Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2×01’Undercover’: The gang’s all here

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Ahh Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This summer has felt especially long without new exploits from my favorite bunch of comedic cops. But no longer! With a couple of Golden Globes under its belt, the pressure is on for B99 to avoid the sophomore slump. If “Undercover” is any indication, we’re off to a good start.

 

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When we last left the precinct, Jake was off on an undercover mission, had revealed his romantic-stylez feelings to Amy, and Gina had slept with Charles. Wisely, the show picks up as Jake’s undercover mission is winding down but at least gives us a glance into what his life was like undercover (mostly karaoke it seems). In the end, Jake is able to take down 15 mafia baddies, but one escapes. Between the escapee and Amy telling him she’s still with Teddy, Jake’s recurring lesson this week is that some things are out of his control. Not accepting that option, Jake channels all of his energy into tracking down escapee Freddie with Boyle, who thinks being in the mafia requires a sunhat and wants to know all about Jake’s mafia best friend Derrick. Jake manages to track down one of Freddie’s girlfriends (a woefully underused Jenny Slate), but Freddie escapes to Barbados before Jake can catch him. Learning that he really can’t control everything, he admits to Amy that he really does like her and needs her to know, even if she says nothing will happen between them. (Sure, sure.)

Meanwhile, the rest of the precinct has had an exciting summer that can be summed up by three things. 1) Amy and Charles wore the same outfit (Charles wore it better — true story). 2) Terry chipped a tooth and had a lisp for a week (“YOU THON OF A BITH!”) and 3) Captain Holt banned headphones after “The Gina Incident”.

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But mostly, Captain Holt was keeping Terry, Rosa, and Amy busy by constantly running hypothetical drills. One moment, Terry is playing an angry prostitute and the next he’s playing a scared 7-year-old boy. Frustrated by all this hypothetical time-wasting, Terry finally gets Holt to admit that he’s stressed about the incoming new management and wants his team to be in top shape at all times. I missed Holt’s deadpan and Terry’s game-for-anything attitude so much. Pair that with the excellent combination of Amy Santiago and Rosa “You can drop YOUR butt” Diaz, and I will happily watch them do drills for at least a couple more episodes.

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The other storyline addressed this week is Charles and Gina. It turns out that six months later, Charles and Gina only slept together the one time and now that Jake is back, Gina knows it’s inevitable until Charles tells Jake. Gina tries to preemptively come to terms with her new lower social status, demoting her spirit animal from the wolf to the hairless mole. Meanwhile, Charles, for fear of Gina’s wrath, manages to not tell Jake, which only impresses Gina so much that they end up back in bed together. To be honest, my feelings on this storyline are lukewarm. While I appreciate that it takes the creepy heat off of Rosa and Charles, the plot itself just seems like a weak distraction from funnier storylines.

Still, all things told, I’m excited to see what Brooklyn Nine-Nine has in store for us this season. I hope they successfully juggle the will-they-won’t-they of Jake and Amy with the usual wacky antics of this group of weirdos who happen to be policemen and women.

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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