'Bones' 100th Season 5 Episode 16 Recap: 'I'm the gambler'

We're posting our recap of Bones' 100th episode early because it was so good, we don't want to wait any longer to discuss it. Fans in other time zones, come back once you've watched. We'll be here. Spoilers ahead...

Bones has a shaky track record when it comes to 'big' episodes. More than one season finale has polarized fans. But whether or not you understand why Brennan can't just open her heart and be with Booth already (more on that later), you have to love that the show was bold enough to go there, to have Booth tell her he wants to give them a shot, kiss her, and reveal that he knew from the beginning she was the one. I've watched those last three minutes probably close to 10 times now, and I think it's safe to say they are my favorite moments of the series. Here's what's so beautiful about that scene: We've long heard the producers say how something would happen in the 100th episode that would change the course of their relationship, and from decades of TV fanaticism, we know it's too soon for the destination to be coupledom. We've also read the Ausiello spoilers so we know who's being brought onto the show as a potential love interest. And yet, we were riveted. I couldn't believe what I was seeing: After all that's gone unspoken between these two (at least verbally, those Boreanaz looks of love are Swayze-level), he was finally expressing himself so simply and clearly. He wants to be with her. He doesn't care if the FBI would separate them. 'When you talk to older couples who, you know, have been in love for 30 or 40 or 50 years, alright, it's always the guy who says, I knew.I knew. Right from the beginning. I'm that guy. Bones, I'm that guy. I know. The devastation on his face (and near stumble) was heartbreaking when she responded, 'I am not a gambler. I'm a scientist. I can't change. I don't know how I don't know how.

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