Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Michael Grant Terry, Ryan O’Neal, Kevin Alejandro
Hart Hanson & Stephen Nathan
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Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 6 - "The Change in the Game" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Taylor

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 6 - "The Change in the Game" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Taylor

Airdate: May 19, 2011

Let’s cut to the chase here. When a TV series has a star who becomes pregnant in real life, the options are to write her out of several episodes, stash her behind desks and potted plants while she is “showing,” or just write the pregnancy into the series.

As Emily Deschanel is the title character on BONES, writing her out seems an especially poor idea and the steely lab settings don’t lend themselves to indoor foliage. Well, Bones, aka Temperance Brennan did finally get together last week with her investigative partner Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) on last week’s episode …

And this week, no one except Brennan’s friend Angela (Michaela Conlin) is any the wiser about the changed relationship between Brennan and Booth – and Angela is preoccupied with being overdue in giving birth to her own child with husband Hodgins (T.J. Thyne).

While Booth and Brennan are undercover at a bowling alley, trying to find out who murdered a bowler whose body wound up mangled in the pin machine, Angela, Hodgins and squintern Wendell (Michael Grant Terry) analyze evidence at the lab. Then Angela’s water breaks and it’s off to the hospital for them. Brennan’s father Max notices something is odd about how Brennan and Booth are interacting with each other, even undercover, but if he figures out what’s new, he doesn’t comment on it. When the killer is identified – the motive is stinky shoes, of all things – Max helps by knocking the guy out before he can run.

Although Angela and Hodgins have been worried that their baby may be born blind as a result of a hereditary genetic disorder, the little boy is fine – his middle names reflect the suggestion from Angela’s father and the recently deceased Vincent. Brennan and Booth, after visiting their friends in the hospital, walk together. Brennan tells Booth that she’s pregnant and he’s the father – and Booth is delighted.

One has to hand it to BONES executive producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan, who co-wrote this episode, for coming up with a season finale that, if necessary, could have served as a series finale (the episode was made before renewal was a certainty) that would satisfy most of the series’ fans. As it is, they have handled the Brennan/Booth pairing so sure-handedly and deftly that viewers can feel confident that the elements most people enjoy about the show will still be present. It will be intriguing to see how the hyper-rational Brennan deals with impending motherhood and how Booth deals with Brennan’s choices as the pregnancy proceeds.

Deschanel and Boreanaz have achieved a really appealing rapport with one another that is charming to watch. The same is true of Conlin and Thyne, who as Angela and Hodgins fairly radiate affection and support for one another. O’Neal’s twinkling unpredictability is an enjoyable recurring factor and “Change in the Game” also has an amusing guest shot by Kevin Alejandro (of TRUE BLOOD and SOUTHLAND) as a bowler who believes the Almighty is on his side.

Gripes about “The Change in the Game” could be primarily leveled at how the crime is handled. Anybody who has ever approached an unfamiliar computer program will find the attempt by Wendell and Cam (Tamara Taylor) to access Angela’s specialized imaging program to be highly unlikely and the solution/motive/confession in the murder is wrapped up a bit like the punchline to a throwaway joke.

However, as an integral part of the spine of the overall BONES story, “The Change in the Game” is good.


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  1. Pingback: TV Review: BONES Season 6 The Change in the Game Season Finale (VIDEO) » Tv Shows News

  2. Finally!! Should be a great Season 7. Looking forward to it.

  3. On what planet would this have been a “satisfying series finale for most viewers”?!? After six freakin’ years, all we get is a crying bed cuddle, an announcement that he knocked her up, and a pair goofy grins? How is that satisfying?? We’ve seen how awesome B/B can be as a couple in the Season 4 finale – was it too much to ask that we could get something similar when they get together for real? Sheesh.

    A. Non
    • *the very BRIEFEST crying bed cuddles, at that! Meh.

      What? The? Heck?
  4. Totally agree – feel cheated! Watched for 6 seasons and thats how they finally put them together. Not even a kiss.

    so disappointed
  5. Can’t believe that people are pleased with this ending…yes, I’m glad they will be together in a sense, but I wanted to see it all happen, not learn about it after the fact…I’m not happy.

  6. First of all, the bowling part was stupid, imho. Other than that, I couldn’t agree more w/ other comments! Would a kiss or even a tiny little hug have killed you guys to write? Just 30 more seconds at the end would have been great… sooo wanted to see more of Booth’s reaction and, heaven forbid, a little affection. I feel cheated. LOL and they way they’re being all Sunday School with not showing ANY of B&B’s relationship (yet? I hope?) makes me feel like such a perv for wanting to see a lil’ physical affection between them in addition to their great chemistry and emotional exchanges. :)~ All I can say is there’d better the mother of all flashbacks on season 7’s first episode b/c if I don’t get to see SOMETHING romantic between them, I’m gonna be seriously pissed to the point of possibly no longer watching the show. There’s the potential for super awesomeness in season 7, so I’ll be spending my summer trusting that the writers will provide a huge payoff for all our patience. After all, as the great American philosopher, Limp Bizkit, says “we did it all for the nookie.” ;)~

    What? The? Heck?
  7. I’m not saying I’m happy OR disappointed but more interested in where and what will happen next. If we had seen all the details about them getting together why would we keep watching?

    By hiding some of it there continues to be some mystery and what’s going to happen next. Had they made a big deal about them getting together than the show would have been done and I’m not ready for it to be done yet :-).

  8. i loved it !!!! cant wait for season 7

  9. I think they actually left it a little ambiguous as to whether Booth and Brennan are together… they’ve talked previously about him being a donor, who’s to say that’s not what’s happened here, despite the softening of their relationship?

    • She said “I’m pregnant. You’re the father.” If it had been the donor thing which had been a possibility for the two in season four, it wouldn’t have been necessary to say that he was the father. They definitely had sex- and Brennan had been really vague when discussing with Angela the night together, so it seems to make sense. Just a shame that after so much time and “will they, wont they” this is the way they decided to do it. Happy for Brennan though, she really wanted a child.

  10. I agree it’s nice to see that their relationship has remained intact and Booths smile at the end when he heard the news was amazing. Would have been nice to see bit of the hook up. BONES WRITERS if your listening can we get a wee flashback of the missing scene in Season 7. Particularly the morning after!

  11. Bones has jumped the shark, period, enough said, too bad!!!

  12. The entire episode, with exception of the final 30 seconds, was a throwaway. And I would bet that Bones miscarries the baby in season 7.

  13. Bones methodically over thinks everything. We now that casual sex is no big deal to her. So, don’t you think she/they would have used protection? I would think “conceptually” she’d be using BCPs. It just seems really out of character.

    • Though remember that it was not really casual sex in the normal sense of the word as she was not being her usual self when it happened (not rational) as she was pretty shaken up by Vincent Nigel Murray’s death. If you remember that scene where she cries on Booth in his bed then you’ll understand what I mean so really it’s not out of character

  14. *know

  15. I don’t think I like the whole “she’s pregnant” storyline. I want them together, but I think the whole series thrives on the mere fact that they are in love but they are NOT togther….IMHO, this whole story arc could be a recipe for disaster, Moonlighting curse aside. And I agree with Misha – it is completely out of character for Brennan to have gotten pregnant, from ONE TIME no less, accidentally. She may be cavalier about her sex life, but even in a rare emotional state, she wouldn’t have ignored protection.

    • Vincent’s death + her desire to be with Booth may have caused her to disregard protection it is I admit unlikely she would but it is not too much of a stretch to say she did and to be honest who’s complaining I genuinely can’t wait for Season 7 and how B&B interact with each other

  16. I think this makes for a good season. Hope we see some romance in the new season between B&B

  17. I loved the finally it was awesome though I would of liked more of B&B but I loved the ending where Brennan tells Booth and he just smiles. It did not need anything more than that, I would of been pissed if it had ended there, as in no more Bones, but I think it was a good ending and I would of been satisfied if that had been it. I really can’t wait for Season 7 as the potential for it is massive and I really hope there is a development of the relationship between B&B

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  19. 10) Definitely both times they sing/dance to “Hot Blooded”.9) When they dance in “The Man in the Bear”. When he reseucs her and she reseucs him.7) The “guy hugs”.6) Buck & Wanda in “Double Trouble in the Panhandle” and “The Change in the Game”.5) Tony & Roxie in Vegas.4) The kiss under the mistletoe.3) When Brennan strips Booth down in “The Goop on the Girl”.2) The end of “The Hole in the Heart”, when they walk out arm in arm.1) When Brennan tells Booth that she’s pregnant!Go B/B! <3

  20. Absolutely love this promo been watching all episodes from Pilot to present and I pray they don’t leave us fans in the dark on what transpired between The Hole in the Heart and The Change in the Game because from a one night of love which we are led to believe happened to her becoming pregnant and from what the promos show from the first few episodes is very vague at best we need the middle bad!


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