A few weeks ago, we took a look at the top ten times Brennan knocked Booth’s socks off. Well, it’s now time to take a look at times our main man Seeley J. Booth knocked Brennan for a loop. Sure, she wears socks too, but that’s kind of his thing, don’t you think? I think with Brennan, she is affected, though at times, it’s more subtle. But it does absolutely happen. In my opinion, the ‘evidence’ is that Booth takes her words away. When that happens, we know she’s affected. There are a lot of really amazing moments in this series, and Brennan is often impressed by Booth, but I was looking more for those immediate reactions from her. I can’t wait to see what you add to the list.
Until then, here are my ten, in no particular order.
#1. I’ll protect you, baby.
The parted lips, the flush, the way her hands fall to his chest. The way she doesn’t spout out any sort of jargon about how she doesn’t need him protecting her from anything (the likes of many other scenes). No, when it comes down to it, when it’s his body pressing hers up against the wall…no words. She wants him.
#2. It means something
Owl brought this one up, and I had to totally agree. Brennan had just finished saying that objects hold no intrinsic power, “a person’s future does not depend on some thing.”
Interesting! And though she doesn’t admit that there is a direct correlation between Booth holding the earring and him holding her future, haha, she does admit that it means something. In hindsight, it’s sort of surprisingly sweet.
#3. Take him down like a flea:
After the season six premiere aired, I remember thinking that to me, it was just as special that Booth had repeated Brennan’s words here as it had been when she’d repeated Booth’s words in about what was between them was theirs. My initial reaction, combined with this look on Brennan’s face…I don’t know what it all means, but I think part of it means that Booth gets her. He doesn’t always get her, but listens and he gets her more than anyone else gets her. I think that makes her want him more.
#4. There is, of course, a sexual component to an act of this sort. The knife-representing—
Yeah, Sweets, as Cam said, “We get it.” And Brennan likes it. Just a little too much. But when it comes to Booth, there’s no such thing as too much. Totally in my bottom 10 episodes of all time, but Brennan’s complete trust in Booth, and the thrills she gets from his knives…well, that’s just awesome.
#5. There’s also a sexual component to him rising, naked, from his bathtub like a Greek god of a man.
Whatever she came over to his house for (answers?), she sure got a lot more! I mean, Booth really is the vulnerable one in this scene of course, but still…when he stands up, all splashy and tan and what not, she sort of blinks and then flushes, and smiles and makes a joke. The conversation continues, but in that instant, she was surprised by him. Who the heck wouldn’t be? I don’t care what anyone has said, she’s so curious about what he’s been hiding beneath his clothes. And for Brennan, a new discovery is like gold. Golden, wet, muscle-y gold…okay, I’ll stop now.
#6. For every effect,
…there is a corresponding cause.
Brennan kind of squees, don’t you think?
She gasps out loud, like a girl. She totally does. She loves it.
#7. There’s someone for everyone…someone you’re meant to spend the rest of your life with.
Gah. That scene from Man in the Outhouse. That SCENE! The entire thing from start to finish is just money in the bank. I know that some people find it annoying when I use past scenes to sort of prove my points about B&B, but I just don’t know what to say to that. The scenes did happen, and they were wonderful, and I love them. It’s not naivete; it’s just love. This scene strikes me as so wonderful, because, like with almost everything B&B, one confesses something (in this case, Brennan-the sting of rejection) and the other reveals something (in this case, Booth, what I consider to be his desire). I don’t think he’s speaking in general terms, and I don’t think Brennan does either. Why else would he tell her that she just needed to open her eyes and see it? Oh, I love it. Once again, Brennan doesn’t roll her eyes at him; she doesn’t scoff (too much) and ignore him. She just looks at him and listens and considers it. It’s not a secret that I think her celibacy began that night (or soon after). Whether she knows that Booth is the answer in that moment, I’m not sure, but I think that in that moment, it really begins to be clear that he’s the only one who’ll do. I don’t know how else to describe it, but it’s deeper than just words. The literal tone and pitch of his voice affects her. His eyes, his kindness, his confidence in her ability to love and be loved…
She can’t take her eyes off of him, and it’s no wonder he can’t take his eyes off of her. Beautiful people!
#8. I’ve got stuff to do. With bones.
Yes, you just TRY to keep your eyes off of him, missy! I love that Booth says “I don’t know what that means” and she says “Stuff”. Perfect, subtle, sweet. What I also love is that even though we NOW know they had kissed before, it’s clear that he still does it for her in every way.
#9. Guy stuff
Brennan once told Booth that every element was his element, and he quickly told her that wasn’t true. But I think that when Booth IS in his element (and in this case, he was having a man-to-man talk with “the kid” in Salt in the Wounds), she responds to that, instinctively. There might be times when she is analyzing his behavior in general where she might include him in ‘anthropological inevitabilities” , but usually, in the heat of a moment, she just observes him. This moment isn’t necessarily completely in your face, but I do believe that she really wants him here, or is incredibly drawn to him. One reviewer of this episode (not me) said that Brennan swooned. Possible! I remember watching this with my parents, and it was around the time it had been announced that Stewie was going to be guest-starring to assist in the plot development of Brennan wanting a baby. I’d been discussing it with my family, mainly my brother, a big Family Guy fan, and as we watched the end of this episode, and Brennan is standing there watching, my dad looked up at the TV and said, “Ah, she wants a baby with him.” And I agreed.
#10. He knows the truth hurts, but that she needs it anyway.
Is this the first time she falls into his arms because of something happy? Okay, Max getting arrested by Booth isn’t THE happiest thing in the world, but I mean…this is different than say, Judas on a Pole when she falls into his arms, right? Again, it might not seem like THAT drastic of a moment, but for me it is, because what we see here is that Brennan…she needs more. More of him. She could have thanked him, smiled, patted his arm, but she doesn’t. She just needs…more.
So what did I miss? “I love you?” Vegas? Ceramics? Hockey? The Making Love Speech? ConMan in the MethLab? Slow dance to Seal? Dine & Dash? I know there are more than that, right? Help me out! Let’s discuss!