This end scene always makes me laugh, yet I somehow manage to forget about it when I think about moments in the show that I like a lot.
In this episode, the squints have sort of overrun Booth by coming to Wong Foos. This annoys him, because it’s his thing. I like this issue at the beginning of the series–the idea that Booth chased after Brennan (for a year or so), but then was resistant when she wanted to partner up. He finally agreed and though they make each other crazy in a lot of ways, he respects her brain and the results they get when they solve cases. What he DOESN’T want are the squints, yet…by getting Brennan, he has gotten them. It’s such a fun thing in the series that Booth, the ‘family’ man, really had none. Brennan, the independent one, has these people who are just part of her island. One of my favorite moments (later) in the series is when Booth says that her people are his people, and she is like ‘I have people?’, and he gives her this look like “don’t you realize what you have?”. It’s very sweet.
But at this point in the story, Booth doesn’t think it’s sweet. He thinks it’s annoying that his life is being taken over by squints. Haha!
Let’s get to it.
“Oh, no. This isn’t going to work,” Booth exclaims as he and Brennan walk into the restaurant after their case. I like that Brennan is already with him, because I think it was likely they were going to grab dinner and share a drink. But once the rest of the squints are already there, well…just no!
“I mean, this is my place!” he declares and immediately walks over to Sid to try to reason with him.
“As long as they keep it down on the subject of rotting corpses and bodily fluids, I have no beef at all,” Sid tells him. Booth is not pleased, haha.
Hodgins praises Sid for bringing him something to soothe his heartburn, and Booth just can’t deal with the traitorousness happening. One quick sidenote: I have a SERIOUS thing for season one Booth and his edgy, cocky attitude and his face and dress shirts and his hair, especially his hair. So…I’d sort of forgotten about that. Be warned, basically.
“New rules,” he declares, and he’s just so cute when he’s trying to assert some independence! “That counter is mine. That booth…is yours. Everything else here is MINE.”
“Mine. Mine. M.I.N.E,” he spells, in case their genius brains can’t quite get the concept. He sits at the bar and then glares at Hodgins, gathering all of the counter items unto himself until Hodgins leaves the bar.
Hodgins gives him this look like, “You’re a crazy person, dude,” but Booth doesn’t even care. Haha!
Brennan joins him, which I love, because they look so pretty together 🙂
And then she gives him one of her all time awesome ‘compliment that is not quite a compliment’ when she says, “I’ve been thinking about your whole ‘something stinks aptitude,”
“Oh yeah?” Booth sort of snarks back, because he’s sure that whatever she is going to say is not complimentary, and he’s just not in the mood. He’s still not single at this point, and he considers himself the expert in a lot of things. I imagine that it annoys him a bit that he always feels (mentally at least) second best when it comes to the squint squad. She’s already made her thoughts on ‘his gut’ known, so I’m sure he’s just waiting with baited breath to find out what insight she has come up with regarding it.
“I think you have a subconscious knack for reading body language,” she compliments him. “Stress in the voice, other subtle , yet discernable indicators,” she explains.
“It’s not mysterious,” she maintains. “But it is impressive. And in the future, I will try to record it in an appropriate degree of objective worth.”
On the one hand, it is very generous of Brennan to compliment Booth and to go out of her way to do so. I see it absolutely as her trying to be a good partner, to mend a part of the tension between them. But where she goes a little wrong is when she assumes that Booth doesn’t know that he is skilled at reading body language. I’m sure as an FBI agent, he’s taken courses in body language and the way people act. It’s just amusing to me–sometimes he indulges her telling him what he already knows, and sometimes he doesn’t.
I think we can see all over Booth’s face that he thinks she’s a little unbelievable to be ‘complimenting’ him by telling him what he already knows AND telling him that in the future, she will try to record it objectively. But it’s the good ‘unbelievable’, for the most part.
“Thank you, Temperance. I appreciate that,” he says, and I mostly believe he’s genuine. I think he knows she’s being nice in her way.
But he’s also not about to let her infiltrate his recently self-acquired space, right? After all, what message would that send to the rest of the
“So…” he begins.
“What part of ‘this is mine’ did you not understand?”
I love this look from Brennan above, because I think she’s trying to figure out if he’s serious or not. After all, they sort of have a thing going on, this partnership, AND she DID just compliment him and make a very generous commitment to consider his gut instincts as valid. So why is being like this?
“Do I have to say it in Latin?” he sort of mocks her (as earlier in the episode, she and Zack knew the Latin motto of the private school their victim was murdered at).
Brennan smiles an ‘It ain’t no thing’ smile and gets the last word in, oh, and IN LATIN TOO, because that is how she rolls, and Booth can deal with it 😀 , “Absit Invidia’, which basically means “no offense” or “let there be no ill will” as she walks away.
Booth plays it cool for about 30 seconds before he picks up the card she left on the bar.
It’s a Jeffersonian official access card, which is basically an official olive branch/invitation from her to be included at the lab. And again, I’m reminded that she’s the one with the family-type unit here, and he’s on the outside…not so much looking in, more keeping them all at arm’s length (except Brennan), but this is a first step in him becoming part of her team.
I really like that this happened early in the series…this idea that Booth was kind of bull-headed toward the team, and Brennan was accepting. Sets a nice tone between them.
It’s impossible to fully get all of his expressions in screen shots, so if you have the time and the means, check this scene out. But basically, Booth is very cute and feeling impressed when he checks out his mug on the id card. Then, we see him eating his pie, but he’s also smiling. He’s giddy like a girl who’s been asked to the prom, basically.
It’s very, very nice.
And how about that hair, hmmm?
Here’s your B&B of the Day:
The “Guys vs Girls Guide to Organizing Stuff” B&B
From Boy in a Tree: Season One
Peace, Love & Bones,