Fox television network premiered the eighth season of their hit show Bones in September 2012. The show stars David Boreanaz as FBI Agent Seeley Booth and Emily Deschanel as forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan, a duo that works together to investigate and solve murders involving skeletal remains. The previous season was the shortest season to date--only airing thirteen episodes--due to the real-life pregnancy and maternity leave of Deschanel.
Season seven ended with Brennan being framed by the team’s new nemesis, Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds), in the murder of a close friend of hers. After a discussion with her father, Max Keenan (Ryan O’Neal), Brennan decides that the best course of action is to go into hiding from the authorities with her daughter, Christine, until Booth and the team are able to clear her name.
The beginning of season eight is set three months after Brennan went on the run and though she has made sure to not make any contact with Booth this entire time--to spare him from losing his job and going to jail for helping a wanted fugitive--she has been in contact with her best friend and colleague, Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin). By the end of the first episode of the new season, Brennan is cleared for the murder of her friend, Ethan Sawyer, and is able to return home.
This does not mean, however, that Pelant is finished tormenting the team. After Brennan is able to prove that Pelant murdered her friend, he is arrested but somehow manages to escape custody. He resurfaces twice over the course of the season with the sole intent of simply terrorizing Brennan, Booth and the rest of the team, in one form or another.
When the team isn’t spending their time trying to capture and put away Pelant, they keep quite busy with their “more normal” murder cases. Over the course of several of these cases, all the members of the team--including level-headed, fact-based-reasoning-only Dr. Brennan--are forced to re-evaluate their personal beliefs on life and death. This leads to Brennan and Booth discussing the after-death arrangements they have each previously made for themselves.
Aside from coming to terms with their beliefs on life and death, a few of the team members find themselves in potentially awkward romantic situations. This includes a semi-secret relationship between Brennan’s intern Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vhadat) and Brennan’s boss Dr. Camille “Cam” Sayoran (Tamara Taylor), as well as the dissolution of the relationship between FBI psychologist Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) and Brennan’s intern Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo).
Close to the end of this season, Brennan and the team are required to participate in a documentary in the hopes of raising money for the Jeffersonian Institute and Arastoo almost dies from a mysterious illness that he accidentally contracts while working on a body for the CDC. Pelant also returns one last time this season and when he does it is apparent--at least to the audience--that he is fixated on Brennan and is determined to destroy her relationship with Booth.