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Who knows how a criminal mind works? And, for that matter the human heart?

The writers on Bones are out to prove they do. They open Season 5 with a squeal-inciting dose of chemistry—not from the decaying bodies found under a fountain, but between unlikely partners in crime fighting, FBI Special Agent Seely Booth (David Boreanaz) and forensic scientist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel).

Sidelong glances and lusty what-ifs courtesy of Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) in the first season have now become love on the brink of full bloom. Cyndi Lauper plays psychic extraordinaire, leading investigators to dead bodies and nudging our would-be lovebirds in the right direction. Who wouldn’t believe a psychic with all the right Tarot cards? Finally, eager fans hear the words “I love you,” but not in the way they’d think.

The writers have wisely sidestepped the trap of giving the audience exactly what they want. Like the crime fighters they script each week, Bones writers have kept their eye on the ball and the script centered on the mystery at hand, only occasionally peppering the small screen with laboratory banter and romantic interludes.

Unrequited romance requited usually marks the beginning of the end. Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, anyone? While Lois and Clark fizzled out after four seasons, it looks like Bones is still going strong. According to ABC Medianet reports, Bones climbed up the rankings from #51 to #32 in season 4, above Brothers and Sisters and Ghost Whisperer. During the same time, their viewership also jumped to 10.74 from 8.9 million, the highest to date.

While it looks like audiences can happily look forward to some tantalizing flirting in Season 5, there will always be a relatively obscure cause of death to figure out, psychology to poopoo, and a criminal to catch—at least until Season 6.


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