Happy BONES-less BONES-day! Here’s a scene from an episode of season four, and it’s actually one of my LEAST fave eps for several reasons, but this ending is such a slam bang finish that it cannot be ignored any longer.
Like all BONES eps, there are layers of conflict. Usually anchoring that conflict is a case, and revolving around it can be smaller conflicts for characters. Sometimes, the case conflicts take second fiddle to the relationship conflict, but in this episode, the case reigns as supreme issue. But another issue in this episode is one that, at the time, seemed to come out of nowhere, and that was that Booth felt this need to reaffirm that he and Brennan were *partners*. I remember thinking at the time (and I still do) that I didn’t understand why they were going BACK to those discussions. Yes, we knew they bickered. Yes, we all know they are partners. What was happening? I still don’t quite understand. But whatever the reason was, it happened. The underlying conflict there was that Booth’s back was bothering him and when Brennan offered to help him, he refused, and she felt slighted.
And that conflict is what is resolved here in this scene–alongside a small internal frustration Brennan feels over being dissed as being popular at writing because of her looks and not her scientific accuracy 🙂
Let’s get to it!
The scene opens with Brennan throwing away some paper.
Booth shows up, and it sort of feels like the old days, when he used to lean in her doorway for just a fraction of a second before entering her office. I suppose that technically season four now constitutes as ‘the old days’ , but you know what I mean!
“What are you doing?” he asks.
“Throwing out my book,” Brennan replies
“Nope, not anymore, it’s not” Brennan tells him.
“You erased it!” Booth is incredulous as he moves closer. “Whoa. Whoa, whoa, whoa, stop.”
“That’s like me saying I don’t want to be a sexy FBI agent.” Booth rationalizes.
And then it’s this little awkward moment between them that I can never quite figure out. Brennan doesn’t say anything, and Booth is sort of hanging out to dry?
And Brennan is…well, I guess she is honestly annoyed or feeling a crisis on whether or not she should keep writing.
Booth puts the last of the papers on the pile and sighs.
“…suspenseful and chilling.”
Brennan apparently recognizes these words immediately, haha, as if they’ve only been ever said about her.
“Temperance Brennan leads the pack,” Booth continues.
“Anthropology has never been more exciting”
I love this little moment from Booth, because he’s sort of blushing and his voice has gotten softer in that way it does when he’s kind of shy and honest. It’s usually reserved for when he’s talking about his own personal and private life, and so even though he’s talking ABOUT Brennan and her writing, to me, it means that he’s revealing something of himself, or as he put it early in the series, “offering something”.
Brennan gets it. “You memorized my reviews?”
“Angela can scan these and get them back on your computer.”
“You know my reviews, but..” Brennan wants to get back to that little tidbit. “Do you even read my books?”
Say it with me now, “Every. Single. Word.”
Except he doesn’t quite say it with that much pronunciation. It’s more this smooth slide of the words altogether everysingleword…
It’s that low voice again, like when he says his own name… Seeley Booth. seeleybooth… in his NoIAmNotAPrudeButIReallyDon’tNeedToProveItDoI? voice, and holy smokes, that dimple. And the eyes. And the lips. And the jawline. And the button undone beneath the knot of the tie. And the…
Where were we? Oh yes,
We’ll just forget that in season two’s “Bodies in the Book”, Booth and Brennan talked about her books, and he said he read them because if she has time to write them, he has time to read them.
See how easy it was to forget that horrible inconsistency?
Yeah, I did just do that. Booth grins doth cover a multitude of writing sins.
Booth has another way of rationalizing it. “Well, I figure I’m all over your real world,” he tells her. “Why would you want me in your fantasy world, too?”
“I can appreciate that,” she tells him as she yanks back her manuscript. Really? You can appreciate that he so kindly stays out of your fantasy life, Brennan? Something else you could appreciate is tossing the papers to the side and tossing the man to the desk.
“See how this works?” Booth is excited. “Give and take? We’re partners!”
Yeah, nope. I still don’t feel the writers’ reason to emphasize that so much.
“Oh really?!” she asks.
And I love the way Brennan has tilted her head to the side in that way she does when she thinks he’s being unreasonable. As if to say, “I AM a best selling author Booth. And the world’s most renowned forensic anthropologist. Your back is no match for my awesomeness.” She just sets the papers down, very calmly, but with authority.
Booth’s eyes sort of flare when she really looks at him.
“I also help you by explaining a lot of things to you…” she continues (notice, not by talking about any sort of skill she has with the skeletal structure, haha), but it doesn’t really matter, as Booth is staring at her! Ooohlala!
How about now?
He’s muttering something about how he also explains things to her, but clearly his mind’s not in it. To be fair…
“Well, my things are more important,” she argues.
“That’s debatable,” Booth gasps out quickly before she wrenches him back and she (what he will later in the season call) crrr-acksss it!
“Necessary pain,” she tells him and then gives him this little twirl thing that seems to me to be more on the side of “Thai massage” if you catch my drift.
“I help you be a guy?” Brennan asks him. And also…
Oh, hey, hey! Not so immune now are we, Ms. Sexy Scientist!
“Yeah, you know…it’s a guy’s thing to fix things to make ‘em right. When I fix things, I feel that I am one with the universe.”
Well Booth, sweetie, babycakes, … while you are summing yourself up in a nutshell, she’s not even listening to you
“See, we help each other” Brennan tells him.
And this is actually my favorite moment of this scene…right here.
“I’m sure you do,” Brennan answers, completely sincerely and also a little dazzled, perhaps? But I really do love that. She believes him that he knows what that means, and she’s so…open in that span of a few seconds. Her voice is affected by his nearness, her eyes are wider and bluer and all of those other things that indicate all that good stuff.
“I know a lot of things,” Booth gets cocky.
“Wellllllll, you didn’t know what mysophobia meant,” she tells him. Nice try, Booth. Thanks for playing the “I know what that means” game!
Hahahaha! Yep, they can’t change who they are!
Booth had JUST gotten done telling Sweets that he had tickets to a game and didn’t want to be late, but then he shows up at Brennan’s office. So what do you think? Did Booth make it to the baseball game? Did he even really have tickets? Or are his really good seats at some bar with Brennan next to him?
What’s the significance in them reiterating their partnership here? Is Booth as affected by Brennan’s touch as we think, or do we exaggerate it in our minds? Though Brennan is helping Booth physically, he helps her emotionally. Which is more vulnerable in this scene?
Lots to discuss, so get to it! I want to read every.single.word!
Oh, and here’s just one more time for good measure.
COME ON NOW! Why wouldn’t you want this in your fantasy life?
Peace, Love & Bones,