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I just feel like…this is going somewhere…

 

BONES: Season Five

The Parts in the Sum of the Whole

 

…and that’s why we’re watching, right? Because at one point, whether it was season one: episode one or not…we felt like this was going somewhere. Not just B&B love, but the whole show. So I think that’s why some of us weren’t happy with the 100th ep. I say ‘us’ because while I was happy with this episode, BONES fans are BONES fans, and we’re kind of in this together…going somewhere.

The episode strays from the formula, so I’m just going to do a running diary of the whole thing. I don’t want to miss a MINUTE!

The episode begins with B&B riding up an escalator (from the parking garage or something?), Sweets-manuscripts in hand. Booth tells us they are going to have to break it to Sweets gently.

Brennan does not really agree, because after all Sweets should be grateful for the truth. Interesting set up to the episode…a reminder that Brennan wants the truth.

Booth tells her that people can be grateful, but the first reaction is usually panic. Brennan says that if there was an error in one of her books; she’d want to know and Booth counters that Sweets might not see it that way, and then Booth wants to know what she considers to be the flaw in Sweets’ book. Brennan states that Sweets is wrong in that the Cleo Eller case was the first time they worked together. Booth is kind of weird in that moment and is like “Oh yeah, we worked that other case before that.”

Brennan gets this look on her face (which I now only recognize in hindsight) of horror that he doesn’t seem to remember every detail. She has that look on her face sometimes when he doesn’t get a particularly squinty issue, but now we know that in this instance, it’s WAY more personal.

She wants to know what Booth thinks they need to talk to Sweets about, and Booth tells her the whole “we’re in love thing”. Brennan shrugs. She doesn’t care about that. Booth is…slightly confused, I think.

But what cracks me up is that in the next scene, obviously one of them told Sweets he made a mistake, which he does not buy, and so Booth gives him a hint… “It’s not what you think.” Cocky! So funny to me that Booth is all confident about that when he had no idea like 10 minutes before. Yes! I loved that little look into B&B pre-Sweets session.  I can totally see that happening, where they make a plan for how they will deal with what Sweets might have up his sleeve. But anyways…Booth (in his gray suit! Woot!) is cocky.

Sweets takes the bait, and confidently asserts that B&B disagree with the idea of them being in love and that the sublimation of that fact lends itself to basically…the chemistry B&B have as working partners.

Booth is like, “I just told you it’s not what you think, and you immediately say what you think…”

Brennan intercedes and then concedes that Sweets is making an interpretation about their love life, and that she and Booth recognize his right to interpret. How generous of her!

Sweets is still like, whatever.

But Brennan follows up with, “That is your right as a psychologist to get everything wrong.” Haha!

Sweets=not amused.

Brennan tells him that she circled some typos (awesome), but that other than that, AND the fact that the Cleo Eller murder was not their first case, Sweets is ready to publish. She says this as she and Booth are standing to leave. Ah, way to break it to him gently, guys!

But then again…this is not news to us. We all knew they’d worked together in the past. Booth tells the Homeland Security officer at the airport, “Bones here identifies bodies for us.” I mean, I guess it’s possible they hadn’t WORKED together, but I don’t think any of us thought that. When she says, “DON’T call me Bones,” well, immediately there is some history there.

Sweets should have done some research. In all of the times he observed them, he never once just asked them to confirm that was their first case? I understand that for the sake of this episode, that is how the writers wanted to play it out, but…Sweets isn’t a victim here or anything like that. That’s what I’m saying. Anyways, he then asks B&B to tell him about their real first case to see if his conclusions are still valid.

And they do…

Booth makes me laugh that he tells Sweets he was at a gamblers anonymous meeting. Riiiiiight.

Oh gosh…well, you know how I love Booth’s season one hair, so already, at 2:19 into this episode, I was in love! Yes!

Present Day Brennan (PDBren) voiceovers that Booth had a gambling problem before he met her. Once again…another instance in this episode where Brennan wants to make sure the truth is spoken.

Present Day Booth (PDBooth) is cocky again and says that since he mostly won, it wasn’t really a problem. Here is a little funny sidenote. David Boreanaz is kind of cocky, I think, although I don’t know him personally or anything like that, but still…there is a vibe. Anyways, I realized that he doesn’t like admitting any weaknesses in Booth even. Whenever anyone would ask him a question, he always was very quick to defend Booth. I liked that about him, and it just made me laugh. So this whole episode, where Booth is pretty cocky…it made me think of that and it made me smile.

Like this…

Mmmmmm….long hair, brown eyes, cocky smile, white shirt open at the collar, St. Christopher’s Medal, baby!

But PDBren is once again telling Sweets and us that Booth’s issue was preventing him from fully concentrating on work.

I also don’t know what it is, but there was something very ‘Philly’ about the Booth in this episode. No complaints from me!  Also, I love how comforting Original Booth (OB) is toward Gemma’s mother in the beginning of this episode. He hugs her, which I think is very, very sweet. Gemma’s body was being released to her for burial, signaling that the police had given up hope of a solved case.

PDBooth tells Sweets that it was a split jurisdiction case; she was last seen in DC, but her body was found in a NY landfill and that the NY coroner was in town, and Booth decided to meet with her.

Enter…

YES! AH! I thought that was so creative, getting Cam into the episode as part of BOOTH’s past and have it be work related. My general feel was that they weren’t doing the Friends with Benefits thing at this point, but there smiles indicate that at any time, it could happen. I like their friendship, so this just felt so cool of the writers to do it this way.  Interesting that Cam tells Booth that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome. Booth isn’t buying it, so Cam suggests he seek out a different point of view.

Booth scoffs, “Partner up.” As if!

Cam tells him there is a forensic anthropologist from the Jeffersonian, and she heard she (Brennan) helped solve a stone age murder. Booth is not convinced.

He tells her,

“Forensics don’t solve crimes; cops do.”

Awesome.

Even more awesome is that Cam calls him on it, telling him he’ll basically get the same results. AND she says that he looks like he’s been up all night. Booth says he’s fine and Cam says, “Which means you won.”

Booth appears troubled and when Cam walks away, he jogs after her and stops the elevator.

“What’s that scientist’s name?”

And PDBrennan (and Cam) say. “Temperance Brennan”.

First of all, at that moment, the creative way that Brennan’s voice was the voice over, and with Cam’s smile (which…I love that smile re: Booth. I am happy Booth has Cam in his life as a friend, and you know what, if Booth were my friend…just saying.). Anyways…at that moment, I turned to my sister who was watching with me (on our dad’s laptop, sitting on our parents’ bed eating chocolate bars from a ziplock bag after being at our Gram’s calling hours. It was awesome). ANYWAYS…I turned to her and said. “This is good.”

She was like “Yeah” but she didn’t understand fully that I NEEDED this episode to be good. Haha.

So yes…I was feeling good. And then, PDBrennan got one of her cute little confident smirks that I adore, and was like, “Which is me.”

I don’t know what she was so proud about, but I loved that! (Fashion side note. I don’t like her dress.)

But I LOVED Original Brennan’s clothes. I thought she first of all looked so pretty.

And I just loved how she looked very pre-pilot episode Brennan. Eco-warrior Super-Anthropologist. I kind of miss that Brennan sometimes. Not that I don’t think she looks nice now, I just would prefer to see a more sciency & butt kicking Brennan (vs. a ‘follows Booth around’ Brennan. Ouch! Not that she does just that, but there is a sort of loss of her original character, I think).

 I so loved that we got to see the very first moment Booth ever laid eyes on Brennan. I mean, I think as fans, we want to know that he thinks she is beautiful, and there have been moments in the past where he thinks she is pretty and he told Max that she was beautiful, but I always had this impression that he kind of thought she was pretty, but her beauty is knowing the TRUTH about her and because he loves her and really respects her, then she is beautiful to him. Either way is fine, but I just love that at first, he’s hooked.

And I liked that he asked a question in her lecture about the fact that removing skin and muscle tissue would give away the evidence, and I like that Brennan says no, it reveals evidence.

Ah, deep breath in. Yes!

Those students in the class do not even KNOW what they just saw.

But I was like… ACK! And, also…Oh my gosh, David Boreanaz’ directing. These sweeping shots he does sometimes are just amazing. I remember the same was true with Bones that Foam, from the beginning bungee jumping to the end scene with the traffic jam. Awesome…

THEN…all those pesky clueless students leave the room, and Booth asks her if getting down to the bone ruins it, and Brennan disagrees. Booth realizes that that’s her thing. Brennan says yes, and she’s the best in the world.

Booth smiles, and then it shoots to PDBrennan and PDBooth who share  a quick laugh at their own past expense.

At this point in the episode, I was kind of hating the present day stuff. I don’t normally like flashback in TV shows (and THANK GOODNESS this was not a clip show…you know, the idea that B&B tell Sweets about their first case and it just flashes back to scenes we already have), and so I was like, “Okay, get on with it.” Not hating it, but just not really liking it as much as the past stuff. It’s probably because of Booth’s hair, although to be fair…I liked Brennan’s past hair too.

She looked SO pretty. No wonder Booth was feeling like he got hit by fate!

I like that he asks her if she believes in it. It’s kind of a cheesy line, which is funny and very classic, I guess, but what is even more awesome is that Brennan rejects it as ludicrous. She is so true to herself. And I think Booth was even more stunned. YES! Hooked.

PDBrennan and PDBooth both confess they feel the same way about fate, and then we have the opening creds. And that this point, I’m over 2,000 words already. Yes.

Then the show begins again with this great news:

Yes! I LOVED the lab work in this episode. Oh, when Hodgins came on screen, faux fro and all, I laughed. That he and Zack were antagonistic to one another at first totally made my day. Hodgins dissing Zack for not having any doctorates was great and made me think of Dr. Goodman! I also loved Hodgins’ wrist rubber band for rage and Zack’s mention of Naomi from paleontology.

Meanwhile, isn’t it still just like a breath of fresh air to see old school bren?

I love those earrings!!!

I love that the next scene is Brennan visiting Angela and dissing HER street sidewalk art. I loved Angela’s disgust at the skeleton.

That felt so right. But Angela is still not convinced that drawing faces of dead people is what she wants to do. Brennan encourages her in her own way and also says Angela will be paid. Angela is happy about one of those things.

And then…

Thoughts from you? On first watch, I was surprised, especially when Cam mentions that she and Brennan have ALREADY met before. Brennan offers no recognition (only a lesson in the social mores of elevator entering and exiting). I guess Brennan is not interested in remembering people, as she also will not remember Cam in the season two premiere, much to Booth’s dismay. Haha.

I loved Booth sitting in the bullpen and him propping his feet against his desk. Brennan comes to tell him all about the victim (he’d previously denied giving her any information in order to test her skills!)

Brennan brings the FACTs and Booth is muy impressed.

In the interesting column is Booth telling Brennan she shouldn’t (basically) compromise the remains. He tells her she is holding forensic evidence and needs to be wearing the white gloves. Hahaha!

Booth then shows Brennan a video of Gemma Arrington playing the piano and singing and apologizes for not telling her about the identity. Brennan says that while her time and expertise are extremely valuable, she understands his need to test her ability. And obviously, she adds, she passed with a lot of color.

When Booth doesn’t understand, Brennan very kindly explains that that means she did very well.

Booth begins to see exactly what he’s dealing with.

He tells her that she means she passed with flying colors.

And Brennan says, “I know.”

Haha!

Now he’s REALLY seeing what he’s dealing with.

This all leads to one of my favorite parts of this episode, and I think one of my new all time favorite Brennan moments. She asserts that Booth’s test means that he probably has something more in mind, and he tells her he wants to catch the bastard who killed Gemma.

And Brennan replies with, “How do you know he was a bastard? How do you even know it was a man?”

 Hahahaha! Her literal use of the word bastard to Booth’s colloquialism just was so perfect. I died laughing at that part.

Booth goes on to show her a photo of Judge Hasty. He assumes she knows who he is, but Brennan says she doesn’t follow current events passed the Industrial Revolution. ???!!!? Hahahaha.

Booth decides to let that one go and basically tells her that his gut is saying that the judge killed Gemma. Booth wants  Brennan to help him. Brennan says she won’t.  Booth wants to know why not, and Brennan tells him she’ll help him find the truth, and if the TRUTH is that Judge Hasty killed her, then she will help Booth catch him. First the truth, then the catching (that’s a third reference to Brennan’s desire for the truth).

Booth laughs and scoots closer, adding the charm smile. He just needs enough crap to prove his point to a jury. Brennan infers that “It seems to me that someone like you could benefit hugely from an association with someone like me.”

And Booth gets a taste of his own cocky medicine.

He laughs and then realizes that Brennan is serious. He tells her he was just joking, you know…having some fun.

Brennan realizes what he means and processes it and then says, “It is fun.”

PDBrennan and PDBooth are back in Sweets’ office, where he asks them to confirm if this all happened a year before the Cleo Eller case. Booth says almost to the day, and Brennan says it’s 13 months minus a week. Ah! But who’s counting right? Well, apparently she is!

Sweets is surprised that they didn’t fight, especially when Booth called evidence crap and Brennan called Booth stupid. Brennan tells Sweets that she and Booth were feeling each other up, like a honeymoon period.

“Out.” Booth corrects, “We were feeling each other out.”

Brennan is nonplussed by the correction and asks Sweets if he wants to hear the rest of the story. And Sweets at this point, as BONES pal Lauren pointed out, now looks as if he just found out Santa is not real.

But too bad for him because there is more past awesomeness to discover.

Brennan is approached by Hodgins who found a sliver/splinter of maple wood on Gemma’s clothing. Hodgins and Zack bicker (come on, what other word IS there for it????) and Brennan encourages them to work together on an experiment. Yes. Yes, Yes, YES! I so loved that Brennan is the one to recommend scientific inquiry. Hodgins doesn’t think it’s a good idea, and Zack gives us the Zack noise. YESSS!

Oh, hey, fun fact that I didn’t know about until I watched David Boreanaz on Jay Leno, but…

That’s DB’s dad. He was in town, so they put him in as an extra. Good times.

Booth and Brennan turn the corner and Booth is telling her that he has pulled in Gemma’s baseball playing (and therefore perhaps maple baseball bat wielding) boyfriend, but he knows he didn’t commit the murder. Brennan wants to know how he knows that, and Booth tells her it’s because it was Hasty.

Brennan tells him that feeling doesn’t count.

“Feeling isn’t knowing. When you know something, you can argue fact, not merely make insupportable claims in a passionate tone.”

Booth counters, “You said that in a passionate tone. Without facts. You see, when it comes down to it, it’s all about what you feel.”

Brennan is slightly disgusted but moves on, wondering why he’s interrogating the boyfriend if he’s already convinced. Booth says, “Ah, because I want to convince you.”

And he kind of steps closer to her, and is very charming.

Brennan reacts to his charm and says he is being kind and she asks if she can come in and watch him broil the suspect. Booth says he COULD broil him, but he thinks she means grill.

The ‘interrogation’ scene is nice, as it shows Brennan getting a feel for how Booth works, and the character of Gemma’s boyfriend is well played.

And then…

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Yes! I loved that entire scene, when Brennan hit Zack with the bat and then she and Hodgins determined that the bat is not the weapon. I also loved Zack in that suit. I really loved this episode. At this point, I probably turned to my sister again and was like, “This is good.” Aren’t we all so glad it was good? I was nervous.

Zack then shows Brennan that parts of the inner ear are missing from Gemma’s remains. The Brennan/Zack interactions in this episode are bittersweet and reminded me of the very end scene of Pain in the Heart when Brennan feels she didn’t give Zack anything and Booth reminds her that she gave him something pretty great. But in this episode, the teacher/student relationship is very special and sweet.

Booth then begins to outline the basics of the case and takes Brennan to a hotel ballroom (once again, gorgeous directing by David Boreanaz…that sweeping down shot to them standing in the lobby was great!). He tells her that Gemma was singing for a group of hoity toits. Brennan says she doesn’t know what that means, and Booth reveals his distaste for influential people by explaining they are movers and shakers, etc.

Brennan is slightly amused by his judgments.

There was a reception at the hotel at 9 PM, and Gemma was seen before it, but after… poof. And a year later, her remains were found in a NYC landfill. Booth then asks what they are looking for, and Brennan explains they are looking for whatever caused the blows to Gemma that probably happened right before her death and that they are looking for something maple.

Booth then confesses that, “I gotta tell you, I really am enjoying working with you, Bones.” So Sweet! Also, if you kind of look closely as they are walking down the steps, we see Booth is wearing plain black socks. Deliberate? Oh, I am sure.

Brennan corrects him, “Bones is not my name.”

Booth is sweet and kind of eager. “It’s just a nickname.” Sweet and eager=flirty, actually.

Brennan ‘gets’ it, haha. But then says, “I could call you shoes.”

Haha…I loved that part. I thought that was one of the greatest things.

Booth is like “Shoes, why shoes?”

And Brennan tells him it’s because they are so very shiny. Hahaha, and then…my absolute favorite part. Seriously, after I watched the ep, I thought this information was the juiciest spoiler in the land! No one really scooped it, so I thought maybe I was wrong. Maybe I am wrong, but to me, Booth becoming a ‘freespirit rogue rebel’ because of Brennan…Love. Love, Love, Love, Love.

I loved that he told her the shoes were part of the uniform and that the FBI has a way of doing things. I loved Brennan telling him that anthropologically, para-militaristic organizations tend to constrain individuality.

Booth agrees, and Brennan adds that in any group, no matter how restrictive, the free thinkers, the mavericks, the rebels with leadership quality find ways to declare their distinctiveness.

Booth is a free thinking rogue rebel!!!! Woot! Bring it on staid ties and socks and belt buckles. Seeley J. Booth is on the move!

In the next scene, Brennan asks him if he’s seeing anyone. Booth thinks that is kind of abrupt, but admits that he is, casually. He asks her if she is, and she says there is a physicist asking her out, and she is thinking about saying yes (the physicist who couldn’t tie his shoes? Yes!)

Booth admits that he’d ask her out if he could. Brennan wonders why he can’t. Booth tells her that the FBI discourages fraternization with other agents or consultants. Brennan says, “That’s too bad.”

Booth is glad she thinks so. That moment is sweet but somewhat forgotten as B&B discover a set of maple stairs. They hypothesize using Booth’s guess and Brennan’s math that Gemma was trying to escape and fell down the stairs. This leads them to the exit that leads to an alley. A better hypothesis forms, that the killer dragged Gemma’s body to the car and drove away.

I love the body language between them in this whole episode, but particularly this part.

And they are both looking very beautiful.

Enter Caroline Julian (in Booth’s office!!!! Haha, I loved that). What I was not totally sure about was Brennan somewhat meeting Caroline, but as far as consistencies go, I thought this episode was pretty good as far as matching up with the other 99, so I’ll just not worry about it. Angela’s notepad pre-Angelator was funny.

What I do love is Angela and Booth standing at Caroline’s desk while Brennan sits behind. I can totally see Booth telling her, “Just don’t say anything unless she speaks to you,” as Brennan tells Booth what to tell Caroline, but once Ms. Julian acknowledges her presence, Brennan reaches out to meet her immediately. Booth tells her not to bother, haha.

I so love when Ms. Julian is talking about Hasty and Brennan adds her own clarification, “a hoity toit.” And Booth groans. Hahahahaha! Yes. I love how Caroline calls Booth out and tells him she’s not committing career suicide because he’s cute and he wants a window. Yes!

Booth rushes Angela and Brennan out of there, and Angela whispers to Brennan that Booth IS very cute. Brennan admits that she does respond to the breadth of his shoulders and strong jawline. Yes, Brennan. So do we.

Brennan and Booth then go to question Judge Hasty, inviting him to the hotel for discussion. He’s not interested in their theories and tells Booth he’s looking like an idiot. Brennan disagrees, and Hasty gets into her face.

Bad move, pal.

Brennan punches him in the face and then wonders if that was bad. Booth confesses that he’s been wanting to do that for years and that Brennan is so hot.

He likes that she’s a free spirit rogue rebel, haha.

In the next scene, Caroline Julian rocks our world again as she tells Booth that he needs to cut all ties with Brennan and hope that the judge sues her and not the FBI. Booth says he can’t do that. Caroline is sympathetic. She has let a pretty face lead her down the path of unrighteousness, Booth’s face for example, haha

Booth says it’s not like that (a precursor to “We’re just partners), and Caroline is like, “Yeah right” (a precursor to, “I want you to kiss Seeley Booth…on the lips…)haha. She then tells Booth he has to fire Brennan and advises him to get her drunk first.

The next scene features Brennan and Zack going over some facts. Brennan worries that perhaps by boiling the flesh, they destroyed some particulates Hodgins may have been able to use. Zack is not pleased, but Brennan tells him they are not used to such fresh kills (AH hahahahahaha), and they must adapt. She’s awesome. Angela pops in and wants to help.

She tells them that she thinks maybe Gemma’s head was hit with a door with a bolt or something. Brennan wonders if perhaps it was a car trunk door, and asks Zack for the force that would create. Angela is shocked (but we are not) when Zack does the math in his head.

In the next scene, Booth is attempting to get Brennan drunk, while meanwhile, she continues to talk about the case. Haha.

Booth tells her to stop talking about the case for just one minute and…

He is declaring his individuality; he is going rogue.

I love that Booth then moves to the barstool closest to hers and compliments her on holding her liquor very well.  I am sure he is bummed that she’s not quite drunk enough to be fired yet, but I think eventually, he’ll like that she can take him drink for drink.

She admits that this is nothing compared to the Bang she drank in her anthro research and they toast to bang.

I think I gasped out loud at the way he was openly staring at her like this.

Him telling her she was fired made me laugh, but I so loved how Brennan was hurt immediately. She has probably never been fired from anything, just like she never got a B (and never will!).

She wants to know if it’s because she drank Bang…THAT was for research. Booth laughs and tells her it’s because she punched a federal judge, twice. Brennan counters that he thought it was hot. And he agrees.

I love the way they drink another shot, and by this time, Booth is leaning very close to her. Check out that white dress shirt, too. Yes!

But I really love Brennan’s little finger roll to get him to come even closer

Then she moves closer to him and just has to break his heart with those blue eyes right?

She rationalizes that if they don’t work together any more, they could have sex. Booth says he’ll call a cab.

Wasn’t there something electric about even the very BEGINNING of this scene? I mean, how many of us have dreamed of B&B in the rain, right? Maybe just me…who knows, but I thought from start to finish, this entire scene was just plain gorgeous. Cheers again, David Boreanaz. But aesthetics aside…there is also some amazing fantabulisticulousness!

Booth tells her he has something to confess, and Brennan asks if it’s that he’s a direct descendant of John Wilkes Booth? If so, she already knew that. (haha, remember my lamewad non-spoiler in my proof in the pudding post about how I liked that something from that was brought up? This was it).

Booth wants to know how she knew that, and she says ‘from your bone structure’. Of course! Haha. I love the moment right after that, when Booth kind of asks her to keep it under her hat. He is kind of laughing nervously, and Brennan is also laughing. Very sweet.

But then Booth gets serious, and he confesses that he has a gambling problem but that he’s dealing with it.

I love the initial look on Brennan’s face.

She has compassion for him! And she respects him. She finds his vulnerabilities irresistible. This is the same Brennan from the basement of the Jeffersonian in Night at the Bones Museum.

Her tone of voice is the exact same, her facial expression is the exact same. Gosh, Emily Deschanel is amazing. We have talked before that Brennan is fascinated by Booth’s vulnerabilities, and that she craves him as something to be known, basically. Now, 99 eps into this, we all kind of thought that he was pretty secretive, and to be fair to her, he was, pretty much. But the idea that she had a TASTE of his inner conflict and then spends the next 6 or so years trying to pursue those is just something I totally buy into for her character.

Plus, I don’t think anyone has ever looked at her in her LIFE like Booth was looking at her in that moment. Brennan thrives on honesty and the truth, and he was nothing if not completely stripped bare for her to see.

I mean, we are all like on the edge of our seats for any moments like that with Booth, so I can totally see how she is just drawn right into his whole…deal.

Not that he’s not completely drawn to her as well…

By this point, I think I was just about not breathing…

I love that Booth feels like it’s ‘going somewhere’, and when Brennan asks him what makes him think that, he doesn’t really answer, but just says he thinks he might kiss her. But I kind of think that Brennan is the one who kissed him. I mean, it’s mostly mutual, but…she kind of leans in more. Thoughts? That Booth is kind of shy in this moment feels very honest to me. He is very charming, we know that, but it’s almost like with her…the charm isn’t needed. I can see him using his charm when he needed to with women in the past, but with her…it’s just pure honesty.

The idea that they got along at first and were totally crushing on one another never crossed my mind as a possibility for a plot point for this episode, but I totally, totally buy it.  

This is the kind of kiss (not to get ahead of ourselves) but that 30, 40, 50 years are made of, right?

Her closed eyes, his little boost of confidence…I loved it.

That B&B have been working together this whole time after having that little tiny taste of one another just blows me away. It kind of puts a different slant on it. But…as you know, we’re only about 30 minutes into this thing (and over 5,000 words). Let’s keep going!

We move back to present day, and Sweets is even more stunned. What makes me laugh is Brennan’s confession that there was tongue contact. I don’t know if that is a call back to Santa on the Slush (when Sweets asked, “was there tongue?”). Maybe Brennan thinks that is what he wants to know, haha.

Sweets feels like his book is crap. Brennan and Booth encourage him that that is why they are there, to make sure he doesn’t look foolish for publishing it.

Sweets then asked them how long the affair lasted, and I admit that when B&B kind of gave themselves teeny little smiles, I had a small to mid-heart attack. You see, I was feeling nervous that Brennan had lied to us in Soccer Mom in a MiniVan when she tells Sam that she is good in bed, but Booth has no direct knowledge of that fact. If B&B had slept together in the past, I would have been really mad. Really mad. And hurt. And even if it was jokingly, like they had tequilasex and didn’t remember in the morning, I was still going to be mad. I mean, we’ve invested a long time into these characters, and not JUST for the UST, but still… I feel we were already kind of cheated in EitB (but I won’t go into that), so the idea that there would be TWO sex occurrences between them made me nervous. Very nervous.  So I was glad to see that answered.

But first

Ah, seriously…so amazing.

I love her ponytail. I love Brennan’s whole thing here. She’s so pretty but not like blatantly trying to sex him up. I love Booth’s whole deal, of course.

I love that when she pushes him away and kind of laughs and runs toward the cab, he doesn’t quite open his eyes and just says, “Wow.”

Brennan’s “We are not spending the night together” made me give a nice cheer, and Booth’s “Of course we aren’t. Why?”made me laugh. I love how he agreed with her immediately, and then wanted to know why.

Brennan’s answer, “tequila” proves that our girl is smart! Yay!

I LOVE Booth running after the cab and being very eager and sweet. He’s not about to let her get away. I don’t think he’s ever experienced anything like her before.

“So you’re afraid that when I look at you in the morning, I’ll have regrets?”

I loved Brennan’s answer

“That would never happen” proves that Brennan is so Brennan! I love her confident laugh and the way the cab pulls away, and I love the way she turns back and waves at him. I don’t think she has experienced anything like him before either. Question…what happened between the time she tells him they could have sex to this moment to make her change her mind? Did she go from biological urges to something else in that span of a rainy kiss? Is it the kiss? Is it his confession? Is it the idea that he’s being really honest with her, and she somehow, despite her lack of intuition normally, gets that it really IS going somewhere? What do you think?

Either way, Booth is stunned, hooked, etc, etc. And so was I. I loved voiceover Brennan saying that she went home and went to bed, and Booth…

“So did I”

To me, I think we see that Booth was sort of fooling himself at the beginning of this episode and thought his gambling ‘issue’ was not that big of a deal. But the idea of Brennan, of being the right man for her, or…I don’t know what, being worthy of her…it just cuts him to the quick. Booth IS a good man; I believe that. I’m not saying that it’s all because of Brennan. But I do love the thought that he’s more serious about getting his life together because of her. Thoughts from you? David Boreanaz was asked what scene he really liked from a directing standpoint in this episode, and he said that scene, the very end, where he’s kind of walking away in the rain, etc…he really liked how that turned out how he wanted. I just think it’s so special that he has his hands on this episode.

Haha, the next scene, the next morning at the lab…

Brennan is kind of like a diva, which makes me laugh! What also makes me smile is that it is sort of (unless I am reading too much into it, and hello…that’s never stopped me before) a toss back to the end of Intern in the Incinerator where Brennan asks Booth if she is going to have a headache in the morning, and Booth kind of grins. Ah, he’s already given her a headache the next morning! Cool. This sort of flash-back which we can then reconcile with events we already know is the stuff I love. The flash forward of EitB which we are supposed to somehow feel our way through is the speculation that gives me ulcers. Just in case you were wondering why I’m such a hypocrite, haha.

But anyways, I love that her little squint squad is following her around at this point. The team is formed!

It’s like a parade of Brennan baby ducks. They are so hooked, and there’s nothing she can do about it now. What are your thoughts about Hodgins kind of sidling up to Angela and asking if he’s mentioned how excited he is about working with her? It’s kind of a cute nod to the future. On the other hand, I think we really sort of saw our own beginning of the two of them in season one and two, so…I’m torn on that.

I love Zack and Angela going on about the work they did and Brennan confessing, “We got fired.” First of all, it’s funny that now it’s a “WE”, when I’m pretty sure none of them punched anyone in the face (although Hodgins probably would have if he could have, haha).

They are all shocked. Angela thinks it’s because she slept with Booth. Brennan denies that. Why would Angela say that?

“Tequila vapors” Hodgins shrugs.

But Brennan has heard enough. She tells Zack to take the findings to Booth and hires Angela on to work for her with ancient remains and tells them all they should get  on with their normal jobs.

Hodgins tells Angela, “You ever feel like you saw something great that almost happened and then it didn’t.” Hmmm…

But enough speculation on what great things will or will not happen, as Booth is back and cuter than ever!

Um, I just want to thank TPTB for giving us a Booth/Zack scene. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Zack telling Booth it was immensely stupid of him to fire them is just money.

Booth rises up.

Did a squint just call him stupid? Ah. Zack doesn’t really back down as much as just walk away. I love that he and Cam pass each other in the doorway. Cam is horrified that Booth FIRED the Jeffersonian Institution. I love the scene with Caroline, Cam and Booth in Caroline’s office, especially when she asks if he fired the J-team already. Booth is like ‘of course’, and when she says, “well, hire them back,’ he’s like ‘okay’. In his mind, he’s like “crap”. I kind of like this look at ‘not the boss’ Booth. I don’t want that all the time, but here it was fun. What does make me smile is that in the future, Booth will call on Caroline to help Brennan in New Orleans.

I smiled when Booth comes into Brennan’s office and is like “You’re back, baby!” Good times.

But…here we go…

Bickering.

At this point, I know I turned to my sister and said, “Oh no, something bad is going to happen.” I had been so shocked that they had gotten along so well that I had forgotten that when we meet them again in the pilot, there is a lot of bad blood, and I instinctively knew that it had to be something more than just him firing her. Something bad was going to happen, and even though I know that eventually, they will learn to grow to respect and care for one another, I was on edge.

“What’s the matter? Get your coat, chop chop!” Haha, that made me laugh.

And so did Brennan’s annoyance at the FBI techs. I didn’t mind her cockiness about the best and the brightest being at the Jeffersonian. I think we should allow her a little pride restoration. I like that he asks her if something is wrong and she admits that it’s because he got her drunk to fire her and then have sex with her.

Booth disagrees. He got HIMSELF drunk and then very gracefully accepted her ‘takeback’ on having sex with him. I enjoyed that little edgy bickering.

And Booth tries to joke and says, “What’s going on, Bones?’

And she is like “Do not call me Bones.” Yes!

And…that is when everything changed. The innocence in their meeting has taken a hit.

“Okay, excuse me, but you really need to learn how to speak to human beings.”

“I speak six languages…two of which you’ve never even heard of.”

“You know what? You’re a cold fish.”

“You’re a superstitious moron.”

“Get a soul”

“Get a brain”

Um…what you heard at about 12:05 AM EST time on March 16th was the sound of my heart breaking. Oh, ouch. Ouch, ouch. I kind of thought the worst was over (silly me!). But I did smile when the FBI tech says “Agent Booth?” and they both answer, and then he is kind of like “I’M Agent Booth.”

The tech has a piece of inner ear, which presumably belongs to Gemma. But Brennan doesn’t like to presume. She demands that it be delivered to the Jeffersonian for testing and storms off. Booth is plenty mad, and somewhat on impulse arrests Judge Hasty (while meanwhile trying to search after Brennan).

This is sort of an indulgent moment, but I totally loved the shot of Booth handing Sweets a glass of water.

On the conference call with DB, I think I was the only one who complimented him on his directing, which seemed so crazy to me. I just loved his entire work on this episode. I mentioned that I liked this shot, and he laughed, in a really, really nice way. Indulgent moment over.

Sweets, I feel, then tries to compensate for his error. I think he kind of lashes out at them. “It’s like you missed your moment and then punished each other for it.” Um, wrong, dude. Then he’s like “You know who ends up paying the price? Me.” Well, sorry about your luck, Sweets…but you are only a victim of your own lack of research. Haha.  Not that I don’t feel slightly sorry for him, but for him to put the blame on B&B and then try to justify his own thoughts… watch it!

B&B begin to describe how they got Hasty convicted, and how they both sort of solved the case.

I liked that scene.

But Sweets is not totally convinced, and asks them what happened between the two of them, and with this…

I was back to dread! Oh, but nothing…nothing could have prepared me for what happened.

Brennan slapping Booth in the face is…

I do not have words. I just do not know how to describe how much that hurt inside. I am crying again now, just re-watching and seeing the force of it, the hurt, the malice, the intent, the shock, all of it. Oh, Booth!

He is so stunned to say the least.

I was so stunned. Weren’t you stunned?

Brennan slapping him on the face and THEN calling him a bully…I mean…if she had taken out a knife, reached into his chest and literally pulled out his beating heart, I don’t know if she could have hurt him more. She goes on to say that he uses his badge and his gun to intimidate people.

Booth has heard enough and steps closer, accusing her of using her brain to make people feel stupid.

Brennan then calling him a stupid man and saying she hated him is like…unbelievable.

Booth retaliating by saying, “Oh, you hate me. What, are you 10 years old? I’m not your dad!” just completely took my breath away in shock.

Brennan’s declaration that she would never work with him again, followed by his “Who asked you” just left me open and bleeding. We have seen them over the years as they came to know one another’s issues and pasts and family lives, etc, etc, but for them to have…within the first week of knowing one another…just pinpointed right to the heart of each other’s…pain…I don’t even know what to say. Please tell me I’m not the only who just could not breathe. That Booth will struggle with the idea that he’s not smart enough for her for YEARS just so makes sense (along with the idea that she doesn’t want to work with him).

The opposite of love isn’t hate; the opposite of love is apathy. To that end, I guess this rage is fueled by love, but still…it broke my heart. Brennan storming out and Booth rubbing his red cheek just made me so sad. That this is within 24 hours of their rainy kiss just left me stunned.

I love Sweets’ reaction, though, because it was mine. “You struck him?”

Very interesting is Brennan’s reaction:

I think she gets the error in her ways. Even more interesting is that Booth immediately defends and excuses her. “Oh, I shouldn’t have grabbed her.” Oh, Booth. She shouldn’t have slapped you. No one should ever have slapped you. Ever.

I would have liked to have seen Brennan apologize, but I’m not complaining. Sweets however, tells them they are totally messed up. Boo!  He is/was convinced that if they had kissed, the dam would break. So he wants to know if the dam broke.

Brennan doesn’t get it, and Booth explains that Sweets thinks they still slept together.

Now…incredibly interesting response from Brennan.

“We’re not in love with each other.”

SO not the same thing as sleeping together, as she would normally attest. But I think that we all know, including her, that now (and maybe then), Booth and Brennan sleeping together would account for love.

I was so intrigued by Booth’s little falter of expression there, at her words.

But, that’s not anything we haven’t seen before, right? There have been moments (like the ‘you wouldn’t even have coffee with me?’ scene) where we kind of get an insight into Booth’s feelings for her. I kind of thought the camera would pan to Sweets for him to pinpoint Booth’s reaction, but it didn’t. So, I thought maybe that ‘moment’ was going to just slide into the other moments we’ve had.

Sweets wants to know why if they aren’t in love, neither one has been in a serious relationship since they met, and they both shrug it off. Sweets isn’t finished and tells them that one of them has to make a move, and he calls out Booth, telling him he’s the gambler.

Booth gets this look on his face like maybe…

Meanwhile (and I didn’t recognize this the first time around), but Brennan then begins to panic. Ah…

But Booth shrugs it off and turns to his partner, asking if she wants food.

She shrugs. Sure, she could eat. They leave quickly, leaving behind Sweets with his manuscript, and all those typos. Haha.

So, I’m thinking…okay, HH is totally going to be nice to us and give us a nice diner scene, or something special, right?

Of course, the “Nothing happens unless first a dream” quote is funny to me. Okay, okay, HH, i get the message. I’ll stop complaining about EitB. For now……………haha

Brennan then confesses to Booth that Sweets wrote in his book that the abandonment she felt from being left by her parents makes her act and feel as if all meaningful relationships are doomed. And Booth adds that yeah, Sweets wrote that he has white knight syndrome because of his physically abusive alcoholic father.

On this part, I am at little confused. On the one hand, I’m not saying that those two things aren’t the only things that have shaped B&B, but…I do agree with them that they aren’t everything. However, if this is supposed to tell us that Sweets was wrong and neither of those things were true…well, I don’t believe that. Just because SOME things have changed (that they kissed twice) doesn’t mean that everything we have seen up to this point has not been valid. I still think B&B deal with both of those issues. Perhaps that’s not the singular pair of issues that prevents them from being together romantically, but those are still issues. I guess for me, the idea that Booth then takes the OTHER thing Sweets said and acts on it…that makes me think that Booth (and Brennan) know that Sweets wasn’t completely wrong.

And then…it was like Booth inhaled all of the breath between all of us. Something was about to happen.

I love this profile shot of the both of them; it’s just so classic. Booth admits he’s the gambler. Brennan is somewhat stunned, but at least she mostly doesn’t pretend not to know what he is talking about. Booth tells her he wants to give them a shot.

Brennan repeats his words, that the FBI wouldn’t let them work together…

I love that Booth straight away is like “Don’t do that; that is no reason.

I love that he’s like…no, no. we have more than that, and we BOTH know it. We KNOW it. If he had said that, I would have been so proud of him. That he KISSED her to PROVE it…oh, so amazing. Go Booth! Yes! I was so proud of him.

After I watched this episode, I was up late…I couldn’t sleep and I was talking with friends and family, and then went to bed around 5 AM. When I woke up a few hours, there was just this feeling like…something is different. And I realized it was because Booth had kissed her.

 I loved him grabbing her and pulling her close, and her hand landing on his arm. It’s almost painful, the desire between them…so sad. Totally different from the first kiss in this episode where they are both smiling the whole time.

I think Brennan has some conflict there. I think she wants to give in to his kiss, but in the end…

She steps back. I love Booth demanding to know why.

Brennan gives what I think is a somewhat rehearsed speech. The little panic moment in Sweets’ office makes me realize that she has just been wanting to keep up the status quo between them to avoid Booth pain (which also makes her words from the end scene of EitB interesting…it’s a burden).

“You thought you were protecting me, but you’re the one who needs protecting.”

To me, that just shows that Brennan has been aware of Booth’s feelings for her. Booth doesn’t see it…what does he need protecting from?

“From me” Brennan answers, and begins to cry. “I don’t have your kind of open heart.”

“Just give it a chance,” Booth begs. “That’s all I’m asking.”

Brennan tells him that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity. Booth counters that they can have whatever outcome they want. This next part…oh my gosh.

I have never seen Booth as honest as he was when he said “thirty or forty or fifty years”.

I asked DB in the conference call if he thought Booth was going to be upset because now Jared AND Sweets were engaged before him, and wasn’t getting married one of Booth’s goals in life? DB countered that he didn’t think getting married was a main goal for Booth…but…I don’t know you guys. Thirty. Forty. Fifty years. Maybe I shouldn’t have said marriage, I guess, but we all can see that Booth wants to be a one-woman man. I was so proud of him for admitting it. He says it’s always the guy who says ‘I knew’.

Brennan is in pain, stunned.

Booth… “I knew.”

I loved that. I mean, I think we all kind of knew that he knew, but there were times when I just wasn’t sure. So for HH to deliver that to us, to make us see that Booth is who we thought he was, it was just so excellent.

But the real question is…is Brennan who we thought she was?

She rejects him.

Based on lack of concrete evidence.

I accept her reaction, even though it totally broke my heart, because I think it’s breaking her heart too. PalSmurfs and I were talking about this idea, and remember how earlier in the series, she asked Booth if she was cold hearted about something? And he tells her that the very fact that she recognizes that proves she isn’t? That’s what’s happening here, but she doesn’t see it. The fact that she feels she KNOWS she doesn’t have what it takes to love Booth like he deserves proves to me that she does (or will). This isn’t her saying “We’re just partners” or “there’s a line” or “I don’t want you”…nothing like that. That gives me hope.

As for Booth…I think he gave big time, and I don’t begrudge him accepting her words. To say that he should have tried harder is crazy to me. I mean, he first of all said he wanted to give it a shot, and then he KISSED her, and then he told her she’s the one, and he told her that he was fine with a ‘non-normal’ outcome…meaning, in my opinion, that he was saying. “I don’t want what the world says is normal. I just want you.” He says. “I knew” and he says, “I know.”

And she cries and says she can’t change, and that she doesn’t know how.

It was hard for me to write and post my thoughts for the last few aired eps of season five, after I had seen this episode, particularly the end scene of Dentist in the Ditch. After all, Brennan openly there says she believes Booth about love. So…what’s happening, right? I tried to be honest in those reviews and not say anything about this, but I have struggled with that thought a bit. I don’t have an answer either, except to say that both of those moments, while seemingly paradoxical on the surface, both feel very ‘real’ to me, as if they are in character for Brennan. So…for now, I’m okay with both of those moments, and don’t feel as if they are ‘flipflopping’ or wrong on Brennan’s part.

It’s also  not wrong for Booth to salvage a little pride and say okay. As the gambler, he ‘knows when to hold em and knows when to fold em’, you know?  He was SO desperately honest with her. How can we begrudge him anything in that moment? I refuse to. I plainly refuse to do that.

I also don’t want to take anything away from Brennan’s response. I think that her admitting a weakness…something she hates and almost always refuses to do…is so beautiful. She is stunning in her grief, and so honest. I don’t want to begrudge her those feelings either.

Her “Please don’t look so sad” does kind of bother me (as I think Booth has every right to be sad!), but I understand that she is just trying to survive this moment. Booth is like “okay,” knowing that he kind of has to pull it together for her.

Booth’s “You’re right; you’re right” intrigues both me and pal Sleepless. What does Booth mean by that? That she doesn’t have the ability to care for him? That he shouldn’t feel sad? I DON’T KNOW! I don’t know what he’s thinking, but the tears in his eyes make me so sad.

Brennan asking if they can still work together, oh…she is desperate not to lose him!

The way Booth stares at her

It made me think he was going to say no.

I think it makes Brennan think he is going to say no.

Oh my gosh, this amazingness. Just a tiny interruption just to ask…aren’t we so lucky to have found this show? To me, this feels like a payoff…this acknowledgement of feelings for one another. Yes, it’s not like wedding cake topper happiness, or even close, but just the raw honesty here…I don’t know…I just so respect this character work, and the acting by David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel.

The familiarly haunting strains of guitar float over us and Booth looks away

He thinks about it, I think. Wondering if he can…what it will mean. He says yeah. And he wipes away a tear. And breaks my heart again in the process.

And Brennan knows. She knows what he’s sacrificing.

And then Booth…in what I think is one of the best moments of his life, tells her he has to move on. I love that. So honest, and so true. Booth, as we have discussed several times, has put others in front of himself, to his own detriment at times. When Rebecca wants Parker, he doesn’t really fight it. When Jared needs help, he steps in. And we have even seen him in the past accepting dismissals from Brennan. I, and I think he, chalks those up to his responsibility, and his unworthiness. I so know how he feels about that. I have joked in the past that I’m such a Booth in some ways, haha, but I totally get that idea of feeling guilty when something good happens to you. I don’t know if it’s an oldest child thing or what, but I think (not to project my issues onto Booth), but I think he has somewhat accepted this idea that he doesn’t deserve what he wants.

So for him, at this point, to admit…to say that he has to find someone who is going to love him for thirty, forty…fifty years.

I loved that. I was so proud of him. He took a risk, the risk we’ve been wanting him to take, and…it looks like it didn’t pay off. How can we now be mad at him? Out of anyone in the world, he’s the one she WOULD believe, but it’s not his responsibility to make her see.  And for once, he doesn’t take responsibility for what’s not his.

But…take a look at Brennan’s face in that above picture. She’s not without pain here. In fact, once he says he has to move on, she doesn’t look him in the eyes again.

She just says “I know.”  That is what makes me cry the most, I think. She has kind of just been staving off the inevitable.

Just as Booth has ‘known’, she has ‘known’. For a long time now, she’s just been desperately hoping that he never admitted that he needs that, so she didn’t have to admit that she didn’t have what it takes.

Him following after her reminds me of the pilot when he kind of jogs after her at the end, when she is walking away from the gravesite, and he kind of hustles after her and catches up to her.

Her leaning against him after they both kind of smiled sheepishly toward one another and begin walking away made me practically break out into hives.

I was like…um…no. The more I watch it, the more I see the WAY more clear headed view that people have, haha. You are more evolved than me! But at the time…I was feeling so stunned, like my OWN heart had been ripped out of my chest, that the idea that they were just going to go on as before, maybe go to the diner and get some pie for him and a salad for her…I just could not wrap my mind around that. Not then.

I needed everything in the world to stop moving. I wasn’t ready to move on just yet. I didn’t see how they were ready to move on just yet (and I still sort of don’t). But what I’m guessing ( and please, no spoilers), is that what we have here is a crack in the center (sorry for the cliché), but that we’ll begin to see aftershocks and little slivers of cracks over the next few weeks or so. I’m curious to know if anyone else will ever learn of this moment, or if this is another “What goes on between us is ours” moment. That will be interesting.

Brennan will have to deal with this. It’s not the same as him being fake dead, or him being in a coma, I guess. This is him being himself, the same him, with her every single day like ‘normal’ and it not being the same. I’m curious to know which one will be the first to say they can’t have it be like it was. We’ll see I guess. But, though ED and DB have double billing, the show IS called BONES and so Brennan’s character development is what is really going to drive the rest of this series. She has been presented with Booth’s feelings on the matter and now must deal with them. Not that I don’t love Booth, but basically, his feelings for her have somewhat become a plot point in her character development. His family issues and past and all of that are there for us to see as parts of BRENNAN’S relationship with him. It’s really all about her character. So in that way, it comes as no surprise that Booth would be the one to confess his feelings and now Brennan must react and work through that.

I am sorry for the delay in this post. I thought I’d have it done by Friday, but honestly it took me the whole weekend to do, and I didn’t want to rush it. A small point of admin…as far as this blog and the rest of the season…here is what I am thinking. I already do post my reviews after each ep on GMMR, and what I liked about this project was that I kind of looked back and re-watched the episodes and commented on them in hindsight, but also wasn’t just regurgitating my previous reviews (for the most part). So I kind of want to let some time settle between when I watch the rest of this season and when I update this blog. I was thinking that once we find out when season six starts, then right before that, I’ll start up again, and we’ll have a little pre-season six countdown with the rest of this season’s recaps. At that point, it will be like this most recent hiatus, and we’ll all be wanting to talk BONES again, I think. Does that make sense? I have enjoyed all 100 “Days” with you all, and really appreciate everyone who took the time to stop by and comment. I don’t care about the numbers, necessarily, but I really do just love the idea that I’m not the only person in the world who identifies with this show.

As I was writing this up, I just made caps of what I liked, but as I got to the end, I realized I had 99. Well, that just seems right, doesn’t it?

So…the 100th pic of this post is your Booth of the Day, the first Booth I ever saw. The first David Boreanaz I ever saw. It might not be that meaningful to you, but there is something very soothing about this Booth for me. Gray sweater, crisp white collar, dark coat, empathetic expression toward Brennan…I felt like this was going somewhere. I knew!

Peace, Love & Bones

~S

>>Bones on a Blue Line

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“I just don’t…I don’t want to disappear, without living the life I want to live”

BONES: Season Five:

The Bones on a Blue Line

 

Hey BONES pals! This review is quite almost word for word what i posted for GMMR this year, but basically… I don’t know, it’s how I feel about it. I don’t see any sense in re-wording things when I wrote them the way I wanted to the first time. I hope you don’t see that as a cop out.

Anyways, I’m just so happy that I actually made it through all 99 eps! With your help, of course!  Have you ever seen Julie & Julia? Well, there is this part where a blogger has a teeny freakout moment in the middle of her year long blog project that once the blog is over, she’ll be irrelevant and no one will care about her anymore. I cried when I saw that part because I thought…Oh, my baby blog project is going to end!  Haha, I am such a dork.

First of all, this episode marked the fact that we survived the two month BONES hiatus. Thank you to everyone who hung out over here on the 100 Days of Bones blog. I am very glad that I did this project, for personal reasons, as it got me back to a very special place with BONES. I always get nervous when I post reviews, thinking that no one will agree. That even one person has chosen to read some of these posts makes me feel like I’m not crazy! At least I’m not ALONE in my craziness.

 I hope you liked this episode, because I did. I think it has somewhat of a misfortune of being stuck in the position of being our first epi back AND the ep that precedes the 100th; those are tough shoes to fill.  Then again, we BONES fans are loyal and able to judge an episode based on itself, and I think when it comes down to it, this episode will always have a very special place in my heart.

In the interest of that, I want to share a bit about how this episode of BONES affected me personally. You remember a few weeks ago, when I took a bit of time off due to the death of my Gram. Well, a few years ago, my Gram was diagnosed with a pre-leukemia. But she was a tough lady, and she fought it. Earlier, this year, she had to enter the James Cancer research center, because her doctors felt that she had moved from pre- to existing leukemia. But again, she fought and did chemotherapy, and as of March 5th, 2010, she was leukemia free. It was amazing. We were all in shock at her recovery. I wish I could say the story ends there, but unfortunately, a week later, to the minute almost, she had a massive heart attack and as you know, passed away. Now, I know that was somewhat abrupt, and I’m not telling you this to make you feel sorry for me. I’m just setting up the story. So, fastforward through a weekend of family and friends and arrangements, and  it’s Monday, the 15th, and I’m standing at Gram’s calling hours, and I get an email from Kath with good news…I have the opportunity to screen episodes 99 and 100. I kind of put it out of my mind, but then later that night, I pulled up the link and I began watching. And within the first several minutes, as you can imagine, I was just stunned. Stunned. Sweets’ experience (though with a stranger) was like a mirror of my life, and I just kept blinking at the exact way it had fallen into my lap at that exact moment. BONES has just always had a way of hitting me right where my life is, and that night, though the circumstances seemed random, was just another example. That Sweets would befriend a young man who had been cured of leukemia only to see him die tragically, and for me to watch that episode on the exact same day as my Gram’s calling hours, it just was like a warm BONES blanket around me. I also thought it was kind of ironic( but then learned that it was really just an unfortunate juxtaposition of events, haha. Nah, on second thought, I’m going to go with ironic.) I love this show. I love being able to talk about this show with you, day after day, week after week; I wanted to talk about that moment with you THEN. I love that the show isn’t afraid to let its characters be troubled by the events in life. We have talked some in the past few months about how BONES affects and reflects out lives, and if you have any show moments like that, please tell me. I love those. Living life and sharing BONES is what this is about.

Now…

THE CASE:

A subway is derailed during a severe water main break, and in all of that, some bones are discovered. Brennan and Booth determine that the body belonged to Martin Aragon, a blind professional letter writer. Martin was caught in a Cyrano de Bergerac type of situation, and it may have cost him his life. As Booth and Brennan dig deeper, they see that what was a love triangle might be even more complicated between Martin’s writing partner Sophia, one of his clients, Colin, for whom he wrote letters to Officer McKenna Grant, whose boyfriend Eddie isn’t the best guy. But also, Martin wrote his own angry letter that was returned with a death threat. Meanwhile, Sweets, who was on the subway, must deal with the tragedy he witnessed and he concentrates on figuring out how he can live his life to the fullest. Also in the mix is the plotline that Brennan is being interviewed by a Japanese reporter. Her books are very popular, but when Brennan finds out that the lives of her characters are perceived as more ‘newsworthy’ than the science and cases in her novels, she is troubled. In the end, it was officer Grant who killed Martin with Eddie’s gun, for writing the letters for Colin, even though Sweets believes that Martin wrote the words for Sophia.

THE SQUINTS:

I don’t know about you, but Sweets’ line “I just don’t…I don’t want to disappear, without living the life I want to live” really made sense to me. I liked his character development in this episode.

Were you surprised that Sweets proposed to Daisy? I will admit that I didn’t hate her as much in this episode. I liked that Angela kind of took her under her wing. I also liked Angela’s actions and reactions with the magazine journalist. (Did anyone else think that now that Angela has presumably a lot of money that she could buy as many pigs as she wanted? Or am I the only evil one?)

I liked that Hodgins also took Daisy along with him (You seem to know your poop), even if it was just to get Daisy to tell Hodgins about Page 187! Ey yo! I don’t know how I feel about us just finding out that Angela has been helping with Brennan’s books, but I DID love that page 187 was Hodgins’ move. How great was he when he told Angela she should only sleep with guys that can’t read because otherwise she’ll never be rid of him.

Cam was kind of just there, but I did like her reaction to Hodgins’ chart.

BOOTH & BRENNAN:

I love Booth’s concern for Sweets. That is very special. This episode was interesting to me in that Booth was paired more with Sweets and Brennan paired more with Daisy. I don’t need a lot more of that in the future, but for this episode, it worked.

I also like that in some ways, Booth and Brennan were the B Plot. I laughed when Brennan was trying to explain to the writer that while Booth’s symmetry is very pleasing, he is not Agent Andy. BONESpal Lauren said that she thought Booth might be kind of bummed that Brennan hasn’t  been writing all of those steamy scenes with him in mind, but can now see how “Amanda” had sex with “Andy”. Ha! Can’t you just imagine Angela laying back with a bottle of wine and and helping Brennan write a sex scene with Booth in mind?  Meanwhile, Brennan is studiously taking notes? Haha. I didn’t understand necessarily that Brennan would need help with the ‘sparky bits’ as Angela called them. Pop culture stuff, I can see that. What are your thoughts on all of that, as far as Booth’s reaction, and the fact that Brennan got some help?

Brennan was totally great in this episode, and I did laugh a lot at her frustration on behalf of science. I LOVED the scene at the pawn shop, when Booth is all Booth-y and she brags on him to the journalist.  Booth murmuring, “Don’t say dirtbag” and also Brennan’s, “What? We got him”. I love that whole scene.

But what I loved MOST about this episode was the B&B ending. It is by far one of the most intriguing scenes between the two of them. For one thing, didn’t you get the idea that Brennan wasn’t surprised to see him? And yet she was still in her night robe. Not sexy, or anything, although she did look pretty. But the complete way they were comfortable with one another just spoke incredible volumes to me. It was romantic in their friendshippy way.

Remember in Man in the SUV, when Brennan shows up and Booth is shirtless?

To me, this was like kind of a reversal of that, but without the nervousness. I loved how she invited him right in and asked if he wanted a drink and food and he was like, “A Drink. Scotch”. And he SO was checking her out!

And I love how cute she is when she realizes he’s teasing about Plato/Play-doh

I love that even when Booth jokes about joking…

…she proceeds to explain to him about Plato. That is so her character! There is ALWAYS a lesson to be learned, right?

Ah! I am so excited that this time tomorrow, you’ll all (I HOPE) be watching the 100th episode! I loved it, and I have been smiling since I saw it. Please be sure to watch it from 8-9 PM or whenever it airs in your area as much as possible. We want FOX to see that we LOVE our show and we want to prove it with the ratings.

Anyways…I’ll be back Friday with my 100 thoughts, but for now, I want to just say thanks again to everyone.

Cheers from me, and Booth.

from

The Bones that Foam: Season Four

 

Peace, Love & Bones,

~S

 

<<The Parts in the Sum of the Whole

>>The Devil in the Details

I have to admit it’s eerie that when I move, she follows me as if she knows exactly where I am.

That’s because she can see you.

It’s a window, Bones. Not a two-way mirror.

 

BONES: Season Five

The Devil in the Details

 

Lots of ‘Ds’ going on in our titles these days 🙂

I like this episode. It’s not one of my all time faves, but as a 98th episode goes, I’m not complaining.

THE CASE:

Booth and Brennan are called to a church where human remains are found. They are badly burned in a way that suggests sacrifice, and the head of the victim sports bone-like devil horns and a tail. This of course sets Booth and Brennan at odds, as religion is one of their few points of disagreement. Brennan is fascinated by the remains, as she has never seen anything like it. Booth on the other hand is anxious to get it out of the church and back to the lab.

Once there, the team determines that the body was burned by standard, run of the mill motor oil. The horns were cosmetically attached, but Brennan identifies that the tail is natural.  The victim is Neal Lowry, a schizophrenic patient of Havenhurst sanitarium.

Booth questions Neal’s mother and brother. They reveal that at age 14, Neal was suffering emotionally after the death of his father. He often set things on fire, and it was recommended that his tail be removed, but at that point, he wanted to keep it.

Joshua Malina! Excellent guest star of the week! I will never give up hope that SPORTS NIGHT will somehow come back on the air. In this episode, he is portraying the doctor at the sanitarium, Dr. Copeland. Dr. Copeland introduces Booth, Brennan and Sweets to Neviah, a pretty woman who believes she is the living incarnation of an angel whose body is taken over by God for his will. She has created a painting which depicts a crucifixion, specifically, her killing Neal. The wound on the painting matches the wound on his body. 

But when Angela uses her tricks on the painting, she sees that there is another painting underneath on the canvas, and it conveys Neal being carried by a nurse named Lloyd (also portrayed with devil horns) and the interpretation is that he killed Neal.

B&B stop Lloyd in his truck and find weapons and heroin in the trunk, and when Dr. Womack has an episode and wants Lloyd’s special medicine, they have no choice but to search the entire hospital.

Later in the lab, Vasiri figures out that Neal died from being electrocuted. B&B and Sweets find a hideout that Neal labeled Hell, and then later, Angela, Sweets and Brennan figure out that Neal’s boots were placed on him by someone left-handed, after he was dead.

That person was his brother. He went to see Neal and pushed him back, causing the electrocution. And BONES breaks our hearts again with a case where wrong seems right, or at least done for the right reasons, and bad things happen to good people.

THE SQUINTS:

In this episode, the squint squad is fairly science-centered. There is not much about their personal lives, which is fine by me. Our squintern is Vasiri, and I guess his storyline is the most personal. He tells us he was a translator, which I didn’t know, and that one day, in Iraq, his group was attacked, and he killed the insurgent. His description of the fact that necessary evils still feel evil is very touching.

I liked that Angela used her art knowledge, and I liked her dynamic with Sweets.

Apparently, Sweets is an excellent LoonyBin CrazyAss sifter. Like Booth, I laughed when Dr. Copeland said he sounded more experienced on the phone and Brennan ‘interpreted’ that to mean Sweets sounded older. I did also like that he and Booth didn’t defer and allow Brennan to join the interrogation of Neviah. Sweets talking to the victim’s mother at the end was very moving.

More Cam and Hodgins friendshippy moments, for those of you keeping score at home.

BOOTH & BRENNAN:

The ‘foot activated vs. voice activated’ accelerator stuff was cute, and I smiled when Brennan realized that Booth was joking. Like I said before, those are the cutest moments!

 

 Although, was it ever really explained why Brennan was driving in this episode?  Oh well. A deleted scene, perhaps.

Also good to see that BONES isn’t afraid to deal with scary topics by having a dark and stormy night. Fun times. What I did NOT like that much was Booth’s attitude toward the inhabitants of the sanitarium. Come on, BONES writers, Booth is better than that, and we all know it.

Did you all notice the way Brennan kind of latched on to Booth’s arm when she was a bit creeped out by Neviah? Interesting.

 

That he’s wearing the gray suit when she does it is no surprise to me, but then again, I’m biased. Now, if we could just get him back into that white polo shirt…one more time! 🙂

 I really liked her rapport with Dr. Womack, and the irony that he was a patient but she still felt as if they’d had a lot in common was a fun moment. Even more meaningful was her conversation and apology to Dr. Copeland regarding their respective work.

I mentioned at the beginning that religion has always been one of the conflicts between Booth and Brennan personally, so I was glad that the writers included a small scene at the end with the two of them hashing out their thoughts. To me, that was less about religion and more about their personal values. Like in season one, when Brennan told Booth she didn’t have to respect what he does but she can still respect him, in this case, they both are presented with a situation and while their points of faith might skew differently, their innate acceptance that life can be good…that is the bridge between their differing opinions. The bridge is made up of honestly and vulnerability and facts and faith.

Life is good, BONES fans; life is very good.

Ah…

This Booth of the Day isn’t really related to this episode, but as I was  going through all the ones I’d pulled for this project, I realized I haven’t used this one (at least, I’m pretty  sure I haven’t!)  And frankly, that seems like a shame.

from

Two Bodies in the Lab

 

Peace, Love & Bones

~S

 

<<Bones on a Blue Line

>>The Dentist in the Ditch

Oh, did  you run a background check on Jared’s girlfriend?

Okay, why is everybody saying that to me like it’s some sort of terrible thing?

Cause it’s…kind of terrible.

BONES: Season Five

The Dentist in the Ditch

 

How did you like this episode? To me, it felt very standard issued BONES, which is a really good thing.  What I really liked about this episode was that the victim and the case were very interesting and very intricately woven into the episode as a whole. It was also cool to see Booth presented with two different situations of ‘not easy to come by’ love, something I believe he knows a little something about.

 

THE CASE:

 A man’s body is found at the site of a Civil War reenactment, but Brennan quickly determines that he’s not a Civil War victim. Not since Bodies in the Book have we seen a swarm of bugs like the armies of spiders we saw tonight in the lab. Ew, ew, ew; swarms are the worst. I’ll take eyeballs falling out of sockets before swarms.

Danny Peniard, a local dentist, is the victim. Booth and Brennan go to his home and his contractor is kicking his feet up. But he (Pickford) has a quick alibi; why would he kill Danny? Danny owed him money. Booth and Brennan need to talk to Danny’s ex-boyfriend, Chris. Chris and Booth don’t exactly hit it off as he’s not interested in answering Booth’s questions. But when Brennan finds an arrowhead that has the potential to match the fatal blow on Danny’s sternum, Chris has no choice but to go with Booth to the FBI building.

Another suspect includes Danny’s dental hygienist, Ms Bryceson, who claims he gave her Hepatitis C from mutual nicks while getting a syringe ready. But twist, Danny never had Hepatitis.

When Nigel Murray and his rhubarb help Brennan and Hodgins figure out that Danny was a football player, which takes Booth and Brennan to the football field. Brennan wants to know if another team member was threatened by Danny’s homosexuality, but the coach quickly dismisses that. The entire team is gay. When Brennan finds blood inside the football helmet, everyone on the team becomes a suspect.

But it’s an opposing player who becomes the number one suspect. Yet when Booth interrogates him, Ziglar reveals that he struggled more with his sexual attraction for Danny.

In the end, it was Pickford, who was also contracting Ms. Bryceson’s driveway paving and who stole from Danny. He and Danny fought and exchanged nasty words and Pickford killed him.

THE SQUINTS:

I totally get Cam’s reaction to the spiders, feeling like she wanted to burn any clothes that were even associated in the same room as the many legged things. I also liked that she encouraged Brennan to be more verbal in her praise.

It’s no secret that Vincent Nigel Murray is my all time favorite squintern, and I liked how Brennan fed him the right answer (dentist), and I really enjoyed his almost diabolical pursuit to receive praise from Brennan. His lab time with Hodgins was great.

Although, Hodgins is always great, and I really liked how he encouraged Vincent and then totally sold him out! Ha!

Angela’s time was minimal, but I did like that she out-rationalized Brennan, or whatever that was. Brennan returned the favor later by saying she wasn’t a genius. Good times.

And a big thank you to Dr. Sweets for his invaluable psychological insights into the human condition!

 

BOOTH & BRENNAN:

I realized something  again this time around, and that is that I can be a hypocrite toward Brennan. You see, whenever Booth makes a mistake or is overbearing, when his vulnerabilities or issues are more pronounced, he’s all the more attractive to me. When Brennan makes a mistake, I’m disappointed in her. That’s not very fair to her. This was made clear to me by Jared’s appearance in this episode. Despite the fact that Booth was right about Padme, it doesn’t really give him the excuse to be suspicious, right? Booth was wrong. Period. He was wrong, and Jared was right. Booth WOULD tell someone to go to hell. What I did and do always love is Booth openly sharing his thoughts and feelings about the whole thing with Brennan. They really don’t have secrets. Cheers to Brennan for reminding Booth that he believes in love and feelings.  It was very refreshing that their bickering this week was the two of them using each other’s words for their own arguments. Booth has a MAJOR blindspot where his brother is concerned, but I admit, I still love him 🙂

Raise your hand if you enjoyed Brennan being in the lab this episode! We had ourselves a good, old fashioned ‘Brennan examines the skeleton very seriously with funky music in the background’ scene, and it’s been awhile! Felt kind of good.

What also felt good was that for as much as Booth openly shared his thoughts with Brennan, she was equally open with him about her reservations about his suddenly changed value system. After all, if Booth was (and has been) so gung ho about her forgiving Max, why can’t he seem to use the same reasoning to be supportive of Jared and Padme? Despite her concerns that he sometimes is irrational, Brennan revealed a lot about herself by stating that she NEEDS Booth to be that way, otherwise, she must question many of her actions, and her trust in him. Wow. Wow, that is like major Brennan character development!

But they don’t stop there! Raise BOTH hands if you enjoyed Brennan’s toast at Founding Fathers. She believes Booth’s premise that love exists, even though she has no tangible proof. I’d say her tangible proof has brown eyes, is wearing a black shirt, a five o’clock shadow and an impressed look, but that just might be me. If you don’t agree with me, I might kick you under the table.

What kills me though is that it’s like Booth doesn’t even HEAR her when she says she believes in love. Remember when he told Dr. Wyatt that he would know if she loved him? Well, I’m sorry, but I think he needs glasses or something (oooh, yes please! Squint Booth!) She’s saying she believes in love, but more than that she is saying she believes HIM when he says love exists. To me there is a difference. That difference is him and the life they share.

I just don’t understand what else Brennan can do at this point to make him see. Perhaps he’s just waiting, still unsure. It’s possible. But to me, this is a sign. A sure sign that she has feelings for him.

It’s time for him to step up, like he promised a long time ago.

The “I’ll reveal myself to Bones” Booth

from

The Boy in the Time Capsule: Season Three

Peace, Love & Bones

~S

 

<<The Devil in the Details

>>The Proof in the Pudding

 

Sometimes you have to go with your brain over your gut.

That’s nice. I’d prefer that you always go with your brain over your gut because your gut cannot think.

Your brain can’t digest a breakfast burrito.

 

BONES: Season Five

The Proof in the Pudding

 

Well, the beginning of this episode makes me smile (and not necessarily just because of the David Boreanaz pelvic thrusts). Actually, the whole Michael Jackson thing is weird for me. First of all, I don’t care what anyone says, there is no way Brennan has no idea who Michael Jackson is. Not possible. Some pop culture references, I get that she might not get them, but this? Not possible. And Booth’s dancing is goofy, and for the first time, I’m weirded out by it. Not sure why.

But what DOES make me smile is the totally plausible idea that Booth, on a Friday after work, would pick up a pizza and eat some right away. And just as he’s about home, he turns around to go to the lab because…he’s gotta make sure his partner has eaten. I think THAT is the sweetest thing! One of my favorite things about this episode.
As far as the rest of the episode, it’s not one of my favorites. I know a lot of people love this episode more than any other BONES episode ever, but I don’t love it. I like it, and I smiled a lot, but it’s kind of ridiculous how good it is.

I know that doesn’t make sense…I’m just saying that it’s like…everything we want, rolled up into one episode, and to me, that’s just unrealistic. It’s like fanfiction. Please, you know I’m not judging that. I’m just saying that  SuperBooth and Team Brennan stand up to tyrannously mysterious government agency, solve one of the greatest mysteries of American history, and are done in time for a hearty breakfast? (and also dis Hacker???). Too good to be true. BONES pal Lauren says that maybe HH just figured it was time to throw us fans a bone.

Okay. I guess! 🙂

THE CASE:

Brennan, Cam, Angela, Hodgins, and Sweets are sequestered at the Jeffersonian by the GSA and given the task of identifying what the markers, bullet entry points (and the previous week’s previews) tell us may very well be the remains of John F. Kennedy. The GSA suits forbid them from declaring an identity; the J-team’s ONLY task is to determine cause of death.  Booth is anxious that ‘his people’ are without him,  and so he literally shoots his way into the Jeffersonian Forensics Lab where he then proceeds to use an FBI created perfect replica of Lee Harvey Oswald’s gun to shoot two (perfect) shots into cantaloupes. The ‘assignment’ is quickly shut down, even though the team is not convinced they have the full answers. They later find out that a congressional committee was considering exhuming Kennedy’s body, and it was a test or dry run.

THE SQUINTS:

I know I’ve said that I pretty much only like Sweets when he’s used professionally, but I didn’t mind the whole “slightly scared little brother who really just wants to hang out with the cool kids” thing he had going on in this episode. I like that he turned to Booth for guidance, and good for Booth for being cool about it. I laughed when Sweets basically said Booth probably had some anger issues but also was as awesome as a ninja.

Cam’s friendly loyalty to Booth is one of her best qualities. Since WE know that SHE knows that Booth loves Brennan, I thought it was very meaningful that she complimented Brennan at the end of the episode. I might be projecting on to Cam’s character, but I’d like to think that for her, it was a little glimmer of hope that Brennan might love Booth as much as he loves her.

 No squintern this week, and I’m glad, because it was just kind of the core team there, doing the stuff, and it allowed Angela and Hodgins to have some very meaningful moments. I totally bought into the Angela being pregnant storyline, and I thought Hodgins’ reaction was very good. He’s an orphan too, isn’t he? I am pretty sure he is, so I liked this idea of him still wanting to have a family. As for Angela, well, I’d say she has some thinking to do.

All in all, I thought the pregnancy test B-plot was good for three reasons.

  1. It allowed Cam to talk about Michelle, and it’s always good when they keep that storyline going.
  2. It allowed Hodgins to tell Angela that he loves her. I thought it was interesting that Angela considered Hodgins to be the second person she would tell (after Wendell, but since he wasn’t first, she still kept Hodgins as second).
  3. It allowed Brennan to tell Cam (and us) that she has not had sexual intercourse in quite some time.

 YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

BOOTH & BRENNAN:

Slight (but not at all really) spoiler alert: In the 100th episode, we get an answer to a question I had that came up in this episode. I won’t tell you the question, or anything else, and I realize that is a very, very lame spoiler, but I was still pleased by that.

Anyways, I love Brennan’s self-confidence and how she assumes Cam would be upset at her being pregnant as she would lose her superior work at the lab for a time. Haha!

Booth’s “I showed you mine, now show me yours” is just awesome, as is that whole scene where he is cocky, surrounded by the GSA agents.

Interesting that they brought Hacker back for this episode. Even though Brennan was a teensy bit happy to see him, I thought the general vibe (even from HIM) was that he is obviously the poor man’s Special Agent Seeley J. Booth. What struck me in this episode was a reminder that it’s possible Booth has turned down promotions in order to stay partners with Brennan (and his people).

But mostly Brennan. Remember how Booth told Dr Wyatt that he would KNOW if Brennan loved him? I felt like after he hugged her (which was the first time, I believe, that he hugged her when HE needed it; am I right?), when he was looking at her, and she was looking back at him, I thought…okay, Booth is seeing what we can see. She feels love for him.

The end scene is as sweet as the berries Brennan eats for breakfast. I do love it. It’s like one long squee-worthy moment. I like how Brennan waits around for Booth outside the diner. I just think they only have eyes for one another. Even when Sweets is talking, she keeps sparing glances toward Booth, and he to her. Once Sweets is gone, he offers his arm, and she accepts. It’s very friendshippy, but also very romantic. I guess maybe that is the word I am looking for to describe this episode. It’s incredibly romantic. I should just enjoy that and not complain!

The “Learning from her” Booth

from

The Proof in the Pudding: Season Five

 

Peace, Love & Bones

~S

<<The Dentist in the Ditch

>>The X in the File

You know, I won’t say anything about the scream if you won’t say anything about the gun.

Those terms are satisfactory.

BONES: Season Five

The X in the File

This was our first episode of 2010, and I will be honest and say that I didn’t appreciate this episode as much as I should have when it first aired. So it’s another episode I’ll chalk up to the “glad I did this project” tab.

Any X-Files fans out there? If so, you’ll have to let me know if this episode did right by it. I’ve never seen an episode (and BONESpal Bug told me the other day that it also has a lot of UST, so I’ll probably spare myself the pain. My youngest sister likes BONES, as I have mentioned, but our other sister is kind of on the fence. When I tell her that she needs to watch, she says she is already too committed to too many shows and just doesn’t have room in her heart or her life for another committment, and I get that. I do.)

Anyways, back to this episode.

I also remember that when this ep aired, BONES pal Bug tweeted something like “Booth: Important blogger; talk about an oxymoron.” Me:” Haha, Hey…wait!”  And I totally felt the same thing. I laughed at Booth’s line and then was like…oh, rats. Well, I’ll just live in the dream world that if Booth were to read this blog, he would think it was important 🙂

THE CASE

Booth and Brennan are called to Roswell, New Mexico, where a woman’s body has been found dead inside a silver casing type thing. Not that gross at all, and in fact, kind of a cool corpse! The local sheriff denies Booth his FBI jurisdiction (yes!) and so B&B have to stay in town to solve this case. Along the way, they have close encounters with human kind in the form of some quirky local characters (kind of reminded me of Season One: Man in the Bear. For those keeping score at home, this is a high compliment!). These non-aliens include the local sheriff, who becomes quite helpful, Delmy, the owner of the most famous UFO blog, Marvin, a man who was obsessed with seeking out UFOs (and also Ursula’s lover), and Marcia, the woman with the gun. While Booth interviews the locals, Brennan’s job includes investigating the body (dreaded flesh and all). She finds a memory card in the victim’s stomach connected to dental floss. The victim is Ursula LePine. Booth and Brennan check out her metal trailer and find that it was highly scientific, and when Angela gets the memory card cleared off, she and Cam see what appears to be a UFO.

After further research, it’s clear that what was on the SD card was not alien life form, but rather something else that needed covered up, dumping of chemicals, etc.  Booth and Brennan are up against a real challenge in Rachel Adams, who is leading all of that. But she’s not guilty of murder.

I kind of had that cantankerous ranching woman pegged as the murderer, so I was surprised when it was the diner/nostalgic toy owner. But it worked for me.

THE SQUINTS:

I am slightly offended by Angela that she would suggest using the Egyptian room with Wendell! I liked Wendell, though; I thought he was trying to do the right thing, even if he is somewhat optimistic. Although, he did tell Angela that it wasn’t smart to jump to conclusions, which is interesting.

As I was watching the scene with Hodgins and Wendell and Angela at the diner, I was thinking…what does this scene need? And in walked Sweets…awesome. So terrific. I like when Sweets is used professionally in BONES episodes, so I really appreciated Sweets when he was talking with Hodgins. Oh, Hodgins! I know some of y’all live for Hodgins scenes, so I’m very interested in hearing what YOU thought of him in this episode, ESPECIALLY his experiment.

I expected Cam to make a comment to Hodgins, or maybe another comment to Angela or Wendell. She didn’t, which I suppose was also a statement; let’s be professional.

BOOTH & BRENNAN:

I LOVED that when Brennan was working with the body and the MRI machine that she screamed like the girl we know she is.

And I love Booth’s reaction to go for his gun.

 Booth making her a deal that he wouldn’t tell about it if she didn’t tell about the gun was great. “Those terms are satisfactory”. Haha. I also liked that Brennan had to work with flesh.  Was Booth even watching the road as he drove? I think not. In the mega-good times column is that at the space diner, the photo that Booth liked is actually a picture of his (David Boreanaz’) own dad.

B&B,  they like each other. Brennan especially thought it was pretty cool when Booth got that fingerprint with the tape, etc. He called it magic; she called it science, but either way it worked. I think Booth’s affection for Brennan was also clear when he looked at her after Marvin called aliens ‘cold, heartless scientists’. (minute 27:44)

I also think Booth bought himself a gumball machine! As far as the end, I always love when Brennan is relaxed enough to tell jokes. It’s usually just around Booth, but it’s also usually not really relaxed. Usually, she plans her delivery, so I really enjoyed the scene at the end when she was joking with Booth, very spontaneous and personal, and also kind of making fun of herself and anthropology. I kind of thought it might get romantic and that Booth might tell her she was worth crossing literally astronomical distances to look at, but I also thought it was sweet that he teased her. And they agreed on no probing. I’d say those terms are satisfactory as well. This end scene really stood out to me this time around, though, and I actually cried when I watched it. There is just a very sweet innocence to Brennan the whole time that makes me think that she was probably a very sweet child and young teenager. This (combined with Marco/Polo, loving rainbows, Smurfette, Cyndi Lauper) all of it just made my heart break this time around, I guess. Re-watch it and let me know what you think.

I love when Booth teases her, but what I love more than that are the exact instants when Brennan realizes she’s being teased, and then Booth’s face when he sees that she gets it. They are very sweet.

I think that Brennan is able to trust Booth because in the beginning, he basically forced his way into helping her deal with her family. Not that this episode was about her family at all…it’s just still that same idea, I think.

She can trust him, that’s the point. And she’s been learning that many years. Like this moment, where he takes care of her (and she may or may not be kissing his hand, haha).

The “Taking care of her” Booth

from

The Widow’s Son in the Windshield: Season Three

 

 

Peace, Love & Bones,

~S

<<The Proof in the Pudding

>>The Goop on the Girl

 It’s just evidence.

BONES: Season Five

The Goop on the Girl

 

So… BONES just treats us right at Christmas time, doesn’t it? I love watching these episodes, even when the weather is so nice ( and in Ohio, it is SO NICE!) But Christmasy BONES puts me in a great mood.

I will admit that I wasn’t as spoiler free as I should have been about this episode. I watched a couple of the promo vids, and I shouldn’t have, as they ended up being pretty much ALL of the Zooey Deschanel scenes. But for the most part, I love this episode.

Do you?

THE CASE:

The episode starts with a Santa robbing a bank; he has a bomb strapped to his chest. Once he gets outside with the money, Booth is in the area and hears of the robbery. He gets to the scene just in time to hold the Santa at gunpoint.  It seemed to me that the Santa wasn’t interested in killing himself, and the bomb went off accidentally, leaving Santa (later identified as Holden Chevaleer) dead, and some witnesses covered in, well…goop. The prime witnesses are a cab driver, Booth, and a woman, Georgia Hartmeyer. She also becomes a suspect. Other suspects include a radio host, Owen Thiel, who angrily spouts out anti-materialistic radio waves, and Malaki Wallace, a bomb making expert.

I thought it was pretty creative that Holden was a patsy, forced to wear the Santa costume for the crime. And the scene with his mother in Booth’s office was heartbreaking. One of the most prevalent themes of BONES is ‘redemption’, and this episode featured that as Owen’s story. I liked his ‘confession’ at the end of the episode, and the entire team standing at the gravesite on Christmas morning felt very season one in a heartcrushingly good way.

Were you surprised that Georgia and the cab driver were in on it together?

THE SQUINTS:

You know how I feel about Daisy and Sweets when he’s with Daisy, so in the interest of Christmas spirit, I’ll just leave it at that. What I find so intriguing is the idea that Sweets is at Brennan’s Christmas dinner “For Agent Booth”. So…I wonder if Brennan invited him, saying it would be meaningful to Booth, or if Booth invited him (basically as a co-host). 

Haha! Hodgins’ and Angela’s reactions to Booth in the lab. Booth is highly evolved!

Angela and Hodgins may have tried to sneak a moment past me, but…I don’t know. I’m still not convinced that they are meant to be together. What was with Hodgins quoting Booth’s “There’s more than one kind of family.” Um, hello! True statement, though. I liked the moment where Angela and Cam were talking to Hodgins when he had on his fake bomb prototype. And I really enjoyed that Cam’s part in the episode included her relationship with Michelle. I also LOVE the look on her face when she walks in on B&B in the evidence room.

BOOTH & BRENNAN:

We have discussed before that when this is all said and done, Brennan will be the one who will basically ‘save’ Booth. I don’t mean to be dramatic, but what is interesting to me is that for all of Brennan’s ‘angst’ (for lack of a better word) at the beginning of this series, she really has little at this point. While she might have some tension in her extended family life, it’s not a secret that Max cares a lot about her. She has a very fulfilling job and very good friends. Booth on the other hand is now the ‘lonely’ one, I guess. I always feel bad for him when Rebecca takes Parker away from him at Christmas. It’s kind of an overdone plot at this point, but in the interest of…

…I’ll let it slide. Ha. I’m so generous around the holidays.

Honestly…I don’t care what anyone says. Our favorite girl Brennan is hooked on our man, Booth.

That’s not to say he’s not hooked on her, too. I mean…only in his dreams, right?

Very smart of the writers to once again give us this kind of scene and have it be all about ‘just evidence’. Ha!

But what is nice is that beyond all of that stuff is a good case and B&B do a great job with it.

I had also forgotten about the scene where B&B have drinks together and talk about family. That is actually a really, really great scene with some bickering and Booth kind of having a double standard (telling Brennan that she should hang out with Margaret but saying that Jared is too annoying). What is fun is that Brennan sees right through him (even though she is slightly hurt by him saying she has a mania for logic).

But I like that Brennan gets to brag a bit after Margaret uses Ben Franklin to dis Booth’s compliment of her (and Brennan’s) beauty.

I also love that Brennan tells Margaret that Booth is pleasing to look at.

I know some people were slightly disappointed at the lack of a major B&B moment at the end of this episode, and I and my shipper heart agree somewhat. It would have been nice to see a nod to some mistletoe or a private conversation, that kind of thing.

But I also really, really have a lot of respect for this show and they way they brought about the ‘family’ type of feeling. It’s not ALL about Booth and Brennan (allegedly, haha). Having said that…I really love the part in the SUV when Brennan is very honest with Booth about how she feels about Holden’s mother having to bury him alone. Booth is kind of like the sieve between Brennan & her emotions and the rest of the world. Sieve, filter, human sounding board, whatever. I so love her honesty with him. It’s not always about him, but she trusts him to see a part of her that she doesn’t always reveal to others. So yes, while this episode was revealing as far as Booth’s body is  concerned…

(sorry, I couldn’t resist one more. Oh, and $10 says that Booth doesn’t know what she’s talking about. All he hears is ‘perfect’ and he grins. Cocky!)

…anyways…as revealing as it is in that way, it’s also revealing of Brennan’s inner thoughts and feelings toward family and life in general.

I love that.

I love that Booth asks her if she wants to go to the funeral, and she just simply says “Yes. Then she won’t be alone.”

Beautiful, beautiful. Inside and out.  I’m not the only one who thinks so, either.

There is a reason I love this show. Well, there are a lot of reasons. But one of them is this exact type of thing.

I think there are a lot of reasons why each one of us came around to BONES, but if I had to guess why we all stick around, it’s because of relationships.

One of my favorite parts is when Angela asks Hodgins if they should feel like big giant losers because they aren’t spending Christmas with family. I’m not saying that I want to spend MY Christmas with you all every year, and I am not saying I don’t like my family. I’m just saying that there is something very, very, very, very special about BONESlove all over the globe. Do me a favor (as a belated Christmas gift, how about!) and let me know what country you are from. I just think it’s so cool that people love BONES all over the world.

As far as the end, I like that Margaret tries to toss Brennan some love advice re: Booth. Yes, Brennan! Venture some bait!

And okay, okay…there are other reasons I love this show. Like this…

and this…

The ” Heart-crushingly cute” Booth

from

The Goop on the Girl: Season Five

 

 

Peace (on Earth!), Love & Bones,

~S

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