Good morning, my friends! How are things? It’s a Sunday, and around here at Bones Theory, that means it’s time for another scene study.
Today’s scene, from the end of this season five episode, is an intriguing scene in my opinion. I’ll be anxious for your thoughts!
Here’s a little history to get us started:
The episode focuses on vulnerability…for both Brennan and Booth. In Brennan’s case, she feels anxiety because she’s had a fight with Angela. A stupid fight in which Brennan was COMPLETELY in the right (in my opinion) and also VERY unfairly made to feel as if SHE was being unreasonable, even by Sweets, and to a lesser extent, Booth.
Booth feels vulnerable because the killer in this episode convinced him in his lie–something Booth prides himself on being able to spot. He’s feeling uneasy because he still doesn’t feel like he’s 100% back from his coma (or 110%, as he’d say!).
In the first case, Booth helps Brennan deal with her situation. Well, sort of. He basically tells her that he’s not going to help; he’s not going to get between two best friends. I love the looks on Brennan’s face; I really do. I also love that Booth is not really looking away from her for very long.
I just love that Brennan knows Booth is feeling sorry for her, and she kind of likes it! She smiles at him and then is bummed again! She sort of feels sorry for herself, I think. It’s just very sweet–that whole conversation between them. It’s kind of un-Brennan, but yet then completely Brennan-esque for the same reason. Booth tells her he doesn’t want to get involved, but when she leaves the diner, claiming she just wants to get back to the lab, he stops her…
…assuring her that everything will be fine between her and Angela. Brennan confesses she’s not used to not getting along with people. Love.
Sweets can’t quite believe THAT, but he does believe the swift kick under the table he receives from Booth. Actually, he’ll pretty much believe anything from Booth, particularly when Booth reveals he once dated identical twins.
As the episode progresses, B&B continue to work the case, and in one scene, Brennan needs to remove Booth’s tie for the purpose of an experiment.
I don’t know about you, but to me, this is not the look of a man who is merely surprised at having his tie removed. This is a man who has about 1,000 other thoughts swirling through his mind.
Luckily, Brennan is able to solve the case, despite that Booth was sort of fooled by the murderer, and the last scene takes place at Founding Fathers, with B&B sharing a drink.
And here we are!
A couple of quick notes.
1. Why are B&B sitting away from the rest of the team? Does that ever strike anyone else as interesting? It’s one thing for them to go places on their own. It’s another thing for them to be an official couple and be separate from the rest of their friends. But here, they aren’t; they really just are not near the rest of the team. Thoughts on that? Why, when (assuming it’s true), the rest of the team walks in (or they walk in to see the rest of the team) do they sit on the opposite side of the bar? What kind of message does that give to their friends? It’s interesting, I tell you!
2. For some reason, I love that Brennan prefers a glass of wine and Booth has a beer or something stronger. I don’t know why I love this so much; it’s happened in other eps too, and everytime, I just love it. It’s just this idea that they don’t have to be completely the same in order to be great for one another. They have commonality and individuality, and there’s a lot of respect between them…even down to their drinks of choice.
Speaking of drinks of choice, one of my all time favorite moments in this episode is when Brennan, trying to figure out how she can make amends with Angela, asks Booth if SHE would like one of those fruity drinks (like Angela has), and Booth says “no” right away. There’s not a question. Of course, he has other things on his mind, but to me, it’s very clear…Booth knows her and knows she wouldn’t like one of those drinks. Period.
Booth then tells her that the murderer fooled him.
“He fooled me,” he repeats…still not quite believing it’s true. “I actually believed he was trying to save the victim,” Booth confesses.
Brennan encourages him the best she can, assuring him that the murderer was a very good liar.
Booth is not convinced, “Bones, I can tell when people are lying. Or I could tell, before my whole… rectal cerebral infracture”
This is cute to me. I think he sort of is making a joke, maybe? Brennan thinks he is…she laughs immediately. Not a mean laugh…a laugh like she thinks he is being funny, and she likes sharing a joke with him. Very sweet indeed.
“That’s not a real medical condition,” she tells him.
“Are you sure?” Booth asks her. “Because that’s what I’m feeling. Right now.”
Brennan tells him that if it was real, it would be pretty disgusting. She sort of chuckles again, but then Booth gets serious with her, in a way that we haven’t seen much of. This is what I meant at the beginning when I said that Booth is vulnerable with her. He says, “Bones, I’m losing it.”
That’s a MAJOR confession for Booth, as a man and as her partner, in my opinion! Brennan begins to understand that he’s being totally serious.
He continues, “I’m not up to speed here. I woke up this morning and I realized that I don’t even know if I like brown sugar on my oatmeal!”
I’m completely serious when I say that I think this is THE most vulnerable we’ve seen with him almost ever. How much does it cost him to admit that he’s not up to speed…that he doesn’t know the things he considers to be important? I think it means a lot. Oatmeal might seem insignificant (and gross), but for Booth…it does mean more than just breakfast.
“Next time, call me,” Brennan offers. “You like brown sugar on everything.” I love that she knows this. Sometimes I get annoyed at how LITTLE we see between them (for example…this season, when they are talking about the fun times they had with Parker at her pool…). I feel bummed when the writers just allude to things. But…in the grand scheme of things, I try to keep an open mind. Easier said than done, believe me. However, they only have about 42 minutes each episode to get everything in, and instead of complaining about how they just TELL us things instead of showing us…I’ll just try harder to be thankful that they take the time to TELL us. You know? So, even though we’ve never seen that Booth likes brown sugar…we can believe and be thankful for the fact that Brennan has many times, and she KNOWS this about Booth. She knows him!
Booth’s voice gets kind of low and shudder-y and he says, “I’m the one who’s supposed to know when people are lying.”
In other words, he has something he’s good at…the best, and he needs that thing to be okay in order for him to be okay. In his eyes, and in Brennan’s eyes (he thinks…in my opinion).
Brennan just sort of looks at him. She tried joking, and that didn’t work. She tried appealing to the idea that the murderer just happened to be a really good liar, but that didn’t make Booth feel better either.
When Booth asks who he should call for that, she offers “Sweets.”
“Sweets,” Booth can’t believe his ears.
Brennan, at this point, isn’t sure what else to say. Might as well go with the truth. Booth himself had once called him a human lie detector test, and she reminds him of that fact. Booth doesn’t argue that, but just tells her that he doesn’t like doing things at half speed.
Brennan tells him that even at half speed he’s “twice as fast as anyone else.”
And once again, we have an instance where Booth sort of weighs her words. I love this look on his face. Almost as if it’s necessary for her to be right in order for it to be the truth.
You know…I think this is still the thing that makes him love her. She just knows the truth of him, and yes, she’s dazzled by it…in her way. And Booth can see that, and the feeling that gives him…that makes him fall in love with her, in these little tiny moments in time. Yes, Laffers…I’m looking at you! Haha! But seriously, y’all…Brennan just gives Booth a confidence that no one else can, and it’s because she’s honest with him. It doesn’t ALWAYS work that way (like in the 100th, and maybe in Couple in the Cave), but for the most part…it’s true. And yeah, she’s pretty and smart and all of that…and maybe he shouldn’t fall in love with her because of how honest she is…but I still think it’s there, between them. And, for those who considered the idea that he needs someone like Hannah in order to really be understood…I have to say that I haven’t seen that this season. I heard a lot about how he deserved to be happy and feel good and deserved to fall in love with someone who could love him back, and that Hannah could provide that for him. But honestly…I’m not seeing it. Sure, he’s happy in the smiley sense. And the sex is good, we can see that. But as for knowing the truth of him…and knowing about brown sugar and those little teeny moments where he drops his guard and can admit that he feels like he’s losing it…Brennan’s the one. And he loves her because of that. I really believe that.
Okay, moving on…!
I love that Booth takes her truth and accepts it. “Want to see the fastest draw in the west?”
“Sure,” she replies, completely serious and expecting to see the fastest draw in the west. Who wouldn’t?
“Want to see it again?” Booth jokes. Super cute. That joke is so corny. They are both so corny and so fun. Brennan laughs, a real genuine heartfelt laugh, and Booth laughs too. Is there anything sexier than making the person you love laugh? I don’t think so.
Brennan keeps smiling, and Booth keeps his eyes pinned right on her. Adoration! Acceptance! Amazement! Corny jokes and genuine laughs!
And then Brennan does something I find interesting. Remember in season one when Booth explained that in order for him to share something of himself, she had to also share about herself? And once she did (for example, that she understood how Cleo Eller’s parents felt), then he reciprocated? I like this idea that in this episode, they sort of go back and forth. He asked her before what she was upset about. When she said she fought with Angela, he said he wasn’t going to get involved. She asked him if he wanted to know what happened; he said no. But after she sort of helps him out in the brown sugar sense, he is all ready to help her…to share again.
I can never tell if Brennan now feels comfortable sharing her vulnerability with him because he was open with her OR if she is trying to make him feel better about himself by asking for his advice. Thoughts from you?
Before she even SAYS anything about the pig, he’s reaching for the photo.
Look, I’m not saying that confidence=love automatically. I think Booth is experiencing confidence in this moment, and in this case…he loves her for that. She helps him be a guy, right?
She shows him the photo of the pig and can’t help looking back toward Angela. I guess at this point, she is genuinely upset about the distance between her and her artist friend, NOT just trying to make Booth feel better.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet how gorgeous Brennan looks in this scene. And Booth is gorgeous too…as always. Brennan also tells Booth that Sweets thinks she should humor Angela (meaning, let Angela have her way, even if it doesn’t seem rational).
Booth, hahahahaha, Booth now says, “Sweets is a bright kid.” I think this is so funny, really. When it was HIS issue on the line, he didn’t necessarily want Sweets as his advice guy, right? But after Brennan reminds him that he himself validates Sweets, now he’s all about Sweets handing out advice. Hahaha.
Brennan replies, “I want to know what YOU think.”
Booth doesn’t really say anything, but it’s clear he’s not feeling completely qualified to weigh in with his opinion.
Brennan continues, “As a full grown man with experience…”
And Booth sort of eyes her.
…and Brennan adds, her voice getting lower and maybe less confident, “I need to know what you think.”
I find this so fascinating…the idea that she needs to know what Booth thinks. Before, I mentioned that I was never quite sure whether or not Brennan is sort of genuinely needing his help or just boosting his ego. But in these next few seconds, I find that what I originally thought (she’s just making herself appear to be less in control to offer him the opportunity to be great) might not be the case. I guess I always sort of forgot the tone of her voice when she says she ‘needs’ to know what he thinks. Brennan’s not really the type to fake that, is she?
But what always led me to that original thought is this look on Booth’s face. I think HE thinks she’s sort of just making him feel better.
He just made it VERY clear that he knows when someone is lying, right? Don’t you see that in his eyes…this idea that he’s sort of calculating the odds on whether or not she is telling the truth here?
Brennan sort of gets this quick series of looks on her face that make ME always think she knows that he knows exactly what she’s doing, and she’s sort of begging him to just go with it…to just once…let her help him in the encouragement way, right?
Because Booth is still looking at her in that exact same way.
But maybe she’s NOT asking him to just go with it. Or at least…maybe it’s that she’s asking him to not call her out on the fact that she needs something from him. What do you think? Is Brennan boosting his ego and wanting him to not call her out on that, or is she sort of silently begging him not to make a big deal out of the fact that she needs his help?
Either way, then he gives his answer, “I think you should give her this one,” meaning Brennan should indeed humor Angela.
What does Brennan say? Nothing. What does she do? Booth even asks her, “What are you doing?”
I can never tell where her confidence comes from here. In the idea that she knows what to do? That she validated Booth? That what she’s about to do will work because Booth says so? It’s so intriguing to me!
Booth, haha…he’s like, um…come back! “I didn’t mean right this second!”
Angela gets her check and she gushes to Wendell that ‘it’s everything’. And in that moment, I was pretty much done with all things Angela. If she wants to boil her friendship with Brennan down to a dollar amount, that’s fine with me. And Brennan paid her off, so that was really fine with me. At that point, I really didn’t care what she said or did ever again. That pretty much holds true. Anything good that comes her way is her good fortune and not necessarily deserved. That’s harsh, but whatever. Brennan’s earlier confusion (“You don’t want to be friends because the pig is cute?”) was COMPLETELY valid! That wasn’t one of those instances where Brennan just sort of missed the big picture in an interpersonal communication moment. And anyone who thinks that Booth can be mean to Brennan should really listen to what Angela says to her sometimes. BOO! Just…whatever. I love Brennan. That is all.
Haha. Moving on…
Booth is watching it all unfold, and he sees this moment.
And he thinks…well, THAT is interesting!
Brennan slides in to her chair and tells Booth that Angela is very happy. He replies, “I can see that.”
Brennan immediately notices that something has changed. “You said that in a funny way,” is what she says. I see that as her just sensing something is different. She knows Booth well enough to know, and she’s just sort of collecting some data here. Then…when she thinks about it a little more…
He needs her, y’all! It’s not that he just needs someone who understands him. He needs HER to understand him. I am convinced.
“You see?” Brennan reminds him. “You’ve still got it!”
Hand on the arm, big smile…wide eyes…she’s gorgeous! Even though it’s sort of awkward, in her way, it’s still perfect. Actually, it’s all the more perfect, I guess! Brennan is the only one I know who can be deliberately kind and have it not be fake. Right? She is purposefully trying to make Booth feel complimented and better, and while with anyone else, it would just be lip service, because of the motivation behind it…with Brennan, her motivation IS her heart, and it doesn’t matter what she says sometimes…her heart shines through, and that is what Booth hears/sees.
He sort of smiles and asks, “You’re not going to ask me what I saw?”
“Do I want to know?” she asks (again, for his advice!)
“No,” Booth answers right away. And then… “Do you want to know anyway?”
I love this look on Brennan’s face. I think she sort of DOES want to know, especially because Booth is smiling so much. It must be something good, right? That’s why I love what she says next so much.
“Nope. It can wait.”
Booth is sort of surprised.
But Brennan adds, “I trust you.”
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome
They clink glasses, her with her wine, and him with his beer, and it’s perfect.
They literally can’t take their eyes off one another for an entire minute. It’s just amazing.
Series-Wide Analysis: This is the kind of moment I struggled with immediately post-episode 100. I felt like we’d sort of been jolted a bit. What did Brennan MEAN she didn’t have an open heart?!? Right? I didn’t understand why we had been sort of lifting, lifting, lifting all of season five toward this idea that Brennan was really beginning to…well, open her heart toward Booth…only to have her deny that very thing. I still struggle with that when I re-watch season five episodes. I’m not wanting to get into a discussion on whether the writers yanked us around for the sake of ratings/network veto/etc; I’m just saying that when I NOW look at these moments, I think Brennan has a somewhat unrealistic idea of what it will mean to be with Booth. Let’s also not get into a “Booth should have said it better” debate here, as we’ve done that before too, and that’s not the point of this post. All I mean here is that when this is all said and done, I think we’ll see these sorts of moments between Booth and Brennan, where when one is struggling, the other will come alongside and help. This episode was just a microcosm of that ideal. I’m glad we have these moments between them!
Peace, Love & Bones,