R.I.P. Mighty Hut.
I’m sadder about losing a fictional house than I probably should be. But remember how long it took Booth and Brennan to even get to the point where they needed a house? Remember when Booth found this place at a police auction and Brennan called it their mighty hut, because buying a criminal’s house would make them the conquering heroes, and it was symbolically and anthropologically perfect, and they kissed in Christine’s future bedroom? Booth was so excited to build a treehouse, you guys.
They made this house theirs. New memories, new life. Wendell helped them renovate, which was great not only because it gave him work but also because it made him a part of the family. Stephen Nathan says they’re calling a real estate agent, but I vote they call Wendell once he’s better. And now I need a minute to worry about Wendell.
The house was barely finished when Booth and Brennan walked in carrying their little girl, and everyone was waiting for them with a “Welcome, Stapes” sign. These people who never get to stop and celebrate with friends finally had one night to just be together. The hospital waiting room is like that night turned on its head. Brennan looks so hopeless. It’s like she said earlier this season: Booth is her home. She isn’t sure how to survive without him.
But what is a Bones finale if it doesn’t topple every sense of home we have, then build it up again around the people who aren’t going anywhere? Angela’s on her way with a long-overdue best friend hug, and the whole team is there to wait out the surgery with her. I love that Brennan’s not alone even in this. I love that she’s letting herself not be alone, more than she did when she thought Booth was dead and buried herself in work, and more than she did when she sat in his room alone after the brain tumor. She’s so much more open now, you guys.
Booth will be in jail at the start of next season, with Brennan and the team still fighting to clear his name, which makes this like the season seven finale—which I adored—minus the relationship fallout, which was only occasionally satisfying. We’re so far past that now, anyway. I said last year that I wanted problems for Booth and Brennan to face as a team. They might not be literally together in this, but we know they’re each fighting for the same thing now. The whole lab is. Booth loves that: having people who will go to war against the FBI for him.
Booth has such a hard time believing that he’s worth it. Hasn’t he been through enough already? “We all die a little bit, Bones.” He’s died a little bit a LOT. Booth hates what he had to do as a sniper, but he lives with it because he trusts the government. He also trusts Brennan when she says that he’s a good man. So, yes, let’s corrupt the FBI and take Brennan away from Booth and make him stand trial for things he’s probably never come to terms with. WELCOME TO BONES, ENJOY YOUR PAIN.
But I love it. This episode was wall-to-wall intense, and it’s left us with a whole summer to wonder how we’re going to rebuild. Hodgins is going to be all up in his conspiracies, which is never anything less than wonderful. Angela’s going to put her computer system back together, because Pelant taught her how to deal with people who think they’re all powerful. We’re hopefully going to be reminded of Cam and Booth’s long friendship, and Sweets might even be able to take down Deputy Director Stark from the inside.
Brennan will just keep being my everything. I cheered when she came around the corner of the living room and shot that guy, then dragged Booth across the room, grabbed another gun, and whipped around to shoot someone else. A Delta Force agent came at her with a knife and she didn’t flinch. I’ll fight anyone who doesn’t love Temperance Brennan. This show doesn’t always let her be as hardcore as we know she is, but when it does, it’s beautiful.
Brennan saves Booth as often as he saves her. It’s a crucial part of their relationship. Hart Hanson promised Emily Deschanel before she took the part that Booth wouldn’t have to save her very often, and that’s still the case. Brennan rushes into danger for the people she cares about. She speaks her mind. She doesn’t walk away, and she tells Booth that she hates him for wanting her to. Then she gets in his face and orders him not to die. Brennan respects Booth and defends him and will yell his sterling record at a crowd of reporters until her voice shakes, but she’s going to do what she has to do.
Emily Deschanel’s work in this episode was amazing. The closing shot of her kicking and screaming in the agents’ arms, struggling to get back to Booth, was a wallop at the end of a draining night, and David Boreanaz’s directing was as sharp and thoughtful as we’ve come to expect. We’re going into season ten, and these people still love their show so much. It shows, right?
I recapped the finale for the EW Community, so check it out for a play-by-play account of my trauma. Be sure to stop by the rest of my Bones recaps as well. And I’d love to hear your thoughts on this season ender! Enjoy the hiatus, Bones fans.