Here’s the conundrum of storytelling: we like our characters to be happy, but when they’re too happy – like say, when the biggest problem they’re facing is whether or not a TV in the bedroom will negatively impact their sex life – they’re not as interesting.
It’s true! Don’t throw things at me. I’m not saying I don’t love those scenes, from Brennan pulling him to her by the tie, to the way they fall onto the bed, to her surprising him with the TV despite her reservations. Because I do. They made me grin, and it’s hard to argue with that. (And the tape measure? Outright cackling with laughter.)
It’s particularly good to see them in such a good place given Booth’s relapse and Jared’s death.
But the fact that there’s not really much more you can say about it than that leads to the fandom spending the better part of several days discussing the door to Booth and Brennan’s bedroom, and how privacy works given the windows. (True story.)
It’s also why my favorite Booth and Brennan scene from this episode is actually the one in the SUV, where he tells her that he doesn’t want her to be on her best behavior, that he wants her to just be herself, her “usual, wonderful, but very direct self.”
While I’ve always enjoyed the heat between them – the eye sex, the love scenes (and allusions to such) after they became a couple – it’s merely the icing on the cake for me. What really matters is just this: that they know and cherish the truth about one another – even things others might not always appreciate.
Fortunately, the show has many stories to tell, and that means we can touch base with Booth and Brennan, enjoy seeing them happy and learn that Brennan calls the Flyers the ‘Philadelphia Whozits’ while the primary character story is carried by others – in this case, Aubrey and Jessica.
I have a crush on Aubrey. That combination of nobility, loyalty, and snark? I’m a goner. (Yes, it’s true for those who are keeping count: I have a thing for almost all the guys on the show. It’s an embarrassment of riches for any self-respecting straight female.)
Ahem. Anyway…I think Aubrey and Jessica might be my favorite love story on Bones after Booth and Brennan. I like that they’re friends first, and that we’re seeing it develop over time; I like that they’re doing something as normal as watching a TV show together, I like that he knows her favorite drink, and brings it to her. (But catnip tea? Ew.)
Also? Here, their relationship gives us some great moments with the other characters.
First up, there’s Aubrey telling Booth about this political aspirations. I like Booth’s support of him, both then, and later, when he cautions Aubrey to stay in the background when they return to the victim’s house. He’s once more the protective older brother, something he apparently can’t help. (Which, since that’s one of the reasons I love Booth, works well for me.)
To his credit, Aubrey doesn’t really listen. Whatever his future holds politically, for now, he’s going to do his job. He’s going to find out who killed the idealistic senator.
Then, there’s Brennan and Jessica. One of the highlights of the show for me is Brennan’s different relationships with the squinterns, but I’ve got an especially soft spot for her and Jessica. (And for her and Clark, and her and Arastoo, and her and Daisy, and her and Wend- oh, never mind.)
What struck me in watching this, though, is how much alike she and Jessica are in some ways (seen here in Jessica’s “I find that when I’m feeling emotionally unstable, concentrating on my work helps me to cope” line) and how alike they’re becoming in other ways, with Jessica’s ‘vibes’ wearing off on Brennan. Booth once said that good people leave marks on us: this is Jessica leaving marks on Brennan. (Well, Jessica and Booth, since Brennan describes her certainty that it’s a single weapon first as her gut, and then as a vibe – all the while remaining true to herself with the ‘there’s a time and a place,’ qualifier.)
Bonus round? Seeing how pleased with herself Brennan was when she figured out Jessica and Angela were talking about Aubrey – and then watching her try her hand at playing matchmaker. (If it was up to me, the show would go on long enough not only for us to see Aubrey and Jessica’s wedding, but also to see Brennan taking responsibility for it.)
But first, Jessica and Aubrey have a few things to work out.
They’re not quite in the same place. She sees only potential in the two of them, while I think he’s already in love with her, though he may not yet be calling it that.
Whatever it is he feels, this was about him recognizing the tension between his ten year plan, and in being with a free spirit who tells him honestly, “I haven’t [done drugs] in a while, but that doesn’t mean I’m never gonna to do them again. I never say never.”
Not a good politician’s spouse, that. And yet at the end, he says to her, “I’m also certain of you.” Maybe together, they’ll find a way to balance his dreams with who she is; maybe she’s enough to make him rethink those dreams. But for now, he appears to have chosen her, and his doing so, particularly in the face of Caroline’s warning, reminds me a lot of Booth telling Brennan, “I just want you to be you.”
That idea of being loved, accepted and valued for who we are is one of the pillars of the show, right up there with ‘more than one kind of family,’ and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it played out here, not only in Booth and Brennan, but also in Jessica and Aubrey.
So…all the warm fuzzies for the episode, with one very minor nitpick about the case:
When Booth and Aubrey are on their way to the Senator’s house at the end, Brennan calls to tell them about the succinylcholine poisoning, and Aubrey guesses it’s not easy to acquire. It wouldn’t be difficult for Senator Winters to access it, however, which temporarily bumps her up on their suspect list. Only…she’s not the killer, Morales is. But how did he access the poison?
Yes, yes, I know it’s a red herring, but still, that’s where my mind went when I was re-watching the episode. (See what happens when I pay close attention to the case?)
“Are you aware that couples with a television in their bedroom have sex half as often as couples without one in their bedroom?”
“Yeah, well did you know that 73% of people make up statistics?”
“I haven’t read that study.” (Brennan and Booth)
“Watching the Philadelphia Whozits play ice hockey is not a sexual stimulant.” (Brennan)
“I am who I am because of my past, but I’m not the same person anymore. (Jessica)
“Did you do your homework on that Jessica Warren creature, or do I need to rap your knuckles?”
“I did it. She’s got some skeletons in her closet, but then, she is a forensic anthropologist.” (Caroline, Aubrey)
“If she’s not going to take that bait, I will. What’s the problem?”
“Well, technically there is no actual problem, because there’s nothing actually going on. But there is potential, and I don’t think you squash potential until there is an actual problem.”
“I did not understand a word you just said.” (Angela, Jessica, Brennan)
“Sometimes the best things in life happen against the odds. Think about anything you’ve ever really wanted. Right? Like a perfect job, or, or finding the love of your life. Those are one-in-a-million chances, right? But for you, the odds don’t even apply until you’re both clear about what you want.” (Angela)
“Poison is a murder weapon most often used by women, although I think I’m more of a flamethrower kind of gal.”
“Well it’s important to have flare.” (Jessica, Cam)