Ep: 6×01 The Mastodon in the Room
Reviewed by: csiAngel
Ship rating: 7/10 (because they’re back together!!)
Caroline summons the team back to help out Cam who is about to lose her job as Federal Medical Examiner. The team she currently has is not as good as her old team; and she’s angry at Brennan for putting her own desires ahead of everything, and letting the team fall apart.
Booth and Brennan meet by the reflecting pool as planned, and hug (they totally should have kissed, but, yeah, I get that we’re going to be made to wait for that!) and Booth shows Brennan a photograph of his new lady friend, Hannah – who is in Iraq. Brennan looks disappointed, but covers it well.
The team works the case of unidentified remains of a child that Cam has had trouble identifying. The media are convinced that it is that of missing boy Logan Bartlett, and are calling Cam incompetent for taking so long to confirm it. With everybody back together they soon establish that it isn’t that missing child. But, obviously, it is somebody’s missing child and they continue to investigate.
Angela asks Brennan how things are between her and Booth; does she still have feelings for him. Brennan tells her about Hannah, and says that she is happy for Booth as he seems to need that kind of relationship to be happy. When asked if she thought about Booth at all while she was away, she admits that she dreamt about them and the work they do.
Booth and Brennan discuss whether or not they are all going to stay in DC and re-establish the team. And ultimately everyone decides that they will.
Brennan persuades the Jeffersonian to reopen a forensics unit on site, and they all head over there. Only to find that there is, quite literally, a HUGE elephant (okay, a mastodon) in the room. But, as Booth points out, they’ve worked around bigger – metaphorically speaking. And oh how we loved watching them do so! And, evidently, we’re going to have to continue to do that. Let’s hope they don’t intend to drag this out for another five seasons, though.
In other news, Sweets has been trying to get over Daisy, but she was hoping they’d still be engaged. He asks for Booth’s advice, and he recommends Sweets gives himself a chance to be happy and moves on. He said that worked for him (sniffle – but, we’ll see!).
And Angela is pregnant!! She tells Brennan, but later asks Hodgins if they can keep it between them until after her first trimester… and snatches him out of the Jeffersonian before he can announce it to everyone!
Brennan waits at the reflecting pool. Booth approaches her, still in his army gear ;) Oh, so apparently this has no dialogue except some whispered ‘Hi’s and then it cuts to titles.
Ah well, here’s some caps:
Brennan and Booth are sitting on some steps. She is looking at a photograph of him in Afghanistan.
Brennan: So, was it dangerous in Afghanistan?
Booth: Nah, what I did was mostly administrative.
Brennan: Because you seem really very heavily armed in this photograph.
Booth: How about you? Any head-hunters or cannibals?
Brennan: Daisy and I were attacked by some armed guerrillas. But I beat them up and we got away.
Booth: You beat up armed guerrillas?
Brennan: I had to. You weren’t there to save me.
Booth: Bones. (he laughs) … So, you meet anyone special?
Brennan: You mean, did I have sex with anyone?
Booth: I miss that about you, you know, you just cut right to the chase. Yeah.
Brennan: I was working. So there was no time or inclination. For sex or romance… How about you?
Booth: Yeah. I’ll er show you… (He takes out his phone and shows her a picture) Hannah. She’s a journalist; war correspondent.
Brennan: How… How did you meet?
Booth: Oh, I arrested her for being in a restricted area.
Brennan: You arrested me once.
Booth: I remember.
Brennan: Where’s Hannah now?
Booth: She’s in Iraq.
Brennan: Is it serious between you?
Booth: Serious as a heart attack.
Brennan: Heart attacks are very serious.
Booth: Yes they are. Very serious.
Brennan: … So, I find that I am looking forward to seeing everyone.
(They stand up and move to walk in different directions)
Booth: Bones, where are you going?
Brennan: To the lab.
Booth: Cam’s not there anymore.
Booth: Didn’t you stay in touch with anyone while you were gone?
Brennan: No, my only contact with the outside world was a satellite phone and it was only for emergencies.
Booth: Good to know it wasn’t just me, ah… So, this way. FBI.
Brennan and Angela are at the diner.
Angela: So, what is the deal with Booth? Is it weird seeing him again?
Brennan: Not at all weird. Very nice.
Angela: Are there any old surges of feelings? Anything like that?
Brennan: Booth fell in love in Afghanistan.
Angela: Oh. Oh, sweetie, I’m so sorry.
Brennan: Why? Are you in love with Booth?
Angela: A little bit, but that’s not what I mean. Don’t tell me that you’re happy about him finding somebody else.
Brennan: I’m very pleased for him. A committed, romantic diad is exactly the kind of relationship Booth seems to require to be happy.
Angela: Did you think about Booth at all when you were away?
Brennan: Yes I did. A few times I actually dreamed about him.
Angela: Oh, well there you go. Dreams are very meaningful.
Brennan: I dreamed about the work we do; I dreamed about catching murderers and getting justice for people who were killed… What does that mean?
Angela: It means you’re going to die loveless and alone.
Brennan: I don’t follow your reasoning.
Brennan and Booth are travelling from place to place on their case.
Brennan: I find this reassuring.
Brennan: Us, sitting like this. Going to check out a possible crime scene. You refusing to wear your seatbelt.
Booth: Hey, going gets rough I’m not wasting valuable time looking to release a seatbelt catch.
Brennan: Man of action.
Booth: That’s right. Like a jungle cat. (He growls)
Brennan: You should say like a flea when referring to lightening fast reflexes.
Booth: I’m not gonna say I’m like a flea.
Brennan: It’s more accurate.
Booth: Listen, Bones, we gotta talk about this.
Brennan: The way my use of accurate similes makes you uncomfortable?
Booth: No. Are we gonna put the old team back together again?
Brennan: I dreamed about this.
Booth: You did?… Oh, oh you mean you literally dreamt about it? Right so, you’re open to the idea?
Brennan: It’s an anthropological fact that in any community there is a lynchpin; a keystone personality.
Booth: Oh, the leader you mean.
Brennan: Not necessarily. Mostly it’s just a member of the group who otherwise might seem invisible but, when she leaves, the group disintegrates.
Brennan: Yes. I am obviously the lynchpin personality in our group.
Booth: Well, yeah, I left too.
Brennan: After I decided to leave.
Booth: No. You left after I — … All right, the question is, are you back?
Brennan: I’d rather go back to Maluku, but I feel as the lynchpin personality that I should put my own selfish personal desires behind the good of this group.
Booth: Great. So you’re staying.
Booth: Great. There you go. All you have to do is get Hodgins and Angela on board; right, talk the Jeffersonian into giving us our lab back and then track down all your squinterns.
Brennan: That’s a long list of very difficult tasks.
Booth: It’s not easy being the lynchpin now, is it?
Brennan: That’s true.
Booth, Brennan and Caroline are out for drinks.
Caroline: (toasts) The whole Scooby gang’s coming back.
Booth: That’s right. We’re back.
Caroline: That’s how it should be. You got something magic, you don’t scatter it to the ends of the Earth. You concentrate it in one place. (To Booth) There isn’t a single, normal law enforcement officer who could work with these people.
Booth: I’m the lynchpin, okay? I’m the lynchpin.
(He takes a phone call. Brennan stares at Caroline.)
Caroline: What are you staring at?
Brennan: It’s you.
Caroline: What’s me?
Brennan: You’re the lynchpin. You managed to get us all back here and then you fixed it so we’d stay.
Caroline: I have no idea what you’re talking about, Doctor Brennan.
Brennan: Thank you.
Caroline: You’re welcome.
Brennan: I find I’d like to hug you. (Leans towards Caroline, who leans away)
Booth: (returns) Cam’s back at the Jeffersonian. Er, why you staring at Bones like that?
Caroline: I’d prefer you don’t leave us alone together.
Booth: Why? (to Brennan) What did you do?
At the Jeffersonian. Cam unlocks the door and leads everyone in. They all do some talking, she turns on the lights and there’s a giant mastodon (like a woolly mammoth) exhibit in there, and then everyone else leaves and Booth and Brennan are alone (with the mastodon):
Brennan: Did you see how happy Hodgins was to be back at work? I am definitely doing the right thing.
Booth: Okay, I think there’s a little more going on there, Bones… (looking at the mastodon) Wow, okay, that thing is really big.
Brennan: It’s a lot to work around.
Booth: Well, we’ve worked around bigger… Metaphorically speaking.
Booth: Welcome home, Bones.
Brennan: Thank you. Welcome home, Booth.