The other day, Pal Marisa wrote in this article (spoilery, be warned) that Angela is arguably the first B&B shipper. I have to agree! Perhaps her first order of shipper-business was to NOT act on the flirting that occured between Booth and herself when they first met. Though it probably killed her just a little bit…she knew he was for Brennan and she was for him. But still… that statement got me to thinking…
Which character is now the biggest B&B shipper? Per urbandictionary.com…
The term “shipper” comes from supporting a ship. To ship something means a person wants two characters to get together and/or shows support for two characters already together. The term “ship” came from the X-Files fandom, when fanfics were written about Mulder and Scully. The fans then called themselves shippers. It quickly spread and is now the title a person gives themself if they believe two charcters should or will be together (The characters can be from anything: Books, Movies, Television, Video Games, and even Actors/Actresses). It is not limited to the couple actually happening, a person can ship something just because they enjoy the possibility of them getting together or even just because they think they would look good together.
So…I want to think about this more. I haven’t come to a final conclusion; I want your help. Once a couple of weeks go by and everyone has the chance to vote, then we’ll look into it further. Let’s look at this like the primaries. And perhaps some of you feel particularly strongly one way or the other as to an answer/candidate and will want to join in debates we have from now until November 2nd, where we elect an official #1 B&B Shipper! As for me, right now, I think an argument can be made for the following characters:
She may not always get along with Brennan, and yes, she was first and foremost Booth’s friend, but she’s also been a big supporter of Booth being very happy with Brennan. Yeah, she also slept with Booth, but maybe she was saving him from making a bigger mistake…finding someone else to rebound with after Rebecca. Haha…yeah, biggest ‘sacrifice’ ever! She also however, makes it clear to Brennan that the anthropologist probably does not want to be alone (RitRC) and calls her out for being possibly interested in Jared.
Ah, wily old Max Keenan! He’s such a B&B shipper, and more than that, he really loves family. I think beyond seeing the UST between his daughter and her partner resolved, what he really wants is family for both of them. And, he wants that for them…together. He approves of Booth as Brennan’s dad, but he also likes to see Brennan with Booth. As much as he loves Brennan, he really does look out for Booth. It will be interesting to see if that dynamic comes into play here in season six. Max might just have to (once again) take matters into his own hands…if he ever wants grandsquints, that is!
I was just reminded the other day (while talking with pal Smurfs) of how when I first watched BONES, I was mostly alone and how after I watched Secret in the Soil, I felt like Sweets and I were the only ones who knew about B&B! Right? That pic there is from Man in the Outhouse, but the idea is the same; Sweets gets to see more of what we get to see than just about anyone else. Also I contend that while for the most part, each person mentioned does care for B&B, there is still the general feel that each person belongs to either Booth or Brennan, based on the past, or work environments, what have you. With Sweets, he’s sort of ‘theirs’.
Ah, is the original (and let’s agree with Marisa and say that she is!) still the number one shipper? She certainly has no trouble telling Brennan her thoughts on the matter, and that’s one reason why we totally love her. But…if B&B honestly never got together, would she be really that bummed? She’s Brennan’s best friend, but what loyalty does she have toward Booth, except that she wants to see him happy? If Brennan were to say “Once and for all, it’s not happening. Now, will you please just be my best friend and drop it?”, would Angela sigh and say yes, or would she say something like, “Oh, I’ll be your best friend, but I’m sure as heck not dropping anything. And you can take that to the bank, sister.” To which Brennan would reply, “I haven’t been to a bank in years. Everything is done electronically. And even if I did, why would the teller want to know about our friendship…or…metaphorical sisterhood, as it were?” Haha!
Is it a coincidence that Hodgins is the voice over for EitB? And go back to Intern in the Incinerator and check out Hodgins’ smile when Booth reveals that he knows Brennan’s passwords and subsequent choices. Hodgins just smiles at her like, “You’re toast, baby…” That, combined with the friendship we sort of see between Booth and Hodgins in that episode always makes me think…yeah, he gets it. Right? Of all the characters on the show, Hodgins is the one who really would get the struggle that each one is facing. Sure, he’s with Angela, but he knows better than anyone how it feels to be in love with someone and not really know whether it’s going to work out or not. Angela…we didn’t really see that on her end. She had some regret, but not like Hodgins. So yeah, he gets it. And also, more than Angela or Sweets, I think Hodgins really actually does understand both Booth and Brennan better than anyone. Sure, Angela is Brennan’s best friend and is intuitive like Booth, but Hodgins is a man and is rational like Brennan…maybe a little bit harder of a combination to come by. All I’m saying is…I think he’s a shipper. You?
Why is it that posting anything about Ms. Julian always makes me nervous? Like she can even see it! Ha. But seriously…you know, for all of the people we’ve mentioned, she sure as shooting gets results, doesn’t she? What’s fun about her is that I don’t even think she LIKES Brennan all that much; it’s like she just knows they are destined to be together and is rolling up her sleeves to make it happen. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad she’s on our side!
So, there you have it…at least, those are my choices! Weigh in below in the poll and also explain your choice in the comments!
Peace, Love & Bones,