Hey, hey, good morning! I hope you are having a great weekend, wherever you are!
Side note: I saw Mighty Macs last night, and it really is very good. It’s worth your time and money, in my opinion. I won’t deny that it was a little strange to see DB play a character who was in love with someone else, haha, but it did give me an idea for another post, so win-win there! Also, there is this one moment where he gives this little wink, and it’s…guh. Okay…enough of that. Let’s talk about some murder and chin nudges. 😀
If you recall from Thursday’s scene study, Booth and Brennan were sitting on a bench, after Max and Russ hightail it out of Brennan’s life again. He’s comforting her, without a hug this time. On Thursday, I mentioned that it seemed to me that Booth was sort of respecting her wishes not to be hugged, but the more I thought about it, the more I think it was more of a deliberate action to show that Brennan was not scared. She might have been shocked, hurt or unable to exactly comprehend what was happening in that moment, but she didn’t feel fear–thus no need for a hug. Does that make sense?
Okay, moving on. The next scene shows Max physically hoisting FBI Deputy Director Kirby up (he was dead already) and shoving a coin into his mouth before setting his corpse on fire. Bravo BONES editing department for the way it fades from Max watching his work to Booth seeing the remains of that work…
Meanwhile, Cam was refusing to give Zackaroni a full time job on the Jeffersonian team, because he wouldn’t be credible in front of a jury. So Angela gives him a “What Not to Wear” experience and a haircut, and Cam is convinced. “Who am I to break up this team?” she asks. Hmmm……
Angela says she’ll buy his lunch, and Zack wants to go to the diner. He likes the diner, he insists.
Just before they all leave, Brennan pulls Zack into a private hug and congratulates him. He thanks her, and then they both pat one another on the shoulder. Haha!
Booth either knows they are there, or has still been having someone trail Brennan around (okay, he may or may not do this…I have no idea 😀 ) , or he just happens to walk by the diner and see them there. He doesn’t really knock on the window, but somehow Brennan just senses that she should look out the window.
It’s like her spidey sense or something– “Booth is in a leather jacket within only a few feet of me. I can sense this.” Haha!
She is so pretty! I waffle between wanting to preserve ED as Temperance Brennan for all time and wanting ED to be on show after show after show for the rest of her life. I suppose in the end, it will be ED that decides that for herself 😀
“What happened?” she asks him.
“The Attorney General took one look at the evidence your father provided, and he…you know…reinstated me,” Booth says. I love the way he sort of leans in toward Brennan when he says it. And she can’t help the smile on her face either. We talked about it at the end of the Con Man Scene Study–it’s hard to imagine sometimes how they don’t rush home to bed together, and we talked about how it goes with the fact that above their attraction to one another, there is a deeply rooted need to protect the other one–at all costs. I think in this scene, what I see at least, is this idea that they are both once again coming to terms with the fact that they can’t imagine life without the other one.
Booth mentions that he was reinstated, and Brennan gives this smile and says “I’m glad,” as if it’s casual and a shrug, and Booth smiles too. But underneath that, for both of them, is this fierce grip of “I can’t do this without you”, and they don’t even want to consider the possibility of losing the other. In this instance, it’s covered by their professional partnership…and they get away with it…for now…
But Booth has more news. “Listen, we uh…we found another burned body. Same place…same setup.”
“Kirby?’ Brennan asks.
“I’m pretty sure,” Booth answers as he holds up Max’s calling card- the Columbus coin. “It was Kirby’s blood in your apartment.”
Okay…do you think the writers already had Verdict in the Story in mind when this episode was written, or did they just happen to write themselves a WONDERFUL way of presenting reasonable doubt on Max’s behalf (if you consider Brennan implicating herself in a murder and making Booth implicate her as well ‘wonderful’, haha) ?
“My father’s still trying to warn people to leave me and Russ alone.”
“No, Russ…he’s safe with your father,” Booth tells her. “They’re warning people to stay away from you.”
Brennan does not like that, and Booth can see it.
“You know what, I’m sorry…” he tells her. “That you had to go through it again. Watching your family drive off. You know…leaving you behind.”
Um, yeah…got it! That’s kind of crappy dialogue, in my opinion, but I suppose it’s along the lines of “If someone is watching this episode for the first time, they should know that Brennan’s family already left them before”, one of those annoying moments for those of us who have seen all of the eps already up to that point. But it’s also sort of a cold way for Booth to put it, in my opinion–sort of shades of Brennan’s Christmas dinner invitation in Goop on the Girl, where she tells him he’s been shunted by his own family, haha. I just want Brennan to say something like “You don’t have to tell me…I was there.”
But she doesn’t.
“My father, he’s,” she says…
“He’s your dad,” Booth tells her. “And he loves you.”
“You know…” she starts to say. “I’m just…I’m just one of those people who doesn’t get to be in a family…that’s all.”
“Listen, Bones…hey,” he presses his knuckle to her chin and lifts her face to meet his eyes. “There’s more than one kind of family.”
I’m still of the opinion that I don’t think they were about to kiss and got interrupted. It’s a ‘moment’ for sure, but not a kissing one…but what do you think?
Either way, Zack does interrupt them, and from his hand motions seems to be saying, “Hello…party to celebrate me…Come inside!” (and did they just happen to have that huge “Congratulations” sign?!?)
“Well, Zack got the job, right?” Booth figures out.
“Come in and congratulate him,” Brennan insists.
“Nah, you know…he’s your squints…not my squints,” Booth tries to tell her.
“No,” Brennan insists. “Booth…” she begins, and he gives this cutie little resigned sigh/groan that is funny to me.
“We’re all of us your squints,” Brennan continues, which is lovely. I’ve always thought that this episode was MORE about Booth finding his ‘more than one kind of family’ in the squint squad than Brennan–or at least equally so, right?
“Do me a favor and pat Zack on the shoulder with an open hand,” she instructs him and pats him on his own shoulder.
“What?” Booth asks. “Why? Does that mean something?”
Brennan just laughs at him, and they go into the diner, and that is that!
So what say you? Was it a near-kiss moment? Is it possible that Booth was in more of a need for ‘more than one kind of family’ than Brennan at this point?
Peace, Love & Bones