OK, so this scene has been giving me a lot of feelings for over two weeks now, and I had to get them out.
Consider this a sneak peek at the next recap, whenever I manage to post it in its entirety.
I think Booth and Brennan’s initial meeting In Mastodon in the Room is so interesting, because there are so many layers, and I think it reveals so much about what they’re really feeling, whether they realize it or not.
There is zero hesitation on Brennan’s part — unlike, say, their goodbye in the season 5 finale, which was all kinds of awkward. As soon as she spots him, she beams and walks as quickly as she can to grab him into a big bear hug, surprising him. (Maybe even herself?) It is clear from her expression that she couldn’t wait to see him again, and missed him.
Booth, on the other hand, seemed a little nervous, to me, to see her again, and shellshocked when she so easily grabs him. (Maybe because he’s suddenly reminded in the most obvious way possible of why he had to leave in the first place.) For a second, he’s not sure what to do, but then his reflexes take over, and he returns the hug, easing into it. For a second, he forgets why this is supposed to be awkward — that they haven’t seen each other in seven months, that they haven’t spoken in seven months, that the last time they saw each other he was hopelessly in love with her, that he has every right to be upset with her for breaking off contact, that he’s got a new girlfriend, that maybe he isn’t quite sure that those old feelings have truly subsided after all when he’s face-to-face with Brennan. He’s just happy to see her, plain and simple. That’s what it comes down to.
Except, then he remembers where he is, and who they are, and he breaks the hug, and it’s time to get back to the real world. We all get our moment of respite, the moment we’d all been waiting for since they broke apart at that airport, before we hit the ground running for season 6, and Booth and Brennan’s journey throughout it. That is a lot of subtext to pack into a 5 second timespan.
And why I love this moment so, so much.