I hope you are having a nice day, wherever you are! I am going to *try* to post scene studies on Thursdays, as little Bones-less Bones-day posts to keep us in the mood, and so for starters, I thought we’d take a little stroll with B&B in one of the episodes of season six, The Signs in the Silence.
The end scene of this episode begins with Booth and Brennan watching as Samantha is reunited with her parents. I love the way Booth looks at Brennan while she is watching the scene.
And then they are walking together in the front gardens of the Jeffersonian. Can you think of any other time they’ve walked there together except for the Pilot episode? (and small side capitalization question: should ‘pilot’ be capitalized when we’re talking about that episode? If so, should I say “The Pilot” or if I use ‘the’ then is it just ‘pilot’ with no capital P? Like when referring to parents how it’s right to capitalize it if you could easily substitute a first name Mom or Dad or Sally, but if you can’t substitute a first name (you wouldn’t necessarily say ‘her Sally), it’s her mom or her dad? Thoughts?)
I cannot think of any other episode where they are walking there, and it brings to mind what pal OwlStory talks a lot about– that Booth and Brennan (per Hart Hanson’s pilot commentary (lowercase p?) as well) were always one chasing after the other…particularly in that scene in the first episode ever (or I can just call it that! Ha!). But here, they are very (deliberately?) much walking side by side.
Does that signify the chasing is over? Either way, Brennan tells Booth, “I think you’re right; we should get a stuffed animal for Hodgins and Angela’s baby.”
Booth replies “A bunny” immediately. When I watched this scene again, I was (once again) caught up in the way Booth gets vulnerable when he’s around Brennan. We can sort of hear the catch in his voice when he suggests the bunny and then waits to see if she’ll think it’s a dumb idea. Brennan has that same eager vulnerability toward him a lot of times too, and I love it. Maria mentioned this episode the other day when she was talking about ……….
Brennan does not think it’s a dumb idea to buy a stuffed bunny. She smiles and likes the idea…
And Booth does that little shove his hands into his pockets thing that is just so cute and continues to stare at her.
“A stuffed bunny would be nice,” Brennan agrees.
“Right?” Booth adds, glad to hear that his idea was a good one.
“I hear you slugged Mike Shenfield,” Brennan tells him. “That must have been very satisfying. I’m sure he deserved it.”
“I lost control,” Booth confesses. “I lost control, and I don’t take any pride in that.”
“He kidnapped and abused her,” Brennan argues.
“Doesn’t matter,” Booth interrupts, a bit harshly, but not in a mean-spirited way. “Bones…” he adds at the end.
“Okay,” Brennan says. “I didn’t mean to upset you.”
“I just…” Booth tries to explain. “When I grew up, I had a father…”
He stops talking by just saying, “Never mind.”
“He…he hit you,” Brennan says it out loud. “I know.”
“But it’s not the same, Booth,”
Remember in season five (Dentist in the Ditch, I think? Correct me if I’m wrong), when Booth sort of wonders aloud why it is that he asks her questions, and she tells him she likes it because he tells the truth? And he says something like, “You know, I really do,” or whatever? Maybe it’s Dwarf in the Dirt? I feel like this is one of those moments, where Booth feels sort of uncomfortable, but Brennan is still going to tell him the truth. In this instance, the truth is a good, positive truth (she might argue that all truths are good positive truths, because they are in fact the truth, 😀 ), and Brennan is right, and it’s now completely up to Booth to either believe it or not.
“I gotta do better,” he insists.
“I have a son of my own, and look…I don’t want him to ever see that side of me. Ever.”
Besides the crappy series-level writing of him saying “I have a son of my own” (yes, we are aware, and if someone is watching BONES for the first time in SEASON SIX, well, I’m sorry…but he or she should know that there might be a few things they don’t quite understand! Episodes should not be written toward that first time viewer (IMO). That curiosity to know more is what motivates people to rush out to Blockbuster and rent seasons one and two in the middle of the night! Oh wait, that was just me in season three? And oh wait, Blockbuster is closed? Oh…rats.)
Okay…so besides that, it is interesting that Booth considers that he does have ‘that side’ to him. Pal BB’s post yesterday touched on that, so if you haven’t visited it, check it out! But back to the scene…
It happens so fast, so the pic is a little blurry, but I love the way Brennan is looking at Booth. I think she knows that he’s such a good person. Maybe she also likes that he’s a little too hard on himself. Not in a mean way from her, but just that she knows that makes him a really good man.
“Your son is very lucky, Booth. You have to know that.”
I love that she says it, and I like that she uses the word lucky. It reminds me of the season four premiere, when they argue about the solpsistic something or other (tomato, potato, call it what you want!) while the London bridge is opening behind them.
I like that even though Booth’s back is mostly to us, we can still see the vulnerability in his shoulders and the way his cheeks are sort of relaxed. Boreanaz!
And Emily Deschanel is fantastique, of course!
“But I just…I want it to be about more than luck” he tells her. “That’s all.”
We talked after this episode about whether or not more than luck meant more than fate, and if so, if that meant Booth was not relying on that (which comPLEments Brennan’s very use of the word luck). If so, then possibly, the chase is still on, so to speak, as while they are walking side by side, now they are weighing each other’s words and thoughts and past words and thoughts and working all of that out.
The rest of the scene is in silence as they share looks with one another. What’s being communicated? What do you think of this scene? Let’s discuss!
Peace, Love & Bones,