Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1×21 ‘Unsolvable’: Cool motive. Still murder.

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As I was watching this week’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I couldn’t help thinking back to my thoughts on the pilot. Back then I had qualms about the show’s general premise and the quality of its ensemble cast. Now, 20 episodes later, it amazes me how much B99 has put all my worries to rest. In fact, the ensemble cast is so strong they don’t even have to rely on the Holt-Peralta dynamic to carry the episode.

For instance, this week we had a great cold open with Holt revealing to Jake that he hurt his wrist hula-hooping (complete with photographic evidence) before deleting the photo and telling Jake no one will ever believe him. The triumphant smirk Holt gives Jake is just too good. However most of the episode focused on Jake trying to solve an unsolvable case with Terry, Gina, Rosa, Charles and the Babylon bathroom, and Amy lying to Holt.

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Even though Holt tells Jake to take the weekend off, Jake insists on taking his work to the next level when he finds out Santiago is taking her relationship with Teddy to the next level by way of a romantic weekend getaway. Terry reluctantly agrees to help Jake solve a case that’s been cold for 8 years (which results in a truly terrific flashback to Terry, Jake and Charles circa 2006). Unfortunately, they can’t seem to come up with any new leads but Jake refuses to give up. He works through the night until he figures out that their murder victim is actually alive AND the murderer. ‘I did it for love!’, he exclaims. ‘Cool motive. Still murder!’, responds Jake. Terry and Peralta work really well together. Jake can pull his usual antics while illustrating that he’s actually a good detective while Terry can put away his sensitive side and be the tough sergeant. At least until over drinks later when he finds out Jake’s crushing on Amy. ‘Ooooooooh Aaaaaaamy.’

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The rest of the plotlines were also enjoyable. Charles is still arguing with Vivian about moving to Ottawa, so Rosa and Gina offer up the use of their bathroom Babylon, a secret, plush bathroom with great cell service. I absolutely loved that this kind of predicament is what brings out the good detectives in Scully and Hitchcock, who grill Charles until he tells them where the bathroom is located. Gina, in a surprisingly sensitive move, lets Charles off the hook for letting their secret out and bargains with the two older detectives so that they agree to never use it again.

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Meanwhile, Amy has forgotten that her date with Teddy conflicts with a previous commitment to Holt. Panicking, Amy lies and tells Holt she can’t help out at his presentation because of emergency dental surgery. You can tell it kills Amy that she not only lies to him, but that his response is to be thoughtful and caring and schedule her for immediate surgery with his brother-in-law — transporting her there himself. I like that Amy’s becoming less intimidated by Holt, even if she does completely flub this one up.

I also liked that they didn’t push the two main plot arcs of last week – Charles and Vivian arguing about Ottawa and Jake’s crush on Amy. Those kinds of things (especially the crush) are always best at a slow burn. Plus, that leaves all the more excitement for next week’s season finale! Can someone explain how this season has flown by? I was excited for B99 to premiere, but now I can’t even fathom going without it for a few months! Are you all as excited/sad as I am about next week? Are you excited to find out which unexpected pair is going to sleep together? Let me know your theories on the finale in the comments!

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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