Hello, and welcome to this week’s scene study, in which Brennan sort of lies, Booth sort of makes a move, and we all sort of wish we were this piece of pineapple.
Here’s a little history to get us started:
This episode is from season one, The Man in the Wall. In that episode, Angela insists that Brennan go out dancing with her on a Friday evening. Things get slightly heated when Brennan uses anthropology on a few women there. They are not amused, and an ensuing fight occurs, in which Brennan kicks a man into a wall. The wall crumbles, creating a cloud of meth and revealing a thoroughly modern
Brennan is desperate for Zack to arrive, so he can help examine the remains as NOT under the influence. Booth (who, let’s face it…is just flat out gorgeous the entire episode) has also arrived, mid-date with Tessa (who is not amused: I kinda think she’s the one Booth is talking about in the 100th, when he was seeing someone casually who didn’t like his hours: Do you agree?).
“Are you two high?” he asks Brennan.
“Only by accident,” Angela answers. “So it doesn’t count.”
Brennan is pulling Booth toward the remains, but also wants to know why Booth brought Tessa along… “This doesn’t seem like such a great date,” she adds.
Tessa just says they were out when he got the call. B&B do their crime scene work (Well, mostly Booth…Brennan just postures, hahaha!). When Brennan asks Tessa if she wants to see the remarkable mummy, she declines. Angela comments that Tessa and Booth going out is terrific: the lawyer and the cop–very touching. Haha, Angela…so not touched.
Tessa says she’s going to get a cab, at which point Booth sees his evening ending with the MOST exciting part being a mummy and he chases after her. He apologizes, gives her money for the cab (which is kind of sweet, but probably not what she had in mind, haha), promises he’ll make it up to her and promises ice cream. They share a quick kiss, and she leaves, saying she’ll talk to him later.
Later in the episode, Booth is talking to Brennan about Costa Rica, saying he has some vacation time coming up and he is planning to go there. He wants to know if she’s been there. Meanwhile, she’s trying on a human hand for size.
Yeah, that is fascinating and kinda gross!
There are many, MANY other great scenes in this episode, and I completely recommend a re-watch. There’s one particularly cute moment when Brennan is in her office and Booth makes fun of rap music lyrics and then Brennan grabs her bag on the way to meet the FBI forensics team. “I’m getting facts!” she declares in her super-excited way!
There’s another great one in the SUV where Brennan calls Booth snippy and when he gets annoyed that she changed his programmed radio stations. Ha!
Later, Booth is at the lab and has Tessa bring him a clean shirt. Right there in the lab. Of course, Angela is ALL over that one, especially when she finds out that the two of them are going to Jamaica together.
Tessa extols the bed and breakfast; Booth is happy to be going snorkeling. “Ah,” Angela wheedles. “You two are so ready for the ‘Pre-shacking up test vacation’…”
Booth and Tessa visibly react to that and get nervous around one another. IF Tessa is the one Booth refers to in the 100th, then that means he’s been with her 13 months minus a week in addition to everything we have seen in season one to this point. Add a bit of time before the ‘100th’ stuff, and I think we’re looking at a good solid two years. Possible? But they are so not ready for the post-shacking up that would come as a result of the ‘pre-shacking up test vacay’, right?
At about four minutes before the end of the episode, Angela approaches Brennan on the lab platform (where Hodgins and Zack are doing an experiment that is hilarious. Watch it!) and tells her that, “I called Tessa, to tell her a couple of places she should check out in Jamaica. She’s not going.”
Brennan is surprised. “What happened?”
“Well, she said something came up at work,” Angela tells her. “But I know the truth…they got freaked out by stage six.”
“What’s stage six?” Brennan asks.
Angela outlines the stages of budding relationships, and Brennan disagrees; she’s an anthropologist–she knows the stages of everything. Angela is not convinced. She insists that Booth and Tessa got to stage five and they balked. Brennan bristles at that. “Not Booth. Booth did not balk.”
“Sweetie, it’s always the guy,” Angela argues.
“Booth is not a balker,” Brennan is firm. WOOOOOO! One of my all time favorite Brennan lines EVER! I love that.
Okay, so then it’s our scene.
The scene begins with Booth sitting alone at the bar, bummed out and gorgeous. Special note: White Polo Shirt/Promising ‘possibilities’ Booth is just right up there with my all time favorite Booths of all time, okay? You’ve been warned.
We don’t have any evidence to why Brennan shows up to see Booth. It’s possible that the crime is solved, and they are meeting for a drink…there is enough evidence to show that is sort of their routine already. And she is wearing her same clothing, so it’s certainly the same day that she learns Tessa is not going on vacation with Booth. We don’t know for sure why she shows up to see Booth, but we DO in fact know that she already knows that Tessa is not going. I find that interesting.
“Getting yourself in the mood?” she asks him, noticing his fruity drink with the umbrella.
“Trying,” Booth admits.
“You know, this really isn’t going to be the type of vacation I was hoping for.” Booth explains.
“Oh?” Brennan asks. So I guess it’s not technically a lie- lie, BONES fans. What do you think?
“Tessa’s not going,” Booth tells her. He barely even looks at her, which is a sign to us (and maybe her), that he might not be completely forthcoming with all the ‘facts’. Especially when he adds, “Something came up at work”
“That’s too bad,” Brennan says…
Why do you think she is smiling there? I’d like to think it’s because Tessa is a thing of the past, but it’s probably more along the lines of Brennan realizing that Angela may have been right about the stages, but that SHE was right about Booth not balking. Thoughts from you?
She says “I’m sorry,” which is nice, acknowledging she knows he’s not happy with what happened. And then she offers some comfort in her eyes. “Hey, I like going on vacations by myself.”
And Booth then actually looks at her for the first time in the scene.
“Really,” he asks.
“Sure,” Brennan answers. “Nothing wrong with being alone.”
“No,” Booth sort of smiles. “I mean…you (really) like to go on vacation”
“Yeah,” Brennan insists. “I go places all the time.”
Booth goes through one of those series of “You’re unbelievable, Bones” looks on his face, in the span of about 10 seconds. I love those little expression series, because I love the resignation combined with desire. Since the day he met her, he’s been fighting his attraction to her (in my opinion), and all of the things that DO drive him crazy about her…he knows in his mind that they should make her LESS attractive to him. But they just don’t. He just gets more and more attracted to the entirety of her and her Bones-ness. Right?
“Do you ever, you know…just sit on the beach?” he smiles and asks. “Pretend there’s no such thing as skeletons?”
“Is that in any way fun?” Brennan counteracts. I think she’s joking, sort of. Or at least, she’s bantering, which is fun!
At least, Booth laughs, and it’s in a “I’m laughing with you” kind of way. He asks her, “When was the last time you got away,”
“Got away from what?” Brennan asks, and to be fair, Booth’s question was vague! 🙂
Booth sort of shakes his head, but I like that they have this conversation, especially so early in the series. At the time (not sure when season two was officially announced. I need to do some research!), it probably felt toward the middle of the season and potentially the series, but in the context of six seasons, it’s very early. And here we see that Booth and Brennan view their jobs differently. For Booth, what they do is rid the world of pain (sometimes by SPREADING the pain, but THAT’s a different episode 🙂 ), and sometimes he just needs to get away from it all and pretend that it doesn’t exist. He recognizes the pain and suffering in the world, and whether or not he feels a responsibility to appease his own guilt for his part in that pain and suffering is open to interpretation. And sometimes, he just needs a break from that responsibility.
Brennan, on the other hand, she has compartmentalized her work in such a way that it is mostly boiled down to facts and evidence, etc. This doesn’t make her ‘cold’ (not that anyone here calls her that!), but it’s a natural tendency to want to put B&B on opposite sides of the spectrum. Rational/Emotional, Brain/Heart, Empiricist/Humanist, etc, etc. And sure, there are some of those elements to B&B, but for the most part, the way they handle their work or relationships is similar in that they are both handling them. They are both on the same side of things (or ‘lines’, if we want to go there!). Okay, moving on, but the point is that they both recognize there is work to be done. For Booth, it’s internalized; he has a mission to solve a problem. For Brennan, it’s extermalized; she has a mission to identify causes to problems. For Booth, he feels the need to take that ‘mission’ off his shoulders every once in awhile. For Brennan, she can’t imagine that there would ever be a need to remove her mission, as it is an external thing. She hasn’t internalized.
That’s my take on it at least!
“Oh, Bones,” Booth chuckles.
“…Because what usually happens, to me…” he continues…
“…I think about not coming back,” Booth tells her, as he gets up to leave the bar.
“Seriously?” Brennan asks.
“Yep,” Booth answers and then covers up those amazing shoulders in that white polo shirt! Haha. But he continues, “You go with someone…”
And he pauses, and it’s like it’s really sinking in that not only is he going on this vacation alone, but he’s more than likely single again. Whatever issues he and Tessa had for the (if we’re going with it) two years they were together, those are over. He doesn’t have to make it up to her any more; he doesn’t have to account for his time or who he’s with or why he spends so much time at the lab or with Brennan or anything like that. He’s single.
“You joke about not going back to your real life…the two of you laugh.”
He walks away, and Brennan watches him as he says, “But when you’re alone…”
“…the world is full of possibilities.”
That is totally an offer from Booth, in my opinion. And I also feel that Brennan is aware of what he is offering. I think she also feels attracted to him, and knowing that he is single makes her more aware of the…wait for it… ‘possibility!’ of acting on that attraction!
He’s saying…come with me. Let’s get out of here and just see what happens. Let’s just forget about real life for a bit, and be together while we forget. Let’s explore the possibilities.
I love that, because for one thing, I think it means that while Booth does see the pain and suffering of the world, he doesn’t see his work with Brennan as part of his pain and suffering, you know? She represents (like Tessa maybe could have, but considering that when he was with her, he was still always drawn into cases and stuff) the fact that he could really get away and be away from it. I like that Brennan doesn’t go with him, for a couple of reasons. One, is that I love that it will then develop into the reality that Booth finds his ‘relaxation of his mission’ from Brennan, even when their ‘real life’ swirls all around them. The ‘salvation’ of him, basically, from that mission, is through her. It’s no surprise that once the end of the 100th occurs, and once their partnership begins to falter, that he literally picks up the mission again and goes back to the war zone.
I don’t want to expand too much on that here, as I don’t want to detract from the scene, but the point is that Booth thought maybe Brennan could be his chance to ‘get away’, but instead, she offers him a reason to come back. I love that.
He doesn’t need to physically get away from it all to actually ‘be away’ from it all. And he does come back.
And, from that moment on, Booth did not have a completely committed relationship with anyone until season six. (The more I think about Cam in season two, the more it doesn’t count: though they were committed to one another, it wasn’t the sort of relationship Booth was in with Tessa nor with Hannah, right?) Do you think Tessa balked at ‘stage six’ or at the lovely Temperance Brennan and the reality that Booth would never really be hers?
Do you think that Booth really was wanting Brennan to come with him? Do you think Brennan was aware of that? Did you even make it to the end of this essay, or are you still thinking about pineapple?
Peace, Love & Bones,