Do you ever have an idea about something, not say it out loud, and then it sort of comes true and you wish you’d said it publicly? Haha, it’s all pride, I know, I know…but that does happen to me. Whether it’s an arbitrary baseball score or the next song on my iPod or a plot point on BONES…I always am half gratified to be right and half bummed that there’s no way to prove it!
Well, that sort of happened to me with this scene study. I had it planned last week–to post last Sunday, but because of Mother’s Day and a couple of other things, I just didn’t get to it. I was thinking that Hole in the Heart would mirror Boy with the Answer–that we’d see a difference in Brennan’s reaction to her own reactions regarding Booth, if that makes sense. Not that I’m the only person who thought that, probably, but you know…now that it did happen that way, I was like…oh, rats! And YAY! Haha!
I love Boy with the Answer– it’s just a ridiculously good episode. Is it bad that I’m sort of dreading/ambivalent at best toward this week’s finale? I don’t think I’ve loved a Bones finale since Woman in Limbo, and I think it goes back to what we’ve talked about before– Hart Hanson perceives season finales and the subsequent season premieres to be two-parters. I always feel the most resolution after the next-to-last eps of a season. Who know…I could be wrong!
Either way, I should stop talking about it, and talk about this scene!
For a little history on this scene, Heather Taffet is about to stand trial for the GraveDigger crimes. The team finds evidence of a previous GD murder, but because they are also witnesses against Taffet, they are not able to do the investigation into the boy’s death.
Brennan drops her charges against the Gravedigger, and Hodgins is horrified. If you have time, go back and watch the scene between him, Brennan and Caroline at the lab. They are both incredibly fierce and it’s lovely. Hodgins also agrees to drop his charges, but he’s not happy about it.
That leads to this scene at Brennan’s apartment:
Brennan gets a knock on her apartment door, and it’s Booth…
“Okay, so…the Gilroy kid….he was last scene at the Rockland Mall,” Booth begins, quickly getting down to business. He’s going to check Taffet’s credit cards for that area and date.
“But Caroline says you can’t give expert testimony if she’s prosecuting your case,” Brennan reminds him.
“I told Caroline to drop my charges too,” Booth tells her. And then…
I love the subtle, but so weighty, expressions on Brennan’s face. To me, there’s a hint of wanting to tell him he shouldn’t have done that. But she also knows exactly why SHE had Caroline drop her charges, and she knows she can’t stop Booth from doing the same thing–probably for the same reasons.
I like how Booth is sort of vulnerable about it (the same as in Hole in the Heart, when he insists she’ll be staying at his apartment, then is sort of surprised when she agrees for him).
“I’m not going to let you do this alone,” he tells her.
Again, Brennan doesn’t even say anything. Sometimes I think that one reason Brennan said no in the 100th is that she is completely aware how intense Booth feels about her. Not just in the ways of love, but also in protection, at the risk of his own life, etc. And she just doesn’t see herself as worth the risk of him– or at least, she didn’t. It’s not that she doesn’t understand how much he cares for her, it’s that she DOES know, and the magnitude of it makes her uneasy. Not in a stalker way, but in a way in which she is not sure she deserves that much of him. I think Booth feels the same way about her. I don’t know that he knows how much she cares about him (at this point, in season five), but I think he struggles with whether or not he’s worth her affection.
He tells her that Caroline is going to see the judge in the morning, and then they can dive into the case.
She’s almost serene about it, and she says, “Thanks, Booth.”
I don’t know if Booth was expecting an argument from her, but he’s more on edge than someone who was just completely agreed with.
“We’re partners. That’s what we do,” he tells her.
Maybe sort of a “Baby, please let me be your partner,” kind of a thing?
I don’t know, y’all, but to me, that look says, “I know it’s more than that for you. I know it.” But she’s also still glad that he’s there. She thinks (or knows) that Booth is a really good man, and there is part of her that loves that about him.
He says, “Right?”
And she just smiles more and nods.
But then she grows solemn, as if to think, “If only it were that easy.” She says, “If Taffet is acquitted on this count, she can never be tried again.”
“Maybe that’s why she wanted us to find the boy,” she adds.
“Yeah, well…she’s arrogant, like Sweets said,” Booth argues. “And she’s misjudging you.”
“I have nightmares, Booth.”
I love the variation of motivation behind his seriousness toward her, in just that moment. He wants justice as much as she does, and he knows that giving up his rights to the trial is hard, but he understands. And he is quick to make that statement. But when she shows vulnerability, he can’t help but be affected by it.
“Hodgins is bleeding,” she tells him. “You’re…drowning…”
Booth probably prepared a ‘battle plan’ of sorts on the way to her apartment. He figured she’d resist his assistance, but he was prepared to fight her on that. But now, she’s showed no resistance and is in fact opening up to him about nightmares– something he knows a few things about.
“I can’t help anyone,” Brennan confesses.
“Look, alright, you know what?” He finally speaks, moving toward her. There is just something about the way he looks when he’s walking toward her that gets me every time.
“She’s never going to get the better of you,”
“Alright? Just know that,” he continues. But there’s the rub, as Brennan cannot ‘just know’ something without fact or evidence. This later leads to her fearing for Booth’s safety and walking away from him on the sidewalk. But for now…
“Alright? I promise,” Booth adds.
Somehow he manages NOT to kiss her fears away and carry her off to bed, haha. And somehow we manage to overlook the fact that depending on which camera angle we’re seeing, Brennan’s leaning on Booth’s other shoulder. Oh well!
If you have the means, watch this scene with the volume off. Watch what’s not being said. Think about where Booth and Brennan were at this point in their relationship. Booth has as much given up on a romantic relationship with Brennan–agreeing to be just partners in truth. Brennan is preceding (I believe), Booth’s later edict that “The last thing I want to do is hurt you”, but she can’t quite protect him, or herself, and maybe this time she both does and does not know what that means. Don’t listen to their words; listen to their eyes. See their personalities. I see and ‘hear’ a lot of determined love, from both of them. Booth and Brennan have always been very determined. They’re partners…that’s what they do, after all.
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS! I saw the requests to do an ‘immediately after the ep’ discussion here, and I’m all for that! I can set up a live chat room and people can chat, or I can just make a ‘post’ go live, and people can just comment with one another. Is there a preference? I guess we could do both as well? I should say that I can’t be around immediately after the ep for a couple of hours, as that is when I write my review for GMMR. But I’m more than happy to set it up here and come around when I’m done writing. I took the day off on Friday, so I’m good to stay up ridiculously late and party hearty (I’m looking at YOU West Coast!) 😀
Let me know!