Several new sides (about 33 pages worth) for Bones are out, and they have Mae and I all confused. They came in two batches--and I wouldn't be surprised to see more in the next couple days. When the second batch came out, there had been rewrites, so it's kind of hard to tell what follows what, but I think I did an okay job sorting through and putting them in a fairly decent chronological order. Click here for the amalgamated sides for "Double Trouble in the Panhandle."
In this episode, Booth and Brennan are undercover as carnies to solve the murder of conjoined twins.
In some ways, this episode looks unfathomably ridiculous. Booth and Bones are, respectively, a knife-thrower and his assistant. And they have to perform their little "act" to maintain their cover. And they're married--Buck and Wanda Moosejaw.
Also, they seem to want to delve into the ethics of separating conjoined twins, while also creating this really odd and politically incorrect scenario in which these girls were part of a circus act.
While I'm thinking about it, how come Brennan is an expert on everything? Yeah, I know, she's really smart, but why does the show perceive her intelligence as encompassing everything from forensic anthropology to whether or not conjoined twins can medically be separated? How is that something she would know and be able to make an actual argument for or against?
There are other ways in which this episode looks kind of freaking awesome. Uh, did you catch that part about Booth and Brennan undercover as marrieds? And he literally at one point throws knives at her. Of course, it makes Booth really freaking nervous and Brennan, you know, just thinks it's great. She actually encourages it.
There's mutual admiration of each other when they first see each other in costume. There's actually a stage direction that says "Booth keeps stealing glances to Brennan amazed." There's cute dialogue like, "Where is the Buck Moosejaw I married?" And he calls her beautiful.
EXT. BUCK & WANDA'S TRAILER - DAY
The mobile home is rocking back and forth on its springs, SQUEAKING. Henry and Dorrie stand back, arms crossed, watching--
Let's hope they're as good outside the trailer as they are in.
I give 'em good marks for staying power.
Henry Simon and Dorrie Lavalle walk away. The trailer keeps rocking.
END ACT TWO.
When I first talked to Mae about this earlier, I said, "Probably just some knife-throwing practice."
And then we kind of analyzed it some more, and it seemed...I don't know. Yes, it's probably knife-throwing practice, but...
(1) How do you practice knife-throwing inside?
(2) Sweets, via phone, right before we cut to this trailer rocking scene tells Booth and Brennan to "act like you're more interested in each other than any of them." And then the stage direction is "They hang up. They look at each other and shrug." And then we CUT RIGHT TO THE TRAILER ROCKING.
(3) Normally, if they were going to do one of these cutesy things, you'd slam right from Booth and Brennan's trailer rocking to a hilarious reveal that they're actually inside practicing their knife-wielding skills. But the act just ends. After we see the trailer rocking, we cut to commercial. (And we have the page that starts the next act, and it doesn't reveal knife practice or any other non-sexual excuse for trailer rocking.)
If it's just knife practice, they're giving us an awfully long time to think it's something else.
Mae was concerned, of course, that this would be Booth and Brennan's first time having sex, and it would all happen offscreen, only hinted at--"very Mulder/Scully," she says.
But what if, I said, they've already crossed the line by this point? It's entirely possible that Booth and Brennan hook up in a previous episode and these are just the first pages we've seen that give that away.
What if they are actually having sex in that trailer?
Eh, I'm sticking with knife practice.