Almost every group of people has one person that is sort of the ‘go-to’ person. It’s usually because the person is trustworthy, smart, funny, kind and willing to listen. It’s also usually because that person tells the truth with love, knows when to call people out and knows when to let things go. For me, in my closest group of BONES pals, this week’s spotlight, Jen, is that person. Jen (and the others in our small little evil collective) quickly catapulted from BONESfriends to friends, meaning once this show is over (sigh), I’ll still be in touch with these people…even though I’ve never actually met them in person. It seems crazy, but it’s true. A lot of you know her as NatesMama. While I don’t know if Jen has any more room in her life for BFFs, I do know that you’re going to love getting to know her better. So without further ado,
The name BONES fans might know you as:
natesmama1128 on Twitter, NatesMama516 at The Lab. Jen when I spew my obnoxiously opinionated comments all over your exceptional blog.
If you were to hit ‘random’ on your iPod or iPhone or other MP3 player (or CD, or record player or whatever), what would be the most embarrassing song that might pop up on shuffle?
Close call. Either Copacabana by Barry Manilow or All Out of Love by Air Supply. (No one else is going to see this, right?)
What is one other TV show you’re watching right now and would recommend to others?
Sons of Anarchy. *Love* it.
What was your first job; what was your worst job; what is your dream job?
First job: Kentucky Fried Chicken. Hated it, which also makes it my worst job. Dream job: Getting paid to write…which I will never have the guts or enough talent to do.
What is the last book you read? Or the BEST book you’ve read?
Last book: Finally finished When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. I couldn’t possibly narrow down the best book I’ve ever read, there are simply too many great ones.
Favorite cartoon ever?
Bugs Bunny. The classics never get old.
What is one thing even your best BONES pals might not know about you?
I once dated a famous actor. I won’t name names, but it didn’t last long. Fun, though.
What is the first episode of Bones you ever saw, and why? What made you decide to watch more?
The Pilot. I followed David Boreanaz from Angel. And to be honest, I almost didn’t watch past the first episode. I thought Booth was a world-class jerk and Brennan was kind of a…well, witch. The final scene in Man in the SUV saved me, and the rest is obsessed history.
Which character on BONES do you identify most with and why?
Caroline. Big mouth lawyer who does not suffer fools gladly and dearly loves Booth and his Squints? Who wouldn’t want to be like that?
What does BONES mean to you?
To be honest, I don’t have any great life-changing epiphany or funny story to share about why I love Bones. I just do. It’s a great show, with interesting leads, and one of the most fleshed-out supporting casts on television. Temperance Brennan might be the most completely original and extremely complicated character on television, and I’ve loved watching her progression from internalized, rational woman of science to extroverted (on occasion), irrational (sometimes) woman in love (when she figures that out, anyway). And Seeley Booth is a great counterpoint to Brennan in his own right. He’s deeply flawed but desperately trying to hide it, and when he does show Brennan those parts of himself, its magic. For both characters. That interaction is an amazing partnership of both characters and their actors. I believe that two people so different, like Booth and Brennan really do, despite all evidence to the contrary, belong together.
What are your top five favorite BONES episodes?
Aliens in a Spaceship: My all-time favorite episode. Perfect combination of peril and tension and conflict. Great performances by the whole cast, and the episode that turned me into a full-fledged shipper.
The Plain in the Prodigy: One of the most beautiful episodes of the entire series. Start to finish, an emotional masterpiece.
The Parts in the Sum of the Whole: How can you leave off this episode? The true beginning in the end. Trust me on this. That final scene will be the reference point for every major B&B relationship milestone from here on out.
Judas on a Pole: There’s more than one kind of family. My Bones BFF Mary says this is the theme of the entire show, and I can’t say I disagree with her.
The Man in the SUV: Like I said, this episode saved me as a fan. I saw the true beginning of what their partnership could be in this episode, and it kept me coming back for more.
The Double Death of the Dearly Departed: I wanted to put this one up as a nose-thumb to all the fans who swear they hated it…but I honestly could watch this episode every single day. Very Nick and Nora Charles without Asta. It reminds me why I think B&B should be together. I once again invoke my BFF Mary, who says that this episode is a good indicator of what Booth and Brennan might be like as a real couple. I agree.
Have you ever thought about not watching BONES anymore? If so, why did you stick around?
Nope, I am in it for the long haul. Short of killing off Booth or Brennan, I can’t imagine NOT watching.
What’s your ideal way to watch a new episode of BONES?
On our big TV, curled up on the sofa with popcorn and the lights off.
Which guest-star would you like to see back on BONES and why?
Josh Malina, the only guest star to make Brennan apologize about denigrating psychology. Or for anything. Awesome.
Pick one meaningful quote (or small section of dialogue) from BONES and tell us what you think it means.
Sully from Boneless Bride in the River: “What you’re doing, it’s important. But it’s not important enough to be your whole life.” This is the one thing that Brennan absolutely needs to learn, but Booth simply can’t teach her in any meaningful way. I just wish I could apply that to my Bones obsession.
How do you express your love for BONES? This can be anything!
Nothing exciting…cell phone ring tones, desktop pictures, devoting time to admin’ing a popular Bones message board…
Describe an instance in BONES that made you cry, either from anger, laughter or sadness.
The end of Dwarf in the Dirt where Booth tells Gordon Gordon that Brennan doesn’t love him. “I would know if she loved me.” Dammit, that breaks my heart every single time…even more than the end of the 100th.
Favorite song used in a BONES episode (and why):
Fountain by Sara Lov at the end of The Verdict in the Story. That song is pitch-perfect for Brennan’s life.
Have you ever read any of the Temperance Brennan novels by Kathy Reichs?
Yes, a few.
Okay, last question. If you could guest-star on only ONE episode of BONES, what would that look like?
I want to be Booth’s new, hot, quirky-but-hilarious B&B shipper secretary.
That would be awesome; I think we should totally make that happen.
Ladies, Gentlemen & Squints, say hello to Jen!