Yo yo yo! How are things? I hope you are doing well.
Confession time: Sometimes I am totally full of garbage. You guys might not know that, as you might not know me that well, but it is true. I totally started this blog with the intentions that it was going to be SO scholarly. I was going to really hunker down and cite everything with proof and footnotes, etc, etc. But then what happened is I sort of got sidetracked by:
And oh yeah,
Not that I mind necessarily, but my motto for this site was “looking at the show from a literary perspective”. As an English major, I was raring to go…and it just hasn’t happened that way. So…I did what any true BONES Scholar would do…I changed the motto, of course! (and the header, but that’s all thanks to the amazingness that is still Spacekid77!)
So also of course this is the week HH tweets about a literary term; foil. It’s one of my all time favorite literary terms. It’s one of my all time fave mathematics terms too (First, Outer, Inner, Last!). Well, how about them apples? I used math in real life. Of course, it had nothing to do with mathematics and everything to do with…
…but I guess you gotta start somewhere! But back to the HH tweet. Can I just be snarky for a moment? Please? Just between us? Just…do not tell anyone!
So…apparently HH tweeted that they basically hired Kdubs for her acting ability, adding that the fact that she was a blonde was just a bonus as it served as a foil to Brennan. Okay, I’ll quote him directly (I’m so literary!), “We cast for the actor, not the hair colour, although it was great to have blond Kathryn play Hannah as a foil to Brennan.”
Okay, so…when I taught 10th grade English, I always made my students study character foils (Benvolio/Tybalt, Brutus/Cassius, Atticus/Bob Ewell, etc), as well as the definition of foil, which is, “a character that has traits which are opposite from one of the main characters, in order to illuminate various features of that main character’s personality”.
Along with hair color and acting ability, I’m going to add one more item: chemistry with David Boreanaz. And so yeah…I’d say there’s a lot of…illuminating going on these days. Actually…that’s going to be my code around here; you are welcome to join me. In the inevitable event of future H scenes, I’ll just smile and say, “How…illuminating!”.
Snarky moment over. And now on to the point of this post. This is something that pal Smurfs and I have been knocking around for a long time. And when I say a long time, I mean since the summer of 2008, so…yeah. It’s the idea that Brennan wants Booth, in every way. That’s not revolutionary necessarily, but I still think it’s critical to examine just how much she really wants Booth, even if she doesn’t necessarily realize it, as Rynogeny pointed out yesterday.
I thought of five ways in which Brennan prefers Booth completely. Sure, it might make sense for it to be a Top Five Tuesday post, but I’m happy to report that next week we’ll be celebrating Hodgins Week here at BT and the week after that, Rynogeny herself will be beginning a fantastic Tuesday series on groups of “Turning Points” in groups of fives. So it was going to be a couple of months before I would get to post this one as a TFT and I decided not to wait. Thus, a Saturday post.
Let’s get to it: How Only Booth Will Do.
1. Partnership/FBI work:
We don’t see Brennan sniffing around the FBI building in search of other agents to work cases with. Even pre-pilot, I don’t think it was the kind of thing where she was insisting on being the expert called in to help. Booth tells the Homeland Security guard that, “Bones identifies bodies for us,” so it’s possible that she might have helped out every once in awhile, but when Booth asks for her help and then asks her what it’s going to take, she replies, “Full participation”. And that was that! Yes, she’s curious. Yes, she wanted to get out of the lab. But…it’s all centered around Booth. And almost four years later, she tells him, “You’re the only FBI agent I want to work with.”
2. A baby
Every once in awhile, something will happen that will make me think HH is like, “I got this.” And when he talks about how he finds it interesting that Brennan’s interest in a baby waned when having a baby with Booth seemed to be out of the picture…well, I’m encouraged. I loved when pal Piper4444205 mentioned that the other day that a moment Booth doesn’t know about is how affectionate Brennan was with Andy, and how that was when Brennan began to consider having a baby of her own. I will buy that! One scene I will watch over and over again is from Harbingers, when Angela calls Brennan and Booth out about the fact that neither one mentioned that in the book/coma dream, Brennan was pregnant. The looks on B&B’s faces are…beyond incredible. From trying to laugh it off (something they’d done SO easily a few seconds before about psychics) to schooling their own reactions while trying to make Angela think it means nothing while ALSO trying to scope out the other’s reaction…it’s just plain amazing. I want that plot developed! I want Brennan to have Booth’s baby. I want a lot of things, haha. But seriously I want this.
Ah, this one might be the most of a stretch, but I still contend that even if Brennan doesn’t realize it…she’s kind of been holding out for Booth. It will be interesting to see if that continues (or if they ever tell us again if she’s still celibate), and if Brennan begins to struggle with it. Brennan has never been promiscuous, and Sweets told us (and she who will not be named) this week that she’s not a prude (Ha! This totally cracked me up for some reason,) so maybe TSitD was a bit of a lead in to us seeing more about this. We already talked about how we think Booth might react to Brennan entering a romantic relationship. She told Booth in the S6 premiere that she was too busy working and didn’t have time for sex…or romance. It will be interesting to see if she soon will. I’m not sure how I’LL feel about it.
What do you think about this? I think there are a few items to discuss. When I’m saying ‘family’, I mean it both in the traditional sense and in the ‘more than one kind’ sense. When Booth tells Brennan (Man on the Fairway?) that her people are his people…this is family. When she tells him (Judas on a Pole) that they are all of them his squints…that’s family. When she tells Booth (Mayhem on a Cross) that they can find a permanent place for Sweets, that’s family. When Booth asks her to be his village (Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)
…that’s family. I really think they both want that and accept it. But deeper than that, I think Brennan also wants to be Booth’s family. And she wants him to be hers. Though Booth is very private about his family life, not really including her for many years, once he did, she was immediately gung-ho about it. And not in a fake way, either, but in a very genuine way. I think she made a misstep with Jared, but the underlying principle is the same…she really dove right in. She learned her lesson, though it’s probably a good thing that Booth doesn’t have any more brothers, haha. But when she talks with Parker in BDitN and her interactions with Pops in FitF…it’s very amazing to see. It’s sort of a contrast to the tension we feel when she interacts with her own family. Okay, yes, there is a lot of history there with her family, and some baggage still. But let’s say Margaret vs. Pops. Two sort of extraneous family members: and Brennan has different interest levels in getting to know them. On the flip side, Booth is ridiculously protective of Brennan when it comes to her family (Russ or Max). Did I say ridiculously? Because I mean completely awesomely and gorgeously in every Booth-way.
Not to label Brennan as some sort of Frankensteinian project or anything, but I feel like her journey to love is a journey that ends with Booth or with no one. He’s been encouraging her toward love and seeing that side of her (again, not changing her, just opening up that part of her)…whether his motivation is to get her to love him…I’m not sure.
I’ll reiterate; she’s not some love project he’s been working on for the past six years. It’s more that he’s been encouraging her, and she’s taking that at face value, as she does almost everything, and so her view of love and her view of her own capacity to love is skewed toward Booth. Yay!
I just don’t see her coming to any realizations about love and then loving some other man as part of her character development. The shape of her expressions of love is in the form of Seeley Booth, and his needs. It’s why her ‘refusal’ in the 100th episode is more a rejection of herself than him. She thinks she can’t love him as he deserves or needs. And because he trusts her to tell the truth, he thinks it’s true. But it’s not. She has the capacity to love him. More than any other person in the world, actually. And, I believe, she has the capacity to truly love only him. No one else will do (for either of them, but especially Brennan.) They both just need to be open enough to see it, as follows:
Illuminate that, baby!
Peace, Love & Bones
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