It isn't unusual for episodes of "Bones" to revolve around bathtubs of rendered human goo, peculiarly misplaced limbs and all manner of desiccated flesh-and-bones, but the way the FOX show handles Halloween is a little surprising.
Sitting on the show's set on the Fox Lot, it's hard to conduct a normal interview with co-star Eric Millegan. On one hand, he's discussing how he still doesn't know what happened to his character during his tour of duty in the Middle East.
"I did actually ask them once and they said, 'Well, he was in Iraq and he's back,'" he says. "They won't tell me much, but I like it. You go with the flow."
On the other hand, Millegan's character is in costume for the annual Jeffersonian Halloween party, dressed as the rear half of a cow. As our conversation continues, Millegan inadvertently begins squeezing his, um, udder.
"Hey, I've gotta milk myself," Millegan laughs.
Over to another side of the set, T.J. Thyne is adjusting the cap and waistcoat from his attire as Captain Smith, ill-fated helmer of the Titanic. In another corner, David Boreanaz is adjusting the thick glasses and sweater that make up his Squint attire. While the men are dressed comically, the women...
"The women? Our feet are bound," cracks Tamara Taylor, currently having a difficult time sitting comfortably in a Catwoman suit. Although the tightly fitting suit is of the Michelle Pfeiffer vintage, Taylor doesn't hesitate when asked her Catwoman influence, saying, "I'd say always Eartha Kitt. She's the bomb."
She adds, "You know, I'm just gonna say it. I think there are a few comic book fans in the writers room."
Her point is backed up by the nearby presence of Emily Deschanel, who ducks out of a bathroom to reveal a full Wonder Woman suit, proceeding to display spinning and bullet halting maneuvers clearly learned from Lynda Carter.
"You know, I haven't been noticing their uncomfortableness. I've been noticing other things," cracks Thyne, whose costume is rumored to be the exact one designed for James Cameron's Oscar winning epic.
"I was going to say it's a network note, but probably not," she says with a smile. "That's a joke! I have to be honest -- They cover us up a lot and they really don't ask us to do this. [Series creator] Hart Hanson's very respectful of us and our, you know, private parts. I think I wore a bikini in Season One for a still photograph and he said, 'We won't make you do it again.' They're very respectful, but I'm sure that seeing us in lab coats all day long, they probably sit there thinking, 'Wouldn't it be fun to see Emily in a pair of metal cuffs?' and 'Wouldn't it be fun to see Michaela with a huge head-dress on.'"
Conlin sees the advantages of playing dress-up.
"I did go to yoga yesterday and I usually opt out of the sit-up options and like 'Alright, I'd better do these today,'" she observes. "But I definitely have been standing straighter and in order to have these sleeves down like this, you sort of feel like Bea Arthur a little bit, it makes you a little lounge singer. Everything makes you stand differently. I'm noticing Emily standing with her hands on her hips and Tamara has the tail curling around. We're all getting into character."
The Halloween episode of "Bones" airs on Tuesday, Oct. 30 on FOX.