It's the reveal Bones fans having been hoping for since season 1: Joanna Cassidy has been cast in the role of Special Agent Seeley Booth's (David Boreanaz) mother.
Rumors of whether or not Booth's mother would ever surface on the show have been circulating the fan base since season 5 introduced Booth's grandfather Hank Booth (Ralph Waite). Show runner and executive producer Hart Hanson has enjoyed teasing fans on the topic over the past few years at ComicCon and PaleyFest, but nothing definitive was ever promised. Back in December 2012, Hanson and writing partner Stephen Nathan confirmed that fans would meet her this season, though nothing further was officially released.
Now, TV Guide announced that the Blade Runner alum will be making her debut appearance during the season 8 finale, set to air on April 24th.
Speculation has run rampant over what role Booth's mother had, or didn't have, in his life - and for a while the only significant mentions of her came in the season 1 finale and again in season 5 during "A Night At the Bones Museum." In the former, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) has just discovered her parents' deception during her childhood and Booth shares a bit of his past in an attempt to calm her. He mentions that his father flew planes in Vietnam, while his mom wrote jingles.
In "A Night at the Bones Museum" hurt feelings arise between the two when Brennan goes on a date with Booth's boss and shares her partner's personal stories outside of school. The story she shares is that Booth refused to eat meatloaf with a hard-boiled egg in it because his mom told him it was a human eye. This penchant for keeping family secrets close to the vest is par for the course for Booth, who didn't even bother mentioning to Brennan that he had a son until well into season one. And he never mentioned his brother to her until Jared (Brendan Fehr) dropped in for a visit on season 4.
The timing for Marianne Booth's introduction is interesting. Season 7 found Booth coming face to face with issues from his past concerning his dad when the elder Booth passed away suddenly. In the same way, Brennan also came to forgive her father for all of the lies in their past; not to mention abandoning her as a teenager. Season 8, then, is the year of the mothers, with Brennan's emotionally poignant "The Shot in the Dark," which aired earlier this month. Hanson and company have made a habit of jaw-dropping announcements during the season finales so it should be interesting to see how and when Marianne is introduced during the episode and what effect it has on the fledgling couple and their daughter.
Bones airs Mondays @ 8pm on Fox
Source: TV Guide