No official Top Five Tuesday this week since we’re tackling this blame game, but I thought I’d still try to work it in. With Angela, I’ll be really interested to hear what you have to day. For me, it’s interesting, because as far as our line up here, she’s certainly one of my least faves, so I want to blame her more, but yet…when it comes to B&B, she can be kind of relaxed about it.
So here are five reasons why, even though she’s Team Brennan all the way, she’s still a B&B shipper worth blaming:
- She told Brennan to ‘buy a ticket on that ride’.
Pal Smurfs and I were talking about this the other day, that basically, Angela isn’t so much B&B as she is Brennan getting some action outside of the lab! Of course, from what we could see at that time, Brennan wasn’t experiencing any difficulty in finding potential lovers. Angela was very pro-‘sailing away with Sully’. But by season five, in Night at the Bones Museum, she tries to convince Brennan that she shouldn’t date Hacker because Booth doesn’t want her to (and tells her that the reason he doesn’t want her to is because HE wants to be the one dating her). When Brennan says there is the potential for sex with Hacker, Angela wants to know, “And there’s not with Booth?” So in that instance, it’s a combination. Angela wants Brennan to be able to ‘buy a ticket’, but I still think she wants Booth to be the ride.
2. She removed the competition.
What always makes me laugh about this is the idea that while she got rid of Tessa early (to be fair, it was probably pretty easy!), she never did the same for anyone else. Not that (besides Hannah), anyone else has been THAT much of a threat, but still. It’s like Brennan got one ‘best friend freebie’, but she was on her own after that. Having said that, it is fun at the beginning of the series, when Angela and even Hodgins and Zack (What does he say to her? “Apparently it’s been awhile”? Ha!) try to get Brennan to make a move on Booth.
3. She never became the competition.
I don’t know if anyone else agrees with me, but this ‘piece of evidence’ speaks more strongly to me than almost any other. If you watch the earlier episodes, it’s crazy how much chemistry Angela and Booth have. I mean, it’s not crazy crazy…as both of those actors have chemistry with just about anything. But…let’s just say that I think Angela could have had opportunity…if she’d really wanted to go for it. And she sort of abstained, I believe, out of deference to Brennan. It’s sort of like the ‘just partners’ thing. It’s not like either of them could ever admit that Angela was not going after Booth because she knew Brennan wanted him and it would be not cool in the best friends kind of way. But the lack of her making a move on him, and their lack of discussing it, proves to me that Angela purposefully stayed out of it.
4. She brought in Avalon.
Ah, okay, now I don’t know that she brought Avalon in especially to move B&B along, but as far as this whole idea of ‘blaming’ a character for increasing my hope in B&B, Avalon (and therefore, in this argument, Angela) is high on the list. I find it interesting that B&B chose to tell Angela and others about the relationship book/coma dream issue. It’s surprising really, especially because it seems like admitting a LOT. Of course, they apparently didn’t tell everything, as Avalon reveals to Angela that Brennan was pregnant in the book/dream. That’s also interesting, but not in any way surprising (them not admitting everything), and I like that there was sort of a hierarchy of what could or could not be revealed. Okay, I am sort of getting away from the main point, which is this—when B&B were ready to push some things under the rug (metaphorically speaking), Angela didn’t let them, and she confronted them on it.
5. She went and sort of gave up her free spirited ways to marry a scientist because love was worth it and though they have struggles because they DO work together, they are able to work past those and be happy and in love and have a beautiful baby while she still maintains the integrity of her character, and so does her husband, and yeah…
Ha, but it’s true, right? Of all of the reasons here, this one is really the one that puts Angela on my list of people to ‘blame’. Even though we never saw it, I could totally imagine Brennan and Angela, after meeting, sharing a drink and toasting to independence and the lack of a need for one man only. That Angela sort of navigated that entire deal, with Brennan in the passenger maid of honor seat has been cool to watch. Not that I’ve completely appreciated Angela’s character arc, because I have had issues with it, but the point (and end result) is still valid. Angela, whom I believe Brennan would look up to, has chosen to settle down in a monogamous relationship and start a family. I am not sure on the timing, but I’m kind of hoping that Angela’s baby is born this season, as I just cannot fathom how that will not affect B&B.
Okay, enough from me. Thoughts from you? Are there any other ways?
Peace, Love & Bones,