Player Under Pressure (2×19)

(I’ll be honest, y’all, but this episode is not a stand out one for me, aside from the B&B interactions about jocks and sports. I thought it was good to point out those scenes, since we’d just discussed how Brennan and Booth discussed faith. In this episode, Booth calls Brennan out about the way she sometimes talks down towards things important to him.)

“Player Under Pressure”

Episode 2×19

Written by: Janet Tamaro

Directed by: Jessica Landaw

B&B begin a case where a basketball player is found murdered in the bleachers.

BOOTH: Oh, hey. Y’know, last time I was under the bleachers, I was, uh, getting ready to smoke a cigarette and make out with Vanessa Taylor.

BRENNAN: I didn’t know you smoked.

BOOTH: Eighth grade, Bones. Huh? C’mon, didn’t you ever get naughty with a jock under the bleachers?

BRENNAN: Wait. You were a jock?

BOOTH: Well, you know you had to be one if you wanted to make out with Vanessa Taylor.


BRENNAN: Sports should not have such a priority in the University.

BOOTH: Alright, you know what? That’s crazy.

BRENNAN: No, anthropologically speaking, sports are a way for boys to practice their battle skills.

BOOTH: Yeah, okay, so you want to just focus straight up, get up on your toes and just sluff…

BRENNAN: The truth is athletes are basically emotionally arrested in boyhood, acting out childish games as if they have adult importance. The only thing more juvenile are grown adults who watch sports.

BOOTH: Why do you gotta say stuff like that?

BRENNAN: What? You mean the truth?

BOOTH: Alright. You know what? I’m a jock. So when you say those, you know, things that you say, what are you saying about me?

BRENNAN: Nothing. You grew out of it.

BOOTH: No, I didn’t, alright? My shoulder crapped out on me. Otherwise, I would have gone all the way with it.


BOOTH: You know what, and another thing, alright? I, uh, I fought in a war! So, sports is a, uh, childish substitute? I can live with that.

BOOTH: Ahhh. Yo! Colby!


BOOTH: Yeah, yo. You know, I’m a little irritated with you. Just leave me alone long enough so I…


BOOTH: …can get over it?

BRENNAN: Why are you irritated?

BOOTH: Why? Because I love sports. I watch sports. You know, I’m all about sports. You know?


BOOTH: Wait outside, Bones, c’mon.

BRENNAN: Are you still angry at me for saying that athletes are emotionally stunted?

BOOTH: Of course not…


BOOTH: So, jock mentality…teams…not all bad, huh?

BRENNAN: Why are you telling me this?

BOOTH: You just said we’re all stunted adolescents who take children’s games too seriously.

BRENNAN: I never meant you.

BOOTH: Bones….


BOOTH: Bones, I’m one of those guys.

BRENNAN: No, you aren’t. You don’t play at being a warrior. You are a warrior. Every day. You’re definitely… a fully developed man.

BOOTH: Okay, okay. You leave the tip.

BRENNAN: Even Cutler knew you were lying when you said you treated women like that beneath the bleachers.

BOOTH: Oh, and you believe him?

BRENNAN: Yes, because you still remember that first girl’s name. Let’s go.



What do you think? Did Brennan really see how her words could be construed as hurtful? Do these comments by Brennan (whether faith or jock comments) add to Booth’s overall feeling of inadequacy in his life generally? Did she make up for her insensitivity with her final comments about Booth not “playing” at being a macho dude because he’s already a manly man (with symmetrical features that would produce helpful genes for a future child) ???

What do you make of B&B in this episode?




The Priest in the Churchyard (2×17)

“The Priest in the Churchyard”

Written By: Lyla Oliver

Directed by: Scott Lautanen



Shockingly, Brennan does not hit it off well with the priest at the crime scene at a church graveyard.

BOOTH: He’s an old-school priest, Bones.

BRENNAN: What, so I’m supposed to walk on eggshells because someone believes that a plot of earth has supernatural properties because they waved a wand over it?

BOOTH: It’s not a wand, it’s a… the church doesn’t use wands…

BRENNAN: Fine, magic wand.

BOOTH: Magic? Holy water.

BRENNAN: The terminology makes it real?

BOOTH: Okay, you know what, I can’t work with you on this case.

BRENNAN: What, what do you mean? The victim was clearly murdered; we investigate murders. Together.

ZACK: There’s evidence of blood pooling on the frontal bone, and an absence of concentric fractures. That requires investigation.

BOOTH: I’m not working the whole case with you attacking my beliefs. You should have just sailed off with your boyfriend.

BRENNAN: Funny, a man who believes in an invisible super-being wants to run my personal life.

ZACK: Death would have followed quickly, caused by cranio-cerebral trauma.

BOOTH: By the way, 90% of the world believes in God.

BRENNAN: And at one time, most people were certain that the sun revolved around the earth.

BOOTH: You see what I mean? I don’t think this is about religion at all. We obviously have issues, okay, that are affecting our working relationship. And you’re afraid to deal with them, so you just lash out at my religion.

BRENNAN: Can’t you just be satisfied that if I’m wrong about God, I’ll burn in hell?

BOOTH: It’s tempting.

B&B investigate. Brennan still butts heads with the priests.

BOOTH: You know, it doesn’t help the case for you to insult the priest. We’re supposed to be gaining their trust so they’ll help us.

BRENNAN: Matt wasn’t threatened, you were.

BOOTH: We’re definitely not working well together.

BRENNAN: Because you are bossy and judgmental.

BOOTH: Problems between people, it’s never just one person’s fault.

BRENNAN: What about Hitler? He did pretty well on his own.

BOOTH: Bones, just… come with me to go see Dr. Wyatt, once.

BRENNAN: No. Therapy is a vague and inexact process. The man shouldn’t even be called a doctor.

BOOTH: Well, he helped me. I mean, are you so threatened that you can’t even do a favor for someone you call a friend?

BRENNAN: I will speak my mind, Booth. I will speak my mind.

BOOTH: Okay.

Brennan meets Gordon Gordon.

BOOTH: She refers to God as my invisible friend.

BRENNAN: You’re talking to somebody who isn’t there. I’m sure that the doctor questions your little fantasy.

WYATT: My beliefs aren’t at issue here, Dr. Brennan.

BOOTH: Clearly, she’s intolerant, and it’s affecting our working relationship.

BRENNAN: Yes, he’s very difficult to work with. Booth said that you could fix us, so…

WYATT: You weren’t fighting about religion.

BRENNAN: But that’s what Booth said.

WYATT: No, religion provided the flashpoint you needed to expose an underlying issue. I will find out what that issue is, help you resolve it, and set right the balance of dark and light in the universe.

BOOTH: Isn’t he great?

Meanwhile, Hodgins and Angela defile all the rooms of their workplace.


Brennan talks to Wyatt again at the interrogation room.

BRENNAN: Booth kicked me out of here.

WYATT: For you to say kicked out means that you’ve acquiesced in the idea that this is his domain.

BRENNAN: Domain… yes. He’s good at questioning people. He can… he can tell when they’re lying.

WYATT: Can you?

BRENNAN: I’ve learned a lot from him about people.

WYATT: So, if you’re so uncomfortable here, why come?


BRENNAN: Because something goes on in here. He does something.

WYATT: And you want to find out what it is, dissect it, so that you can do it yourself.


WYATT: So that you can do it without Booth. So that you won’t need him anymore.




BRENNAN: No! I just want to observe.

WYATT: Surely if you want to observe, you can do that on the other side of the mirror there; instead of insisting on being in this room, with him, out of your element.

BRENNAN: Observation isn’t just seeing, Dr. Wyatt, it’s experiencing. Ideally I prefer being inside Booth’s head. You know, seeing and feeling things the way he does. Then maybe I’d understand.

WYATT: Be one with him.

BRENNAN: In a scientific sense.

Uh-huh, Brennan. We all believe you.



B&B work the case and end up at the diner.


BRENNAN: I have no intuition.

BOOTH: None. Zilch.

BRENNAN: You have no analytical skills. I mean, you’re all about emotion and feeling.

BOOTH: Well…

BRENNAN: They say that means you have a well-developed feminine side.

BOOTH: Who says that?

BRENNAN: Psychologists.


BRENNAN: What? You’re the one who believes in them.


B&B start bickering over religion again, and Gordon Gordon shows up.


WYATT: Quarrelling? Yes, of course you are. Uh, cup of coffee please, dearie darling. I am here to put right what has been rent asunder.

BOOTH: Great, he’s figured out our problem.


BRENNAN: From three meetings?

WYATT: I knew what your problem was right off the bat, if you’ll forgive the cricketing metaphor. The meetings were for fun. Booth never knows where to stand when he’s in the lab, feels like teats on a bull whenever he’s there. Ditto Dr. Brennan in the interrogation room. Simple geography, sense of belonging, et cetera.

BOOTH: But that’s not the main problem.

BRENNAN: He can’t possibly know.

WYATT: Yes I do. You’re both afraid that the reason Dr Brennan didn’t sail off into the sunset with her boyfriend Sully might have been because of her ties to Agent Booth. You are both quite wrong.

BRENNAN: Why didn’t I go with Sully?

BOOTH: How’s he supposed to know?

BRENNAN: Sully is perfect! We communicated well, the sex was incredible, he invited me to sail around the South Seas in a beautiful yacht for a year. I mean, why would anyone turn that down?

WYATT: In my opinion, you are unable to lead a purposeless life at this stage in your psychosocial development. Which, by the way, is an issue you should address, because a certain amount of purposelessness is necessary to lead a full life.

BRENNAN: I hate psychology.

BOOTH: You don’t like it because he’s saying that all this tension between me and you is…your fault.

WYATT: Mmm, on the contrary. If anything, your issues are more pronounced, given that your behavior is being affected by what turns out to be a quite irrational fear of being responsible for someone else’s destiny.

BRENNAN: That makes sense.

BOOTH: Oh, now you like psychology.

WYATT: I think you’ll both be able to work together just fine, now that your minds have been set at ease. And thank you, dear. Ta-ta then.


Gordon Gordon leaves and B&B go back to discussing the case and the sick priest.

BRENNAN: But he hasn’t shown any sighs of recovery.


BRENNAN: I feel that’s weird. I mean, his symptoms should have cleared up by now. I feel that since Father McCourt was poisoned…

BOOTH: We should have Father Matt checked for the same poison. Ahhh.


BOOTH: We’re back!


BRENNAN: We’re back!


Haha Dr. Wyatt worked his magic.

Brennan confides in Angela.

ANGELA: So things are alright?

BRENNAN: According to the psychiatrist, we were both concerned that Booth was the reason that I didn’t run off with Sully.

ANGELA: It wasn’t?

BRENNAN: No, it’s because I’m currently unable to live a life without tangible focus, so, you know, sailing around paradise with a man I adore…

ANGELA: And you believe that?

BRENNAN: Well, if I expect people to defer to me as an anthropologist, I have to concede to their fields of expertise.

ANGELA: Right.

BRENNAN: And our working relationship has definitely improved, so…

ANGELA: Mmm. Maybe I should talk to this guy.


ANGELA: Hodgins asked me to move in with him, but I’m… I’m not sure. I mean, what’s the problem? Hodgins is perfect. I’m nuts about him.

BRENNAN: I’ll call the doctor.

They figure out the woman working at the parish was poisoning priests.

BRENNAN: Dr Wyatt? We need you to do it with her.

WYATT: W-would that I could, but uh, unfortunately my heart belongs to another.

ANGELA: No, it’s actually my boyfriend… asked me to move in with him, and I need to know if I should or not.

BRENNAN: I told her to come talk to you.

WYATT: Look, I absolutely refuse to be relegated to the role of some sort of advice columnist, or daytime television shrink.

ANGELA: Well, Brennan says that you are the only psychological type who’s ever made any sense to her.

WYATT: Yes, well, now of course you’re flattering me, so obviously I’m helpless. Alright, so, what made you think you should move with him in the first place?

BRENNAN: The closet test.

ANGELA: Over half of his closet is filled with my things.

WYATT: I see, and what about your own closet? It overfloweth with his things, does it?

ANGELA: Uh, no. It doth not.

WYATT: Well then, I suggest you wait until it does, thus rendering you manifest equals. Tabling until that day, the vexed question of who should move in with whom.

ANGELA: He is good.

BRENNAN: I told you.

WYATT: As a stopgap, you should remove enough clothing from his closet, so as to occupy less than thirty percent of the space.

ANGELA: You know, the accent makes everything that you say sound really smart.

WYATT: Oh, you’re not leaving, are you Dr Brennan?

BRENNAN: Uh, Booth and I have to put our notes together for the prosecutor, so…

WYATT: And so, you and Booth, you making any further assumptions about each other?

BRENNAN: No. No assumptions. Thanks.

Brennan leaves.

WYATT: Good.

ANGELA: Look at that. You fixed them too.

WYATT: Hmmm.

ANGELA: Alright, listen up, Monty Python. You got it right with Hodgins and I, that’s fine. But we both know that you are full of it on the other thing.

WYATT: I have no idea to what you refer.

ANGELA: Brennan didn’t run off with Sully because she cannot live a life without focus. She stayed because of Booth.

WYATT: Ah, now you’re projecting, Ms Montenegro. Agent Booth and Dr Brennan are not you and Dr Hodgins. I stand by my diagnosis.

ANGELA: You stand by the FBI. Your first priority is to get agents back into the field, solving murders.

WYATT: Mmm. Your romanticism is endearing, but as the Bard says, “lovers and madmen have such seething brains, such shaking fantasies, that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends.”

ANGELA: He also says “journeys end in lovers meeting, every wise man’s son doth know.”

WYATT: Hmmm. Excellent.

ANGELA: You betcha, Monty.

WYATT: You are good.


*Wish we could’ve had more Gordon Gordon, especially in later season. I know they tried with making up the random Booth friend “Aldo” but it just wasn’t the same!

*I love how easily B&B jumped on the suggestion that they aren’t fighting because of Sully. Even Brennan who hates psychology likes Wyatt for giving her an “out”. Do you think B&B actually realize what Wyatt is doing, or are they subconsciously reacting? Obviously Angela figures out what the good doctor is up to!

*Love that they let B&B grow in their understanding of each other on the faith/religion issue as the series progressed.


The Boneless Bride in the River (2×16)

Written By: Gary Glasberg

Directed by: Tony Wharmby

B&B bicker at a crime scene per usual.

BRENNAN: I’m supposed to be on vacation? You know, spending time with Sully.

BOOTH: Oh, that’s a good lesson for Sully then, huh? Next time he actually takes you ‘away’ on vacation, you should go away. You know, leave town.

BRENNAN: Ha! You had a vacation and never left town.

BOOTH: It wasn’t a vacation; it was a suspension.

BRENNAN: Plus, compulsory therapy…

BOOTH: Dude, don’t’ knock therapy, okay. Dr. Wyatt has help me realized that there are certain pressures that build up on the job and I need creative ways –

BRENNAN: We do everything together –

BOOTH: …of dealing with them.

BRENNAN: What? What exactly do you have to contend with on the job that I don’t?

BOOTH: You Bones. You don’t have to contend with you.


Oh, the days before the mighty Angelatron solved whole cases on its own…

ANGELA: You want me to take this – face – and build a skull for it?

CAM: Can you do it?


ZACK: You’re always taking skulls and putting on faces. Can’t you simply reverse the process?


CAM: Why not?

ANGELA: Because I am a human being.

They find the victim has no bones. At all.

BRENNAN: Dr. Saroyan said no bones, so you know what that means? I’m back on vacation. No bones, no Bones. I was the second “bones”.

CAM: Very witty.

Zack and Hodgins experiment.

ZACK: Essentially, all we have to do is fill the empty head.

HODGINS: Like a balloon.

ZACK: Which is literally what we did.

CAM: Oh, no. You did not.

HODGINS: Put a bladder inside the head and inflate it very slowly.

CAM: This is…it’s…absolutely…

HODGINS: Brilliant?

CAM: Useless. You need the exact shape of the skull to get a likeness. Not just…this is…turn that off.

ANGELA: Oh. My. God. You guys are perverse

CAM: Dr. Brennan was right. Bone people, should only do bone things.bride22

Brennan meets up with her BF.

BRENNAN: I know it’s strange, but I actually rather spend time with you than work.

SULLY: Well, I’m flattered.

BRENNAN: So, um, you renting it?

SULLY: Well, uh, thinking about buying her.

BRENNAN: Wow. Can you afford it?

SULLY: Well, If I liquidate everything and borrow heavily? Not at all.

Solid plan, dude. lol

Meanwhile Cam finds a bone. So it’s back to work for Brennan.

BOOTH: Hey? Ahoy the boat?

SULLY: Booth?

BOOTH: Yeah. I need Bones. Permission to come aboard or what?

SULLY: Hey. Man. Uh, Is this important?

BOOTH: Yeah. We got a bone.

SULLY: Tell me about it.


BOOTH: It’s from the boneless girl.

BRENNAN: Uh, what kind of bone?



BRENNAN:  You didn’t need to interrupt my vacation for this, you know.

BOOTH: Well, you know. You said to call if a bone showed up and this is a bone.

ZACK: The density of secondary osteon structures, suggest the victim was in her early 20’s at the time of her death.

BRENNAN: See, Zack is capable. You don’t need me.


But I do need you!! 😦

BRENNAN: Zack will do an osteological profile on the bone, see if we can focus geographically, while I get back on vacation.

ZACK: Wow. Dr. Brennan really likes that boat.

Booth gets clarification from Angela about Sully and the boat thing.


ANGELA: Hm. He’s like me.

BOOTH: Yeah. Ya know, I don’t see that.

ANGELA: Well, he’s not really made for all this murder and corpses and empty eye sockets crap. He’s a romantic.

BOOTH: Unlike me?

ANGELA: No. You’re a romantic of a narrow kind. You live to catch bad guys. Sully lives wide.

BOOTH: Okay, I’ll got visit her fiancée tomorrow…and I, I live wide too. Far and wide. Alright? There’s nothing wider than Seeley Booth.

ANGELA: Okay then. My Bad.

Sully decides to help on the case so he and Brennan can vacay. That doesn’t stop B&B from bickering!

BOOTH: Homeland Security says the fiancée visa was, ah, expedited by a lawyer on a retainer into a smaller bride agency here in town called “The Perfect Wife”

BRENNAN: Well, that sounds archaic.

BOOTH: Well, ya know, in therapy I learned that superlatives like ‘perfect’ are, uh, meaningless.

BRENNAN: Not in science. A perfect number is a number whose divisors add up to itself as in one plus two plus three equals six.

BOOTH: Well, in therapy I learned that definitive statements are by their very nature, wrong.

BRENNAN: Isn’t the statement, “definitive statements are by their very nature, wrong” definitive and, thus, wrong?

BOOTH: You hate psychology!

BRENNAN: You haven’t said anything to change my mind.

BOOTH: You know, this is exactly why I sometimes do think like shoot up an ice-cream truck.

BRENNAN: Well, it’s a good thing you had therapy.

BOOTH: You know, we talked about you in therapy.

BRENNAN:  You did?

BOOTH: mmhmm.

BRENNAN: What did you say?

BOOTH: Well, you know, since it was, uh, my therapy, I don’t have to share details. Sorry!

B&B set off to explore the culture of purchasing brides. Booth gets a compliment.

 MEI ZHANG: He is… You are very handsome. I’ve said, Caucasians don’t usually look very prosperous but he has very special characteristics.

PROF. CHEN: She said your face has character.

BOOTH: Yeah, well all the older ladies say they like me.

Brennan steals a bone from the woman to study it. Sully drops a bombshell.

SULLY: I’m headed south, in the boat to the Caribbean.


SULLY: When this case is done.

BRENNAN: You quit the FBI?

SULLY: No. No, not yet. I’ll take a couple of months to get used to the boat. Ya know, really check it out and then I’ll start running charters – probably for the Turks & Cacaos which is –

BRENNAN: You’re really talking a lot.

SULLY: I know. And I haven’t even gotten to the main part. Which is, um, I really, really want you to come with me.

BRENNAN: You do.

SULLY: I do. Look, take a sabbatical. There’s more to life than, than corpses and murderers. You know, we do this job for too long, we get warped. I, I can feel it happening already and maybe you can too. Let – Let’s run away together.

Brennan goes to Angela.

BRENNAN: I want you to tell me what to do.

ANGELA: About what?

BRENNAN: Sully wants me to run off with him.


BRENNAN: For a year.


BRENNAN: He wants to run a charter boat around the Caribbean.


BRENNAN: He says I should take a sabbatical.

ANGELA: Go. What is the downside? He’s a great guy. This is a great idea.

BRENNAN: I’ll miss you guys.

ANGELA: Oh, we’ll meet you in Barbados. Look. You have been working every day since I met you. It’s time to let another part of yourself out into the sun. With a bare chested man and a tropical breeze.

ANGELA: Listen to me, Brennan. Go. They’ll still be murder and mayhem when you get back.

Brennan faces some criticism.


PROF. CHEN: They let me in on something very precious to them and now this. I broke the first rule of anthropology – minimize your affect on the study.

BRENNAN: Do you really believe that your study is more important than catching a murderer?

PROF. CHEN: You used to be dedicated to a much larger, timeless, truth. Now you’re just a tool for those who have smaller concerns.


Brennan checks in with her other sounding board.

BRENNAN: Sully bought that boat.

BOOTH: Yeah? Ha. Next thing you know he’ll be shipwrecked on some island talking to a volleyball.

BRENNAN: He’s leaving for the Caribbean.

BOOTH: Really. Look, I’m – I’m sorry, Bones. I – I know that the two of you were kinda hittin’ it off –

BRENNAN: He wants me to go with him.


His brain just exploded.

BOOTH: Oh. Oh…yeah…

BRENNAN: He – he says I should take a year off, a sabbatical. He says it’ll be fun.

BOOTH: Yeah, it would be.

BRENNAN: But you just said he’d be shipwrecked with a volleyball.


Don’t leave me!!!

BOOTH: Well, he’s got you. He doesn’t need the volleyball.

BRENNAN: You think I should go?

BOOTH:  Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, you know it’s, uh, one year out of your life, huh? I mean a persons gotta – live wide. And this is kinda narrow.

And speaking of significant others…

BOOTH: You know, Sully’s a nice guy.

BRENNAN: You sound condescending.

BOOTH: I’m just trying to be nice, okay? I’m complementing the fact that you got a good one this time.

BRENNAN: Thereby implying I’m incapable of making my own judgments.

BOOTH: The physicist who couldn’t tie his shoes? Oh, the former professor who was, uh, jealous of your own success. Should I stop?


BOOTH: Oh, the guy that you found on the Internet and ended up being some kind of recruiter for a cult. Oh, and this is my favorite – the guy who cut off his own brother’s head because he thought he was possessed by a witch.

BRENNAN: You made your point.

BOOTH: Look I’m just saying a guy who wants to take you away from all of this on a sailboat – that’s a step up.

BRENNAN: Condescending.

Sully tries to figure out Brennan’s thoughts on sailing away.

SULLY: You know, Booth, uh, is a really good guy.

BRENNAN: He says the same about you.

SULLY: Really? ‘Cause I figured he was the one talking you out of going with me.

BRENNAN: No. He told me to go. Angela did too. Everyone thinks it’s a great idea.

SULLY: Everyone except you. But you’re not gonna go, are you? Why, Brennan? Sailing around warm oceans with someone who loves you? Please. Tell me what is holding you here. Look. I don’t – I don’t want to sound conceited but, um, I think I’m worth the risk.

BRENNAN: You are. You definitely are.

SULLY: Alright, well, you’re the logical one. What’s your thinking?

BRENNAN: Rationally- Rationally thinking, I want to go. And I know I should go but…I can’t.

SULLY: What you’re doing, it’s important. But it’s not important enough to be your whole life.


And then….



BRENNAN: What are you doing here?


BOOTH: I’m waving goodbye. See?


BRENNAN: What do you want?

BOOTH: Breakfast.

BRENNAN: I’m not hungry.

BOOTH: Oh, come on, huh? What are ya gonna vomit when we come across one of those, uh, horrific cases?

BRENNAN: I don’t vomit.

BOOTH: Give it time, Bones, okay? Give it time. Everything happens eventually.

BRENNAN: Everything?

BOOTH: All the stuff, okay, that you think never happens – it happens. You just gotta be ready for it.


Significant Others: Parts in the Sum of the Whole??















So, let’s pause in our episode discussions to talk significant others. There are strong feelings about them on Bones.  There are many more than I have included here….but I have a question for you…..are these SO’s important to the Bones storyline?

Would Brennan have learned to open up to Booth without the Sully, Jared, Hacker mistakes? Did these “Booth-lites” help her realize that there was no substitute to the real thing?

Or Rebecca, Cam, Hannah….all intelligent, career women…but didn’t have that special “Brennan” spark. And I’d argue that Brennan has a special fierce loyalty to those she loves that the others couldn’t match.

So basic question…were these guys on some level “necessary” to help both Booth and Brennan grow into people emotionally ready for “30, 40, 50 years”? If they had hooked up after that first night of drinking, would they have lasted?

Yeah, it’s weird to see them hugging and kissing other people. But….are there any good takeaways from these past relationships?

The Bodies in the Book (2×15)

Written By: Karine Rosenthal

Directed by: Craig Ross, Jr.


Brennan and Sully are together….so let’s get to the lab. Hodgins is giving Brennan’s publisher a tour of the lab. Booth arrives with a case.

BRENNAN: Uh, my partner, Seeley Booth. This is the publicist for my book, Ellen Laskow and her assistant Hank –

ELLEN: Hello. Now I see why Temperance writes those dirty little scenes in her books.

BOOTH: That – That’s not me –

BRENNAN: It’s not him.

BOOTH: Not me. No.

ELLEN: Right. You must let me get you that therapist’s number, dear.

BOOTH: Oh, no, seriously. She’s got someone.


B&B do that thing where they forget anyone else is there and bicker!

BOOTH: Well, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. He is kinda short.

BRENNAN: He’s not short. Just because he’s not freakishly tall like you are-

BOOTH: He’s short, okay.

BRENNAN: Didn’t you say you had remains for me to examine?

BOOTH: Oh, right. Come on. Let’s go.

BRENNAN: Well, thanks for the schedule, Ellen.


Booth realizes the case is like Brennan’s book.

BRENNAN: You read my book?

BOOTH: Of course. Anyhow, a guy docked the boat, saw something floating in the water thought it was a dead fish – it ended up being a decomposed hand. The dive crew just located the rest of the body.

BRENNAN: I didn’t think you’d have time to read my book.

BOOTH: You have time to write it, I have time to read it.


That statement just makes me melt. So sweet! But of course, Booth has to downplay it.

BOOTH: Besides, you can’t avoid the damned thing. Your book is everywhere.

Booth takes Brennan aside as they keep finding coincidences from the book.


BOOTH: Bones. How ya holding up?

BRENNAN: What do you mean? Fine.

BOOTH: Ya know, something like this, it’s understandable if you’re upset.

BRENNAN: It’s probably a coincidence.



SULLY: Hey, How’s it going?

BRENNAN: What? What are you doing here?

BOOTH: Uh, yeah.

SULLY: Well, I heard we had a copy cat killer using your book as –

BRENNAN: That hasn’t been established.

BOOTH: Yeah, I got it covered here, Sully.

SULLY: Well, two hands are better than one, Booth.

BOOTH: Well, last time I looked, I have 2 hands, see? Thanks.


ANGELA: Testosterone spill on aisle 4.

BRENNAN: I don’t need to be protected…

BOOTH & SULLY: (in unison) Yes. You do.

There is a second murder, just like the book.

BRENNAN: So we’re back to me.

SULLY: No. Your book.

BRENNAN: Well, I can only deal with what’s before me. Two discreet cases. Physical evidence –

BOOTH: Look, Bones-I know it’s probably easier for you to, uh, believe that the cases – they aren’t linked-

BRENNAN: No. There is nothing that would make the loss of two lives easier for me, Booth.

BOOTH: I’m sorry, but-


BRENNAN: Look, I’m not burying my head in the sand here. I wanna catch whoever did this as much as you guys do, but I have a method and the method doesn’t change. I’ll be back in my lab.


BOOTH: She wasn’t this emotional before you came in the picture.

SULLY: Ah, I thought you weren’t interested.

BOOTH: Ha. Alright, look, I don’t need that, okay? Believe me, okay? I’m gonna go talk to Sadie Keller’s husband and why don’t you just go back to your office there and, uh, sort through the fan mail, alright? Bye.

Zack and Hodgins work on getting evidence from the rats at the scene. Angela asks too many questions.


ANGELA: Now what?

ZACK: Warm water soothes them like a bubble bath, then-

ANGELA: Can’t we just wait ’til nature takes it’s course?

HODGINS: Do you have any idea how tight a rat’s rectum is?

ANGELA: Please tell me you don’t.

Sully profiles Brennan and her feelings. Brennan is not amused.

BRENNAN: You – you don’t know me as well as you think. We’re just having a fling, so don’t get carried away.

SULLY: When you can’t stop thinking about someone when they’re not around…that’s not a fling. When you remember their touch just like they were still right next to you? That’s not a fling. If you need to be alone with this, fine – but we both know what we have.


Brennan and Booth visit one of her stalkery fans who won’t let Booth in. He shoots the door knob.

BOOTH: Three. Two. One. Oh, my shrink is gonna be pissed.

Brennan and Angela catch up on the man drama.


BRENNAN: Sully asked Booth to double security for my book reading.


BRENNAN: No. I don’t need that kind of ‘hot’. Being treated like a damsel in distress?

ANGELA: Sully cares about you, honey. It’s a good thing.

BRENNAN: We’ve only been seeing each other for a month. You know, he doesn’t know me – not really.

ANGELA: And if he does he won’t like you?

BRENNAN: I’ve already given up too much to him.

BRENNAN: Most relationships end badly. I just think its important to – to be reasonable. To stay in control.

ANGELA: Don’t use your brain so much, sweetie. You have other organs that can give you far more pleasure.

BRENNAN: I’m just saying that the odds are not in favor of lasting relationships.

ANGELA: Look. It might end with Sully. Sure. But I don’t think you want to rush the process.


Sully attempts to protect Brennan again.

BRENNAN: I’m going to be late for my reading.

SULLY: Wait, there’s still potentially one more victim. I – I think you should cancel.

BRENNAN: What? The – the killers not after me, Sully. If he is using the book that makes me the object of these actions not the target. I mean, you’re the profiler, right?

SULLY: I’m just trying to help.

BRENNAN: What?! You’re making this – this personal! You got yourself assigned to this case just because of me!

SULLY: Absolutely! What? You’re gonna give me more crap because now because I care about you?

BOOTH: Be over here making a few calls…

SULLY: A little help, Booth. Do you think she should go alone?

BOOTH: No, no. Not at all. But there seems to be other stuff going on here, I don’t wanna get involved –

BRENNAN: No. You agreed with him. You are involved.

SULLY: Alright, so let Booth take you and that way it won’t be personal between us.


SULLY: Fine.


SULLY: Fine.

BOOTH: Fine.

Booth scares away a fan that gets too close to Brennan at the signing.


BRENNAN: Was that necessary?

BOOTH: Just doing my job, okay Bones? Are you gonna come at me like you came at Sully?

BRENNAN: What is that supposed to mean?

BOOTH: Look, far be it for me to stick my nose into your bedroom but I’ve known Sully a long time and believe me, he’s one of the good guys.

BRENNAN: Well, I know Sully, Booth.

BOOTH: And I know you. Alright, somebody gets too close, you just wanna push them away.

BRENNAN: I think you’re taking your therapy a little too serious…

BOOTH: Maybe, maybe not. Come on, let’s go.


They find the 3rd body at the signing and look for a connection between the three victims.

SULLY: Hey, uh, how is Brennan holding up?

BOOTH: Why don’t you ask her yourself?

SULLY: Um, I’m not sure she’s exactly receptive right now.

BOOTH: Listen. Don’t let her bully you into leaving, man. Alright?

SULLY: Yeah.


SULLY: Any more leads off the third vic?

BOOTH: Yeah, I’m working on it. Brennan called. The publicist took a shot to the back of the neck. She thinks we have three separate killers.

SULLY: That’s a hell of a coincidence.

BOOTH: Or one hell of a conspiracy. You know, she sounded pretty certain and I trust her when she’s all calm and relaxed.

SULLY: Well, I’ll remember that.

They figure out there is a conspiracy with three killers all killing for each other.

BOOTH: Tell ya something, alright? Sales of your book are gonna sky rocket after this.

BRENNAN: The only problem is our ending is a lot better than the one I wrote in the book.

BOOTH: What, are you kidding me? Huh? Kathy Reichs and the FBI guy in the back of the AMG?

BRENNAN: The arrest.

BOOTH: Oh, yeah. There’s that.

Sully interrupts their post-case wrap-up chat.


BOOTH: Yeah, you know you really should apologize. I mean, you were really ragging on the guy. He seemed a little frail.

SULLY: Eh, I’m a lot strong than I look.

BOOTH: Oh, you were –Hey, Sul.

SULLY: Hey. So, congratulations. You guys, make a great team.

BOOTH: Mmhmm. It’s true. So true.

BRENNAN: Thanks for your help.

SULLY: Sure.


BOOTH: You know, I should run. Bones, ya know, I – I got stuff. See ya at work, Sul?

SULLY: Yeah, I’ll see ya man.

BRENNAN: I –I did feel responsible, Sully. Do.

SULLY: And you thought if I saw you, vulnerable, needing me- that I’d run.

BRENNAN: I’ve been alone my whole life. It’s all I know.

SULLY: Eh, don’t worry. You’ll learn fast.

Don’t worry, Sully. She did.



*I think Sully is important in the Bones universe. I think he showed both Booth and Brennan that a relationship between B&B was possible, with an FBI agent into psychology and a hard-nosed scientist. And I liked that Booth had this guy work friend person he could talk to, which they did not give Booth much of over the series. Since we know that Sully isn’t the endgame, he doesn’t bother me. Although, I don’t go out of my way to add their pictures all over the place lol