Happy Saturday, my friends!
Just want to say thanks to each person who weighed in yesterday with BONES moments that make you laugh. 100 comments later, and I’m laughing more than ever. Some moments I’d forgotten about (‘Thanks, Steve”), and ALL of the ones you all mentioned helped me remember why I really love BONES.
I love when a character is serious for comedic effect, but I also love when B&B laugh with one another. Sometimes I waffle back and forth between “genuine affection” and “shared pain” as to what will be the ‘glue’ that keeps B&B together and what ‘ruins’ them for anyone else. And then sometimes I think…can’t it be both? Is it possible that they are good for one another because of BOTH of those things? And so much more?
And then my heart just expands three sizes and tears well up in my eyes and I think, “how wonderful!”.
I want B&B to be happy together in life because they are…wait for it…happy together. Not so much that they’ve ‘paid their dues’ or they’re too close to one another to be any good to anyone else, but because they are happy.
Sometimes we love people (with all kinds of love) because we have to. They are our family or our closest friends, and even when we don’t like them much, we still choose to love. B&B have that. They sometimes put it under the ‘umbrella’ of partnership. They don’t always like each other or get along or want to be in the same room as one another, but they know it’s important to still work together.
But sometimes they do like each other. Sometimes they do really get along. Sometimes, no matter who else is around or what else there is to do…they want to be together in the same room. They are friends, though I don’t think I’ve ever once noticed one of them call the other a friend. Have you? Perhaps they can’t admit they are friends to one another. Perhaps being a friend of the other would be too intimate. Putting all of their affection for the other under the topic of ‘partnership’ makes it easy to explain. And Booth said it himself during the Cleo Eller case, “Partners share things”. So if they share dinner, or a movie, or a key to a pool, or a bed in an RV at a circus, or a drink after a case, or a spring roll, or a secret or two…well, that works, because partners share things. That’s what partners do. They are partners, so they have a good reason to do those things. It’s very rational and clear cut, expectation wise, which suits Brennan and Booth both.
But if they are friends, then that is more. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like it would be more. After all, a lot of us have friends and we’d LOVE to have the connection B&B have. The issue is that B&B have rarely admitted that they enjoy each other’s company outside of work. The end of Bond in the Boot is one example, and that scene is so charged with potential that it’s no wonder we rarely see more examples of it. The end of X in the File is another.
And this season three example at the end of Soccer Mom in the MiniVan is also an example of just enjoying each other’s company. Of course, Booth is also drunk, and I think at this point (in season six), we can take the relatively few examples we have of Booth being drunk to conclude that Booth can be funny when he’s drunk, he can be serious when he’s drunk, but he always, always is just a little less in control of his true self.
That’s another post for another day, but the point is that in this instance, B&B are sharing a moment and a laugh, and it’s very warm and pretty and special.
And I think that’s what we have to look forward to in the next few episodes. I’m hoping so, at least. I don’t know of anything that’s coming up…I’m just guessing based on the end of Blackout in the Blizzard. In that scene, they both laughed ‘at’ the other. Not in a mean way, just in the “You’re sort of crazy, but I really like you” way. Booth had a little chuckle in his voice when he admitted he liked seeing her do the math, and Brennan laughed at him when she brought up the fact that he thinks microwaves are magic.
And when she laughed, he did too and leaned toward her, nudging her shoulder with his and proving his point, using a potato as an example. I think B&B will find themselves doing that more and more…leaning in a little closer, teasing one another, proving their points with smiles and affection until one of them just opens his/her mouth to say something else and out pops something like “I like you,” at which point the other will blink and where in the PAST they’d both likely cover it up or backtrack into (as pal Nicole so aptly put it the other day) “The Partner Zone”, this time, they will probably kiss.
Hahahaha! You are probably laughing at ME and my fan-fic-y ways, but I still think it’s possible. Here’s just hoping there won’t be a stadium seat arm between them the next time. I’d rather they just be very close, like at the end of TSMitMV.
Yesterday, we laughed a lot about past B&B (and others) moments that were laugh out loud funny. When B&B get to the beginning of the rest of their lives, I know I’ll be laughing then too. But probably also with tears streaming down my face while I just think, “How wonderful!”.
Peace, Love & Bones,