Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1×08 ‘Old School’: Man did crime

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Last week, I mentioned that Brooklyn Nine-Nine could fall into the trap of using the same plot structure every week where Peralta messes something up and the team comes together to fix it. However, I’m glad to see I was already contradicted this week. In fact, this week really focused on Jake and was both consistently funny and heartwarming.

‘Old School’ centers on Jake meeting his childhood idol Jimmy Brogan. Brogan was a reporter in the seventies that wrote about Brooklyn cops. It’s Jake’s favorite book (out of the fifteen he’s read) and it convinced him to become a detective. Brogan comes in because he wants to write a piece on how detectives have changed and wants to shadow Peralta and Santiago. Santiago is annoyed but Peralta is eager to impress his idol.

Santiago proceeds normally with her day, using technology and computer databases to catch criminals, which Brogan sees as ‘boring mumbo-jumbo’. Meanwhile Peralta is doing all he can to seem tough by purposely dousing himself in ashtray remnants. Holt is baffled by Peralta’s respect for Brogan, bringing up the very legitimate fact that Rosa and Amy would never have been allowed to be detectives and Holt would’ve never been in a leadership position during that time. That leads into a spectacular flashback of Holt just starting out in the 70s, decked in a colorful suit and moustache, and the other detectives assuming he was there to turn himself in.

Still trying to impress Brogan, Jake takes him out for a drink, which leads to the two of them drinking bottles instead of glasses. The next morning, an incredibly hungover Jake tells Amy to ‘turn off your mouth siren’ while Amy reads his texts from the night before including ‘Why scotch burn so good?’ Peralta discovers that he said some unfavorable things about the captain the night before and Brogan is excited to publish those unfavorable things. Jake very nicely and kindly asks Brogan not to print his comments, but Brogan refuses to the point where Jake has to track him down at a spa. Decked only in towels, Brogan continues to insist on printing Jake’s comments, telling him ‘You don’t have to stick up for that homo.’ Peralta, disappointed, tells him, ‘I really wish you hadn’t just said that.’ and punches Brogan in the face! See? Funny and heartwarming!

The B plotline this week was Charles and Terry training Rosa on how to behave when testifying in a courtroom. These three have consistently gotten funnier over the show’s run, and having Charles as a teacher to Rosa was refreshing and fun when he’s usually just the sad sack. Still, this was by far a Jake Peralta-centric episode, and Andy Samberg excelled. It was particularly needed after Peralta’s absolutely careless mistake last week in ‘48 Hours’. And I would be remiss to not mention Santiago and Holt. I look forward to Amy’s facial expressions almost as much as I look forward to Holt’s deadpanned lines. Neither disappointed this week.

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Katie Anaya

lives in Austin, TX and has been obsessed with television since she figured out how to work a VCR back in the 90s. She prides herself on recognizing little-known actors and is currently addicted to British television.

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