Hey Bones fan! Another episode down and for me this means another episode closer to getting rid of Hannah. Ha. Yeah, that sounded harsh, and I actually don’t hate the character, but Brennan’s pain right now is killing me. And as much as I think that this pain is something she has to go through, it does bruise my heart to see her like this.
Which brings me to today’s question: How far will Brennan go to make sure that Booth is happy? Far enough to recognize that risking her heart on him will be what it’ll take to make him truly happy?
I think that during the 100th, we see very clearly that Brennan doesn’t think she can make Booth happy and it terrifies her. I am strongly of the opinion that turning him down hurt her as much as it hurt him (maybe Booth would disagree), but the point is that she did something that caused her pain because she really did think she was protecting his chance at happiness. It has to devastate her to think (as I believe she does) that the happiness she so wants for him is not going to come courtesy of her.
Brennan has said, “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for Booth,” and in her mind, protecting him from herself is one of those things that she needs to do for him. Now, of course, you and I and every shipper ever born is frantically screaming, “You don’t need to protect him! He’s a big boy, he knows what he’s doing!” And oh dear reader, you are so right! I know it and you know it. But Brennan simply doesn’t.
I think—and feel free to disagree—that as deluded as Booth is in his proclamations of happiness, Brennan is actually even more so. And by that, I mean that she’s buying into this whole happiness façade, even more than Booth himself. It’s like she wants to believe that he’s really, 100% happy because then that means she made the right choice. That her sacrifice was worth it. If he is in fact not happy, then she made a mistake, didn’t she? And tell me, how does Brennan feel about mistakes? She simply does not make them, right?
In Maggots in the Meathead, I felt she sacrificed something again, just to make him happy: the gift. I mean, tell me she hasn’t thought about giving him that phone herself-maybe for his birthday or Christmas- and seeing that look on his face and knowing that it was because she gave it to him. And tell me it didn’t kill her to give that up to Hannah tonight? But she did, because at the end of the day, she knew getting that phone would make him happy and isn’t that what really matters to her anyway?
What do we think? Have I completely lost my mind? Am I reading too much into the phone? Isn’t she willing to do just about ANYTHING to make him happy? And will she ever recognize that letting go of her fears and insecurities is the one thing that will truly fulfill that goal? And if she ever does recognize it, then I guess we’ll know for sure whether she truly IS willing to do anything to make him happy. Won’t we?
Talk to me and let me know I’m not the only one who agonizes over questions like this!
bbmagic is a law student from Florida, in love with all things Bones. She also worships at the temple of baseball and is completely torn over the fact that the World Series means no new Bones episodes. Arguing is one of her favorite things to do and hence one of the things she does best. She also has a major addiction to chocolate and uses swimming as a distressing mechanism, which is maybe why she does it only when the sun has set and there’s no one in the pool.