The actress who once played Lily van der Woodsen will guest-star as Stephanie McNamara, according to The Hollywood Reporter. An old friend of Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne), Stephanie becomes involved in one of the Jeffersonian’s cases when her brother becomes a murder suspect. A wealthy woman, she is at first pleased to see Hodgins before learning that being on the target end of a murder investigation is no fun at all.
Interestingly, this marks the second occasion in which an old friend of Hodgins gets involved with a murder. In the Season 2 episode, “The Man in the Mansion,” a college friend — and the man who married Hodgins’ one-time girlfriend — was murdered. Hodgins subsequently got into trouble for improper bias and for tampering with evidence.
Although best known in recent years for her “Gossip Girl” role, Rutherford has been a regular on TV for decades. She appeared in “Homefront,” “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” and “Melrose Place” (as Megan Lewis) among others.
There is no date set for Rutherford’s appearance on “Bones,” which is set to move to Fridays on FOX at some point.