Back in 2005, when a cocky FBI agent first joined forces with a bookish forensic anthropologist to solve crimes, David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel never could have envisioned their mismatched characters sharing not only a home, but also a baby, in the year 2012. But here both actors are, sitting for their first interview in Booth and Brennan's cozy new living-room set — complete with crib and stuffed animals strewn about the floor.
The series returned April 2 for the first of seven new episodes, with Temperance "Bones" Brennan and Seeley Booth already living together in anticipation of the birth of their baby daughter. Deschanel (the real-life mama of 6-month-old Henry) and Boreanaz invited TV Guide Magazine into their "home" to discuss the major changes Bones has undergone since their characters finally hooked up and Deschanel's real-life pregnancy was incorporated into the plot.
Boreanaz: Welcome. This is the first reporter we've had in our new house.
Deschanel: It is. Very exciting!
Boreanaz: It's a good reflection of where Booth and Brennan's relationship is now.
TV Guide Magazine: And where is that exactly?
Boreanaz: They have their beautiful baby girl, but they're still learning how to live with each other and clashing over things like marriage and baptism.
Deschanel: We still have the same heated discussions, but now the stakes are even higher for us to get along, because we have a child.
Boreanaz: We're both still racing [to the next crime scene], which is great. We continuously want to push the button of the competitiveness and the sexualityness.
Deschanel: "Sexualityness." I like that word!
Boreanaz: Is it a word?
Deschanel: It is now. Mr. David Boreanaz, call Webster's!
TV Guide Magazine: Love what you've done with your home, by the way.
Deschanel: Didn't Booth do a beautiful job? He's very quick at redoing a house.
Boreanaz: Actually, for our first episode in the house, I thought it looked too perfect. I wanted some appliances not to work, which would be more like Booth and Brennan, so we disorganized it a bit.
TV Guide Magazine: What did the set decorators incorporate from Booth and Brennan's individual homes?
Boreanaz: His baseball gloves, models of toy cars and planes are mixed in with all her goddess statues from her African journeys to Mikoupouku.
Deschanel: Mikoupouku? It is actually Maluku. [The actress rises and walks to shelves.] There are these artifacts and headdresses reflecting her cultural anthropology work. And this large airplane wing is from Booth's apartment.
Boreanaz: And don't forget my minibar!
Deschanel: Just don't read what that sign above it says.
TV Guide Magazine: [Reading the sign] Car Wash: Best hand job in town. [All laugh] Good to know there's still some sexiness going on with this couple post-cohabitation and baby.
Boreanaz: Oh, yeah! They're just trying to figure out opportunities to get a little bit. I'm very familiar with that kitchen counter over there.
TV Guide Magazine: Fans are keenly aware that some hotly anticipated moments in Booth and Brennan's relationship never played out on screen.
Deschanel: You mean the fact that we had sex? [Laughs] People are dying to see that. I'm sure there will be something as the series goes on.
Boreanaz: We have this way of showing but not showing. If we show that, where do we go from there?
Deschanel: Well, we did see a bit. We saw me breaking down.
Boreanaz: It was vulnerable sex. Booth fell into the trap.
Deschanel: Oh, my God. I came to him...
Boreanaz: ...with open arms. It's not fair for us to guess exactly what happened after that.
TV Guide Magazine: Your exec producer Hart Hanson tells us he does want to show a sex scene next season, after the infant's older. How do you feel about shooting that?
Deschanel: Wooo! But we're not having any bedroom scenes right now, thank God. I just had a baby [in real life], who comes with me to work every day. Give me a little time.
Boreanaz: They won't be attacking each other ferociously over steaks they're grilling outside.
Deschanel: Actually, David has a cold now and it was written in a scene that he gives me a kiss, and I was like, "He is not kissing me!" So we cut the kiss. We still have some make-outs, but not in the usual way. We make out at a crime scene. [Watch for "The Family in the Feud" episode, airing April 30.]
TV Guide Magazine: Have they at least built you a bedroom?
Deschanel: Oh, yes. That's where the magic happens off camera.
Boreanaz: We were going to take you there, but you're not allowed.
For more on Bones, pick up this week's issue of TV Guide Magazine, on newsstands Thursday, April 5!