Ahhhhhh, this episode!
I feel like it is a pivotal one in the series. A lot happened before it, but so much that happened after this episode (especially re: Booth) was a result of this one—or at least had better context because of this episode.
Most of the Booth-related angst was fairly contained before this episode. They talked about his time in the service, but it was usually to prove a point on a case, or they may touch on his relationship with Parker, but it was also along the same plot lines as the case.
Here we meet his brother and hear about his history with his dad. We also see how he takes responsibility for people he cares about, for better or worse, and sometimes to his own detriment. But we love him for it. At least I do!
It was also an intense learning experience for Brennan. I believe she was just so desperate for any information about Booth that she was willing (at first) to get it anywhere. She learned not to do that, and I think it makes sense that she is/was very curious about him. Oh man, he was so angry!
But he was also just so charmed at the end when she came out to visit him.
There is just so much in this episode. What are your favorite moments!
Here’s one of mine, your moment of B&B: