Good morning! Fun Fact: When this post goes live, I’ll be getting a root canal. Ouch…
In the meantime, let’s discuss something a lot more enjoyable, and that is– the end of this season four episode.
If you recall, Booth had signalled for Jared to follow him outside, and Brennan watched with what appears to be some sad interest.
“Are you bringing me out here to give me advice on your partner? ‘Jared jokingly asks. “Because…I think that ship has sailed.”
“No,” Booth doesn’t really laugh. He’s edgy, and he continues. “It’s uh…it’s what I gotta do here.”
“I gotta stop,” he says. “Do you understand?”
“…Stop…” Jared repeats, unsure what he means.
“Yeah,”” Booth replies. “And you should stop too.”
“I…gotta stop…what?” Jared is getting a little annoyed.
“The drinking,” Booth lays it out there. ” Stop it.” Which, okay…interesting Booth moment there, because this ‘intervention’ of sorts isn’t really encouraging, if that makes sense. Booth DOES have a few major blindspots, and his brother is certainly one of them. Remember at the end of Beaver in the Otter, when Jared invites him to India as a friend, and Booth basically states they can never really be friends, because he’s his older brother? It’s Booth in that scenario that just cannot fudge that line. In this case, he’s still telling Jared what to do, and interestingly enough, it backfires here (but, again, based on future season four episodes), then appears to work when Jared gets sober. Still…in this scene, Jared pretty much reacts in the same way any of my (or possibly your) younger siblings would act if I ‘told’ them what to do or not do.
Jared laughs and says he will “Take that under advisement.” In other words, no.
“I’m serious, Jared,” Booth says softly. “No more stepping in to make things go away.” I can see how hard this is for Booth. He probably always WAS the one stepping in, and this is something Jared even told us (to Sweets) earlier in the episode when he said Booth was like another dad, but one who protects you from your read dad. So it’s very hard for Booth to cut this tie of being there to help out. Because Booth will be feeling like he’s not doing HIS ‘right thing to do’, and we know that is hard for him.
“I carry my own water, Seeley”. Jared insists. And again…interesting. Because when I first watched this scene, I thought…um, hello! Booth gave up the credit for you! But when I re-watched for this, and watched the scene where Brennan confronts Jared privately, there is the moment where Brennan asks Jared if it’s possible that something Jared did might be responsible for Booth losing credit. That is when Jared finds out (and Brennan, too). It’s not that Jared asked Booth to give up the credit. Booth just did do it. Does that make sense? Yes, Jared’s issues did cause the lack of credit, but when Jared says he carries his own water, in this instance, it’s not completely BS, because he doesn’t control how Booth responds. Thoughts on that?
“Now you should go back inside and enjoy your birthday party,” he sort of mocks, which BOO THAT!
This look. OMG, this look from Booth. It’s like sadness and self-loathing and brother-hatred and maybe a little of realizing that Brennan was right, and also barely keeping himself from knocking that glass into the street into the path of another Toyota driving by.
And it’s like Connor slept with Cordelia who then gave birth to Gina Torres who turned out to be crazy evil.
“Cheers,” Jared says sarcastically and shakes the ice in his glass. I love that little humorless smile on Booth’s face from this pic above here. He knows it’s not funny, but he just can’t quite believe what is happening. “Yeah,” he grouses. “Happy birthday to me,” and uuuuuhhhhh, breaks my heart!
He watched Jared go inside and then, I love how he sort of looks around first, to see if anyone he knows is watching, before he slams a fist into the bustop. Which also…hotttttt.
Dark. angry, hot Booth—and it was Booth-angst, which if I recall was very new at that time. Sure, he’d had angsty moments, like the end of Soldier on the Grave, but those moments were also to show Brennan’s support of him. Or like when we might see him looking longingly at Brennan when she was with Sully, but…this was new. This was Booth expressing frustration about a situation in his OWN life that he could not control.
Also, Boreanaz has THE perfect ‘wide shoulder to lean hip’ ratio.
*insert fanfare* and Brennan arrives awesomely!
“Hey,” she says somewhat casually, but I don’t think there is anything too casual about this. And it brings me to what I asked on Thursday…did Brennan sort of stand at the door and watch? Did she return to the group, and then when Jared came in alone, decided to take cake out to Booth? What do you think?
“Are you going to come back in for cake?” she asks him.
“Bones, you know…I just need some time,” he tells her.
“Do you need time…and space?” she asks him. And just bask in the smile that puts on Booth’s face.
“Just some time,” he tells her, and now I can say I’m glad I split this scene up into two posts. That smile on Booth’s face is sort of a “she really does know me” kind of moment, and well, it means more to me than her toast, but even more so, it allows me to see that Booth knows who she is (like she said she knows who he is), and they are all good.
Maybe he’s just thinking about how good cake is here, but I also like to think that he’s a little bit pleased that Brennan is sitting outside with him, and not with the rest of the group, namely his brother.
And of course you know I am ALL ABOUT the fact that Brennan came outside to see if he was going to come back in for cake, but also brought two forks, planning for every possible outcome. One piece of cake–two forks. Loooooooooove. 😀
As you can imagine, it’s impossible to fully convey through screencaps the moment when Booth opens his mouth and says…
“My dad drank.”
It’s just…guh. I do love that we see Brennan’s reaction to it, and that there are no more words for the entire episode.
First there is surprise that he said something like that to her.
Then it’s the reality that he’s had a sad life in some ways that she didn’t know about. I love in this tiny little ‘look down’ that we can see that Brennan is considering the reality, and she is both filing away that ‘fact’ about Booth, but also coming to terms with the feelings involved when you hear news like this from a friend–a partner. I also think that Brennan realizes he’s trusted her a lot to share that information about himself and his past, and she is sort of weighing that too.
This is one of those (one of many) episodes where I would think “how do they go home from there?” meaning…what kind of conversation could they possibly have after this episode that DOESN’T have them landing in bed together! 😀 But seriously, I think in those season four and season five days, there were multiple times (okay, who am I kidding, there have been nearly 100 times in the whole series), where B&B have both just sort of non-verbally agreed not to go there, and so even if one of them had tried to make some sort of move, the other would resist or put natural space between them. My interpretation is that they were always doing it to protect the other one, but that’s a post for another day.
Meanwhile, back to this one, and to Booth. What are your thoughts on his conversation with Jared? And then on his revelation to Brennan?!?
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS…tomorrow will be another round of Rock the Vote 2011, so be sure to come on by and vote!