bones john ratzenberger guest season 9 gi 'Bones' brings 'Cheers' actor John Ratzenberger to a couples' retreat

There may be some relationship problems on “Bones” in Season 9, but at least Booth and Brennan will have help from “Cheers” actor John Ratzenberger. The couple will encounter the guest star while undercover at a couples’ retreat.

Not that the man behind Cliff Clavin is likely to be an authority on romance (unlike everything else).

According to, Ratzenberger will play Bill Schumacher, the counseling-seeking husband of Ethel. Strangely, Bill and Ethel Schumacher may not be quite what they seem and are trying to hide a double life.

Is this double life what Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) will need to uncover?

In addition to solving a murder and dealing with the Schumachers, the setting of the couples’ retreat will force Booth and Brennan to confront their own relationship demons. Being a few months after Booth un-proposed to his true love, this could prove to be tricky.

The Ratzenberger episode is scheduled to be the second in Season 9, airing on Monday, Sept. 23 on FOX. “Bones” returns for the new season one week earlier with “The Secret in the Proposal.”

Posted by:Laurel Brown