Spoilers for upcoming episodes of Bones.
Fact: We've seen Parker--and talked about Parker--more this season than in seasons past.
Fact: We know that, in an upcoming episode, Brennan decides she wants to have a baby with Booth.
Fact: We're seeing Booth's house a few times in upcoming episodes.
Let's put some pieces together, shall we?
Brennan is going to shock the hell out of Booth by telling him she'd like for him to father her child. Now, I think we can all probably surmise how this is going to go down. This is Bones, there are very few overarching season-long story arcs, and I highly doubt that a baby will actually result from the (almost positively entertaining) conversations they'll have in "The Salt in the Wounds." Yes, there will be some Booth/Brennan development, because he'll have to explain to her why he doesn't want to have a baby with her in that kind of way: the next kid he has, he wants it to be with someone he's going to be with forever (Brennan), who he's madly in love with (Brennan), and who's gonna need him to be around a lot to be on dad duty (Brennan).
I guarantee you that the underlying tone of this episode will be "Booth wants to have children with Brennan, but he wants to do so as Mom and Dad, not as Mom and Sperm Donor."
Yeah, it's great, but it's not going to do much for the plot.
You know what would advance the plot, provide Booth and Brennan opportunities to do cute parent-y things together, and (more importantly) doesn't require a nine-month waiting period?
Booth gets full custody of Parker.
There are really only two ways for this to happen. And neither is very pretty.
#1: The Reese Benton Situation. Carla dies, leaving Peter and Cleo to take care of the kid.
#2: The Gigi Hayden Situation. Sherry becomes a huge flake and leaves her baby to move to France. Christopher is left to clean up the mess, and Lorelai helps. (PS, Leigh, I get major points for remembering that kid's name.)
I could definitely see a season finale revolving around Rebecca's death. Booth and Brennan solve the case (duh, she'd be murdered--perfect high-drama crime for a season finale) and simultaneously deal with emotional family drama. Brennan is helpful because she knows what it's like to lose a parent. Booth is nervous about being able to be a good dad by himself, but of course realizes that he's not really going to be by himself. Cue end of episode, where Booth and Brennan tuck Parker into bed in his new house.
Okay, it's kind of depressing.
But it sets up a future wherein things are quite different for our favorite partners.
For one, they'll be even more involved in each other's personal lives, making it even harder for them to date other people. And why would you even want to when you've got this cozy ready-made family going on?
For another, raising Parker can stir up lots of drama for Booth, Brennan, and their respective Daddy Issues.
And, finally, Parker is freaking adorable. Who doesn't want to see more of those three interacting?
What do you think? Plausible?