Booth and Brennan finally got married in the Monday, Oct. 21 episode of "Bones" season 9, episode 6, "The Woman in White," but it couldn't have been easy for them, not even after everything they have been through to get to this point. No, there had to be some drama and a case.
The big "Bones" wedding we've been waiting nine seasons for was, in two words, very "Bones." Getting married wasn't going to keep Brennan from working a case, at least at first, and in the end, "The Woman in White" was pretty much everything it needed to be. Yes, there was a case, but it was one that lacked any sense of urgency, meaning Brennan could focus on the wedding if she so chose—and as Angela demanded she do—without any guilt whatsoever. And because this case was such an old one, they didn't exactly spend that much time on it. In fact, the best part about the case (and really, the only really interesting part) was watching the interns working together. But an episode like this demanded such a case, and what this show is good at doing is knowing when the case needs to be one that fades into the background.
Just like it should have, the wedding dominated the episode, dominated every scene, and dominated every conversation. Familiar faces returned for the event, with Aldo and Max standing out just for what they each had to say about the wedding. And as entertaining as it was to see Emily Deschanel's husband, David Hornsby, potentially marrying them, it was even better when he didn't and was only part of the opening scene. In the end, the right guy—Aldo—married them, just adding to the "rightness" of the ceremony. And yes, Max may be a criminal, may be a fugitive, but was there anything better than his threat if Booth hurt his daughter or him correcting Booth with "Dad"? Plus, we finally learned what Brennan had written to Booth when she and Hodgins had been buried alive.
The case As we stated above, the best part about the murder was everything that happened around it even as it was impossible to even really care about who had killed the poor girl. Of course they found out about the remains in the middle of the wedding rehearsal—"I do last rites, but I don't do murder," Father Harrow said when his phone rang after everyone else ignored their phones, and the poor guy also had to face Brennan bringing up her and Booth's sex life—but Cam called in the interns and put Dr. Edison in charge so the bride could focus on her wedding. But between her mani/pedi and hair appointments, she kept returning to the lab until Angela finally snapped her out of it and Brennan left them to work, leaving Dr. Wells to do Angela's job since he was qualified. "If he isn’t, we dismiss him," she pointed out. "No one likes him anyway."(Yes, Dr. Wells was still very annoying, but apparently there was something about him that Colin liked. No, we don't get it either.) The interns did solve the case—the victim had a letter that would have changed everything about Emily Dickinson, and the killer wanted her version to be the only one—but since the killer had suffered a stroke, she wasn't going to be arrested. The case was solved, and everyone—even the interns, whom Brennan invited after revealing she hadn't before because they were all single and she felt it would be unfair to watch her and Booth's joyous celebration—could focus on the wedding.
Worst. Friends. (and best friend) Ever. Hodgins started up a wedding pool as soon as they received news of the murder, arguing the case could have waited, but Angela wanted him to be positive and support Brennan. "I will be as positive as a proton," he promised, one of the best science-y lines of at least this season, even as he continued taking bets. Even Cam placed a bet at one point. However, Angela threw a wrench in his pool when she began planning the wedding herself after the church burned down, with everyone blaming Booth and Booth blaming Brennan's mother because she didn't want Max paying for the wedding with dirty money. "I have absolute faith in your absolute faith they should be married today," Hodgins told his wife. "If you build it, they will come." The wedding did happen, but someone did win that pool—Max. He knew they would get married that day.
Where did Max get that money? Booth discovered that Max had a bag that had obviously been buried filled with cash, and considering it was Max's, his first thought was it was dirty and he should worry about a SWAT team crashing the wedding. Could you blame him? But on the other hand, would Max really risk ruining his daughter's big day like that? The money was clean, and Max said all the right things throughout the episode. "I've never seen anything more right," he told Booth when he found him talking to Aldo at the church. "I'd be proud to call you my son." But where did the money come from if it was clean? One night in Vegas, he couldn't lose, and he buried because, you know, banks and bank robbers. Would you expect any other explanation from Max?
A glitch in the plan Everything seemed to be set. Parker had flown in and was going to be Booth's best man. Everyone was happy to see the couple finally getting married. Booth had received one last piece of advice from his priest (who would never escape being his priest): "What you and Temperance have, it's the reason we draw breath. You screw this up, and it'll be worse than any hell God can dream up for you." Booth, Max, and Aldo had lit a candle for Brennan's mother. The families were gathered for the rehearsal dinner and giving toasts, though Max had to clean his up a bit with Parker around (read the toasts below). And then Sweets interrupted with the bad news: the church was on fire. "Booth, you burned the church down?" Max asked. Everything seemed to go downhill from there, even as Angela began planning. Parker coughed up a very spicy breakfast on his tuxedo. Booth and Brennan were both worried about how the other was dealing with the wedding being postponed and what each wanted. And then, after talking to friends and family, they finally came together to talk about what they wanted. Brennan was so worried that Booth had wanted a church and had made calls trying to find one, but it turned out that didn't matter. "I would wear elephant tusks on my head and have a squirrel monkey do the wedding ceremony if that's what you wanted," he told her. They had waited long enough. The wedding was back on.
The wedding With only 30 minutes notice, the interns had no choice but to wear clothes from the History of Fashion exhibit (and it looked like Hodgins did as well, though that was probably by choice considering he had been invited well ahead of time). "I've been ready for years," Booth told Sweets, and with that, Max walked Brennan down the aisle as Avalon sang "At Last." Before he gave her away, he had one last thing to tell Booth: "It's my fatherly duty to tell you that if you do anything to hurt my girl, I'll kill you." Oh, and no more "Max." It's "Dad." After Brennan made sure the gesture wasn't one man giving a woman away to another like property, Aldo began, and he wasn't about to let anything else get in the way of this marriage. "If anyone here has any reasons why these two shouldn't be married, keep it to yourself or get out because this is going to happen," he warned the guests. Booth and Brennan wrote their own vows (read them below if you were too busy crying through them to catch everything), and with that, Aldo pronounced them. Brennan was ready for the kiss, while Booth argued that Aldo hadn't said to yet. "As usual, she's right," his ex-priest reminded him. With that, Booth and Brennan were married, and as for what happened after? "Everything that happens next," Brennan said.
Hank, Max and Marianne's toasts
Hank: "You're a lucky man, shrimp. You found a woman who's willing to stand up to you and call you on your crap. [Booth: "My what?"] You can be stubborn, and if she's willing to stick around and try to civilize you, then you better listen and make adjustments, because that's love."
Max: "When I was on the run, trying to stay alive, which wasn't easy…"
Marianne: "Seeley, what you have here is the final piece of the puzzle. It's what's going to make you whole. Tempy is the woman that I always wished I could be and the one that every mother always prays that her son will find."
Booth and Brennan's vows
Booth: "You know, I worked really, really hard on my vows, but you know, now that we're here—look, hey, do you remember the last time that we were here, standing right around this spot? It was right in the beginning, before we really knew each other. I was trying to get away from you, because you were irritating me, and you chased me down and you caught up to me. I said to you, 'Listen, I just have to get all my ducks in a row,' right, and then you said to me, [Brennan: "I can be a duck."]. Yeah. We had been chasing each other for a long time, been chasing each other through wars and serial killers and ghosts and snakes and chasing you has been the smartest thing that I have ever done in my life and being chased by you has been my greatest joy. But now, we don't have to chase each other anymore because we caught each other."
Brennan: "When Hodgins and I were buried alive, we each wrote a message to someone we loved, in case our bodies were ever found. Hodgins wrote to Angela, and I wrote to you. [She takes out the letter] 'Dear Agent Booth, you are a confusing man. You are irrational and impulsive, superstitious and exasperating. You believe in ghosts and angels and maybe even Santa Claus, and because of you, I've started to see the universe differently. How is it possible that simply looking into your fine face gives me so much joy? Why does it make me so happy that every time I try to sneak a peek at you, you're already looking at me? Like you, it makes no sense, and like you, it feels right. If I ever get out of here, I will find a time and a place to tell you that you make my life messy and confusing and unfocused and irrational and wonderful.' This is that time, this is that place."
"Bones" season 9 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on FOX. What did you think of episode 6, "The Woman in White"?