The last time I posted this kind of question, I was thrilled with the theories! Some confirmed some of my ideas, others brought some new thoughts to my head that I really like, and ultimately, y’all just came through beautifully and rocked it. And because of that, I am confident that I will gain even more perspective with my next scrummy conundrum: Soulmates.
Booth says he believes in Fate, which might be the only true piece of evidence I personally need at this point in time to convince me that he also believes in soulmates:
But of course, THAT revelation came AFTER the question I pose today. Which is in the final scene of Bones in the Blue Line (S05E99), we have this dialogue:
Booth: He said that they’re soulmates and he’ll wait for however long it takes for her to get out.
Booth: The idea of soul mates actually originated with Plato.
Booth: Yeah, um, you mean the clay that kids play with.
Brennan: No, the – ohh, you’re joking.
Booth: Me joke? No.
Brennan: No, the ancient Greek philosopher. His theory was that humans originally consisted of four arms, four legs, and two faces. Zeus was threatened by their power and split them all in half; condemning us all to spend our lives trying to complete ourselves.
Booth: I don’t believe that’s true.
Brennan: I agree. It’s ridiculous.
Booth: Right? Four arms, four legs . . .
Brennan: Two faces.
Say what? He’s saying he doesn’t believe in soulmates? Really? If this had come after the 100th, I could see him trying to shove it off in denial and avoid awkwardness. But this is before. This is the man who says “Oh, there’s magic.”
And who says “There’s someone for everyone. Someone you’re meant to spend the rest of your life with. You just have to be open enough to see it.”
And promises Brennan that she, too, will someday believe that love is transcendent and ephemeral:
Booth is a romantic. And because he is this romantic, I’ve always wondered why he would not support the idea of soulmates?
Taken literally, he could just be saying that he doesn’t believe in the Plato-Zeus thing, but Booth is not literal like that. This is pre-100 (and directly preceding 100), so we know he is still building up his case for love.
Wise ones: what is going on here? It struck a chord with me the very first time I viewed, and I trust my instincts, even if I do not always trust my analysis. Why doesn’t he argue for the idea of soulmates?