Oh gosh, right? Haha! As Booth would say, “Ick on the title”. But hey, he said it first ( the standard part: H. Hanson, about Brennan, via Booth). Or well…sort of. I don’t know how many WPS (words per script) Hart Hanson actually contributes per episode, but one thing I enjoyed about The FINDER was the way there were little moments that just oozed Hart Hanson’s writing style, including Walter’s ‘mission statement’ (in my opinion…ps…thanks Owl for the quote!)
“There is an infinite, thrumming, unseen web adjoined to everything. Everything is connected to everything else. This fact is difficult to grasp because we are just mollusks, shut up tight at the bottom of a dark, cold ocean, trying to make sense of stars that we cannot even see! I challenge everything because when I do, a quick bolt of electricity bolts from two elements that otherwise appeared unconnected. You call it paranoia, I call it epiphany. You want me to give that up so I can enjoy a cup of decaf coffee? I’m sorry, I can’t do that.”
There’s just something special when the person who ‘creates’ is the one who is expressing. In other words, when it’s Hart Hanson doing the writing, it’s special.
Sure, he has a role in every episode, I’m guessing. But there are several episodes in which he is credited as the writer. So here are my five favorite HH written episodes (in no particular order). Starting with…
1. Harbingers in a Fountain:
This episode aired on TNT last evening, and it made me tear up–for a few reasons. One, I always tear up when Booth is sort of measuring his own sense of self and he tries on his socks. I love that Cyndi Lauper’s “Fearless” is in the background, too. And speaking of CL, I love the scene when she tells Brennan that the answer to the question she’s afraid to ask is that Booth knows the truth of her and is dazzled.
Love, love, love. I’ve already mentioned before that the season five premiere is the episode that brought me back to BONES after a summer of distance. And I can say that watching it again this week produced the same pull on my heartstrings.
2. The Pilot
I’m always jealous of people who watched the pilot episode and continue to tune in to this day. What an amazing journey! In a day and age where TV shows have to prove themselves in the first episode or else, I’m so glad BONES had the time it needed to grow and develop into its own. But part of that time should be credited to the great pilot episode and how well each character was portrayed. Booth, the conflicted but caring agent. And Brennan, baby, you had me at “Be a cop.”
3. The Parts in the Sum of the Whole
I loved seeing how B&B met, and I loved seeing Zack and Booth face off. I loved watching Hodgins and Zack bicker, and I loved the friendshippy Angela and Brennan moments. I loved Booth scared of Caroline. I loved Brennan punching a corrupt judge in the face. I loved a lot of things–and they all (for me), add up to ‘story’. Story vs…say, plot. This episode felt special, like a reward for loving BONES. Not every person feels the same way about the 100th episode, but for me, it ranks toward the top.
Right along with…
4. Judas on a Pole:
You’ve probably seen the articles that describe how this episode has really low ratings in terms of it’s first time on the air. And if you’re like me, you scratch your head and think, “Say what?” The Brennan/Max dynamic, Zack’s evolution, the way Brennan lets Booth drive her car, the way Booth drives Caroline’s car–all of those things (and more) add up to greatness. Plus, Hart Hanson gives us one of his all time best Booth-lines, (say it with me now…) “There’s more than one kind of family”.
5. The Woman in Limbo.
If Harbingers is my favorite premiere, The Woman in Limbo is my favorite season finale. B&B rise to a new level in the ‘partners share things’ department, whether it’s a hug, some late night Chinese food, or a beer with Russ.
And I still love the moment where Brennan is talking to Angela about when Russ left her. She says “Suddenly, no one cared where I was. I miss that. Someone caring where I am, all the time.” Then Booth shouts for her. Come on, that’s destiny, right there!
Here’s a list of all of the “written by” Hart Hanson episodes. Which ones top your list? Weigh in below?
A Boy in a Tree
The Man in the Fallout Shelter
The Woman in Limbo
The Titan on the Track
Judas on a Pole
Stargazer in a Puddle
The Widow’s Son in the Windshield
The Pain in the Heart
The Yanks in the UK Parts 1&2
The End in the Beginning
Harbingers in a Fountain
The Parts in the Sum of the Whole
The Beginning in the End
The Mastodon in the Room