Good morning and Happy Friday!
If you have time, go back and watch the scene where Brennan shows up at Booth’s place, and Tessa is there. It’s pretty funny, for one thing, but for another, it’s also quite revealing (and I don’t just mean Booth’s body (and Tessa’s, but…) ), especially when after Booth introduces the women to one another, Tessa is like “I’ve heard a lot about you,” to which Brennan says, “Really?”, which implies that she hasn’t heard anything about Tessa. Booth gets this look on his face that is just classic…
But what stuck out to me today when I thought about this episode is the idea that maybe Booth needed Brennan as much as she needed him. “Need” is a word that has connotations, so it might be positive or negative for you. But it is something B&B have both discussed, so I feel comfortable using the word. At least, Brennan wanted to get out of the lab, and he helped her do that. But Booth needed someone too. He needed someone he could talk to, as his friend in a later episode told him, and we begin to see more of that in this episode. He needed someone who sort of could see, analyze, rationalize all of the garbage associated with his job and still see that he was a good person. And I think on top of that, he needed someone who made him feel things– things besides some of his ‘that guy’ qualities, which…though he sort of embraces and denies them at different times, he does have them.
I think this would be a smile he wouldn’t soon forget. She makes him crazy, but she also, with just one encouraging smile, makes him feel better than anyone else, right? I think she cuts him down to size but also makes him feel like a million bucks in ways that have nothing to do with how sexy he is or how many touchdowns he scored (literally or metaphorically). It would be easy to get addicted to that, which I think is what happens to Booth. I mean that in a good way, that is. I think he realizes there is ‘more’, professionally, and personally. He’s the heart guy, but I don’t think he had any idea what this was going to be like.
She sends him home to Tessa, and he gives this little blink and clearing of the throat that tells me he is thinking things over. Maybe he’s realizing what HE needs as well. What do you think? Remember that (once he and Tessa split), with the exception of Cam (and in hindsight we know that was mostly an FWB scenario), he did not have a relationship with another woman for the next several years. YEARS.
I don’t know…I just think that in this case, Booth needed her as much as she needed him. He needed someone who could see past the sniper to the good person that he was/is.
Thoughts from you?
Here is your B&B of the Day:
The “Is It Bad That They are Kinda Hot When Bickering?” B&B
From Man in the SUV: Season One
Peace, Love & Bones,