Reflections on Brennan and Booth, the Early Years

Although I truly admire what David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel have created with their characters on Bones over the years, I still love the interactions between Booth and Brennan in the early seasons, when Booth was so obviously stricken with her and Brennan frequently looked lost as to what was going on.

I was reminded of this after watching “Death in the Saddle” (303). The episode itself is not my favorite, but what Booth says at the end made my skin tingle, yet again. And it’s not just what he said, but the way Boreanaz said it that stirred my feelings. He makes monolog delivery into an art. He leans in and makes it intimate; he puts the emphasis on the right words; he takes a breath just at the right moment; he pauses and smiles.

“Here we are, all of us, basically alone, separate creatures just circling each other, all searching for that slightest hint of a real connection. Some look in the wrong places. Some, they just give up hope because in their mind they’re thinking, ‘Oh, there’s nobody out there for me.’ But all of us, we keep trying over and over again. Why? Because every once in a while, every once in a while, two people meet and there’s that spark. And, yes, Bones, he’s handsome and she’s beautiful and maybe that’s all they see at first. But makin’ love… making love! That’s when two people become one.”


Brennan, of course, takes this literally and says, “It is scientifically impossible for two objects to occupy the same space.” I was kind of sad for Brennan that she didn’t just get it. Booth is so passionate and Brennan can’t find that part of herself.

“Yeah, but what’s important is we try. And when we do it right, we get close,” is Booth’s reply.

“To what? Breaking the laws of physics?” It takes a little more to convince her.

“Yeah, Bones. A miracle,” Booth says. Then, as Brennan watches him intently, he adds, “Those people, the role playing, the fetishes, and their little sex games, it’s crappy sex. Well, at least compared with the real thing.“

Brennan, who had earlier in the episode confided that she had done some sex role playing, gives this some thought, then says, “You’re right.”

Booth isn’t ready for this, planning a retort. “Yeah, but… Wait a second. I just won that argument?”

“Yep,” Brennan says, with a grin.

As Booth smiles, we see a look on Brennan’s face, like she finally understands how special Booth is, and maybe she is starting to respond to his subtle overtures. The chemistry between Deschanel and Boreanaz is at its best when they perform together in scenes like this one.

Photo credits: “Bones” ep. 303

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