“I’m your guy.”
-Dr. Jack Hodgins, The Proof in the Pudding
This week we’ve been laying down the groundwork for Hodgins’ amazingness, and it’s been a relief to know that none of us have to turn in our fan cards for admitting that we might like Hodgins as much (if not more) than Booth. You know that great feeling when someone feels just like you do? Ah…this public love of Hodgins is making me so happy!
Like Seels laid out yesterday, Hodgins is a master in both the brain and heart departments, and I want to continue that thread, proving once and for all that he’s King of the Lab and King of our Hearts. Join me!
When it comes to his job, Hodgins is extremely dedicated and devoted. He’s the bug and slime guy after all. He has multiple degrees in botany, entomology, and…something involving rocks, I’m pretty sure. He’s extremely intelligent and he uses his intelligence for a good cause, catching the bad guys.
As some of you have mentioned, not only is he intelligent, but he has the confidence to do the job. He has his moments when he knows he’s just given the team some new piece of the puzzle. His King of the Lab moments give him the confidence he needs to continue his job.
Even later in the series when Angela told him no one cared about that status but him (and I had to laugh when she did), he was slightly surprised, but then shrugged it off and continued doing what he knows he should. He knows he’s King, and so do we. He’s a crimefighter, baby!
But he’s not always only all about that.
Dr. Jack Stanley Hodgins has a big heart. He loves deeply. You know, we don’t really know much about Hodgins’ romantic past. (That’s not very unusual in this show.) Before Angela, we get the sense that he’s quite the ladies man. In Man in a Fallout Shelter, he has Christmas plans with a Swedish masseuse. And in The Man in the Mansion, we find out that he was engaged at least once. So we know he has relationship experience.
We could say that he’s definitely felt heartbreak. After his relationship ends with Angela, we see a glimpse at the old Hodgins (albeit more attractive with his beard gone). He’s bitter and angry and heart-broken. And he has to see his ex-fiancée every day at work. I love that he goes to Sweets when he realizes that he’s so angry and then later when he realizes that he’s not okay with Angela and Wendell. Sweets tells him that he’s grieving something that could have been. We grieved too. While seeing Hodgins heart-broken is not my idea of a good time, it gives a depth to his character.
Despite his heart-break though, we see that Hodgins befriends those around him. He drinks with Wendell, goes to the movies with Sweets (and Fisher). He gives unsolicited advice to Brennan. Even earlier, in Two Bodies in the Lab, Hodgins goes to the hospital to visit Booth- which results in them rushing to save Brennan’s life. He is a good friend. I really loved what Seels said in her review of The Gamer in the Grease:
“Hodgins: He almost always makes me laugh. This episode was no exception. I enjoyed him tossing out science terms that may or may not be true. And of course, “Who wants to know about peacock poop?” Ha! I also loved when he called “King of the Lab” in a rush. I was going to say that I liked the Sweets + Hodgins dynamic, and realized that basically I love the Hodgins + anyone dynamic. You know how some actors (like David Boreanaz) just OOZE chemistry with anyone and anything? I think TJ Thyne might be like that. His interactions with every single character on this show are just awesome. Hodgins and Brennan are sweet, Hodgins and Booth crack me up. Hodgins and Cam are interesting; Hodgins and each of the squinterns is great…Hodgins + Zack…I mean, seriously great! Underrated!”
One of my favorite underrated Hodgins moment is in The Proof in the Pudding. Angela had her little pregnancy scare and she doesn’t want to burden Wendell. Hodgins is the second person she tells, and she’s uncertain if she’ll keep the baby. Hodgins is so certain that she’s going to keep it. Later in the episode he opens up and confesses that he still loves her. He’s her guy! (Can he please be my guy?) He was willing to do anything. Marry her, let her live with him, be a father to her (and Wendell’s) baby; he was going to support her. Because he truly loves her. I could probably go off on a tangent about how Angela really doesn’t deserve Jack Hodgins, but I won’t.
We can’t say Hodgins is a baby duck when it comes to B&B, but he is…something. But what? A mirror? The narrator? He’s a scientist, but he’s not all logic and truth. For example, he explained faith to Brennan after the Gravedigger kidnapped them. I think that episode, Aliens in the Spaceship, is heart-wrenchingly amazing. All three share a Gravedigger experience. Likewise, The Boy with the Answer is a very painful episode, especially for Hodgins, because he wants the Gravedigger to pay for him. And for Brennan. And for Booth. And for anyone else who has been the Gravedigger’s victim. Brennan and Booth understand what Hodgins is going through. This is a deep bond, albeit rather unspoken.
Hodgins’ heartbreak is akin to Booth’s (different but similar); Hodgins was forced to watch the woman that he loves with someone else just as Booth has had to deal with Brennan. As I said before, Hodgins has a lot of heart. He loves deeply. And he hurts deeply.
But not only does Hodgins have a big heart, he has a big brain. He is able to reason as Brennan does when it comes to a case. And despite the heartbreak and pain, he continued to do the logical thing- help solve murders. I guess where I’m going with my odd rambling thought process is that Hodgins is continually pushed into the background (It is BONES after all, not the bugs and slime show) but he is probably the one who understands Brennan and Booth the most. He has had experiences that often parallel or run perpendicular to Booth or Brennan (i.e. the Gravedigger, proposing because of a baby, dedication to his job, etc, etc.) that make him more understanding.
If there’s a lynchpin at the lab, it’s certainly him. He honestly had the chance to refuse to help any of the squinterns, and I don’t know if any of us would have blamed him. But (while delightfully still giving them a hard time if possible) he is probably the best teacher they have. Cam is great, and Brennan IS the best, but as far as really learning and applying their knowledge to the cases…I can’t help but wonder if Hodgins isn’t creating a little kingdom for himself.
I’ve heard a lot of people say that “This is Brennan’s year”, and yeah, while Emily Deschanel is knocking it out of the park (and so is David Boreanaz in a subtle, but just as effective way)…maybe it’s really “The Year of the King”.
Either way, he’s our guy.
What do you think? Where does Hodgins fit when it comes to B&B? And what’s your favorite King of the Lab Moment? Is there a squintern you want Hodgins to have MORE scenes with?