No, no, the title for this post is NOT a reflection of the fact that it’s probably a big huge surprise that I actually got my Jeffersonian-sized rear end in gear and wrote a Top Five Tuesday this week! Haha. No, I wanted to take a look at five times the show surprised me– honest to goodness made my eyes go like this…
I don’t mean the WTF?!? moments that make me grumble and mutter curses (sunglasses, squint interruptions, etc, etc). Additionally, in order to qualify, each moment had to be un-spoiled or un-promo-ed (not a word!) for me, which did cause some limitations. For example, Brennan undressing Booth in the lab (holy smokes!) in Goop/Girl counts as surprising, but not for this list because it was in the promo for the ep.
I’m also not talking necessarily about “gross-me-out” bodies, because though they ARE shocking (the human pizza, anyone?), I’m looking at this from the plot/character POV.
So, here are five moments I deliciously never saw coming, five moments that made me blink and immediately re-wind and still sometimes make me shake my head and think, “Did that REALLY happen?!”
(in no particular order)
1. Brennan kisses Booth on the cheek (and Booth reacts).
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but seriously, if there is a ‘gasp-o-meter’ for the series, this moment always…ALWAYS takes my breath away. It was meaningful when it happened, and as the series has continued, it has remained meaningful. I find it to be an incredibly layered moment. Is it that Brennan just literally cannot physically resist the pull she feels toward him in that moment? Is it that she is only incredibly thankful to him in that moment? Both? More than that? Is it that she just recognizes what a good man he is?
It’s one of the most ‘controlled out-of-control’ moments we’ve ever seen between them, from both of them. This wasn’t just a hand on the arm; it wasn’t just an adoring look across a room. This was physical contact. Whoa, baby!
2. Brennan and Booth spill their guts to Sweets.
They left Booth’s apartment with the idea of picking Sweets up from his office and bringing him back to Booth’s place for dinner with Gordon Gordon Wyatt. Or at least, that was Booth’s idea. Brennan went with the thought that she needed to verbally share about some trauma she’d experienced in her life. Her announcement that at one point her foster family locked her in the trunk of a car for dropping a dish…
…it was just one of those moments that completely sucks the air right out of the room– on screen and in the privacy of our homes. Brennan had talked a few times about being in foster care, but not really like this, and especially not for someone like Sweets. Helping Booth solve a case by using her personal experience was one thing– this was different.
Booth’s reaction is interesting and guarded, and only Brennan can convince him to reveal a pain point from his own childhood. He does, though we can see that he’s telling her and purposefully trying to not include Sweets in his revelation. She understands and then proceeds to tuck his handkerchief (the one he offered to her when she was upset) back into his jacket pocket– a moment that still makes me just…slow down and watch. I don’t know how else to describe her actions except for honorable and special. I love it, even as it absolutely blew my mind the first time I saw Mayhem on a Cross air in season four.
3. Booth wraps his arm around Brennan beneath his sink.
Okay, so far, my moments have included Brennan touching Booth in some unexpected way. But this season five moment also made me gasp out loud.
Do you know those moments where, when you’re physically attracted to someone, and the air around you both when you’re near one another is almost electric? It’s chemistry, I suppose, and anticipation. It’s the difference between feeling annoyed when the person next to you is hogging your armrest on a plane and the shivers of pleasure that race up your limbs when you ‘randomly’ touch the person next to you on a first date. Right? It’s sort of giddy and it feels edgy and adventurous, even though to most of the rest of the world, it’s not.
That’s how I feel about this moment from Bond in the Boot, Season Five. It’s intimate, it’s sort of flirtatious. They both like it a little too much, and I like it a whole lot.
4. Brennan sheds a tear.
In the early seasons of BONES, the writers made a point to present Brennan as tough, but somewhat vulnerable underneath. It’s been a long while since we’ve seen her approach other men with romantic interest, but in the early seasons, it wasn’t uncommon for her to go on dates or flirt with men who were attracted to her. When she realizes that her newest interest murdered his own brother, she can’t quite believe it. The single tear that falls down her face breaks my heart and takes my breath away every.single.time. To me, it signifies that she feels hurt when things don’t work out the way they should, and she also hates it when she reads people wrong–and when she places her trust or potential emotions into the hands of the wrong people. So it’s interesting that within a few moments, she’s literally placed herself in Booth’s hands–okay, really his arms, when he introduces the idea of the ‘guy hug’.
5. Booth tells Brennan there is someone for everyone.
LOL, Sweets-haters will not love that two of my moments came courtesy of his office, so I’d like to declare that it’s coincidence 🙂
But still, this is one of my all time ‘wide-eyed’ moments. It’s sort of rare that Booth kind of pushes the envelope to prove his point. Every once in awhile he would, but if Brennan ever pushed back, he usually would back off or roll his eyes and leave, or tell her to focus on the case, etc, etc. Of course, she does the same to him usually, so it’s not only him. And even more rare is when she seems to genuinely accept what Booth is saying. This is one of those moments where, after she tells him that all relationships are temporary, he cuts her off and tells her that it’s not true, that there’s “someone for everyone”. When she just stares at him and appears to weigh his words, he adds that she just has to be open enough to see it. Still, she says nothing, and Booth is entranced with her, and she’s staring at him, and I’m staring and entranced with the both of them. Lovely all around.
One last thing before you weigh in with your most ‘surprising’ moments. I saw a cartoon the other day with a man and a woman sitting on a couch. The woman was reading a book and the man was watching football. He had a day old beard and a beer helmet and a remote control in one hand. Based on appearances, it seemed like the couple wasn’t communicating very well. But between their bodies, they were holding hands, and it was very sweet. It reminded me of B&B in the way that though they are different people, they can feel comfortable being themselves while they are together, right?
I commissioned pal Hsingyu Lin to create another one of her awesome BONES cartoons with something along those lines, and here’s what she created. Good times, right?
Alright, talk to you soon! But first, please comment below and talk about the BONES moments through the years that have (in a good way) surprised you most!
Peace, Love & Bones,