'Bones': Hitchcockian 200th episode is 'almost an origin story'

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"Bones" has revealed the premise for its milestone 200th episode, and it's a twisty one -- as befitting its primary influence, Alfred Hitchcock.

Executive producer Stephen Nathan tells TVLine that the episode, scheduled to air Dec. 11, will place Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz, who's also directing) inside a Hitchcockian 1950s thriller. It's not, however, an alternate reality: "It's as if Booth and Brennan existed in this world -- would they still get together?" Nathan tells the site.

Zap2it spoke with Nathan last week prior to the revelation of the 200th episode's story, and while he remained tight-lipped about the premise, he did say the episode will come at the show's world in a different way. "It's our fictionalized version of the real 'Bones' world -- almost an origin story, if you will," he says.

Fans can also expect a lot of familiar faces in the episode.

"We're going to have pretty much all of our interns. Unfortunately we can't have everybody in because we have time and space constrictions, as well as monetary concerns, but we're going to have as many people in this episode as we possibly can," Nathan tells Zap2it. "It's really a love letter to the audience, to the fans who have kept us on the air for 10 years."

"Bones" airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT Thursdays on FOX.
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