Hello, hello, and happy BONES-less BONES day!
The thing about Booth (and some of you mentioned in your comments yesterday) is that he honestly believes what he believes. This is a good thing about Booth, in my opinion. Not that it’s always right, but I still find his convictions to be very special. For example, does love at first sight exist? I don’t know. But Booth believes that it does (or did), and he believes (or did) that he knew, right from the beginning.
Now, we have also talked a lot over the past few months about Brennan and HER reaction to love (whether she is in love, or if even if she is, if she would know it…if it matters or not, etc, etc,), but when I think about Booth, I think he honestly did feel that spark of something…fate, true love, interest, curiosity…whatever it was, and though he spent the next few months (perhaps more) trying to squelch it, he always felt that draw. Booth is sort of sentimental, but I DON’T think he’s sentimental enough to hold onto a ‘moment’ for nearly a decade, right?
There had to be MORE than just the hope of a ‘moment’ fulfilled that kept him around Brennan (besides their successful work relationship of course) in my opinion. And I think over the course of their partnership, he genuinely did fall in love with Brennan. That he tried to tie it back to a single moment was perhaps the wrong piece of “evidence” (and no one will ever convince me that he wasn’t trying to provide the evidence he so thought she’d find necessary), but still…Booth fell in love with Brennan at some point in this whole shindig. What’s fun for me is to try to find the exact moment– with the understanding that I don’t know if it will ever be able to be pinpointed. Having said that…this scene from the 100th episode is one of my all time favorites. Maybe it’s not love…but he’s hooked…big time. Let’s take a look!
The scene begins with Brennan arriving to the FBI and surprising Booth with an INCREDIBLY accurate description of his victim. She produces mass quantities of facts as well as a sketch of what the victim looked like before her death, ending with an apology that despite all of her efforts, she and her team were not able to ascertain the victim’s name.
Booth is gobsmacked–no other word for it. Unless you could mash up “adorably” and “gobsmacked” somehow. 😀
As they are leaving the room, Brennan remarks that the woman bears the markings of the victim.
Booth tells her it’s Gemma Arrington, and he gives her Gemma’s stats. He also apologizes. “Look, I’m sorry,” he says.
“Sorry for the victim?” Brennan asks him.
“No,” Booth replies. “Sorry for holding back her identity.”
“Well, even though my time and expertise are extremely valuable, I accept your decision to test my abilities,” Brennan assures him. 😀
“Obviously,” Brennan continues. “I passed with a lot of color.”
“Pardon me?” Booth asks, an early version of “I don’t know what that means”, not that he ever said that much.
“It means I did very well.” Brennan clarifies, which is hilarious to me.
“Oh,” Booth sort of nods afterward and gets the “is she for real?” look on his face. And I love that look.
“Flying colors,” he corrects. “You passed with flying colors.”
“Yes, I know,” Brennan tells him right away, perhaps slightly defensive or perhaps just reiterating that she is aware she is awesome at passing tests.
As she walks around his desk, he can’t help but be sort of amazed by her. Yes, amazed is the word we’ll use for now.
“But passing your test suggests you have something more important in mind?” she asks him.
“I want to catch the bastard who killed her,” Booth tells her.
“How do you know he’s a bastard,” Brennan asks Booth in one of my all time favorite moments. “How do you even know he’s a man?”
“Um…” Booth is flustered a bit, and then he pulls out the picture of the federal judge. “I assume you know who this is, right?”
Brennan tells him that she doesn’t, and he tells her it’s Judge Mles Hasty.
“Well, I don’t follow current events past the Industrial Revolution,” Brennan replies. AH hahahahahaha! Remember how I wanted some sort of mash up to adorably + gobsmacked? That is pretty much Booth’s reaction here too. It’s that delicious, “Is she for real?” as he slowly realizes that she is indeed incredibly for real, and she’s very unique and amazing. Dazzled!
“He killed Gemma,” Booth insists.
“Why haven’t you arrested him?” Brennan asks.
“I don’t have enough proof,” Booth answers her.
“Then how do you know it’s him?” she counters.
“I just know,” Booth shrugs with confidence, perhaps expecting her to go along with his ‘gut’. “I’d like for you to help me catch him”.
“I won’t do that,” Brennan tells him, and Booth sort of laughs, as if to think that she’s joking. Then he realizes she’s not joking.
“Why,” he asks…
“I will help you find the truth,” she answers. “And if the truth is that he killed her, then I will help you catch him. First the truth, then the catching.”
“Okay, look,” Booth sort of sidles up to her. “All we need is the kind of crap that will persuade a jury.” I always thought that quote was kind of interesting, because I’m not sure if it means that he’s testing her, or it might be the kind of thing that would have worked on past forensic experts, etc. Thoughts?
Brennan completely eyes him as she weighs what she thinks is his sincerity or possibly that he’s joking. “It seems to me,” she tells him. “That someone like you could benefit hugely from an association with someone like me.”
Booth thinks SHE’S joking, and he laughs, and then he realizes she’s serious and says so. “You’re serious? Wait…you’re serious.”And we can see that she is.
“I was just kidding,” he tells her. “You know…just having some fun?”
I love that Brennan honestly considers it…can’t you just see her mind working as she puts everything together. “It is fun,” she concludes, and smiles at him.
And THAT, my friends is when he’s hooked just a little more, in my opinion. I mean, she’s incredibly pretty, and smart and confident, and all of that appeals to him. And she’s wide-eyed and innocent,and she doesn’t get phrases right, and she’s eager, and yeah…he’s hooked.
And that’s the truth as I see it. 😀
Peace, Love & Bones,