Monday, December 8, 2008

Bones: Pile of Anvils Leading to...What, Exactly?

Spoilers for upcoming episodes of Bones.

Fact: We've seen Parker--and talked about Parker--more this season than in seasons past.

Fact: We know that, in an upcoming episode, Brennan decides she wants to have a baby with Booth.

Fact: We're seeing Booth's house a few times in upcoming episodes.

Let's put some pieces together, shall we?

Brennan is going to shock the hell out of Booth by telling him she'd like for him to father her child. Now, I think we can all probably surmise how this is going to go down. This is Bones, there are very few overarching season-long story arcs, and I highly doubt that a baby will actually result from the (almost positively entertaining) conversations they'll have in "The Salt in the Wounds." Yes, there will be some Booth/Brennan development, because he'll have to explain to her why he doesn't want to have a baby with her in that kind of way: the next kid he has, he wants it to be with someone he's going to be with forever (Brennan), who he's madly in love with (Brennan), and who's gonna need him to be around a lot to be on dad duty (Brennan).

I guarantee you that the underlying tone of this episode will be "Booth wants to have children with Brennan, but he wants to do so as Mom and Dad, not as Mom and Sperm Donor."

Yeah, it's great, but it's not going to do much for the plot.

You know what would advance the plot, provide Booth and Brennan opportunities to do cute parent-y things together, and (more importantly) doesn't require a nine-month waiting period?

Booth gets full custody of Parker.

There are really only two ways for this to happen. And neither is very pretty.

#1: The Reese Benton Situation. Carla dies, leaving Peter and Cleo to take care of the kid.

#2: The Gigi Hayden Situation. Sherry becomes a huge flake and leaves her baby to move to France. Christopher is left to clean up the mess, and Lorelai helps. (PS, Leigh, I get major points for remembering that kid's name.)

I could definitely see a season finale revolving around Rebecca's death. Booth and Brennan solve the case (duh, she'd be murdered--perfect high-drama crime for a season finale) and simultaneously deal with emotional family drama. Brennan is helpful because she knows what it's like to lose a parent. Booth is nervous about being able to be a good dad by himself, but of course realizes that he's not really going to be by himself. Cue end of episode, where Booth and Brennan tuck Parker into bed in his new house.

Okay, it's kind of depressing.

But it sets up a future wherein things are quite different for our favorite partners.

For one, they'll be even more involved in each other's personal lives, making it even harder for them to date other people. And why would you even want to when you've got this cozy ready-made family going on?

For another, raising Parker can stir up lots of drama for Booth, Brennan, and their respective Daddy Issues.

And, finally, Parker is freaking adorable. Who doesn't want to see more of those three interacting?

What do you think? Plausible?

3 Responses to “Bones: Pile of Anvils Leading to...What, Exactly?”

Kat said...

Entirely plausible for Rebecca to die or leave. Eh, whichever! I mean, first season we didn't even find out Booth had a kid until Man in the Fallout Shelter and now he talks about him almost every episode. We've already seen Max set up to be Grandpa. What we are seriously missing is Brennan/Parker interaction. We want to see it. Booth wants to see it. It really needs to happen! And as morbid as it sounds, what better way than to kill off Rebecca? B/B parenting moments are fab.

Within that context, I'd really like Booth to have to leave Parker w/Brennan to babysit and being somewhat nervous about it. Then coming back to find them asleep together or her teaching Parks quantum physics or something. Awwww. Parker is THE cutest kid in TV. No question. In fact, when Booth is being cute in a scene with Parker being cute it's incredible there isn't some explosion of sugary-sweetness. It is THAT freakin' adorable.

I 100% think the baby thing will go down exactly as you outline it. I can't see any instance in which Booth agrees to provide the sperm except the conventional way. UNLESS, she says something about going elsewhere if he won't do it. I could possibly see him hating that idea so much that he agrees to it thinking he can make her see how perfect they are together prior to the arrival of Bones jr.? This could be really fun.

Caroline Carter said...

Thank you for not calling me a massive creeper for (kind of) hoping that the most adorable kid on television's mom will die.

And YES to the baby thing. What I REALLY REALLY want is for them to spend a few moments talking about what their baby would be like. Brennan would SO put some thought into how they would create Super Baby 2009, complete with hyperrational thought capabilities, an enormous capacity for emotion and love, and adorable lovey soulful brown eyes. Can't you just imagine:

Brennan: "Booth, you have to admit, a child with the combination of our genetic material would be incredibly gifted and, if I do say so myself, quite beautiful."

Booth: "I don't disagree, but..."

Brennan: "He would be highly likely to inherit my blah blah scientific awesomeness and your blah blah ability to relate to people."

Booth: "What's the probability of her inheriting your eyes?"

Brennan: "Fifty percent, of course. And why are you calling the baby 'her'?"

Booth: "Because, come on, it's gotta be a little girl, Bones, it's gotta be. And you used 'he'! Why'd you do that, huh?"

Brennan: "I was merely using 'he' as the socially accepted pronoun which refers to an object or animal of indeterminate sex."

Okay, I should quit now.

Kat said...

Brennan: "Booth, you have to admit, a child with the combination of our genetic material would be incredibly gifted and, if I do say so myself, quite beautiful."

Booth: "I don't disagree, but..."

Brennan: "He would be highly likely to inherit my blah blah scientific awesomeness and your blah blah ability to relate to people."

Booth: "What's the probability of her inheriting your eyes?"

Brennan: "Fifty percent, of course. And why are you calling the baby 'her'?"

Booth: "Because, come on, it's gotta be a little girl, Bones, it's gotta be. And you used 'he'! Why'd you do that, huh?"

Brennan: "I was merely using 'he' as the socially accepted pronoun which refers to an object or animal of indeterminate sex."



LOL! I SO WANT this conversation to happen. Go apply for a job at Fox. Seriously. Have you left yet?

If we get any semblance of this conversation this season. I will totally bow down to your prophetic powers. See any lottery winnings in my future??