Good morning, Bones pals! I hope you are having a good weekend so far! Want to hear a funny story?
Here’s the thing…I’m not sure my family likes BONES all that much, which is something I just do not understand. After all, for the most part, we all like the same shows. Psych, The Good Guys, Raising Hope, House Hunters, Chuck, The Office, etc. I don’t know if it’s because I love BONES so much that they sort of resent it? Possible, I guess. My youngest sister likes it, so she and I talk about it sometimes, but for the most part, the rest of my family just kind of tolerates it.
Or it almost seems like they sort of pick it apart MORE than any show sometimes. Does that happen to anyone else? Maybe it’s because I love it so much they feel it needs to be worthy of my love. That’s a nice sentiment, I guess. But I had to laugh this past week, when I ended up watching the episode with my dad. Brennan was pretty much running the “Yowza” joke right into the ground at the diner, and my dad says, “She’s such an infant sometimes,” to which I automatically replied, “Yeah, she’s awesome.”
Hahaha! I realized after that moment that he wasn’t exactly commenting on her awesomeness, at least not in the way he would consider her to be awesome. (Side note: He loved Booth’s Han Solo>>>Obi Wan joke the week before), and that my love for her may have skewed my thinking toward the show.
I guess for me, maybe I’m like those parents who think their children are the best at middle school basketball and can do no wrong? Sort of this protective optimism?
If that’s a bad thing, I’m over it. Anyhiz, that’s not the point of this post. The point is that I’ve been wanting to take several scenes and, one at a time, sort of look at them moment by moment and analyze them. I’m thinking they’ll make for nice Sunday morning discussions. They won’t necessarily be in chronological order; it will be more along the lines of what scenes are striking me in a particular way.
Today’s scene study comes from the season one finale; The Woman in Limbo, and they are the scenes where Booth arrives to Brennan’s apartment with food. Confession: I think this might be my new “I fell in love with Booth” moment. I just wasn’t open enough to see it the first time around.
My first ‘fall in love with Booth’ moment was in season two: The Boy in the Shroud, when Booth is just doing his job, but he does it with this incredible compassion that just blew me away. PS…season two is gritty in both the case department and in the lighting department, so the pics are never as good…but here’s what I mean.
But when I was watching The Woman in Limbo, a couple of weeks ago, and this scene came around, well…I was hooked. Big time.
Here’s a little history:
Brennan is supposed to go to court, but she’s nervous because she doesn’t have her original case notes. Booth is trying to get her out of the lab (and out of her lab coat!),
… but Angela, Zack and Dr. Goodman are trying to lure her back in with questions on skeletons. Booth vs skeletons…Seems like a no-brainer (rimshot!) to me, but Temperance Brennan does love those skeletons! Speaking of love, I love how Booth matter-of-factly helps Brennan put on her other jacket too. It’s very natural, leading me to believe that it’s happened before. Delightful. Actually, the entire scene is incredible physical comedy almost between Booth, Brennan, Dr. Goodman, Angela and Zack. It’s really worth a re-watch!
The future cult leading David arrives and reveals he loved Brennan’s manuscript for Bone Free. Booth is slightly annoyed that Brennan’s BF got to read it and he couldn’t, but is appeased when after he asks, “Am I in it?”, David replies. “Definitely.” YES! (And I’m totally appeased, when later, Booth sees that she changed the title of the book for him as well as dedicated it to him as her partner and friend.)
The subsequent Booth vs David standoff is hilarious as well. I love Booth’s predatory and fake-friendly smile!
Brennan is on her way with her notes, but stops when she sees the computer generated re-creation Angela has for their victim. She rushes in and declares that Angela has it all wrong. Angela agrees to get rid of it, but Brennan’s not listening; and it appears she knows Angela might just be right, because she asks Zack to give her the evidence bag for the Jane Doe they were working on.
She’s in a rush (not using her security card) and she rushes to her office and swipes away everything on her desk in a passionate way. When she pulls out her mother’s belt buckle, she knows the evidence is telling her the truth.
Booth then comes to look for her and tells the team that they’ve found Brennan’s mother. But before that, he’s already called the court, telling them Brennan won’t be in that day. He goes to her office, and Brennan senses he’s there, without even looking, and she tells him she has to miss court. He says he knows and he talks to her, and when Dr. Goodman arrives to tell Brennan that Angela is going to drive her home, Booth says, “Temperance…go home.”
And she listens. And it seems as if she spends most of the day there, thinking and considering her past.
But then…after midnight…there’s a knock on her door.
Sidenote: 2B is sort of the same as B&B right? Let’s say yes!
Brennan answers, surprised…
…but then when she’s sees it’s Booth, she’s sort of not surprised at all. And certainly not displeased, I don’t think.
She says, “It’s after midnight,” to which Booth replies, “Yeah, I was driving by, and I saw the lights and thought you might like some Wong Fu’s!”
Very sweet! But what always catches me off guard is how Brennan reacts.
She eyes the food and then asks Booth, “You saw my lights from the road?”
And Booth answers, “That is correct”.
Technically, it’s not a lie lie, Bones fans, as it is possible he did see her lights from the road. But if anyone tries to tell me that he wasn’t circling her apartment trying to think of a good excuse before that, or if he wasn’t thinking about her the entire day, hoping she was okay…well, I will not believe you. At all.
Of course, my opinion is less than Brennan’s, so it’s just funnel cakes and hot fudge sundaes to me that she feels the same as I do, which is of course that Booth is pretty much full of crap, but impossible to resist, and so…though she doesn’t believe him, she opens her door wider and invites him in.
Booth knows he was charming, and she knows it worked, and once again, he knows it worked too. I LOVE it. Also in the love column are Booth’s shoulders.
Booth is explaining the research he’d done on her parents’ file after she’d given it to him (Man on the Fairway). Also note that Booth pretty much doesn’t take his eyes off of her in this entire scene. Not necessarily in a “I can’t keep my eyes off of you” way, though Brennan does look pretty for being so exhausted and drained, but more in a “I’m not taking my eyes off of you until I know you’re okay” kind of way, which is just awesome.
Brennan is surprised that Booth has looked into the case (as if he wasn’t going to. He was proud you asked, Temperance!)
Booth tells her that finding her mother’s remains means he can open an official investigation. Brennan tells him about their family’s car having been found at a rest stop three days after her parents’ left, and Booth reveals that he’s already looked into it and is having it trucked to the Jeffersonian. So maybe THAT is what Booth was doing all day…he probably went to court and then worked on that case. Ah, possible! Can you just imagine Booth on the phone? Standing at his office window, annoyed. One hand on his hip, the other with his phone pinned to his ear. “Listen pal, I’m sure you think you’re important at your local junkyard or whatever, but I work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and I’m telling you that you WILL be shipping that car, and paying for it, to the Jeffersonian institute. You got me?” Click, hang up…move on.
Booth tells Brennan that as a science teacher, her father never had any trouble with the law (this is so ironic), but that her mother…that’s a different story. Brennan can’t believe that. Her mother was just a bookkeeper. Booth tells her she was a witness for the prosecution (great movie, BTW) twice, which is cause for motive.
He brings up Russ, and Brennan is clearly annoyed, and when Booth says that Russ says she blames him for their parents’ disappearance, Brennan is a bit on edge. Booth talked to Russ?
Booth just says that he called him, asked him a few routine questions, but that he didn’t give him much. When Brennan is not appeased, Booth goes Boothy on her and says it’s going to be okay in the form of him handling it, this time as “We’re going to find out what happened to your mom. Okay?” Confidence! That’s his deal, as we’ve mentioned before. He doesn’t actually say it, but it’s implied, “Trust me. I’ll fix it. Don’t worry. I’m your guy,”
This time it works (Actually most times it works, up until the mid-end of season five!)
Brennan is hesitant to believe him, but she does.
I love that scene.
Of course I also love when Booth tracks down Russ, and how upset Brennan is about it. I love when Angela and Brennan talk about that and Brennan admits, “Suddenly, no one cared where I was. I miss that, someone caring where I am all the time.”
Then we hear Booth’s “BONES! Bones, you up there? Come on! Let’s go, huh? Chop Chop!” Eek!
He’s his annoyed and impatient usual self (the same we saw from the beginning of this episode. I just love when he spreads his arms like that with his palms open. I don’t know why, but I do!), but Brennan’s reaction is amazing.
It’s like she knows. Whether she knows or not, I’m not sure, but some part of her does.
Like right after the opening credits when her body just somehow senses Booth is standing in her doorway, this time she just gets that Booth is up in her business because he cares about her.
This look she gives Angela proves it, as the smile is sort of a combination of her rolling her eyes at Booth’s impatience and secretly loving every minute of it.
Of course Angela has seen it all. I don’t like using much foul language on here, but every once in awhile, I just want to acknowledge Angela’s “Bitch, please” face, as it’s one of the best in the world. (Dave Barry once wrote a farcical book about finance and whenever he wanted to prove something ridiculous, he posted a pic of Suze Orman; it’s so funny.). So perhaps whenever I want to SAY that, I’ll just post something like this, and you’ll all know exactly what I’m talking about!
Here’s another one for good measure
I adore when Booth shows up again, and it appears Brennan didn’t even try to tell him not to. Could he be any more gorgeous? I’m totally serious. His relaxed body…the confidence he has when he’s helping her. He’s feeling very one with the universe, I’d say!
Brennan looks pretty too, don’t get me wrong!
And I have always, ALWAYS wanted to know what was written on that fortune cookie that makes Booth smile in confidence like that. Since we’ll never know, I guess it’s up to us to write our own!
Brennan wants to know what HIS parents were like, and I always thought Booth’s explanation made them seem like everything was fine. On second look (okay, okay, 250th look), maybe that’s not the case, and he certainly is a little more positive about his mother than his father. I guess I didn’t notice it the first 249 times; maybe because I was just staring at Booth and his tattoos.
But Brennan’s not really interested in that; she wants to know if when he was asleep at night, did they go out and rob banks.
She’s being kind of snarky, and Booth sees right through it, but doesn’t really call her on it. He just moves closer to her and assures her that all parents have secret lives. If they didn’t…they wouldn’t be parents.
Brennan gets the message (read: sex), but doesn’t mention the word (something she would probably do this season), but it doesn’t matter, because apparently just the idea of it makes Booth a little edgy, and though HE’S the one who brought over the meal super late, he says, “It is a little late for Chinese, isn’t it? Well, thanks for the meal. See you tomorrow.”
See you tomorrow… YAY!
And I WILL see you tomorrow as I kick off “Thankful Week” here on Bones Theory!
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS…seriously…what was on that fortune cookie fortune??!!