Hello! I hope you are having a good weekend!
There are several good things about this season two episode, but if we’ve only got one shot at each ep in this Vintage Bones project, well…I’m going to go with guy hugs. It just seems necessary!
One of my all time favorite things was when Booth would sort of lean in Brennan’s office doorway. In this episode, she has just found out that a man she thought would be possibly a good date is actually the killer in their recent case. Brennan felt a bond, and Booth appears to be seeking her out to make sure she’s okay.
“Sure know how to pick ’em, don’t I?” she asks, a bit self-deprecatingly. Side note: I’ve tried *not* to go on and on about how the earlier episodes of the show were SO GOOD and how it’s such a crime how Brennan’s character has digressed in certain areas–because, well…it’s no fun to be depressed about it, and there is a lot of good to discuss, so why dwell, right? But…you know…Brennan is aware in this scene. She made a mistake in measuring someone; she recognized it, she felt remorse or frustration about that, etc. Okay…moving on before I punch this computer screen.
Side note #2. Remember when Tom Hanks was in Saving Private Ryan and he did that interview about how his character was supposed to have a giant, sweeping, epic monologue at the end of the film and he refused to do it–because it was wrong for the character? I think that happens sometimes in movies and TV shows, and cheers to Tom Hanks for being true to the character. I think David Boreanaz has a way of taking “writer-speak” and actually making it work for Booth’s character. It’s true–writers write things that ‘people’ don’t actually say in real life situations. Sometimes writers want to say the perfect thing, but if the characters aren’t perfect people, it comes across as awful. I’m getting off topic, but the point is, Booth’s next lines are totally… ‘written’, basically, which means they don’t feel natural from him. But cheers to DB for pulling it off and thereby making it Boothy…if that makes sense. It’s a nice speech, don’t get me wrong. But most people don’t give nice speeches. Writers do, though 🙂
“Well, you know,” he begins…
“Our perceptions are always colored by what we hope, what we fear…what we love. We do the best we can.”
“I’m afraid my best isn’t good enough,” Brennan tells him. “I can read bones, not people.” That is a huge admission from her, and I like the way Booth handles it. He just casually enters her office and smiles.
“Well, you had no trouble seeing through me.”
He makes her smile, and then she wipes away a stray tear (speaking of stray tears…when she cries a bit at the dinner date, and Booth stares at her as he makes his arrest? GUH SO GOOD!)
But then Brennan gets down to business and pretends nothing is wrong. I love how Booth’s eyes just stay on her, no matter what. He also does this little swallowing thing that tells me he thinks she’s really pretty and wonderful and that he likes her AND that he cares about her a lot.
“It’s a good thing I like being alone,” she tells him, and he is still staring at her, sort of gently amused by her actions and the way she is closing up, right in front of him.
“You know what, Bones? You’re not alone, okay?” he tells her, and when she doesn’t seem to listen, he puts his hand on her back.
She stands up and looks at him and says “Booth” in a way I’ve always thought was interesting. I can’t quite tell if she thinks he is making a move (they did have another talk in this episode about physical/biological needs and ‘connections’) or if he feels sorry for her. But the point is that she is not interested in going wherever she thinks he’s going with it.
“Hey,” he interrupts her. “You’re my partner. It’s a guy hug. Take it.”
Booth, no one believes you. There is no such thing.
Except…Brennan might actually believe him. We don’t see her annoyed by his charm here. She is genuinely considering it. Which is probably less of a fight about it than Booth anticipated.
Ah, excellent choice, Brennan!
Meanwhile Booth smiles dreamily and caresses her back and strokes his thumb through her hair–like I’m sure he does with all guys he hugs.
Haha, nice one Booth. Very nicely done!
Okay, season two is moving right along! PS: Apparently new episodes of BONES start on April 5th, so we’ll keep Vintage Bones going up through then! Obviously we won’t be through all of the eps at that point, but I’m sure there will always be something to talk about!
In the meantime, here is the B&B of the day:
The “A gentleman is discreet–even if Zack happens to be literally standing in the middle of an argument.” B&B
From The Headless Witch in the Woods: Season Two