Hello and Happy Bones-Premiere Day-Eve!
Are you still reading this post, even after the title? Haha, if you are like me and you find yourself annoyed at the frequency in which Brennan (or anyone else) says “You’re a good man, Booth” (or some iteration), know you are not alone. It’s like that weird stretch of episodes where it was said that Cam was a coroner in New York…sometimes there was context and sometimes not!
ANYWAY, the point is that there have been these weird times when Brennan has pulled out the “You’re a good man, Booth” during the series. It’s weird because…we know that already, as the audience. I think we’ve known that the whole time–it’s established pretty well in the pilot and other S1 episodes. And I think Booth, despite his sometimes having low self-confidence, ultimately knows that he is a good person. He has said it several times, and for the most part, when Brennan (or other characters) tells him he is a good one, it’s not like he’s really emotionally touched about it. He doesn’t deny it, and it’s mostly like “okay yeah, great, let’s move on”. In that way, I think Booth controls his destiny a little bit. Despite everything that he has experienced, he knows he has made a conscious effort to be good and/or do the right thing when possible. The scene from the end of Killer in the Crosshairs is a good example of it.
So…if it’s not for the audience, and it’s not for Booth, and looking past the fact that the writers just have the hots for Booth’s moral character and it could just be unfortunate repetitive writing (i.e. the weird mention at the end of Heiress on a Hill) …as I was watching some S9 moments and a few other scenes, I started to wonder whether or not Brennan saying that Booth is a good man is actually affirming her own life/choices.
If other people have had this idea before, speak up. I’m sure I’m not the first. But I think Brennan says it to just reaffirm to herself that he is good. Like, for everything Max *is* to her (or Zack, or Stires, or whoever) , Booth is more. There is a deeper level of steadiness to Booth, and she translates that to good. Not necessarily predictability (though she does value that scientifically), but more accountability and trustworthiness and mostly drama-free, and she values all of those things as ‘good’, which is different than Booth’s definition of internal goodness. Brennan is not one to keep quiet on her own accomplishments, qualifications, or strengths, and I think she considers that her choice in Booth is another success in a way–so when she says it, she’s affirming her own choice making skills. She also wants to affirm him, but like we talked about a few years ago with the 5 Love Languages and B&B— one of Brennan’s is (in my opinion) Words of Affirmation, so it’s important for her to verbally say what she thinks about Booth…more important than it is for Booth.
What do you think?