Good morning! Hope you are having a great weekend, wherever you are!
I gotta admit, after I watched The Doctor in the Photo, I was sort of cursing everything BONES-wise that had gotten me to that point of despair, haha. I cursed Fox, the OBY, TVGuide magazine, and I cursed Michael Ausiello for his article that featured this picture:
@#*$@^! Spoilers! BAD!
WHY DID I SEE THAT AND THINK THAT SETTING THE DVR TO RECORD BONES WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA????
I can so clearly imagine that day, the living room in the apartment I had at the time, the way it was set up, all of it. Then I was cursing BlockBuster for having seasons one and two of BONES so readily available for me to rent.
And so on and so on.
See, here you all thought I was this rational being. Sorry to burst that bubble!
When I was thinking about what episode I wanted to choose for this week’s scene study, I decided to go back to my roots so to speak and choose one of my first all time favorite BONES moments, and that is the scene at the diner with Booth, Brennan and Sweets. I love Christmas. I don’t talk much about it here, but I’m certainly more on Booth’s side of the whole “Birth of a Savior rigmarole” deal. Either way, I really love this scene. Scenes like this were what really hooked me to want to watch more of BONES. That, and…
Here’s a little history to get us started…
Brennan’s father, the wily old Max Keenan, is in prison, along with her brother, Russ.
He wants to know what Brennan is doing for Christmas. She says she’s doing what she always does, going on a trip. To Peru.
Max wants to have a Christmas with the entire family all together. Brennan shoots this down, as he’s in prison, as is Russ, and her mother is dead. Right on.
Max informs her that skeletons and Christmas do not go well together.
As the episode progresses, Brennan considers helping her father as Booth is dealing with the reality that he will not have Parker for Christmas. Booth mentions she could pull some strings (Oh, I’ve seen you pull some strings) to get the conjugal trailer. Brennan feels that this would be a waste, since Max is a murderer and a thief. Booth tells her that murderers and thieves get Christmas too; that’s sort of the point. (also, he’s wearing the gray sweaterrrrrrrrr!!!! Woooo!)
Brennan says she has other plans, and Booth shrugs. “Whatever they are, skeletons and Christmas do not mix.” Yes!
(PS…pal Smurfs is the master at this theory that Max and Booth are similar/two sides of the same coin/etc…and I’ve been annoying her to write it all out for BT…perhaps you can join me in annoying her until she writes it! Perhaps serious, gray sweater Booth can help!)
Though if I know Smurfs well enough, she’d rather have Sweets. There will be some of that later!
While Brennan may or may not be influenced by Booth and his gray sweater encased shoulders or the way his jaw is framed by his white dress shirt, she decides to ask Caroline Julian if she’ll assist in getting it arranged for her family to have Christmas together there, with Russ, Amy and her girls. Caroline agrees, on one condition.
Brennan tells her that “Booth said you’d say that.”
“Did he say I’d ask you to kiss him?” Muahahahahahahahahahaha!
Brennan laughs, and then realizes she’s the only one laughing. Caroline lays out the conditions, and then later, Brennan follows through.
Oh gosh, look at Booth’s face! Actually, Booth’s body language in this entire scene is just the bomb.com; he’s just caught between these two strong-willed women he cares about. I love it!
Then again, Brennan’s body language and face are also awesome. Please girl, you are not fooling ANYONE!
One day I’ll do a scene study of this entire scene, but for now, let’s just look at Booth’s reaction,
Seriously, break out your DVDs and watch it. It’s awesome!
I love when Brennan is all flustered. “Yeah, I’ve got stuff…to do…yeah…with…with bones.”
Not much else Booth can do but thank her for the gum!
Then, as the episode progresses, Brennan decides to consult with Sweets.
“I don’t understand,” he says. “Has there been some kind of crisis?”
“Yes,” Brennan answers. “I have a crisis.”
I love…love, love, love, the way they are both sitting on the same side of the table at the diner. I love Booth’s body language, how he’s sort of cupping that mug, how he’s sort of casually sprawled in his chair, leaning toward her. You know how men do that when they are with their fave lady! Right? He tells her, “Bones, it was just mistletoe.”
Sweets is surprised and looks to Brennan, who also sort of just whispers her response to Booth. “Not the kiss; that was nothing,” she says.
“You kissed?!?” Sweets wants to know.
“Mistletoe,” Booth is quick to point out, and Brennan quickly adds, “That’s not the crisis.”
“Was there tongue?” Sweets asks.
“Alright, you know what?” Booth steps in with his usual Boothy way, “Get your own sex life Sweets.”
We like him like that (and so does Brennan!)
But she doesn’t admit it. She’s quick to point out that the kiss had nothing to do with sex. Booth quickly agrees, “Nothing. It was just…mistletoe. ” And Brennan adds for clarification. “Totally sexless.”
Oh yes, it was just evidence. Mistletoe. Mmmhmmmm. Methinks the partners doth protest too much.
But Sweets buys it and says, (say it with me now), “I’m all ears.”
Brennan gives an awesome, “You know this is why I hate psychology, right?” face, and Booth follows that up, telling Sweets to just “take your hat off.”
Sweets does, and then Brennan gets down to business.
“Booth,” she begins. “Who is a very honest person…” LOVE THIS! I also love the look on Booth’s face, and the way he’s still leaning toward her, and all of it. She continues. “…says that at this time of year, deception is necessary for the happiness of little children.”
It’s clear by the look on her face that she doesn’t so much have a crisis as she just needs someone to agree with her, and I think she’s pretty sure Sweets will. Booth is too, because he jumps in to add, “I’m being misquoted.”
Sweets replies, “Booth is absolutely right,” to which Booth replies…
“She got the gist.”
Sweets reveals that there’s a fictional element to Christmas. Brennan agrees, “Oh, you mean the whole ‘birth of a savior rigmarole’, which of course fires Booth right on up.
“It is not rigmarole.”
Brennan is not convinced, haha, but Sweets changes the subject. “No, Dr. Brennan…it’s the Christmas spririt. It’s a kind of dream or hope that we carry with us from childhood. But as adults…” to which Booth butts in…
“Are you including you in that?” YES!
Haha, Sweets moves on. “As adults, we’re imbued by the pragmatic routines of life, which makes it difficult for us to regard anything with childlike wonder. But, you know, it’s alright for us to try. We put on silly hats and drape trees with sparkly lights, wrap gifts in garish paper, and that’s GOOD for us. It’s not only right to allow children to…
By this time, Booth has heard enough, and he’s laughing on the inside.
And Brennan is intrigued. And so pretty. SO, SO, SO, SO pretty in this episode! I didn’t know who David Boreanaz or Emily Deschanel were until I watched this ep for the first time, and now I just can’t imagine that. I love her in this entire episode. I really do.
Meanwhile, Sweets is still going…
“It’s not only alright to allow children the transient experience of innocence and joy. It’s our responsibility.”
I love this. I so do. Body Language! It makes me want to break out my Queen Greatest Hits.
Brennan nods. “Okay.” She’s buying it. And Booth is not pleased.
Brennan says she found that very helpful.
Booth says, “What do you think I’ve been saying for the past four days.”
Poor Sweets just sort of looks on. He’s not really sure how to handle them at this point, I don’t think.
Either way, Brennan takes Booth’s advice and convinces Russ to go along with the plan to lie to Amy’s girls.
He wants to know if she’ll be there, and Brennan bristles.
She and Booth solve the case (including sniffing some butts and ringing some bells…it’s true; that’s BONES for you!)…and Brennan considers her plans.
She decides to stay, and maybe she tells Booth this, maybe not. Maybe he knew in his heart that she was going to stay…it’s hard to say. But, he shows up, with Parker and a Christmas tree and a lot of love in his heart. And I was flat out hooked. Yeah, the kiss was cute and all of that, but this…
“I love my gift Booth,”
“Merry Christmas, Bones…”
Yeah…and the hopeful look combined with some emotion I couldn’t identify…well, by that time, I was mega-hooked! What had happened to get these two people to this point where they were obviously so close to declaring their love for one another?
Ah, hahahahahahahaha, what an innocent BONES-baby I was in those days! Oh well, it was just a ‘transient experience of innocence and joy”, I guess. Of course I ALSO thought Booth would wear that gray sweater again, and that hasn’t happened either.
One of these days…one of these days!
Peace, Love & Bones,