Hey, hey! Happy 4th to those of you who celebrate. For those of you who don’t…well, happy Monday! Since it’s Independence Day here in the US, I thought I’d do a special little scene study of a (sort-of) patriotic scene. At the very least, it’s a very cute scene.
It’s from season three, and I like this scene so much I can’t believe I haven’t broken it down before. I feel like I have, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. If I did, well…it’s worth doing it again, I suppose!
In the episode, Booth and Brennan are working the case of a woman whose mini-van was blown up. They discover she was part of a rogue partnership that once included the death of a cop. A mentor of Booth’s, Sam Riley, was assigned to that earlier case, but now the case is Booth’s, which causes some male pride tension to flare up. Brennan takes Booth’s side and is offended when Sam tries to over step on the case, causing Sam to growl at Booth that Brennan must be very good in bed, otherwise why keep her around? Booth has probably heard that or worse around the Hoover, but maybe Brennan hasn’t. She replies, very calmly, that she is in fact very good in bed, though Agent Booth would have no direct knowledge of that. To which Booth of course decides it’s time to focus on the case. 😀
Meanwhile in the episode, Brennan is dealing with whether or not she wants to visit Max in prison. He asks for a deck of cards, for example, and when she provides them, he reveals it’s because he wants to play cards with her. She is not interested (and tells him, or has already told him that he wasn’t a good father because he never let her win at cards), but by the end of the episode has changed her mind.
Both of those issues have resolution in this last scene (so to speak), so we’re going to study them (ha, study!) AS WELL AS Booth being drunk.
Sam Riley joins Booth in his office.
“You know,” he says as he walks into the office. “I’ve kept this bottle of single malt in my desk since ’75. I always said when we put this case to bed, I’d open it.”
“Listen, Sam,” he begins. “I want to apologize”
“Hey,” Sam assures him. “I would have done the same thing myself.” He pours them both a drink of the scotch and says, “Maybe not quite the same thing. I would have slapped me around a bit.”
Booth sort of laughs nervously, but genuinely. Not in a fake “I need to impress this guy”, but in a “Hey, this guy thinks I did the right thing” way. And those are separate. I think Booth follows what he feels is right, and sometimes expects people he admires not to like it or him. And when they do, it…I don’t know…warms him up and makes him feel accepted, I guess!
“To the changing of the guard,” Sam tells him.
And they drink, and it’s a significant moment for Booth. And it’s a moment I might have looked over when I watched this ep and the series through for the first time. If you’re like me, and as you were watching the eps you were just looking for signs that B&B were going to get together soon, well…a moment like this where Booth gets some validation was certainly nice, but it wasn’t that significant, right? Now I watch these eps and I think…holy cow, has anyone said anything like that to Booth before? If we count the moments on the show where he genuinely had older men he (mostly) looked up to give him compliments, I think we can do it on one hand.
- Gordon Gordon Wyatt (at various times)
- Here, with Sam Riley
- Max—a few times, but especially when he tells Booth he’s a good man and he wants that for Brennan.
Can you think of any others? I think Booth is confident in some areas of his life, but he needs reassurance like all people do. One thing I love about his partnership with Brennan is that she never gives in to BS, you know? She tells the truth, and it’s his choice to accept the truth of himself, but it’s still the truth. We saw it this past season, when she assured him that Broadsky was bad and he was good, right?
Okay…moving on. The point is that Booth is about to get toasted on some single malt!
And Brennan and Max are playing cards and smiling, and it’s nice.
And speaking of lovely, we have B&B on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Well done, CGI department!
You know how sometimes there are GIANT plot holes that require a ton of hand waving? Sometimes the little ones make me just as insane (though more curious, I suppose). I’ve always wanted to know exactly how they end up on the steps like that. Because I can just imagine Booth calling Brennan or showing up at her apartment, in a cab naturally, and insisting that she meet him/come with him. Because they solved the CASE! And they HAVE to have a drink when they solve a case!
“So why aren’t we meeting at a bar or the diner?” she might ask him.
“Oh, um…because I’m not going to have another drink,” he tells her, as if it’s obvious.
“So…we’re going to have a drink, but not actually drink anything?” she clarifies.
“Exactly,” he gushes. “You’re a genius, Bones! See you there!” or whatever. Hahahahaha!
One of them had the foresight to bring Booth some coffee, and Brennan’s face when she watches him play with the lid is priceless.
“Oh, just enough,” he replies, which is so not an answer, hahaha!
“I understand,” Brennan is sober and slightly amused, in my opinion. But it also stings a little.
“Not from someone who’s been drinking,” Brennan is more than slightly amused as she replies. And it is funny, because usually the tables are turned, and Booth is hissing at her that something she says might be rude. And it’s fun because he’s so drunk, but he still can kind of read her and himself and ask if what he said was rude. Cuteness.
Okay, that shot is a little less believable, but whatever 😀
“I love this country, alright?” Booth continues. “And I’ll tell you something,”
“If I was working law enforcement…
Hahaha, okay, Booth. We won’t even get into the fact that it means there wouldn’t be a good old US of A for you to love, etc, etc. Yes…we’ll just move on.
He’s so cute, and just as cute is the way Brennan is indulging him.
And ah…that look right there. Is there anyone else who kinda thinks that Brennan has this little inkling in her mind like “I could so have him.” Not that she’s always on the prowl for him, and he’s constantly resisting her advances or anything, but they both feel that push pull between them, and they both recognize and respect the importance of their partnership and the other one’s boundaries, right? So it’s not that she would necessarily act on the opportunity or anything, but she certainly knows it’s there. Because, let’s face it, his previous entertainment was making noises at a coffee cup lid. I’m pretty sure she could talk him into just about anything. That she doesn’t proves she has more self control than most! ESPECIALLY because maybe she now has a little something to prove in the ‘direct knowledge’ kind of way? I think so!
But she does what they both do whenever a situation like this arises…she changes the subject.
“I saw my father,” she tells him.
“Wow,” Booth says. “I didn’t think you were going to do that.”
“As an anthropologist, I accept change as the natural order of things. But with him, I didn’t allow for transformation.”
“I predicated his behavior based on a set of outmoded preconceptions, and it wasn’t rational.”
“Wow, I didn’t…get any of that.”
“If I was conducting an objective experiment on my father,” Brennan explains, as Booth begins to lean back. Ah!
And toward her.
“I’d have to conclude that he loves me,” Brennan finishes, and we see the same sort of vulnerable realization on her face as we saw earlier when Booth is being commended by Riley.
“Cool,” Booth nods, still having NO idea exactly how that relates to predicated behavior and outmoded preconceptions, but he’s not going there. So it’s just cool. Then she says something he DOES understand.
I just always think…how in the heck does this end? Do they really just get into separate cabs and go home? Do you ever wonder if either Booth or Brennan tried anything more, and we just never saw it? I don’t mean sex all the way, but is it possible that he tried to pull her close after this night, but she just sort of pushed him away? The same sort of thing could happen after she got drunk in his office in the intern case. I am not saying those things happened, and I really DO feel strongly that neither one of them would ever take advantage of the other. But I just wonder sometimes…that’s all!
On that note, I hope you have a wonderful day. Talk to you soon!
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS… If you are on Facebook or Tumblr, there is a 30 Day Bones Challenge, if you are interested. It seems pretty fun (and I’m not sure whose idea it was to begin with. I heard about it from pal NatesMama), so if you are interested, ask for more details. It’s not a contest—it’s just an activity.