Okay, show of hands. How many of you thought this episode’s turn in VB would result in an ode to the white polo shirt? Which white polo shirt, you ask?
Oh, wait…no one was asking? Haha, okay. Well, it’s not going to be an ode to the white polo today (though just wait for the gray sweater!). Some of you are probably thinking “darn!” and some are probably thinking “It’s a Christmas miracle!”. But today we’re going to talk a little about Angela and her early propensity for meddling in Brennan and Booth’s affairs.
I find it interesting that she absolutely goes out of her way to stir things up between Booth and Tessa, but when it comes to Brennan and her relationships (for example, Sully in season two), Angela is all for it.
Once, in a Morning After Q, I asked why Angela had never slept with Booth. Some people laughed and said because it was so obvious and clear that B&B were in love with one another. Well, yes, much later in the series. But at the beginning here? There is some Angela/Booth chemistry. Maybe Angela thinks Brennan’s protests are covering for the fact that she does want Booth?
What is it between B&B at this time in season one that makes Angela so aggressively match these two up? I suppose from a plot perspective, the writers didn’t know they’d have 6+ seasons to continually have to support that type of characterization, so maybe they were more aggressive with it in the beginning.
Angela’s meddling does lead to one of my favorite Bones moments, when she tells Brennan that Booth and Tessa balked at the pre-shacking up vacation. I love Brennan disregarding the stages of relationships and that she says Booth is not a balker. Warms me right up!
We did a scene study of the end of this episode, and I mentioned I thought it was interesting that Brennan pretended not to know that Tessa wasn’t going with Booth– to spare Booth’s feelings, perhaps. I love that scene and could talk for days about it, so I’ll move on.
But what I’m wondering about are Angela’s motives, and that she actually goes through with them. Do you think Brennan has confided in her privately?
Another quick note: I think it’s fair to consider the 100th when we talk about these episodes. I remember an interview where Emily Deschanel said she was surprised by the 100th plot, because that wasn’t how she’d been playing Brennan for the previous 99 eps, basically. I kind of liked that, that she had learned something new about the character and was just figuring that out. If I recall, David Boreanaz bragged that he’d always known, but I think that was just a cocky joke. I don’t think he actually knew the plot, it may have been more of a Boothy-type “I knew” statement, in my opinion. THE POINT is that while we’re going through the series this time around, I think it’s fair to consider those times as canon and that they happened before these episodes ‘happened’.
So perhaps Angela ‘knows’ about the B&B stuff and the fight they had and perhaps Angela also knows that Booth was trying to get Brennan’s attention again for 13 months minus a week.
I don’t know. Thoughts from you?
In the meantime, here is your B&B of the day:
The “If these two knew it would be six years before they slept together, they probably would have done it on the bar counter” B&B
From Man in the Wall: Season One
Peace, Love & Bones,