Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bones Episode Review - 3.16 "The Man in the Outhouse"


This episode is a great example of why I don't like reading sides. I knew about the Brennan dating two guys story as early as May, and immediately hated it. Over the summer I reinforced this idea through further debates over the topic.

But, when it came to actually seeing the episode: I loved it.

I wouldn't put The Man in the Outhouse as a top favorite episode, but I would definitely rate it as a great episode of Bones. I think the plot was perfect for Brennan, even if I disagree with her reasoning, and I think it was a fun well-executed show.

However, that said, I do have one general beef with this episode, and it actually has nothing to do with the episode itself.

Written vs Aired order.

Grr, grumble, grr.

This episode proved again to my why that difference annoys me so much. I know this episode was written and show before Yanks in the U.K. But I cannot accept that as "fine" when I see Angela and Hodgins traipsing around like they didn't just end their long relationship and wedding plans recently. No, they weren't love dovey, but they acted just like they did any past episode where their relationship wasn't the focus of the week. Could they not have cut in just one awkward scene where they run into each other? Instead, we see Angela smiling at him in her office, during a discussion, like everything is fine.

Continuity errors like that take me completely out of the flow of the story.

But, I've been of that opinion for some time now, and I can't focus on that, at least for the episode-specific review.

Case

I'm still not sure what I think about this case. The beginning really made me roll my eyes. It felt silly. I like light Bones, but I don't like silly Bones.

I live in the South. I have even had the misfortune of having to use an outhouse on a hot day when visiting someone deep in the hills who had no electricity or running water. It's not pleasant.

But it's also not at all common. Why was there an outhouse next to an industrial looking building next to a moderately traveled road. I live in Tennessee, and you wouldn't even find that here.

From there, it did improve. There were plenty of suspect changes and you didn't know who did it until the end, but it also didn't make you go "Ohhhhh, that guy did it!" It actually made me think something more like, "That guy we saw at the beginning, for like...no time at all?" It was a bit of a lackluster reveal.

But it made a great backdrop to Brennan's story here. And I might be a little more forgiving when it comes to a character story like this one. Or not...

I like it when the bodies are icky in a cool way. The Player Under Pressure corpse is icky that sticks with you. This just reminded me of potty jokes that little boys find funny. Maybe it's just because I'm pregnant, but I really had to look away at some parts and I just found myself wishing they would get past the poo and talk about other aspects of the science. But noooo, they had to keep cracking about it, showing it, talking about it.

I want "cool" and "wow" science back. I'm mostly here for the characters, but I need cool science to back up the characters and keep us firmly on the opposite side of the line from pure soap operas. I hope we see cool science return again this season.

Daisy Wick
This episode did bring us the first 'new' rotating replacement for Zack, Daisy Wick, who definitely made an impression. While I'm pretty strongly on the side of let's-not-see-her-again-because-she's-so-darned-annoying, I think she brought a great dynamic for a one-episode arc. She was smart, pushy, goofy, prissy, and a perky, which is definitely something the lab never sees. She made a great contrast between the established personalities. And she made me laugh.

They teased Brennan vs Daisy well before finally having them meet. And it was perfect Brennan. But tenacious Daisy wouldn't give up. It's hard not to admire her pluck, at least a little. But Brennan's take on her rang true.

Daisy: We're two of a kind. You're like a hero to me.
Brennan: Hero worship exposes a lack of independent intellectual examination.

Daisy: She's so smart!
It went right over her perky little pony tail.

Hodgins, Angela, and Cam (3 support stooges)
Other than my beef about Hodgela and their lack of discomfort thanks to episode order issues...I can't find much to say about these three. This episode was very much a Brennan and Booth story. Hodgins was sedate and smug. He was a good foil for Daisy in that respect, but it was different Hodgins than we usually see. He was subtly funny, instead of his normal direct style.

He really didn't have nearly enough of his typical funny lines.
  • Stop making that face.
  • Drumroll...Optional.
Angela did get to pull out her skills, which I always love. Her picture analysis was a very important part of the case. And Cam had a couple of one-liners like:
  • You did everything but hire a sky writer.
  • You might want to keep a little mystery about yourself.
But her biggest scenes involved dressing down Daisy for going around her and the Angela/Cam scene that bothers me, in some respects.
Brennan: I don't understand why Booth has an issue with me seeing two men.
Cam: Guys like to think they're the only ones who should sleep with more than one person.
Angela: They like to be in control. Doesn't take a lot to throw the little darlings off their game.
Cam: Oh, yeah. And then you end up in bed, holding them, while they say "I don't know what's wrong. This has never happened before."
Brennan: He should be happy that I found a way to satisfy myself. It just happens to require two men.
Angela: I've done that. I miss college.
What bothers me isn't that they're being catty about men. No matter what, both sexes have discussions deriding the other side. It could involve chores, listening ability, talking, or sex. I think what I mind involves Booth. Early in season 1, Brennan assumes he sleeps around. Now Cam, who should know better than any of them about his fidelity in a relationship, is basically doing the same thing. Poor guy really can't get a break.

Sweets
Sweets really is getting some screen-time love so far this season, for better or worse.

Why is he there, in the beginning of the episode? Doesn't he have other FBI duties and patients? Do profilers really jump in that fast on a single death, unrelated to others? I just have a hard time buying him being in the lab there, like that. He does need to establish his worth, and god forbid we see any more bleepin serial killers anytime soon (with the exception of the Gravedigger), but that just seems thin to me. I do remember that they made a deal for profiling on demand, but do they really need him to jump in at every case?

That's not to say it wasn't funny.
  • These suits are so cool. I am a robot.
  • Do we need to take lessons in toilet training issues?
  • Whoever did this did not get enough therapy.
His sneeze made my stomach turn a bit (yeah, yeah, pregnant) but I loved Hodgins smirky "Bless you."

After that scene, I found him just plainly...adorable! Booth didn't push him down, but he still found ways to make himself uncomfortable, like telling Brennan she's hot, which surprised all three of them.

I really enjoyed this different dynamic with Booth. They had fun together. They played off each other very well. It seems that while Brennan may distrust Sweets post-Pain in the Heart, that Booth might trust him more. Either way, the interplay was funny.
Booth:...that guy is gay.
Brennan: He is not gay.
Booth: Please. Double cheeck kiss, tight Italian suit...
Sweets: Coldplay.
Booth: Never married.
Sweets: Coldplay.

Booth: She has issues.
Brennan: I do not have issues.
Booth: Case in point - Deep Sea Welder and A Botanist.
Sweets: What? Do they go into a bar?
Booth: No. Brennan's two boyfriends.
Sweets: Oh, right. Let me guess. That one's the Botanist?
Booth: (laughing) Yeah.
Sweets: (laughing)
He is definitely very attuned to Booth and Brennan and their own dynamic here. He tries to jump in at the elevator but Booth rebuffs him. He perks up again in the diner when Booth says he's looking out for her, and his grin at the end when Booth all but declares himself is cheek-pinchingly adorable. His cute call to Daisy to ask her out just tops it all off, even better. He's winning me over with his boyishness, step by step.

Brennan/Booth
These two are very intertwined in this episode, character arc wise, but it does start with Brennan.

We finally see the much talked about episode of Brennan dating two guys and, like I said above, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

This plot perfectly showcases Brennan. It showed that she will try to use logic to justify anything. It showed that she doesn't know herself as well as she thinks she does (and arguably as well as Booth might). It showed that she can be completely lacking in focus and bring the personal into work, while at the same time telling Daisy "I don't fraternize at work." And it showed how hard her explorations can be on others.

Morality aside, her actions are frankly selfish, as seen when the guys meet. From her stand point, or at least what she's professing, monogamy is silly. But she's not as sure of that as she claims, or she'd have an open, upfront, double-relationship a la Tilda Swinton. The fact that she doesn't tell each about the other shows the tenuous nature of her commitment to this path and one could assume one of two things. Either:
  • She's just selfish. She buys the lifestyle and it doesn't matter to her what the other parties think.
  • She's making excuses. This manner of living a shielding mechanism that's adopted under the guys of anthropological reasoning, but not practically thought through.
I think in many ways, at least by society's rules, Brennan is selfish. She decides what's correct and she believes that people who don't fall in line behind that are either not smart enough to get it, or too bogged down in societal morality to see the truth.

But, I don't think that's the main motivation for this action. I do think she's shielding herself, and we see a hint of that in the end when she admits the sting of rejection still hurts.

She loudly professes that "I don not make excuses. Only people who are ashamed make excuses." But at the same time she's trying as hard as she can to get away from Booth and his pointed feelers. And that's something that continues throughout the episode. Booth has her firmly on the run as she tries hard not to examine her choices at all.

She tries to find allies in the people they run into (read, murder suspects) to shore up her position, but it never works.
Brennan: See, Booth? This is a woman enlightened enough not to expect a monogamous relationship. ... Perhaps she's not so enlightened.

Brennan: Just because someone seeks an alternative sexual outlet, it doesn't mean that they're a coward.
And she tries to make excuses, even after professing that she doesn't do that.
Brennan: Perhaps he wasn't fully satisfied in a long-term relationship.
Booth: Bones...
Brennan: What? It's understandable. Needs change.
At the end, after deciding in favor of monogamy, she still won't give Booth any slack or admit in the slightest she might have listened to him.

Booth's take on it all was pretty mature and reminded me of his statement to Sweets in Pain: Don't you know by now that you can't rush her? Poor guy has to repeat that to himself daily, I'm sure. It can't be easy to deal with stuff like this but he does it with style and humor.

I assumed, wrongly, (stupid sides), that he would have a problem with her going after anyone, but especially two guys. I thought we might see some hurt, definitely some jealousy, but he took it all in stride. I do believe he knows her better than she does, in many ways, and could easily fill all three important roles for her: intellectual, physical, and emotional. He never worried that this would last. They argued about the morality but he was never worried that either of these guys would take her away. He firmly believes that any relationship that doesn't encompass all aspects of a person cannot last and therefore knew at the start this wouldn't be anything to worry about. This was no Sully. And, in the end, he was proven right.

The end scene with the two of them and Sweets was fantastic.
Sweets: Is it typical for you two to discuss your love lives?
Booth: Well, I mean, only when she has naked men in her apartment.
Brennan: That's not true. I'm very open about my relationships. As opposed to you.
Booth: Okay, what's that supposed to mean?
Brennan: Well, you're very secretive. As if discussing your sex life would somehow be offensive to me. I assume you are sexually active.
Booth: I do fine.
Sweets: Does it seem that your partnership provides a surrogate relationships, making it more difficult to form other bonds?
Brennan: A surrogate relationship wouldn't necessarily be such a bad thing because then I could avoid the sting of rejections. Which, however fleeting, is still uncomfortable.
Booth: Right.
Brennan nods.
Booth: Look. I'm sorry. You know, if Mark and Jason don't know how llucky they are...they don't deserve you, in the first place.
Brennan: All (or my?) relationships are temporary.
Booth: That's not true, Bones. You're wrong. There is someone for everyone. Someone you're meant to spend the rest of your life with. Alright? You just have to be open enough tos ee it. That's all.
She stares at him and Sweets grins like he's about to jump out of his skin.
Booth: Come on. I'll buy you dinner. It could be fun. In a strictly conversational setting.
Sweets: Surrogate relationship.
Booth: Surrogate nothing. It's a meal. With drinks. Strictly conversational.
Sweets: I could come too.
Brennan: Actually, our partnership does make it difficult to form other bonds, no offense.
Sweets: Our session isn't over yet.
Booth: How about Chinese?
Sweets: I love Chinese. Love it.
Brennan: I feel more like Thai.
Booth: Thai? But I got coupons to Hop Li.
Brennan: You're going to take me out for a discount meal?
I don't know what Booth's bold-faced, but slightly short of complete, declaration means for them. Sweets saw it, we saw it, but Brennan just stared at him. I think between telling her that she just needed to "be open enough to see it" and his quick retort "surrogate nothing" that he was fairly clear.

I think he's been clear on Brennan for a long time, but afraid to take the jump. I still don't think she's clear when it comes to him though. She resists every hint that she has truly bonded to him. She can jump on 'surrogate relationship' but gets angry when any true bond is mentioned (like in Pain when Sweets tries to highlight it) or at any notion that Booth can influence her. I do hope we see strides with her this season, or Booth attempting a move, anything!

19 comments:

Milky said...

I loved the epp.
The only things that really bother me are the Hodgela-as-if-nothing-had-happened and...
Since the whole 'Brennan-dating-two-guys' issue has been discussed, I've read that if she was going to be 'lucky' Booth deserved the same consideration. After all, we know nothing of his romantic life since Cam... Specially if we consider that he could be simply 'waiting' for Brennan, not wanting to get involved in 'just sex' relationships.

But then he says he 'does fine'?
I couldn't help but be surprised, and I'm still not sure what to make of it.

Wendy said...

He has a completely different attitude from Brennan. He gets "lucky" with anyone, he starts planning more and more of a life with them. He can't just play around like she does and if we ever have a plot like that for him I will have a lot to say about it :P

alison said...

I really like the episode.
I wasn't sure what to think of the final scene between BB, though. and how aware Booth is of his feelings for Brennan. It almost seemed like he wanted her to understand the philosophy of 'there is someone out there for you.' but he wasn't pushing the fact that he was that one person. Is that just giving her time? or is he unsure/holding back?

You seemed to think that Booth was being transparent about the fact that he is that one, though?

Amanda said...

I'm reading the "I do fine" as a subtle way of Booth saying "I haven't had any in a long, long time."

'Cuz that's pretty much how anyone I know would put it.

**shrugs**

I do agree that Booth is being transparent about his feelings. He's just biding his time until she's ready (or able) to accept them.

Anonymous said...

The episode was good but also left a hallow feeling. To me it looks like from the first three episodes of this season that somehow B/B relationship has reverted back to the position where their relationship was at the time of season 3 premiere. There were increadibly close in the post-strike era of season 3 but now it feels like they have repelled back to their relationship in the season 3 premiere.
One more thing that is annoying to me is that the undercurrent for the first three episodes for Brennan's character was her emphasis on sex (sexual tension between her and Ian, she saying Ian will be very good in bed or that she missed her chance to sleep with Robin hood, her situation with two guys) and we haven't seen this kind of one-directional focus of hers on this topic in the first three seasons (only referred to biological urges in the seasons before this or something). All of her antics this season has left poor Booth looking like he is jealous (which I don't think he is) or waiting for her to come around before he makes a move for her (which migh take eternity) but by his own comments he is also active in relationships and quite happy too ( I do fine). I seriously doubt he too at this moment has any real feelings for her. He just seems to have a better prespective of relationships in camparison to her and while describing these to her it feels like he is waiting for...

cordy said...

I don't think his "I do fine" means he actually is/was sexually active, just evasive.
But during his little speech I did not get the feeling that he was speaking of himself, when he told her to be open enough to see. It rather seemed that he wants her to be happy even if this is with someone else.

Wendy said...

I also believe "I do fine" was an evasion.

catnapping said...

While I really loved the epilogue to this episode, there were many parts of it that annoyed me...

1a. why would the deep-sea welder give a damn if she's seeing anyone else? she's someone he visits for sex after long days at sea, yeah? i should think he'd be relieved to find that she's not pining for him.

1b. why does the term 'monogamy' even enter into this? is she not allowed to date more than one man? she's only sleeping with one of them, and unless she's specifically told someone that theirs is an exclusive relationship, i'm not sure how anyone could view her behavior as questionable...

2. i honestly could not see sweets' attraction to the temporary assistant, i.e. i didn't buy it. i think he would have found her just as annoying as the others did. and the fact that she 'minored' in psych wouldn't impress him, either...15 credits? please. these are people who've gone to school for years and years...hell, i've got 18 credits in psych...a very insignificant portion of the 252 credits racked up over the years. i pray to anyone listening that the writers do NOT start some icky relationship between those two.

****

personally, i would love to see a story arc in which bones gets jealous. to see booth actually look as though he might get serious with someone...someone with whom a relationship might grow to be more important to him than the one he has with bones.

Anonymous said...

I think you emphathize with Booth, but often misunderstand Brennan a bit. You are a little hard on her. Like you describe her as "selfish" but then what you describe is more that she is principle driven, i.e. that she believes to some extent in an external truth that is independent of people's perceptions. This leads her to disregard and undervalue people's opinions, which is rude but not really selfish.

Also, I definitely do not think that Booth has made up his mind about his feelings towards Brennan. Although, I find it endlessly amusing the way he can not stop himself from inserting himself into every relationship she has with a guy. No wonder she doesn't want to tell him about her dates, as soon as he hears about them he ends up talking to them and then soon after the relationship ends.

Joy_Booth said...

I totally agree! That last scene was so cute. But when he said that "you have to be open enough to see it" i was about ready to rip my hair out! I was like, girl I love you but COME ON! HE'S PRACTICALLY SPELLING IT OUT FOR YOU!!! They are so perfect for each other.
**sighs**

Trish said...

My take on the whole Booth, Brennan, monogamy, transparent feelings, etc. line of discussion is that a lot of this boils down to two things.

One goes back to what Booth said way back in Season 1 (I believe) about Brennan and still rings true -- "for someone who doesn't like psychology, she sure has a lot of it". Brennan dating two guys I didn't see as being selfish. I saw it, as Wendy put it, as a shielding mechanism. A lot of her views on relationships, etc. seem to stem back to her abandonment and the need to keep herself from actually feeling anything. Monogamy in her world view means focussed attachment which will ultimately lead to her heart being broken when someone leaves her.

The second thing is that darn line that Booth drew back in Season 2. I truly believe that Booth and Brennan are both very aware of their feelings for one another, but there is a lot of fear involved on both their parts. Probably moreso Brennan than Booth because of the aforementioned "psychology". (This is going to kind of go off track for a minute, but I promise it will all tie in in the end.)

Booth's moral compass is based in his religion; therefore, monogamy is very important to him as Wendy pointed out in the whole Cam/Angela/Brennan discussion (which I also found very uncomfortable for that reason). He's not "that guy"; he's evolved. His discomfort about showing any emotion toward Cam when they were dating in front of Brennan was a pretty clear sign of that. It seemed to feel like cheating. In his mind he is in a monogamous relationship with Brennan.

It would also seem that he had a good deal of time to think about things while presumed dead for those two weeks and then dealing with Brennan's emotional aftermath. He truly loves her and has come to the realization that no matter what, he wants the best for her. Granted that would be him, but as long as she's happy he can try to be happy for her and still make himself available to be that emotional support that she needs.

The whole "I do fine" comment was an evasion. He is not going to admit that he hasn't had a serious relationship in forever in front of Sweets. He's still a man and ego still plays into it somewhat. But even though Booth knows Brennan a whole lot better than most people and probably even better than herself at times, in this case he is forgetting one very important thing -- she's very literal. Until he takes that line out of play, and it has to be "Bones, I hereby erase that line that I drew.", no matter how subtle he tries to be about expressing his feelings for her it's not going to be "Wow, Booth loves me as a woman and not an adopted little sister." per his there is more than one type of family declaration.

That's my take on it. Personally, I hope they spend this season being a little more open with their "transparent" declarations and getting more comfortable with them, but wait at least another season before actually acting on them.

alison said...

I like everyone's ideas on BB feelings, transparency, etc. Trish, I think you've converted me to your perspective.
It'll be interesting see how it all progresses this season....

Milk Mama said...

I could watch that last scene again and again... and I have. ;)

This was one of my favorite episodes ever.

Nobody needs to worry about the Hodgela thing, I'm sure that'll be addressed in time. You know... space out the drama.... :D

Brittany said...

I personally loved the episode. ((Even if the lack of awkward interaction between Angela and Hodgins irritated me to no end.)) I tend to focus primarily singularly on B&B the first time I watch a new episode, and I agree with everything you said. "I do fine" = total evasion. He doesn't want to admit that he hasn't gotten any since Cam ((I would assume)) in front of her, because she would probably start questioning him as to why. Also, Sweets SO knows. I'm interested in what he'll do with them during their sessions now that I'm positive he knows.

One more thing -- during the elevator scene, when Booth walks away with Sweets and Sweets asks him how he feels about Brennan being on a date, and him responding "It's not about me. It's about her," I think perfectly sums up Booth's attitude in this episode about her and her relationships. He just wants her to be happy.

firefairyangel said...

Technically, Brennan was doing nothing wrong. Not unless she had told either Mark or Jason that she was seeing them exclusively. They seemed to have just assumed that she was seeing one guy, themselves.

I think a lot of Booth's attitude toward her stemmed from concern over how she would act if she was ever in a relationship with him. He's a very faithful person, so he doesn't want to think about "his" Bones being with others at the same time.

I don't think he's jealous necessarily, because I doubt it ever entered into his mind that either of these guys were going to be around long. He also seemed to expect that the situation would blow up in her face, but was quite nice about it in the end. He seemed ready to tease her, but quickly changed to sympathy once he saw how sad she was.

I also think her saying "a surrogate relationship might not be such a bad thing" was as close as we're going to get right now to Brennan admitting her feelings. It's pretty much saying that she knows Booth won't reject her. And notice how Brennan's the one to shut Sweets out quickly when he tries to invite himself.

heirofloki said...

I've been trying to gather my thoughts for a while, so that I could competently comment on this one. Particularly on B&B. Here's what I've got:

I see Booth as something of a serial monogamist. The relationships we've seen him in (the lawyer in season one, cam in Season 2), make me think that though faithful, he is not as keen on commitment as we would think. Remember that vacation trip he and the lawyer were planning back on S1? The expression on his face when Angela compares that to moving in together is a mixture of panic and confusion. His conversation with Cam at the end of s2 also spoke volumes: They weren't going anywhere and deep down they both knew it. That didn't stop him from being faithful and from obviously trying to make them happy. He seems to do that a lot, try to make people happy (which to me screams "Issues!" but let's not get into that just yet).

Brennan has repeatedly used the "anthropologically-speaking" bs to keep herself detached. She's even come clean about it (to Angela in the Glowing Bones). It's her coping mechanism. Add to that the fact that she's truly clueless about people and you get the 2-men debacle in the lab. She truly didn't see the harm in it, and expected the guys to be okay with it. And if we're gonna be completely rational, why shouldn't they be? She wasn't demanding faithfulness or exclusivity. The botanist could be having sex with another woman and the deep-sea diver could go out to gallery-openings with whoever he wanted. She wouldn't have cared. Being rejected and/or betrayed (the inherent dangers of being exclusive or falling in love): that's what scares her. That, she does care about.

Deepa Dev said...

Did anyone else know that the actor who played Mark Gaffney is "Brennan Elliot" - coincidence ;)?

ADDhole said...

Way back in the Gordon Gordon Golden Age the fact that "Whatever [Booth] aims at (for), he hits . . . " has everything to do with the B&B relationship. Booth was a sniper - that takes patience; lots of it - waiting for "the shot." I have to agree that Booth is a monogamist - with the allowance that he doesn't commit. He wants to . . it's his value system but not his lifestyle . . . EXCEPT when it comes to Brennan.

Brennan depends on Booth for filling in all the areas she never placed any concentration upon as she matured. Concentration and focus are the fundamental tools of an FBI special agent or scientist. Neither one is oblivious to what is transpiring between them. Brennan is constantly testing how trustworthy Booth is. She has no history of such relationships with men. Her father and brother both disappointed - alright - failed her in that capacity and it was actually Booth that persuaded her to give either of them another chance.

There can only be once "center." Brennan pointed out that two objects can not occupy the exact same place at the exact same time. She knows (as does Booth) there is only one at the center and that is Seeley Booth. What holds it all together is Booth. That he includes her - always includes her - is what gives her the sense of trust and security to test ever broader , more encompassing and arcing sweeps in the orbits she takes exploring the dynamics of intimacy in relationships.

The gravitational pull, the force of their attraction, is entirely dependent on Booth being that center and having sufficient substance to hold her in a stationary orbit. They are knit together of unseen stuff at the atomic level. Booth is the "neutral" core with the positive charge - the nucleus, and Brennan the electron, with a negative charge, spinning wildly about.

At the end of the "Man in the Outhouse" we have Booth's substance on full display. That look which fused them and held them together was the full power of their attraction. It was from the very essence of the bond between them and it was because of Booth's substance. He exerted his influence and she fed on that energy like her very life depended upon it. That is the contrast between their relationship of trust and her relationship of mistrust with all other men. Even Zach has betrayed her. Even . . . Zach!

She has compartmentalized dealings with all other men. There are distinct boundaries and no one is allowed to cross those except Booth and he makes it a point to trespass without apology. He even did so in her Oxford speech. He does so, in this episode, with both of her suitors. Her sexual stimulus from one man and intellectual stimulus from another allowed her to exclude her emotional attachment to either. She makes a HUGE admission in the session with Sweets by confessing the sting of rejection and her belief she will never find a lifetime of love and depth of relationship on all three levels. She was scared, in the dark and falling and Booth caught her with words that were his deepest held conviction and wit ha look that never blinked and never dimmed.

That is powerful. That is nuclear. That is HOT. (And, Ladies . . ) That is a Man.

Shep said...

Great review Wendy, as always! You understood the Brennan/Booth moments perfectly and I completely agree.

This episode had me laughing from the very beginning when the guy got his arse blown up!

The Daisy/Sweets thing was just awwwwwwww, despite Daisy being downright annoying! Sweets was adorable with his boyish grin at the end!

What I love about Booth and Brennan's opinions on romance and sex is that they contradict all the clich├ęd ideas - usually, you'd expect the guy to have non-committal sex with woman and the woman to be more on the romantic, there-has-to-be-a-relationship side. With B&B, this is the other way around because of their personalities - Brennan is the rational one and Booth is the people-person. Having said that, I do not condone in any way the fact that Brennan was dating two guys.

I couldn't help but smile at Booth and Sweets' interuption and analysis of Brennan's dates, and the smirk on Booth's face - the guy knows he's better than both of them!

I loved Booth's speech to her at the end - reminiscent of the ending of Death in the Saddle and
Booth's confidence had me grinning too.
It seems that Booth has known about his feelings for Brennan for a long time but just hasn't made a move. I get the feeling that he still wants to push Brennan even more and break down the (extremely thick) walls she has created when it comes to a committed relationship and get her to at least hint - openly - that she returns those feelings. Deep down, no matter how hard she tries to deny it, Brennan knows too that Booth is the guy for her but is scared because of her logical approach to matters. When Booth said 'you just have to be open enough to see it', I could practically hear his brain screaming 'not it, you idiot, me - open enough to see me!' And the way he looked at her combined with the silence afterward proved it!

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