Say if a couple of times, if you want.
Seeley Booth. Seeley Booth.
Kind of rolls right off the tongue. The name is synonymous with the man we love, and yet, when you look at it and at him…
…sometimes it feels like it doesn’t exactly fit. But I’m here to tell you today that this exact reason is precisely why it does fit. It’s a beautiful contradiction, just like our favorite guy.
Have you ever looked it up in a baby name book? I have, I won’t deny it. Everything I’ve seen says it means, “happy” or “blessed”.
Whether or not you agree with Booth’s cosmic balance sheet idea, the reality is that he believes in it. It’s one of the first things we really learn about him in the series (Pilot). I’m not saying that Booth feels he needs to balance out his sheet in order to be happy. What I’m saying is that Booth is an inherently happy and optimistic man whose life experiences have sort of weighed down that part of him, but he doesn’t give up on the possibility of happiness. I like that about him.
I mean, who knows why HH chose the name Seeley? I’ve never asked him. But I do feel like I remember an interview or something where someone mentioned that David Boreanaz asked if the name could be changed and HH said no, so to me that means, there is at least a little bit of deliberation there. And if I were HH…well, let’s not even open up that can of possibilities.
But let’s just say that I am glad that he chose Seeley, for a few reasons, as follows:
1. It just makes me so curious. I think I read a story once where Booth mentioned that his mother was an optimist and that’s why she chose it. And I kind of just stared at that sentence over and over, and it clicked. We know almost next to nothing about Booth’s parents, but I can imagine Booth’s mom being optimistic and his dad kind of not being that way, and Booth just has this innate tension and battle between those two characteristics. Don’t you just want to know MORE?!
2. David Boreanaz doesn’t really like it. It rubs him the wrong way (I think), like a shirt with too much starch. It fits…but still itches. And that reflects well in Booth. It’s pretty subtle, and you might think I’m just reading too much into it, but that’s never stopped me before, haha.
3. It is another connection he has with Brennan (though they would never acknowledge that). I can remember one of the first times I watched an ep with my mom and dad, and my dad was like, “Yeah, don’t name your daughter Temperance.” And I was like of like, “Aw…ouch.” I loved Brennan so much that it kind of hurt. Not that I would name my daughter Temperance because of it, but still. And just the other day, my sister and I were talking about Booth and our brother overheard and was like, “His name’s Seeley Booth?” We sighed out a defensive yes! And he just laughed. Boo! Haha. But like Brennan says at the end of Mummy in the Maze (referring to them not being superheroes), “We’re just Booth and Brennan”. It works. It fits. “Booth & Bones” works even better, but you sure as heck know I would never call her Bones. Sometimes Brennan introduces him as “Seeley Booth” as her partner, and sometimes Booth will do the same, “This here’s my partner, Dr. Temperance Brennan,” but for the most part, she doesn’t even use it. I can only think of one time outside of work where she ever did, and that was during his birthday toast. There’s a very sweet awkwardness to the way she says it, kind of rushed and nervous, “I’d like to propose a toast to my partner. Seeley Booth.”, but it also sort of acknowledges the moment as different than any other moment before. Interesting also that even in the coma dream dealio, coma-Bren doesn’t really call him Seeley. Right? Of course, Booth calling Brennan Temperance always warms us right up! (More on that next week during BRENNAN WEEK). The point is this, it’s something they share.
4. What also works is that Jared calls him Seeley. It makes sense because it’s just another thing in Booth’s life (Jared) that sort of chafes. Don’t get me wrong, Jared isn’t all bad. And Booth definitely has a major blind spot where his brother is concerned. But part of me thinks that in a moment like this…
…Booth is thinking several things. And one of them might be, “And why does HE get the normal name?”
Haha. But honestly, it’s because…because Booth can never be normal. And that’s a good thing, even if he doesn’t like that. But it’s what we all see in him, his possibility to be amazing. And special. And very, very happy. And we love him.
What say you?