Hope you are having a good Sunday.
This scene from season five is one that has sort of developed into one of my all time favorite scenes. Do you have scenes like that? At first watch, it was certainly very sweet, and I liked it very much, but didn’t think a lot of it. Yet, I come back to it over and over.
The episode revolves around a body found in a church, and that setting creates opportunity for Booth and Brennan to bicker over religion. That’s nothing new, but it’s almost always funny and fun.
I love that it’s one of the things they are likely to NEVER agree on.
The scene opens to Booth and Brennan at the diner at night, after their case is closed.
“I need to ask you some things,” Brennan begins, and I love that. In my mind, one of the reasons Brennan is so attracted to Booth is that he is fascinating. She likes learning more about him. He’s very private, and she is curious. I don’t see her as curious in a judgemental way, but more that once she knows something, she files it away as stored information. And I like that in this instance, when she says she needs to ask him some things, it’s because she wants to know more about him. She wants to know his thought processes.
“You gonna ask me about God and the devil?” Booth asks.
“Yes,” Brennan nods.
“You’re gonna ask me how God can place such a burden on good people.” I like this from Booth, because I think it shows (even if we didn’t get the next convo from B&B) that he is feeling the burden of that question he thinks Brennan is going to ask.
“No,” Brennan replies. “I’m going to ask you how you still believe in a kind God after a case like this.”
I love this from Brennan as well. She’s not questioning the existence (or in her mind non-existence) of God; she’s wanting to know Booth’s thoughts. Booth is thinking about God and justice, and she’s thinking about Booth and justice. It’s sort of along those lines of when he said to work with him, she had to respect the law, and she rebutted that if she couldn’t respect the law, she could at least respect him. Brennan and Booth both need each other to be himself or herself in a lot of ways. That’s probably a discussion for another day, but the point for this post is this–I like that Brennan isn’t really weighing God’s motivations, she’s measuring Booth’s reaction to their shared experience.
“Is my faith shaken?” Booth asks, and Brennan nods.
“Yeah,” Booth nods. “It is.”
“It is,” Brennan clarifies, which I also like. She had a sense or thought that that might be the case, but I think she’s surprised to hear Booth admit it.
I don’t know if there’s another word for vulnerable, but Booth just is whatever that word would be. I think Mariu100 described it well the other day when she mentioned that if Booth would let people see more of himself, more people would like him a lot, but that he doesn’t necessarily see it that way. Booth thinks (like a lot of us think, I suppose. Or maybe it’s just him and me. Not complaining…haha) that his imperfections will drive people away, and he’s guarded about those ‘truths’ of himself. Maybe Brennan is teaching him here that his thought process on believing in his faith is good? Not sure about that.
“I’ll go home tonight, and I’ll lie in bed…I’ll toss and I’ll turn, and I’ll beat myself up. I’ll question everything.”
“Will you get your faith back?” Brennan asks.
“Always have in the past,” Booth answers, and I think there’s a subtle shift in his expression. He’s a little more confident maybe?
Brennan also smiles a little bit, still curious and slightly amused at his logic, or perhaps she’s pleased that she has the answer to her question. “So you have faith that you will retain your faith.”
Booth sort of smiles at her, but doesn’t reply, and so Brennan asks him why.
“Because, Bones,” he answers. “It’s…
“The sun’ll come up; tomorrow’s a new day.”
“I know that feeling,” Brennan admits, a little shyly perhaps, and I love the way Booth’s eyebrow just quirks right up. Say what? 🙂
“Really?” he asks, sweetly surprised. “You know what it feels like to get your faith back?”
“When I see effects, and I’m unable to discern the cause,” Brennan begins.
…”My faith in reason and consequences is shaken.”
I like the way Brennan admits this, just like I liked the way Booth admitted his experiences with doubt. Their honesty here is good, and sometimes they are honest like this but just not always listening (the scene where they talk about leaving marks on people in their lives in Science in the Physicist, for example), but here they are.
Booth gets that same concerned look that Brennan did when she thought HE was struggling with one of his truths (faith). In her case, it’s reason, but it’s that same idea–he needs for her to be herself in a lot of ways.
“Two plus two equals four,” Brennan answers. “I put sugar in my coffee and it tastes sweet.”
“The sun comes up because the world turns. These things are beautiful to me.”
I love Booth’s reaction to her.
I would say the word beautiful is floating around in his mind, though maybe not in any way associated with solar system revolutions and a lot more to do with the woman with the pretty blue eyes.
“There are mysteries I will never understand,” Brennan continues. “But everywhere I look, I see proof that for every effect there is a corresponding cause–even if I can’t see it. I find that reassuring.”
Meanwhile, what Booth finds reassuring is that this lovely partner of his is sitting by him and not anyone else. Or he’s thinking, ‘She is really beautiful. Like seriously beautiful. Like really…wow, wow, wow”.
“Life is good again,” he smiles.
I don’t think Booth WILL go home and toss and turn, right? At least not about his faith. I think this conversation with Brennan helps him work that out…it gives him answers instead of questions. It builds him up and he’s not beating himself up about it.
Brennan smiles and sort of laughs, but agrees. “Life is very good.”
Booth smiles, “Yes it is.”
They both smile, and I think Booth says “Amen”, and then Brennan laughs again. She might also be checking out how beautiful Booth looks in that black leather jacket.
Yes, they are both very beautiful, but more than that, they find ‘ease’ when they are with the other one, I think, and THAT is very beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as it’s said, but for me, it’s that ‘beauty’, more than anything else, that I want back on the show. Remember in Death in the Saddle, when Brennan agrees with Booth about crappy sex, and he says “Wait…I just won that argument?”, and when she agrees, he is floored, and she just smirks, somehow still having won? It’s great and cute and fun, but these shared moments like in Devil in the Details where they BOTH share and both come away feeling better are more satisfying. They are the making love version of convos, hahaha.
I think lately we’ve had several scenes with B&B that, while still do end with them clinking beer bottles together in agreement, are more along the lines of one of them being able to say, “Wait…I just won that argument?” vs a scene like this, where they are actually talking through one of their differences, not changing the mind of the other on a stance (in this case, God), but still finding THEIR connection to one another–their shared experience and how they view things.
This conversation (between B&B) is pretty on paper, but it’s even prettier “in person”, if that makes sense. The words are meaningful, but because it’s a moment shared between these partners, the meaning is increased, for me at least.
If you scroll through all of the beginning photos, we see that there are several other diner customers, but when the scene is over, it’s just B&B and their coffee. There is just something about this that makes me smile a lot. I could never be a waitress– I could never carry a tray or remember any details, even if I wrote them down, but if I had to be a waitress, I would totally be one at the diner. Can’t you just imagine watching B&B week after week, hearing their conversations? The diner (I think) is open 24 hours a day, so it’s possible B&B talk for a lot longer. I just love the idea of them doing that…spending time in ‘their’ place until they are able to have a ‘them place’. Or something like that!
Hey, one last comment in general. Every once in awhile, someone still sort of apologizes for his/her comment, stating they are sorry they wrote so much or gushed so squeeingly (or squeed so gushingly)…but let me just point out that I just wrote over 1550 words about a 2 minute and 6 second scene. So…don’t be sorry. Gush on!
Peace, Love & Bones,