“Go get her. You’ve been fighting for her all along.” (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
Hey there Bones friends! Can I have a virtual show of hands here…how many of you have seen the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World? If you’ve seen it, great, because we’re going to be talking about it in relation to Booth today, but don’t worry if you haven’t – I’ll tell you what you need to know.
First up, the synopsis: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a campy, quirky movie that’s based on a series of graphic novels. The title character meets, and subsequently starts dating, a girl named Ramona Flowers. He soon finds out that if he wants to continue dating Ramona, he must first defeat her seven evil exes. Now I said the movie was quirky, and that’s because it feels very much like a video game, right down to the martial arts fight sequences, 1Up extra lives, and the fact that the exes, once defeated, explode into a shower of coins. It’s…unique. Anyway, back to the story. Scott Pilgrim has just defeated the seventh evil ex with the help of his not-so-evil ex, seventeen-year old Knives Chau. Despite the fact that she was the girl Scott dumped for Ramona, Knives fought with and for Scott in his final battle, at a time when Ramona wouldn’t (or perhaps couldn’t, as she was under the influence of that seventh evil ex). Ramona, saddened by everything that’s happened, tells Scott that it’s time for her to leave; that she’s tired of causing trouble. She thanks him for being the nicest guy she’s ever dated and then she walks away.
Until this point, I’d kind of been watching the movie with this mild sense of amusement. But when she walked away and Scott just stood there and watched her go, I wanted to scream at the television screen, “What are you doing!?! Go after her, you idiot! It’s not supposed to end this way! Knives, she’s a good girl, but she isn’t the one.” Is she? Could it have all been for nothing, I wondered? And then it happened. “Go get her.” Knives said, “You’ve been fighting for her all along.” And that’s when I realized that even the campiest, quirkiest movies, sometimes deal in the profound.
And that was that until The Bullet in the Brain aired and my husband (who is as obsessed with Scott Pilgrim as I am with Bones) quoted that line again, then made the brilliant observation that it reminded him of Bones. The more I thought about it, the more I wondered, “Is it possible that Booth has been fighting for Brennan all along; he just doesn’t realize it?”
There’s absolutely no question in my mind that he fought for her in the past.
“There’s more than one kind of family.”
“There’s someone for everyone…You’ve just got to be open enough to see it.”
“Bones, you are the standard.”
I would even argue that at some point he knew exactly what he was doing.
But season six? That’s another matter entirely.
Or is it? Just because signs of the struggle aren’t blatantly obvious, doesn’t mean they don’t exist. What if, however unconsciously, Booth is still fighting? And more importantly, can it be proven? I’m not sure. But I do know that I need to try and prove it as much for myself as for anyone else. Janet wrote this incredible post the other day (“The Burden in the Faith,” 1/27/11) and in it she quoted from a comment I made in response to Sarah’s MAQ about The Body in the Bag and how it had affected her. At the time I wrote that comment, I was pretty discouraged, and it showed. But thanks to the awesome responses from other people on this blog who had managed to keep the faith much better than I had, I went back for a second look. Not only did I change my original opinion about the episode, but the experience made me realize a few things about my approach to Bones as well. The following is a portion of my response to Janet’s post:
“[I]’m okay with drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid. I’m okay with looking for the positive in every episode, no matter how hard it is to find, and I’m okay with believing that happy is just a matter of eventually. I just am.”
Here’s the thing: I know that in doing this, I risk giving meaning where meaning just doesn’t exist. And there’s simply no hiding the fact that my evidence is completely anecdotal. But I’m okay with that. If I learned anything from my brief struggle following The Body in the Bag, it’s that perception, like most other things in life, is a matter of choice. And the choice I’ve made is to try and find as much positive in this current storyline as I can, knowing full well that I may not get the outcome I want.
So here they are: my top five “moments of proof” that season six Booth is still very much fighting for Brennan.
It Was Still Love
In my comment on Sarah’s GMMR review of The Couple in the Cave, I made the following observation about Booth’s reaction to Brennan’s comments regarding love and the success of relationships between people from dramatically different backgrounds…observations that I believe are still accurate today:
“And what is Booth doing during all of this? Whether he realizes it or not, he’s still trying to prove to Brennan that they could have made a relationship work. That love is enough to overcome anything – be it disparate backgrounds or chemical reactions. It’s the same message we saw in previous seasons, it’s just being viewed through the lens of the 100th episode. And I know a lot of you will disagree with me on this because you see Booth’s relationship with Hannah as a betrayal of Brennan, but I think Hannah herself is completely immaterial to this argument. At the end of the day, none of this is about Hannah. Booth still loves Brennan whether he realizes it or not…this always has been and always will be, all about Brennan.”
Protecting His Partner
Although it was the first, The Maggots in the Meathead isn’t the only episode this season where we’ve seen that physically protecting Brennan is still of the utmost importance to Booth. He made a move to protect her in The Bones that Weren’t when the angry ballet instructor came at her, and of course, who can forget the way he swooped in to save her from the car in The Doctor in the Photo?
What I think is so significant is that (with the exception of the car), these are situations that Brennan could have easily handled on her own. We’ve seen her take down a Homeland Security Agent (Pilot), a gangbanger (The Woman in the Garden), and a trio of armed guerillas (The Mastadon in the Room) with little effort. An oversensitive bouncer and a pint-sized ballerina with a bum ankle would have been child’s play for someone who is, “trained in three types of martial arts.” Booth knew that and yet he still made the move to protect her. Why?
And while we’re talking about The Doctor in the Photo, I think it’s only fair to point out that Booth, by his own admission, was only able to save Brennan because he was, “following [her] to a bad part of town and saving [her] life.” Leaving your girlfriend and your very warm bed at home to follow someone around in the middle of a cold, rainy, miserable night sure doesn’t sound like something you’d do for someone who was “just” your partner. Know what I mean?
Point of honesty: The Bones that Weren’t is one of my least favorite episodes this season. It’s up there with The Babe in the Bar in terms of episodes that have given me the most heartburn. I finally made myself re-watch it during the winter hiatus so that I could delete it and free up space for the second half of the season on my DVR and I have to say that I was a lot more at peace with it the second time around. Of course, I’ve always thought the case was solid, it’s the juice boxes and sunglasses that make me want to scream, but I digress.
There’s one moment in this episode, a glance really, that grabbed my attention from the very beginning. Brennan’s just finished diagnosing Hannah’s potentially fatal leg wound and as she’s walking out of the room, Booth stops her and says thanks.
The look he gives her is a DB special so you know there’s deeper meaning there. Much like the bow and his, “I’ll see you tomorrow” in The Maggots in the Meathead, there’s a lot more to that look than just a simple “thank you,” don’t you think?
Point of honesty #2: I absolutely loved The Shallow in the Deep. Not because it had the feel of past episodes, but because it had heart. Oh, and because we learned that Booth is still very much bothered whenever Brennan shows her appreciation for another man.
Sure, maybe he was just looking out for her best interests, but it felt like more than that. And yet in my way of thinking, he forfeited his right to be jealous (if he ever even had that “right” to begin with) when he committed to a relationship with Hannah. So why, then, is his negative reaction to “the zygote,” who’s as obviously interested in Brennan as she is in him, nearly instantaneous?
I Didn’t Want to Let You Down
I think this moment at the end of The Bullet in the Brain may be the most convincing evidence yet that Booth is still fighting for Brennan. There were four people involved in the conversation in The Royal Diner that night, and yet by the end, Booth and Brennan might as well have been the only people in the room.
“I didn’t want to let you down.”
He knows that she believes in him…and that matters.
And so he keeps fighting, as he has from the very beginning. He may not understand the reason why yet. But one day (hopefully soon), he’ll figure it out.
So, do you believe Booth has been fighting for Brennan all along? Do you see what I see in these moments or something completely different? What moments would you add to the list? Their welcome home hug in the premiere? Booth’s thumbs up at the end of The Body and the Bounty? Let’s discuss!