Good morning, friends! I hope you are having a great Sunday so far! Today’s scene is one of those that I really like but don’t always think about. It also makes me CRAZY curious. More on that later!
Here’s a little history to get us started…
Brennan is called to the UK, to Oxford to present a lecture.
Sidenote: Though he’s incredibly cute while doing it…it’s a little rude of Booth to be sleeping through it, right?
Either way, Booth, for some reason that requires a bit of hand waving in my opinion, also goes along and lectures Scotland Yard. But it’s a good thing he does go along, because while they are there, they are asked to participate in a case of an American heiress, Portia Frampton. They join forces with Scotland Yard Inspector Cate Prichard and her smart anthropologist partner Dr. Ian Wexler.
If you want to smile, watch the scene where Booth talks about how the no jurisdiction thing doesn’t really fly with the FBI. Trenchcoat wearing, dimple flashing, eyes sparkling awesomeness!
They say they are going to speak to the family together, because “that’s what we do”. Pritchard says it’s sweet in a condescending tone, but we all know it really IS sweet.
B&B work the case and Booth is intrigued with some armor, finding the 1490’s version of the codpiece interesting.
Of course, Brennan’s explanation of royal syphilis is not as interesting to him, but it doesn’t really matter, as we all know the important codpiece has an arrow pointing straight toward it (anyone else ever notice that Booth’s ties tend to have very pointed ends when he wears that buckle? No…just me? Um, okay…moving on.)
Also as they work the case, it becomes clear that Pritchard and Wexler find Booth and Brennan attractive, and for the most part, those ‘affections’ are returned.
In a scene where Pritch and Booth are sharing a beer, he tells her that he’d like to see the London Bridge open. Pritchard replies, “Really? Why?”
Booth smiles in his way, “Luck.”
Pritchard, “Well, you’d have to be ridiculously lucky to see something like that, wouldn’t you?”
And Booth replies, “That’s my point.”
Pritchard tells him that he did get a little lucky and she passes a gun toward him. If you really want to smile, watch the way Booth handles that gun from start to finish. Ah! Also, show of hands…who doesn’t feel a tiny thrill when he taps her finger with his? Right?
Do you know what else is smile worthy? When Brennan wears green. She just looks so pretty in it, always. In this episode and Science in the Physicist and in Foot in the Foreclosure. More green for Brennan!
I think Wexler notices how pretty she is. When she asks him what’s a good plan for the evening, he says, “A quick drink, back to yours (place) for some sex and then out for a late supper.” Brennan is caught off guard, but then tells him she is inclined to accept. He’s pleased, but then Brennan says this, “But Booth says I shouldn’t trust you.”
Haha, I love that!
Likewise, I love when, in a hilariously ironic scene, Brennan decides to really open up and have a heart to heart with Booth about relationships…but of course it’s when he’s quite busy trying to move out of a parking space.
Brennan tells him, “Would it make you less agitated if I told you I didn’t sleep with Dr. Wexler last night?”
And Booth replies, “Look, I’m not agitated, okay? I’m agitated because I’m driving this little car, that’s all.” I just love everything about that sentence. And it gets even better.
“Look, Wexler…he’s just…I’m not agitated because of you and Dr. Wexler. Wexler’s just another guy looking for a one night stand.”
“So?” Brennan asks him.
“So?” Booth tries to concentrate on two things at once. “He doesn’t take it seriously.”
“Seriously?” Brennan wants to continue this conversation…hahahahaha…and she asks, “You mean, you never laugh during sex; because I do.”
“I laugh during sex. It’s not that kind of serious.” Booth finally explains, still trying to pull a thumb-sized car into opposite traffic.
“Well, I think Dr. Wexler is very serious about having sex with me. Very interested.”
Booth just can’t take it any longer, and he gets his Boothy look and tries to breathe deep.
And his compliment is kind of sweet I think when he says, “Okay news bulletin, Bones. There’s not a guy in this country that wouldn’t want to have sex with you. You could probably have gay men.”
Check out Brennan’s face! Haha
She wants to know, “Are you being nice about me or awful about British men?”
Booth has gotta be thinking that he cannot even believe this conversation is happening, right?
Cam calls on the phone, and is distracting Mr. Adaptable from getting the car into traffic, but more than that, Brennan (even though Cam has new data on the case on the phone) says, “You think I’m special?”
Booth’s voice gets high in that way that sometimes means he’s lying, which is kind of funny to me. I don’t think he’s lying, but I think in that moment he just can’t believe it’s really happening, and he says, “Of course I think you’re special. Yes! ”
Brennan says, “Thank you,” in kind of a patronizing way, and adds, “I’ll take your romantic advice under advisement,” which is one of my all time favorite Brennan season four lines.
If you really, REALLY want to smile, check out the Sweets and Angela “Party Wagon” scene. I won’t go into it here, but this episode really, really is fun. It took me awhile to sort of weigh it as an episode on its own, meaning not putting too much pressure on it as a post season three finale magic pill sort of episode. Once I did that, I really enjoy this one.
Anyway, the end of this episode is really what I want to discuss.
The case ends, and Wexler, Brennan and Booth are sharing a drink near the bridge.
That really is very pretty. Well done, BONES!
Booth still can’t believe the irony that in a British murder, the ‘butler did it’, but Wexler shrugs. They’ll never know for sure. The important thing in his mind is getting Brennan back to Oxford with him.
You know, I’ve made it this far without saying “that’s a post for another day”, but here’s something, okay? We talk a lot about how Brennan isn’t exactly Booth’s normal type, and that in some cases…that’s what makes it even better that he loves Brennan. I’m starting to think the opposite is true, also. I think Booth might not be Brennan’s normal type. I think she totally would normally go for more intellectual types (Sully works in this case, on account of his degrees and such). Not that Booth’s not smart…you know that’s not what I mean. I’m just saying…Wexler probably IS totally her type. But she says no. Also, I think we’ve also discussed how this episode was written to take place after Man in the Outhouse (and the Someone for Everyone speech), because of the strike and FOX needed a big slam dunk of a season four opener, this two-parter was moved to the beginning of the season. I just see that Brennan sort of turning down her usual type (after the Mark and Jason deal) in Wexler on account of Booth’s advice as interesting. But I’m getting ahead of myself, right?
Back to the episode!
Booth says, “You know, I do have a gun in England, and I really have been dying to use it.” Well, that’s just plain old fierce Booth. More on that later!
And Brennan, bless her heart, puts her hand on Booth’s arm to soothe his savage goodness and says, “I’ll handle this.” Don’t worry about a thing, baby!
As Brennan walks away with Wexler, Booth is sure to announce that it’s a James Bond gun, a Walter PPK. Booth may or may not be drunk. More on that later as well.
I think Brennan looks beyond gorgeous like this. Her eyes are pretty and her hair is kind of windblown, and she just looks fantastic. Plus she’s turning down a dillweed, so that’s a plus. “Look, Ian…I think you’re a lot of fun,” she begins.
“Oh, hells bells and buckets, I think I know where this is going,” Wexler laments.
Brennan clarifies, “It would upset Booth if I slept with you.” Interesting, my dear Brennan-fans!
But Wexler does not back down and goes for what he considers to be Brennan’s ideal pick up line, “You see…rationally speaking…” Ah, he thought he had her at ‘rationally’, didn’t he! He continues, “If you were to have someone operate on your brain, for example, you would want a surgeon who had done the procedure many hundreds of times. Someone who’s absolutely at the top of their game. I don’t really see why sex should be any different.”
And Brennan gets this look on her face that intrigues me. I think she’s realizing that Booth is right, that Wexler does in fact like to rack em up!
“Rationally speaking, you’re absolutely right,” she replies.
“Good,” Wexler agrees. “Then we’re settled. Off we go.” He sort of gives Booth the single nod and (in my opinion) condescendingly says, “Look out for the bridge opening; they say it’s good luck.”
Um, those hands. Those eyes. That jaw. What is Booth thinking? Is he mad at Wexler? Is he really sort of waiting to see what Brennan will do? If she has really taken his romantic advice under advisement? And this is where it all gets sort of tricky for me and begins to make me crazy as I mentioned at the beginning of this thing. He looks pretty fierce here, wouldn’t you say?
And he also gives this almost predatory little confident smile, right?
Can I hear an amen on this Sunday morning!?!!?!
What is going on in his mind? Is he confident that Brennan will return to him? Is he confident that one bullet would end Wexler? Is he confident he could crush that glass in his hands? These are all questions I ask myself.
And Wexler says, “That should keep him occupied for hours.” And there’s the difference between him and Brennan (it’s also a difference between Pritchard and Booth). Wexler is not really a nice person. Brennan is at heart, I believe. She tells him, “Common sense says you don’t offend your partner for an hour of fun.”
Wexler makes one more attempt, appealing to the idea that he would certainly last more than one hour.
Brennan laughs and kisses him on the cheek…basically sending him on his way.
It’s interesting to me, what Wexler says to her as he’s leaving. He says, “I’ll call you before you leave. Who knows; you could be in a more rational frame of mind.”
I also love this look on Brennan’s face. I can just see her weighing her options here. Of course, she completely understands that she is turning down probably very good sex to spend time with Booth. We’ve seen him do that before for her, so it’s nice to see a turn around on that. Remember later in the series when Dr. Wyatt tells her that it’s impressive that she’s learned the difference between facts and truth? I feel like this is one of those moments. Is having sex with Wexler really the rational choice? Or is hanging out with Booth rational? And does it necessarily matter to her?
And this is where it gets sticky. Because to me, it’s pretty clear cut: Booth was plenty annoyed at the idea of her and Wexler. Brennan clearly turned Wexler down because of Booth. So why does the next conversation go the way it does?
Starting with this…
Brennan turns around, sort of embarrassed, I think. She doesn’t like to admit when Booth is right, but they both know he was. I think she is also sort of anxious to know if she pleased him.
And Booth…instead of being ‘real smooth and natural’, he gets very edgy. He taps his fingernails against the glass, and his eyes are almost unreadable, almost challenging.
I don’t know why, exactly. I always see Brennan as sort of vulnerable here, but maybe that’s just me. I mean she really did, honest to goodness, turn down another man for Booth, and right in front of him. She has to go back and sit with him.
So…what does Booth say when she gets there?
“Why are you looking at me like that? I’m just here to help you pick out a guy, you know?”
What? What does that mean? I don’t get it. There has to be another conversation that we’ve missed, right? Here are my two possible thoughts;
1). I think at some point someone told Brennan (and either Booth was listening or she later told him) that she needed to find a man in England. That would make sense as to her telling Wexler that Booth had already told her not to sleep with him, right?
2). Brennan also went to Oxford to find a replacement for Zack, and that’s really why Booth is along…to help her find a guy. This one feels the most right to me. I am almost SURE this has to be right. Why it wasn’t taken out of the script? I have no idea.
I do know that it wasn’t like they could just open and close the London Bridge over and over for BONES, so they pretty much did this scene in one take and had to put it in the can so to speak and call it done, no matter what.
But that line from Booth still makes me crazy. CRAZY, I tell you! AH! ESPECIALLY because Brennan makes this face.
And then Booth makes this face.
What? What are we supposed to do with this?
It’s like the make-up scene of a fight we never saw; don’t you think? And obviously (to me, at least) Booth blew it. And he knows it. It’s not just that he’s kind of tipsy, right? Brennan is hurt somehow by what he says in a way that is MORE than just having rejected Wexler for him. Maybe? There’s just this edginess in this conversation that comes out of nowhere in connection to the rest of this episode, and I just can’t figure out why. My money’s on the Zack thing, in conjunction with the fact that this script was generally supposed to be after some other season three ones.
Booth says ‘never mind,’ and Brennan still looks at him
“I’m just here to bring a little luck…” Booth adds.
Drunk, charming…apologetic? You’d think that since this moment is over, I’d be happy with the rest of the episode, but if you thought that scene just now made me crazy…just wait. Let’s do this thing.
“I don’t believe in luck,” Brennan replies. Naturally.
“What do you mean, you don’t believe in luck?” Booth sort of demands to know.
And…we can see that the bridge is starting to open. And they are bickering.
“Okay,” Booth says, “Well then how do you explain how good things happen out of nowhere.”
Gorgeous. Kinda vulnerable, right? Probably drunk.
Brennan, awesome Brennan…she sort of says okay, let’s do this. “Define good things,” she offers. I see that as sort of a challenge from her, but also an attempt to see things from his point of view. Also perhaps sort of a peace offering from whatever issue we never saw before.
Booth says, “Good things, you know…money in the bank. Doris Day parking (sidenote: I had to look that up, and special thanks to pal Smurfs for telling me what he really says: Doris Day parking is: “Any parking spot that seems as though it was meant to be, as evidenced by the spot’s convenience to one’s destination as well as the smoothness with which one can park their car in said spot.” Derived from the sort of parking found by Doris Day in any Doris Day movie. Yay for Doris).
Booth continues, “A big piece of the pie…that’s good luck.”
Brennan clearly disagrees. And that bridge is still opening. Remember what seeing that bridge open signifies? That’s right. Incredible luck. Being in the right place at the right time; what Booth wants to have happen. To be incredibly lucky. And they are missing it. MISSING IT! Because they are bickering again.
“I call that a solipsistic perceptual response to the random nature of the universe.”
“What?” Booth can’t believe his ears. “Tomato, potato…call it what you want.” Hahahahahahahaha! I love that, though, I do have to admit. “It’s still luck.”
Brennan sort of falls into his trap and says, “You are lucky I understand you when you say things that make no sense.” Meanwhile that bridge keeps on opening.
Booth: “You see, you just agreed with me that it was luck. You just agreed…right there, so I’ll take that!”
“I did not agree,” Brennan insists.
“You agreed that it was luck, so cheers.” Booth basically says and lifts his glass to their mutual agreement
And Brennan clinks her glass against his in compromise or mutual agreement, whichever. And I cry just a tiny bit.
Every time I watch this scene, I get teary…because they just do miss it. Sure, what they have between them is special. I love their bickering most of the time; it’s funny and fun. And I can see the underlying idea that what they have with one another is MORE luck than watching a bridge open. But I can’t help feeling like they are missing the big picture that’s all around them. I can’t help feeling like “If you guys don’t stop bickering and just look around once in awhile…you’re going to miss it.” To Booth and Brennan, I mean. That’s who I say it to when I watch this episode.
But…I guess I could also say it to all of us? I don’t think this scene is meant as a metaphor to the entire fan base or anything like that (at least, certainly not when it aired). Not like the “nothing happens unless first a dream” quote from the 100th or the literal mastodon in the room from the season six premiere kind of thing. But I still think the metaphor can be applied to us today. Let’s remember to take a step back, stop bickering, look at the big picture and see that there is incredible beauty to be found there.
I say cheers to that.
Peace, Love & Bones,