What’s the Deal With Booth and His Estranged Father? [Bones Character Recap]
With David Boreanaz (Booth)’s show-stopping Bones Season 7, episode 4 performance coming up, we’re mighty interested in all things having to do with the Booth dynasty.
Booth’s father first comes up in Season 4, when we learn that Booth II (with Hank [Ralph Waite] being Booth I) had a drinking problem. Then, in “Double Trouble in the Panhandle,” when Booth and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) aren’t busy figuring out who killed a set of conjoined twins (and posing as twang-talkin’ circus folk), we discover that Booth II was a barber when he wasn’t flying fighter planes in Vietnam.
In the very next episode, “Mayhem on a Cross,” Booth tearfully reveals that if it were not for Grampa Booth, our favorite FBI hero might have killed himself as a kid. And we’re talking a kid-kid, here, as Booth’s dad ran out when Booth was eleven years old.
Then comes Hank Booth himself, who at least partially blows the lid off the mystery behind Booth’s father in “The Foot in the Foreclosure” (Season 5) As it turns out, Hank walked in on his son (Booth’s father) beating his grandson (Booth). (Yeah, it gets confusing.) Hank summarily booted Booth II out of the house and warned him never to return. That’s how Booth earned the nickname “Shrimp,” which Hank calls him to this day — including, presumably, in this week’s episode!
So those are the broad strokes on Booth’s dad: an abusive alcoholic who probably had a tough time of it in Vietnam — and his having descended from John Wilkes Booth can’t help matters. We’ll admit that it’s not much, but then, Booth’s never exactly been forthcoming with information about his family.