Good morning, good morning!
So, for some reason, though I adore them, I always seem to miss when the creatively funny JennyJenWho puts together another squeecap. Rats! You may have seen it already, but in case you haven’t, here’s her take on The Sin in the Sisterhood. Check it! And rumor has it that the BonesGraphicNovel folks are bringing the awesome with another Valentine’s Day Themed post. I really cannot wait!
Okay, okay…now back to the reason you’ve clicked here at Bones Theory–it’s our scene study of the week. This scene is kind of a short one, but it’s been on my mind for the past week or so, so I want to discuss it. It comes from season one.
Here’s a little history to get us started…
Most of the episode takes place in New Orleans, as Brennan is down there, assisting in identifying the remains of victims of Hurricane Katrina. However, once there, she is also the victim of (perhaps voodoo related) unfortunate experiences and ends up very bloody and beat up. I’ll be honest, I almost never watch this episode; like Brennan, I don’t like bloody bodies.
She tells Booth not to worry, but he flies down immediately, busting into Brennan’s hospital room, and proceeds to just take charge in the room, like so…
Brennan says that they are ‘sort of’ partners and Brennan is upset at having lost one of her favorite earrings; Booth is upset at her having lost an entire day. Brennan admits that her skewed priorities are stupid. Interesting. But she also reveals the earring belonged to her mother.
The law enforcement officer says they will help find out what happened to Brennan, but in the meantime, Booth should take care of his ‘partner’.
Done & done!
As the episode continues, Booth and Brennan work in the case, and during it, they share a meal at a local New Orleans diner-type place.
Brennan begins to theorize on what might have happened during the time she can’t recall. She asks,
“How did I get away? Graham got killed; I got away. How did I do that?”
“You know, Bones…” Booth answers. “All those things that Caroline mentioned–the martial arts, the shootings, the assaults…it’s all…you’re just the type of woman that fights. Maybe they didn’t expect it.”
Brennan gets this little smile on her face that shows me that she kinda likes what he has said; that he’s complimented her.
Booth continues, “Maybe they thought some kind of magic could hold you.”
“I don’t believe in magic,” Brennan asserts.
“Exactly,” Booth compliments her. “You’re a surprising woman; sometimes that’s enough for getting away…”
And we get these three looks from Brennan in quick succession…
Booth sort of looks at her in his cute and charming way, kinda like “hey, awesome, she isn’t kicking me in the testicles”
And Brennan asks…
“Why are you nice to me?”
Booth thinks about it for a moment,
Not that I think he is trying to come up with reasons; it’s more that he’s trying to come up with a reason she might accept. Does that make sense? Or perhaps there are several inappropriate reasons flashing through his mind in quick succession (because she’s sweet, because she’s a good kisser, because she’s pretty, because of a lot of things). But he just gets that “you just know” look in his eyes and he says, “Because”
“Because they think they get away with it.”
“With what?” Brennan asks.
“They burn their victims, they blow em up, they toss em in the ocean, they bury them in the desert, they toss them through woodchippers…sometimes, years go by, they relax. They start living their lives like they didn’t do anything wrong.”
Brennan listens in as Booth continues,
“Like they didn’t spend somebody’s life to get what they got. They think they’re safe from retribution. But you make those bastards unsafe. That’s why I’m nice to you.”
“I couldn’t do that without you, Booth” she answers.
“Yeah, so um…you should be a little nicer to me, huh?’ Booth asks.
And Booth realizes he won that arguement (a precursor to Death in the Saddle?!)
Not so fast, Brennan thinks.
At that point, Caroline arrives and asks if she interrupted anything.
That would be a yes!
The rest of the episode is really great and fairly non-bloody. Also, if you’re interested, this is the episode in which Hodgins tells Angela that Brennan wants a big life because of her. Booth gave her the opportunity, but Angela was her inspiration.
I like this very early scene in the series, and I think it applies to the current season and B&B situation. What does Booth want from Brennan right now? The status quo…that they are good people who catch bad people. He wants her to make bad guys unsafe and he knows she needs him to help her do that.
I like that.
Peace, Love & Bones