Hey y’all! How are things? I hope you are having a great Tuesday! After our scene study of Man in the Morgue LAST week, I was struck by how many people really liked that episode, and so I watched it again. It’s still a little too bloody for me, but in between all of that were some great Booth and Brennan moments. I was also struck by the natural rhythm between Brennan and Booth when they are out of the lab…heck, when they are out of the city.
Yesterday, Owl presented us with an awesome theory on how The Lab is more than just a ‘setting’; it’s really a character. It’s where Brennan goes to be ‘home’. Booth calls it her favorite place, and pal Smurfs and I were talking the other day about how THAT sort of reason is why Booth just hasn’t been able…yeah, ABLE, to be at the lab much. For him, the lab (or The LAB) means ‘Brennan’. It doesn’t necessarily mean work…it means her, and if he can’t be with her, he’s not going to be with her. Haha, make sense?
That’s not the point of this post, however! THIS post is to illustrate that for as close as B&B are in DC, something special happens when they are away from everyone else. Sure, they might be connected via satellite, but still…I think we can agree that whether they are on an undercover mission or not, B&B are a bit different on the road.
So here are my five favorite times they’ve been gone, and then you’ll be able to weigh in on others. Let’s do this thing!
…In Chronological Order
1. Washington State: The Man in the Bear
This is in my top five BONES episodes of all time, and I know that David Boreanaz considers/at one time considered this episode to be when the series sort of got grounded and really began to click on all cylinders. To me, that sort of proves my point here. This episode relied on Booth and Brennan’s characters (and therefore Boreanaz and Deschanel) to know the characters and be able to work them in a different ‘setting’. And for my money, it works every time. I love how feisty Booth is about Brennan (though he is with Tessa at the time), particularly when men are ‘pumping her’ for information on the dance floor. And based on what we now know about Booth and Brennan’s history, we can be more confident that she knew exactly what she was doing when she was telling Booth about shipping clerk Charlie’s strong thighs.
The episode is also hilarious on many levels, but since that’s not exactly what we’re measuring, I’ll move on.
2. Las Vegas: Woman in the Sand.
Okay, coincidentally, Booth was ALSO in a relationship with Cam in this season two episode. I’m sensing an early trend there. And yeah, I’m going to go out on a limb and say (not considering the reality of keeping a TV series on the air), if B&B had been single during their trip to Vegas, they may have been doing more than just ‘talking’ on that bed in that hotel room, right? There is something incredibly freeing in the Tony and Roxie characters they so easily slip into. For Booth, it was pretty straightforward. It wasn’t too hard to see how he’d belonged in that world at one point. As for Brennan…
…well, yeah. For someone who can’t act, she sure either is or isn’t…that’s all I’m saying. Oh, and the best part? Booth bought her that dress. That’s hot.
3. China: Passenger in the Oven
Okay, okay, this one miiiiiiight be a bit of a stretch, but I don’t mind! Haha, but seriously. Technically, though we never do see them IN China, both Brennan and Booth are out of the lab, FBI building and DC, and so it counts in my book. Plus, I really like the interactions in this episode between our favorite partners. They have to use the resources available to them; they have to work well with people, and they have to solve the case under a timely pressure. Oh, and also this…
4. Texas/Oklahoma: Double Trouble in the Panhandle:
Though this is actually one of my LEAST favorite all time BONES episodes, I do still feel it belongs on this list. Though I sort of hate Brennan’s wig and Booth’s mustache and all of their costumes and such, when it’s just B&B together, those parts are actually kind of sweet.
There’s an innocent excitement for Brennan on this trip, and I love that. And it’s fun to see them in that cramped trailer. I also love the part where Booth throws the knives at Brennan, if only because it builds up his confidence and we get to see one MORE thing he’s really awesome at. For some reason, I buy that he’s awesome at knife-throwing, more so than say at ceramics (from Man in the Mud). But I digress.
5. Roswell, New Mexico: X in the File
This is kind of an underrated episode, especially in the scope of season five. Sure, it doesn’t end with B&B nearly kissing nor does it have a major moment in Booth’s family life or anything like that. However, there is something very intimate about the moment Brennan and Booth share on the hood of the SUV. I think maybe at the time, a lot of us were hoping for a lot MORE intimate of a moment, but in hindsight, I now love the end scene, where BOTH of them are laughing and joking with one another. Another (sort of) special moment is when the set of remains ‘rises’, and Booth pulls out his gun and Brennan screams.
But for me, the real moment is at the end, like I already mentioned. They are both really relaxed in a way that I don’t know if we would ever get on a DC rooftop. I would not be opposed, but because it happens out in the middle of nowhere, it belongs on this list.
Okay, so enough from me. What say you? What other ‘on the road’ episodes do you like better? London (Yanks in the UK 1 & 2)? Arizona (Skull in the Desert)? Los Angeles (Woman at the Airport)? New Orleans (Man in the Morgue)? Brennan’s High School Reunion (Death of the Queen Bee)? Are there any I missed?
Let me know what you think!
Peace, Love & Bones