Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bones Episode Review: 5.05 "A Night at the Bones Museum"



Thank you to Jeannie for helping me get back on track with support, encouragement, and advice!

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A Night at the Bones Museum
The case - What I like:

I like that the real focus of the case isn't even the current murder. I love how it shows a new side of Brennan (though I think the girlie scream session with Daisy went just a tad overboard). I love how it pulled in everyone and I did not suspect the killer. On that respect that barely showed him, however, so there was little emphasis on him at all. Not that it mattered - Anok was the important part here!

Booth breaking the door down to get into the victim's office. Brennan liked it too! He needs some manliness, even superficial, as he rediscovers himself.

What I don't like:

I cannot stand this new dramatic ending to the cold open. Don't misunderstand - drama is fine. When they book Booth, Brennan, or both of them look stupid it's not OK! Either make the lines truly dramatic, or truly funny. In this episode Booth's line could have been funny, but they seemed to have intended drama.
Booth: So, what are you saying? The Mummy killed someone?
What they got was "Booth looks like an idiot." It doesn't work! Just like Brennan dramatically declaring that the Amish victim was centuries old. The way they set that up didn't work either. It just made her look like she was missing the conclusion entirely.

And, a constant beef - I hate how they handle evidence. They see blood dripping out of the coffin and Booth just grabs the cover of the sarcophagus which could contain, oh, I don't know... finger prints? Fiber evidence? I know that's about as likely to change as Booth wearing gloves, or a seat belt, but I still hate it.




What I'm not sure about:

The 'close to home' nature of the case. Last time we had a murder this close to home it affected Brennan, and the entire team greatly. Granted, we had 'gorgonzola' on the loose at the time, but even in the end, when the serial killer was ruled out, it still made a huge impact on Brennan especially.

This time we're a step further away, on the museum side of things, but we're still at the Jeffersonian. We even have an anthropologist, a pretty one, who (even if she is 'unexceptional') is very committed to her work and passionate about ancient remains. And Brennan is completely unaffected. Angela, and to a lesser extent Cam, are the only connection to this woman. There's no talk of being afraid to work alone, no question about it being something they should worry about, nothing. While I love that this case tied in ancient remains, I feel that a bit of the humanity was lost. I don't think it would have taken much at all to give a nod to that either.

Daisy

They are portraying the interns so much more interestingly this year. When they panned to Daisy in the car I burst out laughing and thought the same thing I thought when Arastoo lost his accent - wow, she's interesting! Why couldn't they have done this last year? Did they not intend for the interns to stick around this long, feeling free to treat them in the writing as throwaway characters as well? I think the zack-lash would have been lessened if we could have related to the characters so well from the beginning.

By no means did she worm her way into everyone's heart (she still has her irritating quirks) but I loved the new side of Daisy we saw here. Instead of just being irritating, we saw below her surface traits into the actual person - her desire to do better, her relationship with Sweets, her inner strength. She actually became my favorite intern in this episode. This gives me hope that, with each episode, this former plot device, now integral part of the show, will continue to improve.
  • You are so brilliant Dr. Brennan. Thank you for giving me... another chance. And I swear I will speak in a more modulated tone. And then, only when asked.
  • Permission to speak?
  • --(H)--Well that lasted all of 10 seconds.
  • I try. I do.
  • I helped! (It's shakinbake, and I helped!)
  • Do I look stupid? Because I'm not, Lance. In face, there's lots of people who think I"m scary smart. Not about men, apparently.
  • We're close, aren't we?
  • You're a man. Lance is so cute, isn't he?
  • Do you want to be my Lancelot again?



Sweets


I have had a constant beef with how Sweets shows up at all the wrong times but his inappropriate appearances in this episode were perfect. From the crime scene push to brain on his coat I loved each new twist as the ropes got just a little tighter around the poor guy. He too became a little deeper, more interesting, and even a bit more lovable, as we saw how truly awful he can be at applying his own vast psychological knowledge when even the tiniest bit of his own emotions are involved. He lost all perspective when it came to Daisy and I just wanted to give him a big hug for it.
  • I alienate every woman I talk to
  • I promise that, if you ever fail in the future, I will do absolutely nothing but give you a hug
The geek sex was also perfectly uncomfortable, especially when contrasted with the suave and sensual interlude of Hodgins and Angela. It was weird, funny, and a bit heartwarming all at once.
Booth: Ouch. Personal favors are kind of like penalty shots. You kind of have to take them.
Whereas most doctors would seem to focus heavily on what is professionally appropriate, Sweets has no problems sweeping it all aside. He shows up to poke his fingers into brains or put on a hazmat suit to stare at bodies. He hates it when people barge in on him but he doesn't hesitate to chase Brennan down at a crime scene. On the one hand, the kid still has a lot of growing up to do. On the other....how 'professional and appropriate' do all of them really act
  • Angela: So you're spying on Daisy?
  • Sweets: No, no. I'm just staying close in case an intervention is required.
  • Angela: I thought you fixed her.
  • Sweets: It's a process.
Sweets: Emotional pain - that never dies.
Angela: He is Daisy's trainer. If she attacks, he can put her down.
Throughout most of this he is acting like Daisy's parent instead of her lover, something that Cam definitely sees.

Hodgins
  • We may be talking about a Pharaoh or Prince here.
I feel like the guy who geeked out on pirates is JUST under the surface here.
Cam: Hodgins found some 3,000 year old bugs, so he's all weepy.
The fact that Hodgins feels the need to bring up the he and the dead Doctor flirted is just classic Hodgins. He delights in saying strange, frightening, disturbing, or inappropriate things. Cam calling him out just feeds the joy!

He also delights in his intellectual prowess and loves to make people beg for his knowledge just a bit.
  • Hodgins: The urine of a red-headed boy.
  • Cam: We need so much more than that.
And then he gets to go into a detailed explanation of why he is 'the man'. Booth isn't the only man around here still working on getting his manhood back together. Hodgins is waaaaaaay ahead of him though. (In fairness, he just had to climb back out of his Zangela hole, not quite like having a hole in your brain.)
  • Hodgins: ...what he really is - a mere mass of chemicals.
  • Angela: That was the romantic notion I was going for.
Hodgins and Angela are like the flip of Booth and Brennan. She is spiritual and intuitive, he is all science and often brutally honest. Don't shoot me, but maybe they have to forever step aside as a couple to make way for BB? Two 'opposites attract' might be too much?
Hogins: You really don't need me for this conversation, do you?
Angela
  • Eww, and good.
Simple statements are sometimes all you need to see the character. Angela sees all at once. And, usually, accepts everything at once. She takes the good with the bad, on all levels, and considers it part of life. She doesn't have to like it all, but in her world view very little is truly 'wrong.' I think that is a defense mechanism for her. When she does get on a crusade (as we see in the next episode) she can't handle the consequences very well.

Her horrified looks at Brennan's excitement over the tangible, and the movie mummy, cracked me up.
  • A red-headed boy peed on her eye?
  • Any of those things scream 'pee'?
  • Angela: Celibate. Seeking crumbs. Spill.
  • Brennan: He's Booth's boss's boss. His name is Andrew.
  • Angela: Wait. This is his boss's boss? Was Booth upset?
  • Brennan: Yes. I don't know why.
  • Angela: Brennan. This could screw up the natural order of things. And Booth wishes that you were going out with him.
  • Brennan: I drink with him all the time. But with Andrew there's the potential for sex.
  • Angela: And not with Booth?
Brennan won't answer, but Angela's face says "I won't forget this!" Ah, friends. This is such a long-running topic between them!
Angela: C'mon Brennan. Be a pal! I need a vicarious thrill.



Cam
  • And, goodbye, I'm going to focus on Mr. Jerky.
Cam out of the office doing something other than barking orders is always a good thing. I like seeing her be useful. Whereas Goodman was nearly full-on administrator, Cam takes a far more hands-on role. She likes to be the boss, but she constantly proves she deserves it. Even if all she's doing is sheep herding and telling people to focus or connecting the various disciplines through her analysis, she's getting the job done.

A little mothering never hurts either! Her conversation with Sweets seems to say 'once a Mother, always a Mother.' It doesn't matter that she's only had a 16 year old under her wing for less than a year. She seems to have always had the instinct (just didn't want to ruin her body) and Michelle has awakened it. I love the conversation between she and Sweets:
  • Sweets: Dr. Saroyan. I'm having some serious problems with Daisy. Can I ask your advice?
  • Cam: No.
  • Sweets: No, really.
  • Cam: ReallyI have a 16 year old and, believe me, when it comes to dating advice I am batting a red hot zero.
  • Sweets: But you've been through this like a million times yourself (something a kid would totally say!)
  • Cam: Did you just call me old?
  • Sweets: Is that what it felt like?
  • Cam: Yeah
  • Sweets: You see, I can't help it. I alienate every woman I talk to. No matter how pure my motives.
  • Cam: Alright. Give me a ballpark. No specifics. I don't want specifics.
  • Sweets: The woman I love won't speak to me.
  • Cam: You are an excellent shrink. You know you can help people. But Daisy's not people. She's the person you love. The person you have to trust. If Daisy's going to screw up, you have to let her. It will show you have faith in her.
  • Sweets: That is superb advice.
  • Cam: It was kinda good, wasn't it?
  • Sweets: I thought I was taking care of her, but you're absolutely right. I was just insulting her. Thank yo.
  • Cam: No problem. And now we're done. Done. Dr. Sweets, you're crushing me and I think you're getting brain on your suit. Brain.
  • Sweets: It was a friendship hug.
  • Cam: And, an uncomfortable one



Booth and Brennan


Andrew - Dietrich Bader - is hard to take as a serious character. Even him attempting to dress down Booth makes me look for jokes. Don't get me wrong, I love the actor and I wish him well doing any role he can get. He did fine in it too. But he's just all comedy to me! I really couldn't accept him sweeping Brennan off her feet. She either wants the extreme intellectual or the extremely hot guy. He is neither.

The only way I can reason it out is that she is once again she going for the 'plumage'. He has power and a position of importance. He's not top of the food chain, but he's close. Far closer than Booth. She even puts Booth down, whereas she has specifically defended his abilities as "the best" before (of course qualifying that by saying she would only work with the best herself).
Booth: You know what, Bones? You're raining on my parade.
She's doing more than that, though, as he once again has to try to bury his feelings while she goes after someone else. Similar to Sully, it's someone he has to work with every day. You could go further and say that this is worse, however, because she has chosen someone, quote, unquote, better than him by going for his boss. Booth struggles constantly with feelings of inadequacy - the abusive father, the 'kill' debt he can never repay, the squints who talk above his head... It's always easiest for the ones you love to hurt you the most and Brennan continues to jump right into that water with both feet.

The reaction is not identical to Sully. Booth, Brennan, and their relationship - all of this has changed since then. In many ways, for the better, but when it comes to his confidence, not so far along. I think that, on the one hand, he is more in love with her than ever, and on the other more unsure of himself than ever. This isn't just superficial discomfort with attraction anymore.
Brennan: Andrew and I are attracted to each other. I'm sure neither of us will think of you for a second
We know how that turned out...

Brennan's admittance that a priceless ancient find is a motive for murder that she can understand just highlights again how far removed she can be from everyone. From her heartfelt connection to the girl in the fridge, this seems like a different woman, in some ways. As some suspect, is Booth's 2nd near-death experience and the near-revelation that he loves her just too much for her to handle? Many call her colder than ever this season. I do think she has pulled very far back. I know some of you do not like the baby plot but I found that to be a huge step forward for her (not that everyone who doesn't want children should change her mind). She had found a way to connect to the human condition on a deeper level. Maybe she felt like she should pass on her superior genes, sure, but I would strongly argue that was not the only reason she wanted to do it. Maybe she craved a more unconditional love - the kid who can't betray her the way a lover can. Maybe she knew that was a type of love she could bear to give. I wouldn't claim to know the full reasons why she changed her mind there but I do believe it to be a valid progression for the character who at once is so emotional and so emotionally closed off that I'm amazed she doesn't just snap in too from the strain. And now, this season, she has completely pulled back from that progression. She *is* colder. Outside of very specific continuity errors we can point out I don't think that in itself is an error in writing. I think it may be too subtle for TV in some respects (would rock on paper though!) but I find the journey very believable and certainly compelling. I, and I hope many of you, WANT her to move forward. Do I want her to suddenly become a gushy mess? No. But progression means some changes. Be it baby, be it Booth, be it something else seemingly far out of character the woman has to make SOME changes in order to make changes in her life, if you don't what I mean. If the circumstances around the person, and not the person within, are the only things changing then what's the point?

Booth is going through forced changes. He's relearning aspects of himself, dealing with feelings, and rediscovering his sense of self and his manhood. In many ways, though, he's standing completely still. He is still not reaching for what he wants. He's not taking chances. In many ways he's never had full confidence, especially where Brennan is concerned. But what he did have seems to have deserted him now. Every single person around him knows how he feels and what he truly wants, even Andrew (and Brennan). Sweets tells him it's not real, but every other person around him is screaming, even silently, "Go for it!" But every time the opportunity arises, he shy's away - 'atta girl', Avalon's reminders, Andrew's questions, the near-kiss in this very episode....how many changes will he get this season and how many times will he let them pass? How many times will we scream at the screen and curse Hart Hanson's name?
Cam: You don't know who Brittany Spears is, but you know this movie?
Booth did call her his grandmother, after all. Did all her cultural knowledge stop when her parents left? That sparking and complete shut-off and desire to focus on things that bring intellectual joy, that don't speak to the pleasures of the world that can let her down? Even sex, the one real pleasure she allows herself, is an intellectual and physical exercise that excludes all emotions. Music, movies, games - all these things focus on cultural relationships and companionship. There's not much space for these things in Brennan's world.
Booth: Eggheads killing each other over exibits no one really wants to see... The only thing regular people learn from going to a museum is how to sleep standing up.
Brennan's wardrobe, even it's not always flattering, has come a long way in the last few seasons. (One of the 'changes.') Remember how she dressed up for the party in Season 1? Beautiful dress, horrible everything else. Especially the hair! She now does very well with the entire package, as evidenced by her drinks-date pink dress. I thought it looked great, even if didn't necessarily look great for her, as some feel.
Brennan: There can be no time-limit for justice, Booth.
Booth is concerned that the killer 'that matters' - the living one - will get away. Brennan is reassuring in ways she would not want to admit if directly asked:
Brennan: You'll do it Booth, you always do.

She even comfortably patted him to further reassure him. I love these subtle cues showing how comfortable they are with each other.

Aren't "they" supposed to do it though?

Booth's statement that no one can make Bones do anything she doesn't want to, that no one can pressure her to act if she doesn't want to - is it wrong to again tie this back to their relationship? I would think not. It's not the first time he's said it - that you 'can't rush her'. I felt before that it meant that he always knew how he felt but was just waiting for her to catch up. I'm not sure any more. It's hard to go back to that moment, knowing what we know now. Did he know, did he not know? Did he know and forget knowing? We could twist into all sorts of knots trying to figure it out and the only way they will unravel is to have some clear classic 'when did you know' conversation. Honestly, I'm not sure I want it! And I would be very surprised if we get it. The more I analyze this show and the more I pay attention to what Hart Hanson says, I think, and even hope, he will leave us with some mysteries in the end. Part of the magic will be gone if everything is so completely defined and tied up. Where's the fun, where's the romance, in that?

The eyeball story is another way, more obviously portrayed, that demonstrates how comfortable they are with each other. "What goes on between us is ours" - they tell each other things no once else knows, be it brainy smurf or about human eyeballs. (By the way, is that meatloaf recipe a northern thing? I have had meatloaf countless times in my life, with many slight variations in the recipe and NEVER heard of it having a hard-boiled egg inside.) They both missed out on important cues about the importance of the stories. He laughed at hers, she shared his. Neither treated the other's admissions with the level of respect they needed.
  • Booth:If I was Egypt, I'd throw you a party too.

  • Booth: It only took 3,000 years for somebody to hear her.
I don't know the episode, but I think at least one moment in season 1 said something similar about Brennan 'hearing' the victim? Though we are faced with continuity issues this season and last that drive us up the wall, it is also nice when we can see shades of the good parts of old scenes shining through.

Speaking of continuity - is Brennan's dislike of speaking new? She has had no problem speaking in front of groups in the past, at least in large classroom settings. Even at Oxford! At least Booth called her on it, right?
  • Booth:You changed history? How many people can say that?
  • Brennan: You can. Every arrest you make changes history. You make the world safer.
  • Booth: With your help.
Yes they are supposed to do it together!
Brennan: You and I - this is our case. What goes on between us, that should just be ours. Isn't that what you said?
Yet another 'close' moment here. It was the closest yet, I believe. Instead of just a meaningful look, Booth actually leaned into Brennan as if he were really going to do it within a few more seconds. And, is it just the 'shipper in me, or did Brennan's eyes look all kinds of inviting? They really do know how to tease us ever further. The touches, the glimpses, the meaningful conversations with rivers of subtext...

Someday...

39 comments:

cordy said...

Great review Wendy.
There is one thing I hope you can explain a bit more.
When you wrote about Brennans coldness this season I'm not sure if you meant you're ok with it or not.
I for myself can say that I realised it and am not quite sure about it either.
She made extreme progress over the last seasons, undeniably. But I can accept that such progress is not a straight line. No matter how many steps you took forward that doesn't mean there won't be any more steps back. Thats life and thats just human. It's the outcome that really matters, so let's just wait what the rest of the season brings.

em-jay said...

Another review! Thanks, Wendy!

A couple thoughts:

- The "personal favor" quote was so funny--even funnier to me after reading this because I always thought he said "Personal favors are kind of like penalty shots" (another hockey reference) instead of "kidney shots."

- I love the connection you made between Booth laughing at Brainy Smurf and Brennan sharing the hard-boiled egg/eyeball story. They can hurt each other so much more than they realize by acting without thinking. A true testament to an invested relationship, right? ..."hurt the ones you love" and such?

- Yeah, I'm from the midwest, and I also had never heard of the hard-boiled egg in the meatloaf recipe. I'll have to go check my Ground Beef Cookbook with an entire section dedicated to meatloaf recipes! =)

Lovely review, as always! I'm sure I had other thoughts while reading, but that's all I can remember right now. Thanks for your dedication to us, your loyal blog-followers!

em-jay said...

OK, my love of cooking is coming out and mixing with my love for Bones. Here are two recipes for the adventurous cooks:

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=121722

http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/RECIPES/RECIPES/meats/Viola_Meat_Loaf.html

Although, I'd rather hear if there are readers that have their own personal recipe or one that was made for them while growing up, like Booth! It could have the potential of a King of the Lab(Kitchen).

Wendy said...

More in a bit, but it is 'penalty shots'. I have no idea why I typed kidney!

Anonymous said...

@ Wendy Another great review very insightful and thankfully another few questions giving me an excuse to watch the episode again. love that we all make each other think from different perpsectives.

em-jay said...

Oh, that's funny. I would have believed you either way since I'm not always sure I hear things correctly!

Wendy said...

Cordy - I think your explanation is great. I guess I am both ok, and not, with her coldness. I believe it, from a progression stance, but of course I don't really like it, per se.

Em-Jay - hah, well, you were right this time!

The picture of the split meatloaf with the egg in the middle does look like an eye!

Jeannie said...

Just a quick comment for the meatloaf discussion; we actually do have that dish in Germany, it's called "False Rabbit".
Very common.

em-jay said...

Cool, Jeannie! Do you know if it originated there? Do you like it? Do you know why it is called "False Rabbit"?

Kate said...

Hmm, thought-provoking review. I'm going to have to mull this one.

Also, about the speaking bit at the end (which I will shortly re-watch), my initial feeling was that it wasn't necessarily true, just that she was trying to come up with something to make Booth feel better. Which was the point--making him feel better, not necessarily revealing some deep secret.

Jeannie said...

@em-jay: It's not my personal favorite. I don't like dishes that mix meat and egg, but that's just me, I guess.
Wikipedia says the German name is translated 'mock hare'. Same meaning, I hope.:-) And I'd say it's because meatloaf was used as a substitute for some "real meat" when times were a bit rough and there wasn't so much other meat around. But that's just guessing.


As for the episode, great job on the review, Wendy! As always. ;-)

Something I'd like to add:

The egg scene was the best part of the episode for me, hands down.
That was awesome. He totally gets her, and I liked the fact that he let her draw the conclusions herself with this visual aid. Perfectly done! That was a very intimate scene. I really prefer that kind of thing to long stares into each other's eyes. ;-)

The bowtie-fixing and hair-touching at the end.
I thought it was interesting that Brennan fixed his bowtie first, and it almost seemed like a ‘since you touched me it’s ok for me to touch you, too’ from Booth. And I agree, they both totally knew what they were doing when they were leaning into each other! Wild guess on my part: Didn't HH say that EVERYTHING that happended in The End in the Beginning had a meaning? I get the feeling that they are 're-enacting' that episode in small doses. That tie bow fixing seemed a lot like something she did there. Which leads me to believe that this might be the overall plan, like we glimpsed into the final plans for BB, minus the nightclub stuff, of course. So I’m assuming Brennan will get pregnant after all in the end. ;-)
(Mind you, I'm just speculating. This is not a spoiler, and I'd really appreciate it if no spoilers for future episodes were posted here. Thanks!)

And what was up with Brennan being all flirty with Andrew when we first see them together in Booth's office?
That was just painful to watch. She was overly flirty and gave him a genuine smile at the end of that scene, yet she was all matter-of-fact when she told Booth immediately afterwards that ‘Hacker wants to have sex with me’. I was completely bewildered by that. I’m almost tempted to blame Emily for overacting the first scene but if I’m wrong what was that supposed to mean?

Thoughts, anyone?

Em said...

I actually DON'T think she's colder this season... I think this episode may have just portrayed her as such. I think she's just very blunt and matter-of-fact most of the time, and that she comes across as cold, but I can see a very different kind of warmness in her...

She was very soft throughout most of Harbingers, I thought. Her facial expressions, how vulnerable she looked when Booth left her in the pit, and when he said "I love you" (both before and after the qualifier was added).

In Bond, after she told Wendell about losing his scholarship (she knew he needed to know and that every one else was just dancing around the topic), she looked really upset when Hodgins called her on it.

In Prodigy she took the death and waste of the talent of young Levi pretty hard, I thought - that was evident in her facial expressions.

I think she seemed cold in Night at the Bones Museum because she's trying SO hard to compartmentalize her feelings for Booth. She loves him. She knows that now. But he told her that he loves her in a "professional" way, so she believes that. Therefore, she tries WAY too hard to be attracted to Andrew, and to let Booth know about it. She doesn't understand why he would be upset since he only loves her in a professional way.

In the chicken episode, I think she may have seemed cold in her fight with Angela, but her rational side didn't believe that saving one pig would accomplish anything. Very logical. But when Angela came out with the "How are we friends?" - I think Brennan was hurt even more than Angela was by Brennan's "coldness." She was visibly upset and not compartmentalizing very well in the diner, and when Angela walked away from her in the lab, I thought she looked like she was fighting back tears.

Then at the end, when she sees Angela's fruity drink, she asks Booth if she'd like it... She wants to have things in common with Angela. She doesn't like fighting with her best girl friend. If she were really cold, then she wouldn't care. (Like Booth told her in the finale!)

Rolywa said...

I was confused by Brennan saying she didn't like speaking in front of crowds too, because it never seemed to bother her before, but the way it is said and the interaction between her and Booth in that scene lead me to believe that maybe it was something she said as a way to get sympathy from someone she likes (I know sometimes I over exaggerate my feelings about something in front of people to get some kind of reaction). Or maybe she never has really liked it but just does it because she's good at it and it's her job, making it the rational thing to do.

Anyways, great review!

CupcakeBean said...

Another terrific review, Wendy! I agree with so much of what you said (especially the part about Diedrich Bader as Brennan's love interest). I'm looking forward to your thoughts on the Ange/Bren fight.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about Brennan's desire to have a baby. I know a lot of people were unhappy with her "sudden" change of heart, but after reading this quote by ED in the new companion book, I think it's entirely believable: "You can see how much Brennan has evolved by looking at that episode [Critic]. Bones never wanted a baby before. She had no interest. And here she is soliciting Booth for his sperm. People change. I also think that when you know someone and love them, you change because of them. I think a component of why Brennan didn't want kids before was that she never loved another person enough to want a child with them; she was too scared to feel her emotions. Booth has opened her up: she's changed because of him and for him. She also wasn't emotionally available to care for a child. She still probably isn't, but she's on her way." This, paired with the way she completely abandoned her plan to have a baby when it became clear that Booth wasn't comfortable with it, leads me to believe that Emily is right. Brennan has finally found the man she wants to have a child with, something she never thought would happen, and if she's not going to have a baby with him, she's not going to have a baby at all. And, not only has he changed her mind about having children, he has apparently changed her opinions on marriage, whether she will admit it or not. The woman who has always denounced marriage as an "archaic and antiquated ritual", wrote a book about herself and Booth in a loving, committed marriage. Whether or not you liked End in the Beginning, this is a huge sign of her evolution. She may still cling to her beliefs outwardly, but her actions speak louder than her words.

I think all of these changes to her core beliefs have shaken her more than she realizes. This may be why she seems to have retreated back into herself this season. She can never truly go back to the way she used to feel about love and relationships, but she can definitely hide behind the walls that are still intact.

Project Trenchcoat said...

This was a very interesting read! Loved all of the insightful comments!

Courtney said...

I agree that Bones only wanted a baby if was Booth's child.

They are giving me whiplash with certain things - the whole thing last season about whether she could interrogate someone and she gives it a try - she's been seen since season one interrogating people on her own. I don't appreciate it when they change in mid stream because they feel a need to or they run out of ideas.

There have been questions about how Brennan can write books that are so popular when she seems to socially inept. I think it ties back to her ability and enjoyment of being someone else - as in the episode when she plays Booth's almost fiance in the Las Vegas episode - she had a blast playing a role and then again in the circus episode. Somehow she taps into something when it is a different character and not her in reality. She obviously finds that part of her for the books that she writes - also evidenced in her story while Booth was in a coma. She was playing another part - and, its safe and she won't get hurt because it's not real.

I'm still missing the depth in the last two seasons, this one included. It's the writing and direction that is leaving me less than satisfied. The earlier seasons' episodes always left me very satisfied at the end of an episode now I am left a bit cold - though I still love the show and characters.

HH seems to be going more for the humor over the drama where in the earlier seasons there was more drama with humor mixed in but humor and goofy plots were not the focus of the episodes and, for me, those just became wonderful satisfying episodes.

I hope he ups his game. The dwarf thing coming up tomorrow also seems to go pretty heavily into some slapstick and goofiness.

I loved the episodes with Epps - each of them were emotional, intense and the dialogue and direction were perfect.

Oh well. I'm just glad the show is on and it is doing so well. But, at some point, long stares at each other, etc get tiring. Move ahead HH!

Anonymous said...

@ Courtney I agree that the plots seem to be aiming at the Bizarre- PS ignore my spelling please- however it is not that far back we had gormagon as a serial killer with epps in season 2 so I think we might get another soon heading back to the dramatic. I think this might be a more effective way of bringing out Booth and Bones' feelings for one another.

Anonymous said...

@ Courtney I agree that the plots seem to be aiming at the Bizarre- PS ignore my spelling please- however it is not that far back we had gormagon as a serial killer with epps in season 2 so I think we might get another soon heading back to the dramatic. I think this might be a more effective way of bringing out Booth and Bones' feelings for one another.

Anonymous said...

On the speaking in public topie..it could be a continuity issue (like we haven't seen that before), or giving the benefit of the doubt, it could be that she really doesn't like it, but has never before trusted anyone enough to admit to that particular vulnerability.

Wendy said...

That is a very good point about admitting the vulnerability for the first time. I like it!

Nina said...

Great review!

Well.. I'm still kinda analyzing about the whole Angela-Wendell situation.. Even tho, I like Ange & Hodgins better!. But, I don't think their relationship lasts more tan just a couple of episodes. I think of it maybe as: "it happened because we were both really into helping the pigglet & we're friends" situation. I don't know.

About B&B.. I was speechless.. Is just simply AMAZING! Those looks.. I swear, if someone ever looks at me the way they do.. I would fall in love right away. There's so much more love and trust, than what they actually can show. I love those two!. Like you said: I love the fact that they say SO MUCH by just looking at each other for 15 seconds... Awww.
I was also surprised about Brennan's feeling uncomfortable about givin' speaches.. I gues I'd never thought of her as someone who gets akward talking in front a bunch of people. Especially if it's about BONES!.. I mean.

On the meatloaf situation.. I'm from Venezuela, and here, It's actually pretty comun that we have hard-boiled eggs in the meatloaf. My brothers love it with the hard-boiled eggs. Still.. I like better without it :)

Put in it all together at last: THIS EPISODE WAS AMAAAAIZING.

I'm done here.. Can't wait for more episodes! & Another review!

Anonymous said...

Love the thoughts that people are putting out there here and loved the review. Still cant believe that Bones would go after Booth's boss boss after the whole Booth/Cam thing...

I also think the favors thing makes even more sense if you change it to Body Shots! LOL

CCB

Ani_M said...

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Anonymous said...

About dating Booth's boss:
People don't forget that she dumped her date with the first excuse and when she get into the lab lied about having a dinner date. She dismissed it as a casual drink date.

I am with Em about Brennan tried hard to be attracted to Andrew. I think she doesn't have any hope in having Booth so she struggles to free herself from Booth's love. Part of her struggle is dating men who have something in common with Booth like his brother, his co-worker, or his boss.

Rosi

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for another thoughtful, insightful review!

brennanite said...

On the public speaking thing: There is a big difference between giving a lecture within her area of expertise and giving a gracious acceptance speech at a dinner in your honor.

Whether or not Brennan likes public speaking, she would feel comfortable lecturing within her areas of expertise.

But at an event like this, you have to sit there while people say preposterously over the top nice things about you. Brennan would be bothered by the fact that these nice things were technically not true, but be forced to smile accept them graciously. It sounds like something that would make her very uncomfortable.

Some people see her as arrogant, but really she is just matter of fact---if she is the best, then she sees nothing wrong with saying that she is the best. She would be bothered by people trying to give her credit for something she doesn't think she deserves credit for.

Jessica said...

Loved the review I also was suprised by the fact that Brennan was nervous about speaking at the event but like I read in the other reactions above I guess she probably always were but never admitted it until now and I agree with some that she thinks she can never be with Booth because he loves her in a professionel kinda way well we just have to wait and see what the season will bring us :)

Anonymous said...

awsome review... i love reading these, so thank you.
3 parts i rewind every time i watch this episode:
-Daisy freaking out in the car then doing the deep breaths... made me laugh so hard the first time
2. When Andrew freakishly appears behind Booth and is like "Agent Booth" and Booth says "Assistant Director Hacker"... the way he says it cracks me up for some reason
3."and yet I shall awaken memories of love, and crime, and death" hahahaha

and of course the surprize almost kiss :)... but thats a given

Anonymous said...

wendy, your rewiew was great, as always.
I have to say, I don´t think Brennan is colder this season. I actually think there is something about her that is different, that feels different. She is developing her intuitive side, like the help she gave to wendell through the scholarship. as far as i remember, she didn't need neither Sweets or Angela or Booth to let her know what was the right thing to do.
Many people didn't see in the PitP a great/different ep, but I think we got to see the cast affected again. Brennan was really dealing with some frustration about the murder of someone as talented as Levi. The scene at the end (B&B not talking at the outside of the parents' house) really "zooms" in the burden that was solving that specific case.
She is closer to get people's emotions. She kind of practices with Booth, i mean, he is such "feelings" person that she recognizes on him things she didn't before. when he shows her the egg, she tries really hard to come up witha good excuse, one that doesn´t hurt booth. Old Brennan would just dropped a whole rational speech. Again, at the end, by herself discovers how to fix things with booth in a meaningfull way.
She is definetely evolving. and, as i remember Emily said that something she loved about the show is how real the characters are: full of contradictions and never defined enough. That's why maybe Brennan is not too diferent or too the same as the one we met at the pilot.

Cheryl said...

Thx to Wendy for the review (always love reading urs!) and to Jeannie for encouraging her to get it done.

Reading all the comments & the review posted here, I have to agree that Brennan going after Andrew, & with as much zeal as she did, _and_ trampling Booth while she's at it, abt broke my heart. I was concerned that she had come so far in her r'ship with Booth & was now carelessly wounding him. But I take the point that she's retreating from her feelings, in a way, to help her feel safe. *sigh* Between B&B I need a translator half the time to figure out what they're _really_ feeling cuz they're masters at hiding their hearts. I also thank Rosie for pointing out that she ditched Andrew ASAP to head back to the lab & again as her date to the party Egypt threw for her, clearly indicating Andrew's level of importance. First she's all over him, then she hurts Booth, then she ditches him & she fixes the pain she caused Booth. And all while feeling a myriad of things that she refuses to admit to herself, let alone us. Is it any wonder I need to read reviews?? How else could I catch aallllll the unsaid things going on in any episode?

I also take Wendy's point abt Booth's various sources of insecurity. Bren has helped to build his confidence in certain areas & that's always good. But there's still a fair amount of emotional healing that needs to happen in his heart before he knows his full worth. Thing is, when I see him, I see no reason for him to be insecure. (He's a great Dad, a really good man, excellent track records at the FBI & in the Army etc). But I can see that his self-image may rest too heavily on the things he felt he's done wrong and between that, & the way Bren tears him down s'times, it may feed into why he's hesitant to approach her. Hadn't thought abt that before.

I know that a few ppl were saying that they solve crimes together & that's true. But I think her saying "You'll do it Booth...you always do" is a reflection of the faith she has in him (even if she won't admit to it s'times). In her amygdala(since her heart only contains blood, duh) she holds Booth in high esteem. She really does think that he can find the killer without her & I like that she has such faith in him when he clearly doesn't have that faith in himself. And it was Booth's interrogations that eventually led him to the killer, so Brennan was right. She did not desert him---she had given him all the clues science could afford by that time.

Jeannie, I had said s'thing similar in one of the live episode discussions. The End in the Beginning is a foreshadowing...& I get so excited when I see little bits of it peeking thru into reality!

CupcakeBean I totally agree abt the book she was writing revealing what she _really_ feels abt children & marriage. And isn't it interesting that in her story, she & Booth were pretty much on the same level intellectually & financially? There were no superficial barriers between them. She was the cherished wife & Booth was still the guy who got who she was even when others didn't. I also agree that what she really wanted was Booth's child because when Booth objected to not being allowed to BE the father, the logical thing would be to source other sperm right? Which has never happened.

Anonymous said...

i never really understood how the title of the end in the beginning worked... but what Jeannie said about taking little pieces of it and putting them in episodes... does that mean that all of these pieces are going to lead up to the end of the series with them living as a happily married couple? that always confused me...

Cheryl said...

Yea...the title confused me too. But I think it means "The End" ie how the BB r'ship ends up in "The Beginning" the catalyst that moves them toward marriage & family is this coma dream based on Brennan's book. And yes, things from The End in the Beginning keep winding up in eps. Like Angela saying" Awkward! Awkward! Very awkward!" (in TEITB, it was when she brought the napkin with The Lab floor plan to Brennan,and in the season 5 premeire, it was when she finished the facial reconstruction in The Harbingers in the Fountain & found that the victim looked _just_ like her pyschic) or like Bones fixing Booth's tie (in TEITB it was when tehy were gettin ready to head to The Lab, in ANITBM, it was after th almost kiss & before she has to address the gathering in her honour). Mad props to HH & whoever else decided to introduce this element.

Eli said...

*passed one box of cookies to Wendy

The 1st picture make me sad.

Innocent question, what is Zangela hole?

This episode is like the best among S5 & S4 for me and the case is very interesting with a lame motive. The way they discovered the ruby and that thing inside the chest cavity was genius.

Nina said...

@ Ani

Holaa! qe tal?.. Jajaja yo pensaba lo mismo! :). Yo vivo en Valencia, bueh, estudio acá. Te agregaré. (K)

Wendy said...

His personal 'hole' created by the Zack and Angela events.

Jeannie said...

Great thoughts, everyone!

I'm with Em on Brennan's "coldness". And that theory sure does account for her weird behavior towards Andrew.

Jeannie said...

Sorry for the double post.

As for the interns, I believe they simply sprang the concept on us last year with the intent of picking someone. When there was no clear favorite, they just went with it. So that's why they started fleshing them out more this year. At least that's my theory on this. :-)

Also, the only they seem to got stuck on characterwise is Clark. It's a shame because he used to be my favorite but his "please nothing personal at work" is getting old. If there's nothing more to him than that then he won't be around much longer, I'm afraid.

And as for Angela and Hodgins - that ship has sailed IMO. Because really, how many couples can they have at the lab?

*Lucy* said...

Hello! Wowo i have been so busy i haven't had chance to come on here for ages i've missed all the Bones gossip, got a lot of catching up to do!! Anyways back to the episode I really thought that Booth and Brennan were finally gonna kiss at the end it was so close...so annoying!!

*Lucy* said...

Hello! Wow i have been so busy i haven't had chance to come on here for ages i've missed all the Bones gossip, got a lot of catching up to do!! Anyways back to the episode I really thought that Booth and Brennan were finally gonna kiss at the end it was so close...so annoying!!

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