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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.

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It seems like they are going to be like an old married couple, skipping the entire romance period. the past two seasons B & b have had very little chemistry between them (or forced when necessary not like the natural chemistry of the earlier seasons) I hope they restore some of the chemistry so that they actually appear like a real couple, not just the "look" from Booth every now and then. I don't want to see Angela and Jack again, because I personally was really bored with them because they were just too perfect. Hopefully Angela will be Brennan's best friend again like she was the last two episodes. I have really missed their friendship, Hopefully, Booth will be like earlier seasons of Booth and friendlier to Squints. From what SN said in other interviews, when the show comes back everyone will already know about them, so like their getting together, we will miss out on all of that. SN believes we should imagine all of this to write our own story. Apparently we got all of this thru Hogela and they don't repeat storylines. Since Hogela is a secondary aspect of the show and not what kept me watching Bones, I feel very cheated. If I have to imagine my own story of how it began and how the pregnancy was received by the squints, I may as well write my own ending. Still undecided if I will tune in for S7. Personally, I only enjoyed about 4 episodes in S6. Easier to catch up on TNT.

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Since the end of S6, i often thought that we didn't see them sleep together. We just saw Brennan tell Angie with a smile that suppose they made love together... After that, so strange that we didn't saw Brennan say the words "we had sex" ?!?! She's so honest, she's not affraid of words... why didn't we see her tell Angie that they had sex in front of us, big fans of BB ????? Is that a HH plan ? i'm not sure but i wouldn't be surprise. We know that many people want to see BB say I love you and they're so cute at each end of every episode... and on THIS important moment of the show, nothing about love ? Only a "I'm pregnant" ????? And they're was place for love words when we saw BB so sad the nigth Vincent died and we saw Brennan cry in Booth's arms and in HIS bed. We didn't see anything about that special thing waited for 6 years and we saw Brennan tell Booth she is pregnant. How ??? i can be wrong but, HH is always surprising us and maybe they just fell asleep and nothing happened that night?!?!?! Maybe, Brennan used Booth old stuff from end of S4 when Brennan wanted so much a baby with Booth sperm?!?!?!? to be followed ;o)

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Maybe they will skip the pregnancy announcement, by the time they start shooting season 7 Emily will be quite pregnant already

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I love Bones, but that does not mean that I am blind to its faults, since S3 the writing has been decreasing in quality and it was not until mid S6 that it started to improve, also thanks to DBs directing. The finale,well, if we are led to believe they are a couple, then why the distance between them,especially when they are alone. Their attitude towards each other seems forced,uncomfortable and I'm left feeling cheated. I cannot wait for S7 but I still find I am astonished that it was renewed.Not going to watch the Finder show, and HH and SN we all know that you do not care what your loyal fans of your TV show think.

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Sorry to be a stickler, but "The End in the Beginning" was the Season 4 finale.
Having said that, I saw it coming but totally agree with the statement, "[...] when I didn't immediately find myself disappointed with the decision to go the pregnancy route, I figured it must make sense."

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They've brought them together without dealing with any of the previous baggage. I kind of think this is good in that the show would work with them acting as an old married couple -- rather than a perpetual honeymoon and "cute" sparring. That would be the moonlighting curse (that they couldn't become a normal couple due to all that came before). I think it will be interesting to see how this plays out -- and I predict it will work, whether they marry or not.

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I have enjoyed this whole season along with all of the rest of the seasons. It is about time that they have brought these two together and stopped dancing around them. I didn't need to see a love scene between them but some type of affection, hand holding or even a kiss after bones tells booth that she is pregnant and it is his, toward each other in the finale would have been nice. But I can't wait to see how next season will go with this.

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makes sense that the writers want something different to bring these two together instead of the typical sex scene...but this kinda cheapened the whole will/they won't. It like here's the crescendo, and it kinda sucks.

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I kind of wish they'd named the baby Jack Stanley Hodgins IV, because thats just such a record.
I agree that Sweets will figure out Brennen is pregnant, but I can see them doing a funny episode in which he figures it out but is told not to tell anyone, but Sweets doesn't realize Booth is the Father and someone else like Cam or worse Daisy, if she is back, ends up telling him and he's shocked.

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Sounds like a lot of you guys want is sex scenes and more hints at a relationship between Booth and Brennan.. I am happy there wasn't. Would have felt cheap and unnecessary, almost like gratuitous fanservice if they had have done it... as though they would be saying "Alright, you waited 6 seasons for it, here's your reward!". Coulda been really annoying to see some forced courtship or weird change in the way they acted around each other, which would have deterred heavily from a large reason I watch Bones: the interesting cases. That everyone else noticed a change was enough for me, I don't think we need more distractions from the premise of Bones. I also thought it was a really solid season, besides how forced Hannah seemed when she was in the mix. Hannah's relationship with Brennan was awesome.. I really enjoyed a lot of their dialogue as friends, but I was pretty happy to see the last of her scenes with Booth. She definitely helped reveal a lot about him in relationships.. not knowing she wasn't the marrying type? That she had to say that again is not good :( Besides Hannah, and the oddly happy group epitaph & song while Vincent is being shipped out of the Jeffersonian (which, on second thought, is how I want to be remembered when I go), this season was really awesome. Annoying at times with the pregnancy, but overall good, imo.

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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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