'Bones' Fan Columnist: Dr. Catherine Bryar: Here to Stay or One-Episode Stint?
'Bones' Fan Columnist: Dr. Catherine Bryar: Here to Stay or One-Episode Stint?
The most recent episode of Bones, "The Predator in the Pool" introduced us to a new character, Dr. Catherine Bryar of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Played by Rena Sofer, Dr. Bryar is a new love interest for Booth.   

I guess we all knew it was coming sooner or later, right?  Booth said he had to move on when Brennan turned him down in the 100th episode, and in "The Death of the Queen Bee," he told Sweets he already had a date planned.  I'm still not sure if he was lying or not, but, you get my point.  

Now, I'm going to do something rather unprecedented here.  I will attempt to put aside my "shipper-ness"  to give an objective evaluation of Dr. Bryar in terms of her being a good fit for Booth.  Well, here I go!  

So, I suppose I have to say that I did like Dr. Catherine Bryar in that she made Booth happy, and that is something I really wanted for him after the conclusion of the 100th episode.  Moreover, she and Booth seemed to have that same instant chemistry that he and Brennan had when they first met.  

I mean, Booth had that dazed sort of doe-eyed look on his face and was backing up into things because he was so focused on Dr. Bryar that he didn't notice they were there.  He practically couldn't keep his eyes off of her.  If that doesn't say new love interest, then I don't know what does.   

Now, what is interesting about Dr. Bryar is that she has a very direct, kind of go-getter personality.  She seems to really know what she wants in terms of relationships, which is kind of unlike Dr. Brennan.  Although they are both women of science, Dr. Bryar seems more willing to open her heart than Brennan.  Also, I'm pretty sure she's more caught up on pop culture. 

But, back on the subject of being a go-getter, having the audacity to just walk into Booth's office and ask him out on a date further proves my previous point: Dr. Bryar wants Booth and is not afraid to show it.   

Perhaps this is good for Booth.  He knows what he wants.  He wants someone who is going to love him and care for him for 30, 40, or 50 years.  It does seem pretty much impossible that the person to do this for him would ever be Dr. Bryar, but I ultimately think Booth needs someone who knows what they want, and, unfortunately, Brennan isn't there yet.    

Now, I must address something that struck me as odd while watching this episode.  I know that they do have their differences, but didn't some of the similarities between Dr. Brennan and Dr. Bryar jump out at you?  For instance, perhaps subconsciously, Booth was picking a sort of replica of Brennan.   

Dr. Bryar is a scientist just like Brennan.  She and Brennan are both very beautiful.  They both have similar physical features like the fact that they both have brown hair, bluish-green eyes, and are very skinny.  Perhaps I am way off base here given that I am a little bit out of my element at the moment, but it's just one of those things that seemed to jump out at me.  

Now, conversely, I found myself wondering what Dr. Brennan could possible see in Hacker.  Yes, I know he is a nice guy, but I constantly find myself feeling bad for him given his ever-present awkwardness.  Maybe she too is trying to find a replacement for Booth.  I guess his boss is a pretty good start, right?  

Ok, so that ends my attempt at objectiveness.  Wow, was that hard!  Now onto bigger and better things for all of us Booth and Brennan shippers out there.  First up, if you didn't like this episode and/or especially didn't like Booth and Brennan seeing other people, don't fret.  There's nothing to worry about. 

Rena Sofer has said that, while she thoroughly enjoyed working on Bones, her loyalties lie with NCIS.  Specifically, as reported on Bones Spoilers Blog, she said, "I only want to recur on NCIS!" Ok, fine by us.  Moreover, in response to fans ready to give up on Booth and Brennan ever getting together and asking for reassurance, Hart Hanson tweeted, "The whole SERIES should be a reassurance! How many hints do I have to drop?"  

So, I don't know about you, but I feel pretty good.  As I have said before, it's all in the details.  I mean, what about that Angela and Hodgins scene in Angela's office?  Pretty good stuff, right?  If I had to choose one good thing about this episode it would be that it is further evidence that Booth and Brennan belong together and perhaps need a little bit of jealousy to give them that much needed push in the right direction.   

Well, what do you think?  Did you like Rena Sofer's character?  What kind of impact do you think she had on the professional and personal relationship between Booth and Bones?  Leave a comment below! 

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-Nicole Bessette, BuddyTV Fan Columnist