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The Life in the Light: Post Episode Discussion

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Hello everyone! What did you think of this season 10 penultimate episode? The comments are open! (Please no spoilers for the finale).

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45 thoughts on “The Life in the Light: Post Episode Discussion

  1. I can see why those who previewed this episode and the season finale like this episode better. It ended on a very good note. I have a feeling though the good feeling will not last.

    – Instead of just hearing that Max is babysitting Christine I wish we could see it!
    – I liked the scene of B&B together in the diner. Reminds me of better times between them.
    – very touching scene between Brennan and Angela
    – I have a bad feeling that the reason Booth did not invite Brennan to his celebration is because he is still gambling.
    -LOVED the ending B&B moment. They should have just ended the season with that moment.

    • I don’t think that he is still gambling, but I think that he doesn’t have much faith that he won’t gamble again.

      Although he is now starting to put the work into the program, he had previously been in recovery for nearly ten years, so he hadn’t really had to think about and deal with these issues actively in a long, long time. He isn’t sure anymore that he really knows how to fight this fight and win.

      I think that he’s like someone who goes back to Grad School to get their Masters degree, but they’ve been out of school for more than 10 years, working full-time in their career, and now find that they’re having a lot of difficulty with adapting their mindset for studying and classroom learning again after all these years.

      Just as some professionals find that they, unlike other people that they know, can’t pull off the going back to grad school and getting an advanced degree after having been out of college for a decade or longer, Booth may fear that, like his father, his addiction may prove stronger than himself and he doesn’t yet have confidence that he will beat his demons this time around.

      • It would have been nice if he had voiced that, or anything at all. Right now the only reason he seems to be trying hard is because he doesn’t want to be separated from his family again. He needs to do this for himself, not just for her and it would’ve been nice if he had shared more of himself with Brennan instead of her once again having faith in him and being the one taking the initial steps to get them past a stand still.

  2. I really enjoyed it. The case was interesting and we had some old school Bones’ scenes in the car and in the diner.

  3. We watched this one same night for a change.

    Was kind of underwhelmed by Angela’s real name. I don’t quite know what I expected but I thought it would be more embarrassing and /or have a better story behind it. And wouldn’t her passport have been seen in the season 5 finale?

    A minor nitpick to be sure. I suppose I ought to be happy for the callback given how many loose threads they have left over the years.

    All in all a good episode, with some of the better B&B moments in some time.

    • I agree about the name…I was thinking Ethel or Saphronia or Jubilee or something like that. But that’s a minor detail. Overall, I really enjoyed so much about this episode that I can ignore that part.

  4. I liked the episode a great deal because-duh-cutest B&B scenes just about ever-but I’m having a problem with the overall tone of the end of this season, probably because I know it could have been the series ender. I realize by now I probably sound like a broken record, but there’s no way I would want this to be my final memory of Booth and Brennan as a couple-disjointed, uncertain, clawing their way back to normalcy without a strong sense for the audience that they’ve overcome this particular problem for good. I get it’s an addiction which means it’s a life-long issue, but we went almost 10 years without a relapse; we can certainly go a couple more without dissecting the topic to death or revisiting it in every future episode.

    I do appreciate that they’ve shown us just how powerful B&B’s love is through an exploration of this difficult theme, but I think I’ve kind of entered a state of angst fatigue which-from last night’s promos-I suspect might only get worse for me next week. I didn’t like the implication that one more mistake and their marriage is over; I didn’t like that we didn’t get to hear from Booth what demons he was still dealing with and Brennan didn’t get to hear about them either. I think there needed to be more of a verbal exchange between them at the GA meeting; the kiss and hug at the end were great, but I wanted the reconciliation to be fleshed out a bit more (Perhaps the big conversation will happen next week?) And cute as the scenes with her were, I also can’t stop thinking about Christine and the latent abandonment issues that poor child might have in the future between Booth’s prison time and his moving out, though I’m sure these will never be addressed. In some ways I guess it’s how many people felt about Pelant, though I never personally had a problem with him.

    It hasn’t been the cheeriest of stories and it’s not meant to be-I realize that, and Bones has had many of these dramatic sequences in the past without it affecting me too much; but the fact that the show chose it’s (possibly) closing moments to suddenly become so hyper-realistic about addiction and its impact on family members in a way it’s never done before is a bit disconcerting to me. That being said, it’s been excellent television, possible the best Bones has offered up, so hence my utter ambivalence towards these last few episodes. In fact, I’m pretty sure that had this arc occurred mid-season I would have rolled with it happily. I have a sense that I’ll come to fully enjoy season 10 in the future just like I eventually did 5 (it always helps to have the summer hiatus to simmer down), but in large measure for me that will depend on where they go next year and whether this particular storyline was an anomaly or a taste of things to come. I would prefer not to see a serialized, soap-opera type evolution for the show where week-to-week we have to worry about what new test of character or love or trust Booth and Brennan’s relationship will be put through. I’ll still watch no matter what, but just a personal preference here; I realize other people may feel differently, and that’s perfectly legitimate too.

    On that note, if there is going to be pain, I’d like to see it distributed a bit more evenly; I’m getting a little tired of Hodgins and Angela’s perfect marriage, though I still like both characters independently a great deal. But at this point, Cam and Arastoo seem much more tolerable and less ‘high-horsey’ as a couple to me.

    PS-I really debated posting this because I know most people won’t agree with what I’m saying and I don’t want to get a ton of flack for it, but I find it helps to air issues out before reasonable people who might potentially either validate some of my feelings or allow me to view things from a different perspective.

    • I think your points are valid and I have no problems with them. I know this story arc didn’t appeal to everybody, and there are a few details that didn’t get fleshed out as well as I would like. I agree that Hodgins and Angela don’t seem to bear the brunt of bad things as much as Booth and Brennan but I suppose they are still considered to be somewhat secondary characters. I don’t really care much about Cam or Arastoo either way…that story line has never really clicked for me.

      My opinion is that there was so much energy put into whether or not the show would be renewed it kind of affected the opinions of some of the viewers…a lot of “what if” was going on about this being the last bit of show… That being said, I really wonder if they would have let the show end this way. That’s what they said, but I am not really sure the people running the show really thought it wouldn’t be renewed. I guess we will never really know.

      • Your second paragraph is why I’m hopeful about the content of the real series finale. (I certainly don’t want to be left wondering whether Booth and Brennan will be living under the same roof as the series comes to a close.) While the showrunners took a huge gamble with this story so late in the game, I’m thinking that perhaps they had enough information at their disposal to point in the general direction of a renewal (the producers are the ones negotiating with TPTB and they must have a decent grip on how their actors’ feel about signing back on.)

        And you’re absolutely right; the lack of a certainty about Bones’ future when this story broke definitely colored what I saw on the screen. It’s why I’m certain that a little distance will give me a much more positive impression of the season.

    • If its any consolation, I agree with you 100%. I loved the episode but would have been so sad if this was how they chose to end the show.

  5. What was the pay-off of this gambling story? In the end, did we learn anything about Booth? I was expecting to have him open up and share some inner feelings with Brennan. To at least have a heart-felt apology.
    I’m happy she invited him back home, and I get that they really missed each other and their life together. To have him really share next to nothing was very disappointing.
    I just keep wondering why did the writers even go there….gambling…if we were going to learn nothing about Booth or Brennan that we didn’t already know?
    Did I miss something? Where there any big revelations?
    And didn’t Hodgins and Angela have a similar Paris conversation at the end of s5? Isn’t that where they went and wasn’t Michael Vincent conceived there?

    • That’s how I feel. I don’t see the point of it if it was about Brennan showing faith. Been there done that, got the postcard.

      If they were going to go here then they should’ve taken the time to explore Booth’s character. Its obvious he has a lot of unresolved issues that lead up to this moment. Gambling was merely a symptom. I did like the fact that he said he wanted to understand himself better… hopefully we will get more of it next year?

      But there easily could’ve been a couple of scenes were Booth opened up to Brennan. I felt a little frustrated because it felt like Brennan was doing all the work here whereas most of the onus should’ve fallen on Booth.

      • I felt just the opposite. That Booth was doing all the work right up until she showed up at his meeting. That is once he finally accepted the depth of his problem.

        I’m not saying that she was in any less pain than he was. But that everything she was doing in the previous episode seemed to be saying this is your fight. It’s too painful for me to be involved with trying. I need the succeeding. Call me when you aren’t broken anymore.

        When she showed up at the meeting I think it showed she realized that you can’t share in the victories if you aren’t actively part of the struggle to get to those victories. I don’t think there was really any possibility of him opening up to her before then.

      • I guess we will have to agree to disagree. In the earlier episode we saw Brennan reaching out to Booth at the diner. She was the one who walked over to him, agreed to have lunch and told him I love you– right away that means he wasn’t alone should he have chosen to accept the significance of the problem. She was right to walk away if he was still downplaying things. If she had continued to stay there she would’ve crossed territory into an enabler because Booth was looking for solutions that would avoid dealing with the extent of the problem. But even then she didn’t cease all ties with him– she invited him over later.

        Brennan played the part perfectly of being supportive but not being an enabler (remember she also asked Aubrey how he was doing). Even in this episode she explained her motivation in kicking him out of the house in order to motivate him.

        Now Booth only accepted real responsibility at the end of the last episode. But we didn’t get to see what happened after that. Booth may be buying coconut ice cream and saying he is determined but how do you judge his sincerity. We as an audience saw some transformation but Brennan did not. That was the Booth part that was missing for me. It was his turn to make an HONEST effort to reach out (the diner scene wasn’t honest). But yet again it was Brennan reaching out to him, so that’s why for me it was Brennan doing all the work.

      • But I guess that’s kind of my point. My first reaction to the diner scene in the previous episode was he’s not ready to come home. And my second one was and how would she know that if she hadn’t accidently run into him at the diner?

        Previously we see her refusing to take his calls. IMO, not walking away or taking his calls isn’t enabling. Not calling him on what he was saying at the diner or letting him come home at that point I think would have been. But refusing to continue the discussion because it was too painful I think came at a price.

        It’s followed by a scene where he doesn’t pick up. And we get a look at the alternative if they aren’t talking. She has to rely on someone else’s assessment of how he is doing instead of her own. In this case that’s Aubrey. Does she really want to do that?

        Later on we get the elevator scene and I’ve seen some people in other places complain that he doesn’t tell her he’s going to a meeting when he turns down her offer to see Christine. But she also doesn’t ask him if he’s going to a meeting. I think that just reinforces for him (and for me) that she didn’t want to talk about it unless he can report the kind of progress she wants to hear. And at that point he can’t. So she goes home not knowing where he’s going and probably didn’t have a really great night because of that. But, IMO, she established the parameters.

        And then in this episode she says Booth is doing fine “as far as she can glean” and I thought she sounded a little resentful when she says it. But IMO only she could move communication off of safe topics like work or Christine, because he wasn’t willing to chance adding to her pain by doing so. And I think she she did that when she showed up at his meeting.

        I’m not really trying to change anybody’s mind. I just think it’s interesting to compare points of view.

      • We all have our own ways of seeing things, I can try to explain mine. There a couple of scenes that makes me view things differently. The one at the beginning of 10×20 where Brennan comments to Angela that Booth “says” he is attending his meetings. Brennan may have ignored his calls in the lab but i thought it was clear that they were in some form of communication. The fact that she was the one that walked over to him, left me in no doubt that she was/would intermittently check on him. Again reinforced by the fact that she did call him. And when he didn’t answer she made sure he was okay via Aubrey. 

        I would also argue that her siting down for lunch with him sets up a tone of accessibility on her end. And Booth understood that— which is why he immediately opened the conversation to moving back in. She gave him an inch, so he was trying to take a mile (so I think Brennan was right to keep a bit of distance— if Booth felt he could manipulate her then it would’ve taken longer for Booth to get anywhere). 

        But the conversation didn’t go sour because of that. She was hurt specifically by him trying to downplay his actions— which she made very clear. Telling him she loved him, I thought would make it clear that its not the addiction but his attitude that was hurting her and I would argue the end scene where he is staring at her in the interrogation room was, for the first time, him acknowledging her side of things (in the diner scene he hadn’t bothered to ask how she was doing). Even after that she invites him over— so to say she doesn’t want to deal with him when he is broken would be a very curious interpretation from Booth. He knows she is willing to talk to him but he realizes this is something he has to work on. Booth didn’t tell Brennan where he was going because it was still very difficult for him to talk about— even at the meeting, he was the last one to talk. 

        I also saw the “glean” comment differently from you. That was a very Brennanesque comment, trying to be as precise as possible. She doesn’t know for sure because even though everything looks good, it may not be. She clearly asked Booth how he was doing — so I don’t think her interest was an issue. I didn’t see resentment at all. And I think that goes along with how happy she was when the sponsor called her because she is getting more and more reinforcement that Booth is actually doing well. I think Brennan needs to rely on multiple assessments that Booth is doing well. I also think Brennan felt a part of his recovery because she had to make a lot of sacrifices for him to get there. In her mind, Booth being out of the house is what is motivating him. Its not like she wants to be apart from Booth. 

        I would also add— from the start it was Brennan who had opened the door for honesty by starting from a positive place about how proud she was of him. She gave him a couple of chances to come clean. Once he decided to lie— the burden falls on him to create openness between them, even if he worried she wouldn’t be receptive. For me that’s what taking responsibility is about.

        I get what you are saying about Booth not wanting to burden her– but that’s what got him in this place in the first place. Also his first instinct was to lie when she asked why he didn’t want her there, by saying Gavin just wanted cake. If he thinks she wouldn’t want to be there then he needs to be honest about that— I don’t think that was the issue because I would hope he wouldn’t lie to her again. I personally think he was battling his own shame…

      • Yes we we both do see things very differently. 🙂

  6. So many thoughts. Given what we know about the late renewal, I think most of us assume that Murder in the Middle East was originally how they would have ended the season. And I think that too. But these last 2 episodes also feel to me like what would have been the first 2 episodes of season 11. They just seem to me to have that same general tone and feel to them.

    So I still have hopes that they will finish the story. Because I agree with 12 of Sarah’s recap over at GMMR. And I really want to see the rest of that story. At the same time, I don’t think the rest of the story is something that could be told before this episode. Not just because of where Booth was last week, but because of Brennan being at “I’m happy for you”. Instead of where we ended up this week – “I share this challenge with you”. And I’m just going to hold onto the possibility of them being willing to explore the “to better understand myself” portion of the GA meeting speech and not just stop at the resolution to the betrayal. Otherwise known as Brennan forgiving him, which I think is fundamentally what we got here. And I’m going to continue to do so until spoilers indicate, yeah not going to happen.

    As to this particular episode – it was amazing. It has just been so extraordinarily well written and acted. That opening scene with Booth and Christine, so very, very good.

    Nice Booth/Aubrey scenes. The Paris thing is so been there done that, but it does lead into what I think is the best Brennan/Angela scene of the series. Very nice use of iconic B&B settings (the car and the diner) to advance the story. Booth not going to let his sponsor hug him. The “I think you should spend the night with me” was perfect.

    Really great story telling from a 10 year show not afraid to take a chance when they could just phone it in. Hoping to see more of that in 11.

    • ” That Booth was doing all the work right up until she showed up at his meeting. That is once he finally accepted the depth of his problem.”

      Iseault2 – to comment on this statement you made, did you want her to attend meetings with him? Take his hand and lead him there? It wasn’t easy on Brennan to ask him to leave. Booth was in deep denial. He was still in denial AFTER he’d been out of the house for awhile because we saw that the last episode at the Diner.

      If the addict doesn’t help himself, admit his problem; no one else can do it for them.

      “I’m not saying that she was in any less pain than he was. But that everything she was doing in the previous episode seemed to be saying this is your fight. It’s too painful for me to be involved with trying. I need the succeeding. Call me when you aren’t broken anymore.”

      Again, it was evidence at the conversation in the Diner the previous episode that Booth wasn’t fighting. He wasn’t doing anything but going through the motions. Hodgins told Angela he’d be fighting. Up until the end of the last episode when Booth finally stood up, he wasn’t fighting or doing anything positive to help himself. Which would in turn help him get his family back.

      “When she showed up at the meeting I think it showed she realized that you can’t share in the victories if you aren’t actively part of the struggle to get to those victories.”

      What I saw was that she wanted to reward him for fighting. This is a battle Brennan cannot fight for him. She can stand beside him as he fights and she’s going to do that now. Booth is NOT cured or fixed. He will remain an addict all his life.
      She has absolutely no guarantees that they won’t end up in the same place again sometime in the future. But after talking with Angela and thinking about taking yet another leap of faith, she’s willing to risk it right now.

      I don’t see where any bit of blame for what happened can be heaped upon Brennan. She is nothing but a very supportive wife. The man blew up their house, she cleaned it up and found them a new one. She even went back to the shoot out and helped save him. She committed blackmail to get him out of prison, much to his anger. She saved him from going after an innocent man in his rage.

      Never once did we hear him say thanks. This is where I was hoping after standing by him here, he would say something about his feelings for her. What she means to him. Maybe in the last episode. But I just don’t get why Booth can’t open up to her even a little tiny bit. Why does Brennan get so short changed. We here Booth is a good man….every other episode. That should the new Bones drinking game…..

      • I think she should have kept the line of communication open more even if it meant having to hear something she didn’t want to hear. Even when it is painful, because ultimately it is better to know than not to know. It’s better to judge for yourself than to rely on someone else to do it for you. Which essentially is the conclusion I think she finally came to herself, because it was the right thing for her.

        I agree you can’t help an addict who doesn’t want to help themselves. But an addict can’t do it alone. That was why it was important for him to go to meetings. I think Brennan moved off the sidelines where for a time it felt safer and into a more active role in his struggle here. He needs that, but I think she did so because it was was something she needed to do for herself as well. And that’s a good thing for both of them. Just my POV.

      • ‘I think she should have kept the line of communication open more even if it meant having to hear something she didn’t want to hear.’

        I would have LOVED to hear a conversation. There wasn’t any. That was what I found so disappointing about the story itself. I didn’t see any sign that she wasn’t communicating with him. Except when she declined a couple of calls during the case in the episode where he hadn’t yet acknowledged his need for help. Was he just asking about moving back in? That seemed to be all he wanted to talk about at the Diner.

        This storyline cried for some heart to heart discussions. We got zilch. All the B&B stuff has to happen off-screen in fanfics. Left up entirely to our imaginations. What’s that about? Or at least that’s how I feel. 🙂

      • ” I didn’t see any sign that she wasn’t communicating with him. Except when she declined a couple of calls during the case in the episode where he hadn’t yet acknowledged his need for help. Was he just asking about moving back in? That seemed to be all he wanted to talk about at the Diner.”

        I guess I go at it based on what they do choose to show me. That what they show me is representative of the story as a whole. If they wanted to show an open line of communication they could have shown the diner meeting as a planned meeting to discuss if he was making progress. If all they wanted to say was he was still in denial (and he was and they did) then having a pre-planned meeting doesn’t change that part of what they were saying. But instead they showed us Brennan declining his calls and meeting him by accident.

        We do see her start the conversation when he doesn’t come over. And we see her end it when “it’s too painful right now”. And she tells him (and the audience) that she loves him.

        So that’s my frame of reference for where they are both starting from. That he has to work his way through his denial. That she needs to find her comfort zone in the level that she is interacting with him. And that he understands that and he stops pushing.

        She decides to come out with him in the car scene because she’s regained her comfort level with him as her partner at that point in time. She’s relaxed with him on that level. And as her partner he can tell her he missed her. That’s the boundary line then as set by her at that time. He doesn’t violate that boundary.

        But she doesn’t know that he’s coming up on a 30 day sober mark until someone else volunteers that information to her. And she doesn’t understand that it is a significant milestone until someone else tells her. Because they aren’t interacting on that level prior to her going to that meeting. And he’s letting her define how they interact.

        And that’s my frame of reference for where we are prior to his meeting. Just my POV.

      • If you think about, poor Brennan… She has been through as much stress this year. And she had to be the one to keep it together— make sure Christine had stability. The pregnancy itself triggered a lot of fears, so this gambling thing was probably a nightmare from hell. I for one didn’t envy her position. I think she handled it with a lot of grace and strength. She was harsh but she had to be.

      • If you think about, poor Brennan… She has been through as much stress this year. And she had to be the one to keep it together— make sure Christine had stability. The pregnancy itself triggered a lot of fears, so this gambling thing was probably a nightmare from hell. I for one didn’t envy her position. I think she handled it with a lot of grace and strength. She was harsh but she had to be. The only way to force an addict out of denial is to get them to face the full consequences of their actions.

        I really hope Booth opens up about his issues. I’ve been waiting for that all year. I think it’s very sad if they don’t go there.

      • “But she doesn’t know that he’s coming up on a 30 day sober mark until someone else volunteers that information to her. And she doesn’t understand that it is a significant milestone until someone else tells her.”

        Honestly, shouldn’t it have been Booth her who told her? Why isn’t he happy about it and telling her.? She knew about the days being important. She knew about getting chips. She’s the one who told him a few episodes back that she found his previous chip in the wash. She was bragging to Cam, happy about his progress. I myself wouldn’t have thought that I would be invited to a GA meeting if my spouse was an addict. Aren’t they supposed to be anonymous? Would the others in the group be willing to share their identity? I was a little confused at that point myself. I know there are support groups for the addicts and then those for the family of addicts.

        Booth needs to open up more with his wife. This was a perfect example of it. He should have welcomed her and admitted to her that he needed her. Luckily, she took it upon herself to go. To force him to accept that she’s going to be there the entire road. Yes, Brennan could have researched. She could have gone behind his back and contacted the sponsor herself, but she’s not like that. She’s not bossy and a buttinski like Cam. It was Booth’s place to come forward with some things and share them with his wife.

        She’s pregnant and juggling Christine and trying to help him….she has a lot on her plate. He needs to meet her halfway. I wanted to see him own up to a few faults. But not Booth…..it’s Brennan’s fault for not knowing it all on her own! I love her, and I think she’s great, but she’s not perfect! Booth is a very lucky man he has such a strong loving woman. imo

      • I don’t think it was a fault I think it was a consequence of choices she made. I think Booth really didn’t see it as something all that big because he genuinely sees himself as having a long way to go.

        But I believe he didn’t tell her because they are showing him letting her drive how she are chooses to connect to him. This whole episode was about reconnecting. She chooses to go out with him and resume their professional partnership in the field. How they interact as parents? In the beginning its individually with Christine. He’s with Christine when she’s not there. By the end of the episode it’s together. And she’s the one that asks him to spend the night with her, essentially restoring their relationship as husband and wife.

        I think he heard her “this is too painful now” in the last episode, because from there on he never pushes her for anything. He waits for her to offer. The one exception is he asks for more time with his daughter after Christine asks him to spend more time with her. But all along the way he never asks for anything strictly for himself.

        I think talking about that thirty day mark with her or asking her to step into the world of GA would have been seen by him as asking her for something for himself. And IMO that was something he was never going to do.

        I see a little bit of willful blindness in her in regards to that 30 day chip. It’s not really an obscure thing. Certainly you could fill yourself in on it with a couple of google searches if you cared to. Booth didn’t tell Aubrey, but that didn’t stop him from knowing Booth was coming up on it and that it had significance. She just wasn’t ready before.

        Brennan loves Booth. Accepting Booth back, as her partner, her daughter’s father, her lover and her husband were all things Booth needed and wanted. But they are showing her doing all of those things because they were things she needed and wanted for herself. Same thing with her accepting Booth the addict into her life. I think he needs her to take a more active role in the process. But it was also something she realized she needed to do for herself. And so she did.

      • @NWChic. I completely agree. Its hard to help someone fight when they are still trying to pretend its not a big deal. The only thing you can do is emphasize how upset you are. She told him she loved him, called him later, then asked him to come over. It’s support while not minimizing the issue.

        Also do we really know when he stopped gambling? Was he still gambling in the diner scene? She may not know at what point the days started counting towards his sobriety. When he first stopped gambling? Or when he first started fighting?

        Booth’s duty was to understand he needed help (because its clear he didn’t in the first GA meeting or the diner) and then ask for the help he needed. If he needed something more from Brennan, then he should ask for it. That’s what a healthy partnership is about.

      • ‘I think talking about that thirty day mark with her or asking her to step into the world of GA would have been seen by him as asking her for something for himself. And IMO that was something he was never going to do.’

        It’s called acknowledging he needs her help. That he loves her and wants her and will fight for their marriage. As Booth told Aubrey, it’s never the fault of the people around the addict. All the fault lies totally with the addict, no one else. Then he proceeded to gamble. Called the bookie from his very own house with his back turned to his wife and child.

        He can’t shut her out. That’s what he basically did. Brennan made her choices based on his actions. The writers have given us zero information on where Booth’s head is or his motivations etc…..you can think things and I can think things that could have happened off screen but that is just our own thoughts. Nothing more.

        All we have to go on is what they showed us. And my complaint is not that B&B are back together….it’s that they chose to go this route and point out huge flaws with a major character and then gave us just about nothing when it came to the man’s motivation and forethought or his redemption.

        Did anyone hear him say he’s sorry? Or did anyone hear him thank her for saying she believed him in? Or thank her for showing up at the coin event? Does he love her? When was the last time he said it to her? I’m just amazed she let him back in the house on so little from him. Except him saying he knows he wouldn’t have a second chance. That’s his imposed violation…..not hers.

        As BnB pointed out, poor Hodgins is the one who’s always telling Angela how much he loves her and what he means to her. We don’t get much of that from Angela. And people rank on her. I agree, she honestly doesn’t deserve him. I’m starting to feel that way about B&B. Brennan is the one with heart….Booth, not so much. Or I certainly haven’t seen it this year.

        Hodgins and Brennan, the two scientists seem to have more heart than Angela and Booth these days.

        Booth is very lucky man. imo

      • “All we have to go on is what they showed us. And my complaint is not that B&B are back together….it’s that they chose to go this route and point out huge flaws with a major character and then gave us just about nothing when it came to the man’s motivation and forethought or his redemption.”

        I agree, but it seems that the Bones powers that be like to leave a lot to our imagination…:)

        “Booth is very lucky man. imo”

        Yes, he is, and he has stated that fact on several occasions.

    • Late to this particular discussion Iseault2, but I wanted to let you know that while I can see how people might view this issue differently, I personally agree 100% with everything you’ve said. Nicely done!

  7. Good episode.So, Brennan kicks Booth out but then invites him for a booty call?Then he leaves and waits for Brennan to summon him.The biggest loser in all of this has been Christine…she needs Booth to be normal.Christine has never been separated from Brennan but Booth has missed almost a year of her life.I would feel sorry for Christine if Brennan is her only adult influence.Asking him to stay the night isn’t the same as asking him to move back in.This would have been a poor ending to the series.

  8. Sigh…this gambling story had so much potential. And I agree with Mariu that I wish it had happened earlier in the season because it feels too rushed right now as if they had to wrap this arc up in case next week was the series finale. From last season’s finale to last night’s episodes, if you add up everything that’s happened to Booth, it’s surprising the man isn’t in the room next door to Zack! And while we’ve been told (by others) that his relapse into gambling was attributed to the trauma he’s suffered, I wanted to hear Booth tell us what he was going through. I mean, he finds out his wife (very pregnant wife at that) and child were threatened because he owed a gambling debt and he barely batted an eye. This is Booth/Alpha Male/Overprotector and we get nothing?

    Another sore spot with me is how this pregnancy has been barely acknowledged. The main time was when Brennan was in denial about how far along she really was. Huh? Nothing about that made sense to me. We just missed so much in the early months when Brennan was pregnant with Christine, I had hoped we would have had more of that this time around.

    All that said, I really did love all of the scenes with Christine. That little girl is an absolute doll and turning out to be a great little actress. I saw her tweet that she would not be in the season finale, which is disappointing, but given the previews, I guess there’s no time for family time.

    I love my Bones and I’ll continue to watch until the day they tell me it’s over for good. I just wish a little more care was given to characters I’ve come to know and love.

    • “From last season’s finale to last night’s episodes, if you add up everything that’s happened to Booth, it’s surprising the man isn’t in the room next door to Zack! And while we’ve been told (by others) that his relapse into gambling was attributed to the trauma he’s suffered, I wanted to hear Booth tell us what he was going through. I mean, he finds out his wife (very pregnant wife at that) and child were threatened because he owed a gambling debt and he barely batted an eye. This is Booth/Alpha Male/Overprotector and we get nothing?”

      Dee, I agree with all of this!! Well said. Booth has been through so much (physically and emotionally) lately, I’m amazed he is as normal as he is!! I’m sure TPTB are gonna say Booth opens up to Brennan off screen or something but the fans need to see it!! To find out why he relapsed, what’s going on in his head, what he’s feeling! And I would’ve liked seeing Booth tracking that bookie down for coming near his family!

      • He can’t do that because the bookie coming near his family was his own fault. Had Booth paid his debt or even better, not gambled it would not have happened. He lead the bookie to a pregnant Brennan and Christine.

  9. My problem with this story arc is instead of it being about us learning how what Booth went through affected him so badly that it lead to him relapsing its more about him having to win Brennan back. Which is why I agree with other fans that this story should have started sooner and not so late in the season. I really want to hear FROM Booth how he feels about the FBI betrayal, being locked up for 3 months, Sweets death and why he thinks he relapse but for some reason the writers don’t want to let us in on Booth’s feelings.

    This story arc just felt like angst waste just so the writers could spilt Brennan and Booth up again. I really hope this is the last time Booth/Brennan/Christine will be spilt up, they have officially gone to that well one to many times but I won’t hold my breathe.

    • Amanda, I agree with everything you wrote here. It’s so sad tome that this is all about Booth winning Brennan back and not screwing up again or he’ll be out of the house for good. That’s really a sad commentary on their relationship, his role as Christine’s father, and marriage in general.

  10. I agree, Iseault2 with your post especially this part “When she showed up at the meeting I think it showed she realized that you can’t share in the victories if you aren’t actively part of the struggle to get to those victories. I don’t think there was really any possibility of him opening up to her before then.”

    I think this is were Booth starts opening up to her and sharing more with her because it’s not him going through this alone is him going through this together with her.

  11. There is still one more episode this season, and while it looks action-packed from the preview there could be a lot of other things going on too. We only get very short pieces of information.

    And it could be that Booth’s issue is being over analyzed. Alcoholics are told they can never take a drink because it will knock them off the wagon. Perhaps the same is true for gamblers. Booth thought he could handle gambling in the undercover operation and then stop again, but because he is an addict, it didn’t work that way. Addiction is a chemical process in the brain, not a character flaw. It’s probably true that all of the stress of the previous period of time made him more susceptible to the chemical stimulation he got from gambling, but it may not be the cause of the relapse. Just one poker game could have caused it.

    This is just my opinion, and I know most of you will disagree with me. I, too, would like Booth and Brennan to have a heart to heart about all of the issues affecting him and therefore her, but given the show’s history of moving on after a story arc is complete, I doubt that will happen. I’m just not sure the story arc is actually complete.

    I also think I can’t worry about if this would have been the series finale. It isn’t…there will be another season. I am going to try to take it at face value, and I think that will help me enjoy it more.

  12. I kind of think if we get a season finale where I would be ok with it being a season finale that it would be a bad thing, at least for me. This season started off strong, but with the exception oh the 200th, I found the middle to be rather squishy. Not god awful bad, just kind of tired. To be honest, up until they started the gambling arc I was ok if the show ended this season. But the gambling arc has made me want see what’s next. Where if at all will their challenge thread it’s way through next season? Maybe they’ll flub it and just make next season a nice safe victory lap. I think that would make a lot of people happy. But I quite like the feeling of wanting to see that next episode right this minute because something is at stake.

    • I agree with you there. There were only a few episodes of the first half that I really liked…the first two, one about human trafficking was a good one, and the 200th, and the rest weren’t so memorable until the one about tweeting. I was missing depth in the episodes, and now we have it again. If next season is the last (and I personally think it will be) I hope they go out with a bang and continue to build on the depth they have ended this season with.

  13. Something that no one seems to have mentioned is the impact of the cookie jar episode. Clearly, discussing someone else’s addiction led both of them to think differently about their current situation. Both David and Emily can do a lot with a simple look. They both did that at one or more points in the cookie jar episode. Booth looking at Brennan in the interrogation room was emphasized by the camera work. None of Brennan’s looks was given that kind of emphasis, but there clearly were moments where you could see that she was moved by something in the discussion of the victim’s addiction. I think that these were pivotal moments for each of them. They gave them new perspectives on their situation which allowed them to take small steps back toward each other.

    I think that Brennan knew that Booth meant he had a meeting to go to when he said he couldn’t come over that night. He said something similar to Aubrey earlier in the episode.

    Finally, I agree that they waited awfully late in the game to deal with this issue. It’s as if they were mapping out the final storylines and someone said “OMG. We’ve never dealt with Booth’s gambling, and we better do that before the end.”

  14. Finally watched it. Super annoyed that Hodgins again told Angela he loved her, and again Angela did not reciprocate. Then doormat Hodgins buys her a French house. WTF??!?!? Frustrating.

    And Angela’s Facebook finding of the victim in 2 seconds….oh boy. She should help the government track living criminals and terrorists with those skills :).

    I agree the Angela name reveal was underwhelming. In what universe does a guy like Billy (her dad) name a child Pookie Noodlin? What even is that? And why was she so obsessed with hiding it? It’s not that crazy a name, I’ve heard way worse.

    I liked Brennan and Booth losing track of time at the diner together. Much more B&B time overall which was nice. Hopefully they get to enjoy the rest of the pregnancy together as a family!

  15. Did anyone really expect the writers to go that in depth. Booth could have said a lot with just a few words. Angela doesn’t love Hodgins nearly as much as he loves her.I could see her cheating on him.I agree that Hodgins and Brennan have way more heart than Angela and Booth.

  16. I felt like the communication issues in this episode were pretty realistic based on what real people go through. Booth was in his “you can’t rush her mode” so he wasn’t forthcoming with a lot of stuff that should have been said. Brennan was in her “I need evidence” mode but it seemed like she was, for awhile, waiting for the evidence to come to her instead of seeking it. I know a lot of people are upset that she is perceived as making the first move toward reconciliation but she was the one who asked him to leave, so she had to be the one to ask him to stay. Booth had to be the one to seek help, and finally he did so she could move towards forgiveness.

    I am not sure this arc exposes a major character flaw in Booth. He has been portrayed in the past as a man with a gambling addiction who often keeps what he is really feeling bottled up. I don’t think this is anything new. Brennan, when confronted with things that are upsetting, goes hyper-rational and logical. That’s nothing new either. Both of these characters acted very much within characteristics that have been established over the years of the series.

    There are a lot of things that probably still need to be said by both of these characters. I’m not sure they ever will get down to saying it, but I hope so.

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