Hello and Happy Friday!
Okay, so while I really did enjoy last night’s episode (and have enjoyed this season so far), I thought it was interesting that Brennan was definitely pushing Booth toward accepting Aubrey. It was interesting to me for a few reasons. While there were times when Brennan definitely encouraged Booth to open up more to Sweets (like Mayhem and times when Sweets stayed with them), I think Brennan has been pretty satisfied being Booth’s main person. It’s not like we see her saying “oh, you need more friends,” or whatever. And previously, before they were together, she would be curious about his personal life and drop little comments about it that showed she wanted to know more, but it’s not like she pushed him toward other relationships like she did here. I think it’s a natural point to making Aubrey a legitimate character that eventually he will be working more with Booth, and they have to get there somehow (and typically, those sort of pushing comments WOULD have come from Sweets, as Booth sort of acknowledged, by way of trying to get her to stop doing it). So it was interesting to see her actively doing that. I think it also stemmed from her sort of worrying about him and wanting to make sure he didn’t get too…insular, I guess. At the same time, Booth is never going to be the kind of guy who really has a lot of friends. He’s just not that guy. He’s good with people, and he’s intuitive, but he doesn’t trust people. Or, moreso, he doesn’t want to put in the effort of letting people in, of letting them see some of the junk in his past and having to discuss it or reciprocate or whatever.
It’s part of what makes the story between him and Brennan so beautiful, that with her, he was willing to do that–in fact, he chased her down and wouldn’t lose that connection with her.
I don’t think Booth being willing to work with Aubrey means he needs a ton of friends, but do you think Brennan is right–does he need to open his friend circle a little bit and trust more people?