Please, as if I could chose any OTHER scene for this week? As if!
Let’s do this thing! But first, here’s a little history to get us started.
***Side note: Did I say I was going to make these scene studies shorter? I really do try to just analyze a scene, but there is just so MUCH CONTEXT! Sigh…My bad!***
Howard Epps is evil. Among other things, he snuck into Brennan’s apartment to try to kill her. But she expected him, and so did Booth, and as they were trying to capture him, he fell over the balcony of Brennan’s apartment. Booth tried to save him (do yourself a favor and watch the end scene of Girl in the Gator! Boreanaz and Stephen Fry are awesome!), but Epps still fell. This shook Booth up a bit, and he opened fire on a clown figurine on a moving ice-cream truck, forcing the FBI to put him into mandatory therapy, or ‘sessions’ as he called them.
But Brennan’s services were still needed by the FBI, so in the interim, Brennan was assigned to work with Agent Tim Sullivan, aka Sully. Show of hands…how many of you think that Booth signed off on Sully being the one to work with Brennan? I kinda think he did.
Anyhiz, Brennan and Sully work one case together (see: The Girl in the Gator) and then they decide to date. This produces several side effects in Booth; ulcers, cocky belt buckle, flashy ties & socks. He may have worn those things BEFORE this time, but for sure afterward!
At the beginning of this episode, Brennan is annoyed with Booth for once again interrupting her vacation with Sully. Booth says that can be a lesson for Sully then, that if he wants to take her on vacation…he should actually take her away. Hahahaha!
Brennan says he was on vacation and didn’t go away; Booth counters that it wasn’t a vacation, it was a suspension. Haha. Brennan digs him on therapy, and he says, “Don’t knock therapy. Dr. Wyatt has helped me realize that there are certain pressures that build up on the job and I need creative ways of dealing with them–”
“We do everything together,” Brennan interrupts. “What exactly do you have to contend with on the job that I don’t?”
“You, Bones,” Booth answers and laughs (though not necessarily kindly). “You don’t have to contend with you.”
Haha! Then it’s the boneless bride’s body (horrifying and beautiful at the same time. Darn you, BONES!) and later in the episode, Sully tells Brennan that he’s thinking of purchasing a boat and he wants to test it out with her. Brennan sort of gets the joke, and she kisses him
And if Twitter had been around then, there would probably be more KillSully accounts or something like that.
Whoa: Revelation. Did you guys know that Zack & Cam had the following conversation?
Cam: It’s just a kneecap, Zack. Don’t get too excited.
Zack: To you it’s just a knee cap. To Dr. Brennan, it’s the best part of a human being.
Shades of Knight on the Grid, right? Ew.
Moving on. Booth decides to get his partner and ‘ahoys the boat’, beginning a series of “lost little boy” looks on his face.
Brennan goes back to the lab, but annoyed with Booth for interrupted her vacation, making it very clear that Zack could have answered any question Booth had. “You don’t need me,” she tells him. Lost little boy!
Booth goes to talk to Angela about working on an identification, and she comments about how she is like Sully, they both aren’t cut out for murder and corpses. He’s a romantic. “Oh not like me?” Booth wants to know.
“Noooo,” Angela concedes. “You’re a romantic of a narrow kind. You live to catch bad guys. Sully lives wide.”
They come up with an identification match and Booth leaves, stating “I live wide too. Far and wide. There’s nothing wider than Seeley Booth!” haha, love it!
He interrogates a suspect and comes away with a Chinese book. Who better than to help him find out more information about a Chinese book than his partner right? You know what that means. Ahoy the boat!
The case continues, etc, etc, and also Sully lets Brennan know that he’s in fact purchased the boat, and he wants Brennan to come with him to sail around the Caribbean for a year. She seems anxious about it, in her way, but she also pulls him into a deep hug. My interpretation is that she is grateful that he wants her to come along. I think she genuinely wants to consider it. It’s not a case of abandonment…not really. Sure, he sort of gave her an ultimatum, but she made the choice to stay. I’m getting ahead of myself here, but the point is that the hug she gives Sully is the same hug she gives Angela at the end of season two when Angela asks her to be her maid of honor; it’s a hug of ‘I fit in here’ and thankfulness. She’s more conflicted in this episode, obviously, but the idea is the same.
Brennan asks Angela what she should do, and Angela tells her to go. GO!
Booth interrogates the parents of a victim, and though this isn’t the official scene for this scene study, I do think it’s sort of overlooked and underrated as far as Brennan’s character development, especially in this episode
Her anthropologist friend is watching the interrogation with her, and he turns on her and says, “I’ve broken the first rule of anthropology; minimize your effect on the study!” (TALK ABOUT ANOTHER POST FOR ANOTHER DAY! I don’t think I’ve ever considered analyzing Brennan from that ‘rule’. Have you?!)
Brennan replies, “Do you really believe your study is more important than catching a murderer?” Ah!
And her friend replies, “You used to be dedicated to a much larger, timeless truth.” Ouch. It’s full of disdain, too. “Now you’re just a tool to those who have smaller concerns.” Double ouch.
For my money, that’s a deeper cut than Sully’s invitation to sail away. What do you think?
In the next scene, Brennan tells Booth about Sully buying the boat. Booth makes a “Castaway” joke that Brennan doesn’t get (remember that movie?!) and then when she tells him that he’s leaving, Booth shows (I believe) genuine sadness for Brennan. He’s sad that she’s sad. But THEN Brennan tells Booth that Sully wants her to go with him, and it’s lost little boy again!
He sort of freezes up for a moment. Obviously he can’t tell her NOT to go, and he can also see why Sully WOULD want Brennan to go. Who wouldn’t want that, he’s thinking.
Brennan sort of calls him on it, and Booth says, “He’s got you.”
Ah! So maybe last week when I said that his ‘you wouldn’t have coffee with me?” was our first admission, I was wrong? Okay, okay…I mean, that was the first VERBAL admission, but that face? That’s tortured, friends. That’s…I don’t know what. Love and desire and lack of self esteem and uncertainly and Booth…all rolled up into some dark brown eyes, right?
Brennan asks him if he thinks she should go, and he sort of husks out a ‘Yeah. You know, it’s one year out of your life (shades of Beginning in the End, anyone?)… and a person’s gotta…live wide. This is kinda narrow.” AKA…stay, Bones. See me, Bones. See that my life…that…that I’m here, and I’m worth it. I don’t live wide. I’m not the guy who can sail off at a moment’s notice. I’m narrow, but…that’s me. That’s who I am. Is that enough? Am I even enough for you?
I don’t think Brennan quite understands what he’s talking about, on account of she doesn’t know what Booth and Angela talked about. She’s not any less confused it seems. And likewise, she isn’t sure (I believe) why Booth and Angela aren’t sort of fighting to make her stay. She’s so literal; she always takes words at face value. She might sense that Booth isn’t…well, sincere isn’t the right word, is it? Because in his Booth-way, in his “do I have what it takes” way, he’s being very genuine with her when he suggests that going away with Sully is a good idea. But I think she can still sense something more there. It’s sort of like in ConMan in the Meth Lab when he shrugs to Jared that he doesn’t care if he sees Brennan. Brennan sort of looks at him like “Really?” Ah!
There’s a stakeout of sorts and Booth gives Brennan a rundown of her failed romantic relationships. If I get into it, this scene study will never end, so I’ll just say that it’s worth a watch! Booth is sort of sweet and jealous-y and snarky all in one. Brennan is annoyed, but she gets it, even if she calls him condescending.
B&B solve the case (with Sully’s help) and Sully says, “You know…Booth is a really good guy.” SIDENOTE: I wish we’d seen more of the Booth and Sully friendship. I just loved that aspect of it. I really did.
Anyway, Brennan says, “He says the same about you.”
“Really?” Sully is surprised. “Because I figured he was the one talking you out of going with me.” How interesting is that, right? First of all, despite what Booth has told him (in the past three episodes), Sully still believes that Booth wants Brennan. And he ALSO believes that Brennan would value Booth’s opinion. Interesting!
Brennan says Booth said she should go, Angela too. What do you think of this idea that they both said that? Do you think it’s important that Brennan had to make that choice on her own? Pal ToberLove already knocked it out of the park here when she discussed Sully’s words and actions, so I won’t get into all of that.
But I will say this. Eddie McClintock is really, really great. I really am very fond of him as a person and as an actor. I will absolutely watch any show he is in and he’s the nicest person I have ever interviewed. Ever. Okay, side note over!
I’ll also say that when Sully walks out of the interrogation room we see for the second time that Brennan is shaken. The first was what we’ve already mentioned, when her validity as an anthropologist is questioned by a respected co-anthropologist, and now, when her ability to form lasting bonds is questioned, when she (on her own) decides to stay.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t feel very comfortable when Booth or Brennan are uncomfortable. I like them to be strong and kicking butt! So, this scene with Brennan always makes me uncomfortable. I mean, I get the necessity of it (and also the current storylines), but still…I’m uneasy. I have confidence in them, and I don’t gain pleasure out of their struggles is all.
But what I do love is how in that moment, she is looking through the window and Booth is sort of searching her out. He can’t see her, but he still assumes she’s watching. Sure, he is happy that they’ve gotten a confession, but it’s still incredibly, incredibly sweet.
He’s still kind of vulnerable, but maybe a little less lost? Yes? I love this so much that I’ll overlook one of my biggest annoyances on the show, which is when B&B look at one another through the interrogation room/observation room window. Why announce to your suspect that SOMEONE ELSE IS WATCHING? Okay, okay…not the point…moving on!
Brennan can’t help but smile and cry a bit and get annoyed at herself for doing it.
Brennan is at the dock, and she’s watching Sully leave. He gives her a wave, and she replies with one as well.
What do you think is going on in Brennan’s mind at that time? Regret? Uncertainty? Sadness that she had to hurt him?
Sully keeps sailing…
And he named his boat Temperance, which I also find very sweet. Brennan is definitely experiencing some conflict here. But, that’s nothing new for her, and we almost sort of see herself resigning herself to it. Again, I don’t see her as a victim in this scenario. She chose to stay. But I think if she does have regret, it’s more in the idea that she can’t be the kind of person who sails off at a moment’s notice. Hmmm…who does that sound like? This guy, perhaps?
Has anyone ever looked more NOT LOST before? A complete change in his demeanor. All because of hope and (I think) what he sees as his worth in her eyes.
Well, NOW her eyes are saying, “You’re pretty annoying, you know that?” while her mouth says, “What are you doing here?”
Wow. Wow! I mean, Booth’s gotta be thinking, “Not only is she still here; she’s gorgeous!” Seriously, so pretty!
“Waving goodbye,” Booth insists. “See?”
Brennan is not amused. “What do you want?” she asks.
Oh, so many replies.
“Breakfast,” Booth answers. And he also pulls her close in a way we haven’t really seen before. Not totally possessive, but not exactly just comforting either. Not a guy hug, but something else. How would you describe it? She says she’s not hungry, but Booth just teases her, asking her if she’s going to vomit if they come across one of those horrific cases.
“I don’t vomit” Brennan replies. Such romantic conversation, right? Hahaha. Oh, BONES! BUT, she doesn’t pull away.
Booth gets serious. “Give it time, Bones. Okay? Give it time.”
He actually IS sort of condescending here, though maybe not intentionally. More like in a ‘says the wrong thing’ kind of way. Not that he’s saying the wrong thing, just that he’s being kind of confident and very casual and worldly, all ‘advice-y’ and noble and partnerly, when that’s not the entirety of what he’s feeling, you know? It’s just such an easy line…it just rolls out of him that it’s clear that he’s either heard it before or he’s been planning it, right?
Jen (NatesMama) joked during our FIRST scene study from The Woman in Limbo that “Everything Happens Eventually” was what was written on his fortune cookie. That’s my new theory!
Brennan gets it (I think, she’s sort of laughing at him. I don’t know if she gets it, but she does see a different in him between the scene where he told her to go with Sully and this), and when he adds, “Everything happens eventually,”…
She says, “Everything?”
Ah! I’ve never really considered that question before, but now I want to. What does she mean? What is she thinking about? For Brennan…what IS everything? She doesn’t say, “Eventually?” She says, “Everything?” She’s looking at him with confidence in him, I think. Very lovely. Sort of young and innocent and trusting, but also sort of disbelieving…or at least…he has to prove it.
“All the stuff, okay?” he answers, confident and sure. “…that you think never happens…it happens.”
AH! Okay…so they BOTH are just seeing a list of “all the stuff” right? But what’s on those lists? Sex, babies, wedding bells, solving cases? What?!!!
“You just gotta be ready for it,” Booth drawls, and well, that’s about that!
So why DOES Brennan stay? Because of anthropology? Because of Booth? Not because of an ‘in love’ thing, but because she believes in his higher purpose? His cosmic balance sheet? What do you think? I guess it’s possible that they are both on the same page, so to speak. In light of their kiss outside the bar? But I just don’t know! It happens so quickly, but there is this little quirk of an eyebrow that Booth gives her that really makes her laugh and smile, and THAT makes Booth smile even more. It’s impossible to sort of get good pictures of them walking together, but I don’t have to tell you that they walk off the pier, his arm around her, smiling like crazy.
They aren’t the only ones!
Peace, Love & Bones,