Hey HEY! Happy Tuesday! Just want to say thanks for the awesome comments and discussion to yesterday’s post. I was nervous…I kind of felt like the bearer of bad news. “Ruining the true truth with facts”, you know?
I just want to reiterate that I think it’s good and healthy that we’re feeling slightly bummed. When I was doing my student teaching (meaning preparing in college to be a teacher), I had to create a unit of lesson plans, and I chose to create one that helped students deal with grief. And part of what I feel we’re seeing now in the BONESverse is some healthy grieving. Acceptance, denial, anger, etc, etc…all healthy emotions. 🙂
But last night, when I was putting this post together, I looked through a few pics, and this one caught my eye. It’s kind of interesting how each couple is portrayed here. Though that’s not the point of the scene, it’s easy to sort of see where each pair stands, pardon the pun.
And it’s that sort of attention to detail that still makes me think all this current awkwardness is very deliberate, therefore serving as validation to our feelings. Does that make sense? We’re supposed to be feeling unsettled about it. I hope this is true.
But enough about that, let’s get to the five moments. Pal Smurfs and I have talked several times about this idea…that there are things we know that the characters don’t know. Here are five things (in no particular order) we’ve seen that Booth hasn’t seen and has no knowledge of (that I know of).
- Brennan turns down Wexler (Yanks in the UK, Part One)Okay, he obviously knows that she did that, because she returns to the table with him, but I don’t think he knows that she said, “It would upset Booth if I slept with you” and “Common sense says you don’t offend your partner for an hour of fun”. I’m not an expert at this, so correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s true that the ‘correct’ order of episodes (as far as the order the scripts were written) puts the season four opener after The Man in the Outhouse, meaning that Brennan rejects Wexler after the “There’s someone for everyone” speech. That makes sense. I love this idea that Brennan turned down a night of sex (or an hour of fun, ha) to bicker with Booth and to sort of…well, I don’t know what. To assure him that she listened to him? To prove something? What do you think?
2. Brennan tells Dr. Wyatt there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do to help Booth, in regards to him calling her out about ‘ratting out’ Booth to Sweets (Dwarf in the Dirt)
I love both of these things, really, that Brennan has gone to Sweets to discuss Booth, something he would no doubt consider wrong and her confession to Dr. Wyatt. I wish we could have seen the convo with Sweets, but I also love that Dr. Wyatt calls her out on it too. I think what we’re seeing now, Brennan being actively hospitable toward Hannah, falls into this category of Brennan being unable to not help Booth. A teeeeeeensy part of me (like diatomaceous earth particle sized) wants to see someday when Brennan fights for Booth as her man. Not against Hannah necessarily, and when she shot Pam Nunan…well, that was pretty freaking amazing…but it’s still something I wouldn’t mind seeing. Just as beautiful is the way she is sort of reaching out now. It breaks my heart that she thinks helping him equals not being with him, that truly helping him means stepping aside and allowing him to be happy with someone else. It’s where her “I know” in the 100th comes into meaning, and where her “Do you love me” in the season four finale also sort of rings true. I firmly believe Brennan wants to be the kind of woman she thinks Booth deserves. Do you agree? But…Booth doesn’t know this, like he doesn’t know about this moment.
3. Brennan says she needs to get away to figure out her partnership with Booth (Beginning in the End)
This picture is not the best, as it doesn’t quite convey that Brennan’s voice is unsteady and she is practically near tears. It is absolutely, hands down, one of my favorite season five scenes, and it kills me…kills me dead that Booth isn’t aware of it. If he knew her fears, it would change a lot as far as his viewpoint in their seven month work separation.
Angela tells her, “Listen, you’re allowed to make life changes without picking a fight with your old life.”
And Brennan replies, “I need a break from that life. I’m worried all the time. Worried that Booth might get hurt on a case, and I couldn’t prevent it. Worried…about what our partnership means…”
“What our partnership means”. So interesting that she’s viewing it as something that has meaning…does that make sense? It shows emotional growth, I think. And I love that she’s so worried about Booth. After The Boy with the Answer, I wrote this, “
I love this progression showcasing her removing herself from Booth’s life romantically to protect him to the idea that she might even break off their partnership to keep him safe. Completely in character. She isn’t running away to protect herself; she’s trying to protect Booth. But not just Booth’s body either…also his heart and soul, as he would see it. Stay with me. Epps, EMT Geller, Gormogon, Dr. Leacock…they all went after Brennan in some way, and Booth shot them (okay, not Epps, but you know what I mean.) She knows what it costs him to kill people, and she knows that the odds of him having to do it again increase if they work together; she’ll be putting him in a greater risk of having to kill FOR her, and she’s hurting because of it.
So it didn’t surprise me that Brennan verbalized some emotion about her partnership with Booth in the season five finale. But I really hate that Booth doesn’t know it. I hate this more than the fact that Brennan will never know about what he did to the gang leader. And I really hate that! Ha.
4. Brennan cries when Booth’s diagnosis is revealed. (Critic in the Cabernet)I’m still sort of coming around to the idea of the season four finale (it’s only taken me over a year and a half, haha), but one thing that will always sort of bother me about it is that I feel like it sort of ‘stole time’ away from some amazing storylines that were happening at the time. We’ll see whether or not the baby storyline ever comes up, but I, honest to God, would have watched an entire episode of Brennan sitting at Booth’s bedside as she typed and thought, etc. I want more of that. The jump into season five seemed too fast in some ways (though I love that season five premiere). I will never blame Sweets or Cam for their cautioning of Booth in Harbingers, because of this scene right here. Remember in the season three finale, when Booth is hurt that Brennan seemed to have no sadness over his death? It seems like more than a year between that and this season four finale, but for us, it’s a beautiful moment with Brennan relying on facts and statistics to comfort her friends, even with tears in her eyes and fear clawing inside. I think Booth would be heartened to know how emotional she was about it.
5. Brennan’s conversation with Pops (Foot in the Foreclosure)Just look at that hand on his, hmmm? This is a very beautiful moment, and it wasn’t until I was thinking of a fifth moment for this post that I remembered this scene. I really, really, really hope we see some continuation of this storyline, that Brennan knows about Booth’s childhood and will one day tell him and comfort him. I think there is some merit to the idea that Booth could learn that Brennan knows the truth and still cares for him. Like we talked about toward the beginning of this post, it’s gotta be deliberate, right? As Booth would say, Come on…it’s gotta be!
So…what did I miss? What do you think it means that Booth doesn’t know about these moments? If you had to pick just one, which would you want him to learn about? Okay, you don’t have to just pick one…but either way…talk to me!
Peace, Love & Bones