'Bones': David Boreanaz talks next week's blizzard episode, that memorable bar scene, and the missing Cocky belt buckle -- EXCLUSIVE


Image Credit: Richard Foreman/Fox

There will be a blackout on Bones next Thursday, but if the promo for the March 17 episode is any indication, there will still be plenty of electricity between Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel). They get stuck together in an elevator (pictured) with seats from Philadelphia's imploded Veterans Stadium, where Booth used to go to games with his father. Boreanaz, who also takes his fourth turn in the director's chair for the Fox drama, is happy to give EW the set-up: "At the start of the episode, these guys are dumping the seats in the middle of this snowstorm, and I'm like, Bank! Bank! Bank! 'Get the seats and bring 'em up to the apartment.' I'm like a little kid in a candy store. I convince Bones and Sweets [John Francis Daley]

to lend a hand and help me carry these things that weigh like 8,000 pounds through the snow, up the stairs, and into grandmother’s house we go — the elevator. We jam them in the elevator, the elevator door closes, and a quarter of the way up, the power goes out, and Bones and I are stuck in there for almost half a day,” he says. “That’s where they kinda come to grips with their relationship, and he pulls out a ring and says, ‘Will you marry me, please?’ No.” (That was funny but cruel. “It is, right?” he says, still laughing.) 

The actors shot for four days in that confined space, with the seats wedged between them. “It was just over and over again bumping your head on the seats, and trying to find a spot where I can fit the cameras in. It was a mess. But it actually worked out pretty good. I’m very happy. You never know what episode you’re gonna get when you direct an episode. I didn’t know I’d get the Gravedigger [episode] either when I blew her head off. Bye-bye. Can I quote Charlie Sheen? Winning!,” he says. (Laughing again, he’d like to retract that. “No, I didn’t just do that, because that’s bad.”) “It was challenging because it was a bottle show, meaning the studio wants to save money. We’re shooting in locations that we already have existing on stage. But they’ve learned that if Boreanaz is directing a bottle show, they’re not gonna save money. I think it went over budget, actually. I’m laughing at myself because we just did all these crazy things during the episode which cost so much. We had to build the elevator, and then the snow — we covered the whole backlot with paper snow, we had machines spraying tiny bubbles that looked like snow. It was amazing. It looked unbelievable. And then the opening shot is a guy on a Steadicam on a crane, coming down, stepping off the crane with a snowplow coming toward us. I’ve always wanted to do a Steadicam off a crane, and this was a great opportunity to do it. It sets the pace. You’re in the middle of a blizzard.”


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He may want viewers to feel like they’re inside the blizzard, but he purposely kept us outside the elevator — so we’re frustrated looking through the bars — until the conversation between Booth and Brennan turns emotional and we get our payoff. “There’s only a couple moments where we’re actually inside the elevator, and those are when he’s talking about his dad and when they’re talking about their relationship and maybe they’re gonna make out or somethin’. Who knows.” (He’s got to stop doing that, we tell him. “I’m serious. Elevator going down,” he says, laughing. So he’s saying there’s a chance they may actually make out? “Yes, there is a moment. There is a very strong moment,” he says. We talked to Boreanaz before seeing the promo — perhaps it’s when Brennan mentions that their stamina would make sex satisfying?) How will we feel at the end of the episode? “I think fans will be excited. But some may just throw a shoe at the TV,” he says. (For a first look at the episode’s final candlelit scene in Booth’s apartment, click here, or check out the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands today. Will the seats stay in Seeley’s living room? “I don’t know. They’re there now. But I’m sure Parker put ‘em in his bedroom,” he jokes.)

Of course, there is an actual case in this episode, and it sounds pretty juicy, too. With Booth and Brennan stuck in the elevator and the Jeffersonian without power, they somehow have to solve a murder case that could be linked to a potential viral outbreak. “There’s a big stunt where Hodgins [T.J. Thyne] goes flying through the air with the greatest of ease, and he comes swinging down off a bungee cord, and then hits Wendell [Michael Grant Terry] with this blue stuff that goes all over him. It’s some funny stuff,” he says. “Usually in Bones episodes, they have one experiment. I think I had like three, it was crazy.”

When we chatted with Boreanaz, it was his last day of shooting on the upcoming episode that will introduce “the Finder” (Geoff Stults), a character that could front a spin-off next season. If you missed Bones creator Hart Hanson’s twitpic of Boreanaz being “King of the Everglades,” click here. He was mum about that story, but did open up about what Bones EP Stephen Nathan and most fans agreed was his finest moment on the series — the recent bar scene with Brennan after Hannah (Katheryn Winnick) rejected Booth’s marriage proposal. “I knew that the emotion was gonna be raw enough for me to tap into some stuff that would allow people to see a side of Booth that they’ve never seen before. I wanted to do that. I wanted to say he’s got this sense of vulnerability, that he’s hurting inside, he is angry, he’s on the verge of just kind of giving up,” he says. “It was an exercise of faith and trust, and a thank you to the fans that stick by our show and stick by me. It was just a really nice moment for me to let that out and say thank you.”

He also explained why Booth hasn’t been wearing his trademark “Cocky” belt buckle as of late, and instead has been opting for the rifle belt buckle he sported when the series began. “I decided to put this back on until I resolve the sniper issue. It’s almost kinda like I gotta get this guy, and it’s my belt buckle of choice to do it,” he says. The sniper arc concludes in this season’s penultimate episode. All in favor of him bringing “Cocky” back for the season finale?

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  • Janie

    David is so funny. He loves to tease the shippers. They aren’t goin to kiss, lol. Thanks for a great interview Mandi. You rock.

    • calistoga

      Thanks Mandi for great interview. BIG thanks to David for giving us some of your valuable time. My family loves you and we have all your Angel and Bones dvd’s. We’re fine whether or not Brennan and you get together, just as long as “Bones” stays on forever! You and the team keep up the great work!
      P.S.: We are disgusted with all things ‘Charlie’. There is no comparison between he and you, so please don’t use his sick quotes.

  • bethanymae

    I’m not expecting a make out session in this episode, but I am expecting some positive steps for our favorite ship. Can’t wait to see this episode–it’s going to be great. I love it when Boreanaz directs. Great interview!

  • fredichon

    Oh Mr Boreanaz you are soooo Winning!

    Can’t wait for next week’s episode

    • Sapphire

      Agreed. Charlie doesn’t even come close.

  • Heather

    SERIES finale???? Is there something you know that we don’t?

    • Sam

      that scared me too! why can’t we bring it back out for the SEASON finale…

    • Mandi Bierly

      Fixed. Sorry to alarm. Just the cold medicine I’m on mistyping.

  • gab

    Blackout episode? Stuck in an elevator? That sounds a little like NCIS’s episode last season.
    I’m not saying they’re stealing ideas, I love Bones and NCIS equally. But if Gibbs has taught me one thing it’s that theres no such thing as a coincidence.
    *and B/B’s scene where he lifts her up in the cornfield was a lot like the time Tony had to lift Ziva up in the cornfield last season too*

    • Cheery

      I was totally thinking that too! Been an NCIS fan forever and just got into Bones, so when the cornfield thing happened I was like WTF? O_o
      But if I may say so, the Tiva cornfield scene was cuter because she actually sat on his shoulders.

      • Naomi

        I totally agree! Pops is Gibbs’ dad … Booth’s ex-gf Catherine was Gibbs’ fling … Parker showed up in NCIS

        plus the plot-lines are becoming to similar!

    • NLP

      Hey, as the Bare Naked Ladies say, “it’s all been done before.”
      I’m sure Tony could name you 5 movies with similar scenes. Doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it.

      • SueN

        That’s right. Archie Bunker got stuck in an elevator once, too. But I think a baby was born that time.

      • Rebecca

        Wasn’t there also a baby born on a stuck elevator on Saved by the Bell once? Haha this is a very well-worn plot device.

  • bigbri

    I assume he meant season finale. I think they are all signed on through next year. I am not sure about the year after.

  • peggy

    sound liked david spent too much timed at the bar.

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  • Liz

    Ok, that was definitely cruel!!! Bad David! We want them to make out! WHEN will that happen for God’s sake… (hey, I’ve been waiting for 6 years, enough is enough Hart! Get them together already!).

  • Sue1

    Good interview. Boreanaz is always funny, and he seems to be relishing the job as director. We’re looking forward to next week.

  • Wilhelmina Warren

    I feel very imspired by the concept of B/B when I watch their promos and listen to music videos it likes they speak for themselves. thet bring a lot of suspense111 Can’t wait !!!!

  • Shelly

    Great article! David is a trip! I have a strange feeling B&B will agree to begin a relationship, but NOT RIGHT AWAY. Maybe the story line will require more time for Booth’s broken heart to mend. If that will be the case, Hart can throw anything in the way just to totally send us over the edge! I am a dedicated shipper so I’ll be looking forward to watching them grow no matter how it happens! YAY!

    • Liz

      Though I can’t help remembering that it only took a month from Booth to go from his “true love” Brennan to the blond one…
      So I think we all know that when he wants to, Booth can get over his “broken heart” quickly.

      • amyc

        I don’t think so. He was in Afghanistan or wherever he was for 9 or 10 months before he came back to DC.

      • Liz

        Yes, but he fell for the blond like, a month after leaving DC (which says a lot about how much he “missed” Brennan…). They were together for many months in Afghanistan.

      • Sue1

        It was never implied that he fell for her immediately after they met. Also, he had been rejected by the love of his life–a little rebound reaction was pretty normal. Bottom line, he Never stopped loving Brennan, he did not get over his broken heart, he just knew he had to “move on”.

      • MLS

        B & B were doing their “thing” apart for SEVEN months before Caroline Julian called everyone back to help Cam out with the identification of a child’s remains before it ruined Cams’ career. Also, almost from the beginning of the Season six episodes that included Hannah, Booth was different & somewhat uncomfortable in his “new” relationship! IMHO, it was NEVER going to last because HB didn’t fit in! (And she/HB wasn’t in every consecutive episode, anyway.)

  • Boney James

    David showing too much “bravado” towards his associates. Kinder-gentler equals continued viewing. Not as funny with this aggressive behavior. you’re not that tough with a “toupe”. A little insecure?

  • @Boney

    So many word, so little sense.

  • Former Bones Fan

    Raise your hand if you no longer care about the Booth and Brennan “ship”. *raises hand* Seriously, WHY should I care anymore? Too much jerking around and it’s not like this episode is going to mean anything either because the following week it will probably go back to the same BS plot devices to keep them apart. Lather. Rinse. Recycle.

    • Former Bones Fan

      Repeat, not Recycle.

    • NLP

      Face reality when it comes to TV fantasy. Creators can’t put them together ’til the end because to do so kills the show. Just recognize that and enjoy their interactions until then. At least Bones fans WILL get a payoff. All those of us who avidly watched House for the first 3 years got for a payoff was “the finger” from TPTB who unceremoniously dumped Jennifer Morrison. I’ll take Bones’ scenario every time!

    • Bones Fan

      Former bones fan, if you don’t care about Bones anymore, then why did you read the article in the first place?

    • MLS

      That’s what the remote control is for!! To find something you do like!

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