I love this episode. There is something very attractive about both Brennan and Booth in this one. I love the way they work this case and rely on one another’s expertise. It’s also very funny in a lot of ways.
I think I’ve come to realize that I like the episodes where they are investigating a murder but ALSO they are racing against the clock for something else. Nowadays, the murders are almost always done deals, and they are rarely anything but accidents (with quickly disposed of bodies), or sort-of accidents with clumsy murderers who just didn’t feel like doing anything to save the victim. Enough of that, though…let’s discuss this one!
I want to talk a little about the idea of Paladin—which Cullen says suits Booth. Heroic, savior-type, defender of good things, etc, etc. I liked that it was used to describe Booth, and in the early seasons, it did suit him. It still does. But there was a time — toward the middle of season four through maybe the middle of season six—where there was talk…stuff like “Okay, this whole thing is being set up so that in the end, Brennan is the one who saves Booth.” But I don’t think that has happened.
Bones, at its core for many years, was a story of redemption—two really good people who found one another and by doing so found out that their own issues/pasts/failures weren’t the worst thing. Two people who found out that it was possible to be that close to someone and not have them leave you behind or worse off, etc.
In mulling that over in my head (within this Paladin context), I wonder if that means both of them are the heroic ones, or perhaps in the end, neither one needed to be a hero and neither one needed saved. What do you think?
In the meantime, here is your B&B of the day:
The “No, Booth. Brennan really has no interest in having a baby–except eventually your baby, baby.” B&B
From The Woman in the Car: Season One
Peace, Love & Bones,