Oh, Max. Why can’t you just buy Brennan a sweater like a regular dad?
And why must you be so sketchy and sweet and awesome and dodgy and just…you?!
If Gordon Gordon encourages me toward B&B hope and if Angela was the first one to sort of get me to want to buy a ticket on this whole ride, well…Max is the one who just keeps reeling me back in to it all.
It’s like I want to believe B&B can be true for his sake, and because he believes in it so much. Maybe it’s a dad thing? I have no idea.
For me, it all goes back to when Max first arrived, in Judas on a Pole. I adore the irony of him being costumed as a Father and also being Brennan’s dad. When he is leaving Brennan again, he looks her in the eye and says, “If you find someone you can trust…you hang on to him.” At that moment, Booth drives up in Caroline’s Gremlin, like a bat out of hell, and Max gets this look on his face that is pure happiness.
What edict does he send down to Booth? “You take care of her!”
Done. Destiny sealed! Right? J
Even if that had been the only time Max had weighed in on the situation, it would still be awesome. But of course it’s NOT the only time. I love at the end of season two, when Booth is arresting Max, and they fight. (Max also ‘gave’ us “Keep on Tryin!”, in Killer in the Concrete).
In season three, we don’t really see Booth and Max together, but Brennan sort of goes between them. Do you ever wonder if Max knows that Brennan kissed Booth in order to get him the trailer for Christmas?
Interestingly enough, though Max is Brennan’s dad, it almost seems as if he’s been more of a support to Booth in the series. Remember in season four, in The Bone that Blew, when he confronts Booth about why he’s not sleeping with Brennan? Booth scoffs and sputters in his way, but then Max cuts to the chase. “You’re a good man. And I want that for her.”
Right after that, Booth tries to get Brennan to see why Max should be allowed to work at the Jeffersonian, telling her that it’s hard being a dad. Brennan doesn’t completely buy it, but by the end of the episode, she’s more agreeable. Booth asks her to do it as a favor for him, but Brennan thinks she sees right through that. “What, like a partner thing?” Booth does this little slide toward Brennan, and I love the look on Max’s face from below the lab upper platform, as he smiles and watches it all. Max is totally a shipper!
In season five, Max (sort of indirectly) manages to get Booth and Brennan together for Christmas dinner. I also love the smile on his face when he watches Brennan and Booth give their toasts. And at the (almost) very end of Boy with the Answer, right before Brennan gets into her cab, as the entire group is leaving FF, Booth has this almost throwaway line about how Max stiffed him with the bill, again. They sort of joke, but it’s just such a ‘family’ moment that makes me smile every time. Can’t you just imagine that exact exchange in the future in a father-in-law, son-in-law scenario (doesn’t HAVE to be official marriage or anything…I just mean, once B&B are together).
In season six, we saw Max approach the subject with Brennan, and her quick assertion that she didn’t want to talk about it spoke volumes. Max was cool about it, but it was clear that the current status was not the final word on the matter.
Quick confession and question: I was really bummed at the idea that Max might have a girlfriend. Does anyone else feel that way? I guess, I want that to be a source of conflict for Brennan (not that she doesn’t already have enough conflict!), but I just think that would be very interesting, to see her reactions to the idea of Max moving on and falling in love. Rationally, she would understand that her dad’s a man and has needs (‘ew, Bones, really?’ Booth would say in reply, haha) but she might find herself being uncomfortable with it. Then it would put Booth in a pickle (and I love when he’s in a happy pickle like this kind of pickle), where he’d have to tread lightly. He would want to stand up for Max (and LOVE!) as a man, but also want to protect Brennan and her feelings. Okay…confession over!
One last example, and I don’t know if I’m reading too much into it or not, but one of my favorite moments of Bullet in the Brain, was at the end of the episode, and Max gives Booth a handshake. Max knows what’s going down, so to me, the handshake (and what did he say? It’s always a pleasure? Something like that) meant, “You’re still a good man, and I still want that for her.”
Maybe I’m reading too much into it. Wouldn’t be the first time!
Thoughts from you! Is Max the one who holds the most ‘sway’ over the B&B relationship? Does HE have the most at stake?
Peace, Love & Bones,