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BONES: ‘The Couple In The Cave’

October 1, 2010 by  

We at Give Me My Remote would like to begin this week’s BONES recap by wishing a hearty congratulations to Emily Deschanel on her recent marriage to actor David Hornsby whom we know from another one of our favorite Thursday shows, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA! It’s great to see such a happy couple. Conversely, in this episode of BONES, we saw a different couple… who is doomed forever. And by that, I mean Booth and his new girlfriend, Hannah. Ey yo! I kid, I kid. Of course I mean the victims. I’ll be honest with you, this episode was the first hour of the show which I’ve ever been GLAD to see end. Not because I didn’t love it, because I did. It’s more because it just hurt so badly. But I think it’s a ‘good’ hurt that we must endure for the sake of our beloved Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth. And we need to talk about it — just as we’ve faithfully discussed BONES here at GMMR for the past two and half years — so, let’s begin.

A couple, lost while hiking — and bickering about it —  find shelter in a nearby cave when it begins to rain. Cut to present day: Inside the cave are two skeletons and Booth and Brennan are brought in to determine the cause of death. They team up with a local park ranger who identifies with Booth’s military background, and immediately, they determine that it looks like the two skeletons were locked in a romantic embrace.  Brennan finds it hard to compartmentalize their work from Booth’s personal life and begins comparing the death of the couple to Booth’s relationship with Hannah. This continues over the course of the episode as Booth and Brennan work with the team to solve the case. While at the lab, Clark, Cam, Hodgins, Angela and Brennan try to identify the victims and the reason they perished. Angela’s sketch presents a challenge when everyone who sees the male victim thinks it looks like George Clooney — that was pretty funny, didn’t you think? B&B find that the woman’s name was Hillary Fuller, but the man’s identity is a mystery for most of the episode. While the Jeffersonian team is working (sans the enormous Mastodon from the end of last week’s episode), Booth conducts a series of interrogations. He questions Hillary’s former co-worker and possible former love interest, and he and Sweets talk with a man recently released from prison. When Clark and Cam conclude that both victims were recovering alcoholics, Booth and Brennan talk to the AA office and learn the identity of Hillary’s partner, Felix V. Turns out that Hillary was his sponsor, and she liked to take her sponsorees up to the woods to help them clear their minds and find themselves. She and Felix, however, ended up having an affair, as B&B find a heart with their initials carved into a wooden bed post in a park cabin. Felix’s girlfriend, who was jealous and drove up the hill to confront them, becomes the number one suspect. But she is strongly allergic to the grass/weeds and was sneezing so hard that she never made it. The killer was, in fact, the park ranger. His brother, who had died in the military, had a daughter named Sarah who was killed in an accident while driving drunk. She got her alcohol from Felix, so the ranger killed Felix in some sort of vigilante justice retaliation. I was saddened that the killer was the ranger. But I’ll take sadness in this case, because it provided us with a chance to see that Booth, no matter what, still knows there can be a distinction between killing and murder.


If you caught Marisa Roffman’s recent interviews with TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor and Michaela Conlin (Hodgins, Cam and Angela), then you know that their impressions were/are that Booth is genuinely in love with Hannah, whom we met for the first time tonight. So it was interesting to see that play out in this episode. I still believe them, however, I also feel that it’s important for us to acknowledge the way that Cam, Hodgins, Angela, and Clark…CLARK!…call Brennan out on her feelings on the matter. The writers were very smart to add a lot of humor to the lab in this particular hour via the Jeffersonian team. After last week’s episode outside of the lab, there was a general feeling of safety being inside those scientific walls — don’t you agree? And I appreciated that the team worked hard on the case but also brought real emotion, both to Brennan and on behalf of her. It’s almost as if no one really looks at Brennan as someone to walk on eggshells around anymore. I laughed out loud when Clark lost it over Booth and Brennan’s previous sexual tension. And as for Sweets, it’s still good to see him sort of serve as that nagging, eager to fit in (and usually right) younger brother type for Booth. I like that he didn’t necessarily let Booth off the hook either as far as relationships. What I find the most comforting in all of this is the sense that every person on this team still really believes in Booth and Brennan and wants them to be happy.


But this…this is why we’re here, right? Because even though they got rid of the physical mastodon, as some of you mentioned last week, it’s clear that it’s a metaphor for the crack in the center. Sorry for the Bones-worn cliché, but I think you’ll agree. However, here’s something we may not agree on — Though this is the most painful BONES episode I’ve ever seen, I still think that it’s right.

Please hear me out.  I believe there is something to be said for the idea that Brennan MUST find her own way in everything. It’s the character that has been shaped and created for all of these years. And so it makes sense that she must complete her journey on her own. Not to end up alone…that is not what I am saying. I am merely saying that she has to be the one who knows for herself what her thoughts, feelings, actions and motivations are. We don’t want her to be the kind of woman who does what a man tells her to do because he’s a man. We never have, and we never will. And so her autonomy here is in character, and I believe it’s a good thing. What is also in character is her near obsession with Hannah. We’ve seen glimpses of that over the entire series with Tessa, Rebecca, Cam, Perotta and Catherine. I think she’s so beautiful when she’s struggling. The other day, I mentioned that I’ll buy into this storyline, if the writers tell the heck out of it. And I think they are really going for it.

Booth has always prided himself on being a gentleman when it comes to public admissions of his sex life. So, is what we saw in this episode a departure from that? — I’m not talking about him having a quickie during his lunch break, we’ve seen that kind of thing before with Tessa. I’m talking about him bragging about the fig tree — OR…is it possible that he’s still the same guy and he’s overcompensating? What about the idea that what Booth is interpreting as love is actually just really good sex and affection? Maybe it is love, but that wasn’t the feeling I was getting from him in this episode. I do like his confidence though, and I’ll also be honest and say that like the way he isn’t afraid to call Brennan out on what he knows she knows to be true about love. Not just dopamines and all of that, but true love.

The scene that is going to keep me up nights until next week’s episode is the scene at the diner with Booth and Brennan on each side of Sweets. Please tell me that I did not imagine Brennan admitting that she fantasized about being with Booth. That, combined with the way she laughed in her nervous way when claiming in the lab that Hannah has NO effect on her work, and the way she had tears in her eyes when she realized Booth saved Hannah’s life…well, that all gives me hope. I loved that Booth deflected the honor of that, in his usual way. It was comforting despite the fact that things are changing, as Booth promised they would in the season finale. I’m still as along for the ride as I was last week.

Speaking of that, BONES pals, you rocked in the comments last week, proving once again that even if BONES doesn’t always get the best ratings each episode, it still has the best and most insightful fans out there. In the two and a half years that we’ve been talking about the episodes here at GMMR, I’ve never had anyone leave a disrespectful review, and I want to thank you in advance for continuing that below. But don’t let me do all the talking! I want to hear what you have to say about this week. There is so much more to discuss, so let’s do it!

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72 Responses to “BONES: ‘The Couple In The Cave’”

  1. @McKaylaBug on October 1st, 2010 12:20 am

    I agree %100 with what you’ve said.

    This episode was very painful. Heartcrushing, even, but like you said, it’s necessary. It took me a while to realize what was going on, but now that I see it, I’m okay with the Hannah thing. Hart & Company are stringing us along. Brennan has to wake up. She’s got to realize her feelings or how in the world is she supposed to show them?! She still doesn’t fully believe in love… not like Booth does anyway. Seeing Booth happy and allegedly in love with someone else… almost losing that part of him, will shake her.

    It’s all gonna be okay 🙂

  2. Lauri on October 1st, 2010 12:28 am

    I don’t get how Booth can spout the wonders of love when he obviously moved on from his professed love of Bones (after backing her into a corner while doing it and then being surprised when she ran). He’s proving to Bones that love doesn’t last…his for her didn’t….so why should she believe in it? I HATE the way the season is going…I actually felt physically sick watching tonight’s episode and that has NEVER happened to me before. I’ve invested so much in B&B over the years that I feel let down and sad. I’ll still DVR the episodes but not sure I’ll be on the edge of my seat next week watching…just doesn’t feel like Bones anymore….maybe she needs to move on like he did….he obviously didn’t love her THAT much to be so in love with Hannah! 🙁

  3. @McKaylaBug on October 1st, 2010 12:31 am

    *EDIT*** Crap crap!!! That was supposed to be **Hart & Company are NOT stringing us along.** Sorry!!

  4. Corgipaz on October 1st, 2010 12:36 am

    The episode was really had me on a rollercoster ride with my emotions. I loved the dual story lines that always come back to the main characters and what is going on in their lives.

    Booth: To me, he was more of a man who is excited to have sex with someone who is very attractive, very much available and very willing. I think he is focusing so much on the newness of this relationship that he is overselling it to everyone, including himself. You could almost if you call it, the honeymoon stage, where they just can’t keep their hands off each other. I will admit I feel there was already some major foreshadowing in some scenes. Hannah is already “bored” she wants part of the action, maybe “cause trouble while she is there”. This leads me to believe that pencil lines are being drawn where the cracks in the relationship will show up later. It also, seems that Hannah doesn’t know much about Booth other than the physical relationship. Yes, she knows tidbits, but not Booth as a whole. So no, I don’t think it is love, lust with feelings, yes, I think that those are the better words. We know this relationship is doomed for failure because this show is not about Hannah, it is about Bones.

    Bones: My heart just broke 100x over, watching her digest everything that is going on around her. These walls are starting to come down. She is admitting to dreaming of a relationship with Booth. She is seeing him as a mate to someone else and it is throwing her off. She is feeling like the odd man out, and in the scene with Angela, she feels alone and will dig in her heels that this is okay because this is what she thought she wanted. What has me very curious is how HH and team will have Booth explain that Bones was still the one for him and help her see that he always loved her even with his time with Hannah. Maybe that is why in the EitB episode, Booth responds with “do you want me to prove it to you”, when asked “do you love me” by Bones. The changes that we are getting for Brennan’s growth is a necessary evil. We just need to enjoy the ride because, my friends, it is going to get bumpy but we have all season to ride this rollercoster.

    Ad for Clark, thank you for saying what most shippers are dying to say out loud to our favorite couple.

  5. booth24 on October 1st, 2010 12:38 am

    You hit the nail on the head – it DID hurt. I just felt sad by the end of it. I wish my head could tell my heart it’s just a TV show!

  6. idkwtm on October 1st, 2010 12:38 am

    Overall the ep wasn’t as hard to watch as I had feared. The final scene where Booth left Bren sitting alone at the FF left me in tears, though. Real tears falling down my face. Heartcrushing. I’m along for the ride, but that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy every minute of it.

  7. Amanda C. on October 1st, 2010 12:39 am

    It was more painful to watch than the 100th episode or the farewell at the airport or Booth waking up after his coma or all of the above together. I REALLY cried for the first time in a long time while watching Bones. And not because of Hannah (I don’t mind her actually) but because I can’t stand to watch Brennan suffering like that. Did I like to see this side of her? Yes. But I don’t know how much of it I can take anymore. I’m thankful for Angela and Cam (and Clark!) this season and I’m disappointed with Booth – not because of his new relationship, but because he seems to be ignoring Brennan. Maybe it’s because it’s easier for him at this point? Or he’s just doing an experiment on her reactions? I don’t know. Despite the pain it was an excellent episode and Emily Deschanel overcome herself once again. That woman deserves an Emmy. Cheers from Brazil.

  8. Jill on October 1st, 2010 12:43 am

    As much as I want Booth and Brennan together, it was so nice to see Booth HAPPY. DB plays him so well, but we never get to see him happy anymore and the character deserves to be happy. And if that’s with Hannah right now, that’s ok. And I can’t believe I’m saying that. I would feel differently if Brennan didn’t know of Booth’s feelings about her. But she did and made a choice.

    I realized tonight that I don’t remember the last time we saw Booth really really smile.

    Final comment — as soon as I saw Stephen Nathan was the ep writer, I knew I was going to like it. My fave part of Bones is when it has a lot of heart, and SN’s eps have the most heart of all.

  9. Amanda C. on October 1st, 2010 12:44 am

    And I forgot to say that I agree with you 110%, Sarah.
    Thank you for the lovely review!
    Oh and the final song was so fitting (as always I should say).
    I’m really excited about this season. I think it’ll be all worth it.

  10. wellsbones on October 1st, 2010 12:47 am

    I agree 150% w/ all words above. It was a painful and heartcrushing episode. See Brennan passing for this is more than painful for us is unbearable ! But i know she need go through this to open her heart to her own feelings and for booth.Now about ” His love for hannah ” I have to say is kind forced .He’s trying at all cost proveto everyone and for himself he’s in love for H.he’s failing in front Fans eyes at last but no less important Emily deschanel. S6 will be her season ! Emily will left us dazzled on every single episode and i have to confess this is biggest reason i can’t miss S6 OF BONES. The other reason is see Booth & Brennan together on the end of this journey.

  11. Morgan on October 1st, 2010 12:50 am

    My favorite part was when Brennan was making the insightful comments at The Founding Fathers about relationships and love at the end. I got this vibe that she knew she was talking about THEIR relationship, while hiding it behind the guise of another. The whole slipping back into her love is just chemical reactions bit was to express her distaste for his relationship with Hannah the only way she knew how.

    I like Hannah. I don’t like her with Booth, but I like her. Her right off the block comment about how close Booth and Brennan are gave me some hope about Booth and Brennan.

    My wish is this: She sees that she isn’t Booth’s one, and realizes that Brennan is, and she leaves. When this happens Booth is going to be heartbroken, and rightfully so. Brennan is going to pick him up and put him back together again.

    I loved Clark’s outburst. That was a long time coming. All of the references though about Brennan’s relationship with Booth aside, every single time someone brought it up her face fell a little further. That was the most painful part of the episode. Brennan cannot compartmentalize this, and she is trying and failing. Hannah is going to break her, for the good or the bad, Hannah is going to break those final walls for Dr. Temperance Brennan.

    That’s my two cents, but unfortunately with shipping and handling you’ll be owing me one dollar.

  12. Brittany on October 1st, 2010 12:52 am

    ITA with everything you’ve said. Am I nervous about the storyline overall? There are days when I am, and days where… not so much. But honestly? It’s episodes like this that keep me from getting too close to the ledge.

    I think a BIG thing that deserves being mentioned is the looks Booth and Brennan exchange when Hannah tells her how they met. She says something along the lines of “Seeley would never go for the kill if he could help it.” And what that tells me is that she has know knowledge of his days as a sniper. That speaks volumes to me. As happy as he seems (and I’m sure he actually IS happy) there is still a little piece of himself that he is holding back.

    Also, Emily Deschanel showed us all why we love her, and ability to pull out these flickers of emotion quickly, only to tuck them away.

  13. AnthroStudent on October 1st, 2010 12:52 am

    I loved tonight’s episode yes it was very sad because you could see the sadness and almost pain on Brennan’s face at times. But this is necessary for her to be able to push down all of those walls she has built up over the years.
    I agree with some that in the one scene with Booth and Hannah it is basically laid out that this won’t last long yes she will be around for a while but I do not get the “LOVE” feeling from either of them and some of the things that were said did make her seem temporary. There were some great laughing moments particularly the one with Clark!! He really did say what just about everyone has been wanting to say for years!!!
    Also I liked Hannah they did make her very like-able she is very wild in a way and she is beautiful you could really see how she is “perfect” for Booth. Also someone brought this up on one of the boards Sweets tonight really seemed like a lost baby duck, he was asking questions to Booth about Daisy but really it seemed more like he was getting out information because with out Booth & Brennan being close its like his Family has been kinda torn apart.
    All in All it was a great episode I thought and I look forward to next week 🙂

  14. Jill on October 1st, 2010 12:53 am

    Did anyone think that part of the reason Brennan got emotional when she heard about the situation where Booth saved Hannah was because she realized that his work there wasn’t “administrative” and that he was in danger?

  15. Catalina on October 1st, 2010 12:55 am

    I love this show. And it’s Hart’s story, not mine, so I’ll never flame him for telling it his way. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t have a very strong reaction to it — or that I won’t try to share it with the masses.

    The truth is, I’m an emotional roller coaster over the whole thing. Brennan literally broke my heart several times tonight – while she was talking to Angela and said that her life had turned out as she’d expected and at the end when she was talking to Booth and he cut her off as Hannah walked in. I felt so badly for her – which is interesting because I don’t think I ever felt that badly for Booth in the past seasons when the role was reversed. I think that’s because Booth has always been the same guy and this is obviously an enlightened Brennan, an enlightened Brennan that Booth’s just not seeing. That part is infuriating.

    The part of me that’s just a little protective over Brennan kind of wishes that she could shut all this off and go back to the woman she was before she left for Maluku – just so it wouldn’t hurt her this much. But it’s obvious now that she’s a goner. She’s head over heels in love with Booth and there’s no turning back. And she’s grown so much that she’s putting his happiness ahead of her own desires. And he has no idea. Or maybe he does and he’s just ignoring it like she did to him for all these years. Who knows.

    All I know is that I hope this gets wrapped up quickly. I hope that Hannah doesn’t remain as clueless as she currently is about B&B’s history and that we see at least a touch of insecurity. I hope that Angela is team Brennan and is a little irrationally catty towards her even if Brennan can’t be (isn’t that what girlfriends are for?). I hope that Brennan does something so heartcrushingly selfless that it leaves Booth reeling with confusion about his decisions. And I sure hope I stop cyring soon!!

  16. AnthroStudent on October 1st, 2010 12:59 am

    @ Jill
    Yes I did think that was part of it because Booth told her he wasn’t in any dangerous situations. She told him not to be a Hero & and thats what he did. I think it was also part of the fact that he saved her life cause Brennan’s face fell alittle bit more after she said “he saved your life”

  17. MinnKim on October 1st, 2010 1:02 am

    I can’t watch this show anymore. It is too depressing. I didn’t watch tonight but lingered online to see others opinions. The sad thing is I feel better for not watching it. My love for this show has disappeared. I used to watch for the B&B chemistry and I haven’t seen any for over a year. I want to enjoy a show not feel awful when it is finished.

  18. rynogeny on October 1st, 2010 1:18 am

    I liked much of this due to how they’re focusing on the issue at hand. But some of it isn’t working for me because I don’t know how to interpret it.

    Brennan fantasizing about a relationship with Booth makes sense to me. It’s logical that her thoughts went that way after the conversation in the 100th. But her comment ‘we couldn’t’ when he says that about couples overcoming differences…uh, doesn’t that imply an effort was made to overcome those differences? Efforts made by both of them? What could she possibly be referring to?

    And second…is Booth actually hearing any of this? Not just the comment about fantasizing, but what she says at the end about someone falling out of love and moving on? Assuming he is, what’s he making of it? I keep thinking maybe he’s hearing the words but missing the meaning (due to his brain being scrambled by dopamine) but that’s an awful thick picture of him to be painting.

    Rhetorical questions, I know. And maybe the point is they want us not completely sure of what’s going on, or how to interpret things. But it’s a bit exhausting to constantly be trying to take new information and make it make sense with what’s gone before.

  19. Christina on October 1st, 2010 1:25 am

    I agree with Brittany that Booth is still holding part of himself back. Was anyone else taken aback that Hannah didn’t seem to know anything at all about B&B’s history? I loved how Booth quickly jumped to the conclusion that Hannah thought him and Brennan were romanticly involved when she said she was jealous of them..

    I’m surprised I actually like Hannah though, but I feel like this might all be part of Hart’s crazy plan. I’m wondering where this new serial killer is going to fit in to the seasons story arc. Also, the Gravedigger and the beloved cast member who is going to die this season. All this is bound to FINALLY get B&B together!

    As much as Brennan is crushing my heart right now, I like where this is going. I can see Brennan has to figure all this out for herself before she can give herself to Booth that way. I too am curious though how Booth is going to explain ‘love’ to Brennan when they finally get together after leaving her like this..

  20. Brittany on October 1st, 2010 1:58 am

    @ rynogeny: I totally get what you’re saying. Interpreting can be exhausting sometimes, especially when you’re trying to put everything into a context that makes sense for you, but isn’t that, kind of, what’s the beauty about storytelling? You can see things the way you want to see them so they make a better story for YOU?

    The way I took Brennan’s comment about overcoming differences was her way of oversimplifying everything– rationalizing it all so she could get herself into this headspace where it all felt okay. He is the one with the open heart and she isn’t (in her eyes, anyway) and their inability to find that sort of common ground when it came to a relationship in the romantic sense is what has lead them to where they are now. What’s sort of, ironic, is that it’s those exact differences that make them so perfect for each other… pieces of the same whole.

    As for the end scene. I think Brennan’s trying to say to him how, now that he’s in love, every time he risked his life in an attempt to save HER, seems foolish. Especially in retrospect because those gestures weren’t really out of love– they couldn’t be because he’s moved on and those feelings are no longer there. But Booth instantly points out to her that she’s wrong. That those things were out of love.

    And I think, with Booth, he’s hearing these things… but he’s still hurting, he has Hannah and he doesn’t want to jump to any conclusions when it comes to Brennan and the things she’s saying, so he takes them at face value– doesn’t let himself go off on tangents. Doesn’t mean he’s not hearing them, though.

  21. Deb on October 1st, 2010 2:10 am

    This episode just left me sad. I kind of like Hannah as well. But I don’t think Booth has been himself with her. It feels like he’s trying to leave who he really is in the past and creating a new “him” for Hannah. I don’t think she really has a clue about all of his history, his abusive childhood, his torture in the Army, the Gravedigger, and everything that has gone on that Brennan actually knows about him. He wants to forget, like he said to Sweets: “the past is in the past”. But he can’t really be himself and I don’t think he’ll ever let Hannah see that part of him.
    Emily was amazing. All her emotions and what’s going on with Brennan is heartcrushing. I don’t like all that she’s going through.

  22. kali on October 1st, 2010 4:45 am

    “this episode was the first hour of the show which I’ve ever been GLAD to see end. Not because I didn’t love it, because I did. It’s more because it just hurt so badly.”

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Sarah. Thank you for your great review!
    I too, felt heartbroken during most of this episode. But, it also felt right. While I feel genuine pain for the way things are between our favorite two, and as much as I hate the change that is taking place between them, oddly, I feel that the writers and Mr. Hanson are doing everything right.
    Let me explain why. While Brennan has made huge progress ever since she started working with Booth, she still carries with her the trauma of her childhood, her abandonment issues and the walls she built up due to all that pain she went through as a child and teenager. She has perfected the ability to rationalize everything, to put her heart in mute and let her brain do ALL the talking. Due to that she is actually incapable of interpreting emotions with anything else but her brain – hence her inability to interpret them correctly. That of course is her way of protecting herself.
    Booth and the pivotal role he has taken up in her life have actually managed to put many cracks into her protective walls. She trusts him instinctively and she loves him – however, both of these things she can’t admit to herself. Not because she’s stubborn, has a big ego or doesn’t want to – she actually CAN’T process these “facts” correctly. Both her love and trust in Booth spring from her heart, not her brain, and she hasn’t been able to understand that. Yet. Remember what she said last episode: “I’m suffering the nagging certainty that my eyes are seeing something which my brain refuses to process”. She does perceive the effects of her love for Booth, but what she perceives she can’t process and therefore position it correctly.
    Booth has always been way ahead of her, because he is the heart guy. Emotionally he’s always been athe genius, while Brennan is the moron. Booth has done everything he can to help her up her emotional IQ (climax 100th episode) but there is only so much a guy can do. Now it’s on her. She has to get there by herself, as Sarah put it. Because only then will she accept it as the truth, and not some false theory Booth has concocted.

    What I am a bit concerned about though, is the fact that Booth was able to crack her walls because he proved to her day in, day out for more than 5 years that his love for her is not transient…that love is not some chemical process but something solid, real. How will she handle Booth’s withdrawal of that love? Don’t get me wrong, I know Booth still loves her – but he did the only healthy thing and accepted that this love wasn’t going anywhere and that he had to change it. And that he did. At least, that’s how it seems to me. Brennan already mentioned that people fall out of love…Something important, necessary to her (even if she can’t admit that) is being taken away from her. I just hope that this will spur her into a forward and not backwards development.

  23. Teebee76 on October 1st, 2010 5:46 am

    It was painful. I spent half the episode going “Ohhhh” in a sad voice whenever Brennan looked like a kicked puppy.
    It seems to me that Booth is maybe trying too hard to be in this relationship with Hannah. Yeah he likes her and the sex on tap, but I think he’s trying to convince himself he’s in love with her when he isn’t really since he knows true love from how he feels about Brennan. (If that makes sense) And don’t we all know that relationships that start in those kinds of circumstances rarely last in the real world?
    The scene in the diner made me go “Wow!” Brennan is definitely changing if she can admit that she’d thought about it. Although I don’t think she was entirely truthful about her conclusion that it wouldn’t have worked.
    Her facial expressions just made me want to lean into the screen and hug her and slap Booth for doing that to her. I did like Hannah, just not when she was touching Booth, although I can live with the getting him naked scenes!!
    Everybody still seems very fragmented, like they’ve not quite got their groove back and their minds are still in Paris/Maluku/Afghanistan.
    Finally, (sorry for the essay) I can’t seem to say the name Hannah without saying it like Sid in Toy Story!

  24. CJ on October 1st, 2010 6:35 am

    Well said everyone! Does anyone notice Booth’s reaction to Hannah’s question after their lunch break/bedroom scene. I would venture to say he lied to Hannah- or at least lied to themselves. Hannah was implying that a romantic relationsip existed between him and Bones– and he quickly denied it. Although their relationship has never been physical- I would say it was romantic. Will Hannah find out? I wonder how? I am excited for that scene. Will Booth come to terms with his feelings (lasting) for Bones…and of course for Bones- ED was marvelous in last night’s episode!

  25. al on October 1st, 2010 8:11 am

    after thinking about this show I HAVE TO SAID the show was not bad and the bedroom scene was painful becaused its not bones.

  26. Robert on October 1st, 2010 8:16 am

    I really liked the show today I think Hannah and booth have a great chemistry and really make a good couple toghether, I really hope she becomes a series regular she would fit quite well in the cast, now I just wait for a good man for brennan to get with (not booth the booth and brennan couple isn’t really going to work, it’s too.. cliche..) I think Hannah added alot of potential to the show B&B really should stick toghether as friends and team, but not romantically.

  27. Vee on October 1st, 2010 8:29 am

    These reviews are wonderful and have helped me a lot! Thank you all. I have been watching Bones from its inception and last night’s episode was one of the most poignant. I am looking forward to the Hannah arc being completed, hopefully with her totally out of the picture. I believe Booth is trying to convince himself that he can move on, that he is actually in love with this beautiful, exciting woman, but he obviously is not fully invested in her and does not have the level of true intimacy and trust with her that he has with Brennan. I suspect the Hannah will become bored once the reality of life in DC becomes apparent, and her being “trouble” creates some sort of dilemma for Booth. And where is Master Parker? Perhaps that will be the issue that the Hannah fails on, not even related to Brennan. This is a necessary intervention but I do hope the Hannah is gone in less than the half dozen episodes rumored to complete this. I imagine at some point there will be a situation where Booth will have to choose which of these ladies to rescue and Brennan will be selfless and say save the Hannah. I have to say the writers were successful in creating tremendous emotion (in me) with few lines and the effective acting and subtle expression changes in this team. I have more hope that Booth and Brennan will eventually get together and hopefully continue in their roles as a team, at least for part of a season or two. Wouldn’t that be grand? Thanks to all of you for such lengthy posts – I feel much better after reading them.

  28. Chels on October 1st, 2010 9:01 am

    So just watched this episode and it was a little heartbreaking. I am a Booth and Bones shipper! So I can’t say that i am a Hannah Fan. She has changed the whole dynamic of their relationship. But to me, Booth is the one who may be more to blame for that. He only left for seven months after (almost) declaring his love for bones, and now comes back in ‘love’ with someone else. So much for passing the test booth. Bones is gutted and that realisation is hitting her piece by piece. I hope that struggle for her will result in her being able to love Booth back. Got to mention Emily Deschanel’s awesome acting – those facial expressions convey so much that the character just can’t say aloud.

  29. Jen (NatesMama) on October 1st, 2010 9:53 am

    I smell a definite Emmy nomination for Emily Deschanel if they play this right. All they have to do is give her the material, and she can run away with it. I don’t think she (or David Boreanaz, for that matter) gets snough credit for what kind of painful emotion she can convey with just one look.

  30. Deetsie on October 1st, 2010 9:59 am

    This week’s 2¢: I pretty much agree with everything above. While this episode seemed closer (and just closer) to the Bones of prior seasons, it was absolutely gut-wrenching to watch. I agree, Booth & Bones are trying to sell it just a little too much and I think Sweets sees through that; in fact, we all do. I find Hannah’s voice very obnoxious and to me, she’s not believable as a war correspondent/journalist. What did save it for me last night (besides Hodgins & Angela always coming to the rescue) was Emily’s facial expressions, teary eyes and over the top reaction to Clark… Had they not had her react in any way, I would have been devastated.
    Thankfully, she did. Not a cat fight as they promised, but she clearly experiences deep pain (and probably regret) over the decision she made and what she’s witnessing now. It gives me hope and I just keep telling myself, Hannah is temporary – maybe 5 episodes and we get back to the real BONES.
    I feel a little foolish being so invested in a TV show, but I can certainly see I’m not the only one. The 5 seasons has been like sitting down to the table for dinner and NEVER HAVING DESSERT! I hate that. I will gladly endure the next few episodes in order to have the Hannah-thing be over. I do not believe Booth is over Bones and we’re definitely going to see both Booth & Bones juggle conflicting feelings over their choices.
    It was painful, depressing, and hopeful for the future finally being what we’ve all hoped for… Thanks for letting me share.

  31. Drippan on October 1st, 2010 10:45 am

    I was really disappointed in this episode. It wasn’t the Hannah character that did it but everyone else’s character.

    Why the heck was everyone butting into the B&B relationship or had an opinion about it? Why, after 3 to 5 years with them, that everyone one of them had something to say? Why didn’t they accept the fact that Booth wanted to move on, that Brennan was okay with that but now they all state their opinion when another person shows up in the picture?

    I wanted to keep yelling at the TV “Stay the hell out of the B&B relationship and personal life. You didn’t say anything all those years when they had a chance so why are you even bringing it up now?”

    I understand we are suppose to see Brennan struggle with this but with everyone having an opinion, they have turned it into a soap opera.

  32. Catalina on October 1st, 2010 10:46 am

    I’m at work. And crying again. It’s been said several times in this post but I’ll say it again – Emily Deschanel is spectacular. Even though we’re only two shows into the season, she’s made it clear that she deserves an Emmy nomination. And I can’t wait to see where else TPTB take her character.

  33. Deetsie on October 1st, 2010 10:55 am

    In my opinion (and I always have one!) Emily and David have THE BEST facial expressions of any actors on TV… everything that is the best part of this show is conveyed in their faces and eyes, not the dialogue.

  34. Janet on October 1st, 2010 11:01 am

    There are so many parts to this review and the comments that followed that I highlighted and want to address that I realized I can’t possibly do them justice without writing out a full fledged dissertation-type essay, and who wants to read THAT in the comments section . . . so, I will try to be more concise and hope you all realize where I am drawing upon your insights and blending them with my own.

    Ouch, ouch, ouch, went my heart. Painful, but beautiful to see Brennan in this episode. Deschanel is doing a wonderful job portraying the emotional dissonance that Brennan is feeling and I, like others, also loved how in the lab, Brennan’s “family” called her out on it all. Wasn’t Angela’s comment about Brennan and Booth being a couple fantastic? I applaud that that statement is now out there in the open.

    Booth. He has not convinced me, either, that he is “in” love with Hannah. She makes him happy and that is a good thing. It made me sad to hear his comment to Sweets that he was sad to leave Afghanistan because even though he says it was because he thought he wouldn’t see Hannah again, I think it was because she helped him with the escape from his real life in D.C. – with Brennan. So much I could say about the scene with how he and Hannah met (that was the first glimpse into the “old” Booth and warmed my heart), the diner scene (defending the different backgrounds – that was all about he and Brennan, don’t you think? And hearing Brennan say she imagined them together. That thought is now permanently lodged somewhere in Booth’s brain, right?), and the Founding Fathers scene (Booth affirming that all that he has done for Brennan was still love).

    Okay, 2 shout-outs after all:
    @ TeeBee76: “Everybody still seems very fragmented, like they’ve not quite got their groove back and their minds are still in Paris/Maluku/Afghanistan.” – I absolutely agree. The way they ALL worked this case was still not up to their history of symbiosis. I don’t know if this is deliberate or not. Booth and Brennan were hardly together at all on this case (when usually they do almost everything together), and Booth was hardly even in the lab. It all seemed off-kilter to me.
    @ Deetsie: “I feel a little foolish being so invested in a TV show, but I can certainly see I’m not the only one.” – You certainly are not the only one. And you know what? We can say it is “only a TV show”, but consider that this TV show is also many people’s careers – which is important, right? Let’s all diminish our guilty feelings for LOVING this show. 

  35. bethany actually on October 1st, 2010 11:02 am

    The thing I’m getting most out of the past two episodes is how much *Brennan* has changed. She’s been admitting and showing her emotions more openly (albeit in a very logical. plainspoken Brennan-like way) and hugging people. Clearly she’s changed.

    Did anyone else catch the moment when Brennan told Booth that his faith in love was admirable? Um…BRENNAN told Booth that his *faith in love* was ADMIRABLE? That does not sound like something the Bones of two or three years ago would have said. She would have laughed and ridiculed him for basing his life on chemical reactions. Which, granted, she did bring up later in the episode, but I got the feeling that was her trying to convince herself that she was right more than her trying to convince Booth.

    Booth was right; things HAVE to change. But I’m convinced, based on this season so far, that the writers were referring more to Brennan than anyone else.

  36. @birdgirl33 on October 1st, 2010 11:07 am

    I have never, ever followed a tv series before (and I am 44 years old now). I have only watched shows in re-runs, etc……I hate the feeling of being so invested in a tv show! Nevertheless, I am totally 100% invested in the show Bones! From the moment of the Pilot I was hooked! Try as I might to stay away from spoilers, I usually cheat and peek! lol I have really been dreading the Hannah story line just like everyone else, but, am pleased to say that I feel it is going to be the catalyst that finally drives Brennan to admit that she in fact does love Booth! It was hard to watch all the kissing, etc. between B&H last night and I hope it is not going to be on display like that in every episode she is in, but if it leads B&B together, I guess I will have to deal with it! I have complete faith and trust in HH and SN and for that matter the whole cast to continue to make a show worth watching, and I for one am going to enjoy the ride!

  37. al on October 1st, 2010 11:39 am

    I HOPE THE ONE that said they wont watch will/also hope hannah leave town but does hannah know about PARKER?

  38. Monica (@texmex327) on October 1st, 2010 11:52 am

    Absolutely heartbreaking doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings on last nights episode.

    Brennan’s heart is crushed. I think she came to the realization just how much Booth means to her while she was in Maluku and was expecting things to be the same when they came back. Whether or not she was prepared to tell him how she felt is another story.
    I understand the need for Booth to move on, but like others have said, it seems forced. Though I think that Booth does genuinely care about Hannah, its a relationship based on lust. He isn’t fooling anyone, IMO.
    I loved the insight from Cam, Angela & Clark.
    My friend & I were discussing something this morning and she made a point that seems valid. When I told her that Brennan snapped on Clark because she is affected by Hannah being around she told me that she has a tendency to do that. When it comes to Booth, Brennan’s feelings do come out stronger than normal (I.E. when he “died” and when he was kidnapped by the Gravedigger).

    I didn’t notice the tears in Brennan’s eyes when Hannah was telling her how her & Booth met. I guess she was expecting her to tell Brennan that Booth had arrested her, just like he had said.

    I’m in this for the long haul, and I believe it when Hart Hanson says that Booth & Brennan will be together. This is nothing more than a speed bump, its just going to take us some time to get over it.

  39. @melissasjack on October 1st, 2010 1:19 pm

    OK. I loved this episode.
    With ALL my HEART.

    and I agree with you too.

    The only thing I would add is David Boreanaz’s acting was stellar. The subtlety, the looks… he had ’em all too. People were just watching ED closer and I think they missed alot of his performance.

    TRULY ALL AROUND I think it was CLEVER AS HELL ACTING and storytelling from everyone.

    Booth is going from a war zone back to RL and heres the thing? Booth didnt think she’d (Hannah) be coming back, he’d thought he’d “lost out” again but that what they’d had out there was awesome and healing and NEW. and now? Its like WHOA. I get to be happy? Really? Its almost like he cant believe pieces of his life are working out…

    Also , YES!!! I think he’s HEARING the stuff Brennan is saying to him, he’s just not reading anything into her words anymore.
    BOOTH is holding himself back from Brennan so tightly… If he takes her words as face value as just words without meaning behind them, just sciencey and dry then he wont be torturing himself with thoughts of what he perceives he can never have. So Brennan’s I missed you, I thought this, her looks, all of it, Booth Cannot let himself SEE them as anything other than Bones the anthropologist. Brennan is breaking my heart too but in a good way. (shit I really really shoulda formed some more coherant thoughts before typing, lol)

    Brennan is aching and now shes on the outside looking in again BUT with all these years of Booth and a fuller life and she KNOWS what shes missing. and it matters. and I dont think for a single second she will crawl back into her “shell” NOT AT ALL. Here’s the thing about Brennan: to me? when it comes down to balls to wall, she’ll make the leap. she’s not gonna be able to sit back forever. She’s grown so much, changed so much. She’s got it now. GOT IT. and she will do something about it.

    I have utter faith this is our season. I feel like HH and the cast and everyone is at the top of their game. The writing is phenomenal, the acting superb… this season to me feels like standing at a championship game, breath held, with your team out in full force, bound & determined to WIN.

    This season will be made of the most epic win babe.

    I know I keep saying it but to me? Eventually? Is NOW.

  40. Janet on October 1st, 2010 1:50 pm

    Well said (and pretty coherent, too!). Can I just redact my comments and replace them with yours? 😀

  41. Monica (@texmex327) on October 1st, 2010 2:14 pm

    Ok so as I go thru my Ipod to find a song to listen to, I stumble upon a song that makes sense when it comes to Booth & Brennan. Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough by Patty Smyth. It is the ultimate heartbreak song.

    So as we have said, Brennan will let Booth go because she does love him and she does want him to be happy, but as the saying goes, if you love something let it go, if it comes back to you it was meant to be, it it doesn’t it was never yours to begin with.

    Keep the faith B&B shippers, its all we have.

  42. Marta on October 1st, 2010 3:00 pm

    The key in this episode is that Brennan does not seem able to truly communicate with Booth or the others. And herself. Her description of Hannah fitting into the “golden mean” as well as her conversation in the diner with Booth about being back point out how she cannot find the simplest way to say something. Or see something. Things that are close to her are explained in Brennanese. Her dressing down of Clark and her talk to Booth about love also illustrate just how out of touch she is with her feelings.

    While ED is brilliant in conveying Brennan’s internal emotive life that she denies, she is equally brilliant at the heart-wrenching moments. Her conversation with Angela showed just how unsure she is of the direction of her life. Maluku was a misstep because she learned nothing new there about anthropology. We know if might have been the right move if it gave her time to realize just how much she wanted to wrap the Jeffersonian crew around her again.

    But they aren’t, as you said, walking on eggshells around her. Everyone is talking about the elephant in the room– her feelings. And Cam’s defense of Clark and explanation get at the heart of the problem even if she wants to deny it.

    She cannot say the right thing in the right way to be a part of this group or part of the general mass of humanity around her. And she is isolated at the end; drinking alone with no one to go to or to be with.

    (I love reading your thoughts on the show and I appreciate your even-handed approach. Thank you.)

  43. Vorpaks on October 1st, 2010 3:38 pm

    I like what you said and all the comments. I like the idea that the Hannah-Booth relationship will open Brennan’s eyes a bit. But I have the feeling that things with Booth are a little too complicated. I don’t think Hannah being gone (eventually) will mean that Brennan and Booth will get together.

    We know practically every little detail of Brennan’s painful childhood and successful career. We really don’t know that much about Booth’s. I think that his past and his issues are going to have to be worked through with the same detail as Brennan’s before they can reach a “true” partnership. I haven’t figured out yet if this Hannah relationship will help Booth address any of his issues… or just make them worse if there is an eventual breakup or killoff.

    I will say this, jokingly, after hearing about the beginning of Booth and Hannah’s relationship and knowing about his past with Brennan: that man needs to take some lessons from Hodgins on romance. Or at least courtship. Angela gets Romeo and Juliet roses, a first date carefully and thoughtfully planned for maximum romance, awesome storage room nookie, MULTIPLE proposals, and total acceptance of a previous husband and a freaking scary father. Brennan gets ‘atta girl love, the implication that she is a gamble, “I’m that guy”, a smooch, and then “I have to move on.” Hannah gets… well, yes, okay, so she’s not complaining. And she is definitely getting the storage room nookie. But still. Where is the courtship??

    In all seriousness it may be because seduction and courtship require a degree of subterfuge and manipulation that Booth just doesn’t have with the people (women) he cares for… or maybe because it requires him to make himself more vulnerable than he can handle… but I would still like to see Hodgins give him a few pointers. /grin

  44. Deetsie on October 1st, 2010 3:48 pm

    Hodgins is an absolute doll… with eyelashes to die for.

  45. Deetsie on October 1st, 2010 3:49 pm

    Also, I miss Booth’s adorability he established in season 5…

  46. Kristine on October 1st, 2010 4:16 pm

    @TeeBee76 & Janet:
    The team’s lack of symbiosis may be a further reflection of the fact that things HAVE changed. I think Hart & Co are sending us the message that, even though we’re back in the lab solving murders, we’re not going to immediately fall back and pretend like the last 6-7 months haven’t happened. For me, it’s rather refreshing to see. The characters have all been impacted by their respective “summer vacations,” albeit some more than others.

    I think Hannah is definitely a rebound. Booth poured his heart out in front of Brennan – completely opened himself up – and she shot him down. I’d say he’s still reeling from that, and thus, is seeking comfort in the arms of what Booth perceives to be an anti-Brennan. Just wait until Booth realizes that, for all their differences, Brennan and Hannah are actually rather similar (right down to the double “n” in their respective names).

    Meanwhile, while Booth was overseas licking his wounds, Brennan was faced with a Booth-less existence for the first time in five years. It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that she started dreaming about a relationship between Booth and her. After all, we rarely realize the importance of what we have until it’s gone. I think Brennan expected things to simply go back to the way they were, and maybe she was actually working up the courage to say something to Booth about her literal change of heart. And then we introduce Hannah. Now Brennan has to bite her tongue – something our outspoken, uncensored forensic anthropologist is definitely NOT known for – because she understands that, on some level, it would hurt her friend (Booth) to revisit the issue right now.

    I predict that Booth and Hannah’s relationship will hit a speed bump when she meets Parker. I think it’ll be a wake-up call to both Booth AND Brennan when they realize that the squint with minimal social skills was able to connect with Parker quicker and less awkwardly than the star reporter. I’m sure it’ll also throw up red flags for Ms. I-Crave-Excitement (Hannah). She’ll suddenly realized that she’s traded her edge-of-your-seat, globe-trotting-journalist lifestyle for a day job she hates & a son by proxy. I get a distinct “not ready to settle down” vibe from her that will clash horribly with Booth’s “putting down roots” mindset right now.

    [I should probably note that as a senior Psychology student, I’m probably reading entirely too much into the show, but I feel like I’m among friends here. 😀 ]

  47. alice on October 1st, 2010 4:24 pm

    the only thing about this storyline is booth didnt meet hannah in afghanstan she is the one he saw in dc and they are already marry.

  48. Jamie on October 1st, 2010 5:10 pm

    I don’t think the mastodon in the room is actually Hannah, but Booth leaving Bones. The couple in the cave stirs controversy between B&B because Bones thinks the guy should have left his dying love and saved his own life. Booth obviously doesn’t…and yet, has he? Maybe the two are switching places, and Booth is now trying to be the rational one while Bones struggles emotionally. Can he rationalize abandoning Bones though?

    This whole episode seemed to revolve around “leaving”. I find it interesting that Booth is bent on convincing everyone that he didn’t leave Hannah in Afghanistan- Bones, Sweets, even Hannah asks, “Is that why you left me?” We were led to believe that Booth is the kind of guy who gives up his life to stay with his dying love. So I guess everyone, including Booth, is left wondering whether or not he is going to leave (or if he already has) and save himself. And that question can’t help but come up in practically every conversation.

  49. Stephanie on October 1st, 2010 6:49 pm

    Um…wow. I thought this episode was amazing on so many levels. Kudos to Steven Nathan for managing to write an episode that was as laugh out loud funny as it was rich with deeper (double) meaning. Since it worked so well for me last week, I’m going to categorize my thoughts so I can keep them straight. First up:

    The frustrating: I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked Hannah’s character. She’s strong (a little on the eager side though) and she seems to genuinely like Brennan. Still, I thought the Hannan/Booth PDA was pretty over the top. I know they needed to show that Booth was into her but, ewww. On the plus side, last night’s episode was pretty convincing proof that Hannah is not a stalling tactic, but a tool to ultimately move B&B closer together. I didn’t realize how much I missed happy Booth until I saw him back in action. If Hannah has done anything, she has allowed him to move past the pain that was paralyzing him and gain some perspective. And I think that’s a very good thing.

    The funny: What can I say? That scene with Clark was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on Bones. It was roll on the floor funny. The ongoing “George Clooney is the dead guy” joke was also funny as were Booth & Sweets in the field. And Hodgins? I loved his phone conversation with Hannah and the “more to love” conversation with Angela. Because every pregnant woman likes being compared to the Hindenberg, right?!?

    The compelling: Yeah, the deeper meaning in this episode was (as Sweets would probably say) wicked intense. From the obvious parallels between the case and B&B’s relationship to the conversations in the diner and the Founding Fathers, this episode tackled all the issues head on.

    In my opinion, Brennan spent much of this episode trying to verbally defend her reasons for rejecting Booth in the 100th episode. It’s like she’s clinging to the one thing that’s always defined her life (reason and logic) as everything else crashes down around her. But I also think she’s starting to sense that maybe, just maybe, those things are no longer enough. And yet, she still clings.
    That she’s clinging was so obvious in her conversation with Angela and her conversation with Booth at the Founding Fathers. But it was most obvious in the conversation in the diner with Booth & Sweets. What stuck out to me in that scene the most (even more than her admission that she had dreamed about her and Booth together) were her comments about the futility of relationships between people from disparate backgrounds. I mean, am I the only one who thought she was talking about her and Booth?

    And what is Booth doing during all of this? Whether he realizes it or not, he’s still trying to prove to Brennan that they could have made a relationship work. That love is enough to overcome anything – be it disparate backgrounds or chemical reactions. It’s the same message we saw in previous seasons, it’s just being viewed through the lens of the 100th episode. And I know a lot of you will disagree with me on this because you see Booth’s relationship with Hannah as a betrayal of Brennan, but I think Hannah herself is completely immaterial to this argument. At the end of the day, none of this is about Hannah. Booth still loves Brennan whether he realizes it or not (although sooner or later, I’m pretty sure he’ll be down with that too). At the end of the day, this always has been and will always be, all about Brennan.

  50. boo on October 1st, 2010 7:25 pm

    So. What the hell did they do with the character of Booth? Pretty much ruined him.

    Tried to like Hannah, but she’s not a great actress and I’m sorry, I don’t see the chemistry between them.

    I didn’t watch this show for five years to suddenly be confronted with horny-can’t-keep-it-in-his-pants Booth getting his end away with a blonde that looks young enough to be his daughter at every opportunity. Open air sex in a war-zone. REALLY???

    Poor Brennan. She really deserves better than Booth right now. I hope she gets it.

  51. A on October 1st, 2010 7:32 pm

    Well first of all I agree….That was so very painful to watch. Hopefully though, the next episodes that Hannah is in will have less of her in it. I think last night’s episode was all about the introduction of Hannah. I think Booth is happy but I would not say he is deeply in love. I think he cares a lot for her but I don’t see a forever kinda thing in his eyes. Which is good!!!

    I have felt awfully “angsty” since the 100th episode and I know I am a softy but I have probably shed a tear or two in every episode since then. So I am a little anxious to get back to the incredibly deep connection between the two of them like in Hero in the Hold, The undercover Circus show, and The X-Files. I am not talking about romance and love. I am talking about that deep deep friendship and knowing each other better than they know themselves. I miss that. I know once you bring up the “love” thing it takes a lot of time to adjust back but I miss “them.” I don’t want fluff….really, I don’t. I just want my old B and B back.

    Remember Dwarf in the Dirt when Brennan tells Gordan Gordan, There is nothing I wouldn’t do for Booth. Or at the end of Dentist in the Ditch when Brennan admits that maybe love comes first before all the chemicals. Can we hold onto Gordan Gordan encouraging BOoth to have patience and hope and Avalon telling Booth that this all works out eventually. I can believe that the End in the Begining is going to happy one day right!!! PLEASE….I have invested too much not too!

    I was pleased to see that even with Hannah around, we still get B and B. I know it will all be ok but we can only handle angst so long. We need a little “pay off” for hanging on so long. How about some “eye sex” from the earlier years or Booth’s charm smile that is only meant for Brennan.

    I feel better about Hannah and I really hope she is only around in a few episodes. Hopefully she can play her role and get out. Or what about Wendell. It would be cool if she hooked up with him right!!!

  52. Meg on October 1st, 2010 7:33 pm

    @Stephanie You said it beautifully! Your last observation is totally true now that I think about it, and it’s quite uplifting. It made me think about all the things Booth said to Brennan – their professional stability, anthropologically anomalous couples falling in love, the love not lost at the very end – it’s all about them. Booth and Brennan. I’m glad you think that Hannah is rather immaterial to this situation because I kind of thought that too. She’s not necessarily a stalling tactic, but she does represent an obstacle to both Booth and Brennan, as independent people and as (familial, friendly, romantic, and professional) partners.

  53. A on October 1st, 2010 8:31 pm

    Thank you Stephanie….Whew….I have gotta look at the big picture….

  54. Owl on October 1st, 2010 8:38 pm

    I still don’t know what to make of this episode. I enjoyed it, but I guess I didn’t like the lack of subtlety that is unusual for Bones. This also happened with Dwarf in the Dirt as well — they’re making it way too obvious. This is a totally me thing though, I like mental puzzles too much.

    The positive side to this obviousness was that we really saw how much Brennan has changed and has been thinking of her relationship with Booth, because it is very obvious that she has rethought their relationship quite a bit, and grown in other ways, too. The negative side was that I didn’t like what the people at the lab were saying so much, because those “aren’t you feeling anything?” questions really bothered me, because I guess it seems like everyone thinks Brennan doesn’t feel anything, but they should have figured out by now that she definitely does. *shrug* Then again, my professor made a good point the other day when I was discussing something with him: “most of the time people don’t see what is right in front of their noses.” Sounds like some (most) of the characters on Bones. Heh.

    Brennan’s comment about the dead guy not wanting to let go and comparing it to Booth’s relationship with Hannah brought me back to season 1 (I really like s1 Brennan).

    There was a definite theme of relationships in this one (again, and probably more obvious). It also seems to ask “what is love?” Is it Daisy and Sweets’ current “no strings attached” fling? Is it what Angela and Hodgins have? What Booth and Brennan have/had/will have? What Booth and Hannah have? Is it giving up your life for someone you love like the Felix and Hilary (Booth and Brennan?)? Is it killing someone to “right the wrongs” done to a dead brother’s wife and child? Is it unexpected? Is it exactly what Booth says it is? What Angela says it is? Does love change? Does it change who we are and what paths we are taking in life?

    Overall, good episode. And another good sad case, too. I like those.

  55. Colleen on October 1st, 2010 8:41 pm

    OK… so….
    my take on the whole Booth-Hannah-Brennan triangle.

    Booth – in Afghanistan for 7 months and with no contact with Brennan tries to get over her. He does… sort of. Going back to that first moment when they see each other again in “Mastodon” I think all his feelings came flying back. I think he’s totally conflicted, and it could be why he’s acting so completely different. I think he genuinely was very happy to see Hannah again (I mean, jeez… I have a crush on her too… and I’m straight and married). Hart Hanson was right, it’s very difficult to not like her.

    Hannah- I can’t even hate her. She’s infectious… I mean… I almost don’t even mind when she and Booth are making out or doing the nasty (Hello, naked Booth, how I’ve missed you). She’s strong and independent and funny, and pretty much an amalgamation of Booth and Brennan. If Booth and Brennan had a baby, it would probably grow up to be like Hannah. I think her admission of being jealous of what Booth & Bren have was great, and I think that when this relationship ends (and we know it will) it will be because Hannah wants out, not because Booth decides he’s going to drop her because Brennan is ready. He’s not like that.

    Brennan- Oh Lord. It’s only episode 2 and already I’m hoping for an Emmy nod for Emily Deschanel. If she’s this good this early, I can only imagine how the rest of the season is going to be. Her quiet realization is amazing. She breaks my heart everytime she speaks. As she processes (and she does a lot of the processing verbally in front of Booth) I think it’s going to help Booth realize what his true feelings are too.

    I don’t think Booth is necessarily in love with Hannah. I think he thought he was for a while, but now that he’s back working with Brennan he realizes what it really is. He cares for her, certainly and he doesn’t want to hurt her. That’s why she’s going to have to be the one to pull the plug. I think she’ll last a while because it’s going to take Brennan at least half the season to really realize what’s going on in her heart. As long as Brennan is still stuck, Hannah’s safe… and I think Hannah knows that too. I’m interested to see if the girls night comes to fruition and what sort of dynamic Brennan and Hannah will have after that.

    Soory for my rambline novel of a comment. I’m not even sure it made sense.

  56. chase on October 1st, 2010 9:13 pm

    Anyone know what the very last song played in this episode was called and/or who sang it???

  57. Ange on October 1st, 2010 11:13 pm

    Thanks for the great review, Sarah!

    How did I feel about this episode? To be honest, I’m torn…I usually love angst, but Brennan just simply broke my heart. It was good, but it hurt so much to watch. I never prepped myself with the spoilers, so I wasn’t prepared for Booth claiming to love Hannah. That hurt too. I really didn’t like that, and I cringed during his physical scenes with her.

    Surprisingly, I actually liked Hannah. She seems like a fun character, very likable. I can see now why Hart was telling us to give her a chance. The problem is, though I like her, I don’t what she represents. Even in this first episode with her, some things were brought up that might start the seed of instability in their relationship, which was interesting. I guess we’ll have to see where it all goes.

    I think Booth was throwing that “love” word around way too much. He seemed to be trying to convince everyone, and it wasn’t convincing to me, but perhaps that’s wishful thinking on my part! I felt like B&B were very distancing towards each other – Booth with his sex talk, and Brennan with her love is all just chemicals talk. Ultimately though, I felt like they finally connected in that last scene at the FF, kind of like one of their old fights where Booth was trying to call her on her BS, but the moment was lost when Hannah interrupted and they left Brennan alone. Brennan in that moment killed me! I found it kind of interesting that Booth welcomed inviting Brennan out for dinner, but she knew it would be a social faux pas to accept.

    Oh Brennan…Emily Deschanel is going to break my heart 100x over this season. If they don’t give her an Emmy after season 6, BONES fans will riot! How heartbreaking was it to watch her struggling, to see her face fall when she listened to the B&H meeting story, when she was talking to Angela about life expectations, when she admitted she fantasized about B&B being a couple, when she yelled at Clark (despite the fact that it got the results she was claiming to push him towards), when EVERYONE ganged up on her, and then finally, that last scene at the FF. My heart hurts for her.

    Finally, I’m really glad they were able to inject some humour into an otherwise taxing episode. Clark was freakin’ HILARIOUS! I loved that outburst and the way he handled her yelling at him. Also, the mess that Hodgins got himself in with Angela (I mean, come on, who tells their pregnant wife she’s going to look like the hindenberg!), and the way he fixed his hair while he was on speakerphone with Hannah. Too too funny!

    Overall, I think I will love this episode in the future, but right now, I still feel the ache on behalf of Brennan.

  58. daniela on October 2nd, 2010 1:15 pm

    Wow i agree with almost every single one of you guys. I agree with the whole thing about Hannah and Booth and how its just a relationship based on lust and nothing more. Soon the connection will be gone and Booth will be more focused on Brennan from that point on. (atleast i hope thats what happens).

    The other thing is about how Brennan now regrets having gone to the Maluku islands and leaving Booth behind and not to mention turning him down in the hundreth episode like that. To be honest i felt bad for Brennan during this episode as most of us did. I almost couldn’t stand watching be so hurt. Oh and the end scene where Booth left her alone in the bar. That was horrible! I have never seen that happen in the history of Bones (if it has happened then somebody refresh my memory please). Although i thought it was nice of Hannah to invite Brennan to a girl’s night out.

    My thoughts about Hannah are that i don’t exactly hate her but it would be nicer without her. Now i know that Hannah is probably there to help the B&B relationship unfold and that lets me have a bitter tolerance towards her. (this is something i couldn’t not mention but has anyone noticed her accent? I just found that annoying but it might be just me). For obvious reasons i don’t like her in there picture. From seeing Brennans hurt emotions whenever she sees her with Booth and even the part where they were in bed together. That’s just something that hurt me a lot in this episode- seeing them in bed. I have to say that is the most painful out of the other women hes been in bed with (Cam and Rebecca). Maybe it’s because this time we know that Booth loves (or thinks he loves) her.

    Someone mentioned how Booth might be affected ont he way he looks at Hannah when she meets Parker and how she might not even know about Parker. Well I think he might have mentioned Parker to her but only once and maybe it wasn’t much of a conversation at the time. So i do think she knows about it but she might not have put too much thought into it. So with her being a person that loves adventure and Booth being someone that wants to settle down i can totally see them end or begin to end at that point. (sorry if nothing i say here makes sense)

    So i think that’s all i have to say for now. O wait thats not it haha sorry. The other thing i wanted to say was that someone above mentioned that Booth was amazing at those micro facial expressions that say so much about him as well as Emily. The reason i wanted to point this out is because while many of us only complemented Emily perhaps because we were a bit mad at Booth for being with Hannah that we decided to only feel sorry or pay attention to Brennan. Well after i read that comment i watched the episode again and this time i payed a little more attention to Booth this time and they were completely right. He was really great in this episode and they both deserve an emmy this year. Ok NOW i think thats all i wanted to say. So thankyou everyone who commented, it gave me a little more insight on some of the things i missed and i hope this comment helps you catch some things, and thakyou sooooooooooo much Sarah for porsting this, you are THE best Bones blogger in the world and i wanted to let you know of that. I hope you keep doing your thing for as long as Bones v=continues airing 🙂

  59. Nina on October 2nd, 2010 2:30 pm

    Yeah, that episode hurt, but if we want to see Booth and Bones together, we have to watch it anyway. Brennan really seemed down during this episode and it was heartcrushing, but I think she doesn’t know why, mainly because she won’t admit that she REALLY has feeling for Booth. The day she will admit that part … well, it will be a start. And Booth … He’s just trying to ignore his feelings for Bones, that he forced deep down in his heart, and to enjoy a relationship that could be working, if, you know, Brennan never existed. That’s why he’s hurting (not consciensly, I think) her and try to make her jaleous.

    I like the fact that they are building so much tension and angst, because I feel like in any second, they could make out. I can see the scene in my head, they’re arguing about something, yell, get closer, and kaboum, start to rip each other’s clothes, like our Lord Clark would say. But I fear that, as they did last 6 season, it won’t lead to anything …

  60. workaholic888 on October 2nd, 2010 5:46 pm

    All I could say throughout the “Booth-Hannah” scenes was “STOP KISSING HER!!!”. LOL. I do believe Booth is genuinely “in-love” with her, but I really don’t know how deep that runs (yet). I do enjoy their fun, happy-go-lucky relationship they’re portraying. I half-expected to like Hannah, though. I thought she would feel a bit like Sully, but for Booth (does that make sense?). What I mean is that she’ll be somebody we really want to hate, but can’t seem to find a reason to. Right now, I’m just kinda neutral about. Don’t hate her, don’t really like her. Haven’t made up my mind about her.

    What I see more of in Hannah compared to Brennan is impulsiveness. Brennan and Hannah loves adventures, fun, and danger, but Brennan lives her life as she expects to while Hannah seems to be a bit more impulsive about things. Yeah. She’s the one who hopped on a military plane just to surprise Booth. Thinking back to Booth’s “30,40,50 years” speech, Hannah doesn’t really fit the picture in my opinion. I dunno. Something’s off.

    Yes, Seels!!! When Brennan started talking about how she fantasized being with Booth while in the Maluku islands I wasn’t sure I was hearing it right!! Although it is JUST like her to make anthropologically shocking comments at times…this has gotta top the list! I thought Sweets was gonna choke on his food. Haha. Everything Brennan did in this episode (her expressions when Booth and Hannah keep kissing, her lashing out on Edison, her curiosity about Hannah)…I’m starting to think someone’s really regretting rejecting somebody! Hehe… least enough to form hypothetical fantasies!

    It was especially interesting to see Brennan appear hurt when she realized Booth saved Hannah’s life. I’m not sure why that is. Perhaps because she feels that “saving each other” would be something she shared exclusively with Booth? Or that it confirmed a deeper connection between Booth and Hannah than she expected? Whatever that was, it definitely hit a nerve.

    In conclusion, yes, it was PAINFUL to watch. Cannot wait till things heat up! I foresee an explosive finale! Haha!

    Thanks Seels! You’re the best!!

  61. Kat on October 2nd, 2010 7:08 pm

    When Brennen, Booth, and Hannah were in the diner(where most juicy things happen, save the FF) and she had tears in her eyes, WHY did she? was it:
    *she realized he lied when he said he arrested her
    *she realized he lied when he said he was doing ‘administrative’ work
    *she realized he broke his promise when she told him ‘not to be a hero'(100ep)
    *she realized he was in danger when he was there (corresponds with 2 above)*she realized that that gave them a bond
    *she thinks he loves her because he risked his life
    *someghing else; a combonation?????

  62. Janet on October 2nd, 2010 10:47 pm


    I think it was mostly that Brennan just knew that this was “Booth all over”. I suspect she saw right through Booth’s glossing of his role in Afghanistan when they talked about it in the premiere and that also she could understand Hannah’s attraction to Booth in the same way the Brennan clearly is attracted to Booth’s protective nature.

    I found that scene, in particular the exchange of looks between Booth and Brennan, to be the most moving, in terms of their relationship, of the whole episode. It was a rare moment in these first 2 eps that really reflected each character and their relationship with each other. It was an understanding and knowing each other kind of look.

  63. Susie on October 2nd, 2010 10:50 pm

    I just have two words:

    Blue. Suit.


  64. jess on October 2nd, 2010 11:34 pm

    i hate the Hannah character. I dislike the turn the show has taken. I enjoyed the show when the show was “painful” because of the cases. I enjoy the realness of the acting, the victims, the believable characters.

    Now, I feel the writing is just dancing around Brennen and Booth dating, adding Hannah to the mix just makes it seem more like a soap opera than an intelligent crime drama. There is a reason I watch Bones, why I love to watch the show, but honestly I think I would rather spend my time doing my homework instead of trying to rush home to watch.

  65. alice on October 3rd, 2010 8:23 am

    fans what we have been watching is a clone version of bones/the real booth and the real hannah have been in north carolina/thats why they said we go from hate to love.

  66. Jess on October 3rd, 2010 12:13 pm

    I was relieved at the end of this week’s episode. It was painful, certainly. I’m a B/B shipper and I always have been. I believe they belong together and they could never truly be happy without each other. However, I felt, after the first episode, that thing were too different. The chemistry between the castmembers was really cold and awkward for the most part. I was really worried about the direction the show was going in last week.

    This week, though, I feel like some of the old shine was back on. There were some really heartwarming moments, some glimpses into the world that we have known and loved for five seasons. I’m open to change, and eager for it since things should progress after five years. But it still has to feel like the same show. And this week was a little closer to that.

    As for Booth and Hannah. We know they aren’t going to last. That’s a given. And I personally feel like Booth isn’t in love with her. You can’t get over the kind of feelings he has for Bones that quickly. He was hurt by her rejection and desperate to find something to replace that. Cue the pretty journalist. I like her character, and I like that the writers are aiming for making her a likeable person. But I have to say that it seems Booth is trying to convince himself and everyone else that his feelings for Hannah are stronger than they really are. I believe HH said that Booth is going to shoot himself in the foot when it comes to his new relationship…and I think you can see where he is coming from on that. His relationship with Hannah hasn’t had to thrive in an environment where he is around Brennan all the time. He’s never resolved those feelings so things are going to get really complicated.

    The squints were a much needed light spot in the story this week. It felt like the old squinterns with a new twist. They all seem to be more forthcoming with Brennan. They’re calling her on her BS and it’s creating an interesting new dynamic.

    Overall, I feel like this week showed some of the much needed character growth I’d expect after five seasons while paying homage to the style and dynamics we loyal fans have loved from the start. I’m along for the ride right now and I’m putting my faith in the writers and creators to get it done right.

  67. Kate on October 4th, 2010 12:33 pm

    My heart really broke during those 60 minutes. And I agree with you, it was the first time that I was happy to have the episode end. Which is sad because I have enjoyed every single episode of the show up until now.

    The whole Brennan and Booth and Hannah story… it just sucks. To me, it sucks. I mean, I can understand where they are going. Booth said in the 100th episode that he needed to find someone and that he needed to move on. But it’s heart-breaking to see Brennan like that. Everyone else notice that she’s fallen back into old patterns? In the 5th season she says that because of Booth she has changed her mind about love and that maybe love comes first and then creates the chemical reaction (“Dentist in the Ditch”). Now she says that love is foolish and that it’s only chemicals. I really started crying when she said that.
    But what is she supposed to believe? She never believed in love. Then there was Booth, this guy who believes in love and tries to tell her that love is eternal and all. And when she rejects him, his love for her is gone in less then seven months?

    At times, I really wanted to slap Booth for being such an asshole. I mean, it’s great for him that he’s happy but does he have to rub it in Brennan’s nose like all the time?

    I will keep watching, but if the other episodes will be like that, I won’t enjoy it. Brennan and Booth are barely working together. The squints are not working together as well as they did. And, for me, Booth and Brennan have lost their chemistry. It’s like there’s a huge wall between them. And when she tries to reach out to him (in her own way), he ignores it.

    This is not the Bones I loved. I really hope that they will find a way to get things back on track. Booth and Brennan shared such a great friendship. There was understanding, respect, affection, chemistry. I really miss this.

    Sorry for rambling and thank you so much, Sarah, for that great review!

  68. Deetsie on October 4th, 2010 1:06 pm

    Kristine, Sarah & Stephanie – you guys rock…

  69. joybrennan on October 4th, 2010 1:47 pm

    Didn’t Brennan say last year that she realized it could be love that CAUSED the chemical reactions in the brain? Oh, wait, that was before the hundredth reset. Nevermind. I keep forgetting that continuity in character development no longer exists on this show. Yeah, it was great. Acting by the regular cast was fabulous – as usual.

  70. Beth on October 4th, 2010 2:03 pm

    Great comments!

    The crux of the episode for me was when Booth said “no, it was still love” at the FF in the end. I think that is our message from Hart, that Booth still loves Brennan. I think he is “in love” with Hannah, and he is not thinking about having a relationship with Brennan right now, but he still loves her. He would still give his life for her.

    I think Brennan is in some pain, seeing the changes with Booth and Hannah, but I also think she is truly happy for him. With every scene that included them all, I think she may have been thinking, “could I or would I have a relationship with Booth like that one, if things had gone differently last year?” I don’t know what she concluded, but as a viewer, my conclusion is that their relationship would be a lot different. Calmer and deeper. Truer.

  71. penandra on October 4th, 2010 6:17 pm

    Like almost every other commenter has said, I was moved by this episode. By Brennan trying to convince herself that she is fine and she only wants Booth to be happy. By Booth selling himself on being in love with Hannah when it’s probably just lust but his brain isn’t functioning rationally because of the testosterone. Of Sweets feeling like he’s lost his footing because Booth and Bones aren’t in sync. Of Hannah knowing that there is something going on, but she can’t quite put her finger on it . . . and whether it’s her woman’s intuition or the reporter in her, it’s escaping her just yet.

    I don’t find Hannah as attractive as some folks seem to have found her, but she certainly fits the “type” that Booth has found attractive in the past — I was really put off by Hodgins finding her so attractive.

    I have to say that while reading the comments I kept having another couple in the back of my mind . . . I really hope that the Bones writers don’t give us another Harmon Rabb & Sarah MacKenzie pairing . . . allowing the tension to play for the entire series and then get them together in the last five minutes of the final show . . .

    However, given the way the writers seem to be having trouble writing the Angela/Hodgins married relationship, that might be a fair warning. If Booth and Brennan did get together, how would that affect the quality of the storyline?

    Just my 2p.

  72. Exuperance18 on October 5th, 2010 1:49 pm

    I totally agree with Booth24. at the same time, I must say that it is the best compliment we could make to the cast and crew of a TV show. I think it really means that they managed to create realistic characters able to reach and touch the fans! As far as I am concerned, there’s not a lot of shows who could say the same!