I really did enjoy a lot of season nine. As I was skimming through the episodes to write the haikus, I was reminded of this scene, and I absolutely adore it.
To set the scene–in this episode, one main plot is the idea of bucket lists–a term that is used to describe actual or metaphorical lists of tasks or events a person wants to achieve in his or her lifetime. So Booth and Brennan also discuss bucket lists, and we find that their lists are different.
The scene starts with Brennan listening in on Christine’s baby monitor.
“I think Christine has finally gone to sleep”
Booth tells her to be quiet, and when Brennan tells him that baby monitors don’t project sound both ways, he tells her that he doesn’t think that’s true.
Brennan gives a classic “You’re cute, but no…” face.
“I swear she knows when we relax,” Booth insists. “Just put it down,” he whispers.
“Bones, you got nothing on your list there,” he adds, noting that her paper is blank.
Brennan notices that Booth has written down 10 things on his list.
“Yeah, come on.” he says. “There’s gotta be at least 100 things you want to do before you die.”
Brennan shrugs and isn’t convinced. “I don’t know. I’m very happy. I have a very good job that I enjoy. A lovely home…”
“…a healthy and smart child,” she adds. “And I love the man I’m going to marry.”
I love how she smiles at this and it’s clear she is sweetly flirting with him a little bit. I originally had some mixed feelings about the idea of Brennan not having anything really on her bucket list. But I do believe that she is very happy. I know in previous seasons she would leave sometimes when things were tough, but I also think she genuinely loved her job and learning about all kinds of cultures. It’s not that she is domesticated now or anything, just that she is content, which amounts for a lot.
“That’s pretty good. Pretty good!” he smiles. “I mean, if I were you, I wouldn’t be able to write anything down on a list either.”
Brennan smiles a bit, but is also a little bit shy. “You’re teasing me,” she says.
“I am,” Booth agrees.
“But…look at you,” he says.
I love this moment, because it shows that he understands what she means. I think he would be as sentimental about it even if they weren’t together. I can’t imagine a scenario in which Brennan is engaged to the father of her child and it’s NOT Booth, but my point is that he gets her and all of her history, and knows…I don’t want to say that he knows that she has come a long way, because I don’t think marriage and a baby were necessary to define Brennan’s life, but she is truly happy. He is responding to her contented state and her happiness. (I’m pro-marriage and the baby, I just mean that it’s not like she had to have those things). Moving on!
They share a patented B&B look, and I like that he can see she is being genuine, and that is a big deal for Booth’s self confidence. I like the Daredevil in the Mold end scene, and I remember Booth’s line “what is it about women that they don’t want what I’m offering”, and I think that was a very telling line into Booth’s self-assurance. So here, we see that he believes her when she is saying that he’s enough for her—FOR LIFE! That she is so happy with him and their life together that she can’t imagine anything topping it. Granted, she HAS been many places and seen a lot of cool things, but it is still a big deal.
“You know what?” he says. “These things are just little things. You know, where I want to go…climb things…” he says, and he is very sweet. I like that he still shares his list.
“Go to outer space” he says…and Brennan is like…
This is the ‘you’re cute, dude, but…no’ part 2.
He adds visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa and then tosses his list over the back of the couch and they laugh.
She leans in to kiss him, but pauses first. “Did you get your tuxedo?”
“I will,” Booth insists.
“We should probably decide where we want to have our reception” she says.
“Founding Fathers!” Booth replies right away.
You’re cute…but no. Part 3.
“They have great free wings!” Booth says, then gets serious. ” Or a better place, obviously.”
…or perhaps he was teasing about that all along! 🙂
“We don’t get married every day,” Brennan responds. “Our wedding shouldn’t feel like an ‘everyday’ thing”.
“I love everyday” Booth tells her.
I adore this. To me, this is like a bookend to the whole ‘living wide’ thing from Season 2. Booth knew then that he was not a super-adventurous type, and he thought it was something Brennan would find lacking in him, so he said he could live wide. And like we saw with Hannah, he was sooo happy to create that happy domestic life and a stable home environment that he never had. I think it’s also why he was cool with never getting married and happy living with Brennan, because he understands, like Brennan does, that they are one another’s home. Now it’s the real deal, which is great, and it is absolutely Boothy that he loves the every day of it all.
She likes that answer, and finally leans in for that kiss. They keep kissing until Booth is nervous that Christine is somehow able to see or listen in on what they are doing. And he tries to block it with the pillow. Very cute.
Brennan tells him that is not possible, aka ‘you’re cute, but just…no’ part 4. 🙂
Okay, enough from me. What thoughts do you have about this scene?!