It's the perfect day for a wedding. The rose garden at USC's Exposition Park in sunny downtown Los Angeles is perfumed with posies in full bloom, there's a pleasant breeze in the air and...a pair of smiling skeletons topping a wedding cake?
Even though the wedding of Bones' Dr. Temperance Brennan and Special Agent Seeley Booth is more traditional than the couple would have ever imagined, several unique touches honor the bride and groom's nine-season journey to the altar. Chief among them is the sentimental location. It was here that the Bones cast first gathered to film the exteriors for the pilot episode back in 2005.
"We've come full circle," David Boreanaz says, recalling the series premiere in which his Booth and costar Emily Deschanel's Brennan chased each other down the streets. "Luke and Laura would be jealous of us today!"
The actors have just shot the romantic episode's climactic moment inside a canopy decorated with hanging chandeliers and floral globes. Before filming, Boreanaz and Deschanel offered suggestions for their characters' big day: Deschanel insisted the bride wear off-white to keep with her character's desire to buck tradition. And Boreanaz made some adjustments to Booth's vows to keep with the show's screwball tone.
"It's typical that Bones and Booth would banter all the way up to the altar, at the altar and leaving the altar," he explains. "So having that dialogue was important to me." The bride's vows, meanwhile, are scribbled on a piece of paper that Deschanel pulls from her cleavage. "The vows bring something back from past episodes," she teases.
Also making a comeback: Several key characters, including the bride's father (Ryan O'Neal), who walks Brennan down the aisle; the groom's son (Ty Panitz), who serves as best man; and Booth's mother (Joanna Cassidy) and grandfather (Ralph Waite), each of whom offers emotional words about the couple. Cyndi Lauper, who reprises her role as psychic Avalon Harmonia, will sing on the show for the first time. And not just any song. "It's so fitting that Cyndi is singing 'At Last,'" says T.J. Thyne (forensic specialist Hodgins). "For us cast members, there's that sense of 'Finally, we're here.'"
But it wasn't easy getting there. Unforeseen circumstances force a last-minute switch from a nighttime church service to a daytime affair. And Hodgins's wife, Angela (Michaela Conlin), must scramble to make sure the nuptials happen, even helping Brennan knock off a few things from her something old-new-borrowed-blue list. "Angela gives Brennan a special memento to wear during the ceremony," hints Conlin.
Meanwhile, when the squinterns receive an 11th-hour invitation to the wedding, Hodgins — sporting a brown derby straight out of an H.G. Wells novel — commandeers the team of underlings to raid the Jeffersonian's early 20th-century exhibit cases for formal attire. "I look like I should be on Boardwalk Empire," jokes Eugene Byrd, who plays squint Clark Edison.
In the end, the actors offered thumbs-ups to the event's thrown-together feel. "It wasn't polished," says Deschanel. But, adds Boreanaz, "it was raw and real and all over the place, just like a real wedding. After what our characters have been through, all the ups and downs — for us, this is a very proud moment."
Bones airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.