It's not that she has anything against co-star David Boreanaz or the story that gets them into bed in the May 14 season finale. Deschanel is just happy to have an answer to the will-they-or-won't they question.
"That is probably the most commonly asked question, either just by people on the street or by people interviewing me, so it is nice to tell people that it's happening. … It should be surprising and good. I mean, I guess it's not surprising for people to know that it's happening, but the way it happens is surprising."
A week before the finale, Brennan decides she wants a baby and surprises Booth (Boreanaz) by asking him to be the father. In an interview last week, Deschanel wouldn't say much more about the specifics of their hookup, but she did share her thoughts on why now was the time to get them together and what fans can expect from the final three episodes of the season (including guest appearances by Stewie Griffin from "Family Guy" and Motley Crue).
What made this the right time to get Booth and Brennan together?
"It's something that everyone has been waiting for, for a long time. I think that Hart Hanson, the creator of the show, wanted to find a clever way to put them together that wouldn't forever taint everything on the show, and I think he figured out a nice way of doing it that obviously affects things in the future but doesn't completely ruin the chemistry that we have. I'm glad we waited this long.
"I don't think we should have waited too much longer than this to have something happen, but I think he figured a very clever way to do it. … The concern is always that it will dissipate the romantic tension between the characters. And, you know, a lot of shows have died from that, so I think it was a matter of timing and figuring out the right way to do it so that it doesn't ruin everything for the show."
Will we see anything different from your character in the finale?
"You'll see a [much] softer Brennan. I don't know if it's very soft, but Brennan, you see her in a different situation. There was an episode in the season where we went undercover in the circus, and this is similar in that you get to see these characters in a totally different environment at times, and so you see a different side of the character."
Do you see Brennan's ability to relate to other people ingrained in her, or has she just refused to learn how to?
"No, I would say if you look at some of the episodes, especially this season, we have an episode … 'The Bones that Foam.' You see Brennan asks Sweets [John Francis Daley] … to help her interact with humans, and she admits that she's not good at it … and he tries to teach her what different expressions look like: what happiness looks like, sadness. And she's just, you know, she kind of fails at it.
"It's not a lack of trying that gets her here, and I think that if you actually look from the beginning of season one to now, she has warmed up a lot. I know that sounds crazy because she still has a long way to go, but she has definitely changed. And I think that she's opened up with her emotions. She's learned to interact with people a little bit."
How was it having Eric Millegan (who plays Zack) back for the finale?
"It's wonderful to have him back. I enjoy his company so much. I became friends with him over the years, like I have with most of the cast, and it was really hard to not have him around all the time. But that said, when he came back for the finale, it was as if no time had passed. He just walked in, and it was great to act with him again and hang out with him on set. It was a breath of fresh air."
What can you say about the Stewie Griffin appearance?
"I thought it was such a brilliant crossover kind of episode. … I haven't seen the end result, but the script was so funny and moving, and it's kind of got emotion and drama. Basically, in that episode, I ask Booth to father a child with me, and he starts to hallucinate and sees Stewie from 'Family Guy.' The way it's done is to be believable. I mean, if you're going to see a hallucination, it might as well — it could be a cartoon as easily as it could be another human being, so I think it's done very well."
And Motley Crue in the finale?
"Well, it turns out that Booth and Brennan have a little connection to Motley Crue. I guess they go back, go way back, and Motley Crue ends up actually playing in the lab, which was totally crazy. [They] kind of transformed the lab so they could play there. I don't want to reveal too much about the episode to say how that happens, but basically it turns out that Booth and Brennan have known Motley Crue randomly."