Whoa, right? Doing a scene study of an ep that JUST AIRED? I know, it’s crazy…but what I can I say…it must be studied!
Let’s do this thing!
(Sidenote: If you haven’t seen this episode yet, I recommend not reading this. I don’t want to spoil you, and this post will still be here when you have seen it!)
As far as a little history to get us started…well, I think the episode is fresh enough in our minds that I don’t need to do too much. But I will toss out two sections…
Cam arrives to Booth’s office to ask him for advice on something personal, and Booth is pleased…
Sidenote: Can you think of any other times in which a character asked Booth for advice on anything? I mean, seriously? Excluding Brennan…has this happened? Perhaps Sweets, once or twice? But other than that, I’m honestly drawing a blank on any time any person asked Booth for advice. Okay, Zack in the season two finale. Any other time?
Moving on…Booth quickly figures out that Cam wants advice on her relationship with Paul, when Cam says she doesn’t think it’s working out and/or worth it, Booth tells her that, “You deserve someone great. And if you feel as though this guy is the one, then don’t let him get away.” Ah…more on THAT later!
Basically, Booth is cute.
And later in the episode, Brennan and Booth are discussing the case and whether monogamy is viable…Brennan suggests history says monogamy doesn’t mean happiness, and Booth says ‘history is wrong’ in his Booth-y way. He also says, “You pick one wife and go with it”…interesting!
Then he gets a phone call, and though it’s not necessarily important to this post, it was my fave moment of the episode, and so I’ll just share it here. Basically, Booth knows he’s right and he likes it. Me too.
And even later in the episode, Brennan comments that “Human beings are more complex than anthropological tropes. What might work for one culture is an anathema to another.”
Booth wants to know if she is agreeing with him, and Brennan sort of denies, but then admits that in that one particular instance…he might be right. Interesting!
They continue to solve the case, and all of that…
But okay, now we are at the scene. It starts with one of those sweeping shots of DC at night (is it me or have there been a LOT more almost gratuitous montages of DC this season?”)
Cam enters Founding Fathers and looks pretty and nervous. There was something almost like a first date about this meeting for her and Paul, and I thought that was very interesting and sweet. And I guess it sort of was. Or at least…it was both of them, absolutely being vulnerable and clear that they wanted to make this work between them. That’s a risk!
She decides it’s not worth the risk, and she decides to stand Paul up, but just as she reaches the door, Booth and Brennan arrive, and sort of block her in. Booth can see on her face that she’s upset about something, but Brennan doesn’t see it; she informs Cam that she’ll be pleased to know they solved the case (this is a continuation of an earlier conversation these two women had about whether or not
it was important enough to be their whole life the case was important or if it could wait another day so Cam could spend time with Paul).
She asks who the killer was, and Brennan explains it was the father of the sister wives. Cam is so interested in the details of the case, right? Haha.
Brennan then proceeds to say, “Isn’t that your prospective partner over there?” Haha, way to use the partner word, there Brennan!
Booth finally speaks up, “It is! Hey, Doc!” Hahahaha…I love the look on Cam’s face, too. Busted.
Paul sees her and waves, visibly pleased that she is there. And then Cam gives this smile and says, “I am such a fool.” Meanwhile…I don’t know what’s going on in Booth’s mind. I don’t know if he’s confused about why Cam might be confused (as obviously, Paul is crazy about her, and Cam is amazing and should have someone crazy about her) or what. Brennan on the other hand shows no confusion. It seems obvious to her. What she is seeing in front of her are two people who want to be together…she doesn’t sense any of the underlying issue. Brennan’s almost a romantic maybe!
“Would you like to join us?” she asks.
“No, God, no,” Cam insists quickly and then tries to backtrack to make it sound not quite so negative. Having a double date with B&B (even if they aren’t on a date) would be kind of interesting, don’t you think?
Booth steps in again and translates, explaining that Cam just means she and Paul want to be alone.
Cam is sort of stuck, which is kind of funny to me. It’s funny to me because I’m always imagining these scenarios in which the squints will cook up some sort of scheme to trap B&B together…that sort of thing, right? And yet, that doesn’t really happen, but this does. Ha.
Cam walks toward Paul, and they kiss (kind of like French people meeting on the street, if you ask me!) and he hands her a gift and she sits, and it seems like things will work out.
Immediately (and you video people will have to help me), but the Cam/Paul scene in the foreground fades, and the camera focus goes to Booth and Brennan sitting at the bar, as Brennan comments, ‘They make a nice couple, don’t they.”
And Booth says, “Yeah, they do.”
Speaking of nice couples (in Brennan’s mind, not mine), Brennan places her hand on Booth’s arm. “Should you call Hannah and ask her to join us?”
I love the look on Booth’s face as she continues, “She enjoys drinking alcohol very much.”
“Nah,” Booth replies. “She’s working late.” And then he motions toward the bartender, “Hey, can I get the usual here?”
Look, I know that they have probably been there 100 times, and that it’s very ‘rational’ that they would have a ‘usual’ (and oh, please be wine for her and beer for him!), but excuse me if I feel just a tiny thrill at the knowledge? It’s not like I’m expecting the bartender to come over and Booth to also ask if he wouldn’t mind performing the Booth and Brennan wedding or anything…I’m not making this moment more than it is, except to admit that it is a small little ‘moment’, acknowledging that it pleases me that B&B have a usual. (sidenote…in that pic, it almost looks like Brennan is wondering why they DON’T already have their usual order, hahaha. I’m sure she’s not thinking, “hello”, but that is sort of her annoyed face.)
Booth says, “So…this case proves that two’s a company” For those of you who don’t know that phrase, it’s part of a longer phrase, “Two’s a company, but three’s a crowd,” meaning (I believe) that two people should be together, but when you bring a third into the mix, it can get messy. Well, isn’t that just muy interesante! Out of everything in this scene, I kinda felt like THIS was the most blatant memo from the
universe BONES writers that this whole “Booth and Hannah living together while Brennan and Booth work together and Hannah and Brennan are drinking together” triangle will not work at all. Not sure how it will all turn out (or how it will all work out), but it won’t work is the point.
Brennan doesn’t quite meet his eyes, but smiles and admits, “You were right.”
Booth smiles himself. That’s gotta be nice to hear, right?
“The Samuel wives only appeared to be happy with their arrangement,” Brennan continues. Am I reading too much into it to think that maybe SHE is only appearing to be happy with their arrangement? Probably. Probably so.
Booth adds, “Right, the one guy who was happy ended up dead.”
Now, normally, it seems to me that Brennan might argue that it would be impossible to ascertain that Ed actually WAS happy. But she doesn’t say that. Instead, she asks, “Do you think Ed Samuel loved all of his wives equally?”
“No,” Booth insists right away. “He loved the first one the most.”
“How do you know?” Brennan asks. Ah, good! Get ‘evidence’!
Booth says, “The schedule.”
Brennan needs more. “But each week, each wife was assigned two nights apiece. And he spent Sunday nights alone.”
“Well, he was supposed to spend Sunday alone,” Booth tells her.
I love the progression of the looks on Brennan’s face.
1. Awareness of new information.
2. This information was retrieved by Booth, who (like we discussed last week), has “still got it.”
I mean, we know that information/data wasn’t THAT hard to ascertain, and we think maybe Brennan shouldn’t be so impressed, but she is. She always is. Wanna know why? Because she has a crush on Booth. She does. Always has, always will. She just is fascinated by the way he works; it’s one of the reasons why she wants to work with him. She crushes on him big time. It’s true, so there! Hahaha. But seriously, you know how when you crush on someone, then all of a sudden, his or her jokes are just a little bit funnier, or maybe their information is just a little bit smarter…that sort of thing? (and likewise, when someone annoys you, you’d like for that person to stop eating, walking, talking, basically breathing around you because it’s JUST WRONG!?!). B&B crush on each other; plain and simple. She likes him as much as she likes learning new things…so when she gets to learn something new from him? Ah…yeah, baby.
3. She wants to know more. I love, love, love, love when Brennan’s voice gets lower, and she kind of leans in conspiratorily toward Booth. It doesn’t matter if it’s for more information or to try to convince him of something, or to tell a joke (as long as I don’t have to shave my head!/Dwarf in the Dirt)…I just love it.
“He didn’t?!?” she asks, kind of surprised and intrigued.
Emily Deschanel is so great.
“He went back to the first one,” Booth tells her.
“He did?” Brennan asks.
“Every Sunday; that’s what they said,” he explains.
So Brennan weighs the facts, and she doesn’t say “I don’t know what that means,” she just asks Booth. “What does that mean?”
And he replies, “Well, it means, Bones…that, you know, you can love a lot of people in this world, but there is only one person you love the most.”
I find this an interesting contrast to Booth’s earlier statement, “you pick a wife and stick with it”. Thoughts from you? I’m not saying he’s declaring undying love for Brennan here…I’m just saying…well, it means something.
Brennan sort of weighs his words (I love when she does that)…
…and she asks him, “Well, how do you know which person you love the most when you’re confused bychemical messages traveling throughout your limbic system?”
And Booth replies…
“You just do”
If we can tear our eyes away from his brown eyes for a moment to analyze the words coming from his mouth…I think it sort of rings true. Even though it’s sort of a cop-out, it’s still a total Booth statement. What is interesting to me is that people seem to be getting on Booth’s case about his answer, as if he’s wrong. It’s not that he’s right or wrong necessarily, as much as it just is a very Booth thing to say. Perhaps the responsibility is on Brennan to make the ‘right’ reaction to his statement…though I don’t necessarily want to pin “right or wrong” on her either. But like pal Eve said this morning when she was talking about this scene, and she said, “Everyone is focusing on Booth in this scene as if it was somehow pivotal for his character. In my opinion it was not. Booth has always talked of ‘LOVE’ (the big kind) in this way. He truly believes in happy monogamous relationships and no matter what he will defend their existence to his unbelieving partner.”
I agree; his answer was very Boothy…kinda vague, but supported by his eyes, making us all want to believe it’s true. It’s Brennan’s reaction, then, that holds the real meaning.
But I found this moment so fascinating. Remember in seasons 1-5…when B&B would have moments like this, and we’d all think, “She HAS to know exactly what he’s saying!”, but we never actually had much proof that she did? And then in the 100th, she made it clear that she’s sort of just been biding time until he confessed his feelings for her to tell him that she’s (basically) known all along that she can’t give him what he wants/needs? And then in this season, we see her acknowledge that she regretted that action, and so here…we have a major B&B moment, with the same sorts of looks and statements we’ve ALWAYS had between them, but the one difference here is that Booth and Brennan know. And WE know they know. All of those other episodes/moments/what have you…where there was ambiguity…where we only just WISHED that they’d come out and say it…those are different from this, at least, in my opinion.
Here we have two people actually talking about their relationship. Sure, they are using the case to sort of cover, like always, but it’s there. No false interpretations, in my opinion.
We’ve sort of been on Booth’s case this season as far as making sure he’s honorable…if he’s going to be with Hannah, then he needs to be with her, and not keep Brennan on the side, right? That’s sort of crude, and is NOT what has happened this season…thank goodness. But how much responsibility is on Brennan? We discussed yesterday about how they both rely on one another to sort of talk things through and work things out. But is it fair for Brennan to ask the next question? (okay…I’m getting ahead of myself here…)
Booth sort of smiles at her, and when she looks toward Cam and Paul (for evidence, I suppose), he does the same.
The camera moves to Cam and Paul.
Um, hello vague Hannah-esque smiling long-haired blonde in the way. And hello GIGANTIC picture of Ben Frankin overlooking the love. You guys, it’s all so freaking deliberate.
So then…this happens…
Hello, Boreanaz. Goodbye, heart.
But seriously, I’m not entirely sure what to make of this look. I think it’s a toss back to his conversation with Cam, combined with the evidence in front of him that Cam and Paul are sharing a moment. Remember in Boy with the Answer, when Brennan asks Angela if the reason she and Hodgins got married was because Angela might be pregnant, and Angela says, “No, this is love”? And then B&B share that somewhat wistful look? That’s how I feel about this look from Booth. We’ve been talking some around here about times when Booth and Brennan gave themselves permission to touch one another, kiss one another, etc, and I think they both sort of struggled before with the difficulty in not being able to touch one another like Paul and Cam are kissing one another. It seems so simple; she’s thankful for her new scarf, she pulls him down for a kiss.
How many times have Booth and Brennan shared a special moment? Yet…they can’t (because they didn’t allow themselves) express their feelings (even general affection or appreciation) for each other with a quick kiss, a soft hand on his face. It seems so simple. But nothing between Brennan and Booth has ever been that simple. And they both struggle with that. I think Booth is sort of maybe wondering why it just can’t once be easy, right? I think also something very valid to consider is the idea that Booth can see that Brennan is open to the idea of love…but that maybe she just doesn’t want him. Right? There are two parts to his ‘investment’ there. I can totally see that he might be wondering where he fits in her thoughts. After all, they’ve had discussions like this in the past, and yet, when push came to shove, she literally pushed him away and said no. Of course, she said she couldn’t love him as he deserved, and all of that as we have discussed many timesBut I think that is still valid. If Brennan believes she has the capacity for love at this time, and Booth can see that…I don’t think it’s fair to assume that HE assumes that she loves him. She admitted to regretting not giving him a chance, but that’s not the same in my book. Okay…moving on.
I loved what pal xWolfspridex said yesterday, “I know Booth is going to get hurt in getting what we want, and I don’t want that.”
And that’s so well said; I feel like I’ve been trying to get that emotion across since the summer. There is no way this ends well for Booth. I mean, perhaps when the series is over, it will have ended well for Booth, but this current situation…not possible.
If he breaks things off with Hannah, he’ll feel guilty over that, and that’s bad for him. If Hannah breaks it off with him, because she’s mad at him, well that won’t be pleasant. If Hannah breaks it off with him because she doesn’t care about him as much as he cares about her…well, that’s just another crappy example of a relationship in the life of Seeley Booth, where he opened his heart and the person he opened it to wasn’t completely interested. Talk about ‘cracking a shell’ and having someone give up after that! He’s going to get hurt in getting what we want, and I don’t want that. I don’t want that. So this look on his face here…it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around it.
It’s not necessarily undying love; it’s not total regret, either, I don’t think. It’s somewhere in between. As Keane would sing, “Somewhere only we know.” And the ‘We’ there is Booth and Brennan.
I think it can also include the idea that he’s not over her and will never be over her, not entirely, which is also realistic. Even when you are over someone, when you think of that person or see him/her…there’s always that little twinge of something, right? I guess the last thing I attribute this look to is just general curiosity and vulnerability toward Brennan. I think Booth has always figured he’ll never completely figure Brennan out (which turns him on like crazy and also makes him crazy…just because of who he is), so as naturally curious as she is about him (that part of that whole ‘crush on him’ thing we talked about earlier), he’s as curious about her. So he’s wondering what she’s thinking, why she is agreeing with certain things and not others. And it’s all very fascinating for sure.
She turns to him, and he looks away immediately. And then, she gets to that question I mentioned before, and she asks, “What if you let that person get away?”
Okay, in my interpretation, she’s sort of switched it up. Booth says there is one person you love the most; he (I believe) is referring to Brennan as the person he loves the most. Brennan asks her question, and I believe her “person” is Booth. I don’t think she’s asking him what if HE let his person get away…she’s saying…what if I’ve let the person I love the most get away? Does that seem right to anyone else? Am I missing it?”
Booth replies, “That person’s not going anywhere”.
So in that instance, his “person’ is himself, meaning…I’m still your partner, and I still care about you. And I love you the same as I ever loved you when I figured we would never be a couple. Does that seem right? So the desire he had to be Brennan’s…boyfriend? Lover? Mate? Whatever…maybe he was telling Hannah the truth when he said that part is gone, and is ‘never coming back’, but if so…he can still feel ‘love’ for Brennan, even a deep partnership love, I think. We’ll see, I guess. But what are your thoughts? And how is this different from what he said before (You pick a wife and stick with it). Does that mean ‘settling for second best?’, something we were warned we might have to do for awhile in the season five premiere.
Brennan sort of eyes him…
And then she looks back toward Cam and Paul and says something I find interesting, “We are a good team”, and then she adds, “All of us.”
Booth adds, “The best,” And heck yes, her glass of wine, and his glass of beer! Woo!
And Booth sort of smiles at her in friendship…
..and Brennan does the same toward Booth…
…as if the writers are tying to convince us that B&B will be fine without one another. As if their romantic overtures over the past year were just blips in the road, but now they are back on track…partners for real with none of that other nonsense.
Peace, Love & Bones,