'Bones': What does Emily Deschanel's pregnancy mean for Brennan?

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A very sincere mazel tov is in order, since "Bones" star Emily Deschanel just announced that she and husband David Hornsby are expecting their first child later in 2011.

And now that we've spent a few hours being happy for them and their impending bundle... it's time to think about our show.

An off-camera pregnancy is bound to affect the dynamic of the show, no matter which way you cut it. And the way we see it, one of three scenarios will play out in the coming year when "Bones" returns for its not-yet-confirmed-but-obviously-happening Season 7.

1. Brennan gets pregnant too

We'd hate to see happenstance dictate storyline, but worse things have happened. There have been multiple hints that Brennan and Booth ( David Boreanaz) might finally get together at the end of Season 6. And, as many an unexpected parent know, one time is all it takes.

There is, of course, the chance that Brennan could get pregnant by some other means or man -- but really, we just don't see that happening. It's clearer all the time that our duo are intended to get together at some point, and they've already dealt with more than enough obstacles and third wheels.

2. Strategically-placed corpses

The classic TV maneuver of covering up a baby bump with props is more common on sitcoms -- pillows, lampshades, roast turkeys, etc. -- so imagine the how much fun they could have hiding Deschanel's bun with rotting, disfigured body parts and various laboratory paraphernalia?

We feel like this is the sort of thing "Bones" writers would kill to play around with.

3. A summer delivery leaves the show unaffected
 

That pretty much says it all. Deschanel has not shared her due date, and any time before September could technically leave production unaffected -- though it's natural to assume she might want to skip an episode or two after the baby comes. Even TV stars deserve maternity leave.

Have we thought of everything? Is there a particular scenario you're rooting for? Any baby names in mind? Sound off in the comments.
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