This post could also be entitled Hodgins-Hart Hanson’s Favorite, as I think there is an argument that can be made for that statement. But one of the things that always strikes me as so fascinating is how protective of the characters HH is. He really, really is. At least, that’s how I feel about the fact that we don’t get to see Brennan during the time Booth is ‘dead’; we don’t see Booth go to his lonely apartment (ah, those were the days) after a particularly grueling case. The writers can be very protective of these characters indeed.
A downside to that is a perceived lack of character development. That’s what makes the story of Hodgins so intriguing. We really do get to see him struggle with things, admit them, move on, find happiness, solve cases, etc. He’s gone from majorly ticked off entomologist to King of the Lab, and where other characters may seem as if they’re written poorly or inconsistently, Hodgins has had this incredible character development over the course of the 5+ seasons, and through it all, I can’t think of a single moment where I thought, “That was OOC (out of character)”.
He starts out very angry, especially toward Booth, the ‘government stooge’. When I first started the 100DaysofBones project, I remember being totally shocked at just how aggressively snarky Hodgins was. Since then, he’s had reasons to be snarky, yet he’s grown up as a person, and it’s been awesome.
From the moment he said, “Where is my bear poop?!?”, I was a fan, but for the most part, I’m B&B all the way. Not that I don’t like minor characters, but I just prefer Booth and Brennan. Hodgins is my #3, though, and that’s saying a lot.
Here are things I really love about him.
- Loyalty to Brennan.
Sometimes I wonder what it is about Brennan that inspires so much loyalty. Not that I don’t love her, but sometimes I just wonder. It can’t just be because she is the best. Someone who is the best at something doesn’t necessarily deserve loyalty, at least, not the kind of loyalty that we see Hodgins and the rest of the team show for Brennan. Either way, I love how he cares for her. A lot of you have mentioned his “It’s been a privilege” as one of your fave moments, and I have to agree. And I believe that his outrage at her idea of dropping their charges against Taffet also proves his loyalty and affection toward Brennan.
He’s loyal to Booth, too (We’re Booth’s People), but not quite in the same way. If I had to choose one character for Brennan to begin to talk to about her thoughts and feelings, it would be Hodgins. This smile of his from Intern in the Incinerator is my fave;
…it’s right after Booth tells Brennan he knows her and her favorite flowers and planet. Brennan kind of bristles, and Hodgins just smiles at her as if to say, ‘gotcha baby’, and he wouldn’t be sorry about that baby, either!
- He learns from his mistakes.
Man in the Mansion is such a great Hodgins episode, and yeah, he did tamper with evidence (and again in Hero in the Hold, right?), but I love how he came clean about it at the end with Booth. Of course our special Special Agent shrugs him off. What are they, girls?
- He doesn’t HAVE to work at the lab.
Remember in Boy in a Bush when Goodman insists that the team attend that hoity-toit event? I love that Booth and Angela lie so he doesn’t have to go. Sometimes it’s kind of easy to forget that his is loaded. Like…beyond rich. Of all the things that are attractive about him, I don’t think it’s TOO shallow to add it to the list. He’s so rich it’s a non-issue which is a level of rich most of us only dream about. But he doesn’t really care. He has amazing cars and a huge mansion, but he loves his work. Loves it. LOVES IT! And even beyond that…he wants what we all want…( as Dr. Wyatt told B&B)… family.
- He’s not afraid to hurt.
This is a characteristic that Booth and Brennan don’t always share. I loved him in Pain in the Heart when he knew about Zack and hurt over it. I love the emotion he feels when he’s not sure how things are with Angela
And I love when he struggles with Angela’s relationship with Wendell. Not that Hodgins is perfect at it, but whether it’s snapping a rubber band on his wrist or sitting on a couch across from Sweets, he is open with his emotions. And it’s that awareness that allows him to love. So it’s a good thing that…
- He’s not afraid to love.
And not just love…but adore and be incredibly happy. It takes guts to love like that, I think. I love the moment between him and Angela in Critic in the Cabernet when they talk about the mistakes they’ve made. I’m also in the camp that believes that he’s WAY too good for her, but it’s impossible to deny how happy he is when he’s with her, and so I’ll let it go. For now.
Oh, and one last thing I love. He’s White and Nerdy…he’s the KING of White and Nerdy, as this video from aPassingThought shows…
But enough from me. What do you think? Is there another character who embodies ‘brain and heart’? What else do you love about Hodgins? Do you think (as I do) that he’s Hart Hanson’s favorite? I mean, come on…he gets the BEST storylines!
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS…sorry for the delay!