With any TV show, the first episode following an “event” episode is always tricky. Not only are you coming off an emotional high point, but you quickly have to decide how the aforementioned “event” will affect the characters and the world they live in.
Last night’s episode of Bones was the first after the barn birth of Bones and Booth’s baby Christine. And, I say, one of the toughest episodes for the writers to tackle. The biggest issue — as I see it — was that much of the new baby thunder was stolen by the end-of-season birth of Michael, Angela and Hodgin’s son, last year. Obviously Christine was the higher profile birth here (for fans), but it also meant that some of the new parent storylines had already been claimed. (Michael can’t sleep, Grandpa wants to babysit, etc.) So how do you tackle introducing a second new baby in so many years? Here’s how they did it:
We picked up about six weeks into Christine’s new life as a mini-squint. (Yes, I’ve decided she’s like Brennan. She’s growing up listening to crime scene details, how can she not?!) And Brennan was dealing with separation issues. She ordered the daycare to send her pictures every half hour, had her mind on the baby several times a day (hey, let’s arrest someone — AND buy diapers!), and once she was home, sacrificed her own rest to hold Christine after being away from her for so many hours.
You might recall that we saw a hint of these separation issues from Angela and Hodgins in previous episodes (and some this week as well), but it seems that because these characters are so incredibly dissimilar, the same issues feel very different. And whereas it seemed almost natural to see Angela and Hodgins and doting parents, I felt like I was seeing a completely different side of Brennan. It was foreign — and endlessly refreshing.
Admittedly, I had my reservations about how it’d all work out. I loved the birth episode, but in many ways, that’s the easy part of this journey for this pair. Now, the fun begins.
What were your thoughts after seeing Bones and Booth’s first week as co-parents? (I almost wrote “first week as parents” but we mustn’t forget Booth also has Parker!) Did you feel the same way? And if not, how would you like to see things change?