“I find it interesting that I am only afraid of snakes when Booth is around to be jumped upon.”
-Dr. Temperance Brennan, The Mastodon in the Room
Hello fellow BONES fans! It’s really weird to be on the other side of the fence today. Usually I’m the one making comments so it’s kind of scary to be the one doing the actual post writing. First off, I loved this quote in the season six episode opener. What a confession!! Who wouldn’t want to be afraid of snakes, or anything else, with Seeley Booth around? And because I loved this quote so much I felt that I had to share it with the rest of you BONES fans. And it leads me to today’s topic.
I was watching The Body and the Bounty, enjoying the fact that a little bit of the old chemistry was back between Booth and Brennan, when something near the end of the episode caught my attention. Brennan touched Booth’s arm!! My heart leapt with joy and hope filled my heart. After some angsty episodes with a huge wall between Booth and Brennan, I was excited to have hope that someday that huge wall will be torn down and the two people we love will be together. Finally.
Brennan isn’t normally an affectionate person. In fact, she often comes off as cold and distant to most outsiders. We, as faithful fans, know better of course. We know that she is a warm and caring person. I began to wonder if Brennan even realized that she touched Booth’s arm. Does she realize the significance of touching him? Then I wondered… why does she touch him?
Let’s look at the following:
Angela tells Brennan that sometimes “knowing when a simple touch is enough” is all that she [Brennan] can do to help Booth in The Soldier on the Grave. Brennan takes Angela’s advice to heart and at the end of the episode, when Booth reveals something painful about his past, Brennan gently lays her hand on Booth’s arm. Booth returns her compassionate touch with a squeeze of her hand. And thus it begins.
What’s the difference between Booth touching Brennan and Brennan touching Booth, you may ask? We already know that Booth is a warm, affectionate, loving guy who thinks with his heart. For him to touch someone he cares for isn’t such a big deal. Brennan has issues stemming from her abandonment as a teenager. For her to cross that bridge and make a physical connection is a pretty big deal. As Booth and Brennan’s relationship progresses, so does the way that Brennan continues to touch Booth. At first it’s a touch on the arm and then it progresses to a readjustment of his tie, tucking his handkerchief back into this suit pocket, or one of their infamous ‘guy’ hugs.
Why does Brennan touch Booth? In my opinion she touches him to keep a connection between them. She needs to be reassured that he’s there so she reaches out for him, literally. She has found herself in this serious relationship (not quite the romantic relationship we all hope for but serious anyhow) and now she needs the keep a connection so she won’t be abandoned again. She’s been abandoned by others that she’s loved deeply (i.e. her parents, Russ, Zack) and it’s hard for her to keep the connections she has because of her fear of being abandoned. She needs that connection. Touching Booth, whether she realizes it or not, is how she keeps her connection with Booth. It’s how she knows that he’s still there.
Seels pointed out in her episode review of The Devil in the Details how Brennan sort of latches on to Booth when she gets creeped out by Neviah. I have to wonder, is Brennan touching Booth, whether it be the arm latch or fixing his ties or guy hugs, her way of ‘latching’ on to him? We know she has serious abandonment issues, so is it surprising that she latches on to Booth through little touches? Another thought, does she even realize that she does reach for him?
So tell me, fellow BONES fans, what do you think is the significance of Brennan touching Booth? And do you have a favorite moment when she did? How is Booth affected by it? Discuss!