Good morning, and Happy Monday!
This is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. And this time when I say awhile, I mean about six months– I think it’s time Brennan made some new friends.
Now, I understand that this is pretty much impossible within the scope of a tv show–that means character creation, importance, paying actual actors, and having a purpose for the characters that has nothing to do with cases and/or the lab. But that is exactly the kind of friend(s) Brennan could really benefit from. TV doesn’t work that way (and props to Bones for at least trying to address it in some ways in the Cam and Paul relationship) which is why all of the characters end up in each other’s weddings, on the debate team, on the student council and then hanging out together at The Max. Oh wait, that’s Saved By The Bell. My bad.
Haha, but seriously, that type of situation (where the main characters are everything to everyone, so to speak) is unhealthy, in terms of real life.
Let me ask you first: Do you think Brennan needs new friends?
I’m not an Angela fan, per se, and I think at times she can be cruel and condescending toward Brennan in a way that is just not nice (or funny, which seems to be the writers’ idea of how two women are friends). The eye rolling between them used to go both ways at least, with Angela being ridiculous, and Brennan rolling her eyes and maybe laughing. Angela is still who (I believe) Brennan counts as her closest female friend, so when there is ‘scoop’, so to speak, Angela is the one who gets to hear it.
That doesn’t bother me necessarily. What does bother me is the way Angela acts as this “Brennan’s interpreter to the world”, where she will act as this go between if Brennan isn’t sure what someone is saying or if someone else is confused by what Brennan is saying. The “You have blood on your hands” scene at the FBI in Hole in the Heart is a classic example of this– where Angela ‘interprets’ Brennan-speak for Booth. Then later, when Brennan shows up with the potted plant, Angela is the one to pat her on the head, metaphorically, and tell her she did the right social thing. Ugh.
Of course, a lot of that has to do with how the writers write Brennan’s character in the first place, right?
I don’t know…what I’m saying is that Brennan doesn’t need an interpreter–she needs a friend.
The same goes for Sweets, though I’m not sure Brennan and Sweets would consider themselves friends. There is potential there, if in the future. But Sweets will always want to help B&B from a psychological standpoint (this isn’t a bad thing–just not the kind of thing Brennan needs in an ‘outside of work’ friend).
Ironically, what got me to thinking that Brennan could use an ‘outside of the lab and work’ friend were the botched scenes where she and Hannah were presumably friends. The other day, someone commented here that if the writers had left a romantic aspect out of the Hacker & Brennan stuff, the rivalry between Hacker and Booth could have really worked, on a great male storyline. I loved that idea, and I’d never thought of it. But it’s true. The same is true with Sully, in some ways…but that’s another topic all together 🙂
But with Hannah, there were these underlying glimmers of ‘possible’. It would be nice for Brennan to have a friend who isn’t affected by her work decisions. Hannah of course was Booth’s, so she did not count in this way.
Back in the day, the writers had Dr. Goodman leave on the longest sabbatical in history, and part of that was (according to Hart Hanson) so that they would slowly strip away any counseling-type resource that Brennan had outside of Booth. That worked, but now that Brennan IS with Booth, I think it’s time she had someone else she could talk to. Someone who doesn’t roll her eyes and say “sweetie” in that condescending tone. Someone who isn’t trying to analyze every move. Someone who isn’t the current father of her baby.
Maybe that’s just me. Or maybe I just want it to be me. (the friend part, not the baby-daddy part 😀 )
What do you think? What would a ‘good’ friend to Brennan look like?
Peace, Love & Bones,