This is one of my all time favorite scenes, I must say. It’s just very nice!
I mean, come on, right? In this second episode of season five, Booth was bummed out because he couldn’t quite remember how to fix a leaky faucet. Brennan offers to help him pay for a professionaly, but Booth balks at that and decides to buy “Plumbing for Dummies” (Not ‘Imbeciles’, as Brennan asks later, haha). Brennan finds the book for him (which is very adorable. What do you think…did she scour local used bookstores? Did she happen to see one? Did she send out some interns to look for it? Did she make some calls? 😀 ) ,and she tells him he can pay her back whenever–hahahaha! I love that scene where Booth asks if she takes credit cards. Good, good times.
Sweets encourages Brennan to allow Booth to teach her how to fix his pipes (oh, the innuendo! I’m going to try to be good in this post, I really am!), and it’s clear, when she tells Booth she wants to learn that he gets into cocky mode (yes, it’s a mode) and says he WILL teach her!
So here we are…with them huddled together under his sink on a Saturday morning or something like that…
“So for the next step, you need to attach the elbow,” Booth is instructing.
“Okay,” Brennan gets to work.
“Using the PVC cement there,” Booth continues. “And take that fuzzy ball in there and swish it around.”
“It stinks,” Brennan complains softly. And Booth replies with one of my all time fave Booth lines…
“Yeah, you smell dead bodies and that stinks? Okay…”
“There’s a beautiful logic to this,” Brennan observes as she slathers the liquid onto the pipe.
“It’s like reconstructing the circulatory system”
Booth is not so sure about that, but he’s going to go with it…for now.
“The water is the blood, the pipes are the veins…”
And I LOOOOOOOOOVE when Booth just almost tosses the book right out. It’s like ‘okay…let’s just do this. Me and Bones. We can do it, baby! I don’t need no stinking books!’
“Right, right, right,” he pretends to agree as he rolls onto his side.
“Right. What we just do is…” he begins to explain as he moves his hand up toward hers on the pipe. “Apply pressure and hold right there for a minute, okay…”
I love that picture. I adore it. It’s one of my all time favorite B&B pics of all time ever! It’s just so perfect!
“Got it,” Brennan breathes, and sue me if I think her voice is a little huskier and breathier than normal. 😀
Who could blame her?
LOL, I love when she’s like “Got it,” and he sort of laughs shyly. She’s sort of catching him in a moment, but she doesn’t totally call him on it.
“Right.” Booth knows. “Just making sure that it’s safe. You know, student teacher, student…teacher.”
Gosh, Brennan is beautiful! Confession: I have pale skin, but not pretty pale skin like Brennan, you know? Yes, she is wearing make-up and such, but still…she’s pretty. And she’s pretty close to Booth, and we all know how he gets kinda breathless and sweet when she’s near!
She sort of laughs at him, but in a sweet way. It’s almost a giggle, in that Temperance Brennan would likely never giggle in her life, but it still is one. Hmmm….right? Sort of the unintentional happiness kind of laugh–slightly nervous, but also pleased?
And O to the M to the G, but straight teeth smiling, crinkly eyed sparking, Saturday morning scruffy Booth in a casual sweatshirt and jeans. I just…no words. Let’s see it again, just because we all deserve it. We do. We so do.
“You know, Bones,” he begins…
“I’m glad that we uh…don’t have any secrets…between each other.”
“Yeah,” Brennan agrees. “I like that.”
“And if we have something on our mind…we just…we just share it,” Booth says, and his voice gets kind of breathy and whispery too, doesn’t it. Doesn’t it?!?
Booth sort of nods back, as if he’s surprised she agreed with him so easily. But one thing that has always been so interesting to me is that it seems like Booth has provided Brennan with the opportunity to share something. Brennan seems to take that cue from him (which is another reason why it seems so to me), but for the life of me, I can’t figure out what else in that episode would lead Booth to want to open up discussion like this with Brennan. It might be a carry over from the season five premiere, or even just their story line in general, but who knows…
Either way, Brennan agrees…
“Even with all the financial and intellectual contradictions…I still feel close to you,”
“Right, because, you know…none of that stuff really matters anyway,”
They stare at one another for a few seconds, in one of those moments where we all know it would have been and could have been totally possible for one of them to lean in and just gently press his (or her) lips against the others in a soft kiss that would have resulted in more blushing and a little bit of laughing and smiling and perhaps more kissing. And back in those days (and a lot of other days), it seemed like B&B were always holding back…for one another. Sweets once told Dr. Wyatt that he always thought Booth was protecting Brennan from his feelings for her, and we know later in season five that Brennan has been trying to protect Booth from her feelings for him…and that protection, ingrained in their partnership, is what has kept them from making any physical moves up to this point in the series (in season five). But, like with the end of Fire in the Ice, here is a moment where Booth and Brennan have sort of given themselves…permission. Under the guise of close proximity and ‘work’ on Booth’s sink, there are only a few seconds here and there where they aren’t touching in some way.
“Right, so the pipe seems nice and secure, right?” Booth confirms.
LOL, you just know Booth was the type in high school to yawn and then stretch his arm up and over the back of his date’s chair in the movie theater, right? Or totally the type to give ‘backrubs and more’ in college, etc. He’s a touchy guy (in a good way, and yes, please), and heck, who knows…maybe he’s been perfecting the ‘guy hug’ for years! Haha!
But this is just such a classic move, and they both love it.
Once, my friend (and the owner of GiveMeMyRemote.com) Kath emailed me because she was in LA at some FOX thing, and the email was basically like “I just saw David Boreanaz, and I thought you’d want to know that he smells amazing.”
Yep, pretty much.
I want to be Brennan in that moment. Heck, I want to be this water knob.
Brennan is curious to know why the knob is under a wood plank, and Booth explains that it’s because the apartment is so old, and really…is anyone even really listening to this or are we all just thinking about Booth’s fingers turning us on? I mean turning the water on. Naturally.
Then again, our girl does love learning new things, so it’s possible. She has a quick mind, so she can catalogue the architecture stuff right alongside of how it feels to have Booth stretched out beside her and leaning over her with his arm and…
“You can take your hand off now, Bones,” Booth says.
“Positive,” Booth assures her, and when she does, he sort of brags.
“You see? Look at that! Nice and secure”
“No drip…” Booth agrees with a smile on his face and in his voice.
Brennan smiles in that way she does when she’s complimented, even though she is amazing and she knows it, she also likes getting compliments from Booth. “Only as good as my teacher,” she offers, also a little shy and a lot sweet.
Guh, what makes this scene so amazing for me is that it’s just…Saturday morning life, you know? Casual clothes and being chill and just working together on something that has nothing to do with death or crime or bones or anything like that…it’s special, and it’s sweet, and it’s good. This is the stuff, more than sex or whatever, that I hope writers won’t skimp on this next season. It’s what can make B&B being together special.
And then we get sprayed in the face with water.
Brennan does sort of giggle then too, and tells Booth “Turn it off!”
Booth just laughs at the situation and at Brennan, especially when she complains that her watch is ruined. They bicker a little bit, and the screen goes black, but it’s still lovely. Because, like I said before, it’s just real life. What started out the episode as a (albeit small) source of tension between them turned into a fun and laughing moment that smudges along the lines of ‘just partners’.
Booth had already told her in season four that he liked spending time with her because she made him feel like a guy–when he fixes things, he feels like he is ‘one with the universe’. I like that Brennan, who easily could tell him that he’s being archaic in his modal preconceptions (or something like that) doesn’t…she just goes with it. And she likes him; she likes being near him.
Hope you have a great day!
Peace, Love & Bones,