Happy Birthday BONES!

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On this day in 2005, Bones first graced our screens. It’s been a wild ride ever since, with car chases and fugitives and babies and weddings and more bad guys than you can shake a stick at.

Since we’re such fans of the show here at TYLL, we decided we’d try to collect our Top 10 moments on Bones, to celebrate not only its birthday, but its upcoming tenth season premiere on September 25!

(Full disclosure: it’s impossible to pick just 10, after nearly 200 episodes. Consider this an abridged version of that list.)

1. “I’m Dr. Temperance Brennan.” “Woman in Limbo,” Season 1

"I know who you are." The Woman in Limbo. (c) FOX

(c) FOX

This has long been one of Nels’ favorite scenes, and Nels’ favorite episode of the entire series. Brennan’s emotions were just so raw. In the course of this episode to this point, Brennan has found out that her mother was murdered over a decade prior, that her parents weren’t the upstanding citizens she’d always believed them to be, and that they’d actually been fugitives from the law for most of her life. Hell, Temperance Brennan wasn’t even her birth name! That’s a lot to deal with in 43 minutes. Brennan’s breakdown in the barn of her mother’s suspected killer is just so gut-wrenching: her entire world is knocked upside down, and her repetition of the hard facts of her life is her attempt to regain some control of the situation. The way she chokes up at “I have a brother” at the end always makes Nels burst with emotion. Of course, the cherry on the sundae here is Booth gently telling her that he knows who she is — leading to an infamous “guy hug.” It’s the start of a beautiful friendship!

2. “Dr. Brennan, it’s been a privilege.” “Aliens in a Spaceship,” Season 2

“Dr. Brennan, it’s been a privilege.” Aliens in a Spaceship (c) FOX

(c) FOX

Ugh, how can you not get choked up at this moment? Brennan and Hodgins are run over, drugged, buried alive and left for dead by a deranged serial killer, with only their wits and a couple of gadgets sealing their fate underground. Brennan’s nearly killed Hodgins once already by performing rudimentary surgery on his leg, and now she might potentially kill them both by blowing up their airbag in an attempt to get out of their car. They’re both terrified they might never see their loved ones again — which is echoed seven years later in Brennan’s wedding vows. We’ll never hear “A Light On A Hill” the same way again. This moment demonstrates just how much love and respect Brennan and Hodgins have for one another as colleagues, and as friends. (We’d love to see them paired up more often!) Thank goodness they got out of there alive!

3. “I love my gift, Booth.” “Santa in the Slush,” Season 3

"I love my gift." Santa in the Slush (c)FOX


It wouldn’t be a Bones Christmas without a family member in jail, now would it? Brennan tries to avoid messy emotions by jetting off to the other side of the world, so that she doesn’t have to deal with spending the holiday with her father and brother for the first time since they disappeared at Christmas time when she was 15. Booth and the team share a little Christmas spirit with her, and she manages to give her family the best present they could have while in the clink, thanks to a puckish prosecutor and creative use of a conjugal trailer. (Get your minds out of the gutter!) So Booth and Parker decide they’re going to give Brennan a Christmas present of their own, and show up with a lit-up tree outside the trailer window. We don’t think the gift was the only thing Brennan was loving that night.

4. Booth’s spastic dancing, “Double Death of the Dearly Departed,” Season 4

Double Death of the Dearly Departed (c) FOX

(c) FOX

Okay, we admit, there are tons of great moments to choose from in season 4. So why do we pick this, of all moments? Because it cracks us up, every time. Booth is doing his best to distract the guests at Jeffersonian co-worker’s funeral by any means necessary to give Brennan and Hodgins time to collect evidence — and we do mean any means. Inappropriate flirting? Check. Off-key gospel singing? Check. Terrible, spastic dancing in a room full of drunken mourners? Triple check! Booth is normally so cool and collected, especially on a case, that it’s such a trip to see David Boreanaz cut loose and act the fool for once. Bones is wonderful at the drama, but it’s also a lot of fun when they indulge in their goofy side once in a while, and that balance is what we love about the show. (Besides, this is our article, we can pick whatever we want.)

5. Booth and Brennan’s real first kiss, “Parts in the Sum of the Whole,” Season 5

"... There was tongue contact." The Parts of the Sum of the Whole(c) FOX

(c) FOX

It’s When Booth Met Brennan! Our heroes spend the hour recounting the story of their first case together to a perplexed Sweets. We always knew Booth and Brennan had a history prior to the pilot, but little did we know just how steamy it was! They were obviously instantly attracted to each other — Booth looked like he got run over by a truck when he first laid eyes on Brennan — and they worked well together, to boot. But Brennan punched a suspect and Caroline forced Booth to fire her, so Booth got his future partner drunk to give her the axe. Only, that backfired, because practical Brennan correctly surmised that if they didn’t work together anymore, then that meant there were no professional obstacles to their sleeping together. Check, please! They run out into the rain, and Booth hails a cab, and just before they get in, they crash into each other and make out — and it’s incredibly hot. Hard to believe it took them another six years after this to actually seal the deal!

6. Booth and Brennan make a wish, “Blackout in the Blizzard,” Season 6

Blackout in the Blizzard (c) FOX

(c) FOX

What a roller coaster Season 6 was! Booth and Brennan split up professionally and hightailed it to opposite ends of the planet for seven months, only to return to Washington with a new girlfriend (for Booth) and conflicting feelings (for Brennan). One rainy love confession, one ill-suited proposal and a breakup later, Booth and Brennan were back on track to becoming partners, and then what? They get stranded in an elevator in Booth’s building in the middle of a blizzard, and finally clear the air about their feelings for one another. During candlelight drinks in Booth’s apartment later that night, Brennan asks Booth if they can try to be a couple once he’s worked out his anger issues, and Booth sweetly asks her to write down when she thinks they’ll be ready for a relationship and burn it in the fire with him. Why? Because when he was a kid, when he really really wanted something, that’s what he’d do, so his wish would come true. Sigh! We think these two were more ready than they thought. (And that wish sure did come true!)

7. The team bids Vincent farewell, “Hole in the Heart,” Season 6

Hole in the Heart (c) FOX

(c) FOX

Sniff. This episode is always a tearjerker: we didn’t want to say goodbye to Mr. Nigel-Murray. He was full of useful (and useless) facts, and endeared us with his propensity for babbling and the pleasure he took in his boundless knowledge. Plus, apparently he was clever with ribbons, and we all wanted to know what that meant. Sadly, a rogue sniper from Booth’s Ranger days mistakenly took out our favorite English weirdo, and it forced our whole team to do some soul-searching. (Some of that soul-searching may have been done in bed for a certain duo, ahem.) Quietly, the team comes together to say goodbye to Vincent as they load his casket into the hearse that will take him home to England, sharing facts about him they loved. Brennan mentions that Vincent’s favorite song was Harry Nilsson’s “Lime in Da Coconut,” and Sweets manages to corral everyone into a singalong to send Vincent off. It is sweet and heartbreaking, all at once.

8. Booth and Brennan bring Christine home for the first time, “Prisoner in the Pipe,” Season 7

Prisoner in the Pipe (c) FOX

(c) FOX

Remember what we said about that soul-searching? Well, nine months later, in spite of her best efforts to plan ahead and be in control of her own delivery, Brennan goes into labor with her and Booth’s baby in the middle of a prison they’re investigating, and their daughter is finally born in a barn (you read that right) when they run out of time to make it to a hospital. They bring her home that night, only to be surprised by the team gathered at their brand-new house to deliver meals and welcome baby “Stapes” to the family. It is so heartwarming to see everyone embrace little Christine Angela Booth, and support Booth and Brennan in this next chapter of their lives. This is why this show is so great: the entire cast adds so many layers to the story, and we’re so glad the squint family continues to expand to this day.

9. Brennan proposes to Booth, “The Secret in the Siege,” Season 8

The Secret in the Siege (c) FOX

(c) FOX

After years of maintaining that she didn’t feel the need to get married, Brennan spends part of season 8 re-evaluating her position on the institution, which comes to a head in the finale. Booth is nearly shot thanks to everyone’s favorite psychotic hacker/serial killer’s latest ploy, and Brennan decides there’s no time like the present to make an honest man out of him, because you never know when it could all be over. As much as Booth has teased her the previous two seasons about popping the question, Brennan’s actual proposal is heartfelt and personal — she even brings him a bag of beef jerky in lieu of a traditional engagement ring, because there’s nothing Booth loves quite like dehydrated meat products. Brennan wears her heart on her sleeve, and Booth is so happy he looks like he’s about to float off into the sky. We like to pretend the episode ended right here, and nothing at all devastatingly awful happened ten minutes after this scene ended.

10.  Booth and Brennan’s wedding, “The Woman in White,” Season 9

The Woman in White (c) FOX

(c) FOX

It was the moment fans had been waiting for for nine seasons! After one broken engagement and one very real engagement following the demise of their latest foe, Booth and Brennan’s big day finally arrives! Only there’s nothing like a murder investigation, a church fire and a ruined tuxedo to put a damper on the mood. Nonetheless, the squints band together to execute Plan B, so our favorite crime-fighters can tie the knot for real. What better place to say “I do” than on the very spot where Booth and Brennan decided to become partners, in the Jeffersonian gardens? The ceremony is beautiful, and full of all kinds of nods to the show’s history: from visiting family members like Pops and Parker, to the return of Cyndi Lauper’s psychic Avalon Harmonia to serenade the happy couple down the aisle, to Booth and Brennan’s actual vows that called back to the series’ most treasured moments, it’s obvious the characters, and the writers, put a lot of care into crafting this episode. It’s got to be one of the most perfect chapters in Bones’ history, and we’re so glad we got to be part of it from our living rooms.

What are your favorite moments from the past nine seasons? What are you looking forward to in season 10?

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8 Responses to Happy Birthday BONES!

  1. Cassidy says:

    I know I helped with this but… one moment I love that isn’t here: the coma dream/that book. It is such an overlooked but important moment in Brennan’s evolution… I adore how there is more to it than just the entertainment factor.

    It’s a fantastic love letter to the fans and from Brennan to everyone she loves, including the man on that bed.
    (Plus, the clothes are awesome.)

    • Nels Nels says:

      Oh man, the coma dream episode deserves an essay of its own, for a million different reasons. It was a tough choice! Maybe we need to do a top 10 post every week…

      • Cassidy says:

        Maybe we do! Everything is prettier with images, haha. There are so many things to talk about!

        I mean, we went from 190 episodes to 10 moments within those episodes. It’s hard and lots of things are missing. 😛

  2. EL says:

    Loved this. Thanks. And yes please more top 10’s. Another favorite is the final scene in Death in the Saddle about ‘the real thing’.

    • Nels Nels says:

      Ha, we’ll have to think about that! Really, we could come up with top 10 lists for everything and somehow involve every episode of the series.

    • Cassidy says:

      That’s a fantastic soliloquy. We definitely love it! There were so, so many great moments we wanted to include and narrowing it down to ten was hard!

      There are probably going to be many Top 10s in the future! We loved doing this one. Stay tuned. 🙂

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