Hey Hey, Happy Monday! I remember when BONES used to air on Mondays, and that always made it just a little bit easier to start the week, you know? Having said that, if you’re on Twitter, be on the lookout for today’s hashtag, #MondaysWishTheyWereBonesDays. You know they do!
This post is sort of a companion piece to my earlier post that, “For Brennan, only Booth Will Do” where we discussed how Booth is the one Brennan wants. While I believe that Brennan is who Booth wants, I also think she is what he needs (and likewise he is what she needs). Up until Con Man in the Meth Lab, I honestly thought that Booth was really, really okay. I also thought that he was sort of the steady, assured perfect guy who Brennan could always rely on. Sure, there were moments where he had some…blips, but those are completely understandable. And, whenever those moments happened, we always saw the resolutions, as follows.
Booth struggled with the need to talk to someone about his sniper past/He talks with Brennan.
Booth has issues with Rebecca/They are resolved and the former couple grows amicable.
Booth shoots a clown/He meets Gordon Gordon Wyatt and learns to deal with his issues by expressing himself through tiny rebellions.
No problem. Booth is in control, baby! But then Jared comes around, and we begin to see that Booth…well, he’s sort of just holding some things together. I don’t know about you, but his vulnerabilities are just as attractive to me as his strengths. At the core, he’s a really good person who sometimes makes mistakes. He kind of thinks he’s a bad person at the core who tries to be good. This is just my opinion of course, but I think there is some merit to that. Having said that, I think there are several ways in which Booth needs someone like Brennan as much (if not more) as she needs someone like him.
Booth needs someone who understands his pain.
We have discussed this at length here, but it really is the truth, like this picture from Mayhem on a Cross. I also love that in the 100th episode, they showed Brennan watching Booth watch the video of Gemma Arrington singing. The same is true in the pilot episodes, when Booth is watching the video of Cleo Eller. Booth identifies and feels very strongly about righting the wrongs of this world. While Brennan is equally horrified at the injustice in the world, she doesn’t see Booth’s experiences as a reflection of him as a person. She also understands his job and his commitment to that.
He needs someone who calls him on his crap.
I love that face she makes! Haha! I also love in Con Man after Brennan gives her speech, and then she calls him over to talk to him privately. I really thought she was going to maybe kiss him for his birthday, but she didn’t. Instead she wanted to get on his case about Jared. Booth bristles and reminds her not to upset him after he got her shot. Brennan says that “I got me shot”, which is true. I love that she tells the truth there, to stand up for him, even if he’s trying to take on the responsibility himself. I also love in Man in the Outhouse when she calls him out on interrupting her date with Jason for no real reason. That Sweets is a witness to it is really great also. Likewise, I love in Crank in the Shaft when she helps him get the chair (while also making sure to let him know how ridiculous he is being about wanting it).
He needs someone who understands how he feels about his family:
Booth doesn’t really let anyone in on that part of his life, but if there is anyone…it’s Brennan. So I’m hoping that as the series progresses, we’ll see more and more of this. But as much as he does let people in…Brennan’s the one. I like how he is upfront about his frustrations over not being able to spend much time with Parker (Santa in the Slush, Goop on the Girl, etc), and his concerns over Jared (Beaver in the Otter, Dentist in the Ditch, etc). But where Brennan’s involvement is most evident is in Foot in the Foreclosure with Pops. Though this is a little bit obscure, I think that his inclusion of himself into his proposal that she build a summer home with a big screen TV and serve him 7 layer dip in Baby in the Bough is also indicative of his desire. And I think Brennan (though she denied it at the time), feels the same way.
He needs someone who listens.
This is sort of the same idea that he needs someone he can talk to…but it’s also more than that. He needs someone who understands what he’s saying and what he’s not saying when he’s talking. Does that make sense? Brennan is pretty good about it. She tends to listen to Booth and then quote him back to himself whenever he seems to be swaying away from Boothyness. (Sidenote…this is another reason why I’m still feeling good about season six. Sometimes Brennan is sort of clueless, but for the most part, if she feels that Booth is off-kilter, she calls him on it. That she hasn’t been up in his deal about things proves to me that she doesn’t feel like he’s being particularly different to her. I find that reassuring). I was so proud of her at the end of Con Man when she asked if he needed time and space, and when she just sat with him.
Booth’s confession about his dad was certainly a shock, but that he told Brennan wasn’t. Agree? And I love the end scene of Devil in the Details when she honestly asks for his opinion and really listens to what he says.
He needs someone to flirt with.
He just does. And while I think most of us would stand in line for the opportunity, he really needs it to be Brennan on the receiving line of his charm. For one thing, this sort of falls into the same department as calling him on his crap. “Don’t use your charm smile on me,” she tells him in Superhero in the Alley. But she secretly likes it, I think. Of course, sometimes she has no idea that he’s flirting with her (Passenger in the Oven, anyone?), but that’s okay too. It doesn’t hurt him to have to work at it a bit, haha. I love “They’re your second favorite flower; I know you, Bones. Try a planet…………Jupiter!” (Intern in the Incinerator) and “That’s for me to know and you to find out” (Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond). One day, he’ll really be able to turn on the charm with Brennan, and she’ll get it, and it will be fireworks, baby!
He needs someone who makes him want to be better.
Booth IS good enough (she would say he’s too good for her. As pal Sleepless said a few weeks ago, “Booth would consider this so far from the truth it’s not even funny…but there comes a point when he doesn’t even care anymore, he needs her that badly”), but as we’ve discussed before, he needs to be needed. Therefore, he needs someone who needs him to continually grow as a person. Booth takes pride in what he has learned from the squints. (Pals Smurfs and Angiebc reminded me of Baby in the Bough when he said, “I am a constant surprise!”), and we all know that he stopped gambling because of Brennan. Sometimes that gets glossed over as not that big of a deal. But because we never really saw Booth in a tough spot gambling-wise, I think we underestimate just how big of a deal it is. I always love in Woman in the Sand how Brennan is so fierce about being in Booth’s business while they are in the casino.
He needs someone to help him absolve his guilt.
This is more than just someone who listens, and more than someone who understands his pain. This is Brennan, in the pilot episode, after Booth confesses that he wants to put away as many murderers as people he killed as a sniper (who probably WERE ALSO MURDERERS!) telling him that she wants to help him with that. This is her putting her hand on his arm after has to shoot someone. This is her actively helping him even out his cosmic balance sheet. Sure, she also does it because she doesn’t like murderers, but there is a teensy part of her (I think) that does it because it makes Booth so happy and so he’ll be nice to her (Man in the Morgue). And it’s also in the way he can come clean about his past, even if it’s helping her in the process too.
He needs someone to stand up for him.
We can’t see it in this picture, but she’s also currently holding one of Booth’s teeth, and she’s just punched out a bounty hunter who has helped put Booth in danger. Yeah, baby!
I know you know what’s at the end of the bullet coming out of this gun. Yeah, it’s a partner thing, but Booth needs that too. Hannah tells us in season six that Booth has told her that Brennan’s the best partner he’s ever had. Booth tells us in episode 100 (flashback) that he doesn’t really do the partner thing. It will be interesting to see if that ever comes up again. Do you think he’s had partners before? Not that Brennan is the best he’s ever had just by default (so technically, not a lie), but the point is that he needs her as his partner.
Um…Booth doesn’t know about those last two, does he? Hmmm…
He needs someone who adores him.
Ah. I have to admit that I’m sort of in the camp that believes that Brennan isn’t necessarily in love with Booth. But then…when I look at that picture…I don’t know, darlings…
Now…does she know that she’s looking at him like that? I don’t think so. I don’t think she has any idea that her eyes are just expressing adoration for Booth. But still…he needs someone who looks at him just like that. And it needs to be Brennan. That is all.
Well, okay, one more thing…
He needs someone to make all of this…worth it.
What do you think? Do you agree with me? Is the expression of Booth’s love most honestly expressed in the form of Brennan? Is it necessary for him to have all of these things? And is Brennan the one who truly can provide them all? What ELSE can she best provide?
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS…It’s worth clicking to watch the vid on YouTube. That warning at the beginning to NOT post it to any sites? Yeah…about that. I did request permission…I promise. And I waited weeks before I posted it after receiving no response. But really…it’s just too good to pass up. It’s absolute perfection. David Boreanaz (and therefore Booth) has this incredible natural rhythm that is edgy and smooth at the same time, confident and casual at the same time, and attractive all the time. I love that part of his work as Booth’s character. It’s very deliberate, I am convinced. And I think this video sort of captures that rhythm in the best way. Seriously, I watch this at least three times a day and laugh.
Hahahaha, oh Booth!