Haha, the title of this post is something my dad always says about how he convinced my mom to be with him. “I chased and chased her until she finally caught me”. It’s kinda sweet, and they are still going strong nearly 35 years later. But when he says it, it’s clear in the tone of his voice that he WANTED to be caught. My mom usually just rolls her eyes, but she also usually smiles and shrugs. Yep, pretty much, she says without saying anything at all.
And as I think back to how WE met B&B (Pilot ep) compared to how they met one another (100th ep), I think it sort of applies. We’ve talked about it before, and I’m sure we’ll talk about it again after today– Hart Hanson talks in the Pilot commentary about how he always wanted one of them to be chasing or rushing after the other. We see physical manifestations of that often, including the Pilot ep (including my all time fave, when Brennan does that little three-hop skip step after Booth’s agitated sexy self in the lawn of the freaking Jeffersonian!), but in more subtle ways, we see it in their relationship. We see it in their partnership, and we see it in their romantic relationship; it’s like they are chasing the other until they get caught. They want to get caught.
Booth and Brennan are both highly self-controlled people who, for the most part, do not let themselves be taken advantage of. Sure, they do each have certain people who are able to perhaps ‘play’ them (Max, Jared, etc), but for the most part, no one ‘makes’ either of them do anything. In that way, it’s interesting to see the way they both have allowed themselves to fall for the other, to both chase and be caught. While neither one might admit it, the rest of us mostly agree, which by my count, puts the score at about 8,000,000 to 2. I’m not just talking about romantic interest either; I’m talking about work and friendship too.
With Booth, we see the lone wolf–the guy who scoffed at the idea of anyone suggesting he “partner up”. With Brennan, we see the expert at forensics who began to learn there was just as much to learn about the living.
Booth sought her out at a lecture; she convinced him to let her help ‘broil’ the suspect.
They argue and part ways.
Booth seeks her out again (after weeks or months of trying to get her to talk to him), but within minutes (hey, in tv-time at least 🙂 ) of speaking with him, SHE’s the one demanding full participation in the case. I love that!
Fast forward a few moment-filled years, and they are flying on a plane. Brennan expresses that she misses some part of her anthropologist career. Booth is sensitive about it and takes it personally; she doesn’t want to work with him any longer–the thrill is gone. It’s all his fault; he made her leave the lab.
Brennan laughs at him–the way SHE remembers it…she insisted on helping.
The way I remember it…they are both right, which is fun and special.
What do you think? DID B&B both ‘allow’ themselves to be ‘caught’ by the other (in various ways)? Are they still chasing one another?
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