I missed watching the re-airing of this episode on Wednesday, only ended up catching the last few minutes. Unfortunately, I found their use of 'Fat Pam' still grated on me.
On one level, the final scene was exciting -- Booth taking a bullet, Brennan staunching the flow of his blood with her hands, pleading with him to hold on. That's big.
On the other hand, the character Fat Pam... *shakes head* First off, the name is immeasurably insulting, even though they tried to 'explain' it by using it as proof of the deceased character's rudeness (perhaps trying to justify his horrible death). And she was a 'crazy fat girl' stereotype, not a true portrait of a troubled woman who has finally snapped. I didn't believe in her sudden switch from the singer to Booth. I didn't believe in her instant obsession with him. It wasn't sinister and frightening (as it could have been, if done differently); it felt too over the top.
It felt as if she were merely a vehicle used in order to have that final shocking scene in which Booth gets shot.
Also, I struggle with the moment that Brennan shoots Pam. One shot. No emotion. Sure, she was completely focused on Booth in the moment, but she's not that accomplished as a markswoman, not like Booth the sniper. She could have missed and hit one of her colleagues. Plus, the first time she ever shot and killed anyone, she was completely rattled (Blonde in the Game). Afterwards, she was visibly troubled by the turn of events.
This time... nothing.
Watching it disturbed me because she shot the woman point blank in the neck. It was vicious, startling, and horrifying. I can see why they wouldn't have done anything with that in the moment because there were only seconds left in the episode and she needed to be focused on Booth. Of course I understand that. But the next week there was nothing to indicate it had even bothered her one bit. Sure, she's logical, she's able to 'compartmentalize' (or says she can), but this felt bigger than that. And they didn't address it.
Just like they didn't really address what happened to Booth. He took a bullet for Brennan. She had his blood on her hands. Everyone was traumatized by the events of that episode. Brennan was almost assassinated in front of them, and a colleague (Booth) ended up shot. And for a second, they didn't know if Pam would turn the gun on Brennan next, or any of the rest of them, for that matter. It makes me enormously sad to watch the final scene of this episode now, knowing there was no solid emotional follow-up to this impactful moment in all these characters' lives. Instead, in the next episode it became the punchline of bathtub silliness between Booth and Brennan. Not to mention, a ridiculous reason to keep Sweets around, forever pushing their 'relationship' and reminding them how 'passionate' their feelings are for one another. Not subtle. Not good. That makes me weary and disappointed.
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