Once this episode’s credits started rolling, I knew I wanted to do a scene study of the final scene. One reason was because I was smiling; another reason was because I had tears welling up in my eyes.
You know how an episode like Fire in the Ice might mean you smiled for the entire weekend? That is how this episode made me feel. I found myself smiling, feeling generally good, and when I analyzed it, I realized it was because Bones was good.
Enough from me on that; let’s get to the scene!
It opens up with a front view of what I assume is the house B&B will renovate and live in. If so, it is very, very lovely! I hope that if they do show exteriors again that it is the same house (remember the shot of Booth’s place in Pain in the Heart–but then it was never that house again?)
“We will get him, Booth,” Brennan declares as Booth opens the door for them. “It might take time, but he is not smarter than I am,” she asserts.
“Just be careful in here, alright?” he says. “I don’t want you tripping …” he says, just before he proceeds to trip over some loose boards.
“Whoa!” Brennan says, and Booth insists there is a light switch around there somewhere.
“Booth?” Brennan says.
“Yeah?” he answers.
“The mighty hut appears to be leaking.”
First of all, I’m so happy that “The Mighty Hut” is a THING! I don’t mean that it exists on the show (I do love this), but that fans have immediately adopted it into the “mac and cheese, jasper, eventually, etc.” type of Bones lingo!
“Oh, I’ll be able to patch that,” Booth insists with a wave of his hand, and in his work shirt, unbuttoned a little extra, we believe him. The show often will dress him when they want him to be particularly poorer than Brennan (or if it’s not dress, than he’ll be eating cup-of-soup, for example–in season five, I remember it for sure), and this is no exception. Obviously this is a very blatant “blue-collar Booth”, when there are other times when he’s a little more fancy. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying…you’re not fooling anyone, costume department.
“Listen, I told you this place needs a lot of work, so you need to use your imagination,” Booth tells Brennan.
‘Imagination is for normal people’, she thinks. Haha, kidding. She’s probably not thinking that. Probably.
Booth leads her into another space of the house and turns on the brightest lightbulb known to man.
“Huh? Right?” he asks, clearly pleased with his find.
Excellent job, BONES set crew! I kind of think this is the shell to Booth’s apartment-set. They were tearing it down at some point, and the doorways seem to be about the same from the interior. I don’t know that for sure, but it just seems like that.
“Oh my God, Booth,” Brennan says. And Booth automatically gets this, “I’ve made a huge mistake” face.
“Right.” he says, immediately agreeing with her. I thought that was interesting, and fairly Boothy. I think he acts from his gut, what feels right, and the house felt right (he knew!), but he knows Brennan is the brain (or at least, they have allowed him to think less when it comes to the two of them), so if she is having intellectual doubts, he is going to assume he made a mistake. “Look, it’s no big deal. I can get my security deposit back,” he says.
“It was only one month’s salary. It’s not gonna kill me.”
Brennan sort of walks away from him, and he verbally stops her. “You don’t want to go over there. That part kind of blew up.”
Haha, Brennan makes the best faces.
“It’s where the Marshalls breached. I’m sorry,” he says and then he just…gushes, “It was a bad idea, I messed up.” and I’ll be honest, it was a little uncomfortable to watch.
He just immediately discredited himself, and when I watched it the first time, I thought, “Hmmm…emotional manipulation from the writers here,” and we can now see from the screencaps that Brennan’s facial expressions were considering at best and clearly skeptical and concerned at the worst. Perhaps she was just weighing all of the details around her, but still…they set it up that she would seem unimpressed, and he would immediately apologize and feel like a failure, etc, etc. I wasn’t a fan of that. I’m not saying that Booth WOULDN’T sort of take a gamble on a place like that and then feel a cold reality if he thought he messed up, but he was VERY quick to be VERY negative toward himself. I don’t know…thoughts from you? It just seemed a little contrived to me–the deliberate way the writers had them misinterpret one another, I guess (especially because then it was all a writerly-set up for what happened next. Manipulation!).
“It’s perfect,” Brennan declares.
“What?” Booth can’t quite believe his ears.
“I can see the bones, Booth. The bones of the house. It’s going to be wonderful,” Brennan explains. And…an awesome line! Despite my dislike for how vulnerable Booth was before (not that he was–just how deeply), I do love the way the realization comes across his features.
I think that is one of my favorite Brennan pictures of this season.
“You mean that.” Booth confirms.
“The beams and the doorways appear to be structurally sound, and…the proportions are very pleasing,” Brennan answers, in the way she might describe that Booth is very pleasant to look at, haha, so we know it’s love!
Also, most beautiful pregnant woman on TV…EVER. Ever.
“I can imagine it whole,” she says, which is also a very beautiful statement. I loved so many of the responses here (from the MAQ, etc) and on other sites, as people described it as a symbol of B&B– how on the outside it takes work, but they both can see the goodness and they both feel it’s worth it.
“So can I!” Booth basically bursts with excitement and validation, I daresay. “There’s a backyard. There’s room for a swing,” he tells her. “A treehouse!”
We’ve talked about it before how Bones is a story of redemption, and what I think we’re seeing here is not just two people who have professional lives that cause some doubt, but also their childhoods. So Booth is very intent on doing this right (as he is on a lot of things– what does Brennan say, “That’s you all over–making things right.”? in an earlier season), and that very seriously includes items from their required list.
“Where’s the baby’s room?” Brennan asks.
“Oh, you’re gonna love it,” Booth is pumped and he leads her toward the space. “It’s this way, okay? Careful walking around!” he tells her.
And come on, tell me that’s not Booth’s bedroom doorway!
“Look, it’s right here,” he tells her. “It’s right next to our room, okay, so we can be close to her.”
Our room, y’all. OUR ROOM SO WE CAN BE CLOSE TO HER!
“We’re going to rip that wall out,” he continues. “It’s going to be huge.”
“We could plant a cherry blossom tree outside the window,” Brennan says, and seriously, she is lovely.
“Anything. Yes we can,” Booth says, and I loved that. He was already saying ‘anything’ automatically–he was so pumped up, he would have agreed to anything. But THEN he actually heard what she said and it IS/WAS totally possible, so he was all, “Yes, we can!”
“I talked to Wendell, and you know, he needs the work, so…we’ll get this place in decent shape before this baby arrives.”
“We have a house, Booth,” Brennan smiles so happily.
“You found our house,” she says, and…no words. No words!
Okay, okay…yes, some words. The tone of her voice is the sweetest thing in the world. What is awesome about it is that it’s not out of character either, right? She’s complimenting him. It’s sort of a little flirty, maybe? She’s impressed and thankful and I don’t know the right word. She’s praising his actions; she’s gushing about it, a little? Maybe that is what I mean. She’s just overflowing with how she is feeling, and she is stunningly pretty. It’s completely her, completely happy, completely in love with Booth, completely thankful for what he did, completely not-threatened by it, completely looking forward to this house with their coming baby. It’s just wonderful. Completely wonderful. Who is NOT in love with Brennan in this moment? I remember after Bullet in the Brain (I think), when Brennan is holding that seashell, Rankor (I also think–correct me if I’m wrong!) mentioned that seeing Brennan that happy was the same as I might feel at seeing Booth shirtless. Incredibly attractive, basically. And in this moment, Brennan is just beautiful. She takes my breath away. Her eyes!!
THIS is what I’ve wanted to see from Brennan this entire season (and Booth too for that matter). There’s the tendency to say things like “Oh, I’ve been with my (spouse, partner, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc) for years, and we hardly ever kiss anymore–B&B are normal, boring, in a relationship. It happens,” and I just want to rebel against that thought. I’m not saying that their relationship can’t have some normalcy in it, or that every moment has to be gushingly romantic, but theirs is a love that transcends normalcy, which is one reason why people write about it, blog about it, fic about it, obsess about it, etc. It’s not because it’s such a realistic expression of our own lives–it’s because it’s a reflection of what some of us really want. Again, not to single out people in relationships or people NOT in relationships–I do NOT mean to do that. I’m just saying that for me, I want B&B to be more than special, especially within the first year of being ‘together’. They shared looks (or shades of looks) like these over the years, then there was the time when they both at different levels had to hold back–but dang it, once they were together-together and free to express their feelings–I WANTED TO SEE THEM! I did not want to have to dig for them or their meaning like foolish gold-miners who pan for the smallest inklings of gold and mistake fool’s gold for the real thing. I want the real thing. And for the first time since they’ve had the permission –or given themselves the permission to be together, after having verbally discussed not going there (meaning I suppose from episode 99 through the end of Hole in the Heart), this felt like all of those things– the eventually, the someday, the losing yourself in another person, the ‘you’re in love with Dr. Brennan’,– all of that which has been built up for all of these years. I finally felt it. No more fool’s gold, IMO.
Others of you may have felt it before now or could care less about it, and that is fine. I’m just saying this was my moment. The ‘they can’t take their eyes off of one another’ moment.
Booth is in love with her, for sure.
“We have a home,” he says, and I think we can hear it in his voice too. Happiness. Perfect happiness, to coin an ANGEL phrase.
Pal Smurfs and I were talking the other day, and she mentioned how, in Maggots in the Meathead, when Hannah moves in with Booth, he says “Welcome Home,” there’s this feeling that he’s just been waiting for a long, long time to be able to say that to someone. I totally agreed. He was very happy to have that, and it was genuine then. It was almost like he’s been planning it for decades, “Welcome Home”. And I think that it’s significant here that it’s not him saying “Welcome Home” to Brennan–it’s not his home that he’s welcoming her to. It’s “We have a house, Booth. You found our house,” and his response is, “We have a home.”
There’s an ease in the way he says it that is just perfectly acted by David Boreanaz. It almost sounds like he’s tearing up–not sure that he is, but it’s possible. It’s emotional, which is sweet. There’s just no more striving about it. And, like so many have said already, the physical house represents their single life shared–it’s their place. Not only that, but it’s the place they will raise their family, and they both are just overflowing with happiness. I feel like I keep using that word, but it feels like it fits. It fits them, this happiness, also–not like their jobs that are important, but also pressure. Not like their previous “we’re just partners” partnership that had several lines drawn. It’s just easy between them, when it comes down to it. I love that. No one makes Brennan happy like Booth. No one validates and makes Booth happy like Brennan. When it’s right, it clicks. It’s ‘them’.
Yay! Except…where’s that ridiculously effective light bulb?!?! I feel like we need it every time B&B kiss this season! The lighting in this scene (and entire episode really) was fanTAStic, and it’s very lovely here too, that is for sure. But come on…a little light wouldn’t kill them! 🙂
Hahahaha, those pictures make me laugh for reasons they shouldn’t.
“Oh!” Booth exclaims. “Whoa, did you feel that? She kicked!”
“I think she’s trying to tell you that she likes her room,” Brennan sort of…jokes? I don’t know if that is the right word, but she is laughing happily, unable to contain her happiness. She is just beyond gorgeous—seriously.
Also, it almost sounds like she’s crying a bit. I’m not sure if that is an ED thing, if she was just emotionally caught up in the moment or if she was just so freaking happy to be done with an episode (assuming this was her last scene to film, haha) so she could go have that baby of her own! or what. But remember earlier in the season, that big to-do scene where Brennan cries at the crime scene and declares she is experiencing hormones? I remember thinking that was so stupid. Brennan and her pregnancy were played for so many stupid jokes this season, when this little scene, and the (maybe) tears in her voice of happiness were actually a realistic and nice way to show that she might be experiencing more emotions than normal.
Ah, I loved this!!! I love it because once again, Brennan is being herself, she is communicating with Booth, she IS sort of joking (in any other episode, if Booth were to joke that the baby was trying to tell him she liked her room, Brennan might scoff and say “human fetuses can’t talk Booth…” etc, etc). There is none of that contrived garbage and it’s a super-nice moment.
Some might judge my interpretation as just giving credence to the moments I liked vs what I didn’t. But I respectfully pre-disagree and say that this moment worked because it was done properly, and that is why I liked it. It’s not just that this scene made me happy by its outcome, therefore I feel it was acted and written well. It was acted and written well, and that made me happy. That it also involves Booth and Brennan completely adoring one another is just icing. 🙂 Doctor in the Photo ripped my heart to shreds, but it was perfectly done, and that makes me happy, even as I was crushed, if that makes sense. Scenes that are contrived, even if the ‘outcome’ is B&B togetherness (think the ultrasound hoohah at the end of that episode) are not good. The same thing with parts of the very end of the season premiere. They were at least in bed talking to one another, but they weren’t ‘hearing’ what the other was saying entirely–sort of like that argument from Science in the Physicist where they tell one another that they hear words coming out of their mouths but have no idea what they mean.
Here, in his scene, they are so connected–so on point in their communication, verbally, physically, all of it. Remember last season when we joked about ‘illumination’–that K. Winnick being blonde was a bonus in Hart Hanson’s eyes because it contrasted with Brennan, and yes…it was agreed there was contrast? The only bad thing about this scene (okay, except for the whole Booth got REALLY full of self-degradation REALLY fast thing) is that its near-perfection illuminates the flaws of other scenes and writing and episodes. If it can be this good, why isn’t it more often than not? Again, I’m not saying that it needs to make people happy all of the time, but there should be a standard of quality for the characters, in my opinion.
But enough from me on that…back to the adoring icing.
“You think?” Booth asks, also sort of teasing and flirting with Brennan. And she says “yeah!”, which is very sweet. And all he can do to that is kiss her again!
There. Right there. Eyes closed. Foreheads pressed together. Arms wrapped around one another. Soft smiles…kissing lips. Yay!
As the episode ended and I was staring at my computer, I realized that, except for this whole case thing, if the series had ended at that moment, I would be fine with it. Of course I want to see this baby born, and I want to see both Brennan and Booth with a baby, but honestly, I was happy with this ending–there was so much togetherness between Booth and Brennan. There was an end to one chapter–their lives not living in the same house officially, and the promise of so much possibility. So yes, if that had been the last episode ever, I would have been happy.
I’m also happy that it’s not!
Enough from me…what are your thoughts (if you’ve even made it this far down!)?
See you tomorrow as we get back to Vintage Bones!
Peace, Love & Bones