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Bones Season Finale Round Table: "The Change in the Game"

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Fans are still talking about the Bones season finale, and it's not hard to see why. For better or worse, "The Change in the Game" certainly lived up to its title.

Below, TV Fanatic's Bones critic, Chandel Charles, is joined by fellow staff members Christine Orlando, Carissa Pavlica and Steve Marsi for an in-depth Q&A.

Here's what we thought of the finale. Weigh in with your own answers below!

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One word to describe the finale. Go!

Chandel: Unsettling.

Carissa: Happy.

Christine: Cheated.

Steve: WHAT!?

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What predictions do you have for the relationship between Booth and Brennan now that a baby is in the mix?

Chandel: I think it's certainly going to take their relationship to the next level. I don't know how the conception of the child in the wake of Vincent's death is going to play into how they feel about the pregnancy, though I don't think it's something that can be ignored. It's certainly going to have an impact on the people around Booth and Brennan, which will inevitably affect their relationship as well. There will be a push and pull between the two on where they'll live, Booth will probably want to get married, and now that Angela and Hodgins have a baby, it's going to cause them to compare what they're doing to another couple close to them.

Carissa: I wish they had recognized their relationship before having a baby tossed into the fray. Especially so closely on the heels of Angela and Hodgins. I did like the look on Bones face when she told him, but other than that moment, my mind cannot imagine what this means for the show.

Christine:I think it should make things really interesting. These two come at things from opposite directions so raising a child can complicate their relationship as well as draw them closer.  

Steve: Injecting a baby into this non-relationship definitely begs the question of ... are they even in a relationship?! I have to assume the answer is yes, but no one - including the characters themselves - knows for sure at this point. I hope they settle into a nice, romantic life together, however unconventionally and unexpectedly.

Did Hart Hanson et. al. jump the shark by putting a baby in the mix?

Chandel: I'm still deciding how I feel. He did  manage to avoid the moonlighting course by taking them straight from partners to parents, having already established their strong relationship throughout each season, but when I didn't immediately find myself disappointed with the decision to go the pregnancy route, I figured it must make sense.

I think I could see the foreshadowing of the situation through the 4:47 a.m. time stamp on the clock reminiscent of the clock in the Season 3 finale. "The End in the Beginning." There was a baby announcement there too. Plus I kind of saw it coming when Brennan kept making reference to children at the bowling alley. I saw it coming whether I wanted to or not. We'll have to see how Hart and company choose to play with it.

Carissa: See answer above.

Christine: I don't mind the surprise baby. The Booth / Brennan relationship was at a standstill and the writers couldn't seem to move it forward. This is definitely a game changer and could be fun to watch. My issue is that after all of these seasons, they kept the love scene OFF SCREEN! I know (or at least hope) that they may show it to us in flashbacks next season but at this moment I feel totally cheated out of something I've waited years to see.

Steve: Too soon to tell. I don't buy for a second that this wasn't specifically planned around Emily Deschanel's real-life pregnancy, but that's neither here nor there. How the writers handle it next fall will make or break this surprising twist, which could go down as an epic shark jump, but has the potential to be wonderful if done right.

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Would you have Booth and Brennan immediately tell the rest of the Jeffersonian team or keep it to themselves?

Chandel: They are going to have a lot of explaining to do once this thing goes public. Whether or not now is the right time is beyond me. Angela just had a baby herself, to deal with that and Brennan's bombshell might be too much complication. It's going to be easiest for Brennan to tell Angela given she "confided," however vaguely, that she and Booth had spent that night together and a little bit more. I would have Booth and Brennan work it out between themselves first and give the team time to recover from all the recent changes.

Carissa: Not one character hasn't noticed a difference in Booth and Brennan since they had sex, even if they don't know they had it, so the odds on keeping a pregnancy from everyone? Near impossible. They will all know very shortly, and it will be shocking since so many don't know they have done the deed.

Christine: Part of me thinks they should keep it to themselves so they can work things out privately but I can't wait for Brennan to tell Angela. Plus I think Brennan is going to need the advice of her best friend to help her navigate this.

Steve: Keep it to themselves for now. That will make for a lot of awkward scenes in which people suspect something is up but aren't positive. Except Sweets. He'll figure it out.

What do we think of Hodgela's baby being named Michael Staccato Vincent Hodgins?

Chandel: It took me until I started writing the review of this episode to realize "Vincent" was there. When I did, I immediately appreciated the use of Angela's father's choice "Staccato" with what was inevitably both Angela and Hodgins choice of "Vincent" for the middle names. It exhibits both the unconventional and "normal" aspects of Angela and Hodgins relationship, which their newborn son is a combination.

Carissa: Very cute. Especially with his little Michael hat with the fake dreadlocks. 

Christine: To be honest I always thought of Vincent Nigel Murray as simply Nigel in my head so it took me a minute to make the connection.

Steve: What a great name. I love that Hodgins actually came around to her dad's absurd name suggestion, and when I heard the second middle name - a tribute to their late squintern colleague - it definitely got a little dusty in my house.

So many good quotes last night. What was your favorite?

Chandel: "You are a horrible child!" Not only was it Brennan's final comment about children before confessing her pregnancy to Booth, but the utter look of horror on Brennan's face was priceless.

Carissa: "Every time you take my hand I feel your whole life vibrating with mine."

Christine: "I'm pregnant. You're the father." Simply because I never saw it coming. And I did love Booth's grin as it sunk in.

Steve: Any of the lines where Brennan posed as Booth's fiancee at the bowling alley, because we essentially get to watch Emily Deschanel act like a bad actress.

Favorite character at the bowling alley and why?

Chandel: Cougar Grandma, I just couldn't believe she was hitting on Booth, and it was a funny addition to the episode.

Carissa: None of them. I thought they were all annoying cliches to bowling. I don't understand why everyone thinks the only people who bowl are trashy and odd. 

Christine: Booth in that mullet. I didn't want to look but I couldn't look away.

Steve: The pre-teen taskmaster. Someone's gotta run the show.

What's your bowling average (last time you checked)?

Chandel: 150. I used to league bowl every Saturday until I entered high school, which was several years ago now. I even participated in a couple tournaments and I can tell you that a vast majority of the competitive spirit portrayed in this episode is no work of fiction, it's fact. The only difference is no one bothers to taunt one another out loud. It's all nonverbal!

Carissa: I spent my childhood with migraines every Sunday after bowling on a team with a bunch of boys I didn't know. They thought my name was Carl instead of Cari. My average? 13.

Christine: I can count on one hand the amount of times I've bowled in my life. Bowling average = pathetic.

Steve: I don't know about my average, but barely triple digits if I'm lucky. My all time best/worst outing was when I bowled a 29. That's not a typo, however it is approximately the number of alcoholic beverages consumed beforehand.

To weigh in on the Bones season finale, or how the TV Fanatic staff would likely form the worst bowling team in human history, leave a comment below!

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Wow! Love your booth! The over-sized wall portraits look great. I have a bidarl show next month so you have given me some ideas The pillows on those 2 chairs are fantastic.

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I have watched Bones from day 1 and have enjoyed every episode. Although I must say that I am a little disappointed. I am very happy that Booth and Bones are together and that they are having a baby but I feel cheated. I have been waiting from the very start for some romance. At least some kissing or heavy breathing. Anything except a certain look between them every now and then. I wanted ACTION !!! and still do.

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I am a big fan I love bones !!!! Its the best series so far for me but I have to unfortunately agree with some of the viewers it is a little confusing because Brendan could have yoused booth spirm and we don't even have the part of the show where we could think wat happen next but never the less I still love your show and will continue to watch bones!!!!

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i love ever show i have all the dvd that r out can;t wait till i can buy the rest

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well, i loved how they handled it. i also loved booths grin when she told them.

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I love the way they have handled this and i'm very excited for season 7. I don't think Emily's pregnancy created the idea in the writers heads but maybe just gave it a little push. I saw it coming though.... Putting it all together, you have 'the end in the beginning' where we have a dream BB relationship with a pregnancy, add to that the 100th episode where we have Booth wanting to start a relationship but Bones doesn't want to take that step- the most important thing to remember is the quote on the wall "nothing happens unless first a dream"is all a give away... and a give away to a storyline I have no complaints about!

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I really like Bones and have been wondering if and when they would get together. I like the way it was handled. I don't think they would have written it in if she were not really pregnant. But I really do not care. They, the characters really care about each other and that has developed over the years. They are both damaged goods and that is going to be for the writers to weave the threads of the story lines to either make the threads strong or weak. They lost Vincent and this brought them together because of the enormous hurt, now a baby is the result. Booth is very protective and loyale (I am not a good speller)and Brennen is just learning to love it is going to be a challenge. I think it is going to be interesting.

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the writers for bones are great. season six was written very well. For whoever critisizes bones' writing, consider this. The writers cannot write episodes that appeal to every viewer of the show. So, even if you may have preferred for the season finale to be written another way or for the whole season to be, a large group of other viewers may have preferred it written the way it actually was written. I'm sure the writers aren't trying to disappoint anyone. They are just trying to find which way they write the show will appeal to the most viewers.

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The way of they treated each other in the finale is what them what they are. First of all, the writters would not give us the whole thing on a plate so there wouldn't be a suprise. Second, Booth and Brennan didn't want to blow their friendship, so they must've agreed to not keep having sexy. And because of that option, they didn't tell everyone but something that didn't go far! They are Booth and Bones, they are not the kind of couple that can't take the hands off each other!! They are sobers in their ways!!

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Acho que na próxima temporada eles vão mostrar como as coisas se deram!! Espero ver muitas cenas românticas entre eles, mas sem perder a sobriedade característica do meu casal favorito de todos os tempos. Acredito que B&B será bem interessante de ver e o impacto em todo o grupo será curioso. Acredito que Hart Hanson ainda possui muitas cartas na sua manga e espero que na próxima temporada ele explore mais o passado deles para dar mais subsídio para o futuro das personagens. Rumores como explorar o passado de Booth são ótimos ao meu ver. Essa reviravolta na série vai mostrar se o autor é tão versátil como parece ser e será um divisor de águas na história de Bones! Acho que o seriado só tem a crescer com essa mudança surpreendente e enigmática!

Bones Season 6 Episode 23 Quotes

I think we should just let the hot sauce do its magic.

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Angela: One of these days I'm sure the Guiness people are going to come measure me.
Hodgins: You look beautiful.
Angela: Yeah, for a water buffalo.

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