We open up on a chaotic scene, an explosion that could possibly be tied to terrorism…and a very Boothy line to the security guard:
“These girls, they’re with me.”
But then he gives Brennan and Angela their proper credentials 🙂
We get a glimpse that Booth has been talking about Brennan around at the FBI, when the agent on scene says to Brennan: “We need to be sure. Booth says you’re the best” Which Booth himself backs up when Brennan makes some requests, “It’s okay, I trust you.” Even though they don’t always get along, they know the “truth” of each other!
Also get an early glimpse into just how dismal both of their jobs can be.
Booth: You know, its ok to be upset.
Brennan: I wish this is the worst thing I’d seen.
And we see that the squints all have issues with the type of bodies they are seeing now.
Zach: Smokey here had access to the President. Why would he attack a cafe?
Zach: It’s how I deal with the stress.
Of course, Hodgins deals with it by working up a good head of steam about the government: “What—you trust the FBI? You realize those guys are going to suppress whatever they need to cover their asses.”
Booth: “You know I don’t enjoying having squints on my team anymore then you like me on yours but you know were supposed to be working together. Okay?
Hodgins: “Sure. So what do we do, group hug?”
Brennan does not like working with Agent Gibson. Booth tries to help her deal.
Brennan: I’m sorry but I don’t understand the advantage of compromise.
They argue about handling a terrorist attack.
Brennan: You’re making it personal. That doesn’t help.
Booth: It is personal…all of us die a little bit on one like this.
Remember how Early Brennan was able to adapt and get the situation? She starts off rattling facts to the victim’s wife, but adjusts when Booth touches her arm to get her to stop.
Brennan: “His body was fragmented by the blast. We’re still retrieving pieces (Booth touches her arm)….I understand how difficult this is not knowing. I’ll work as quickly as I can to get you what you need.”
Angela comes into apologize about not being helpful at the scene.
Brennan: “It’s okay. You see it. I don’t anymore. I don’t know what’s worse.”
And we get the famous saying in Bones history:
Angela: And about this weekend…
Brennan: Angela, I don’t know.
Angela: Oh come on.
Brennan: I don’t know.
Angela: Brennan I know this great club, they play Hip Hop and Trance.
Brennan: I don’t know what that means.
Angela: It doesn’t matter. We’ll grab Booth.
Angela: I think he likes you. God if I were you, I’d buy a ticket on that ride!
**Wouldn’t we all, Angela?**
Of course, Brennan makes a work excuse but Angela isn’t having it.
“You know it’s not that scary Brennan. You have a few drinks. You move to the music. You might even smile.”
Back to the case, Agent Gibson is basically annoying the squints. He tries to take the case file.
Gibson: I’ll take it.
Brennan: No, I don’t think so. I work with Booth. That’s my deal.
Angela: [to Gibson] It’s best to just ride it out, like an earthquake.
Alright. It’s Tessa Time. #awkwardmoment
Tessa: Oh, hi. I’ve heard a lot about you.
Booth: Tessa’s an attorney.
Tessa: Mmm, corporate, keeping the fat cats fat.
Brennan: I was just studying a cranial fissure on a corporate attorney last week. Of course he was dead so…
**LOL, Brennan making small talk!**
Booth: Okay, what is so funny?
Brennan: I just never figured you’d be in a relationship.
Booth: Why, do you think something’s wrong with me?
Brennan: Not wrong. You just have alpha male attributes usually associated with a solitary existence.
Booth: What! Me? You’re solitary.
Brennan: No, no I’m private. It’s different and we weren’t talking about me.
Booth: Well I was.
Brennan: Well, I wasn’t. Look, I’m happy for you. Relationships have anthropological meaning. No society can survive if sexual bonds aren’t formed betw…
Booth: What the hell are you talking about??
**Methinks Booth is frustrated and maybe a little bit dazzled. Brennan will do that to you.**
Back to the case. Brennan is honest with the victim’s wife, in her Brennan way, but the wife appreciates her honesty.
**And props to Bones for hitting a hot button issue straight out of the gate. It is 2005. The terrorist attacks on the US are very fresh. And Bones went there.**
Brennan uses her anthropological facts for good here, she knows about Muslim law and remains and promises to do what she can do retrieve them. Meanwhile, Booth realizes the wife was having an affair by his gut and what he’s put together. Brennan gets mad.
“You are an insufferable….arrogant….man!”
Booth: “Oh! So only a woman could know a woman. I thought women wanted us to understand them!”
Angela: “Not really. A magician never wants to reveal her tricks.”
Brennan: “So you think you know women because you live with some sexy lawyer? Unbelievable.”
**Hm…..jealous much, Dr. B?**
Say it with me guys, “I hate psychology!”
Angela: “You live with a sexy lawyer?”
Booth: “She has her own place, ok?”
Angela and Booth proceed to agree on his hunch that the victim’s wife had an affair, which annoys Brennan to no end.
She returns to the lab to find Zach having problems with the skull. She sees something she missed and APOLOGIZES to Zach. Which stuns him. And, I’m surprised too, after seeing Brennan in recent seasons, I forgot she knew how to do that (and so did the writers!) Lol
After some case stuff (haha) we get back to the lab.
Angela: Bottom line, I still think Brennan has a shot with Booth.
Hodgins: But she says she’s not interested.
Angela: Methinks the lady doth protest too much.
Zach: Maybe she protested just enough.
Angela: Puh lease. She’s been sleeping alone for months. She has enough pent up sexual energy to power a small mid-western city.
Which leaves Angela to stake out Tessa for her best friend, Brennan…who definitely would not want that!
Meanwhile Booth has problems of his own with his suspect:
Ladjavardi: “Have you ever been in the middle of a messy relationship, Agent Booth, or are you a perfect man?”
**Can we all say, FORESHADOWING???**
Also, Booth is getting stonewalled by his bosses and is not happy. Brennan senses his anger but doesn’t get why. Then we get some great bickering/conversation between B&B as Brennan seeks to understand her rather complicated partner. The quick subject changes remind me of their “Whoa. Horse.” exercise:
Booth: I’m a grownup. I’ll deal. You know that thing where you ask for the strength to change the things that you can and the wisdom to know the difference?
Brennan: Not really.
Booth: Well it’s a good thing.
Brennan: Who do you ask?
Booth: For what?
Brennan: For the strength and the wisdom?
Brennan: And that works?
Booth: Can we talk about something else?
Brennan: Sure. Tessa?
Booth: Tessa!? No. Why do you want to talk about Tessa?
Brennan: What? Why? Why not? I’m sorry. We won’t talk about Tessa.
Booth: I prefer if we would just stay on point and talk about things that you like to talk about like dead people. Dead bodies?
Brennan: Sure, sure. You’ve killed a lot of people, right? When you were a sniper?
Booth: Maybe we shouldn’t talk at all.
Brennan: Right, cause you’re angry.
Booth: Not angry. I’m not.
Brennan: We’ll find out who killed him, Booth. We’ve got Hamid’s body. You can always count on the dead.
As GGW says, Brennan can give him what only she can, and she learns early that she needs to build him up when he’s feeling down, and she can do that best by the evidence she finds. He knows she doesn’t lie about the facts.
Meanwhile back at the lab, Zach and Hodgins are already having some fun. They gave us so much in these early episodes! I had forgotten how early our Bones Lexicon got going!
Brennan: What is that?
Zach: We used the trace elements we recovered to try and build the bomb. It might give you another link.
Brennan: Isn’t the FBI working on that?
Hodgins: Yes, this is just for fun.
Brennan: To see who’s better?
Hodgins: Maybe, a little. Yeah.
Brennan: Good luck.
**KING OF THE LAB!**
Angela goes spying, and discovers Tessa reading an FBI book and bumps into her to get the scoop. She concludes Tessa is feeling insecure and that the relationship is not solid. She reports this to Brennan in front of the squints who have opinions. Zach says he hears “it’s been awhile” for Brennan as far as hooking up goes! Brennan calls the whole conversation over.
However, Brennan ends up bringing Tessa up again while trying to understand the love triangle in the murder. (I’m sure Sweets/GGW would have a field day with Brennan’s Tessa obsession in this episode. Say it with me again, “I hate psychology!”)
Booth: Tessa and I, that’s a bad example.
Brennan: Well you’re a couple in love, right?
Booth: Why do you keep bringing up Tessa? I mean why? What’s the big deal? Is it so odd for you that I have someone in my life?
Brennan: We were talking about couples. It’s a natural segue.
Booth: Alright, you know, you have to quit using the word segue and eschew. They sound French.
And there goes Booth, downplaying his intelligence to try to get what he wants. Doesn’t work with Brennan here!
Brennan: Keep changing the subject. I get it. You’re sensitive about you and Tessa.
Booth: Why aren’t we talking about you and your boyfriend?
Brennan: I don’t have a boyfriend.
Booth: You just said that as though it’s a good thing and you know what? It’s a very, very sad comment on your personal life.
Brennan: Look, you’re angry again.
As a wise townsperson said in the classic movie “Sweet Home Alabama”:
‘Look at them two. Welded together. Why do they fight it?’
Brennan and Booth track down the bad guy at the conference.
Brennan: There are too many ways in. Where are the reinforcements? Aren’t there always reinforcements?
Booth: Sure. They’re downstairs tying up the horses.
But then Booth has to do his least favorite thing, take a life. But he has to be sure.
“I need a face, I need a face!” he tells Brennan.
Brennan calls out Farid’s name, he looks up & tries to access his bomb, and Booth fires. Then, B&B have a post case conference.
Booth: You know I told them to tell the press is was an undercover operation.
Brennan: But it would be a rose garden ceremony. That’s an honor, right? I thought you FBI guys loved your medals?
Booth: There’s no pleasure in taking someone’s life. Nothing to celebrate.
Brennan: You saved so many people, Booth. Don’t forget that.
Booth: You want to get another drink?
Brennan: Shouldn’t you be getting home? Tessa will be worried about you.
Booth: Yeah. I guess I should. Thanks for your help, Bones.
Brennan goes back to the office to ID some bones, and Booth goes home to Tessa but doesn’t look thrilled.
And season 1 is truly off and running. Thoughts about this episode?