Come on now, show of hands. How many of you got a little shivery when you saw, “Proud you asked, Temperance” ? Is it just me or is that one of those *moments* that will never fail?
This is one of my ‘first’ favorite BONES scenes, and honestly…if you haven’t seen this episode lately, it really is worth a re-watch. Some great Brennan character development and some really good B&B bickering are featured. The episode begins with some fun Brennan and Zack stuff too, but the best stuff is when Booth comes to the Jeffersonian and teases her that she misses him. She denies it and says it’s Zack who misses him. HAHAHAHA! Booth says he and Zack don’t even talk, and Brennan gets on his case about that. Booth says it’s better than shooting him. Word. This episode also includes the wood chipper experiment AND Brennan pinching Booth on the cheek. Yes, it’s worth a re-watch!
While working the case, Brennan and Booth are approached by a man named Jesse who thinks their victim might be his father. Brennan again asks Booth to help investigate, and there is this great moment where Booth agrees, but tries to be all smooth about it, and then he does this double take…
Not sure if she’s just pleased or thankful or confident he was going to always say yes 🙂
Considering that a few scenes later, Brennan gets this mysterious smile when Jesse asks her if she had to lean on (or pressure) Booth to get him to help and she says “not at all”, I think it’s more that she thinks Booth would do a lot for her, if she asks him.
It turns out not to be Jesse’s father, but this idea makes Brennan more aware of the disappearance of her own parents. A nice thread throughout the ep is that Jesse is distrusting of law enforcement, and Brennan defends Booth as trustworthy and her partner.
And as the episode ends, Brennan approaches him at Wong Foos. Quick note: Some of these pics might be hazy at best. Some of these season one eps probably had a low budget!
Booth is at his customary spot at the bar while Zack, Angela and Hodgins are at a table.
I like the way Booth looks away there. Sort of that, “Oh, she’s here. Why do I feel so ridiculously happy about that? I know what I’ll do. I’ll look away. Yes, that will prove that I’m completely casual. I’m cool. I’m the cool guy. Playin it cool…”
“How’d Jesse take it?” Booth asks her.
“Like an orphan,” Brennan replies as she sits down.
Booth sort of chuckles, and Brennan asks him, “What?”
“That’s just…that’s a little poetic for you,” he tells her.
“I didn’t mean it that way,” Brennan tells him.
“I want to ask you a favor,” Brennan tells him.
“Oh jeez, another favor,” Booth is kind of a cocky SOB about it…
“I wonder if you wouldn’t mind taking a look at this,” Brennan says as she slides the file over with a few fingers. Booth does the same… as if he’s thinking, “Oh great, another dead body. Probably some ancient someone or other” etc, etc.
“The file on your parents?” he asks her.
She gives a silent nod, and he sobers up a bit; the cocky teasing is gone.
And, sorry to revert from the plot, but there…that hair right there…that’s…yep…that’s the goods.
Just right there…
Kinda reminds me of my all-time favorite Angel hair
Okay, okay…this is serious!
“Yeah…yeah, okay,” He tells her.
“It’s a pretty big favor,” she adds.
“You’d do it for me,” he replies, and I love that. I love the hint of vulnerability in his eyes—not just at the idea that if he ever needed help, she’d help him, but ALSO that he’s ABLE to help her, right? At that time, we didn’t know that much about Booth. We knew a few things, but we’ve learned over the years that he needs to be needed in some ways, and it’s one of his areas of conflict that he needs to be needed by the woman who (appearance-wise) doesn’t need anything. Or anyone, according to her sometimes (at that point). That’s a vulnerable spot for Booth—wanting Brennan to need him. And it also sort of presses him to be worthy of her, which is another of his vulnerable spots. See? All this good early series stuff!
“Yeah, I would,” Brennan replies, and I love that just as much.
Pal Smurfs and I always call it the “Savage Goodness”—just that raw edge that keeps Booth from being too beautiful and perfect, and yet it makes him even more beautiful. Right?
“I’m proud you asked, Temperance.”
Oh, and he brought out the first name too, which…guh, yes. Yes and yes again. When used sparingly and for effect and by Booth when he’s all serious…well, it gets me all shivery. True Confessions of a Bones-aholic 😀
And for the record, I FIRMLY believe that he means “I’m proud to be the one you asked,” and NOT “I’m proud of you for asking someone, yay look at you and your people skills.”
One is good; the other is a condescending pat on the head.
Just when it’s getting a little warm in here, Zack approaches.
“Um, Dr. Brennan?” he asks.
“No, I’m not staying, thanks Zack,” she answers.
“I’ll take a look at this,” Booth speaks only to Brennan, referring to the file on her parents. “See what they didn’t give you and get back to you.”
“Back to ignoring Zack?” Brennan asks.
“Okay, I know you don’t approve,” Booth argues. “But you know what? It works for us. It works for HIM, so…”
“And…it’s kinda sweet”
“I have people?” Brennan asks, and it’s one of my favorite Brennan moments. I love this new realization she has.
I love the immediate, slightly incredulous look he gives her. Almost like a combo of “Don’t you know how amazing you are/Don’t you know those people worship the ground you walk on…and I’m a little afraid of how much I’M coming to want to be around you every second/Yes, you have people, and they annoy the heck out of me…that’s how much I like you and you don’t even know it?”
He doesn’t say anything else, and I agree with those of you who sometimes comment that at that point, Booth was struggling with how much he liked her. Even without knowing what we eventually learned in the 100th, that they had met and kissed and all of that, I think we can see at this point in the series that Booth is impressed and intrigued with her. And if they didn’t have cases, he’d miss her. And he wants to show her how amazing she is, but knows it would sort of consume him and he’s trying to stop it? Thoughts?
“Hey,” Brennan sort of shrugs in pleased realization. “I have people.”
I love the exchange of vulnerability in this entire scene. Brennan approaches him and wants a favor. Booth brags but then gets serious. Zack approaches and Booth ignores him, and Brennan thinks it’s kinda sweet. Booth says her people are his people, and Brennan is shocked to learn she has people, and Booth is shocked to learn she thinks that, etc, etc…see? What makes it work completely for me is that usually when there is vulnerability on one side, that means power on the other side. Power to hurt. But throughout this series, neither Brennan nor Booth has sought to hurt the other one. I love that. Not to say they haven’t hurt the other one, but there’s always been pain on both sides there. And most of this episode centered around Brennan defending Booth out loud as someone who does have power, but would never use it to hurt anyone. To see it be resolved in this scene and ALSO have there be a resolution that Booth admires Brennan is good writing. It’s not the cap to an episode that sums up the entire case and gets in just a few witty comments, sexy looks, etc, etc…I think there is real substance to this scene. I also think that it’s interesting to take a look at Booth’s reaction to Brennan having people. We know now that Booth is sort of a loner, that he never really partnered with anyone till Brennan (ever make you wonder why and how he knew all of those “it’s what partners do” stuff? 😀 )
I’ve always kind of argued that I never really saw Brennan loving another man. Her expression of intimate love for another person (letting him/her in to see the good, bad and ugly-beautiful truth and also wanting to know another person’s truth) has always been shaped toward Booth. And in some ways, his view of partnership and love is also shaped toward her, and I think this episode and scene speak to that. Thoughts from you on that?
Brennan gets up to leave, and she pats Booth on the shoulder.
(next time someone is bored and watches through every single episode of Bones… keep a tally of Brennan touching Booth and Booth touching Brennan. Wonder who does it the most? It might be interesting!)
As Brennan walks away, Booth picks up the file.
And he looks it over, settling on a picture of Brennan as a young girl. Does anyone know if that is a picture of Emily Deschanel? It could be. Very sweet.
Brennan turns and watches him for a moment before leaving, and Booth smiles, perhaps in spite of himself.
This is one of those first scenes where (even though I’d seen Santa in the Slush and the B&B love was the reason I wanted to see more), I remember thinking, “Oh…this could be kind of a love story of these two people.” I really liked how they made each other crazy but also had this trust–very deep trust, combined with the vulnerability and all of that. And the hair. 😀
Peace, Love & Bones,