Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day, my darlings! I hope you have a good day. I’ll be pretending I’m not more in love with fictional characters than actual people, haha. But first, I have something exciting to share.
A few weeks ago, I read an article by a TV-writer/critic named Josh Gray. His article was about how Hannah was a better match for Booth than Brennan, and it was so fascinating to me that I felt I had to respond, and I did so here. Josh was such a good sport about it, and when I asked if he’d be interested in doing a co-piece together for Valentine’s Day, sort of a He Said/She Said, well…he said yes!
Here’s the link to his article, and it’s certainly worth a read:
Like Josh did, I’m going to discuss four main points:
1. Why Hannah said no to Booth’s proposal
2. Is It Sweets’ Fault that Agent Booth Keeps Getting His Heart Broken?
3. Final Thoughts on the “The Daredevil in the Mold”
4. Will Booth and Brennan Ever Be Together?
Let’s do this thing!
1. Why Hannah said no to Booth’s proposal.
Besides the fact that the show is called BONES, I think there is still a validity in looking at why she said no. Honestly…as a female watching, I can’t imagine saying no. If his proposal came out of nowhere (and it sort of did), then I kinda thought her rejection did too. I’m not saying it wasn’t genuine, and I do believe her when she said she’s not the marrying kind. But really…when Seeley Booth says he loves you…that he wants you to be his wife and he opens a small velvet box…how is no even in the picture? It would be one thing for her to say yes and then have doubts later…but this initial rejection, it shocked me. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want them to be engaged, and hearing the word ‘wife’ trip from Booth’s lips about gave me a heart attack, metaphorically and literally. I was fine with him saying he loved her, even that he wanted to marry her. But the word ‘wife’…for some reason, to me that was really permanent.
There’s been a lot of talk about how Rebecca and Hannah both rejected Booth because it was right for ‘them’, but Brennan rejected Booth’s advances because she felt she was PROTECTING him. Josh alludes to that in his article, saying…
As mad as I was at Bones for turning down Booth, at least she was motivated by the notion that she was just incapable of being what he needed—a frustrating, but not entirely selfish decision.
And I have to agree with that. It was frustrating, but not selfish. With Hannah, we had about 9 episodes vs the 99 episodes we had of Brennan and Booth storyline, so it’s not exactly fair to weigh both situations against one another. And unfortunately, most of the Hannah storyline was focused on her (alleged!) similarities to Brennan rather than her compatibilities with Booth.
2. Is it Sweets’ Fault that Agent Booth Keeps Getting His Heart Broken?
Um…well, no. But Sweets is not entirely innocent in the entire deal. It’s time for Sweets to learn that his words have meaning. Is he responsible for the actions of people who are not himself? No. No one really is. To pin that kind of blame is a slippery slope of a game that leads nowhere fast. However, it is time that the character of Sweets get ironed out a little bit. He’s not the therapist any longer, but he’s not exactly a friend either. Whether or not you feel he is professional (I lean toward NOT), what really sort of gets me riled up is the way he doesn’t seem to have to account for his words of friendship.
Look, I’m not saying Sweets has to be perfect…I’m just saying that for the most part, other characters make mistakes on the show and then have to account for them. With Sweets, not so much. I don’t think his drunken declaration that he doesn’t want to end up 40 and alone (a la Booth) is responsible for Booth’s proposal of marraige to Hannah. However, it will annoy me if nothing comes of the Booth/Sweets dynamic from this. I was royally annoyed in the 101st episode when it seemed as if Sweets knew what had happened between B&B. I don’t want to blame Sweets; however, he should see that as a friend, Booth took his words to heart. Booth’s actions are Booth’s responsibility. But Sweets can learn that his words have meaning, whether Booth will admit it or not. Pal Smurfs and I talked about this the other day; Booth might be convinced that Sweets thinks he’s the shiz, and once that happened, Booth took on responsibility for making sure it stayed that way. Once Booth realized there was something important that Sweets DIDN’T admire in him, he sought to reconcile that immediately…so as not to disappoint Sweets.
Did Sweets cause Booth to botch a proposal? No. Does Sweets need to learn that his words and actions have meaning outside of himself? Yes.
3. Final Thoughts on Daredevil in the Mold:
(Okay, okay…you know me, and you know it’s not LIKELY that these are my final thoughts on the matter, but for the sake of mirroring Josh’s post, I’m going with it 🙂 )
We talked earlier this week about how I wanted to see a fight between Booth and Brennan. Not a mean fight, but just some genuine honesty…some words out on the table. And we sort of got that here in this episode. We’re going to talk a LOT more about this on Wednesday, but for now, I’ll just say that I was really pleased with what Booth revealed. Some of you so correctly pointed out that a B&B fight wasn’t realistic as it would mean they became vulnerable with one another and also opened up the idea of losing their partnership. It was fascinating to me that Booth did exactly both of those things (BONES THEORY READERS ARE SMART! WOO!). He was mad and hurt and he said so…probably for one of the first times in his life, or at least for many, many years. Brennan didn’t yell in return, probably because she could see that he was drunk and not thinking rationally. I’m still hoping she’ll get her turn eventually, and that they will continue to hash things out.
4. Will Brennan and Booth ever get together?
Yes. Yes they will! There are some who feel as if the fact that Booth proposed marraige to Hannah means Brennan is now the consolation prize, but I have to disagree. Hannah is still the rebound. Booth sort of alludes to this at the beginning of his proposal when he tells Hannah that at the time he met her, he didn’t think he’d ever find anyone else. And I think it’s also important to take note of Booth’s ‘next level’ with both Hannah and Brennan. For him, marraige was the next step with Hannah…from boyfriend (live in lover, whatever) to marraige. For Brennan, he offered her ‘a different outcome’. I see that as evidence that there was nothing in between boyfriend/husband for Booth in terms of Hannah, but with Brennan, he understood that she wasn’t interested in marraige necessarily…he just wanted them to give it a shot…whatever that looked like. He understood that ‘the in between’ is everything between Brennan and himself. Though they seem similar in some ways, there are quite a lot of differences between the Booth/Hannah relationship and the Booth/Brennan relationship. But like we talked about on Friday, they are back to being ‘just partners’. Of course, we know that they were never ‘just’ anything, and so it will be interesting to see what happens there. It’s not a series reset, as the characters have a lot of history to contend with. If they try to do the exact same thing over and over and expect different results, they will go insane.
What we’ll see when B&B get together is ‘a different outcome’. I’m not sure what that will all entail, but I’m excited for it.
Peace, Love & Bones,