This scene study is a little different in that there is not really any dialogue to discuss. But as with a lot of shared moments between B&B, more than just words are expressed.
Verdict in the Story is in my top ten episodes of all time, hands down, and I think the “That’s a lot of heart, Bones” might be my all time favorite Booth quote. I don’t have an official written down list of anything, so if I’ve ever said that ANOTHER line is my all time fave Booth quote, well…I’m not sure what to say.
But Booth on the stand, defending Brennan’s character, but ultimately admitting she had time to commit murder is just a stunning scene. “Could Bones have killed Kirby? I…Temperance Brennan–I’ve worked with this woman, I’ve stood over death with her, I’ve faced down death with her. Sweets, he’s brilliant…he is, but he’s wrong. She could not have done this.”
…one of the most amazing, romantic moments of the show for me. And not in a flowery way, but in the gritty “they actually could have a life together and make it work” way that B&B seem to define. Gritty Romantic; it’s a new genre. Or scent at Bath and Body Works, either one. Ha.
But as Booth’s words and subsequent “Yes, she had time” echo through the courtroom, the soft strains of “Fountain” begin.
We then see Brennan standing outside the courtroom,
Inside the courtoom, the verdict is close to being read.
Notice the posture of every person in the room who is NOT Booth. Also notice the subtle way he looks toward Max below here.
The judge begins to speak, but Booth isn’t going to stay.
I love that. To me, it means sort of an “It doesn’t matter what the verdict is; nothing’s going to change between you and me” for Booth and Brennan. I also feel like it’s sort of an “I don’t want to be here if she’s not in here.” Or maybe Booth just wants to be near her when he finds out the verdict–or maybe he wants to be near her, FOR her, when SHE hears the verdict. Either way, I love it.
Perhaps Booth is just struggling also with what he would consider his part in getting Max off the hook, and he doesn’t want to physically see that unfold. Earlier in the episode, he and Brennan discussed how they knew Max was guilty, but that they couldn’t ‘know’ it perfectly. But I think we all know it, and I think Booth recognizes that side of himself, that he would (and has) killed for Brennan before. Perhaps Booth feels a slight twinge of guilt that his previous ‘put the brain in neutral in the heart in overdrive’ resulted in this scenario, and he wants to see what Brennan is thinking. Or perhaps reassure her that he’s NOT mad. Or maybe none of those things. Thoughts from you?
Either way, the music continues and Brennan is outside, and we see Booth approach her. I love the starkness of the white building against their dark clothes.
They are both a bit guarded, which I think is fair. But still, Booth just walks toward her, and Brennan watches. And when he’s close, she moves closer, into his arms.
Still…no words between them.
Angela arrives, and Booth spots her first, pulling back immediately. Brennan doesn’t know Angela is there; she has her eyes on Booth.
I like how Booth sort of pulls away but remains close. It’s interesting then just how far back he DOES pull himself once Max arrives. Angela’s presence signifies a verdict (as she is no longer in contempt?) and Booth and Brennan turn to see Max come into view.
As everyone else walks toward Brennan (and Max), Booth walks away from them. It’s such a fascinating directorial/script writing move, in my opinion. It works–I would just love to know more about the motivation behind it. Does Booth feel like he’s intruding? Is he still having issues reconciling his time on the stand? With the fact that Max has been acquitted? With the fact that Angela found them hugging? Not sure.
The only dialogue comes from Sweets and Caroline, when he asks her if she’s going to charge Brennan. Caroline tells him he has to go back to school on that one; Brennan is one fine woman. Meaning–no.
It’s interesting to me that Booth literally walks away from this scene. Again, I’m not sure what to think of that. Does he feel like he doesn’t belong with Brennan when she’s with her family? Is he just giving her time? Is it just a directorial decision that really doesn’t need analyzed? Haha, well, possible. But that’s never stopped me before.
I think this might be the shortest scene study in history, as far as word count, but…well, the pictures sort of speak for themselves and then some. Perhaps it’s time for B&B to stop talking to one another so much and just look into each other’s eyes and see what happens.
Thoughts from you on this scene?
Peace, Love & Bones,