“Bones” gets in the holiday spirit


Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t

watched last night’s episode of Bones, stop reading or don’t

blame me when I ruin the surprise. OK, are they gone? Great, cause we’ve

got to talk. So, was it good for you? The inevitable happened on Bones

last night as Brennan and Booth had their first kiss. The show’s Christmas

episode made good use of mistletoe for the silly yet surprisingly sweet


Sure, the kiss wasn’t exactly

passionate. Or romantic. Or done of their own free will. But Emily

and David Boreanaz

still played it off pretty perfectly, mixing stoic professionalism with

confused chemistry. And the gum thing was priceless.

In fact, I think it deserves

a second look. First, the setup.

Then the result.

But now that they’ve smooched,

will the show change? A big part of its charm has been Brennan and Booth’s

meets X-Files

sexual tension. Both those shows masterfully employed the will-they-or-won’t-they

tease … until they didn’t. Many critics consider the Maddie/David

consummation the jump-the-shark moment. And fans are still waiting for

proper Scully/Mulder kissage. When it comes to sexual tension, actually

having sex can totally kill the mood. Sure, shippers clamor for the

couplings. But once it happens, what is left to root for? There is a

reason fairy tales end with happily ever after.

Still, with Bones, I

think the show did a smart thing by teasing fans with a taste of Brennan

and Booth: The Couple, but leaving plenty of room for more. They still

have to have their first non-blackmailed kiss (no, I will not address

the ridiculousness of blackmailing a co-worker to kiss another for your

puckish amusement; I’m just going with it) and everything else.

So, do you like it when TV

couples finally get together? Where should Brennan and Booth’s

relationship go from here? And, most important, what kind of gum was


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