The Man in the Bear is one of my all time favorite BONES episodes, I must say. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again– it really makes me laugh. It was the first episode that genuinely made me laugh a lot and think “This show is funny!” It’s ironic in some ways, because now I find myself wishing the show was LESS funny. That’s not the point of today, though, so I will move on.
I had laughed in earlier eps, but not quite like this one. There are SO many hilarious moments, but here are just a few.
1. Booth: “Just because you say it in that definitive tone doesn’t mean it means anything to me.”
I love the beginning BB scene, where they run into one another in her doorway. I also know I’ve mentioned this before too, so bear with me on that, but in an interview, DB once said that this episode was when he thought the show was really in sync– everything seemed to suddently be working well together, and I think we can see that. That B&B natural rhythm, give and take, etc, really shines in this episode.
2. Hodgins: “Where is my bear poop?!?”
Zack: “Is it the excrement you’re anxious to look at, or the courier?”
Hodgins: “What do you think?”
Ha! This is one of the all-time quotes my sister and I will text back and forth, if we’re texting Bones quotes to one another. This episode has a great little Hodgins/Zack rivalry, and I like it a lot.
3. Angela: “The skin in the scat has a sun on it.”
Sheriff Cutter: “What is that, a haiku?”
Booth: “It’s a tattoo”
Hahahaha! For an English major/nerd like myself, that the word haiku had even ended up in an episode of TV felt like a tiny perfectly wrapped gift to me. I don’t know; it’s just funny, funny stuff to me.
4. Brennan: “No one wants to hear that rambling psycho-speech.”
Just before this moment is another great one, where Brennan has a gun, and Booth is trying to give her advice. She asks him which part of the killer she should shoot if needed, and he replies, “Any part that’s not me, now stay back.” Of course she doesn’t (which was a common theme in these early eps– Booth trying to take the lead, and her just busting into rooms, guns a blazin!), but when they do catch up to the killer, he is spouting cannabalistic nonsense, and Booth calls it rambling psycho- speech. Brennan has decided she has had enough and she whacks the guy in the head with a bedpan and repeats Booth’s words. It’s funny coming from her, and Booth gets that little “She is so hot” glimmer in his eyes like he did in the 100th episode when she punched the judge.
5. Booth: “The guy is nuts!”
Brennan: “Yes, but is he nuts because he got a brain disease from eating human flesh , OR was he nuts the first time he ate flesh OR did he just lick his fingers after surgery?”
Booth: “I should just become a vegetarian.”
Brennan: “Or as an alternative, just don’t eat people.”
It doesn’t get more classic than that, I don’t think. Just such funny dialogue and perfect delivery from ED and DB.
What other moments do you love? Maybe when Brennan thinks Goodman is trying to get her to have sex with Booth on a field trip? Maybe when Booth is trying to tell Angela that it wasn’t his fault that a suspect got away. Or perhaps it is when Brennan offers Booth some corn flakes after ruining his appetite? There are many more, so I hope you add a couple. Meanwhile…
Here is your B&B of the Day.
The “Attention Universe: Which part of ‘this is mine’ did you not understand? ” B&B
From Man in the Bear: Season One
Peace, Love & Bones,