A comedy in the title.Neun-Neun from Brooklyn, the crew at this precinct handle their criminals with an ease that's a refreshing change from increasingly dark and violent cop genre TV shows. His Hijinx inevitably leaves audiences in hysterics, which has led to its becoming one of the most popular sitcoms in recent years.
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Of course, not every episode of this show is as memorable as the countless Halloween heists the crew has been involved in. However, one could argue that each episode still has its merits, merits that make its audience ready to bring the Nine-Nine home to them again and again.
The Good Guys (8v1, 4.9) – Real issues, roster changes
season 8 ofNeun-Neun from Brooklynbegins with the team dealing with the reality of the coronavirus. Amy returns from her maternity leave and worries that her friendship with Holt has deteriorated in her absence, while Rosa leaves the force to become a private investigator and Jake helps Rosa with a private investigator case. Meanwhile, Charles tries too hard to empathize with the black community.
In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Covid-19 outbreak, this episode tackles a lot of serious issues. While this isn't the first time in the series, an extra level of sharpness is evident here.Rosa's decision to leave the policeIt's a great feature, and Jake's attempt to help her on a private detective case involving a wrongful arrest is handled well. Finally, Charles trying to prove that he's an ally is weird enough to be relatable.
The Return of the King (6x15, 6.4) - Gina returns and Rosa fights
In the fifteenth episode of season 6, Gina returns, having built a cult following since leaving Nine-Nine. Jake and Terry help her with the threats she has received, though they are rebuffed by her inability to keep in touch. Back at the police station, Rosa refuses Amy's help when she has to keep her hands bandaged, and Holt thinks Charles' son is a genius.
Gina's return to Nine-Nine is as weird and funny as audiences probably expected, even if it hasn't been long since her departure. Making her a cult figure is a nice twist and fits her character very well. While Holt and Charles's plans fall a bit short by comparison, Rosa's struggle to do everything with her bandaged hands is incredible.
The Set Up (8x6, 6.7) - Jakes gets into trouble and Nine-Nine comes to the rescue
This season 8 episode opens with the FBI receiving a bombshell from Jake. Believing there will be a second try, Jake goes against Holt's orders and investigates. When he subsequently arrests an innocent suspect, Jake and the department face legal proceedings. The Nine-Nine believe Union leader O'Sullivan is manipulating things and investigate his intentions.
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Jake's insistence that he's always right has always been a character flaw, but having Jake admit he was wrong at the end of this episode is a good move. Rosa and Amy always work well together, as the example shows when they get drunk together.
Blue Flu (8x3, 7.0): Attacking puts the Nine-Nine in trouble
In the third episode of season 8, the uniformed officers of Nine-Nine go on strike after an officer claims a restaurant put a rat in their food. Rosa is hired to conduct an outside investigation, while Amy tries to find more officers to work with, and Jake and Charles investigate the doctor who discharged everyone in uniform as sick.
Another outing with O'Sullivan's frustrating recurring character, John C. McGinley's brilliant performance probably does a lot to anger audiences. That said, the arrival of Scully/Hitchcock and the interplay of other precincts makes for a good subplot, and the day Rosa and Holt meet in a dark alley is hilarious.
He Said She Said (6x8, 7.0) - Hard Case, New and Old
In season 6 episode 8, Jake and Amy have to deal with a sexual assault case. Meanwhile, Holt is convinced that the Disco Strangler has escaped from prison, and Charles and Terry help him investigate.
Sexual assault is a serious matter.Neun-Neun from Brooklynit handles it surprisingly well. In particular, Rosa and Amy's argument about what is best for the victim (to keep the case or drop it to settle) is crucial and well handled. Likewise, Santiago's admission of similar unwanted sexual advances through a superior male situation proves the agency ofMelissa Fumero. Contrast this story with Holt's crazier story, which includesan always welcome review of Young Holt, conveys the usual lightness and still delves into the essentials.
Debbie (7x5, 7.2) - We Need to Talk About Debbie
guest starSNLVanessa Bayer, in her third and final appearance as the titular Debbie, season 7 episode 2, sees the team realize that Debbie has been stealing cocaine and guns from the police station. Rosa and Jake go undercover as dirty cops to find out who she's working for, while Amy and Holt read Debbie's journals for more information.
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Bayer's growing madness in this episode is definitely a highlight. Playing into that is a welcome character development for Rosa, who sees that she starts out not liking Debbie and ends up liking her for making mistakes and being shunned by her family (brilliantly played byStephanie BeatrizNaturally). The subplot isn't wasted either, because Amy and Holt are nerds together and are always good for a laugh.
Four Moves (6x4, 7.3) - A multi-layered goodbye to Gina
In this episode from the beginning of season 6, Gina tenders her resignation and prepares to leave Nine-Nine. The episode is then broken into four sentences by the episode title, each being Gina's farewell to various members of the department.
This farewell is as elaborate asGinny's Winning Halloween Heistand just as funny. While the third act with Jake is a bit strange, the first and second acts are very moving. Holt's concern for Gina is touching, as is his lesson in being himself to Amy. This all culminates in Act IV, where Ginny appears every day for the next week before leaving behind a golden statue of herself.
Gintars (6x10, 7.3) - Strange Family Trees and Fake Forensic Heroes
In season 6, episode 10, the biological father of Charles' adoptive son shows up and wants to meet. Charles doesn't want the two to meet, but Jake talks him into it. Elsewhere, Amy and Holt decide to hire a forensic anthropologist they love to help them with Rosa and Terry's case.
Holt and Amy's fangirl obsession with Dr. Yee is getting funnier, though their rude dismissal of Rosa and Terry is a bit out of character. By contrast, Jake and Charles' interactions with Gintars are fun, and Charles' justified anger at Jake for his interference in the situation is refreshing.
The Tagger (1x2, 7.5) - Sometimes trusts the psychic
In the second episode of season 1, this episode's A-story, Jake tracks down a tagger targeting police cars. When the tagger is the detective's assistant's son, Jake must decide whether or not to let him go. Elsewhere, Charles, Amy and Rosa work on a drug bust. When Gina enlists the help of a psychic friend, Charles becomes obsessed with her predictions.
The deputy commissioner's son is definitely the worst part of this episode, as he thinks he can get away with anything. Holt steps up to protect Jake, however, and it's a good early indication of his character and his relationship with his officers. Charles's obsession with the medium's predictions about the case and his life is also a great B-plot.
The Slump (1x3, 7.5) - Bad Times for Jake
In this episode, set at the beginning of the inaugural season, Jake tries to overcome a cold case slump. Meanwhile, Amy and Rosa run the district's youth program, but can't connect with the kids.
While Jake's growing crush is pretty funny, it's Gina who steals the screen in this episode. When Amy and Rosa turn down Gina's possible help, they both fail because of the children. Gina then takes control and succeeds in true Gina style, with dancing and deadpan honesty. Terry miserably trying to build a princess castle elsewhere in the compound is also a humorous interlude to the main plot.
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