So, you know, as much as I am about B&B getting together, I also (mostly) love the journey. I laugh at myself when I think back to season three or four or five, and all those moments where I thought, “They are SO ready!” Not that I’m laughing in a mean way; I try not to judge my past self too much, because, let’s face it…there WERE several times when B&B were ready, and it just didn’t happen.
And I’m kinda glad it didn’t happen at those times. I really don’t want Booth and Brennan to sleep together/declare their love for one another/take those final steps…only to have them rescinded in some way. Or to have them break up in an unneeded manner. It’s like…we’re too far into this for that kind of thing, you know?
I remember before the season four finale, someone interviewed HH on how he envisioned B&B getting together. At that time, a lot of us (And TV GUIDE) thought they would in EitB, but I remember HH saying he certainly knew what he DIDN’T want to have happen. I always wanted to ask him what THOSE things were, and to sort of see if what he was thinking matched up to what I was thinking.
I’d like to think that he has the same mindset, that once B&B give it a go, it will be forever. Not that they will never have troubles or anything like that, but that they’ll face them together. Not like Sweets and Daisy, not like Angela and Hodgins, not like any of these below five couples…who for one reason or another, inspire me to want B&B to wait as long as it takes.
Controversial? Well, you’ll tell me!
1. Penny & Leonard: The Big Bang Theory
Confession: I really, really, really don’t like Penny. The actress is great as her, but even from the start, the character made me cringe big time. If they want to have a show about the four science guys in their apartment, I would totally watch that over and over. But when the storyline moved toward Penny and Leonard getting together, I thought that was …not too terrible. However, now that they’ve broken up, and Leonard is with the lovely Priya…I find myself with the inability to even care that much about Penny and Leonard at all. I just want them to stop talking about it. I don’t want to get to that point with B&B.
2. Dana and Casey: Sports Night
To be fair, Dana and Casey never even actually GOT together, which is just one of the tragedies of this amazing show. I suppose that if it had been renewed for a third season, these two crazy best friends might have circled back to one another, but they never really got the chance. Things didn’t even necessarily end that nicely between these two, which just leaves a sour taste in my mouth sometimes.
But these two had SO much history; so much at stake, and so much to lose, and it just seems like at the end, they couldn’t make that final push, though neither one was very happy about it. I don’t want that to happen. Dana and Casey also quite caved in the peer pressure department, listening to Dan and Natalie in regards to the other. B&B have some peer pressure, but they also have their own time-table, and I like that.
3. Jim & Pam: The Office (U.S)
There was a time in my life when I would schedule my life around Thursdays and it had NOTHING to do with BONES and everything to do with these two. Now, this example requires some hand waving, as for the most part, the writers and show have done a REALLY great job with the Jim and Pam romance/life together storyline. The problem is…I’m just not that desperate to see it.
Sometimes I wonder if I’d be so rabid about BONES eps, after B&B get together. I’d LIKE to think I would (WILL) be, but the truth is that I haven’t watched two back to back episodes of The Office in years. It is casually funny, but I’m just not that into it. And if I’m honest with myself, it’s because I don’t have that fascination over whether or not Jim and Pam will ever get together. AND…that relationship isn’t even the engine that drives The Office, vs. our beloved show, where, let’s face it, B&B drives and the cases ride shotgun. So, I kinda don’t mind the B&B wait because I love the level of love I have for the show.
4. Luke & Lorelai: Gilmore Girls
Talk about must see TV for me! I LOOOOOVED Gilmore Girls. I mean, what modern day tv show makes a Court Jester reference?? One I love, that’s what! So when Luke and Lorelai got together and then broke up, well…it sort of fell to pieces. Christopher came back and Luke’s daughter came into the picture, and Rory was with Logan (never a fan of his!), and it just was never the same. I thought I would never really invest in a ‘ship’ like L&L again, you know? And then B&B came along (note to self: stop watching shows where the main characters have the same initials!), and I was hooked back in. But just imagine that Booth and Brennan get together, and then Sully comes back and he and Brennan get married on a weekend away and Booth starts wearing the same backwards cap and flannel shirt everywhere, haha. That would be awful, for a lot of reasons. I actually like Sully, but the point is that if the writers are choosing between having B&B get together temporarily or having them wait a little longer in order to prevent the need for any sort of other drama between them, I’d rather they wait. Just my opinion, of course!
5. Anne & Gilbert: Anne of Green Gables
Okay, so Gil & the Anne-girl aren’t exactly from a TV show, but they still work for this post, for me, because they were sort of my first all-time ship. At least, I can’t think of another one before them! But now, when I watch the movies or read the books, it’s so clear in the story, that they had a moment, and when they got to it, everything was good. There were several ‘possible’ moments along the way, particularly when Gilbert was ready for more and Anne wasn’t, but I think even he would agree that they both needed to grow and then come back together. And they CERTAINLY lived (mostly) happily ever after, something I want for B&B (by that, I mean the Anne books, and not that third movie that…never happened. I keep telling myself that). So like I said before, if it means it takes a little longer, I’m okay with that, because when it happens, it will be good as gold.
What about you? What other couples have you shipped or not? JD and Elliott? Chuck and Sarah? Castle and Beckett? Buffy and Angel? Darcy and Elizabeth? Fran Fine and Max Sheffield? Ted & Linda? A Grey’s combination? How do those couples compare/contrast with B&B?
What I want is for B&B to get together for keeps. Like Stevie Wonder sings, “I believe when I fall in love with you, it will be forever. I believe when I fall in love this time, it will be forever.” You don’t have to take my word for it, Stevie will sing it for you, if you want…
Peace, Love & Bones,