I didn’t realize I’d been waiting nine seasons for a Bones wedding until I got one. Booth and Brennan have never stood on tradition, and I’ve never needed them to. They’re each other’s different outcome. I always thought they might get married—there were signs—but the only thing I knew for sure was that they’d find each other in the end, and that was enough.
But let’s be real: it’s even better that they’re married. My roommate was watching an early episode last week while I was making dinner, and I almost spun into the stove because I couldn’t stop dancing. It’s always fun to watch Booth and Brennan bicker about that time she shot an unarmed man (“It was only his leg, and he’s in jail for the rest of his life, how much is he going to need it?”), but isn’t it more fun now? In any situation, in any scene of any old episode, it is now perfectly acceptable to whisper “you’ll be married someday” at your babies and their lovestruck faces. Booth was right: everything really does feel more official now. I needed this, and I didn’t even know it. I think it’s the same for B&B.
I love that Brennan was so willing to have a church wedding for Booth that she cried when it fell through. I love that Booth would get married in a grass hut if it meant he could marry her. I also love that they bring out these contradictions in each other: there’s a side of Booth that really is a free-thinking rogue rebel, and there’s been a box under Brennan’s bed all these years with a photo of a wedding dress she liked when she was eight. She wanted a church wedding for Booth, but a part of her wanted the ceremony for herself, too. He makes that ok.
It’s like Gordon Gordon said all those years ago: Booth and Brennan aren’t in any way opposites. They complement each other. They both feel more than they let on. They both see the damage in the world and believe it’s up to us to fill the cracks, one person at a time, and that’s what they’ve done for each other. They won’t let each other hurt alone. They chase each other down, and they don’t give up.
When Brennan was buried alive, we saw just how much these two believe in that chase. It literally saves them. Of course Brennan’s note would be her vow. It was a promise written in her darkest moment, and if that doesn’t sound like a Bones wedding vow to you, we’re probably not watching the same show.
Dear Agent Booth, you are a confusing man. You are irrational and impulsive, superstitious and exasperating. You believe in ghosts and maybe even Santa Claus, and because of you I’ve started to see the universe differently. How is it possible that simply looking into your fine face gives me so much joy? Why does it make me so happy that every time I try to sneak a peek at you, you’re already looking at me? Like you it makes no sense, and like you, it feels right. If I ever get out of here, I will find a time and place to tell you that you make my life messy and confusing and unfocused and irrational and wonderful.
I totally believe that this is where Brennan would go emotionally when she’s buried alive and running out of air. She didn’t break down and tell Booth that she loved him: Brennan’s not the kind to use “I love you” as goodbye. She’s been abandoned too many times to let herself admit to loving someone right as she’s losing them, and if she ever did, there’s no way she’d be able to bury those emotions for so many years. Looking back now, though, every word of that note is a love letter. She loved Booth for the way he saw her. Booth sees magic in the world, and the way he looks at her, she can tell he sees it in her too. He makes Brennan look at the world differently, and he makes her look at herself differently, and she’s completely caught up in that.
Brennan wanted in on Booth’s life so badly that she chased him down in the garden of the Jeffersonian, kind of skipping behind him, literally jumping to be a part of his plans. She was always drawn to him. I love that Booth remembers the way it felt to be chased by Brennan, but what I love most is that Brennan remembers it too. The minute Booth brings it up, she jumps in.
She’s just as eager now as she was then, only now she doesn’t have to ask what it means. It means she matters to him. Look how happy she is that they share this: that neither one of them could ever forget the first time she ran after him. He liked being chased, and she likes that he wanted her to chase him. Booth and Brennan finally know what it is to be WANTED.
We have been chasing each other for a long time. We’ve been chasing each other through wars and serial killers and ghosts and snakes. Chasing you has been the smartest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and being chased by you has been my greatest joy. But now we don’t have to chase each other anymore, because we caught each other.
They might’ve caught each other, but I’m pretty sure they’ll never stop chasing.
Bits and Pieces:
It’s interesting how far removed the case was. No family to notify, no killer to catch, not even an old penny for a distant relative on Christmas morning. I love when Brennan throws herself into her work for the victims’ sake, so part of me would have liked to see her make at least some sort of human connection out of this, just to remind us all why her work matters to her. But another part of me appreciates the fact that the whole show was basically everyone saying What case? THEY’RE GETTING MARRIED WHO CARES.
I also like that Brennan threw herself into her work to find clarity apart from her jumbled emotions, but that being overwhelmed never once meant having cold feet. Brennan’s not sure of everything she feels, but she’s sure about Booth.
“What you and Temperance have, it’s the reason we draw breath.”
I cried when Max told Booth that he’d never seen anything more right, because Max has been UPS Express Shipping his daughter with this cocky FBI guy since the moment she let him into her office for a private family moment. And now Booth can call him dad.
Pops is everything.
Brennan thought about the single people at the wedding, probably because she’s been that single person. The way Brennan empathizes is so different and so so cool.
I’m increasingly emotionally invested in Cam and Arastoo, so thanks for that, writers.
Bones: the show where people attach Ryan O’Neal’s face to a cardboard cutout and carry it around a church.
David Hornsby! “It’s not like he’s going to be jealous.” JOKE.
I adore Hodgins’s totally sincere respect for Cam’s shoe dilemma.
Since Hodgins was already invited to the wedding, I can only assume that he hipstered up as a sign of camaraderie/ he has a secret obsession with paisley ascots.
“This is not one man ceremonially handing over a woman to another man as though she’s property.”
I could rewatch the wedding ten times and not catch everything David and Emily do with their eyes, or the way they reassure each other with their hand-holding, or the way they smile and choke up at the same time. So many acting awards to these two.
“Hodgins wrote to Angela, and I wrote to you.”
THE PAGE WITH BRENNAN’S VOW SAYS ‘BRED IN THE BONE’ ON IT. FOUR FOR YOU PROPS DEPARTMENT.
“Your fine face.” Nothing more accurate has ever been spoken.
In the 206th episode, I’ll be needing a flashback to the reception—specifically, to the moment Brennan high kicked to “Hot Blooded” in her wedding dress, because we all know that happened.
Look at their noses touching! This is the perfect line because it’s two kinds of callback (to “everything happens eventually” and “What do we do now?”) but it’s also the writers’ way of thumbing their nose at everyone who thinks the story ends here. Marriage is just the next great adventure.