Good morning, Bones Theory peeps! I hope you are having a great weekend so far. If you aren’t having a great weekend, I hope this post makes it just a bit easier.
I have another question for you, and it’s this.
“Is the work they do important, but not important enough to be their whole lives?”
When Sully presented that idea to Brennan, he was telling her the truth, but at a time when she (as Dr. Wyatt pointed out later) was not able to ‘hear’ it, nor were we interested in any of Sully’s attempts to convince Brennan to sail away with him. Sure, as pal Tober suggested a while ago, Sully was a good fit for Brennan, and in hindsight, we can appreciate that a bit more.
But at the time, I at least, rebelled against this idea of anything that would take Brennan away from what I considered to be her mission…helping Booth catch bad guys.
Of course, I also wanted her mission to be to fall in love with Booth in the process, and likewise, for him to help her and also fall in love with her in the process.
But now, almost four seasons later…(and whoa! that is so incredible to me. Fans of Sports Night or Freaks and Geeks or any other show that would kill for more seasons know what I’m talking about. Six seasons of Bones is like…a bountiful gift from on high! 🙂 )
…okay, back to the question. Now, four seasons later, does the question still remain? Is the work they do important enough to be their whole lives? And I don’t just mean for Booth and Brennan; I mean…for all of them.
Perhaps this most recent episode was a little love letter from the writers to the characters. A lot of people were displeased with the episode, saying it was in poor taste for the team to be so caught up in the idea of wrapping up the case so quickly in order to have a special Valentine’s Day night. It’s both a day and a night; it’s a valentine miracle. Hahahaha. But…to be more crude and quote people a little more directly, some people felt the team should have been focused on justice and the dignity of the wasted human life in the form of Wendy Bovitz and shouldn’t have been so concerned with getting laid.
These may or may not be the same people who were pissed at Booth for ‘abandoning’ Hodgins and Angela and the team in order to spend time with Hannah. Just saying.
But it does sort of raise the question. Do they all have to be 110% committed to their jobs, and if they aren’t…are they abandoning each other? To answer my own question, I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s fair to expect the characters to give everything to their work all of the time.
In fact, that’s sort of what we (okay, I’ll just speak for myself, what ‘I’) have been wanting for Booth and Brennan…and that’s sort of what we got at the end of this episode. Booth and Brennan were spending time together. It wasn’t an after case drink where they hash out all of the case details. For those keeping score, it wasn’t exactly chit chat or small talk, either. It was just hanging out and shooting guns.
Look, I was plenty annoyed in Rocker in the Rinse Cycle when during an investigation, B&B chose to spend MORE time messing around with rock and roll. It would be like if in Gamer in the Grease, they’d had their little Punky Pong session in the middle of the episode instead of at the end, after the case is solved.
To the credit of the characters, they DID see the case to completion, and then they had their nights. If push came to shove, and the clock had ticked down to 0.00.00, would they have bailed? Or would they have bailed on their loved ones (in the case of Paul, Nora (who holy cow was gorgeous!), and I guess we can include Daisy in on that, though not Hodgins and Angela). And…did they need to bail? Should they be punished for impatience, and also judged on a supposed outcome? We can’t say for sure what they would have done if the case hadn’t been solved.
Sure, that it was solved in one day is pretty improbable, but the solving of BONES cases is usually pretty improbable, as HH and even Kathy Reichs have mentioned. The science they use is accurate; they just speed it up a lot, they’ve both said. Haha, but the point is this…perhaps, on Valentine’s Day, the writers wanted each character’s evening to end happily…just once, in a way.
And it’s interesting to me that for each and every single one of them, probably for the first time ever on BONES…each character had another person to be happy with. Remember at the end of Death in the Saddle, when Booth is telling Brennan that each person is searching for that special someone, and it sort of shows a montage of each character, including Cam applying lipstick for some proposed date that never went anywhere, and it shows Zack at the lab, studying? That’s not where the characters are right now.
Yes, it DID rub me the wrong way that they were all so eager. But it rubbed me the wrong way LESS than it made me smile, because each of them was just so incredibly happy.
And…I want that for them. I feel like many of us have expressed that over the past several years. What they do matters, but justice doesn’t exactly keep you warm at night, right? We’ve seen that; that has been one of the most natural and also blatant progressions in Booth and Brennan’s character development. They both take/took solace in their work success, putting personal lives on the back burner. But when it comes down to it…their work will never be enough, not completely. Not for any of them.
The work they do is important, but it’s not important enough to be their whole lives. So, I say give the characters a break. They are allowed to prefer ‘romance’ to ‘death’ as Cam put it. And considering they did solve the case before they went out, I think it’s clear that while they can be impatient, their priorities are/were in the right place.
Thoughts from you? Let’s discuss!