What fantastic character. I remember when he was first introduced in The Secret in the Soil during season 3. He was on the nerdy side, and always fell victim to jokes about his young age. Booth gave him a hard time in a big brother type of way and Brennan discounted every word he said solely because it was psychology. But Sweets didn’t care. He applied the concepts of psychology to fully understand Booth and Brennan as individuals and subsquently as partners. He knew them better than they knew themselves at that point.
Obviously, over time, their relationships grew. Booth’s age jokes still rang out and Brennan was still skeptical, but they became best friends. The interrogations, the moments in the field and in the lab were all key pieces to building the great relationships that Sweets had with Booth and Brennan as well as Cam, Angela, Hodgins, and the squinterns. From seasons 3-9 they really did become a family.
On September 25th, 2014 I sat on the futon in my dorm room gearing up for the start of another season of Bones. BOOTH IS IN JAIL they told us. BRENNAN’S TRYING TO CLEAR HIS NAME they told us. Little did we know, that episode had way more in store for us. The last ten minutes of the episode came up quick, as always. Booth was out of jail and I was feeling good. HAHAHAHAHAHA WHAT A JOKE THOUGH. I’ve never seen an episode take such a drastic turn.
As Booth and Brennan crouched over Sweets on the ground while on the verge of death I was having flashbacks of the passing of the ever-so-hilarious Vincent Nigel Murray (may he rest in peace). TEARZ WERE ALSO FLOWING BUT I AM NOT GOING TO GET INTO THAT RIGHT NOW. I thought: “No they COULDN’T. No they WOULDN’T. THERE’S NO WAY THEY’RE GONNA KILL A MAIN CHARACTER IN THE SEASON PREMIERE.”
I was wrong. I think we were ALL wrong. Sweets had died. Bones just killed a main character. What the FUCK just happened here? It was surreal. I saw what had just happened but I didn’t believe it. I didn’t believe it when it happened, I didn’t believe it when I saw Daisy crying, and I still didn’t believe it when Cam unzipped the body bag.
Bones is ten years old. Things change. The talented John Francis Daley changed. New opportunities to do what he loves arose, so he left. JFD gets to do what he loves and achieve his dreams and aspirations. Not a lot of people can say that. The character of Lance Sweets played a vital role in the development of Booth and Brennan’s relationship and elevated the show as a whole. Those moments with Sweets and Christine? MANY SOBS. The fact that he will never get the chance to meet his son? EVEN MORE SOBS. While we mourn the exit of Sweets, I ask you to do one thing:
Shut the fuck up and move on. No seriously. Keep all of the Sweets memories tucked away in your brain and clear a spot for NEW CHARACTERS. And by new characters I basically mean Special Agent James Aubrey. Sure he may look like Sweets a little bit if you close both eyes, tilt your head to the left, and stick out your tongue, BUT HE’S NOT SWEETS. If you are spewing massive amounts of shit on Twitter about how Aubrey replaced Sweets, or how he interrogates people more often than Booth, then fucking stop watching the show. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT THEN STOP.
Sweets was a good guy. Memories were made, laughs were had, Lime in the Coconut was sung, but it’s time to move on.
SO if you or a loved one is suffering from Post Traumatic Sweets Disorder, PLS get over it and accept new things.
Demily is not real