If Booth’s reason for not being with Brennan is that they wouldn’t be able to make it work, it’s interesting to me that Brennan’s reason here to Parker is that they work together. To me, that sort of signifies that she considers that it WOULD work between them, except for that pesky fact that they work together. She’s not saying, “We’re not compatible” or “Our worldviews are too different”, she’s just saying that despite their close relationship, it wouldn’t be appropriate to act on those feelings. Of course, she’s talking to an elementary school student, so perhaps she chose different words, but I still think it’s interesting that she never once claimed not to care for Booth in that way.
3. We don’t make any sense.
Ah, but that’s why we like you, B&B! We like that even though you don’t make sense, you somehow do, because then it gives hope in those situations that seem like THEY shouldn’t make sense but just do. Out of all of these examples, this one feels the most to me like one of them (in this case, Booth), offering the other (Brennan) a chance to refute or weigh in with an opinion. Brennan doesn’t take the bait thankfully and just gives him a saucy smile and leaves him on the sidewalk. In my opinion, Booth was talking about more than just their working relationship. Agree?
4. “You should never indulge in a romantic relationship with someone you work with.”
This episode occurs BEFORE the infamous “Booth draws the line” scene, but I don’t always remember it that way. Though Brennan isn’t saying this to Booth, she is doing her own line drawing so to speak, when she tells Angela that it’s a mistake to date a co-worker (in that case, Hodgins).
I love that she uses the word “indulge”. Oh, Brennan…were you thinking along those lines or something? Perhaps you’re feeling tempted to indulge? It’s not really a Brennan word to use, but in the context of Booth (I assume), it fits.
5. “There’s a line that doesn’t even need to be there”
Speaking of the line, haha, whether or not it gets blown out of proportion sometimes, I think it does have a certain level of existence for Booth and Brennan. But for the most part, they accept it. It’s the “That doesn’t even need to be there” that makes me laugh every time.
Okay, enough from me. What other instances are there where B&B have put labels on the possibility of a relationship outside their partnership?