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So, I've been thinking, not very coherently I might add, about how Show is shaping up after 3 episodes. The new item is of course Booth and Brennan TOGETHER all the time, or not as it turns out. I have things going round in my head about the couple thing which refuse to sort themselves into any rational conclusions. so this is going to be a bit of a blurt of randomosity.

First I was thinking about the cases so far and the opportunities they presented that were either caught or missed by a margin. The title of the first one promised much, but delivered less. Whose memories were in the shallow grave and was the shallowness of the grave relevant? I have gone sub-texty here because that's where I think SHOW has missed a golden opportunity.

Memory is a painful subject for the victim as well as Brennan and Booth. She had lost hers, and started a new life. To me, she looked like Christine Brennan/Ruth Keenan, and like her, she left a good life married to a pillar of the community behind and became a criminal. It cost her her life because she trusted someone and he betrayed her. There was a hint of this in Brennan's words when Cam asked her if she was all right and she made a remark along the lines of envying Claire because she got the chance to start fresh and leave the bad life behind (assuming it was unhappy). Brennan herself, as well as her mother, had to start a new life when she went into foster care and indeed would have to start fresh over and over again when she moved from family to family. Those memories are clearly painful for her (she never talks of a positive experience in the system) and it seems to me she has remained distrustful of family and long term commitment even when it is with someone she has known for seven years and loves. (she told him!)

So, her unwillingness to share, or to simply change living arrangements, is understandable. It takes Angela as BFF to point out that the memories she has of family don't have to be what directs her in the future. There is a new life within her, and even if Booth is not sharing her apartment, someone else is and that someone means she will never be alone again. This concept could have been further developed in a longer conversation but bullets are rendered and the opportunity is lost.

Frequently, like here, Angela says something really insightful of Brennan and we do not get Brennan's views on the accuracy of her assessment. I'm sure we feel that Angela is right, but it would be comforting to know that Brennan does have an inner monologue beyond data and anthropological examples based on a study of the Iroquois. Furthermore, it is Angela that speaks to her about this, not Booth. When she sees Booth again and agrees to living together in one place she says it was Angela's words that convinced her, not Booth. Of course, the arrangement will be on her terms, her money, her choice. Booth can fall into line please.

That learned behaviour of self reliance is very hard to unlearn and however willing she is to accept that she and Booth are together, they are not equals, which is what Booth wants. Some would say that Booth is willing as long as he gets what he wants i.e. to be the provider, which is patently silly because she is a millionaire and he is an FBI agent.

Still, Booth has his memories too, and their part in the case revolve around his gambling. In his personal life they revolve around his own family background. However, he at least tells Brennan that he wants to be different from his father even though it's dragged out of him because he didn't think she would understand why that is important to him. She doesn't, because she knows that each person is an individual, not a clone. What she has missed is the need Booth has to be reassured. She never really reassures him just tells him she knows he is not his father.

Booth's gambling issues were clearly meant to be the memory that was being dug up. How shallow is his addiction buried? It has never really come up as a problem for the last seven years yet it is still within him and he resists Sweets' curiosity to know more. All it really does is provide knowledge of codes so that the murderer's motive can be identified. It doesn't affect his relationship with Brennan the way her reluctance to talk to him about her fears or worries does. In the end, they are together in Booth's bed, he watching football rather loudly, she checking out houses on line.

They may have been living together for five months, but I wonder what they have been talking about all that time. Brennan is nothing if not thorough and I am surprised she has let such an ad hoc arrangement continue until there is only four months of the pregnancy left. They don't seem to have bought anything or set up a nursery or do any of things new parents would be doing by this stage. Anyway, new memories are being made now, ones involving the three of them - and possibly Parker although Booth seems to have forgotten about him.

The second episode, while gross, presented further evidence of Brennan still feeling uncomfortable about privacy and intimate behaviour. Blurting out the sex of the child to Hodgins rather than Booth is thoughtless at best and selfish in the extreme. Booth takes it well though and while they were at loggerheads over where to live, he seems almost equivocal about missing the ultrasound appointment because Brennan thought he wasn't interested in the medical ie scientific aspect of parenting. She did show him the DVD though. I think the emotional aspects are still passing her by, which is a poor choice on Show's part because they are compartmentalising the pair into brain and heart when it just doesn't work like that. Is Brennan excited by the prospect of having a daughter? Does she want to share her feelings with us? Anytime soon would be nice.

Interestingly, this case was also able to feed into the coupledom because the victim was a young woman who had become pregnant and therefore was unable to fulfill her job as a competitive eater with the mega bucks available in Japan. The competition organiser pushed her in a fit of pique. It's rather simplistic to make the connection to Brennan, but Show seemed to want to do that.

The third episode continued on the theme of parenthood with the case revolving around toys. By this stage I think we get the pattern thank you. Also, the two of them seem to be permanently established at Booth's apartment and the domesticity is palpable. Brennan is now the little woman waiting for Booth to come in from work. He's all 'honey, I'm home' and pouring himself a well earned scotch (love the retro drinks cabinet) while telling her the woes of the case and work. They are not together all the time. Daisy and Sweets are out in the field with Booth (I am glossing over the way those two were used because.... *shudders*). Booth is not dropping into the lab to see how Brennan is or taking the opportunity to chat with Angela, or Cam, or bond with Jack. He's stuck with Sweets.

All in all, it's early days and the show is trying to be true to the characters while allowing us to see how the change in the partnership is working out. They are so used to writing UST however I sometimes think they have no idea how to resolve it satisfactorily all the time. Still, the two protagonists have never been in a relationship like this before - not even Booth as we don't know how involved he was with Rebecca when she was pregnant with Parker. Did she turn down his proposal and show him the door? That is a memory I would like to know about. Also, why have they not referred to Brennan's previous forays into parenthood be it the thinking behind using Booth's 'stuff' or the way she felt about Andy. These people do have a past, it's just sometimes Show fails to use it.
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