I don’t want you to kill people for me. Just buy me a sweater like a regular dad.
Leave her alone, Max!
BONES: Season Five
The Boy with the Answer
This episode is cramazing, and we’re going to talk about it soon. But first of all, a quick administrative note. Some people have commented on previous episodes over on 100DaysofBones and leave a note saying something like, “Hey, not sure if you still even check these, but…”
And I just want to say that yes, I do still receive all comments from 100DaysofBones (and this blog) directly to my email. And I love all of your comments; always have, always will. So, I certainly welcome you, anytime you are watching an episode, and you feel the need to just express SOMETHING about something amazing that has happened, hop on over to the 100Days and comment. I promise I’m listening. That’s one of the reasons I did that blog in the first place. When I watched the first 2.5 seasons of Bones, I was alone. I didn’t have anyone or a blog like that to just go and gush about shirtless Booth or “King of the Lab” and stuff like that. And I wanted to create a place where anyone could go at any time and talk to someone about any episode. Cool? See you there!
Enough of that though, let’s talk about the CURRENT episode. I actually think this would have made for a better season finale.
It’s trial time for Heather Taffet, the woman accused of being the GraveDigger. Now, whether or not we have accepted that she is the GD in the grand-Bones scheme of things, for the purposes of this episode, she is. And her trial is the moment we’ve been waiting for since the team discovered what looked like two aliens in season two. But when she proves that the evidence the team found in a storage locker was gained through improper means (AKA Jared in Hero in the Hold), that evidence becomes unable to be used against her. She also gives Brennan a clue to the location of her first victim, Terrence Gilroy. When B&B find his body, they begin to investigate. But Caroline tells them that they can’t work the case because they are part of the charges against Taffet. In a gutsy and heartwrenching scene, Brennan, then Hodgins, (and then later Booth), decide to drop their charges against Taffet so that they can investigate Terrence’s murder. But Taffet shows no mercy and calls their expertise, personal lives and experiences to the carpet on the stand. Caroline Julian represents the prosecution, and it’s up to her to convince the jury that Taffet is guilty.
You know how on cartoons, when a character is nervous, they’ll hold their hand up to their mouth and move it almost like a typewriter and fingernail clippings will just being to pile up? That’s how I felt about this case. It had been a long, long, long, long time since I’d felt this immersed in a Bones ep while it was going on. Maybe even since Aliens in a Spaceship, actually. Up until the moment the judge read the verdict, I felt like it could honestly go either way. Hodgins discovers a dust mite from between the boy’s teeth and it contained human female cells belonging to Taffet, and she was convicted. And as she was carted away, saying “This isn’t over,” to Brennan we both got chills.
Taffet’s smirk is still so awful! Evil, evil, evil!
On the side of “Not Evil” is Caroline Julian, and I like the way she fights for her squints. She would never call them that, and please don’t tell her that I did, cheries, okay? But I think that her approach was more than just her job. She loves her team! And it’s funny when she asks Booth how his ‘girlfriend’ is and then calls him on his quick response.
And like always, straddling the line between good and ‘evil’ is Max. I knew as soon as the Fox promos showed him declaring he was going to be there ‘for moral support’ that he was up to something. And immediately, I wondered if the coma/dream/story involving Max as part of the Gravedigger plot was going to come into play. Thankfully, it wasn’t revealed that Max was in on any Gravedigging plans, and I had to laugh when he tried to use a rifle. When will he learn not to mess with Booth? Another fistfight between the two of them was just awesome. I liked the hug between Max and Brennan at the end, and that she didn’t bail him out of jail in the middle. Sweets MIGHT say that Max wanted Booth to catch him so he could stay around Brennan, but the fact that she didn’t bail him out proves that she didn’t want HIM to do anything that would prevent him from being around.
Hodgins. He’s awesome; he really is. You know, his character has kind of changed the most over the course of the series in some ways. He’s gotten a lot happier in life; some of that might have to do with the general mood of the series. But I remember while watching the early BONES eps, how surprised I was at how incredibly cynical he was. Some of that was to serve as a foil to Booth. And some of it, I think, is just his character getting happier. Haha, I could totally do a case study on him (maybe I will! Hodgins week, anyone? haha) Let me ask you this; do you think that, instead of Angela, Hodgins is actually the one who understands Brennan best? Remember in Mummy in the Maze, when Zack, Brennan and Hodgins are trying to figure out the case, and Booth is sort of hovering around them? Brennan kicks him out because he’s throwing off their empirical groove and Angela tries to help, but she’s rejected too and Hodgins kind of smiles at her. “It’s true. I love you, but it’s true” or something like that? He’s actually more of a link for Brennan between intuition and rationality. Just my opinion, I guess!
Anyways, in this episode, he’s amazing. I love the way he kind of freaks out about Brennan wanting to drop the charges against Taffet. And I like the way he and Brennan sort of come to blows on it. I also like the way he doesn’t exactly give in (This better work) AND that he finds the dustmite that solves the case. And I love that he announces to the group that he and Angela are married. It’s kind of awkward, as far as the tone of the rest of the episode, but as it gives us a major breath-stealing B&B moment (more on that later), I’ll let it slide!
Angela, Cam and Sweets are all really good, too. I really like the way the team binds together in this episode.
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
The quote I chose at the beginning there is one of my all time favorite B&B moments. It just so totally has a feel of almost like a boyfriend thing from Booth, right? Actually, this entire episode kind of has that feel in some ways. But I just love when he sort of calls out to Max over the phone when Brennan is talking to him. And I like that Brennan doesn’t even flinch or call him out on it. Right? Interesting that Brennan admits to Booth that part of her wished Max had killed Taffet. Booth tells her, “well, not the good part.”
Booth is almost a little heavy handed in this episode, though I’m not trying to get on his case about it. I think it’s more that he’s just sort of sensing tension in Brennan, and his strategy for that is to sort of just ‘power through’ and ‘fix it’. When Brennan admits that she’s having nightmares, he tells her that Taffet will never get the best of her. He promises. Oh, Booth!
I don’t know about you, but it’s moments like those that always leave me thinking…how exactly does that evening end? Right? I think in some ways, we think Booth and Brennan are closer than they are. I’ll talk more about that another time, as far as I don’t think they really do spend their weekends together or have keys to each other’s apartments or make each other meals, etc, etc. But still, how does this evening end? Booth pulls back and says he has to leave? She nods, and that’s it? 😦
The scene I love most (besides all the ones I’ve mentioned, haha), is about 34 minutes into the episode when Brennan and Booth are sharing a drink at Founding Fathers. Emily Deschanel…
I don’t know. Can I just be honest with you guys for a moment? It breaks my heart that there is kind of a lot of Bones hate going on right now (not here! Other places!). You all know I try to be spoiler free, and for the most part, I have been. And from where I sit, there is just no reason for it (the hate). I think we owe it to the show and the characters and the actors to just let the episodes be what they are. I jokingly tweeted that it made me laugh when non-Bones people are so surprised when we fans never miss any detail ever but that hello, with Booth and Brennan as our guides, we’ve totally learned from the best, right? And so I think it’s time that we also take something else our fictional friends have said to heart, and that is “Don’t jump to conclusions until all the evidence is in.” And yeah, haha, Booth joked once that he never said Brennan was the friend who said that, but we know it was. Okay? Small rant over.
Back to Emily Deschanel…she’s amazing. Her subtle acting is severely underrated, though I feel like she is beginning to get more and more notice, which is a good thing. This is all I’m ever going to say about this, but I think that out of the sometimes scandals that surround BONES for whatever reason, the beauty of Emily Deschanel is going to continue to rise. It breaks my heart when casual fans disregard Temperance Brennan as cold or unfeeling. But also, doesn’t it feel kind of good that we sort of know her really well? We can tell just from a particular tilt in her chin or a waver in her voice that she’s breaking. And she is. Brennan’s carefully woven wall of impenetrable rationality is cracking into a beautiful spider web design of emotion. But it’s just too much for her. Emotions like fear and insecurity are also there, and those are both uncomfortable feelings, for all of us.
And I kind of think Booth wasn’t really prepared for her breaking like this. It’s a difficult dynamic, because what works for them professionally (his gut, her brain) also sort of disintegrates their success rate personally.
And let’s not forget, this case is extremely personal. Though Brennan sacrifices her personal charges for the sake of justice, she is still suffering emotionally. She hates psychology, but she’s sort of trapped in some.
I like the scene where Booth and Brennan share a look about Angela’s comment about love. Very bittersweet. Also, anyone else find that during the reading of the verdict, Booth and Brennan’s immediate hand grab is special, but their hug is…interesting? I mean, it’s nice, but almost awkward? Am I reading too much into it? They don’t even look at each other at all. Are things tense between them? Or are things just so utterly perfect in that moment and they can’t quite deal? Ah, my heart!
On a lighter note, pal Sleepless and I talked once about how fun it is when Booth gets on Max’s case for leaving him with the bill again. Like before with the “leave her alone, Max!”, doesn’t that sort of feel like a son-in-law thing? Killing me, Bones writers. Killing me.
I know that there was some criticism about the fact that Brennan seems to all of a sudden be tired of murder when there wasn’t much of a lead in for that, as far as previous episodes are concerned. But what I totally buy is that this trial brings up her buried emotions regarding Booth being captured. The ending of Hero in the Hold was so awful as far as not even coming close to the gravitas that was deserved, in my opinion. But if the writers want it to be that it took over a year for Brennan to finally deal with that issue, well…okay, I’ll accept that here. In my first review of this episode right after it aired, I wrote that “I love this progression showcasing her removing herself from Booth’s life romantically to protect him (ep 100) to the idea that she might even break off their partnership to keep him safe. Completely in character. She isn’t running away to protect herself; she’s trying to protect Booth. But not just Booth’s body either…also his heart and soul, as he would see it. Stay with me. Epps, EMT Geller, Gormogon, Dr. Leacock…they all went after Brennan in some way, and Booth shot them (okay, not Epps, but you know what I mean.) She knows what it costs him to kill people, and she knows that the odds of him having to do it again increase if they work together; she’ll be putting him in a greater risk of having to kill FOR her, and she’s hurting because of it.” I still believe that. I think when she gets into that cab and doesn’t answer Booth…when she turns and looks at him, it’s like she knows that for all of her trying to protect him, it wasn’t enough. Ironically, now she’s trying to protect him from the fact that she cares too much. And I think he’s hurting too badly to challenge her on it. Booth has a tendency to be incredibly pushy when it comes to Brennan, except when it comes to her feelings or emotions for him. That’s very in character, that he doesn’t follow her home or demand she really explain how she’s feeling. I think he’s trying to protect himself a bit, and I get that.
I’m not giving up on these two, not even close. This episode put me in mind of Hero in the Hold, and so I was glad when Pal Junie chose a Booth of the Day (she had the 100th comment!) from that episode. The moment is when Teddy asks Booth if he’s tight with his partner. Booth’s immediate, unstoppable, pure, unadulterated reaction is amazing.
The “She’s my partner; she’s everything. She’s mine. And before I die, she’s going to know it” Booth
Hero in the Hold: Season Four
Peace, Love & Bones,