So first of all, I wanted to make sure you all knew that pal JennyJenWho had put together a mini-squeecap for Bullet in the Brain, and you can find that here.
And now, back to Tuesday! I don’t know about you, but where I live, it’s very icy. Cold and windy and freezing rain and just generally intense. What warms me up on a day like today? Booth and Brennan moments. I loved everyone weighing in the other way on which we’d rather be, the gun or the table. The other day I was joking with pal Marisa and saying I think I want to add a third into the mix: those pants.
Come on…just one more time.
Okay, okay, okay…I’ll stop posting that pic all of the time.
Let’s talk about times when Booth and Brennan have given themselves permission…PHYSICAL permission. Sometimes we talk about ‘the line’, and whether or not it’s that big of a deal. My impression isn’t so much that there is a line BETWEEN Brennan and Booth as much as it’s them both sort of standing on the same side, looking out over the edge of the unknown…like at the top of the Grand Canyon or something. Thoughts?
Okay, back to Tuesday! Like usual, I didn’t stay with five, and like usual, I’m over it! Let’s do this thing, and once I’M done, of course I want to hear what you have to say.
1. “I still feel close to you”
Brennan could have easily opened up that little door and turned on the faucet herself, but Booth, in the moment, sort of took the opportunity to reach around her. Not in a sleazy way…but just in a way that made sense. And Brennan…yowza…well, she’s got three amazing things going on: She’s giving Booth a little ego boost–a result to a little social experiment I believe she had in place based on Sweets’ advice. She’s learning something new–a genuine pleasure for her. She’s literally wrapped up in his arm, against his chest, etc. It’s no wonder she gets kind of wide-eyed. Wouldn’t you?
2. The Door Neither of Us Wants To Walk Through Feels Pretty Darn Good About Now
Of course it’s just so scathingly ironic that the time B&B feel free enough to share a slow dance…it’s AFTER their ‘break-up’, so to speak. I mean, I think some of us would have killed to have seen something like that in 99 previous episodes, right? The dance they share in season one (Man in the Bear) is sweet, but this was just something different. And it goes back to that permission thing. Since this is episode 101, and theoretically, everything is ‘said and done’, there should be no reason why B&B shouldn’t share a dance (in their minds). But, I must say, their eyes tell a different story. A true story.
3. It’s just evidence.
Do you ever stop sometimes and just think, “That really happened. That actually HAPPENED! Brennan took Booth’s clothes off. In the LAB.” I mean, besides the boxers, he was (as he’d say), “Stark-o”. Socks and Saints; that’s about it! The more scientific Brennan gets, the more I think she’s covering for how affected she is. Don’t you? That’s a lot of permission going on!
4. Only One I Want to Work With
This is actually the moment/scene/episode that inspired this list. When we talked about it in a scene study at the beginning of this year, I remember thinking that just for one night, Booth and Brennan were allowing themselves to be together…in a way we hadn’t really seen much of before. There was a lot of give and take that night, and it’s just fantastic. It really is. We talked then about how they touch a LOT more than is necessary, but it’s all under the guise of Brennan needing help on the ice and Booth needing help staying awake. The scene feels so good because they are both feeling very good and very happy.
5. Guy Hugs
There are a lot of examples of guy hugs, but this one is the original (at least…it’s when Booth told Brennan they WERE guy hugs!). Interesting that it came exactly after one of her failed dating experiences. They had hugged before, but it had always been related to her family issues. This time, it was about sex/love/etc, and Brennan made Booth convince her that it was okay to hug. He did, and she bought it, and haha…the rest is history.
6. 1 Steamboat, 2 Steamboats, 3 Steamboats…
What always makes me laugh is the look on Caroline’s face. Even though she’s getting EXACTLY what she wanted…it’s funny that she’s still so surprised by the reality of it. And yet, like Rynogeny pointed out in the Turning Points that Weren’t, the kiss is just basically kind of sweet, but B&B can go back to their regularly scheduled destined to be together lives without much incident. Puckish prosecutors…mistletoe…Christmas for Max…those are all great ‘reasons’, and for just a second (okay…for several steamboats!), Booth and Brennan let themselves just…be. It’s clear in the way they both sort of blink and react once it’s over that it was awesome. Plus, she freaking gave him her gum.
7. Look Me in the Eyes and Tell Me that You Don’t Feel a Thing
Haha…but seriously, I love that they almost literally can’t help themselves. Does anyone else feel that way? The moment they had was SO intense…TOO INTENSE FOR ONLY WORDS, which is sort of new for them. Their words and smoking eyes over a plate of fries has usually been enough, but not this time! This time, literally, Brennan had to physically do something, and so did Booth. And it’s just a fraction of permission…but it’s there. It’s just a fraction of what they want to do to one another. Not to be crude or anything…I’m just saying. It’s sweet and all…but tip of the iceberg, my friends. Tip of the iceberg.
8. Quid Pro Quo
I’ll include the repeat moments at the beginning of Princess and the Pear along with this as well…just as general permission they enthusiastically give/receive for Brennan to fix Booth’s back. They like touching each other; they like helping each other. Quid Pro Quo.
What just keeps me coming back to this episode is just how restrained/unrestrained Brennan and Booth are with one another. When you watch the absolute ease they have with touching one another (Booth slaps her butt! Are you kidding me with that? She likes it!) and being completely all over each other…and then combine THAT with the way the episode ends? You can’t tell me that they don’t know exactly what is happening. Exactly. That big bed, the talk they have. They are so deliberate. Not a single touch or moment wasted, I don’t think. Right?
10. Eyes Wide Open
I think this was the first time we’d ever really seen Booth sort of physically jump on Brennan to protect her…or at least, it was the first time she sort of laughed at him and called him on it. Don’t you think? He sort of hems and haws about it and we are left with the feeling that they are both enjoying it a little too much. I can absolutely see Brennan finding pleasure in making Booth stammer a bit. Of course, I also love it when he makes her absolutely speechless as well. Oh yeah, baby. They are awesome.
So what did I miss? The kiss on his cheek? The hand on her back? There are SO many great Brennan and Booth moments that don’t necessarily involve touch. What does it mean when they DO touch one another? Thoughts? Let’s discuss!
Peace, Love & Bones