Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 Episode 17/18 Review

***Spoilers Ahead***



Brooklyn Nine-Nine works well when the cast isn't divided and thrown into separate plot bubbles. Don't get me wrong, the series can do both types of episodes very well, but in most cases, an episode works a lot better when the whole cast is in one place (see Season 1's "The Party" and Season 2's "Beach House"). Cop-Con is similar to the episodes mentioned as the characters all get something to do in the same setting.

There's nothing particularly original about the character hiding a party from Holt or waking up from hangovers, both are scenarios that 9-9 has already tackled. The twist in this episode is that Holt's promotion is on the line. The episode ends on a somewhat sour note as Holt's presentation ends up being sabotaged by his arch-nemesis (who is not Wunch) all because of how careless the squad was. It's really kind of sad that Holt couldn't get a win and even worse that no one seemed to mind that they jeopardized Holt's reputation and the entire precinct. The mini-resolution itself is a watered-down version of "Beach House" as Holt doesn't end up being mad about not getting his promotion, but mad that he wasn't invited to the party. 

While the ending might be a bit of a downer, that doesn't stop the episode itself from being great. Boyle's obsession with Jake's new robot best friend is just completely hilarious. I also liked the way Terry, Jake, and Charles had to retrace their steps to figure out what happened the night before. Again, this is well-trodden material in the sitcom world, but little tidbits like Jake getting put on fire or Boyle breaking Jake's robot in an act of jealousy is what gives it more comedic depth and makes everything worthwhile. 

Meanwhile, Scully actually gets some time in the spotlight. It only makes sense that Scully would get back in the dating game after his wife (or dog) passed away, and it's also great that Scully is actually utilized in an episode without having to rely on Hitchcock. The story itself is nothing new, we've all heard of the story where the odd goofball guy finds a woman exactly like him, but I did enjoy the twist that Cindy didn't want an overly confident Scully, but just the weird and clammy version.

"Cop-Con" isn't an episode that tries to be original, but it is one that's thoroughly enjoyable. The change in setting is admirable after having the bulk of recent episodes take place in the precinct. It definitely takes a page from previous "party" episodes and it's an episode that showcases how talented the ensemble cast really is.

Grade: A-

Chasing Amy


Despite airing back-to-back, "Chasing Amy" is the antithesis to "Cop-Con". This episode is a return to an A, B, and C plot, but nothing really works and is nowhere near as funny as the installment that aired a half-hour before it. I am fine with episodes without any police work, as long as the squad is away from the precinct, it's kind of ridiculous to have a precinct-based episode without any crime to solve or perp to catch.

The A-plot features Amy mysteriously disappearing as Jake & Rosa attempt to find her and get her to the sergeant's test before it's too late. It's not a bad synopsis, but in a show that focuses on crime, it would have been much more intriguing if Santiago had been kidnapped or caught up in some other sort of crime. Nevertheless, I do have to give props to the writers for their great continuity. I love how they alluded back to Season 1's "The Bet" when Jake finally found Amy, it's a nice touch and it proves how consistent this show is. Also, Rosa's Amy voice was easily the best part of the whole story, if not the episode. 

The B-plot is probably the most interesting of the three stories. Terry & Holt are a solid pairing and their debate over whose train set is better is buoyed by Holt's obliviousness to the fact that kids don't want a drab, colorless train set. Ultimately, both are proven wrong and have to understand that no one really cares about their passion. It's nothing exciting and it's a bit strange that Holt would abandon his job just to work on making a toy, but it's fairly amusing in a drab episode.

The C-plot is definitely the least interesting. Boyle is a great character, but the running gag of how lame his family is never really worked in the first place, and is just getting old now. The whole thing felt like a retread of an earlier season 4 episode where Gina and Boyle talk about the Boyle family vacation and that plot wasn't very amusing either. Charles as a character is great,  but his family (aside from his dad) doesn't add much to the series or his character. 

Ultimately "Chasing Amy" isn't a great episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's an episode that doesn't have any action or anything intriguing. It'd be at the bottom of my list of episodes to re-watch. 

Grade: C

Thanks for reading my review of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Leave your thoughts on the episodes in the comment section below. Catch two all-new episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine next Tuesday, 8/7c, on FOX. 

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