Since she heard about it, Brennan wanted to be a part of the anthropological find in Indonesia. She was excited, distracted and longing to be a part of history, but she wasn't exactly packing her bags. She wanted to, but she wasn't. Then, she found out about Booth's offer to train soldiers in capturing and detaining terrorists. It would take him to Afghanistan for a year. Both seemed to want to pursue their other interests, but neither wanted to leave the other high and dry. Daisy may be annoying, but she was right about the holding each other back thing. Once Booth thought that Bones was definitely going to Indonesia, he decided to go to Afghanistan. And when Bones heard that Booth had decided to go to Afghanistan, she decided to definitely go to Indonesia. It was a classic case of holding each other back, but also not wanting to be there without the other.
So, now they're spending a year in different countries pursuing things that make them happy professionally. And while I think they both could use a break from the murder grind, I absolutely do not believe that either of them took the jobs to get away from their FBI/Jeffersonian work. Sure, Brennan wants to be a part of that find, but she decided to go because she needed to get away from Booth. She said as much herself when she told Angela that she needed to take a step back and re-evaluate her life objectively again (she wasn't specifically referring to Booth, but I think that's what she meant). The simple conclusion: she has feelings for Booth -- the same that he has for her -- but she's too scared to pursue them. Maybe she's hoping that their year apart will allow her time to get over those feelings and go back to working with Booth as a partner and viewing their relationship as such. Booth, on the other hand, knows what he wants -- he just can't have her. Perhaps, he hopes the distance will help him get over her.
In the end, though, I think this finale will prove to be the beginning of something more between them. I think Brennan will realize something while she's away from Booth: her feelings aren't going away as she wants. This is why this separation could be a very good thing for these two. I know one thing, that reunion on the reflecting pool in one year is going to be one hell of a scene! Let's just hope it happens when the new season starts in September.
And now, here is this week's edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:
THE GOOD: I'm optimistic, so I'm going with the time/distance Booth and Bones just put between themselves. I think it was the much-needed next step for their eventual relationship.
THE BAD: Watching the poor Jeffersonian crew having to wade through that crap hole of an apartment. Unbelievable!
THE UGLY: The entire apartment belonging to the hoarder/murder victim. Seriously, I'm so glad smell-i-vision hasn't been invented!
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