Good morning, and happy Monday!
Here’s something I’ve had on my mind for a couple of weeks: When Booth said “Sometimes you gotta settle for second best”, I thought the writers were setting us up for a season where B&B were going to still be partners. The quote came from the season five premiere –which, sidenote, I just love more every time I see it– which conveniently comes right after the season four finale (funny how that works 😀 ). But as you know, in that finale, we saw the coma dream. I still sort of narrow my eyes at that one, especially when I try to figure out which part of the coma dream was Brennan’s contribution and which was Booth’s brain. I suppose I will never know! But the point is, once that ‘happy being married’ was out in (sort of) canon, then them being partners sort of WAS second best, you see?
I kind of thought that ‘second best’ meant we were all just biding our time still. I DIDN’T anticipate that we (and Booth) would in fact be settling for second best in Hannah, within a year. Some of you have pointed out (quite rightly) that once the Bones writers had a two year deal, they set out to write a two year storyline. If that is the case, do you think that Booth’s settling for second best really was not necessarily a reflection of his coma dream and what had happened in the past but more of a foretelling of what would happen in the future?
On the flip side, was Brennan also settling for second best by choosing to be just partners with Booth when he wanted to give ‘more’ a shot? Did she know that? Is that why she was quick to reassure Booth that their partnership meant so much to her?
I’m just trying to figure out where that line “sometimes you gotta settle for second best” fits in to the series as a whole, and whether or not the characters, especially Booth since he said it, even would recognize this most recent part of their lives as ‘second best’.
Peace, Love & Bones