In this week’s episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, we got some Jake and Rosa time, questionable Swedish accents, and one stellar astronomy dance. (You see what I did there? You get it? Because “stellar” like…oh, you got it. Right, moving on.)
They realize later that the date was in European format, and so they weren’t looking for a container from October 11th, they needed one from November 10th! They find the shipment of diamonds, and have a fight about their lack of sharing, and then they realize that the truck the container is on is driving away and they’re screwed. Luckily the Swedish thugs that are waiting to get the diamonds are not expecting anyone to be waiting in the back of the truck, so Rosa and Jake manage to take them down together. Later they grab a drink at the bar, and Rosa has a suggestion for Amy’s anniversary gift -- the NY Public Library lets VIPs stay overnight. And she’s got a connection, because her new boyfriend Tom works there! Sure, it takes her four (stolen) shots before Rosa will divulge his name, but she got there eventually.
While Rosa and Jake are focused on their diamond heist drama, the rest of the precinct is focused on…well, less pressing matters. With Kevin heading to Paris for six months to teach at the Sorbonne, he and Holt ask Boyle to fill in on their squash team -- they’ve won the last two years and don’t want to break their streak. Boyle enthusiastically agrees, though when the couple leaves he confesses to Sarge that he’s afraid he’ll let his competitive (read: crazy) side out, and start eating squash balls like he did in his college days at Sarah Lawrence. He starts out the tournament trying to stay casual, but Holt reveals that he picked Boyle purely because of his squash insanity -- he read about his crazy college antics and he wants that on his team. And it all works out! Boyle loses his mind, and he and Holt win the tournament. Also, they’re banned from playing there again, no doubt due to the physical and emotional damage wreaked by the manic team.
It was a lot of fun to see a whole different side to Boyle in this episode. Not that he’s usually sane, but he doesn’t tend to get particularly physical, and it’s always amusing to watch people Hulk-out while playing squash. (I mean, I assume -- I’ve never watched squash before, but I’ve got to imagine that snapping racquets and eating squash balls is not really par for the course.) It’s also fun to imagine that Holt actually looked into Boyle’s squash history after hearing his tales of collegiate athleticism, in order to make sure that he was going to play to win and/or absolutely slaughter the other teams. Perhaps literally. We don’t really know what went down in that squash court…
A few extra notes about the episode: Yes, the Swedes were pretty silly. Their accents were all over the place, ranging from non-existent to over-the-top goofy. But the episode was still funny regardless -- not the best this season, but still not bad. Also, it’s hilarious that Jake is scared of seafood. All you need to do to get away from him is chuck a few eels his way.
Before we finish up here, I’d just like to have a minute of silence for Snackie Chan. May he rest in peace.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think it’s better for partners to share all, or nothing? Can you imagine how uncomfortably hilarious it would be for the detectives of the Nine-Nine to sauna together? Would you prefer Amy or Sarge as your teacher? How many injuries do you think Boyle/The Beast inflicted whilst playing squash? And most importantly, will the precinct get another new vending machine? Let us know below!