A review of tonight’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine double feature coming up just as soon as we use the crude Americanization of the word “bologna”…
The one silver lining of that frustrating hiatus in the middle of the best Brooklyn season to date is that Fox had a lot of extra episodes to play with when the show finally returned, and with The Mick having aired its finale, we’ll be getting two Brooklyns every Tuesday for the next few weeks. I haven’t seen the remaining four episodes, but the two tonight were a lot of fun, and offered up two distinct flavors of the series.
“Cop-Con” was your big ensemble piece, with all the characters in the same place, and mostly involved in the same story. (Though Amy and Gina branched off to assist in a rare Scully-centric subplot.) A spiritual sequel to season two’s “Beach House,” it both gave us another chance to see the detectives to cut loose away from work, and to see the one area of tension that still exists between them and their otherwise beloved captain. This one sprinkled in a bit of The Hangover, as Jake and the others had to piece together the events of the night before to figure out where Holt’s laptop was, and the conclusion — Holt realizing he should’ve supported the party, because his guys needed it after the year they’ve had — felt earned from stories across the entire season.
“Chasing Amy,” meanwhile, was a more traditionally structured A-B-C story episode, with very strong Jake/Amy relationship spotlight at the forefront. Brooklyn has very gracefully disproved the whole “happy couples ruin shows” nonsense, doing stories about their relationship only when there’s a good idea (like their competition to see whose apartment they would move into), and otherwise just letting it be a fact of life for the squad. Jake going full Will Graham and turning himself into Amy so he could figure out where she went was an idea Andy Samberg went to town with, while Amy’s anxieties — savagely beating the microwave with her baton, obsessively braiding and unbraiding her hair — played to Melissa Fumero’s comic strengths. Santiago is that most useful of sitcom creatures: the sane straight man character who’s equally good being a hot mess when the story calls for it. Jake and Amy will never be a traditional couple, but stories like this neatly illustrate why they’re well-matched: not only could Jake find out where Amy was, but he knew to bring in a lot of uniform cops (most of them IBS sufferers) to distract her during the practice test, and she in turn understood instantly that he was going to attempt a Die Hard stunt with the firehose.