Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1×15 ‘Operation: Broken Feather’: Out of the tear gas, rises the Phoenix

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I was particularly nervous about ‘Operation: Broken Feather’ since it aired after the Super Bowl (and technically after New Girl). With so many new eyes on the show, I was worried it wouldn’t be the funny, endearing show I’ve grown to love. In retrospect, I don’t know why I was worried. While I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as some previous episodes (like ‘Halloween’), it was a strong 22 minutes and convinced my roommate to start DVR’ing it.

There is a TON happening in this episode. First, the Vulture returns to try and foil another one of Peralta’s cases, but the team comes together for Operation: Broken Feather to ensure Jake gets the confession. Boyle spills coffee, Rosa tries her hand at seduction and Scully even employs tear gas, giving Jake just enough time to nab the confession and take a photo of the arrest report with Amy who post-tear-gas ‘looks like the demon dog from the end of Ghostbusters’.

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Next, Jake and Amy are assigned to figuring out who’s been breaking into room at the Prentiss hotel. Jake finds out that Amy is going to interview for a job at Major Crimes, where she’d be working a desk job for the Vulture. He’s determined to prove how fun their job is and get her to ditch the interview. After dancing with returning guest star Fred Armisen, dumpster diving and doing a terrible job as an auctioneer with Adam Sandler and football legend Joe Thiesmann, Amy and Jake catch the thief but Amy says she’s still going to the interview. Jake throws a fit but Captain Holt points out that as her colleague, Jake should have her back at all times. Realizing that he’s right, he apologizes to Amy and admits he likes working with her, while she admits she turned down the job offer. I love the little tidbits they’re giving us of Amy and Jake warming up to one another. Keep the slow burn going, writers!

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Meanwhile, Holt and Terry team up to try to maximize the office’s paperwork efficiency. We learn that Holt loves efficiency and statistics, to the point where he cried while watching Moneyball because the statistical analysis was so beautiful. Terry tries to reign Holt in, but Holt goes overboard and everyone picks up on the fact that they’re being manipulated. Gina leads the charge as she gives them a stern talking-to about their own inefficiency from behind Holt’s desk.

This episode really did have everything I love about Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The Vulture, Patton Oswalt and the fire department, some Jake and Amy moments, Charles as a foodie, Rosa with anger problems, Gina’s wackiness, Terry’s sensitive side and Holt’s deadpan. It did a great job of illustrating what the show is about and I hope my roommate wasn’t the only one that set their DVRs after watching ‘Operation: Broken Feather’. What did you think? Have any favorite moments or lines? I died laughing at Jake’s ladder gag.

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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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