“The Conman in the Meth Lab”
Episode 4×09 / Production 4×04
Written By: Karine Rosenthal
Directed by: Allison Liddi
B&B are to be meeting with Sweets. Booth arrives late.
BOOTH: I was putting the final touches on a case that’s about to propel me into FBI legendary status.
BRENNAN: Ah the big RICO case…that I’m not supposed to know anything about.
SWEETS: Why don’t I know about this case?
BOOTH: Bones, its top secret.
SWEETS: But you told Dr Brennan.
BOOTH: She’s my partner okay? Indictments any minute followed by a pay raise, possible parade and most definitely my face on a coin.
Booth takes a call from his brother.
BRENNAN: That’s his brother.
SWEETS: Booth has a brother?
BOOTH: Sounds good. I’ll see you then.
BRENNAN: Don’t feel bad, I’ve never met him either.
SWEETS: At least you knew he existed.
The team investigates the murder. Booth brings Jared to meet Bones and ask Cam out.
BOOTH: Jared, this here is my partner Dr. Temperance Brennan, that back there is a squint. Bones, this is my little brother.
BOOTH: Dr. Brennan.
BOOTH: So, uh, Cam, Jared has a favor he’d like to ask.
JARED: I can ask my own favors Seeley.
BOOTH: Okay, go ahead.
JARED: There’s a cocktail party tonight. I’m in need of a beautiful woman on my arm, preferably a very smart one.
BRENNAN: I’m quite intelligent.
BOOTH: No. Not that you’re not intelligent, I mean you are intelligent.
CAM: I would be delighted.
Cam decides to work instead of going out, a rather annoying plot point.
BOOTH: What happened to Cam?
CAM: Oddly I think it’s more important to catch this murderer. I’m working.
JARED: So who else you got for me Seeley?
BOOTH: What am I, your pimp?
JARED: Don’t think I’m not appreciative.
BRENNAN: Clark has everything under control so I could go.
Jared makes his move.
JARED: This kind of event would make Seeley very nervous. I don’t mean he’s incapable, my brother’s very very capable. It’s just, it’s like Seeley’s afraid of success. He stays in his comfort zone. Drove our dad nuts.
JARED: Maybe that’s what made him a good sniper. He doesn’t like to be visible above the ridge line so he keeps his head low – instinct. Me on the other hand, well I cannot help but run that ridge.
BRENNAN: Can you give me an example?
**I WILL NOT PUT THAT PICTURE HERE.**
JARED: I bet you Seeley never took that risk.
Girl talk at the office.
BRENNAN: I didn’t have sex with him Cam.
ANGELA: Didn’t have sex with who?
CAM: Jared Booth.
BRENNAN: Why good?
CAM: Because… because…
ANGELA: Because he’s Booth’s little brother and it would just be a creepy way to have sex with a Booth without having sex with the real Booth.
CAM: Kudos Angela. I would not have had the guts to say that aloud.
BRENNAN: Jared is a real Booth.
ANGELA: Hmmm. Jared’s Booth lite. Booth is the real Booth.
As they continue to investigate, Jared’s in trouble.
BOOTH: You alright?
JARED: Yeah, yeah Seeley. I fell asleep at the wheel but, I’m okay.
BOOTH: Yeah. Fell asleep.
JARED: Local trooper here says he knows you.
BOOTH: Colonel Wolchuck. Is that what we’re going with here, he fell asleep at the wheel?
COLONEL WOLCHUCK: I’m sure you’ll agree it’s best just to tell the truth, take our lumps when we have to.
JARED: They get me for DUI, I lose my job Seeley. I mean, I lose my whole career.
BOOTH: Shut up. Shut up. Please.
Cam calls Booth over.
BOOTH: Hey Cam, what’s up? What’s so urgent?
CAM: Your people found a fingerprint on the bag of money.
BOOTH: I know, W… we don’t have an ID. What, why is that so urgent. What’s going on?
CAM: What happened? I watch TV, State Police getting all the glory for that big RICO case. What the hell
BOOTH: Relax, okay it’s political. It came down way far above my head, right.
CAM: Don’t you lie to me big man, I’m your friend. I know where this came from, and it wasn’t from on high.
BOOTH: Cam, just let this one slip by.
Sweets talks to Jared.
JARED: You know what it’s like with brothers right?
SWEETS: No, only child.
JARED: Oh well having a big brother is like having an extra dad, only a dad who protects you from your real dad, and always thinks of you as a kid.
SWEETS: I have the same problem with Booth.
JARED: There is nothing worse than somebody who always thinks they’re right, and then they’re right. Right?
B&B continue to investigate. Brennan has some questions.
BRENNAN: What happened with your RICO bust?
BOOTH: Nothing, why? Huh, you been talking to Cam?
BRENNAN: No. Did you do something wrong?
BOOTH: What d’you mean?
BRENNAN: Well you didn’t get the credit you deserve. What did you do?
BOOTH: Life is not always about credit.
BRENNAN: Well that’s not what you said before. You said life was all about credit and you were going to Hawaii and they were going to put you on a coin.
BOOTH: Uh, you know what, let’s just forget about it. Okay Bones, forget about it.
BRENNAN: Jared warned me that you tend to sabotage yourself.
BOOTH: Jared said that?
BRENNAN: Mm-hmm. He said that you were afraid of success.
BOOTH: Mmm, so basically I’m a loser.
BRENNAN: No, he never said the word loser.
BOOTH: Do you think I’m a loser, like that guy in there. Some clown in some dumb-ass uniform who basically can’t do any better? Is that what you think?
BRENNAN: Well, anthropologically, males tend to rank themselves into a hierarchy. There’s no shame in not being at the top of the hierarchy.
BOOTH: You’re not answering the question Bones. Answer my question.
BOOTH: Bones, lets just go and do our work.
They discuss possible motives of the murder.
BRENNAN: People make stupid irrational decisions.
BOOTH: They act from the heart sometimes Bones, ‘s not a crime.
Brennan’s people sit her down for chat.
CAM: Dr. Brennan. I don’t want you to think this is an intervention.
BRENNAN: I don’t know what that means.
SWEETS: An intervention is when a group of loved ones bands together to help one of their own make a difficult decision.
CAM: Oh, then, then it is an intervention.
BRENNAN: Are you my loved ones?
SWEETS: Sit down. Booth and Jared are children of a physically abusive alcoholic father.
CAM: Booth’s been digging Jared out of trouble since they were kids. Jared always comes up smelling like a rose and Booth takes the hit.
SWEETS: He’s denying his brother the opportunity to take responsibility and learn from his own mistakes. BRENNAN: You have no evidence of that.
SWEETS: Now it’s natural to be protective of a younger sibling. Of course Jared is a grown man, an intelligent, talented, capable adult.
BRENNAN: I like him very much.
CAM: Yeah? Well, cut it out.
BRENNAN: Booth shouldn’t be threatened by the fact that his brother is more successful.
CAM: I am absolutely certain that however it is Booth lost all the credit for that RICO bust, it’s because of Jared.
Despite being skeptical of her friends’ opinion, Brennan decides to talk to Jared.
BRENNAN: I need to know the truth.
JARED: I’ve heard that about you.
BRENNAN: Do you know anything about Booth losing credit on the RICO case.
JARED: No. What, I mean that’s the first I’ve heard of it.
BRENNAN: People are telling me that somehow all the credit went to the State Police because of you. Is that possible?
BRENNAN: So, it is possible.
JARED: What did he say to you?
JARED: I think this is something between brothers. No offense. Tempe.
BRENNAN: You took advantage of him. You know you made me think that he’s a loser. And what really makes me angry is that I believed you. You know I wouldn’t blame Booth if he never spoke to me again. You’re the loser.
They end up having a stand-off with the suspect. Brennan grabs a gun from Booth.
BOOTH: Not now Bones.
BRENNAN: You want me to try and shoot him.
BRENNAN: Why? I’m a good shot.
BOOTH: You are not a good shot.
BRENNAN: Wha…? You are. You know, maybe if we switched weapons you could hit him right between the eyes.
And now, the party!
BRENNAN: I would like to propose a toast, to my partner, Seeley Booth.
ALL: To Booth.
BRENNAN: I know who he is, but I forget sometimes, because… because, he never shines a light on himself. He shines it on other people.
BOOTH: Yeah, right after I conked them on the head with it.
ALL: Happy birthday Booth.
BOOTH: Thanks Bones, Thank you.
BOOTH: Uh Bones, alright. What are we doing?
BRENNAN: Just c’mere for a second. What you’re doing for your brother, isn’t fair.
BOOTH: Come on Bones, don’t get me mad at you, after that great speech right? Not after I got you shot.
BRENNAN: You didn’t get me shot, I got me shot.
BOOTH: I don’t wanna talk about my brother.
BRENNAN: Would you prefer Sweets do it?
BOOTH: I’m listening.
BRENNAN: Well I forgot all the psychological stuff but basically, when you… rescue somebody all the time. If you keep getting them out on bail…
BOOTH: Bail them out Bones, if you bail them out.
BRENNAN: You’re thwarting their ability to help themselves. Now you’re angry.
BOOTH: Come on Bones, you have to admit, getting a psychological lesson from you is like…
BRENNAN: Getting an anthropology lesson from you.
BOOTH: The RICO case, I traded my one shot at glory to keep my brother from being arrested……. for drunk driving.
BRENNAN: Booth! You know, what if he does it again? What if he kills someone next time? You shouldn’t have done that.
BOOTH: Right. Says the woman who got her father off murder charges. Face it, we do things for family.
BRENNAN: You’re right, you’re totally right.
BOOTH: No, I’m not.
BRENNAN: What? Why?
BOOTH: There’s no risk that your father will kill again.
Booth tries to talk to his brother.
JARED: You uh, bringing me out here to give me advice on your partner, because I think that ship has sailed.
BOOTH: Well no. It’s, uh what I gotta do. I, uh, I gotta stop. Do you understand?
BOOTH: Yeah, and you should stop too.
JARED: I gotta stop what?
BOOTH: The drinking: Stop it.
JARED: I’ll take that under advisement.
BOOTH: I’m serious Jared. No more stepping in to make things go away.
JARED: I carry my own water, Seeley. Now you should go back inside and enjoy your birthday party.
BOOTH: Yeah, happy birthday to me.
BRENNAN: Okay? You gonna come back in for cake?
BOOTH: Bones, I just need some time.
BRENNAN: Do you need time and space?
BOOTH: Just some time.
BOOTH: My dad drank.
So much to unpack here, so I’ll leave it up to the group. What do you love about this episode? Have you forgiven Brennan? Do you think she needs forgiveness? Was Booth right or wrong to “bail out” Jared? Do you think David and Emily need a million awards for their fine “face-acting”? Discuss.