This is the last of four stand-alone "bonus" episodes to air. Ordered by Fox Network to make up for a shortened season seven caused by Emily Deschanel's pregnancy leave, the episodes were originally a possible "mini-season" for the summer according to a September 15, 2011, interview with Stephen Nathan. The network later decided to add them to season eight.
In an interview for this episode with TVGuide.com published December 3, 2012, Hart Hanson shares that this episode being a milestone was a "happy accident." He says the order for the standalone episodes meant creating stories that didn't fit into the Bones timeline, and "at first we were very, very cranky about that. Then we realized it gave us an advantage in that we could do stuff we hadn't done before."