this time around?

Stephen: David and Emily love doing Roxy and Tony so much that itís a little disturbing.

Hart: We havenít seen Roxy and Tony since the second season.

Stephen: Yes, and they love Wanda and Buck Moosejaw, but man, they really like Tony and Roxy. What theyíre doing is going to a marriage counseling retreat, which is ironic since, A, theyíre 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. Itís pretty fun.

Hart: Yes, their mouths are uncensored, so Roxy and Tony get to a lot of things that Booth and Brennan might not get to. Itís always great to see the two of them do these undercover episodes. Itís a hilarious situation theyíre 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.

Stephen: Thereís a fat suit involved.

Hart: Yes, there is a fat suit that is sort is like a balloon.

Meredith: How much will Boothís ex-priest be in this season?

Hart: Weíre going to have him back a few times, Aldo Clemens. Itís played by Mather Zickel. Heís an appealing guy and he has kind of a vibe that no one else on Bones has, so weíve 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. Weíll have him back a few times, which I shouldnít say, because thereís always a chance that people will be killed by Pelant, so now I kind of let that cat out of the bag. Weíre going to have him back. Let me say this. Heís part of the wedding episode.

Meredith: Great, thanks. I loved the premiere. I canít wait to see the rest of the season.

Hart: Thank you so much.

Stephen: Thanks so much.

Hart: This is a bit like a wedding reception, only weíre not getting presents.

Kim Joan, are there any more questions?

Hart: I told you everyone is so tired of us.

Moderator: Iím sorry. Miss Marisa Roffman with Go ahead, please.

Hart: Hello, Marisa.

Marisa: Hello, guys.

Hart: Change the name of your website?

Marisa: Apparently. 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?

Hart: Iíll tell you something. We front loaded the season with, Iím going to call them obligatory episodes, things that weíve set up that we have to do. The weirder episodes or out of the box episodes, if Iím hearing your question correctly, are going to happen in the back end of the season. I donít even mean the back end. Letís say after Christmas.

Stephen: We do have some planned that are odd and unique and arenít necessarily just a regular Bones. We want to do it more and more the older we get the older the show gets.

Hart: Itís one of the great things about a show thatís going into its ninth season, you can do that. People are with you and you can be a little bit weird. We like them the most and theyíre often I think our best episodes.

Marisa: Okay. I know a million and five things have been said about the wedding so far, but one thing that seems to kind of not have been touched upon yet is whatís the status of Gordon Gordon Wyatt. I know you guys love Stephen Fry and I know heís very, very busy, but have you guys talked about either bringing him back for that episode or for an episode sooner, so we can see how happyó

Stephen: Weíve talked about it, but heís very, veryó

Hart: Heís very, very busy. He would love to do it, but Stephen Fry is, as you know, busy running, I think itís Britain and most of France. Itís very tough to get him, but we promise to keep trying and certainly he is more than willing.

Stephen: We certainly have assembled quite an extraordinary group of people for the wedding.

Hart: Itís our biggest cast ever.

Stephen: Yes, biggest cast ever. I donít think weíll miss too many people.

Marisa: Thanks, guys.

Hart: You shouldnít have said that, Stephen.

Stephen: I said too many. I didnít say anyone. Weíre always going to miss somebody.

Moderator: Our next question is from Sheldon Wiebe at Go ahead, please.

Sheldon: Hello, guys. Thanks for doing this.

Stephen: Hello, Sheldon. How are you doing?

Sheldon: So far, so good. I really enjoyed the premiere.

Stephen: Thank you.

Sheldon: It kind of reminded me of something a show runner said and it might have been one of you guys, something to the effect of loving to make their characters miserable. I was wondering because in the season premiere pretty much all of the core cast is miserable to some degree. How hard was it to do that without losing the showís unique tone and how much fun was it?

Hart: Thatís such a good question because we think itís a good question, because we agonize about it. We agonize about the tone and grabbing the rightówalking that tightrope. Iíll tell you itís fun for us to write a drama thatís a little bit melancholy, but itís also a lot of fun to bust back out of it into our usual world of the crimedy. Thatís why we moved pretty quickly in the pilot to get out of the melancholy place. When weíre in editing or scoring it or even watching dailies and directing and we know the actors, itís kind of sad, those scenes where Brennan and Booth are not connecting and weíre so used to seeing them connect that itís odd when they donít.

Stephen: I think it makes the show more enjoyable to see them go through real situations. We put them in a very difficult position at the end of last season and in dealing with that, they have to work through the misery before they come out the other side. I think that gives the audience something to root for. I think thatís why we care about these characters so much. Itís not easy. Life isnít always easy for them no matter how beautiful they are, and they are beautiful.

Sheldon: Yes, as someone who was a huge Lost fan, numbers have become very scary to me, so Iím wondering if there was any significance to 447 and 735 and, if so, how long will we have to wait for it to pay off?

Hart: Well, 447, we talk a lot about paying that off and there are two schools of thought and I wonít tell you whoís winning. One is that we finally pay it off in the final episode and the other is that we donít 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 weíre paying off?

Stephen: Weíre paying off a couple of things that we canít really talk aboutó

Hart: What is Angelaís real name is another hanging chad that we havenít paid off yet. Thereís another one in my mind and itís just seems to be gone. Then thereís always what is on page 187, which is Hodginsí miraculous sexual technique. I donít know if we could pay that off on network TV.

Sheldon: Great. Thanks so much, guys.

Hart: Thank you.

Stephen: Okay, thanks.

Moderator: Our next question is from Vlada Gelman at TMC. Go ahead, please.

Stephen: Hello.

Hart: Hello, how are you doing?

Vlada: Iím good, thanks, guys. I was just curious, once Pelant is taken down, will there be a new single threat that will kind of take over?

Hart: Weóhow do we say this, Stephen? Pelant actually is part of uncovering our next big bad.

Stephen: There will be someone else who looms over our people in a way we have yet to see on Bones. Itís someone who is far more ephemeral than any of our other big, bad guys. As Hart: said, itís somebody who comes to our attention because of Pelant.

Vlada: You guys mentioned Christmas earlier. Is this the year that weíre finally going to get a Booth and Brennanís family Christmas episode?

Stephen: We have a really tough time doing holiday episodes because Bones is traditionally moved around a lot. I think weíre sort of like those movable missiles, so that we canít be shot down. They move us all over the placeó

Hart: Is Syria on your mind at all, Stephen?

Stephen: I donít know. Wait a minute. I got to put on a Kevlar vest for the next question. We just donít want to be caught in a situation where we have a Christmas episode that they want to air in February. We like doing the holiday episodes, but the scheduling is always a bit up in the air for Bones. Weíre still not absolutely certain whether weíre on Monday or Friday around that time of year, so itís a little bit of a crap shoot and we donít want to disappoint the audience.

Hart: We donít want to do a Christmas show at Thanksgiving or after Christmas, so weíll have a greater sense of the schedule very soon and then weíll know whether weíre doing one or not, but itís tough for us.

Vlada: Okay, thanks, guys.

Hart: Thank you.

Stephen: Thanks.

Moderator: Ö is from Jim Halterman at Go ahead, please.

Jim: Hello, gentlemen.

Hart: I want to see this manís credentials. How did you get on this call, sir?

Jim: I told them I had to hear your giggling, Hart.

Hart: Oh, God.

Jim: First question, you guysí experience with Pelant and how you crafted his whole story and his part in the show, has it changed how you approach villains or future big bads?

Hart: Yes.

Stephen: Yes.

Hart: Pelant, when we said before Stephen and I donít really like serial killers, but we know America does, so we always have these big bads that come along, the serial killers. Pelant gave us a great amount of joy to play with. There was somethingówe got something right at least as far as weíre concerned with Pelant, so that we kept him around a long time. Heís kind of set the bar, so when weíre talking about this next big bad, it has to be someone whoís asóweíre spoiled now. It has to be someone who is as interesting to us as Pelant was and we think weíve got that. Now we have to find out if our audience agrees.

Jim: Okay, I like it. We know there are a lot of different wedding guests. I know some people asked about it already. I want to know if any of those wedding guests are plot devices. Are they going to be part of the plot or the case, or is it merely just to see a family of past faces in the audience at the wedding?

Hart: I think certainly some people are involved in the case, but weíre not inviting the murderer to the wedding.

Stephen: No. In fact thereís a group of people who are at the wedding because of the case, but thatís about all I would say about it.

Jim: Okay, all right. Thanks so much, guys.

Hart: Thank you. Nice talking to you, bye, Jim.

Moderator: Our next question is from Adam Newland at TV Equals. Go ahead please.

Adam: Gentlemen, how are you doing today?

Hart: Hello, how are you doing?

Adam: Iím doing well, thank you. You guys are, of course, also known for the gross, exotic, crazy discoveries of all these dead bodies and such. How do you feel like you guys have done this year in that regard?

Hart: Oh, man, I think we are hitting on all cylinders. Weíve done those hideous things.

Stephen: Weíre really good. All I can say is that our bar is how contentious our conversations are with standards and practices. If we feel we have a lot of negotiating to do with standards and practices, weíve done our job. Weíve really had some great ones this year and also we have some coming up that are amazing.

I have to say one episode coming up has something, which seems to be one of the most revolting things, and I say that with great delight and pride, that weíve ever had on Bones, and it has nothing to do with a dead body.

Adam: Really.

Stephen: I think weíve outdone ourselves.

Hart: We think there should be a disclaimer that says do not eat during the first seven and a half minutes of Bones.

Stephen: Yes.

Adam: Absolutely. I have definitely learned to not eat. Iím not eating when Iím watching Bones. Thatís definitely; Iím going to finish first and then watch Bones.

Stephen: Thatís true. Pizza is really not the food of choice.

Hart: Or anything with noodles.

Adam: How do those conversations with standards and practices usually go? Have there been things that you guys have had to pull back from a little bit, or it more Ö.

Stephen: Oddly enough, we have a great person who is our representative with standards and practices in all truth Ö who is a great person and works very hard for the show and tries to help us as much as she possibly can. In the eight and the some change years weíve been doing the show, weíve only had, I think, two or three times when we were told no; this has to be cut back or you have to trim it back, and another couple of times weíve done it ourselves when we look at the cut and go even for us, thatís a little too much.

Hart: The worse thing we ever did, they didnít stop us from doing, which was the first time we were on after American Idol, one of our serial killers, the gravedigger, was taken out by a sniper and her head exploded. It was the first time we were on after American Idol, so there was a bunch of kids watching. Usually we have gross, but ultimately amusing things. That wasnít funny. It was like someone getting their head blown off.

Stephen: We actually scaled that one back a little bit; and then there was one otheróthe thing that turns our stomach a little bit is when itís a recognizable person or itís somebody getting killed; thatís not what we do. We like them already digested.

Hart: Yes.

Adam: All right, guys. Thank you very much.

Stephen: Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question is from Catalina Walsh at Synergistic Productions. Go ahead please.

Catalina: Hello, guys.

Hart: How are you doing?

Stephen: Hello.

Hart: No, weíre not high; weíre saying hello.

Catalina: Thatís good. Okay, so I watched the first episode and I loved it. I want to talk about it as well. What I liked most is that we donít see Pelant, but heís present all the time. My question is are you going to be playing with this, like fearing what you canít see, maybe a bit of paranoia going on?

Stephen: Yes.

Hart: Yes, heís going to be a presence until that storyline is resolved in some way. Weíre close to resolving it, but probably not in the way everybody expects.

Stephen: As one of our characters says, you donít even know for sure if Pelant is watching, but just the sheer possibility makes you have to be paranoid.

Catalina: Exactly, right. Okay, and then obviously we have the wedding. The new pressure of what comes next? Theyíre going to be married. They already have a child?

Stephen: The reason that we didnít hold it off till the end of the series or something is that Booth and Brennan getting married is just sort of a natural extension of their evolving relationship. Now theyíre not going to be all that much different. Theyíre still Booth and Brennan. Their differences remain and now theyíre just going to settle into one aspect of their life while being tested all the more. We kind of wanted them to get married and then put them in the most extreme situations we possibly could for the remainder of the year to test that relationship.

Hart: Between the two of us, Stephen: and I have been married for 50 years, so something we know is that just because you get married doesnít mean that everything goes simply.

Stephen: Yes, and especially if we can come up withó

Hart: Not to each other, we havenít been married to each other for 50 years.

Stephen: No, thatís only been like 40. The fact that what weíre trying to do is come up with murders that weíve never seen before, crimes, motives, clues that will test them, that will sort of increase the tension in that marriage and to see how two people you love deal with that.

Catalina: Great. All right, thank you, guys.

Stephen: Thank you.

Hart: Thank you so much.

Moderator: Our next question is from Jamie: Ruby at

Stephen: Hello, Jamie:.

Hart: Did you actually have to go around and stand at the back of a line?

Jamie: Yes, yes, my feet are tired. Are we going to see more of Boothís mom soon because thereís a lot of I think unresolved issues going on there still?

Stephen: We will see her relatively soon, butó

Hart: Sheíd like very much to sing at the wedding, but we have someone else who is going to sing at the wedding.

Stephen: Yes, we have someone else singing at the wedding, but we want to have her back. We definitely want have the family back, because weíre incredibly lucky to have Joanna Cassidy and Ryan OíNeal. These people you really want to see.

Hart: You want to put them on the screen.

Stephen: We have every intention of having family reunions

Hart: Every time Ryan OíNeal comes to be on our show, we realize again that thatís a huge movie star on our show, a huge, huge movie star. Heís really great. Itís good for everybody when heís here.

Jamie: Also Iím curious in the premiere episode Freddie Prinze Jr. is in it and everything. Will his offer that he gives to Booth, is that going to play out more through the rest of the season at all?

Hart: Yes. Thatís a fun dynamic to play out is that he thinks that the CIA is the ultimate organization to belong to. Booth has belonged to the FBI for a long time. Those agencies actually have a bit of a rivalry and so weíd like to play that out a little bit as the season goes on.

Jamie: Great, thanks so much.

Hart: Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question is from Kimberly Strand with Real Life with Jane. Go ahead please.

Kimberly: Happy Birthday to the show, by the way.

Hart: Thank you. Itís our eighth birthday, thank you very much.

Kimberly: The premiere was great and I loved how Aldo dealt with Brennan and got across to her to keep the faith in Booth. That was terrific. To Pelant, can you hint to us at all if heís killed or if heís arrested? Iím supposing heó

Hart: I blurted something out at Comic Com and hereís what the question was that was sprung on me, which was do we know how Pelant dies and I said oh, yes, so there you go. Itís a matter of public record. I could have been wrong, though. I could have been wrong.

Stephen: If I can just interject, we do know how he dies, but we also know when he dies, so thereís a little bit of a monkey wrench in what Hart: says.

Hart: Good one, Stephen.

Kimberly: Okay.

Stephen: I wish it was as simple as he dies and everything and everything is great.

Kimberly: Yes, thereís always a monkey wrench with you guys.

Hart: Well, weíre monkeys.

Kimberly: Of course, weíre so excited about the wedding. Is there going to be a honeymoon and will there be a case involved with it at all?

Stephen: Yes.

Hart: Thereís a honeymoon and of course there is murder. Should we say more about it, Stephen?

Stephen: You know what, somebody did tease something about it, so itís out there. They go to Argentina. They go to Buenos Aires on their honeymoon.

Hart: And, you know, Buenos Aires has a certain history that demands someone like Brennan and Booth. Also weíll tease this one little thing that they do go on their honeymoon and it turns out that the entire country of Argentina is madly in love with Brennanís books and it takes a turn that even Brennan didnít see coming.

Kimberly: Thatís great. That sounds great. Thanks a lot, guys.

Hart: Okay.

Stephen: Thank you.

Hart: Good one, Stephen.

Moderator: Our next question is from Colleen Pinto, TheVoiceofTV. Go ahead, please.

Hart: Stephen, make a VoiceofTV joke.

Stephen: Hello, Colleen. She is the voice of TV. When will she start singing?

Colleen: I am the voice of TV. I loved the premiere and the thing that made me most sad about it, I mean, yes, Booth and Brennan being all upset made me sad. The saddest was the relationship with Booth and Angela is still broken.

Stephen: Yes.

Hart: Yes.

Colleen: I feel like sheís going to hold a grudge longer than Brennan.

Hart: Yes, donít you think? They both love Brennan and donít step between sisters, which Booth has done, and thatís going to take a while to play out because hurtful things were said and they donít immediately fix themselves overnight.

Stephen: Best friends are relentless and they will defend a friend to the death. Booth has to get past that; Angela does, too, she has to understand whatís going on, but she doesnít have the information yet.

Hart: Yes, Angela is the ultimate shipper.

Colleen: I know, thatís what I said.

Hart: Yes.

Colleen: Sheís like the voice of all the crazy shippers.

Hart: Thatís right, and you know what? The shippers are mad at Booth and so is Angela.

Colleen: You sort of touched on this that before Booth and Brennan can get married the Pelant situation has to be resolved.

Stephen: Yes, it has to be resolved.

Colleen: Is it going to be completely resolved in like five, four or five episodes, or whenever the wedding is?

Stephen: Itíll definitely be resolved.

Hart: You notice how I clam up on these questions and Stephen just sallies forth. Thank God. I say Iím not going to tell you.

Stephen: I know. I wish we could give you more information, but I think itís safe to say that whenever they think they know what Pelant is doing, theyíre thrown a curve ball by him. As simple as it would be to just go in and kill him, it might not be that simple.

Hart: Colleen:, Iíd like to point out that you got a sportís metaphor out of Stephen Nathan. That is really, really rare.

Stephen: What was theó

Hart: Curve ball, you said curve ball. Thatís a baseball term.

Stephen: Oh, baseball, oh, okay.

Colleen: Nice. That excites me. How are you guys enjoying your shoes?

Hart: Theyíre fantastic, fantastic.

Stephen: Theyíre very good.

Hart: Did you see our tweeted picture?

Colleen: I was there. I gave you the shoes.

Hart: Stephen: has a photo of us wearing our shoes.

Stephen: It was tweeted.

Colleen: Yes, I saw that, too.

Hart: Good.

Colleen: Thanks, guys.

Hart: Thank you.

Stephen: Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question is from Monica Gleberman of Cable TV. Go ahead, please.

Monica: Hello, guys. How are you?

Hart: Hello.

Stephen: Hello, Monica:.

Monica: All right, so I have two questions. My first one is just you guys have managed to balance out a long arc of criminal stories with Gormogon and the gravedigger and now Pelant and then one episode where everything is solved within one episode at a time. I want to know how you guys manage to continually balance this as youíre going into Season 9.

Hart: Itís a nightmare because at our essence we are an episodic show. Weíre a network, 22 episodes a year episodic show where we solve a crime each week. When we go to more serialized stuff, itís always difficult. Youíre always juggling that. If itís working for you, then weíre incredibly delighted. All I can tell you is that itís 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.

Stephen: Itís much easier on one hand to do a serialized show, because youíre just continuing with one story with the characters; but to do a case that has to resolve every week is very labor intensive. Fortunately we have a great, great writerís room led by Jon Collier, and they come up with astounding stories, but it is after almost 200 episodes. Itís very difficult to continue to give the audience murders that are worth their loyalty.

Hart: That they havenít seen before, and clues that they havenít seen too many times

Stephen: And bodies and all of that stuff, so itís what is ultimately very, very satisfying to us and also when weíre on for so long now. Now weíre in Season 9, so at that point you are allowed to add a serialized element to the show, so we can have character arcs. We can have things that do sustain us and give a through line to the series, so itís not just the case of the week.

Colleen: For Cable TV, weíre doing a special kind of Bones month for the premiere, so I was lucky enough to speak to Michaela and TJ. When I spoke to them, they both brought up the same thing and I said I would ask you guys. They both mentioned that they would love to do their own undercover episode.

Hart: Oh believe meó

Stephen: We have that, weíve been mulling that over. Michaela actually hasó

Hart: The roller skateró

Stephen: Sheís done it twice. She actually went undercover with Sweets to our chiropractorís office and then she went roller skatingó

Hart: In very short shortsó

Stephen: She actually has done it. TJ, Hodginsí character is someone who always wants to go undercover or get a gun or go out with Booth and all that stuff, so thatís a lot of fun for us, because itís something that Booth doesnít really want to happen. When it does happen, itís going to be a big event.

Hart: By the way, TJ totally has earned himself something like that, something fun. We owe the guy. Heís fantastic.

Colleen: Okay, great. I promised that I would ask you guys.

Hart: When you talk to them, tell them that you bullied us into it, so you get the credit.

Stephen: Thatís right.

Colleen: Iíll definitely let them know. I tell them to send me thanks.

Hart: All right, bye, bye.

Colleen: Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question is from Catherine Cabanala from Go ahead, please.

Catherine: Hello.

Hart: Hello.

Stephen: Hello, how are you doing?

Catherine: Iím doing fantastic and you said you were wondering if itís working. Guys, it is working. It always works for you guys. Fabulous premiere.

Hart: So kind of you; thank you.

Stephen: Thanks.

Catherine: What other than Pelant precipitates Sweetsí reexamination of his life choices?

Hart: Ah.

Stephen: Oh, well, you know what? There are two things, I think. Certainly Pelant, all of his research, all of his psychological insights and discoveries in this relationship have been turned against him, thatís probably one of the main things; but also Sweets is a young man. Everyone in their 20s reevaluates their life choices that theyíve made and wonders whether or not there are other things out there. I think itís a natural thing that occurs in a character like his to take some time and look at things before it gets too late.

Hart: We only have two characters who are doing what they set out to do, and thatís Hodgins and Brennan. Everyone else has been pulled into their orbit and Sweets, hereís a guy whose intention in life as a foster kid is to help people, to help actual human beings and instead heís in a situation where heís helping society. Just juggling those two things are tough for him. He has to figure out which direction he wants to go in. Do you help a lot of people a little or a few people very, very much? Itís a good thing for a guy in his 20s to deal with.

Stephen: On a very mundane level, these people never take a vacation ever and when youíre 24, 25 years old, you want to take a vacation. He wants to doó

Hart: Stephen, I so think that you are projecting our situation.

Stephen: .., right now, my bag is packed.

Hart: I just think youíre really projecting. Youíre revealing wayó

Stephen: Iím getting the Ö out of here. My bag is packed. Oh my car is here. I got to go.

Catherine: This is great because youíre hitting on two different stages in life. Here weíve got Sweets in his 20s and heís young and heís kind of saying who the heck am I and what happened to my dream. Then in the same way thatís kind of an echo of what Booth is going through, here I am in my 40s, the CIA, thatís an opportunity very interesting. Now I knowó

Hart: Yes, how many times am I going to chase armed people down alleys now that Iím a family man? Youíve got to juggle these things.

Catherine: Okay, so my single question has turned into a complicated one here then. How does Sweets go about figuring out his course and will we see an echo of that in how Booth goes forward in his course of making a decision with this bone out in front of him?

Hart: Yes, what a good show runner would do would have Sweets face a situation or situations which somehow told him, which are signs to him which way he should go that gives him the most satisfaction. With Booth itís the same thing, although in a way the corollary or the shadow of it, which is he has to face dangers that make him rethink what are his responsibilities to Christine.

Catherine: I love the paternal relationship between him and Sweets that doesnít always come out; but like when Sweets was going to leave their home, that was fantastic. Itís a great side Ö you guys have so much. Thank you.

Hart: Those are the actors. Thank you.

Stephen: Thanks.

Kim: Guys, unfortunately I think we have to wrap it up there. Iím sorry if thereís anyone else in the queue, but we have run over our allotted time. Joan, do you want to give any other wrap-up instructions to anyone?

Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, we also have a replay of this conference that will be available 4 oíclock today until September 20th at 11:59 p.m.

Hart: Joan, you love The Good Wife, donít you? Thatís your favorite show.

Moderator: I donít know. I like Bones, too.

Hart: Thatís the right answer.

Stephen: We love Joan. Thank you so much.

Kim: All right everyone, thank you.

Hart: Thank you all, bye.

Stephen: Bye.

Moderator: That does conclude our conference for today. Thank you for your participation and using AT&T Executive TeleConference. You may now hang up.

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