The seventh season of the American television series Bones premiered on November 3, 2011, and concluded on May 14, 2012 on the Fox Network. The show maintained its previous time slot, airing on Thursdays at 9:00 pm ET for the first half of the season. It began airing on Mondays at 8:00 pm when it returned on April 2, 2012. The season contains a reduced order of 13 episodes to accommodate Emily Deschanel's pregnancy. Fox ordered an additional four episodes, that were produced during the seventh season, but aired during the first part of season eight.
In the Season Seven premiere, when the Jeffersonian team identifies the remains of a woman found in a paintball field, they discover two missing-persons reports in her file. Booth and Sweets (John Francis Daley) interrogate the victim’s husband (guest star Brad Greenquist) and learn that she suffered from amnesia. When squint Wendell Bray (guest star Michael Grant Terry) learns that she also survived a bullet wound, inconsistencies in her medical records uncover a surprising crime linked to her murder. Meanwhile, Brennan and Booth adjust to their new roles as an expectant couple and deal with the forthcoming changes in their home life.
The Jeffersonian team identifies the remains of a competitive eating champion just days before the start of the Gluttony Games, a premiere eating competition with a $10,000 prize at stake. The remarkable work of the exceptionally brilliant new squint and former juvenile delinquent Finn (guest star Luke Kleintank) links obscure evidence found in the belly of a snake with laws of physics in order to solve the crime. Despite his undeniable virtuosity in the lab, Finn is met with hostility and skepticism, leading Cam (Tamara Taylor) to question her decision to give him a chance to start anew. Meanwhile, Booth is caught off-guard by an announcement Brennan makes about their baby. To diffuse the tension between them, the couple agrees to experiment with putting themselves in each other’s shoes.
After the remains of a female toy company executive are found shrink-wrapped with a Prince Charming doll, the company’s CEO (guest star Morgan Fairchild) gives Booth and Sweets access to the company headquarters’ highly classified prototype lab, where details of the victim’s personal life begin to emerge. Meanwhile, Sweets, with the support of his girlfriend, squint Daisy Wick (guest star Carla Gallo), prepares for his gun certification test despite Booth’s opposition to Sweets carrying a weapon. Mom-to-be Brennan, wonders whether she will be a good mother and uses the case as a way to understand the importance of toys and playing with her child.
Dismembered remains are discovered in several mailing boxes at a dead letter office, and the Jeffersonian team identifies the victim as an employee of a local Ship 'n', where the staff recently split the winnings of a lottery prize. The team uncovers a complicated love triangle between two married employees and the victim, and while motive points to the husband (guest star Ben Savage), a critical clue leads them to solve the crime definitively. Meanwhile, Booth's grandfather (guest star Ralph Waite) breaks some unexpected news, and Special Agent Genny Shaw (guest star Tina Majorino) learns the importance of teamwork.
The team discovers the remains of a so-called “storm chaser” who seems to have died while following a tornado. But footage recorded during the storm ultimately leads them to believe he was murdered. Meanwhile, Booth (David Boreanaz) becomes increasingly overprotective of Brennan (Emily Deschanel) both at home and in the field, and sleep-deprived Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Hodgins (TJ Thyne) come to terms with having Angela’s father and rock musician (guest star Billy F. Gibbons) babysit their infant son.
A cryptic message penned in human blood is discovered at a national monument. As the Jeffersonian team embarks on a scavenger hunt to solve the case, they realize their tech-savvy suspect (guest star Andrew Leeds) remains one step ahead of them. Meanwhile, Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) search for the perfect home for their new family.
The remains of an escaped convict are found in a residential sewer, but an examination of the sewer pipes indicates that the murder occurred within prison walls. Brennan insists on solving the crime - despite Booth's pleas for her not to overexert herself - and the expectant couple experiences a very untraditional arrival of their baby daughter.
With the help of Special Agent Genny Shaw (guest star Majorino), the Jeffersonian team identifies the remains of a discount shopper and "extreme couponer" who was dragged along the road by an 18-wheeler. Meanwhile, Brennan is adjusting to her first day back at work after giving birth, and Cam disapproves of her daughter's romance with intern Finn Abernathy.
When a corpse is found at a landfill, dyed in a blue substance, intern Arastoo Vaziri (guest star Pej Vahdat) discovers a method that helps eliminate postmortem damages to the corpse, which leads the team back to a hair salon where the victim worked. Meanwhile Bones is feeling uncomfortable in her post-baby body, so Booth decides to do something special to boost her self-confidence.
The corpse of a truck company employee is found in the middle of the woods. After the victim's son is questioned, Booth and Brennan visit his karate class in search of a motive. Back at the lab, Hodgins is going overboard purchasing lab equipment. Then, Booth's son Parker returns from England and Brennan is apprehensive about how he'll react to his new baby sister.
When a corpse is found in the middle of the woods, the team links the victim to two families that have been feuding for almost a century. Brennan and Booth interrogate a family member with a shocking confession that leads them to a motive for the victim's murder. Meanwhile, Brennan has a difficult time accepting her father's (guest star O'Neal) offer to babysit their infant daughter because of his unpredictable presence in her own childhood.
Brennan and Booth head out to Los Angeles to consult on the production of "Bone of Contention," a film based on Brennan's latest book and the work of the Jeffersonian team. While on set, Brennan intervenes after finding flaws with the actors' performances, not to mention the film's total disregard for science. Then she discovers that the prop cadaver being used is an actual murder victim, forcing her and Booth to launch an investigation that has real-world consequences in the land of make-believe. Meanwhile, Booth is offered a job on the studio lot, and embarrassing information is revealed about Cam's past.
Evil tech genius Christopher Pelant (guest star Andrew Leeds), a suspect in a previous case Brennan and Booth handled, is back in court on appeal. Knowing what he is capable of, Brennan and Booth inform the judge that he is a suspect in two murder cases. Then, Brennan and Booth are called to the scene of a new murder. After determining the victim is Brennan's friend, who also is linked to Pelant, the Jeffersonian team works to prove he is guilty once and for all. But when law enforcement examines the team's findings, key pieces of evidence are tied to Brennan and suspicion falls.