Hey, Happy Friday!
You know, when it comes to B&B, I don’t like using works like ‘addicted’ or ‘obsession’. Of course, I’m referring to how they feel about one another and NOT how WE feel about them, in which case, I declare, “Obsess Onward!”
But it’s not that Booth has been ‘obsessed’ with Brennan these past years…I prefer words like ‘tethered’ or ‘drawn to’, etc, etc. Yet even as I try to come up with what feels like the right word for BOTH of them, I can’t quite ever get there. It’s, what Booth described and Brennan eventually called… inexplicable.
Sophia’s Q on Monday about Brennan falling in love with Booth in season four got me thinking. And I was sort of pondering on it all week. BBMagic’s post on Wednesday did the same (and I loved all of the Six Degrees connections on Thursday! Woo!)… for one thing, Hart Hanson has given Brennan’s character the safely padded luxury of being ‘gone’ outside of our sights. That is—who knows how Booth felt during the summers when Brennan was gone? We never really saw Booth in Afghanistan either, etc, etc. When Brennan separated herself from Booth—the show was on hiatus. We always saw reunions, sometimes mixed with doubt, but undoubtedly always resolved by the end of a season premiere. When Booth did it, it was there (including Brennan’s facial expressions) for all of us to see, and it lingered, right?
I don’t know why I’m going on about that because it’s not even ABOUT the question for today, but I guess what I’m getting at is this: We sort of discuss a lot how Booth, once he met Brennan, found it impossible to not be around her. Right? Whether we believe in the ‘the one’ or not, he did, he’s still learning some things, but…he just loves being near her. Plain and simple.
As I considered all of the episodes in season four, wondering about the idea of Brennan falling in love with Booth, I began to see signs that it was possible. Perhaps, as a lot of you thought, it’s impossible to pinpoint ‘in love’, and even so, would Brennan recognize or acknowledge it. I don’t want to get into all of that. Yet, I think she was drawn to him. Still is drawn to him. Always has been drawn to him. The difference between Booth and Brennan in this ‘tethered’ scenario is that Booth, from what we can see, is the kind of man who is very interested in tethering himself to someone, especially if he considered it the ‘right’ someone. Brennan was not that way. Neither of them are dumb nor unconscious of their own personalities. I just see Brennan KNOWING that she’s likely getting too close to Booth, yet she’s sort of powerless to resist it. Brennan is an incredibly strong character, and we’ve seen her turn away from many things she considers frivolous—easily. She has no need for TV. She has no need to spend time developing relationships with men for the purpose of long-lasting connection. She has no need for wretched children. Those are just a few examples, but the idea is there. It’s rare that she is inexplicably drawn to something she would normally have no interest in. With Brennan, I just don’t ever see the word ‘unwittingly’ applying, you know? It’s not that she unwittingly got close to Booth. It’s not that she unwittingly allowed herself to have feelings for him. I see her as incredibly cognizant of herself. Yet, over and over, she chose Booth. I don’t know if it’s ‘in love’, but I do know it’s ‘something’. Thoughts? Is Booth the one thing/person Brennan cannot resist? Are her feelings for him the one thing she cannot escape?
With Booth, that “unescapable” feeling is sort of common knowledge and has been for years. Whether it’s the way he says “you’re unbelievable, Bones” in that ‘shocked, but oh he kinda likes it’ way or in the way he hustles after her to prove a point or in the way he smiles when SHE smiles…we’ve seen him drawn to her.
Perhaps just as steady has been Brennan’s inability to escape. For every Booth smile, there’s the underlying reality that Brennan could choose to spend her time however and wherever she pleases, and she chooses Booth. I’m not explaining it perfectly, except to say that several times this week, I just found myself blinking, kind of like… “Huh, hmmm, I guess it’s possible that Brennan, even when she is aware enough to know that she is getting closer to Booth and HE is getting closer to HER (which would likely be worse), can’t seem to do much of a thing about it. Possibly this means that the draw she feels toward him is STRONGER than what he feels toward her, as he was already inclined to feel that way toward someone, whereas she was not.” This sort of statement is supported by her taking off all of his clothes in the lab.
I dont know. Basically it’s the “connection” that convinced Booth to hound her until she agreed to work another case with him, only to find her INSISTING on full participation. “You want me? You get all of me, and I get all of you, buddy”, so to speak.
…… in the partnerly kind of way of course 😀
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS…If you’ve never commented on a BT post before, today is the perfect day to join in! Come on…just say one moment you’ve loved where either Booth or Brennan couldn’t seem to resist the other. Easy Peasy!