Hello, and welcome to another round of Booth Week! Yeah, baby–a week dedicated to this guy:
As I was thinking about which scene I wanted to use for Booth Week’s Scene Study, this one came to mind, and honestly, after it did, nothing else even came close to being considered. Up until this end scene in Con Man in the Meth Lab, I always thought Booth was mostly…solid. Sure, he had some issues, but he had dealt with them: gambling, falling into bed with ex-girlfriends haha, etc. But I can remember watching this ep and then hopping on Yahoo Messenger with pal Smurfs (and possibly Lauren and Steph…) and her being like “Sh*t, Booth has issues!”
If you know Smurfs, then you know this was said with much excitement–and it’s true. Booth having serious issues was very, very, very intriguing. And when I say intriguing, of course I mean exquisitely hot.
I was going to try to cap this entire episode, or at least a lot more than the last scene, but even those several minutes resulted in over 200 pictures, so…I’ll save most of the other stuff for other days in the future year or so, and I’ve split this up into two scene studies (Part Two on Saturday). But for now, here’s one of the best times BONES (via Booth) really surprised me.
(PS…full disclosure: I had, have and probably always will have up and down emotions about Brennan in this ep/scene. I will try not to dwell on them. Wish me luck.)
You all know what happens in this episode to get B&B and the rest of the gang to Founding Fathers for Booth’s birthday party. And if you don’t, stop what you are doing and run…RUN (or click netflix or something) to watch this episode in full. NOW!
Anyhiz, the scene begins with some of those night-shots of DC that the show editors have in the can and pull out whenever they need to show that it’s a different time of day from the rest of the episode.
‘I would like to propose a toast” Brennan announces, and her voice is kind of shy, but very sweet. It’s not shy, necessarily, I guess. But it’s that tiny tone of uncertainty that Brennan can get sometimes. Plus then she says, “To my partner…Seeley Booth”. There’s almost a little blushing there, when she calls him by his full name!
“To Booth!” most of the team cheers, and Brennan continues with, “I know who he is,”
“But…I forget sometimes,” she says. “Because…because he never shines a light on himself.”
“He shines it on other people,” she says.
“Yeah, right after I conk them on the head with it,” Booth sort of deflects, and people laugh. But I love Cam’s reaction–she’s like the one friend who is like “not funny, dude.”
And speaking of dudes, who the heck is that dude standing behind them and watching on. Wait…are all of these people there for Booth’s birthday? Haha, yeah right! Not in a bad way, but…well, I don’t know…I don’t think Booth has that many close friends.
“Anthropology teaches us,” Brennan continues. “That the alpha male is the man wearing the crown, displaying the most colorful plumage, and the shiniest baubles–he stands out from the others.”
“But I now think that anthropology had it wrong,” Brennan states–which is a pretty big admission!
“In working with Booth, I’ve come to realize that the quiet man…the invisible man (um, ouch!)…the man who is always there for friends and family. That’s the real alpha male,” she says. I remember being slightly annoyed with her speech, but this is one of those moments where because Booth really likes it and responds to it, then I just have to let it go! 😀 Booth is kinda vulnerable about it though, which is gorgeous–so that helps.
“And I promise that my eyes will never be caught by those shiny baubles again.
Until your boss asks me out in your office.”
“Happy Birthday, Booth,’ she says, and they click drinks. One thing I love is that, even though Brennan is giving this toast to the whole crowd, Booth really only has eyes for her. Love.
“Happy Birthday, Booth,” the group toasts, and I love Cam’s smile here, too. I think she is very happy for Booth, and that Brennan is done with her Jared phase 😀
I love that Brennan drags him away from the group for a little private talk. I admit, when I first saw this ep, I thought she might even kiss him. She didn’t, but…that’s okay. I only always just wanted to say “You are not a loser” to him, but it never happened. I’m
not over it.
Booth is like, “Okay, what are we doing,” and Brennan says “Just come here.” Which , come on…when you pull your man away at his own birthday party…it’s usually for a kiss, right? 😀
“What you’re doing for your brother isn’t fair,” Brennan tells him.
“Come on, Bones. Don’t get me mad at you–not after that great speech. And not after I got you shot,” Booth says.
“You didn’t get me shot! ” Brennan insists. ‘I got me shot.” I don’t know what it is about that line that always makes me smile, but it does.
“I don’t want to talk about my brother,” Booth insists.
“Would you prefer Sweets do it?” Brennan asks, and Booth realizes he’s been set up.
Haha, Sweets, sorry…not happening. “I’m listening,” Booth says begrudgingly to Brennan. I love that too.
“Well, I forgot all the psychological stuff, but basically, when you rescue somebody all the time, when you keep getting them out on bail…”
“Bail them out, Bones. If you…bail them out.”
I love that Brennan just sort of ignores the correction and continues. “You’re thwarting their ability to help themselves.”
Booth does that little growl/sigh from the back of his throat thing, and Brennan picks up on it. “Now you’re angry.”
“Come on, Bones, you gotta admit…getting a psychological lesson from you is like–”
“Getting an anthropology lesson from you?” she smiles at him.
They look at one another, and Booth weighs what he wants to tell her. He finally does. “The RICO case. I traded my one shot at glory to keep my brother from being arrested..for drunk driving.” I think this is what I was referring to last Friday, when I asked whether or not Booth would have married Hannah–not necessarily because he loved her completely, but because he didn’t feel like he deserved what he saw as the best. As the example here, it’s not that Booth gave up the RICO case because of something right or noble–and I don’t think he thinks so either. I think he thinks it was just “What you do”–taking care of his brother, even at an expense to him. This was a sacrifice, sure, but not for something good or that he believes in. It’s not that he sacrificed his credit so someone else he loves could get it. It was sacrificed to take care of someone else. That was the difference, I think. Okay…moving on 😀
“Booth,” Brennan sort of gets on his case. “What if he does it again? What if he kills someone next time? You shouldn’t have done that”. !!!!!!!!! Nothing about how he deserved the credit for his work or anything. I am moving on…again.
“Right,” Booth counters. “Says the woman who got her father off murder charges.”
“Face it,” he says. “We do things for family.”
“You’re right,” Brennan concedes. “You’re totally right.”
Booth looks over to Jared, who is obviously having a good time…
“No I’m not,” he says.
“What? Why?” Brennan asks.
“There’s no risk that your father will kill again,” Booth tells her. Which, um…haha with Max there’s always a tiny bit of risk, right? Right? 😀
Booth walks away and signals for Jared to follow him outside (which he does), and Brennan watches that from where she is standing.
In all of my memories of this scene, I had missed this little moment where Brennan watches them walk out the door. Now I wonder if she went back to the group, or if she just moved to the door herself and watched the whole exchange, or if she waited, and then when Jared came back in, was surprised that Booth wasn’t with him, and looked outside to see him punch a bus-stop. Ah…that’s all in part two.
See you then! Until Saturday, let’s discuss this part. Was Brennan’s speech worthy? Was she right to talk to him about Jared? Discuss!
Peace, Love & Bones,