Emily Deschanel's character Dr Temperance Brennan spends most of her time poking around the dismembered remains of murder victims in the hit series Bones, trying to bring closure to the families and justice for the dead.
However, this week Brennan becomes a target when she is shot while working late at the Jeffersonian.
Rushed to hospital in a critical condition, Brennan sees visions of a house and her mother Christine (played by guest Brooke Langton of Melrose Place and Friday Night Lights), who died many years ago.
"I get shot and I flatline and I am literally dead . . . am I in heaven or am I hallucinating," Deschanel said in Los Angeles earlier this year.
"You start to understand why she is so hyper-rational and behaves the way she does and she is given reason to change.
"So that really scares Booth and obviously scares Brennan and they become closer as a result. Brennan certainly changes from her experience meeting her dead mother.
"It's a really cool episode; Brooke, who plays my mum, did a good job."
Deschanel is excited by the way her character continues to change and evolve but can't answer the question many fans keep asking - if Brennan and Booth will ever get married now they have a daughter, Christine.
"You know what, I think there is probably a time for Brennan to get married, I don't know when that time is exactly," she said.
"I think she is somebody who has changed so much over time, she doesn't see the reason to get married. She changed her mind about having a child before and has softened so much since having a child, and just over the course of this season she has changed."
Deschanel, who is also a producer of Bones, will be back for the show's ninth season. Her busy schedule means it is unlikely she will get the chance to do a guest role in sister Zooey's comedy series New Girl, which, like Bones, airs on Fox in the US.
"She did an episode of my show, I'd love to do an episode of her show some time," she said.
"We do talk about work, we talk about the episodes we are filming, I am always trying to get information from her because I always watch her show and want to know what's happening.
"So we do talk about work, we talk about a lot of other stuff too. We have discussed me going on her show but I don't know when that can happen, I work longer in the year than she does."
Deschanel would love to visit Australia.
"We have a couple of directors who are Australian; I am dying to go there, I have a cousin who lives there. My son has a koala bear who speaks with a terrible Australian accent that my husband and I end up doing," she laughed.Bones airs today at 8.30pm on Seven/GWN7.
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