I’ll be honest; this episode still rubs me the wrong way in that it’s just TOO funny to be good. But it still makes me laugh. Like when something that is NOT supposed to be funny is funny and the more you laugh, the more you know it’s wrong, and soon your hand is stuck in the chair in front of you while the usher is passing the communion plate, and there’s nothing to do but smile and TRY not to laugh, and…
Oh, wait…ahem, *whistles softly*, maybe it’s not THAT awkward of funny, but still…there’s just something not right about it.
Having said that, the end scene has always been one I’ve never been a fan of, mainly because I always thought it was sort of ridiculous. Are they kidding me that Brennan saying she’d visit Booth’s grave and talk to him and see things from his point of view is the BEST thing anyone has ever said about him???!!!
Well, but what if it is? What if Booth really does think that’s the best thing that could be said to him? If that’s true, then I need to take a look at this scene again. That’s sort of what these scene studies are for. I’m interested to see what happens, and I can’t wait to see what your final verdict is too.
Let’s do this thing!
I won’t go into all of the history for this ep, as it’s not exactly totally relevant for this scene. But there is one thing I want to mention. Booth is incredibly charming when Brennan is not around, apparently, which I found to be hilarious.
There is also something very attractive in the way he says “Seeley Booth” that kind of makes it a shame it’s his own name. When he says Temperance Brennan, that is nice too, but for me, it’s Seeley Booth. SeeleyBoothSeeleyBoothSeeleyBooth!
Barney is saddened at his mother’s death, but Booth assures him that his mother loved him. Brennan adds that she used her heart medicine to kill his brother (Hank) in order to let him have the inheritance. That = love, I guess!
The mother died because she ran out of her medicine killing him.
Brennan immediately sneaks an upward look to see what is happening, while Booth gets solemn.
…and he tries to get her to not do that.
Booth gets that emphatic whispering tone that he gets when he’s horrified. And I love that tone! He also reaches for her…and he takes her arm (which seems new. He doesn’t do that much, right?) and tells her that Barney wants to be alone.
“–Well you will die, Booth,” Brennan interrupts. “It’s inevitable”
“Alright, Bones, whatever,” Booth continues. “When I inevitably drop dead before you, I’d like you to come out, and you know, spend some time and talk to me every once in awhile.”
“I’ll feel foolish knowing that you can’t hear me.”, Brennan replies. One thing I noticed this time around is that she doesn’t say anything like, “It’s highly unlikely that we will even know each other when we die.” Which is kind of nice. The same thing sort of happened in season five, in Foot in the Foreclosure, when Pops makes her promise that whenever Booth is ready to hear about his dad, she’ll tell him. Oh, and she’ll hold him. Oohlala, Pops! But the point, of course, is that Brennan agrees then, even though agreeing to something like that is clearly dealing in the unknown. She has no way of knowing if she’ll know Booth when he dies or when it’s time to talk to him about his dad, but I still love that she doesn’t bring up that factual knowledge. So either she’s lying or she’s telling the truth.
I don’t think she’s lying.
Neither does Booth think she is lying, which is why he’s kind of bummed. This puts a point into the “nicest thing ever said” category. Booth doesn’t ask her for favors much (at least not personal ones), so I guess that in and of itself indicates he is being genuine and taking a risk.
He stops walking, and Brennan does too, turning back to see that he is serious.
Another point for the
warm, reassuring brown eyes nicest thing category! You know, yesterday we talked in the comments a little about how Booth is a loner, how he doesn’t offer much of himself to anyone except for Brennan. There are also things he shuts her out of (from? against? Prepositions on a Sunday morning!), and it’s always interesting to see when he does ask her to ‘come in’ so to speak. They didn’t even share a meal with Parker (that we know of) until season five!
“I promise,” Brennan answers.
Okay, but seriously, I do think Brennan finds pleasure in pleasing Booth. I think she sees it as small victories in human interaction, for one, but also, she genuinely likes him. She loves him and cares about him too, but she likes to make him smile, and I think she likes to be the reason he is smiling. Some of that is because she also likes being the best. I always sort of contended that one reason Brennan would be interested in Booth is so that he wouldn’t be interested in anyone else. It would be almost a loss. It hasn’t exactly played out that way, which is fine, but it’s along the lines of the sort of thing where when people compliment her, she just shrugs. “I know. I”m awesome’, basically. It’s like what she tells Avalon in the season five premiere. She’s beautiful and smart. Avalon tells her that Booth knows/sees the truth of her, and Brennan’s confidence falters a bit at that. Okay, I’m getting away from this scene, but the point is that B&B both have a tremendous amount of confidence in their ability to do their jobs with one another. It’s the ‘truth’ of each one that leads to vulnerability.
“You agreed. I didn’t think you’d agree,” Booth comments. Interesting, considering he basically asked her to promise about five times! Did he expect to be rejected? Does he often expect to be rejected? Thoughts on that?
“I believe that if I pretended you were still here, I’d feel better at the moment.”
“Also,” Brennan continues. “Speaking to you would require me to figuratively look at myself through your eyes, and…”
“You know, Bones…that is the best thing that anyone has ever said about me.”
What do you think? Truth? How about the arm around her? That’s kind of special, right?
What about Brennan’s reaction? Is she pleased that she pleased him? Is she pleased she said the best thing because it’s Booth or because it’s the best?
“I’ll say it at your wake”, Brennan says. Which might be a joke?
Peace, Love & Bones