Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1×22 ‘Charges and Specs’: Wassup?

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Guys, how was this the season finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine? How is this show already on hiatus? How are we going to wait MONTHS until it comes back?! You’d think as a fan of Sherlock I’d be prepared for this kind of hiatus agony, but with a season finale as good as ‘Charges and Specs’, it’s going to be a looong summer.

The season one finale wasn’t heavy on jokes but knocked it out of the park on showcasing each character’s best traits while furthering all of their plot lines and opening up interesting possibilities for season two. Most of the plot is taken up by the team rallying to support Jake when he thinks wealthy civic leader Lucas Wint is involved with the mob. Initially, Commissioner Podolski and Captain Holt tell him to back off the case since Jake doesn’t have any solid evidence. Frustrated, Jake and an unsuspecting Amy stake out Wint anyway. When they get caught, Jake is put on administrative leave and has to go to trial for suspension and Holt is furious. Amy stands up for him: ‘Sir, I am Amy Santiago and I have something to say. I think you are wrong.’

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Even so, Holt doesn’t budge until the day of the trial when Amy and Jake bring him a drug dealer that swears Wint’s community center is tied to the drug business. They realize that they have mere hours until the trial to come up with substantive evidence so Holt, Amy and Jake (dream team anyone?) go to the community center to investigate while the rest of the team stalls as much as possible during the hearing. After Holt charms a judge (Jake’s face was my face), Amy, Holt and Jake go to the community center in thrift shop disguise to an amateur ballroom dance competition. Obviously this leads to a cute dancing Amy/Jake moment (and Holt being a badass dancer moment) until Jake sneaks off and gets the evidence he needs.

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But, right as Jake is about to go in and blow the case open, Holt gets off the phone and tells him to lie and get fired, which Jake does without question. It turns out that the FBI has been working the same case and instead of blowing it open, they want Jake to join them and go undercover to help them nab an entire mob family. Jake gladly and quickly accepts his dream job (‘Eyes closed, head first, can’t lose.’) and finds out he’ll be undercover for an estimated six months. While the main team knows, Jake has to pretend to storm out in case a mole within the precinct sees his exit. On his way out, with his desk packed, he runs into Amy and, out of fear he might never get a chance to say it, admits that he wants something to happen between them, ‘romantic stylez’. Amy doesn’t even have a chance to react before Jake walks off, presumably for the next six months. Serious Jim/Pam flashbacks, y’all. So good.

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It really felt like each ensemble character got a little stand out moment. Terry’s Japanese breakup, Gina speaking in emojis, Boyle’s egg sack, Rosa’s solution of burning everything. It was clear from the pilot that Holt wanted the 99 to become a team and it couldn’t have been showcased better in the finale. There’s a deep trust and respect between them all in that they trust Jake’s opinion on the case. Most of all, the trust between Holt and Jake is great. Holt trusts that the case is solid and Jake trusts Holt when he tells him to get fired. Jake going undercover for six months opens so many doors for the direction they take next season. Will we see any of his time undercover? Will they skip ahead six months? Will they (please god) drop the Rosa/Boyle plot line?

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What do you think will happen next season? How are you going to cope with the hiatus now facing us? Let me know 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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  • Eric Pharand

    “I’ve lapsed into song lyrics again” 😀