I’m watching “Bones” on Netflix, starting at the beginning… I watched some episodes all the way through season seven, and some in season ten, but it’s been so long since I saw the first two seasons, and I forgot about some specific parts.

In season one we’re introduced to Temperance Brennan, who is so distant and emotionally cut off from everyone around her.  She’s oblivious, she doesn’t understand pop culture references, she’s extremely focused on her work.  She’s presented as an outsider, as someone difficult to work with.  No one else in the show seems to understand Brennan; those she works with respect her but Brennan is the kind of person who doesn’t make connections easily.

In episode 02x03 (after Camille Saroyan takes over as head of forensics at the Jeffersonian):

Brennan: “I can’t work like this!”

Saroyan: “Are you telling me I should start looking for your replacement?”

Angela: “Dr. Saroyan, I don’t want to be overly dramatic or anything, but if you lose Brennan, you lose us all.”

Saroyan: “Really?”

Angela: “Really.  And Booth, too.”

And shortly after that:

Saroyan: “Booth, if Dr. Brennan were to quit… if she were to leave the Jeffersonian…”

Booth: “Well, the squints would flee this institution like the French army.”

Saroyan: “And you?”

Booth: “I do as I’m ordered.”

Saroyan: “No you don’t, Seeley.”

Booth: “Okay, here we go.  What’s going on, Camille?”

Saroyan: “What if I fired her?  What would you do?”

Booth: “I’m with Bones, Cam.  All the way.  Don’t doubt it for a second.”

This is what I love.  I love when stories present such development and such community-building that makes it possible for someone seen as an outsider, someone awkward and strange, someone they respect but aren’t sure how to approach, to be the heart they rally around.

It gives me hope.