Good morning, and happy Sunday to you!
Truth Zone Confession #1: I like these guys.
Truth Zone Confession #2: I think this episode is one of my all time favorites. It’s really worth a re-watch, if you have the time and means. Of course, like some of you, when I say, ‘all-time favorites,” I usually mean in my top “100 eps”, haha, as there are few BONES eps I don’t enjoy for one reason or another. But when I say I like this ep a lot, I feel comfortable saying it’s in my top 10, all time.
During the episode, a Jeffersonian intern is murdered, and Booth spends most of his time trying to convince his people that it’s not Gormogon/Gorgonzola related. Brennan is annoyed that he’s using the wrong words, but more importantly, she’s annoyed that the case can’t be solved. When the case leads them to the internal Iraqi antiquities department, she wants to use her clearance to find out more information. She is blocked, and so is Hodgins. Booth uses Cam’s password, and Brennan is annoyed again that he knows her password, and that Cam’s password works, ergo she has the necessary clearance.
Booth brags that he knows Brennan’s password too. It’s Daffodil. Brennan is annoyed that Booth knows that; she never told him that. Booth shrugs. He’s got eyes, and Brennan’s not exactly CIA material. Hodgins teases her, and Brennan does her own shrugging. “What? They’re pretty.”
Booth recommends that she try her second favorite flower, or perhaps a planet. But then…he guesses them both. He knows her, BONES fans!
They continue to solve the case, and they do…
And then, the scene begins…
I find these little intimacies through out the series to be very special. We don’t know how many times B&B have shared a late drink in Booth’s office like this (and let’s just say, we can assume that he either drives her home or puts her in a cab), nor do we know why they are this particular night. For those keeping score at home, I tend to be someone who needs to know ALL of the reasons why something occurs. There are times when I wish I could un-know something after I’ve learned it, but for the most part, I prefer knowing.
The fact that we don’t know why they are sharing a drink in Booth’s office, where it came from, who’s idea it was, etc, etc, USED to be the kind of thing that would annoy me, but I’m learning to just roll with it and to realize that the span of 43-ish minutes, 23-ish times in a year is ALL the time HH and Co have to tell their story and so it’s not fair to expect every single detail to be explained. They are sharing a drink. Because. And if I say ‘because, why?!?’ one more time, I give you permission to stop this car and turn it around! And if you don’t know what that means, well…it’s just something some parents say sometimes when kids ask 1,000 questions.
“I’m not taking anything hard.” Brennan replies. And when Booth wants to clink Dixie cups with her, she scoffs, “What, are we Russian?”
“Ah, Nostrovia!” Booth declares (which, pal Olga, I hope can confirm means “Cheers!”) Trust Booth to know how to say that in lots of languages, haha.
They clink Dixie (things that sound dirty but aren’t!)
…and Booth sort of smiles. And then they place their cups on the table, and smash them, indicating to me that they’ve done this before. (But WHYYYYY are they sitting in the dark!?!??! Okay, okay…I’m not going to worry about it! Besides, the lighting makes them gorgeous!)
“I’ll tell you what ELSE I know,” Booth adds with certainty. “What you’re taking hard is the fact that it…it happened in your house.”
“Oh,” Brennan considers his words. “It’s not my favorite place.”
I think she’s slightly tipsy here, which is super cute. I think she also is annoyed that Booth is right, but can’t quite express that. “What? No, it’s not. How do you know?” she says, quickly.
I love when Booth presents evidence to her. She can’t deny the evidence! And I love when Booth knows he’s right. It doesn’t always happen around her, and it really almost never happens ABOUT her when he’s around her, so when it does…it’s time for another round!
“Accidentally!” Brennan insists. “Does that count?”
“Yes,” Booth replies, just as quickly as before. He’s a lot LESS tipsy than she is, don’t you think? I love his interrogation of her, and that it worked. And he’s right; it totally counts.
“Look,” Booth explains. “All the scientists and squints and eggheads…they wanted it to be a serial killer, so it wouldn’t be one of them.”
“You know what?” Brennan states. “I am offended.”
“I just said that,” Booth points out. Hahaha!
“I’m OFFENDED,” Brennan makes it very clear. “Because…”
And then she trails off, and to me, it seems as if she’s frustrated that she can’t fully articulate WHY she’s offended. She’s watching Booth pour another round, but she can’t form the words.
“Because you were betrayed by one of your own,” Booth finishes for her.
“Are you going to betray me?” Brennan asks, in a million dollar question. This sort of falls under one of those, “I don’t know what that means” moments, as I’m not sure what Brennan’s motivation is. In this episode, Booth did go out on a fake-date with Cam, though Brennan isn’t aware of the fake-ness. When I first watched this episode, I was under the misapprehension that B&B were soon to get together, haha, so I always assumed she was referring to Cam. But, I guess she’s not, because nothing really ever came of that. I’m guessing it has more to do with a Zack-related plot point that was lost to the writer’s strike. Or perhaps, she’s just questioning Booth as means of solidifying their partnership. Or maybe she’s just drunk? Thoughts from you?
Booth eyes her for a moment, sets down the bottle and says, “No, I’m not.”
They share a laugh, and it’s sweet.
And Brennan gets this adorable tone to her voice that I think would make Booth want to get her tipsy as much as possible. “I’m not going to have a headache tomorrow, am I?”
“Well, we’re going to find out,” Booth pours another round. “Hodgins and Zack, they do their experiments. We do ours. To Gorgonzola!” he toasts.
Brennan goes to smash her cup, but it escapes her, falling off the table. I don’t know if this is ad-lib, or if there’s a tiny string around that cup and it’s in the script for it to fall off the table.
But it’s super cute and I love it, and Booth’s laugh seems very genuine. “You missed,” he says, as he smashes his own cup. Side note, I love the discrepancy in the way she uses her entire fist to smash her cups, and he uses his bare palm. Just so…them!
Truth Zone Confession #3: Sometimes when I watch older episodes like these, especially my all-time top ten, I get stressed, and I almost feel grief that we haven’t had (what I consider to be) very many solid episodes for what feels like a long time. By that, I mean, a solid case, good suspects, good squint action and the plot of B&B interwoven throughout at a subtle pace. And I think, why am I still so invested in it? I’ll always watch it; I really can’t imagine a scenario in which I wouldn’t, but it’s just that I feel the pull between an episode like this and what might be considered the ‘crap’ period of Bones episodes, haha. That’s probably too harsh, as there have been a couple of good episodes lately, and there have certainly been AMAZING moments. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just saying, I feel tension there, and I question my devotion at times, that’s all.
But, nonetheless, I shall be vigilant! Haha.
Hope you have a great day,
Peace, Love & Bones