|Reviews for The Meaning in the Episode|
| manicpixiedreamgurl chapter 9 . 5/13/2012
I really loved this chapter! I think it is one of my favourites! I loved the way you handled the Booth/Parker situation and the unique twist you added to the story by putting yourself and DB into it. Keep up the amazing writing!
| Lucy143 chapter 6 . 5/13/2012
Let him buy her a diamond ring!
| Lucy143 chapter 4 . 5/13/2012
Cute chap! Love it!
| Lucy143 chapter 2 . 5/13/2012
Please tell me this story will be longer than 13 chapters ( 13 episodes).
| Lucy143 chapter 1 . 5/12/2012
What a great story! Keep up the good work, please! :)
| SylviaAlexis chapter 5 . 5/11/2012
A wonderful chapter! Totally B&B behavior, their quarrels, and a baby! I really enjoy reading your story:)
| mef1013 chapter 9 . 5/10/2012
I almost fell out of my chair laughing. And I needed the laugh. The conversation between you and DB was inspiring. As far as the story itself...very realistic. Loved his punishment.
| yoshimi0701 chapter 9 . 5/3/2012
Another great chapter! Maybe I told you before I loved Booth and Parker interections on your works. This one, too. And can't stop grinning with the stuff of David and you!
| grandma bones chapter 9 . 5/3/2012
Parker’s Crime and Punishment
Those fine properties belong to Hart Hansen and Jamie Bergman, respectively. Lucky ducks.
Only you would say this. I would think it and wish but you are priceless. I especially love the way you let everyone know that DB belongs to Jamie. Oh so cute.
Catherine, this episode was really touching in many ways and the way you introduce us to The Story is also very different. Sometimes a new way of introducing a story is just the ticket and this was a good ride. I have friends who are like this particular relationship - we don’t see each other for a really long time but when we do see each other it’s like we have never been apart.
This was a surprise, "They're gonna kill me—" I chagrined, smirking and shaking my head. "Grrrrrrrrr!"
"Trust me," he said. "If any of them are serious about anything they write in their reviews of your work … they'll be back. The ones who don't come back were fickle to begin with and there's nothing you can do about that. Take it from me, Cat," he said, sagely.
He had a point. I folded. I already told you I was defenseless against this man's requests. Well, except parfor that one thing that involved broccoli. I don't do broccoli. For anyone.
I would be defenseless against that man…his eyes, his smile and his voice are an enormous drug that I can’t resist. Oops, did I just admit to having a bad case of DB/Booth madness. This first part really made me stop and examined how I would react. Interesting and surprising. Also anyone who reads your When and How will wait till the cows come home to read your writing. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I can wait for the next chapter and the next…you deliver and that is why your reviewers are so loyal.
The meat of your writing Catherine is in the details you give us….an example…Booth shrugs with one shoulder and a sideways tip of his head as he lazily makes gullies across a scoop of ice cream melting in his bowl. Sucking the chocolate off his spoon, he shoves it into the larger of two scoops as if planting a flagpole. He slowly pushes the bowl away and sits back, crossing his arms.
I laughed out loud with this comment…"Come on, Dad. I've never seen you push away a bowl of ice cream. Chocolate chocolate chip, no less. Do you have your period?" Once it's out of his mouth, Parker's face goes blank. It's almost as if he'd just said a four-letter fence word for the first time in front of an adult. Dangit, dangit, dangit, he curses himself. I'm guna get it now! He tells himself.
This is so typical of a boy his age. Laughing and laughing and that is good. The talk they have about the maturity movie and how things are going at school is also so real. You are in your element when you write about Parker. Plus you give the reader such a view of life in Booths world. Laughing again at the acronym for COOL. Ha, ha, ha…that is funny. And your lead in to Booth talking to Parker about what he did is excellent. Here is the perfect way to put a child at ease and then let them know what is up…."Parker?"
"Yeah?" Parker has gone back to polishing off his bowl before he'll have to use a straw to get at it all.
"What's buggin' me here, is that there's something not right about what happened today."
Parker looks up at his dad, a sloppy spoon halfway to his mouth. He lowers the spoon and begins to slowly stir his ice cream, scraping the spoon along the bottom of the stoneware bowl. He waits, looking down.
The discussion that follows is well paced and thought provoking for the parent and the child. As they talk with each other the question and answer, the way Booth leads Parker into looking at the way he went about creating the mobile for his sister and the methods he used are wonderful ways to help a child see how their actions affect others. Also you hit a home run when it comes to the trust issue. This in my opinion is the most wonderful part of the discussion. Trust is one of the most valuable assets a parent has with their child. Thank you for making this part of the conversation.
"Now. How do you think that looked to Bones and me? Oh, and pile on top of that the fact that she's a brand new mom and that's making her unpredictably emotional—and she thought maybe her baby was in danger. Which frightened her and confused her, because the Parker she's always known and loved would never, ever do anything like that. Ever."
"And I never would, Dad! You've gotta believe me!"
"I do believe you, son. I do. But even I was shocked and worried. And concerned, little man. I was really, really worried about you. I've missed you so much and I thought maybe I should have gone out to see you, or called more, or maybe I'd screwed up somehow—"
Here Booth let’s Parker know that he is so important to him but emphasizing how his actions were perceived by Temperance and by him. The next part where they discuss how he could have gone about asking for the items instead of using deception is another stroke of good parenting, which you probably use yourself. Fabulous. This statement by Parker let’s the reader know that the child feels safe, contrite, but willing to make amends.
"I really screwed up, didn't I, Dad?" Chagrins Parker.
"Your heart was in the right place, little man, but your method left a lot to be desired."
"I'm really sorry," he says, scooting back his chair and coming over to hug his father.
This simple but priceless hug says to Booth (and to the reader) that Parker understands and is ready to change his behavior.
Again a stroke of good parenting…."Is there going to be a punishment?"
"I don't know. Let's talk to Bones about it. See what she says." You are awesome in soothing the reader and helping them, no guiding them through sound principles of parenting. Bravo to you.
I love the way Parker accesses his own behavior …..Parker sighed. "I took things that didn't belong to me. I vandalized the things I took. I cut up several photos and left a mess in my closet. I disassembled a toy without asking Dad. I didn't tell the sitter where I was one time; it was only one time, I swear," he says, looking between Booth and Brennan. "And—I lied to Dad."
As Bones and Booth lead Parker to a fitting punishment, Bones is really in her element here. Character development is your specialty. Diaper duty is really a tough punishment for an 11 year old but it is interesting that he is the one who comes up with it.
The end of the story - returning to David and Catherine sprinkled with their own words of wisdom is helpful for the reader to close out this episode. A friendship that will stand the test of time and will warm the heart is a gift and you give that to us every time you write. Sorry this has been so long in coming. I am glad you wrote this piece. I was a little disturbed that they didn’t confront Parkers behavior in some way in the show but they just don’t have enough time. You are AWESOME and I appreciate your efforts every time you write. This was a surprise ep but one I am glad you wrote. Even if you wrote it for yourself, you still give us, the reader a big gift.
It’s really late here 1:02 a.m. - couldn’t sleep until I sent this off to you. Have a good writing day.
| daisesndaffidols chapter 9 . 5/2/2012
I like Booth and Parker's Father/Son time.. I wish the episode would've shown it..esp after not seeing eachother after 4 months. Good Job Moxie! Loved it
| Martreiya chapter 9 . 5/2/2012
wow! Amazing chapter, my dear! totally loved it! Nice way to show us what may happened after the last scene! I think it was perfect! :) and well that conversation with DB was great u know! it'd nice if we had him in our day life lol ... btw I'm pretty sorry about your dad, I really hope he gets better, my prayers for him and you, dear!
thanks again for sharing another wonderful story!:D ... looking forward to know about next chap! :)
| daniellejoy07 chapter 9 . 5/2/2012
Bow down to Queen Catherine! Just when you think you saw it all she breaks in front of the pack and produces this AMAZING chapter!
I loved your conversation with Mr. B; I think we all like to have one of them in our life time ;)
Can't wait to see what your wonderful mind comes up with for The Family in the Feud!
Amazing, wonderful, awesome job again Queen Catherine ]
| hillhappy chapter 9 . 5/1/2012
This was an incredibly fun chapter! It had Moxie panache all over it and I totally enjoyed it. I started reading you because you are engaging, true to character and funny. This vignette was all of those things with a flavorful twist: a conversation with a gorgeous man and our author! Props to you for sticking your neck out a bit with this variation from your norm.
I have no doubt that TWATH is still rumbling around inside your talented head, but IMO, we all need a break sometimes. We need something else to be fun and different until our energy has replenished. That is what I see in these chapters and I think it is great. We may be one the edge of our seat waiting for 201, but who says there is anything wrong with that?
Favorite lol? "Hello, pot?" I asked, pretending to pick up a phone and put it to my ear. "This is kettle. You're black." Love it!
| boneslover29 chapter 1 . 5/1/2012
Yet another wonderful chapter! You are amazingly talented and creative MoxieGirl and you never cease to amaze me! I especially loved the part with you and David lol! On a serious note, I'm sorry about your dad, my thoughts and prayers go out to you both. Keep your chin up and don't worry, your fans aren't going anywhere. In the words of Bones, YOU are our crack cocaine! ;) 3 B-OX. (And a few extra xxxxxxx's too!)
| devotedbangel chapter 4 . 5/1/2012
This is my favorite chapter so far. You are so right, the episode was wonderful and DB knocked it out of the park. But this chapter is even better to me!
What would Mom tell me about pregnancy? - This broke my heart. I remember when I was pregnant with my first child. I was only 19, but I was so glad to have my mom to turn to with questions and for support. I had my husband, but still...there is something about having your mother there.
Wow, I thought I was finally at a stage in life where I wouldn't feel I needed my mother anymore. I was wrong - Love this line. We are so used to seeing Brennan be this strong, independent woman. She can do everything on her own right? Wrong. Brennan puts up a good facade, but still, she is human and feels the same things that the rest of us do..she just does a good job of hiding it most of the time.
The whole conversation about the baby being able to hear them making love had me cracking up! Only because I can totally relate! LOL My hubby and I both felt that way too, silly as it may be. :P
Chicago? "If You Leave Me Now"? GAH! One of my absolute favorite bands plus one of my favorite songs! I was overjoyed that you included that in this fic. Seriously. I get excited over little things like that. PLUS...QUEEN? Another favorite. Steve Miller Band and England Dan & John Ford Coley are fabulous as well. I thank my Dad for raising me on this awesome music and well, thank you for putting them into this fic. I squeed. :)
Again, you are so descriptive..like with the Barber Shop memory of Booth's. I could picture everything in my mind. I just adore your writing. Every chapter draws me in and holds me captive until the end. I can't wait to read more.