Let’s face it; there are about five hundred moments that we see in a new light after the events of the 100th episode, right? Much like the season four finale, the 100th episode is kind of hard to categorize in canon. Because it presents information ‘out of order’, it’s hard to discuss it sometimes. For the ‘flashback’ in the 100th episode scenes, we sort of have to come up with some sort of name for them that puts them before 99 other episodes. Pre-pilot canon? Something like that, maybe. Whether you liked those flashback scenes or not, I think it’s safe to say that they changed the course of history, BONES-wise.
So I want to take a look at five moments in particular that now have new meaning for me. A lot of times, I’ll take one scene from each season, but I’m not going to do that this time. And like I mentioned in the first place, there are PLENTY of moments like the below. So please feel free to add your own in the comments. If there are a lot, we may just have to do another compilation of 25 or more with reader response. The 1st anniversary of 100DaysofBones is coming up at the end of this month; that might be a great project for that!
But for now, let’s look at five (in no particular order).
1. Enough Steamboats
BEYOND the obvious fact that what we thought was the first kiss between B&B is in fact a little reminder to each one that they are completely desperate for the other one (ah…yeah, I said it), what I love about this now is that originally, I thought it really was just Caroline kind of giving Brennan a hard time. But, based on what we’ve seen now, I love that this is really a little gift to Booth from Caroline. Don’t you think? She really cares for Booth and she wants him to be happy. While she might never choose Brennan to hang out with, I think Caroline senses that Booth loves his partner and so she wants to give him something special. It’s nothing new to us that she’s shocked at their kiss, but that part is still awesome too.
2. No Direct Knowledge
I love that in this scene, it’s set up that Booth’s former mentor, Sam, is annoyed with Brennan. That’s not necessarily anything new, but what I like is that she’s getting on his case on behalf of Booth. They’ve come into his office to find Sam there, working his way through the confidential case results. Booth is incredulous, but Brennan is the one who calls Sam out on it. Sam tells Booth that Brennan must be really good in bed; otherwise why would he keep her around? Brennan is quick to point out that she is in fact very good, though Booth has no direct knowledge of that. There’s always been a fun little edge to this moment and especially Booth’s reply to it that has stirred my curiosity. You? And now, knowing that there was certainly an opportunity and it didn’t happen…well, that changes things. When I watched the 100th episode, I was with my youngest sister, and after Brennan offered sex to Booth, I remembered thinking (and probably saying), they had darn well better NOT! Don’t know about you, but I am SO glad that this statement still remains true (assuming), or at least was true when it occurred in season three. But doesn’t it almost feel like maybe Brennan is rubbing it in? Maybe that’s why Booth seems so annoyed. Haha. I’ll take it!
3. More Than One Kind of Family
I do love this part, and it might be in my top 100 ‘rewind-able’ moments in BONES history. But when I watched it the other day (how many times? Don’t ask..), the new thought that went through my mind was… ‘they know’. I’m still not convinced that Booth was going to kiss her. Brennan is being kind of self-pitying, and I love that Booth doesn’t really call her on that but just tells it to her straight. The look they share shows me that they both understand how much they care for one another. After their first case (Gemma Arrington), they fight pretty badly, and say some very hurtful things. I believe that they are still dealing with those (for example, Booth reacting to the fact that she called him a stupid man), and I think it’s taken them a long time to recover. This moment isn’t just a reflection of the events of the episode; it’s part of the ongoing development between them. Booth, for all of his assurances, is actually the one being vulnerable. He’s offering up some compassion, knowing full well that he could be rejected. And it’s still sweet as pie when she takes his arm and makes him join ‘his squints’.
4. Striped Socks
When I first saw this moment, my eyes teared up. I just felt like Booth was really back, you know? Not before, when he flashed his badge to Sweets. Not when he hugged Brennan in her office and said he was 110%, but in that moment, when he looked at his striped socks and pondered it, I was like, okay…this is going to be fine. Booth is back to himself, to his ways of dealing with things. And Booth’s socks and belt buckle and all of that ARE Booth’s ways of coping; we’ve known that since season two. But the fact that he became the ‘free spirit rogue rebel’ that he is because of Brennan’s influence on him?…That is so special to me. The best relationship advice I ever got was that ‘when you are with someone you think you might like, the best way to know if it’s good is to see if when you are with that person, you become more ‘yourself’ than you are with almost anyone else.’ And I think Booth and Brennan offer that to one another. I love it. So I love that Booth coming back around to himself was in the inherent self confidence he has because of who he believes she believes he is.
5. Full of Possibility
Upon first watch, this just seems like something we might be reading too much into. After all, Booth wouldn’t really invite Brennan to come to Jamaica with him, right? They don’t even like each other. At all! But…what if they did like each other? What if there’d already been the possibility of sex and affection? Don’t you kind of think that Tessa was who Booth was talking about in the 100th episode when he said was dating someone kind of casually who didn’t like his hours? I absolutely can see that once he and Brennan fought that he would sort of close up his heart and kind of commit to Tessa. I don’t think ‘he knew’ with Tessa. She certainly is pretty, leggy, blonde (I’m sensing a trend) and confident. But it doesn’t feel the same. Of course, we saw them at the end, so who knows? I do think it’s fair to say that Booth is actually offering for Brennan to come with him. I think he’s saying, “Hey, I’m single now. You’re single now. Let’s do this.” Do you agree? I think Brennan knows that he’s doing that.
And she says no…in her way, telling him she’ll see him the next week. Why? Because she’s not interested? Because she thinks they are in a good place professionally? Because she knows him and already knows that sex won’t be enough for him?
Hmmm…a lot to think about! But don’t just think, discuss! Did you watch any of the earlier episodes after you watched the 100th? What did YOU pick up on? Bring it!
Peace, Love & Bones,