Hey, hey, hey! We’re back to our regularly scheduled BOOTH WEEK posts with today’s Top Five Tuesday! Welcome to everyone who is new to the site, and for the regulars, well, you know I love you!
I never watched Angel until after I’d already seen Bones, so unlike some of you, I didn’t have years of very serious David Boreanaz moments under my belt. Not that Angel wasn’t funny sometimes, but his experiences were a LITTLE more angsty. I mean, Booth has some issues, but I don’t see Parker stuffing him into a locker and sending him out to sea, right? Or for Booth and Brennan to have only 24 hours to express their true love for one another only to be forced to go back to being doomed never to be able to be with her again. THAT is angst, some really serious stuff. Having to go to Sweets sessions? Yeah, not as bad.
The point is that I didn’t have any previous experience with DB in a serious role, so it didn’t come as a surprise to me that he was funny. I just figured he was funny, and that was it. But I remember also an interview with HH (or maybe an episode commentary?) where he talked about being surprised at DB’s comic ability. They (the BONES casting directors…God bless them) knew Boreanaz could do serious acting, but when he also could be dry and witty and funny, they knew they had a gold mine. A gorgeous, broad shouldered, clean shaven gold mine. Haha, okay, I may have fudged HH’s words a little bit, but you get the point.
And it’s interesting, because while Booth generally has a better sense of humor than Brennan, he’s kind of the straight man to her. Not that Brennan is spouting off jokes all the time, but more that her entire…deal…is just so fun and outrageous sometimes that we can’t help but laugh and Booth can’t help but be either mortified, amused, or even more hopelessly in love with her.
But…unlike other TV shows where there’s an “Odd Couple” vibe, Booth and Brennan sort of seamlessly flow with one another in the humor department as well as being serious. It’s very good and fluid writing, keeping them both (as individuals) able to be funny and serious without breaking their character (for the most part). Sometimes they don’t get each other’s jokes, and sometimes they do. It works.
So let’s talk 5 episodes where Booth has been really funny!
We’ll go in order, starting with…
1. Season One: A Boy in a Tree
This case is a pretty serious one, but because it deals with a high profile school and government officials, we get to see Booth’s snarky side. I love Booth’s explanation of how guys store their music. And the way he kind of dismisses Brennan at the end of the episode always makes me smile. But as far as making me laugh…there are two parts.
The first is when Wong Foo’s is overrun by the squint squad, and he’s kind of pinned in the middle of the Booth between Angela and Brennan. Not that he’s complaining or anything (and once again, here in these beginning eps, there’s a teensy little vibe between Booth and Angela), but it’s still fun to see him uncomfortable. Previously in the episode, Brennan had disregarded his gut as a valid resource (especially when smelling things, haha), and in this scene, Booth is annoyed with the way Zack and Hodgins and Brennan and Angela are sort of talking about the case. He pulls out a letter, an email that sort of disproves their theory, hands it to Brennan and says,
“See? Look at that. It stinks. Go ahead, smell it. You know you want to smell it. It stinks.” Hahaha!
The second one is later when Zack asks him if sometime when he’s not busy, if he’d talk to him about some sexual positions, and Booth replies. “If you even try, I will take out my gun and shoot you between the eyes.”
2. Season Two: Stargazer in a Puddle
I always laugh at the beginning of this episode when Booth sets up a verbal trap for Brennan. They are talking about Angela finally accepting Hodgins’ proposal, and Booth leads her into saying what Angela said, which Brennan states is, “I want to marry you.”
And Booth replies, “Kind of sudden, Bones. I’d like to think about it.”
This episode is also very good, and totally worth a re-watch. Booth arrests Max and later fights him.
It’s also funny when he asks Hodgins what he has to do to fulfill his Best Man role. Hodgins tells him he has to “stand there, make a toast, hand over the ring, tongue kiss the Maid of Honor at the reception when people clink glasses…”
Booth says, “Nice,” but when he finds out that Brennan is the MoH, the look on his face is priceless.
And it’s fun when at the end, he compliments Brennan on her dress, but when it’s fixed, then he says she really looks nice. And when she’s confused by the possibility that he didn’t mean his first compliment, he quickly deflects, “Whose day is it, huh? It’s Angela’s, come on.”
3. Season Three: Wannabe in the Weeds
Yeah, Booth gets shot in this episode, and that’s not funny, but for the most part, this episode will make you smile. There are a LOT of examples of Booth making me laugh in this episode.
- His reaction to the karaoke and Brennan’s reaction to karaoke are always great.
- We get another Boothy Euphemism for sex, when he claps his hands together twice, very quickly. Brennan ‘interprets’ it for their suspect and when he alludes to the fact that Fat Pam and Tommy weren’t having sex and Brennan is like, “So, no?”, Booth applauds her. It’s just funny! Take my word for it. Better yet, watch it for yourself!
- Booth ogles a woman at the gym and Brennan is annoyed with him about it
- Booth and Brennan also tease Sweets about his reasoning that Fat Pam is dangerous.
- And it’s fun when he and Sweets are giving Brennan a hard time about her singing talent. She tells them that she used to want to be the next Cyndi Lauper, and he says, ‘I’d say you’re kidding ,but I don’t think you know how to kid.” And when she insists that she can’t sing without the proper atmosphere, he makes fun of her (but it’s sweet). “Diva! Forensic genius, best selling author. Better than Cyndi Lauper?” Haha. Rewatch this episode; it’s great.
4. Season Four: The Double Death of the Dearly Departed
Okay, so even though I HATE that Booth sings at the funeral (and I’ll never forgive him for taking the money from the dead guy!), I have to admit that it’s………sort of…kind of…I guess, maybe a little bit…funny. Ugh, that took a lot. I don’t want to think about it any more.
Let’s talk about the other ways Booth totally cracks me up in this episode.
Mostly his humor comes in action or reaction to something toward Brennan or something she has said.
She tells him that Hank was murdered.
Ha! I think that exact kind of reaction/facial expression is what HH was talking about when he said that it was a very pleasant surprise to find out Boreanaz is a funny, funny actor. I love the entire “translation” talk. “Bones, did you ever think that, I don’t know, if there was evidence of foul translation that the coroner would have spotted it?” and “Okay, fine. Fine, fine, fine. Triple Fine!”
It cracks me up when he gives his own example.
Season Five: The Death of the Queen Bee
Why is Booth always so suspicious of Mr. Buxley?
“Why? Because, you know, he’s psycho, he has access to the shop, and he has a huge knife.”
Haha. Though this isn’t one of my fave season five episodes, Booth really does make me laugh a lot. It’s fun to see him sort of out of his element with Brennan, but also sort of out of place when he has to pose as her husband, Bobby. I can’t help but laugh when a lot of the women from Brennan’s class hit on him.
“Whoo. Slow down”
And it’s funny when he closes the computer on Sweets and later tells Brennan to save room for the Holy Spirit. But the all time best is when Booth and Brennan find Andy in the shop, carving wood cutouts of girls’ names. He’s just finished “Temperance.” Andy thinks Brennan should like it, and she says, “Thank you, Andy”, and Booth grabs it from her hand.
“No, not ‘thank you, Andy’, she’s married!” Haha
Well, what do you think? Let me hear you! Bloggers like me don’t get paid to write about Bones, and that’s okay. I just love doing it. But when people comment, even just a few words, it feels even better than getting money. So…you know…no pressure or anything, haha.
Peace, Love & Bones,