In November 2011, Fox television network premiered the highly anticipated seventh season of their hit show Bones. Starring Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance Brennan and David Boreanaz as FBI Agent Seeley Booth, Bones is a suspenseful, yet comical, procedural crime drama that employs the use of forensic anthropology and archaeology techniques to solve FBI murder cases.
The season six finale really left the audience in anticipation by ending with Brennan revealing to Booth that she is pregnant and he is the father. When the new season starts, Brennan is in the last few months of her pregnancy and it soon becomes apparent that her and Booth have been living together and preparing for the birth of their child.
Meanwhile, their newly-wed friends and co-workers, Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) and Dr. Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne), have been adjusting to caring for their newborn. The adorable attachment to their son, Michael Vincent, is showcased in many episodes and so is their hilariously obvious sleep deprivation. The couple finally get some rest when Angela’s father, played by Billy Gibbons and only referred to on the show as “Angela’s father”, comes for a visit and convinces them to allow him to babysit his grandson.
During this time, Brennan is carefully observing the evolving relationship between the new parents, their newborn and each other. She is also attempting to learn how to be a better personal companion to Booth and to include him more in the pregnancy and preparation for the birth of their child. The need for this personal growth is apparent in an episode where she is genuinely confused as to why he is upset that she found out the gender of their baby without him.
After Angela’s father visits them, the team discovers they have a new foe, Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds), who is set on toying with them. Pelant is a highly intelligent computer genius that uses his tech-savvy skills to create puzzles and clues for the team to decode while they attempt to catch him. Pelant is set to be a returning antagonist for awhile.
Shortly after their encounter with Pelant for the first time, and at the end of a murder case set in a prison, Booth and Brennan’s daughter, Christine Angela, is born. For the rest of the season, Brennan spends time between cases attempting to learn how to navigate her changing body and hormones, being a new parent, her complicated relationship with her father, being a professional at work and her evolving relationship with Booth.
This all comes to a screeching halt when Brennan is forced to make a difficult, life-altering decision about her family. In the season finale, Pelant cleverly frames Brennan for the murder of a close friend of hers and her father, Max Keenan (Ryan O’Neal), convinces her to go on the run, until they can clear her name, so she doesn’t lose custody of child to the foster care system--a legitimate fear for Brennan, who was a foster care child herself after her parents’ disappearance.