If you haven't seen the sweet-as-sugar episode capper to "Fire in the Ice," you should do that right now. In fact--
I mean, I just...I've watched this scene about thirty times so far. Every time, I'm like, "Okay, this time I'm just going to focus on Booth." "Okay, this time I'm just going to focus on Brennan." "Okay, this time I'm just going to focus on Booth's hands."
I love everything about the scene--him watching her with adoration and awe, her grasping his arm with both hands, him steadying her by holding onto her hips. We knew this scene would be romantic when we first heard the words "ice rink" and "disco ball," but I'm not sure I was prepared for just how wonderful it would be.
At first glance, it's just about the most romantic thing we've ever seen.
And then, as we so often do, we paid a little too much attention to the dialogue and got confused.
Because what does Booth mean when he says, "You know what? Forget about Agent Perrotta. All right? Nothing's gonna change between me and you."
Courtesy of Leigh and me, here are some possible translations:
1. The OMGLOVEYOU Variation: "Yeah, I've been thinking about hitting that. But now I'm here with you and you're so freakin' adorable and sweet and just...everything. Agent Perrotta is so not worth messing with this."
2. The Stop Feeling Threatened Variation: "I know what you're trying to say, and I get it. You're feeling a little threatened. And I'm telling you, forget about Agent Perrotta. That's not happening. I have everything I need right here."
3. The We'll Be Okay Variation: "Yeah, listen, I'm working on that. People have needs. But not matter what happens with her, it doesn't change the way I feel about you."
4. The Partners Forever Variation: "Okay, seriously? Forget about her. I want to be out in the field with you. I want to work with you. That's it. Don't worry."
Ultimately, we think the Bones writers don't really write dialogue that's meant to be overanalyzed.
If anything, we think it was a slight admission by Booth that he's a patient guy. He may have to wait a while for her to figure out that she wants the whole package, but he's really okay with what they have right now. He can tell her secrets, and she doesn't make fun of him or call him stupid. She's supportive and trusting (Hello! Knives!) and she's figured out how to make him calm, happy, and content. She's enough.
Notice how she brings up Perrotta with a hint of nervousness. Seems like she threw out that "You're the only FBI agent I want to work with" in an attempt to get reassurance that he wasn't going to mess with their team. (In this respect, he definitely succeeded in reassuring her.)
Over the course of their conversation on the ice, Booth seems to realize what was going on and allays her fears.
It doesn't say much about what, if anything, he was trying to accomplish with the flirting with Perrotta, Leigh noted, but maybe the last scene was also meant to cancel all that crap out, including that conversation Brennan had with Perrotta about the twinkly eyes.
Because seriously, no twinkly eyes that Booth has ever made in his life compare to the twinkly eyes he makes at Brennan. It's ridiculous.