Disclaimer: This week’s “Who’s To Blame” series is sort of a tongue in cheek look at which character has given BONES fans the most hope on the B&B front, thereby making that person ‘to blame’ in all of this. I am aware that all of these characters are written by actual humans who are therefore ‘to blame’ (or to be praised, depending on how we feel about it), but for the purpose of this series, all ‘responsibility’ falls onto the character being discussed and ends there.
Good morning, my BONES THEORY PEOPLE! Happy Monday! All weekend, I tried to come up with some sort of “is that your hiatus or are you just happy to see me” joke, and I just couldn’t figure it out, but I must say that I’m sort of enjoying the hiatus. It’s weird, because as a BONES fan, I like the episodes. As a writer about BONES…I like the breaks! I’m kind of weird that way, I guess!
One thing that has been interesting to me in the past few years is the blame that has been put on Sweets for his actions. We’ll get to him at the end of this week, but for my part, I see a LOT of people as “blame-worthy”. That is, I think there have been a lot of characters who have pushed Booth and Brennan toward one another, and likewise whose actions and characterizations have led toward BONES fans having even more faith in B&B getting together.
So it’s not just who is ‘to blame’ for how B&B are at the current moment; it’s more about who is/are to blame in even making us (and Brennan and Booth) think there even COULD be a B&B to be? Haha, enough ‘bs’ there for you?
And when I consider this, when I consider this idea of who has really pushed Booth and Brennan closer together, Dr. Wyatt immediately comes to mind. Also, when I think about a father figure for Booth, Dr. Wyatt comes to mind. (Sometimes Max does too, but…we will get to that later this week!). And sometimes, I don’t know why, but the Dr. Wyatt/Booth advicey-ship makes me cry sometimes; it’s just so wonderful. For me, GGDubs was the first person to sort of see through Booth’s not-always-so-shiny armor and just reach in, pull out his heart, tell him the truth, and say it was all good. And Booth actually, sort of…believes him.
At THAT point (Season Two: Gator in the Girl), I don’t think Gordon Gordon (the shrink so nice they named him twice 🙂 ) even knew Brennan really. He understood that Booth had a partner, because she’d made a written report of what happened when Epps died, and when Brennan calls him when Booth is talking to him, Booth pulls out his phone and says “It’s my…Bones”, which is awesome! Dr. Wyatt MAKES him admit that he was out of control in the scenario where Epps died, and a couple of episodes later, he also helps Booth identify his ‘modern day codpiece’ of a cocky belt buckle as well as his ostentatious ties and socks. They are coping mechanisms. Brennan will call them Boothy, and we’ll later on see that he started them in an attempt to be a rebel in her eyes, but in a lot of ways, Dr. Wyatt helped Booth accept himself. And…Booth being himself is the start of the path to him being able to be with Brennan.
Later in the season, he helps Brennan and Booth really figure out what the conflict is between them. Angela calls GGW out on it, saying that he lied to B&B, telling them their tension WASN’T because Sully related in order to make the FBI happy and keep them working together. Dr. Wyatt gets a little twinkle in his eye and doesn’t exactly confirm nor deny it.
In Season Four (Mayhem on a Cross), Dr. Wyatt is in the process of becoming “Chef Wyatt”, and during that time, he tells them that Sweets wants what we (they) all want; a family. Booth is very resistant (he doesn’t need/want more responsibility in his life, and he knows that once it’s there, it’s there for life), but Brennan is very forthcoming. They can make a permanent place for Sweets, right?
We know what happens later at Sweets’ office, but the point is that their new family of B&B and baby duck (thereby making B&B an actual unit in that pairing) is the result of the words and encouragement of Dr. Wyatt. He’s to blame!
But all of these reasons pale against what I consider to be the most glaring in my ‘prosecution’ of Dr. Wyatt–his actions in Dwarf in the Dirt.
Sometimes optimism can be a real pain. And I think for someone like Booth, hope and optimism can go hand in hand. Dr. Wyatt tells Booth to have hope and patience on the ‘Dr. Temperance Brennan’ front. He also validates Booth’s love for her (and the illogical-ness of it all).
Near the end of the episode, there’s a teensy little moment right after he’s told Booth to grow a set. (He also tells Booth that he will not fail in front of Dr. Brennan…interesting! Do you think Booth thinks he failed with Brennan?). Brennan enters the restaurant, and Dr. Wyatt notices her and calls her over. Booth stands up (like the good boy Pops will remind him he is in the next episode) and when he helps Brennan be seated (with no complaint from her at all), he sort of just stands there and GGW gives him this encouraging little nod to have a seat and…just ask her.
Booth does, and Chef Wyatt approaches to give them some food, and both Brennan and Booth are hesitant about it, but GGW gives them encouragement.
“Be brave, my children. Make a foray, cast off your shackles, etc, etc. Abide by my exhortations to joie de vivre that you may be borne aloft on the trembling wings of giggling angels.”
That’s a lot more than just “clean your plate”. That has to do with more than just food, right? That’s a love letter in the form of “you’re in love; you’re building a world around each other…a family”. He blows them a kiss and gives this encouraging smile that always makes ME feel like there is hope, if I’ll just have enough patience.
…and sometimes I’m not sure whether to hug him or punch him for it!
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS…The title of this post, as Brennan would say, is a bastardization of a writer named Shakespeare from a play called Hamlet. And like Dr. Wyatt…you were probably aware of that!