Good morning and Happy Tuesday! We’ve already done a Top Five Tuesday on Booth and Brennan going on road trips for cases, so for this installment, I wanted to take a look at the various places around DC that have been home to many conversations, moments, looks, revelations, etc… Here are some places I’m going to miss once this whole series is said and done.
Ah, the original…
Home to the white polo shirt (ah!), Booth ignoring Zack, “I’m proud you asked, Temperance”, some nasty soup, the very NOT Nasty but completely great Sid, and a lot more awesomeness. I understand that the logistics of having lots of ‘sets’ or locations for shooting a show in a season is impractical, and I know that this location just didn’t have the space or the lighting they wanted it to. I get that…but I still miss having it around. Or maybe I just miss those early days and early episodes. Of course, I don’t want B&B to be the exact same people they were during those days, but there were some very special times when they were getting to know one another as partners and letting down some of their defenses.
I see the diner as more about ‘family’ than partners necessarily. It’s where Booth is with Parker, for the most part. It’s where Brennan meets with Max, when it’s not at her home (or in prison, haha), it’s where Pops meets up with Booth, Brennan and Sweets, it’s where Angela tells Brennan about her pregnancy, and (well, outside of it) is where Booth said, “There’s more than one kind of family”. It’s milkshakes, not beer. It’s salads…not scotch on the rocks.
It’s become more of a work-place…where the team can hash out clues or ideas or motives over coffee, but the diner also has a lot of heart. My favorite moments there?
Brennan meeting Pops in season five (especially the look on Booth’s face when Pops says he wasn’t joking about Brennan), the S3 BB convo with Sweets about ‘it was just mistletoe’, and okay…there are about 100 more moments I love, including this “life is good again” moment…
It’s like “the grown-up table” to the diner’s “kids’ table” in that the conversations are usually more serious. Almost always reserved for the post-case drink, this bar has a darker feel. It’s more intimate at times, but also can be more confusing. The home of Brennan’s toast on Booth’s birthday, of Booth placing Brennan’s medal around her neck and many other moments in between. It’s a little more glamorous… Booth might unbutton that extra button (He’s in a bar…and it’s a look) and Brennan might lean that much closer to him. More than Wong Foos or the diner, I feel like FF allows Booth and Brennan to be more individual. It’s not a bickering moment about salad vs meat…here we have him casually cupping a beer while she sips her wine. They know what they want and there’s no pressure to do anything else.
OwlStory showed us that the Jeffersonian lab is as much a character on its own as the human counterparts who work there. In my opinion, we don’t see Brennan in her office as much as we should, but I’m not trying to be picky. Some of that, I think, was more that they tried to show that Booth, when trying to distance himself emotionally from Brennan, also physically distanced himself. So we didn’t have him falling asleep on her office couch. We didn’t have him showing up with pizza and pelvic thrusts. We didn’t have him leaning in her doorway, lean hips, wide shoulders, clean shave. Oh, season one!
But we did have some meaningful moments in Booth’s office, certainly, and I like it when Booth is at the FBI building. I don’t need him to be at the lab to prove his relationship with Brennan or anything like that. I like when we see him at work, and I like when he talks with Sweets there.
What do you think? Are their offices important to the storyline/show?
This past season focused more on Booth’s personal life, which allowed for many more scenes at his apartment. Or at least, it feels that way! I didn’t actually count. With the exception of Goop on the Girl and here in this season with Doctor in the Photo, it’s rare that anyone but Booth would be at Brennan’s apartment (despite her best friendship with Angela, interestingly enough). Zack was there once, with Booth in Verdict in the Story. As for Booth’s place, we’ve seen Brennan there (and Hannah of course), but other than Gordon Gordon Wyatt, can you think of anyone else being there? Not even Parker, if I recall.
More than their offices, their individual domiciles are almost always capped with one or both of them experiencing vulnerability, whether it’s Brennan in Boy with the Answer or Judas on a Pole, or Booth in Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond or Fire in the Ice, or…you know, completely naked in his bathtub in Pain in the Heart 😀
Do you have a favorite apartment moment? Either Booth or Brennan’s? Or both?
Okay, so technically, this is six on my list, but I just couldn’t leave it off. We’ve talked about it before, how Hart Hanson swore when the series began that he was absolutely NOT going to do ‘car scenes’—that is, forcing his two leads into a small acting space, requiring vague and faded background outside images, I assume, and all of that. I don’t know if he thought forcing them (Brennan and Booth as characters) into such a small space was too easy as far as writing, since neither one can actually leave or not. But as we know, there is just magic there. It can’t be denied, which of course is why there were very, very few of those moments this season and most of those were awkward and filled with tension (remember when they couldn’t stop laughing about being…something? I can’t even remember what…except that it was so perfectly awkward)
Fave SUV moments?
So what do you think? Is ‘location, location, location’ important when it comes to a B&B scene, or is it the sort of thing where they are just them…no matter where. Did I leave anything/any place out?
What/where do you want to see more of, and why?
Peace, Love & Bones,