Good morning, and welcome to Premiere Week!
Feels good, right!?! It does–in more ways than one. For one thing, we have pretty much survived this hiatus. One quick question: Is there interest in having a post open after the premiere for chatting here (like we did with the finale)? If so, I’ll set one up for…oh yes, a week from today. Let me know in the comments.
For Premiere Week, we’ll be talking about each season’s premiere up to season seven next Thursday! Today, we’re starting with the Pilot episode…and it was time for a scene study. But confession, I could hardly choose just one scene. I sort of chose snippets of several scenes that I love very much–those that I feel truly incorporate B&B’s first case as partners.
Let’s get to it!
The episode opens as Angela is frantically trying to figure out when and where Brennan’s plane is coming in. Also, she’s late, and no one seems to want to help her.
LOL, this guy. Don’t you just know someone like him? Plus, I always want to know how a ‘character’ like this would show up on someone’s resume, you know? Like he played the part of “Snooty airport employee” or “Guy Angela flashed boobs toward”, etc.
But seriously, it’s one thing for someone to hold up one finger, as sort of a “give me a minute here, please,” but the two finger approach? It’s like…Snooty McSnoberson. Haha!
Angela is like “Seriously, dude?” and when he still ignores her, we get the first “Bitch, please” look from Angela in series history. Huzzah! A monumental event.
The B,P look is quickly replaced by her ever sexual resourcefulness, and she decides to rip her (conveniently) snapped shirt open, and yeah…this guy…well, he doesn’t have any fingers up at the moment.
“Tell me you tried ‘excuse me’ first,” Brennan walks up behind her, and airport dude is quickly forgotten as the two friends hug. Pilot episodes are always filled with extreme characterizations and over-doses of exposition, so some of the character actions between (all of) the characters in this ep feel a little over the top. But I get it…it’s a sales pitch. Knowing that almost makes me want to give another episode of The Finder a chance…almost.
As Brennan is describing her trip to Guatemala, she realizes she’s being followed by someone. She quickly takes him down, and it’s revealed she’s being detained for bringing illegal remains into the country. Such as the below skull. She shows no sign of fear.
But that doesn’t stop Booth from ‘saving’ her anyway. “FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, Major Crime Investigation, D.C.
Supremely Hot Division; Bones identifies bodies for us.”
And say it with me now…
“Don’t call me Bones!”
Fun Fact: She’ll say it again in the episode. She’ll also say “I don’t know what that means” four times and “I hate psychology” three times.
Once it’s clear that Booth set Brennan up to be detained so he could get her attention, she is annoyed.
“Getting Homeland Security to snatch me so you can stage a fake rescue…”
“Wellll, at least I picked you up from the airport, huh?” <insert charm smile here>
LOL…meanwhile, where exactly is Angela? Perhaps Brennan told her she didn’t have to wait. Or perhaps Booth paid her $50. Perhaps she’s hooking up with the airport dude. It’s a mystery.
Brennan is not amused and Booth tells her he doesn’t care, and besides, he went through the appropriate channels, and her assistant was stonewalling him. Brennan tells him it’s because after the LAST case they worked together, she instructed Zack not to put him through. Which means it’s possible he’s been calling a few times in the past year. Excuse me…thirteen months, minus a week.
Brennan tells Booth to pull over, and he does, but he chases after her, asking what it will take for her to help. She tells him she wants full participation in the case, and he says fine. They are Scully and Mulder. She doesn’t know what that means. He says it’s an olive branch–she should just take it and get back in the car.
Booth takes Brennan to a crime scene, and she later identifies the body as belonging to Cleo Eller, a young Senate intern. Booth had been working her case for a long time, but with this information, now he knows he’ll be able to get ‘all his ducks in a row’ and head an investigation. This new plan means Brennan is not invited along for the ride. She’s annoyed (and calls him a rat bastard…which is kind of funny. Brennan doesn’t cuss that much…not that I’ve ever counted!), but she also does the cutest little side skip thing to catch up to him. Booth tells her no way, and so she tells him that the Jeffersonian will be releasing a press release about Cleo.
Booth stops in his tracks.
“You do that, and I’m a dead duck.”
“What are you trying to do?” he asks her.
“Blackmail you,” she tells him.
“Blackmail a federal agent.” he clarifies. “I don’t like it.”
“I’m…fairly certain you’re not supposed to,” she tells him. Hahahaha! Either way, she gets what she wants, and she’s in. Yay!
But as the case goes on, she steps out of bounds. Earlier, Cullen had agreed to let Booth take Brennan into the field, but she was his responsibility. He understood. So it’s on him when Brennan takes matters into her own hands. She gets ‘dismissed’ by Cullen, and Booth stands up for her to Cullen (sort of–in a case kind of way), and the moment after that is one of my faves of the Pilot…
“Are you okay?” he asks.
“Don’t be nice to me after I got you in trouble,” she tells him.
“Your heart was in the right place,” he tells her.
“No, I’m not a heart person. You’re a heart person. I’m a brain person.” Brennan replies. I like the little inhale Booth makes at her words. I think he is sort of surprised that she called him a heart person (in a nice way).
He looks at her, surprised, and then says “Ah, forget it.”
“You vouched for me. No, I won’t,” she insists. I like this. I would imagine that Booth gets a lot of agreement in his life because he’s so gorgeous–especially from women. But Brennan has been able to see past that to see what a good person he is, and she tells him, in her own way, that that is very important to her. I think Booth is a little surprised, but touched, by that. More than he would be by some sort of feminine adoration. What do you think?
Brennan talks more about the case, because they still have a few hours until Booth has to turn over the case file. She asks him if they want to go ‘roost’ Oliver Laurier, and Booth gets this smile on his face. “Roust.” And I think it’s the same as when he saw her for the first time–that dazzled feeling. She’s kind of abrasive, but she also sees the good in him, and she is a genius, but she sometimes says the wrong thing. She’s this gorgeous spit-fire combination, and he’s hooked…for sure. Of course, Zack probably could have told us that, based on how many times Booth presumably called. 😀
Later on in the episode, Booth is at the lab, and Angela gives him a little bit of advice on why Brennan is the way she is.
“For somebody who hates psychology, she sure has a lot of it,” Booth says.
Next we see Brennan shooting at a firing range…
“Thought I’d find you here,” Booth says after he walks up behind her. “You know, you being a good shot, doing martial arts–it’s all your way of dealing. I mean, who knows better than you how fragile life can be?” It’s not exactly a compliment…and he’s certainly trying to interrogate her, I’d say.
“Maybe an Army Ranger sniper who became and FBI homicide investigator,” she throws right back at him.
“Ah, you looked me up,” Booth says, and he kind of likes that, I think. He sort of crowds in behind her, and then he asks if she minds if he uses her gun to fire off a shot. She doesn’t mind, and he shoots…
…and it’s a little to the right. Brennan smiles…perhaps she thinks it’s funny. Perhaps she is thinking that Angela would likely think it is significant in some way relating directly to Booth and his ‘gun’ haha!
“Were you any good at being a sniper?” she sort of taunts him.
“A sniper gets to know a little something about killers. Senator Bethlehem? He’s no killer.”
“Oh, and Oliver Laurier is?” Brennan wants to know.
“Way I read Laurier–he’s unhinged. That makes him dangerous.” Booth moves closer.
“That’d be your gut telling you that, correct?” Brennan asks, and disdain could not be drippier from her lips.
“You know…homicides,” Booth begins and moves even closer. ‘They’re not solved by scientists. They are solved by guys like me asking a thousand questions a thousand times,”
“Catching people telling lies every time,” he tells her.
And when he sort of grabs onto the fencing behind her and holds onto it for support while he leans in even further.
“You’re great at what you do, Bones. But you don’t solve murders. Cops do.”
“Cleo Eller was killed on a cement floor sprinkled with diatomaceous earth. Traces of her blood will still be in that cement. One of us is wrong…maybe both of us. But if Bethlehem wasn’t a senator, you’d be right there looking in his basement for that killing floor.”
“You’re afraid of him,” Brennan challenges. “Your hypothesis is that squints don’t solve murders and cops do. Prove it,” she says. “Be a cop.”
It’s impossible to show exactly how charged that scene is. Do yourself a favor and pour yourself a glass of wine and watch it, hmmm?
Booth sort of watches her go, and then takes out his own gun and fires one off–perfect shot.
Because we know that Booth had to hand over the file that night, we know it’s the same day when Brennan goes to his office to see him. She catches him watching family home video footage of Cleo with her parents. She knocks and gets his attention and he talks a little about how happy the family was.
“Zack said you wanted to see me?” she tells him, and I don’t know why it’s taken me THIS long to realize that this is significant…but it is. After a year of having Zack stonewall him, obviously, Booth…first of all, after their talk, he called for her. Zack gave her the message (probably assuming she’d ignore it) and then Brennan actually came to see Booth. That means something!
But Booth wants to do a little psychology and accuses her of trying to change the subject away from family.
Brennan rolls her eyes and turns to leave. Can’t you just imagine her thoughts. “Why did I even come here? This was stupid. From now on, I’m going to tell Zack not to even tell me if he calls, and–”
Oh, the first name. She stops in her tracks and turns around and can see that he’s serious.
“Partners, they uh…share things. Builds trust.”
“Since when are we partners?” she scoffs.
“I apologize for the assumption,” he tells her.
Then he hands her a warrant he has gotten to search Bethlehem’s basement. She is suprised.
“You were right,” he tells her. “If Bethlehem wasn’t a senator, I’d be in that basement, looking for that killing floor. But you’re wrong…I was never afraid of that guy.” Booth makes it clear. I love that (and I love his loosened tie and straight finger, but mostly I love his honesty. Yeah…)
And this is my favorite part of the pilot.
Booth says “I’m not doing this because you’re a genius…I’m doing this for Cleo.”
But Brennan gets this look on her face when he calls her a genius…and it’s like the above, when she so emphatically tells him he’s a heart person and she won’t forget what he did for her. Like Booth probably gets attention for how gorgeous he is, Brennan likely gets attention for how beautiful she is–I would imagine that happens professionally quite a bit…especially in terms of people she might work with outside of anthropology. Can’t you just imagine that? Comment after comment of people like “You’re an anthropologist? Well, aren’t you a pretty little thing” etc, etc. But here we have Booth sort of getting past all of that, and he says he’s not doing what she said because she’s a genius.
She probably heard variations of that, like ‘I’m not just doing this because you’re hot,” etc, and I think she likes that Booth didn’t say that. I love it!
They solve the case, and (I will never understand why) in the middle of Cleo’s funeral, Brennan walks up and puts a rose on the casket and then leaves! But Booth follows her, which is super sweet in motion. They sort of smile at one another and prove that they were both right about something in the case. Booth tells her that is all well and good, except he solves cases, and she gets on the best-sellers list. She was not aware, and he can’t quite believe it. “It means you’re rich. Call your accountant.”
She doesn’t have one, and he really can’t believe that. I like this,because it means that Brennan became rich after knowing Booth. 😀
He’s telling her to get out of the lab more (aka…to solve more cases with him) and she is watching the funeral…that she just walked out of. haha!
But it is nice as they both reveal something about themselves–she understands how Cleo’s parents felt…her parents left when she was young. Booth tells her that as a sniper, he took a lot of lives. One of the things he hopes to do before he’s done is put away that many murderers. Brennan sort of scoffs–he doesn’t really think there is some cosmic balance sheet, does he? He gives her a pained look, which she identifies and then she says she wants to help him with his self-given task. He pretends to consider it, and she sort of laughs, and then he smiles, and they walk off together into the sunset
Okay, okay…it’s like 2 PM or something, but still…it’s the beginning of a beautiful partnership.
What did I miss? What are your favorite parts of this episode? And I think we’ve done this before, but maybe not for awhile. If you could give the Pilot a ‘regular’ BONES episode title (you know, “The _________ in the __________”, etc or something like that), what would it be?
Peace, Love & Bones