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Bones Gets Married!

October 22, 2013

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I was all set to be disappointed with the wedding on last night’s episode of Bones.  I’d certainly been led up to that conclusion by the previous major events in Booth’s (David Boreanaz) and Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) relationship.

While the show has a history of using major villains to bring characters together, like Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Hodgins (TJ Thyne) brought together by the Gravedigger (Deirdre Lovejoy), or Cam (Tamara Taylor) and Arastoo (Pej Vahdat) revealing their relationship after Aristoo contracts a deadly virus from a victim. But whenever the couple in question is Booth and Brennan, it has always seemed forced.

For years, we were teased with the idea of Booth and Brennan getting together, but it was always taken away from us, because after all, it’s that kind of show.  However when they finally did get together, it really came out of nowhere and was determined far more by events outside the show than the storyline. There was a sniper who was after Booth and one of the squinterns, Vincent Nigel-Murray (Ryan Cartwright) got shot by mistake. Upset over the loss, Brennan sought comfort with Booth and they had sex (as one often does when grieving). This resulted in pregnancy, and since they were having a baby together, they admitted they loved each other, moved in together, and officially became a couple. 

While this led to hilarious pregnancy-related squabbles between the two, it felt very abrupt. And it was. Star Emily Deschanel was pregnant and so they needed to explain it away somehow, and apparently, that way was to have Booth knock up Brennan.  While I can see the logic, it was far too sudden, especially at the end of a season.

Then along came Pelant (Andrew Leeds), the most brilliant and dastardly villain the show had seen yet.  Not only did he take all of Hodgins and Angela’s money away, he also made Booth tell Brennan he didn’t want to marry her, merely days after she had proposed to him.  Epic sized villain.  And yet, the episode where they finally take him down was so anti-climactic that at first I thought he had gotten away again. But nope. Booth shot him.  Very undramatically.  I mean, really, they could have kept that storyline going for at least another half season.

Then, two episodes later, they’re getting married. So once again, I prepared myself to be underwhelmed. But I was wrong.  Oh, so very wrong.

The episode brought out all the stops.  Comedy among the squinterns, as well as comedy with Brennan trying to work a case while trying to prep for the wedding. A murder most foul, of course.  A betting pool among the characters to see if the wedding would be postponed. And the wedding church having a fire, making everything seem impossible.  Classic Bones.

But everything comes together. Angela steps in and saves the day and there is a lovely ceremony on the lawn of the Smithsonian, with everyone of import in attendance. Booth and Brennan give perfect vows, and Cyndi Lauper sings “At Last”, a perfect sentiment for a wedding we’ve been waiting more than eight seasons for.

Congrats, Booth and Brenan.  I can’t wait to see what married life holds for you.

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