Good morning, good morning!
I must say, I’m pretty excited for this scene study. I think, and while it’s sort of impossible to really say officially, but I’m pretty darn sure that this is my all time favorite scene in a BONES episode. Fire in the Ice is not my all time fave episode (though it’s probably in the top 3), and there are other moments I really love, but as far as scenes…I can’t think of one I love more. I really cannot.
Let’s. Do. This. Thing. Woo!
Here’s a little history to get us started.
Booth is in a hockey league (how cute is it that Wendell is on the Federal team?), and he has a game. He’s the ‘enforcer’ and the alpha male on his team, which is no surprise and also awesome. Cam, Sweets and Brennan all show up for it. Did Booth invite them? I have no idea. Did they surprise him by coming to see him play? I don’t know. Why haven’t they been to any of his other games? I don’t know (at least, don’t you get the impression that at least Brennan has never been?). What I DO know is this. When Brennan catches Booth’s eye, after he’s tossed into time-out (that’s what it is, we all know it.)…she gets this gaspy little fluttery voice and says, “Hi” and waves.
Brennan! What I love about it is how cute she is, and also completely in character. I think that would be hard to pull off. The hat helps, and I love that too. Meanwhile…Booth. He can’t hear her, I don’t think, but that doesn’t matter, does it? Because he waves back automatically, kind of catching his breath…
…and THEN he sort of smiles in a way that feels new. Sort of a ‘yeah, baby’ and a ‘that’s my girl’ and a ‘I Love Bones’ and a ‘Giddyup’ all rolled into one, right?
Yeah, baby! There’s something about that scene that always makes me think “This is new”, and I don’t know if it IS new, necessarily, or if it’s just that it’s so public! It’s a B&B moment, completely out in the open. Right?
Moving on (if you want. You can stay up here and stare at Booth’s hands all day. Fine by me! There is shirtless Booth below, though…just so you know.)
Booth gets into a fight on the ice, etc, etc, and later when B&B are examining a body, Booth realizes it is the man he fought and that he’s a suspect (kind of a leap, but whatever).
But first, Booth and Wendell are in the locker room, and Brennan busts inside.
Apparently, for some reason (though she is the one who busted in), she’s surprised. I’m sensing a trend.
She’s hilarious. And she’s also asking if the two of them are alright. Booth gets one of those “You’re unbelievable, you know that, Bones?” looks on his face…
…and asks her if she wants to wait outside. “Well,” Brennan shrugs. “Your hand might be broken. Do you want me to look at it?” And obviously I’m the one who will help you. Period. So, no, I won’t wait outside, thank you very much. After all, I’m a doctor. Yes, I know not that kind of doctor, but still… (That’s in the Seels:Bloggers’s-Cut Edition. That’s what I should do for my next project. Like Mystery Science Theater 3000, I”ll just sit in a theater, watch all the episodes and add my own dialogue. Yeah, moving on…)
Booth says “No, that’s alright. You can wait outside please.”
I love Wendell’s reaction, and I love the reaction of every other man in the locker room, too. I’m guessing they are all FBI related. Side question: How much crap does Booth go through from fellow FBI agents because of Brennan? I’d say in that moment, it just doubled. WOO!
And do any of these looks say, “Oops, my mistake?” or “Oops, I’ve made a miscalculation and unnecessarily embarrassed Booth?”
Nope, I don’t think they do!
And you can’t quite see it perfectly, because it’s a fade out/fade in shot, but Booth gets this little smile on his face that always makes me laugh.
BUT we must move on or we will never get to the actual scene I want to discuss. I’ll just use bullet points.
>There is a case, the hockey player.
>Agent “I’m a backseat kind of a girl, myself” Perotta is brought in to assist during Booth’s recovery.
>But it doesn’t matter, as Brennan has never been prettier than she is in this episode.
>Okay, maybe Booth flirts a bit, but we all kind of like it, because of that whole fluttery thing, because of his eyes, his shoulders, the tone of his voice, and because he may or may not be wearing a t-shirt with a slot machine on it.
>Sweets senses they are having a moment, and he does what is necessary, making Booth annoyed. Perhaps that’s not his original intent (breaking up the flirt/interrogation sessions between Booth and PP, but it worked!) I love his line, “Rats, I winced!”
>The case continues, and Booth has another hockey game, during which he falls down and gets a concussion, imagining Luc Robitaille, and when he opens his eyes, Brennan is there and she says, “I get nervous when you fall down and don’t get up.” Now, THAT’s a line!
> These guys are Booth’s People
>Booth solves the case from his couch. Brennan arrives to his apartment. Quick note: She has a key, but puts it back on the counter, leading me to believe that no matter what any fanfic writer says, they don’t have spare keys to each other’s places. On one hand, I think…well, they probably do. How can they not? They are close. But then, I’m pretty sure they don’t. I think they aren’t as close as we think they are. Or at least, they don’t let themselves admit that they know how close they know they are. Another discussion for another day, but basically, giving a spare key to the other would be an admission of that closeness, and they don’t have that.
I love that she has the soup from the place (and that we have no idea what kind or from where, or whatever. Can’t you just imagine Booth on the drive home? First of all, she’s driving, so you know he’s annoying her. And he’s probably like, “I need you to get me some soup. From the place. You know…the place, with the soup! Mama…just ask for her, and tell her it’s for me. She’ll know. She’ll know, Bones.” Hahaha
Meanwhile, Brennan looks gorgeous in that red jacket and even prettier when she takes it off. Too bad Booth has a concussion!
They solve the case and get the murderer to confess, and then here’s another scene from the Blogger’s Cut Vault:
Booth: Another one solved.
Perotta: Oh, um…I was wondering, I um, I made some soup, and I thought you might like it, so if you want…
Brennan: That’s okay, I already got him the soup from the place. He likes my soup just fine.
Perotta: I see. So, okay then. But…you’re going to need someone to be with you for the night. Concussions are serious business. I could always, you know…check in on you and your body, I mean…your headache, through the night, if you want.”
Booth: Oh, no need. Bones here is going to go ice skating with me all night. (stands up to leave, Brennan follows)
Brennan: At the ice rink. (They walk out the door)
Booth: (nudges her arm) Hey, you got that one right, Bones!
Brennan: We’re really going skating all night?
Hahahahahaha, I have issues.
But THEN! WOOOOOOOO! Here we are!!
Brennan says she’s not positive this is a good idea, but we can see on Booth’s face that it is a very good idea. Throughout the series, we don’t have many moments where Booth really is the expert. That might be another reason why I love this scene so much. There are these amazing layers of them supporting one another. It’s really incredibly well done. There’s also a sense (and maybe I’m wrong) that they sort of gave ED and DB the script, turned on the cameras and said…go for it. Does anyone else feel that way? I don’t know that every trip and fall and smile is choreographed; it’s more that they just were in the moment, and they did it. Thoughts?
Brennan trips and falls down, but she’s also laughing. Booth picks her back up and answers her question. “Well, I’ve gotta stay up all night, so who better to keep me company…than you?” Does anyone else die a bit of a sweet death at the tone of his voice in that moment? Please tell me I’m not the only one.
Brennan laughs again, sort of calling him out on it, but sort of clarifying too. “You and me skating is saving you from slipping into a coma?” Booth doesn’t really answer her, but also doesn’t deny it. He also doesn’t say that her being with him saves him from all kinds of bad things, hahaha, but oh well.
She sort of trips again, and he catches her, “Easy, Bones. Now I’m gonna go down.”
She laughs again and is steadied, declaring. “I have a lot of natural athletic ability!”
“Oh yeah, natural.” Booth replies. “I can see that. Real smooth and natural.”
This always reminds me of Happy Gilmore, “What? Friends listen to Endless Love in the dark.” Yeah, sure they do.
What’s so brilliant about this scene is the sheer physicality in it. It’s not making love or whatever, but there is this underlying ‘permission’ B&B have to touch one another, under the guise of the skating. Remember when Dr. Wyatt said that one of them is acutely aware of the sexual attraction between them and struggles with it daily? You all know I think that’s Brennan, but if it’s NOT her, then it’s really both of them, and Dr. Wyatt was just getting pleasure out of annoying Sweets, ha. But this sort of scene is one of those moments between B&B where for one night, they are breaking their own rules. They aren’t admitting to anything; they barely even admit that the rules exist (“There’s a line. That doesn’t even need to be there” Brennan says in season three), but they both know it, and they are both okay with it. Booth needing someone to talk to him…Brennan needing someone to help her up from the ice every once in awhile, neither of those are reasons for them to hold hands. You know? Those two things might involve occasional touching, but Brennan tucking her arm into Booth’s? That’s love and desire and…permission. What happens then is that their physical permission allows for an increased ability to share from their hearts. Why am I still TALKING about it. I must show you.
It’s kind of hard to get perfect pics, because they are ALWAYS moving, but I’ll try.
Brennan doesn’t quite look at Booth when she begins, “That Agent Perotta… (Oh, Brennan, I love your attempts to sound casual!)…she really enjoyed working with us.”
Booth is sort of surprised and serious and can only say “Yeah”. The word doesn’t convey his tone, but I know you all know exactly what he sounds like. He’s looking at her, but she’s still not looking at him, and she continues, “But, um…you’re the only FBI agent I want to work with.”
I love when Booth smooths his hand down his tie like that. He’s not even looking at her either necessarily, but can’t you just tell that he’s memorizing every.single.word. Right? Oh, I love it. Love, love, love. Brennan, though she doesn’t always know it or get it…she just gets it right sometimes. It’s hard to explain. She doesn’t say the right thing, but it somehow always IS the right thing? You know? Like in season two, when she tells Booth she doesn’t know what to say to make him feel better because he’s the one she asks for that kind of thing.
There are times, I admit, where I think Booth sort of looks for confirmation that she cares about him, and where he sort of ignores other signs from her that she might not care for him. I am not judging him; I do the same thing, perhaps you do too. We sort of hold on to the good signs and rationalize the bad signs, right? But there’s something about this scene, and her admission about only wanting to work with him that I think is fair to interpret as truth & more. She does only want to work with him, as far as the FBI is concerned, but she also only wants him to work with her. And she only wants him to want her, and she wants to want him. She doesn’t necessarily believe she has what it takes, but the desire to have that…it’s there; she wants that. I firmly believe this.
Sometimes, in my own life, I imagine that I’ll say the perfect right thing, but what always happens, when I’m in a situation like the one B&B are in right now…I freeze up. I say nothing. My mind is whirling with everything I want to say, and it just doesn’t come out. Part of me thinks Booth is sort of feeling that way here. He doesn’t respond to what she says. Doesn’t say “Thanks, Bones. You’re the only anthropologist I want to work with.” or anything like that.
I wish that in my life, my own looks could convey as much…
…because Brennan sees that he gets it, and he can see that she sees that he gets it. Remember earlier when Brennan wasn’t really shy or embarrassed about entering the men’s locker room uninvited? Well, in this scene here, we do see her a little more flustered, and she changes the subject quickly, asking Booth. “Will you tell me what the Lucky Luciano told you?”
I love this, because for one, she’s making a joke, which is hilarious. And she’s using the incorrect term, which is so not her thing. That’s Booth’s thing “Rhyming Linguine” etc. And I ALSO love it because earlier in the episode, Booth sort of announced to Brennan, Sweets and Cam that Luc Robitaille told him something…something about himself. Sweets is super curious, but Booth tells him he’ll never know what it is. But when Brennan asks…
“He’s not an Italian opera singer! Bones, why do you always say that wrong? You do it on purpose!
Brennan says, “I would like to know what he said.”
And once again, like last week, we have one of those moments where Booth sort of immediately uses his gut to know if she’s telling the truth or not, or being sincere, and he decides that she is. Can he trust her? Not just with his body in the line of duty…but with this? The real him? The stuff about his dad. The stuff that haunts him late at night. Not only that, but a vision/hallucination/modern-day vision quest from a hockey injury. Wouldn’t that normally be the kind of thing she would scoff at? Something he’s never planning to tell anyone? Can he really trust her with this?
“He said…that I’m not like…my old man. He said I’m made of better stuff.”
Like with Brennan’s confession, we see here that Booth is not really looking at her, but that Brennan is listening in with everything she can. She is literally hanging on his every word and hanging on to him. She doesn’t say “Stuff is the incorrect word, Booth. And besides, the likelihood that your DNA and genes are that much different than your father’s is slim. It’s simple biology, Booth. Your parents had intercourse, and you were created. So…” At which point, Booth blushes or changes the subject. No she does not go anthropology on him at all. Instead, she gets personal. And like with her earlier wave, it’s incredibly sweet and different, and yet also completely in character. She just validates him, in a way that I just don’t see anyone else being able to do. If that makes me narrow-sighted about it, then sue me. I don’t care. This is beautiful to me.
She grabs his arm, and look at his face!
And she says, “Well, I don’t know your old man…”
Look at HER face. She has a crush on him. She loves him. He’s very well structured, he’s pleasing to look at…all of it. And she likes him.
Do I think that B&B could work with other people sometimes? Sure, and I don’t mean just work-work. I mean, life and all of it. I guess, yeah. But there’s just something about them that also works, and it doesn’t make sense. Which can be annoying and liberating, I guess.
But look at Booth’s face, too. Sweets makes his own comments about Booth’s dad earlier in the episode, and Booth is furious and threatening and annoyed. But here…it’s like everything bad about his life just rolls away when she’s good to him. It’s this kind of thing that sort of puts a nail in the whole “fate” coffin, and where I think Booth is kind of wrong. Sure, it’s possible he felt something for her the moment he laid eyes on her. I believe that. But that isn’t enough for a whole life together. But this kind of thing is. This, and a hand on his arm at a gravesite, and sitting at his bedside and reading to him from a story she wrote about him…that is the stuff of life.
Not that HE’s the one who needs convincing of course, but still…that’s not fate.
Okay, I’m getting carried away. Let’s get back to the scene. Brennan continues…
“I don’t know your old man…your father, but…”
…”But I think you’re made of very, very good stuff.”
So sweet. It’s not really ‘smooth and natural’, but it’s perfect. And she said stuff.
So, in that moment, Booth gains some confidence of his own, right? And he finally figures out the right thing to say (remember earlier, about that whole ‘freezing up’ thing?).
“Hey, know what? Forget about Agent Perotta”
“Alright? Nothing’s going to change between me and you”
So…what do we do with that, in light of the current situation? Does it mean Booth is a hypocrite? That he gave up on love too quickly? That he’s been lying this whole time?
It doesn’t mean that. We can’t judge this past Booth like that. I really don’t think we can. To use a possible Brennan phrase, he just didn’t have all of the evidence to make an official conclusion. He’s an optimist (anyone ever wonder why? Another post for another day!), and that also shouldn’t be held against him. I think we have to sort of separate his normal cocky attitude and confidence and assurances about love and all of that from his personal self esteem. They are two different things. I know I harp on this all of the dang time, so you’re probably annoyed by this point, but I don’t care. We have a series-long history of him being confident in the things he can control (his work, his ability to shoot things (mostly), his gut, his ability to help Brennan with her personal issues), but NOT regarding his past or his personal life. To insist that he should just ‘know better’ or somehow magically gain a ton of self-esteem in that area AFTER BRENNAN REJECTED HIM (in the 100th) is completely irrational and frankly it just makes me mad! Haha. Whoo, okay. Sorry about that. Back to the scene.
Also, I think it’s fair to sort of say that who knows what he means here. We sort of interpret this to mean, “Hey, Bones. Don’t worry about FBI Barbie, because I love you, and I’ll never leave you ever. I don’t even want to have sex with anyone but you, even though we can’t. I love your dark silky hair and that you embarrass me all the time but busting into rooms (hey, remember my bathroom?), and all of that. Don’t worry; nothing’s going to change between me and you. We’ll just be ‘just partners’ even though we both know that doesn’t really mean what it means, and that both of us want more and we both know it.”
But maybe he’s not saying that. Maybe he’s saying, “Don’t worry, Bones. I will always, always protect you and care about you. No matter who I date or sleep with.”
If we interpret it one way (and believe me, I do), that’s not Booth’s fault.
Brennan tells him that “Entropy is a natural force that pulls everything apart at a sub-atomic level. Everything changes.”
I love how we’ve gone from light brushing, to hanging on to Booth’s fingers, to holding his hand, to grabbing his arm to him cupping her waist and hips. Love it.
Booth says, “Not everything, Bones. Not everything.”
And they are both laughing and loving it. She says, “You’re going to make me fall.” And he replies. “I’m never going to make you fall. I’m always here. Are you kidding me?”
There’s nothing anyone can say or do that will ruin this scene for me. Ever. To me, it’s a perfect example of B&B and a single life shared. Neither one is perfect or says the exact right thing. Maybe Booth is too optimistic; maybe Brennan is too scientific at the end. Does that really matter? When it comes down to it, they both know the truth in that moment. Booth doesn’t necessarily say the right thing at the right time. When put on the spot, he kind of freezes up, but Brennan gets it. And when she pushes him to share about Lucky Luciano, he does, and she does say the right thing. They want to touch each other and be close, and for a single moment…they gave themselves the permission to do so, all under the guise that Booth’s health might suffer if they didn’t. B&B don’t need our permission to love one another, nor do they need it from anyone else. They need it from themselves and each other, in a way that yeah, possibly, might be slightly unhealthy. Only when they both realize that and give themselves that permission…only then will they be together. That makes it tough to watch sometimes.
But for the most part, it’s good. And like Brennan on the ice, or Booth’s expressions about his personal life, it’s NOT always ‘smooth and natural’. But what in life and relationships really is?
It’s still good.
Hope you are having a great day. If you made it this far, thanks for sticking around during my insane ramblings!
Peace, Love & Bones,