Was <I>Bones</i> just a big tease? Was Bones just a big tease?

Some 59 minutes before serving up a major twist regarding Booth's recuperation from brain-tumor surgery, the Bones season finale gave fans a taste of what they've hungered for — the partners-in-crimesolving canoodling in bed together.

Ah, but there was a catch, as had been telegraphed by producers in the weeks prior. The bedroom antics were part of an "alternate reality" that was being written by Bones as she sat at Booth's hospital bedside — and possibly also being dreamed by the comatose patient.

The fictional foray involved a murder in The Lab (aka a nightclub owned by husband-and-wife Booth and Bones) and fancied Zack as Brennan's assistant, Fisher as the chef, Hodgins as a crime-novel author, Sweets as a barkeep.... You get the picture. Even the Gormogon and Gravedigger got shout-outs, as a band and local mob boss, respectively.

Emily Deschanel told TVGuide.com that the Bones/Booth, "Will they/Won't they" thing is "probably the most commonly asked question" she gets, "either by just people on the street or by people interviewing me." So she is relieved to have "it" out of the way. Sort of.

"It was a matter of timing and figuring out the right way to do it so that it doesn't ruin everything for the show," Deschanel says, alluding to how coupling a series' two leads is always a precarious proposition. "I think [Bones exec producer Hart Hanson] was really careful about putting us together."

But given the surreal nature of the hook-up, the actress wholly anticipates a brand-new oft-asked question, a la "When will they have sex for real?"

Fans may have to chew on that one for a bit, though, and instead savor the pseudo lovin' they got in the finale.

"I think I'm happy about the way it turned out," says Deschanel, "and we'll see how the audience feels, I guess."

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