THE SHOW: Bones
THE PAIRING: Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan (Emily Deschanel)
THE EPISODE: “The Woman in White” – (aired October 21, 2013)
THE MOMENT: Booth and Brennan share their vows and tie the knot!
After 9 seasons of waiting (mostly on the audience’s part), Booth and Brennan finally went through with it; in this week’s new episode of Bones “The Woman in White,” the will they won’t they couple said, “I do.” But being Bones, of course, the wedding didn’t happen without a problem or two. First, a case had to be solved and then when the wedding venue literally burned to the ground, Angela had to throw together a fantasy wedding with only hours to spare.
In an episode filled with romantic moments, it’s pretty hard to top the exchanging of vows between Brennan and Booth and the marriage that followed! So this week’s romantic moment is all about the wedding.
But before I’ll get to the wedding, there were some important key moments that led to it, but specifically this one. After the burning of the church at first, it seemed as if their wedding was going to be delayed, making them (and us) continue to wait just a little bit longer! But thanks to Angela, and this little exchange between Booth and Brennan in his office, everything was solved and the wedding put back on the day’s schedule!
Booth: Bones, I would wear elephant tusks on my head and have a squirrel monkey do the wedding ceremony if that’s what you wanted.
Bones: You really don’t care?
Bones: Well neither do I. As long as you’re there. We’ve waited long enough.
Booth: We have.
Bones: So we’re doing it?
Booth: We’re doing it.
In a nice little bit of subtext, Brennan and Booth agree that they’ve waited long enough (and in a bit of double meaning, the audience) and it’s time to finally go through with it…the wedding that is.
The wedding, as designed by Angela (and paid for by Max – Brennan’s father), this time, goes off without a hitch! With Cyndi Lauper singing a beautiful and powerful rendition of “At Last,” Angela walks down the aisle giving a warm smile to Hodgins, the fantasy-esque wedding dreamlike in its perfection.
Soon, Brennan arm in arm with her father walks down the aisle, glamorous and radiant as she smiles big walking toward Booth.
The familiar faces from the past sit in the crowd smiling back in support. (It’s a nice nod to see everyone!)
Eventually, we come to this week’s romantic moment…the exchanging of vows. What makes them meaningful and memorable is that the writers cleverly brought us not only back to the very beginning (creating an air of nostalgia to the moment) but also to one of the best episodes of the series from season two “Aliens in a Spaceship” when Brennan and Hodgins were buried alive by the Grave Digger, which further deepened the intense relationship between Booth and Brennan.
First up on the sharing of vows is Booth. While he had a speech planned, he rips it up and decides to go with his heart (in classic Booth style) instead improvising a speech too romantic not to share word for word:
Booth: I worked really, really hard on my vows, but you know, now that we’re here, look, um, hey. Do you remember the last time that we were here? Standing right around in this spot? It was right in the beginning before we really knew each other. I was trying to get away from you because you were irritating me and, uh, you chased me down, and you caught up to me and I said to you ‘listen, I just have to get all my ducks in a row’ and you said to me—
Brennan: I can be a duck.
Booth: Yeah. You know we had been chasing each other for a long time. Chasing each other through wars and serial killers and ghosts and snakes. And now chasing you has been the smartest thing that I have ever done in my life. And being chased by you has been my greatest joy. But now, we, uh, we don’t have to chase each other anymore because we caught each other.
It’s a sweet little nudge back to the pilot which I’m sure created a universal “Ah” amongst loyal viewers.
Then came Brennan’s vows, which again goes back to when she was almost killed being buried alive, perhaps revealing that she may have been more aware of her feelings for Booth than many of us (or at least me) first thought very early on in the series.
Brennan: When Hodgins and I were buried alive, we each wrote a message to someone we loved in case our bodies were ever found. Hodgins wrote to Angela. I wrote to you. ‘Dear Agent Booth, you are a confusing man. You are irrational and impulsive, superstitious and exasperating. You believe in ghosts and angels 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 are 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 a place to tell you that you make my life messy and confusing and unfocused and irrational and wonderful.’ This is that time. This is that place.
At this point, even if you hadn’t watched the show in a while, this moment literally melts your heart and perhaps might even bring a tear. It’s nice to see them so open about their feelings for each other. And what’s also great about this scene is it really shows why Brennan and Booth work so well together not only as work partners but as romantic ones as well. Their differences balance each other out creating a nice complement between the two.
After the vows, they become husband and wife and seal it with a kiss, or two or three!
I don’t know about anyone else, but after almost a decade of waiting, it seems the wait was worth it. They walk back down the aisle as husband and wife and all seems right in the world.
But this is Bones, so hopefully the writers will let them be blissfully happy, at least for a little while. Perhaps Booth and Brennan say it best themselves:
“So what do you think happens now?” Booth asks.
“Everything that happens next,” Brennan replies.
And I’ll leave it at that!
Did you watch the episode? If so, what did you think of their wedding? Were there any other romantic Movie or TV moments from this week you feel deserving? Discuss below…
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