Hey pals! Hope you are having a great Tuesday!
Today’s list is all about Brennan because tomorrow’s post is pretty much entirely about Booth, and I wanted to keep it as even as possible this week!
Okay, so confession, I’ve had the title of this post circling around on my list of ideas for many months, but just never quite got to it. I love the sound of it, because it’s sort of obvious but also kind of insightful. Brennan IS the smartest person; that’s a literal meaning, she is the best at ‘knowing’ things…
But there are also times in which she, in her own way, also knows best–as in, she gets it right when no one else does.
So let’s take a look at five of those times!
Brennan DOES have a very steep learning curve, and what I find interesting is this series-long idea that she also believes what Booth says…even if he doesn’t always believe it himself (I love this, by the way…and I’ve heard several of you mention it lately…the idea that Brennan will use what Booth has taught her to prove (her speciality) that love is worth it). In this season five episode, Brennan is expressing sadness for the mother of the victim. And yes, technically, the physical heart is a muscle that can’t ‘break’, but as Brennan knows…it can be crushed.
Sometimes our queen of science knows that words aren’t the best method of communication. And of course, sometimes words ARE the best way! I was just thinking the other day that one thing I love about Brennan is that she’ll never use a shorter word, if the longer one is better. She’s not a show-off (mostly, haha…she has her cocky moments), but she also doesn’t defer when it’s not necessary. If a word is the correct choice; she’ll use it. Plain and Simple. So, in my opinion, it’s even MORE simply wonderful in this moment when she wants to thank Booth for his help, and she kisses him on the cheek. Very sweet and very genuine.
3. Metaphorical Scars
Brennan puts her knowledge into action better than anyone. In this season four episode, she’s come into the knowledge that Sweets suffered abuse as a child. He has literal scars on his back, and with the help of Dr. Wyatt (and Booth), Brennan reaches out toward Sweets, offering up the truth of herself and her own ‘metaphorical’ scars. She also offers up Booth, basically, and he returns in kind…focusing only on her. But in that moment, she got it right.
4. Sometimes You Go With Your Gut
I have serious issues with everything Booth ‘suffered’ in season four being boiled down to his brain tumor, but I don’t want to be a downer, so I’ll move on. In this season four moment, Brennan gets fierce, to Booth…on his behalf. We don’t always see that between them. We’ve seen her get fierce FOR Booth to other people (Jared, Heather Taffet, the bounty hunter, Hannah (yeah, I’m talking about her warning), Sweets (in Pain in the Heart) ), but it’s rare that Booth ever sees that. She got fierce on Sweets in Secret in the Soil, but I’m drawing a blank on any other time. Thoughts from you on that?
I think in this instance, Booth was ‘compartmentalizing’, just shrugging off that he’d seen Stewie in the interrogation room. Brennan’s eyes get a little wild and her voice is insistent, and though she does rattle off some evidence, she’s really making a judgment call based on her gut. Something’s not right with Booth, and he needs to trust her on that one. I love that. I think she goes with her gut more than she’d admit, and even in the lab. She would call them educated guesses perhaps or intuitive leaps based on what she knows. That would be an interesting post, taking a look at Booth’s brain vs Brennan’s gut. Well, that will have to wait for another day!
5. Make Him Laugh
I know some people don’t love Dwarf in the Dirt as much as I do, but I think it’s one of the most romantic episodes in BONES history. Brennan verbally DOES say that she can’t think of anything she wouldn’t do to help Booth (talk about a defining statement!), but what’s even better for me is that she takes what she’s learned about him (he likes jokes and her truth), and she almost methodically sets out to ‘fix’ him. Perhaps fix is too strong a word, but I think she certainly wants to help him. What I love about it is that she thinks she can make him laugh. You all know I love when Brennan tries to tell jokes; it’s one of my all time favorite things in the world. It kills me that Booth almost never laughs. It’s like he can’t downshift that fast from her mind to her sense of humor or something. But he always still gets what she’s trying to do at least…which is to make him feel better. And when she is trying to do that…it works, and it doesn’t always matter what she says, or how she says it.
So what do you think? There are plenty of other moments to choose from, so let me hear your thoughts. When has Brennan known best? Why does Booth seemed surprised by that sometimes (vs. when she ‘knows best’ from a brain point of view on a case or something). Let’s discuss!
Peace, Love & Bones