Summary: Jake brings Terry back into the field for a case he's working on but has second thoughts. Amy and Rosa are tasked with helping Gina after her house was broken into.
The Good: The early parts of this episode were very funny. The jokes were consistently funny and I thought this was going to be on course for once of the best episodes of the series. While that didn't happen (see: The Bad), the early parts of the episode did feature a ton of great comedy. Terry was fantastic throughout and I enjoyed most of what Jake and Charles did. Holt was as consistent as ever as well. The side story wasn't as well handled but there were certainly some strong moments there.
The Bad: Unfortunately the storylines here weren't very well done. Gina being scared makes sense, but the story felt engineered to make Rosa and Amy learn a very obvious lesson which by all rights they should already have known. Additionally, Gina's always been a character that borders on annoying, and I think she went too far in this episode. The show has made her a bit too grating in a few episodes and this was one of them. I was enjoying Jake and Terry's story initially but then it took an absurd turn when Jake suddenly decided that they had to protect Terry. The explanation for his sudden character shift wasn't enough and it was extremely difficult to buy into this over-the-top change in Jake's character. To explain it away with Jake's daddy issues feels extremely lazy as the show has already gone to that to explain Jake's erratic behaviour before. It feels repetitive to go back to it again.
Best Moment: The cold open with the precinct trying to figure out if Kelly was Scully's wife or dog was fantastic comedy. The show does a terrific job making them hilarious every single episode.
Character of the Episode: Terry.
Conclusion: This episode started off with some excellent jokes, but as the storylines headed further into absurdity, the episode suffered as a whole. This ended up being pretty disappointing, despite still being a funny episode.
Summary: Jake and Amy's bet is resolved and Amy ends up going on a date with Jake. Holt accidentally lets it slip that Terry is back working in the field to Sharon. Rosa tries to avoid Charles who is drugged up and can't control what he's saying.
The Good: This was another very funny episode. There were consistent jokes throughout the episode and each character got many moments to shine. Jake and Amy were a lot of fun, and I really liked the development their relationship got. It showed us a different, more mature side to Jake as he got to spend more time with Amy to develop a more meaningful relationship. Furthermore, their interactions were very fun throughout the episode and made for some consistent laughs. Holt was also really good in this episode as the agent of destruction, saying things at the worst time every time he opened his mouth. It was very funny to watch him realize what he has done while Terry pleads to him to stop trying to help. Lastly, there's the Gina/Rosa/Charles storyline which I thought had a lot of funny moments as well as a nice character moment as Charles admitted that Rosa doesn't have to be extra nice because of what he did. Gina in particular was quite funny and had her best episode on the series so far.
The Bad: The Amy/Jake and Charles/Rosa storylines haven't been my favourite parts of the show but I thought they were handled quite well here. Still there is something that feels a little bit forced about these relationships, though I think that this may air out in time. Charles' truth bombs made for good comedy but they did feel like a very cheap gimmick.
Best Moment: The funniest laugh was definitely Holt faking a text message like Charles did in order to escape from Sharon.
Character of the Episode: It's very tough to choose. I'll go with Holt for this one.
Conclusion: This was an excellent episode that handled its characters brilliantly and provided a lot of laughs. There are still storylines that need to be ironed out, but the writing of the show is getting richer and the jokes are getting funnier. I can only imagine how good the show can become if it keeps improving like this.
Summary: Jake and Rosa work together to catch the famed Pontiac bandit with the help of a criminal they caught named Doug Judy. Charles returns after recovering but everyone int he precinct is annoyed by his antics. Holt searches for somebody to adopt 2 puppies.
The Good: This was a really fun episode an done that was heavy on laughs. The A-story with Jake and Rosa was superb. Their dynamic was fun to explore, felt real, and led to several hilarious moments between them and Doug Judy. Speaking of whom, Doug Judy stole the show with a welcome cameo from Craig Robinson who is wonderfully funny and charismatic in the role. The ending twist is easy to see coming but it's still a lot of fun to watch. The B-story isn't as good but it still leads to a number of funny moments as the squad gets consistently grossed out by having to help Charles in situations that escalate in hilarity. Gina is particularly funny here and her egotistical, almost annoying behaviour is funnier to watch than it should be. Charles meanwhile is as endearing as ever, and I really liked that he was smart enough to realize that everyone else is avoiding him. It's a wonderful way to humanize the character and add more reality in what was a rather silly plot.
The Bad: The Charles plot is a bit extreme as it's hard to believe that everyone would escape to the evidence lock-up the way they did without anybody noticing. The Holt's dogs plot feels tacked on and doesn't add much to the episode.
Best Moment: Poor Terry having to hold Charles as he goes to the urinal.
Character of the Episode: Doug Judy.
Conclusion: This ended up being a really fun episode. The 2 main stories were very funny and were a pleasure to watch, outside of a few small nitpicks. The highlight for sure was Craig Robinson as Doug Judy, a character who I hope we will see again in the future as his interactions with Jake and Rosa were a ton of fun. After a stretch of episodes that didn't fully satisfy me from a comedy standpoint, this consistently funny episode was a joy to watch.
Summary: Jake is assigned to protect Holt when he receives a number of death threats. Terry goes to a psych eval to see if he's ready to return to the field. Amy tries to make Rosa smile to get a good picture of her for Holt's Christmas card.
The Good: This episode did a good job handling the characters. The A-story is easily the best one here. We get to see a new side of Holt as he shows his stubborn side as he attempts to handle the death threats himself. Furthermore we get a wonderfully funny flashback as Holt arrests the "freestyle killer" in hilarious fashion in what was one of the few good jokes of the episode. I also enjoyed Jake's role in these flashbacks. He is still silly, a bit too much at times (see: The Bad), but he's also earnest here in his desire to ensure his captain doesn't get himself killed. The side stories have their moments. Terry is funny as ever in his over-the-top story, and I thought the pay-off of him stamping the page himself was a funny and satisfying way to get him to return to action, even if it doesn't really make sense. Lastly, Amy's story has some good moments, the highlight of which being Hitchcock's attempt to make Rosa smile.
The Bad: This episode isn't particularly funny and I think it's really lacking in memorable laughs. Having only a few good chuckles throughout the episode isn't enough for a sitcom. The two side stories in particular are quite forgettable and don't add much to the episode. While I do enjoy Amy, there's something lacking in her stories as they are often ridiculous and play up Amy's most extreme qualities instead of letting the character be her natural self. Lastly, I thought the climactic sequence of the episode was disappointing. It wasn't very funny and I thought that any emotional impact it might have had was snubbed by Jake's nonsensical jokes which he really shouldn't have been making in a life or death situation.
Best Moment: Charles is probably the most consistently funny character along with Holt. The funniest moment of the episode is when he's pressured to choose between helping Holt or Jake and he caves and proceeds to handcuff himself to them.
Character of the Episode: Holt.
Conclusion: This was a fine enough episode, but the show's impulse to go way too far in an attempt to be funny is really hurting it. As such, there aren't any memorable laughs here, and while the storytelling is solid enough, it isn't enough to justify an episode that unfortunately isn't very funny.
Summary: Amy organizes a Thanksgiving dinner with hopes to impress Hotl with a toast but things don't go as planned. Jake hates Thanksgiving and is eager to go with Holt when a case comes up. Terry is desperate to eat when the food he keeps in the fridge goes bad.
The Good: The cast does a terrific job here and everyone shined in this episode. There were plenty of strong jokes across all of the storylines, leaving us with a consistently funny episode that gets a lot of things right. Amy got to shine in this episode, and while her need to suck up to Holt is starting to get a bit dry, Melissa Fumero does a terrific job making it feel more grounded and funny. Charles has a great episode as well, and I continue to enjoy how his character is handled. Gina, Rosa and Terry had very fun side stories and the show got a lot of comedy out of their antics. Even Hitchcock and Scully got a few memorable moments with Hitchcock having the funniest line of the episode (see: Best Moment). Lastly we get to Jake and Holt who continue to play off of each other very well. Their detective work together as "Barley and Jimes" was tremendously fun as Jake was as quirky and immature as ever, while Holt continued to be fed up with Jake while still showing glimpses of a more fun side with moments like when he deliberately messes with Jake in the car and when he fully embraces the identity of Jimes.
The Bad: There was some sloppiness here though. It's strange how so many characters in sitcoms seem to despite holidays like Thanksgiving. Jake and Rosa's disdain for Thanksgiving feels like it's taken straight out of "Friends" and there isn't much originality given to the idea in this episode. Some aspects of the episode also didn't work for me. For example, Amy being a horrible cook was a typical sitcom gag that didn't need to be included to the degree that it was. I also thought that Terry's story was nonsensical. Are we really supposed to believe that his food would all spoil because the fridge was left slightly open for a little while? Furthermore, why would he not just stop by home or anywhere else to get some food if he was so hungry? Terry Crews is funny but the entire story is nonsensical.
Best Moment: Though I loved Holt's outburst where he took up the identity of Jimes, the line that made me laugh the most was the shirtless Hitchcock saying "you can't spill food on your shirt if you're not wearing a shirt".
Character of the Episode: Holt.
Conclusion: Though there were moments of generic sitcom writing, this was a strong and consistently funny episode.
Summary: Rachel reunites with her friend Melissa from college who she kissed. Phoebe doesn't believe her and Rachel sets out to prove that it did happen. Chandler and Ross get tuxedos for the wedding. Joey tries to convince Monica to let his parents come to the wedding.
The Good: The start of the episode is brilliant and has shades of the show "Friends" used to be in it. The episode sets up a simple and realistic storyline as Rachel meets a friend from the past who she shares an awkward history with, and the rest of the scene is spent discussing this with a bunch of clever jokes thrown in. It's a shame that the rest of the episode didn't live up to the realistic humour in this opening scene. Joey had a fantastic episode and is hilarious whenever he pops up with several great lines.
The Bad: Unfortunately the 3 plots of this episode aren't very good. Phoebe is awful again as she blatantly doesn't believe Rachel and subtly insults her and is downright mean to her. Their story does not have a good resolution either as Melissa's character's realistic nature is sacrificed for a bad joke revealing that she's in love with Rachel for some reason. It's an awkward moment that isn't really funny and doesn't serve to cap off Rachel and Phoebe's story at all. Chandler and Ross' story isn't very good either. They have the occasional funny line but the characters aren't portrayed very well. Ross is surprisingly childlike at times while Chandler comes off as woefully pathetic. Chandler's comedy used to come from the fact that he's sarcastic and witty, but now it's just endless self-deprecation and he seems to be the butt of every joke. The show has changed the style of comedy surrounding Chandler and it hasn't been for the better. The Joey plot is saved by how funny he is but there isn't a whole lot to that one either.
Best Moment: The entire opening sequence, highlighted by Joey excited to hear more from Rachel's story and Ross' claim at the end of how two of his wives have now become lesbians.
Character of the Episode: Joey.
Conclusion: This is a funny episode that had a lot of potential, but some sloppy writing and poor handling of characters really hurt what I initially thought could have been one of the season's best episodes. A disappointment overall.
Summary: Jake's favourite pizza place burns down and he works with Charles to solve the crime, coming head to head with the fire department. Amy is jealous when Rosa is offered a position of captain which she declines. Terry enlists Gina's help to hire a new IT director.
The Good: This is another good story for Jake. We get to see the pros and cons of his detective work here as his intellect remains unmatched but he's too eager to break rules in order to prove himself. This episode does offer the nice twist of tying the burning of Sal's pizza to Jake's troubled childhood which was a welcome detail that allowed us to understand more about Jake as a character. The feud between the police and fire department is pretty generic but it does lead to some fun interactions with fire marshal Boone. The Terry/Gina subplot is excellent and showcases Gina's skills in a funny way. It's a good B-story to include in a season 1 episode.
The Bad: Amy and Rosa's story wasn't as good as the rest. It did neatly show off Amy and Rosa's characters, but it was annoying to watch as the show tried to make Amy's blatant jealousy funny. While it does make sense as part of her character, it is annoying to watch and doesn't make for good comedy. As mentioned above, the police department vs fire department story is very simplistic and unoriginal and I wasn't thrilled with where it went.
Best Moment: Holt appreciating Charles' blog posts because they are the only ones that measure mouthfeel.
Character of the Episode: Gina.
Conclusion: This was more solid stuff, though this episode was certainly weaker than the last few due to a lack of memorable moments and one of the stories not landing with me.
Summary: Jake and Amy are watched at work by one of Jake's heroes, the author Jimmy Brogan who wants to write about the NYPD in the modern day compared to the 70s. Charles and Terry try to make Rosa presentable for her testimony as a witness.
The Good: The main storyline is quite strong and showcases some excellent character development. The storyline of 'Jake screws up and has to learn from his mistakes' is getting played out pretty quick, but this was a refreshing take on that story as Jake actually gets to demonstrate his growth and virtue as a person by defending Holt's honour and lashing out against Jimmy Brogan when he really shouldn't have. It's a nice take on the traditional story of meeting a hero who ends up being quite disappointing, plus it finally gives us a positive outlook on Jake. I was also quite pleased with the end of the episode as Holt finally begins to soften up on Jake after he learns that Jake stood up for him. Plus there are some good jokes between Jake and Amy. The side story is fine for a few laughs as well with Charles' antics being tremendously enjoyable. Lastly, I liked Stacy Keach's cameo and I thought his character was a fun addition to the episode.
The Bad: Unfortunately the side story does feel like pure filler and never fully engages me. I didn't think this episode was the funniest. There were decent jokes but never anything that came close to getting me to laugh hard. I was a bit annoyed by the two different versions of the scene where Jake punches Brogan. It was a cheap way to save the reveal for later in the episode.
Best Moment: Holt manipulating Amy to get her to tell him about what Jake did was easily the best joke of the episode. We haven't seen enough of this relationship so far but now I want to see more.
Character of the Episode: Charles.
Conclusion: This episode told a nice story and finally got to giving Jake some positive characterization. Though it isn't the funniest episode, it's still a good watch.
Summary: The entire precinct has to stay overtime when Jake screws up and books a criminal with insufficient evidence. Gina and Rosa turn to Charles to decide whose personal favourite pie is the best. Holt tries to get Terry to go home when he's obviously exhausted at work.
The Good: The show continues to get funnier as it goes on. The 3 main storylines here were very strong and had a number of funny moments. The main Jake plot was very engaging and it was fun to see Jake try to track down evidence to get Whitman booked, and he had many genuinely funny moments. I also like that Jake's continual screw-ups have been lading to some very real character development for him as he becomes more acclimated to working as part of the team. Amy also had a pretty good episode after being a largely background character in the past. Her story is directly tied to Jake's in this episode and we leave the episode with a really good idea of their relationship. Terry's story is also quite good, and Terry Crews once more does a phenomenal job of producing comedy, with the stifled yawn and chin-ups scenes being highlights. I also really like how what seemed like a dumb side story became a surprisingly good arc for Terry when it's revealed that he's been having troubles at home with his brother-in-law. Holt comes off very well as he helps Terry get through this and their relationship grows, while Terry also continues to regain his toughness that he had put away for a while when he became a dad.
The Bad: Unfortunately I wasn't a huge fan of the Gina/Rosa/Charles story. The Charles/Rose romance still doesn't do much to captivate me and that doesn't change here. Their storyline didn't bring many laughs to the table, and while it was ultimately a decent story arc for Charles (who thankfully wasn't humiliated again), I thought that the story didn't get utilized enough to be particularly memorable or funny. The main plot has one glaring hole in it. Jake's mistake here is absolutely ridiculous and should have had more ramifications than it did. Booking somebody without evidence is a serious error and a seasoned cop like Jake would never mess up this badly, regardless of how immature he is. Unfortunately the main concept of this episode is a bit too big of a leap for my liking.
Best Moment: Jake playing the guitar to annoy Whitman was a hilarious joke that utilized the show's quick-cut editing to its fullest comedic potential.
Character of the Episode: Terry.
Conclusion: This was another really funny episode that had some of the best jokes so far, though some issues with the plot lines presented to us hurt the episode a little bit.
Summary: Jake makes a bet with Holt that he can steal his medal of valor from his office by midnight. Charles tries to get Amy to enjoy the festivities of halloween. Terry tries to uncover more about Rosa's past.
The Good: This was another tremendously fun episode. The concept of the main Holt/Jake plot was superb and it was a lot of fun seeing it unfold. The idea of Jake trying to openly outsmart Holt is very good and it led to some hilarious interactions and a lot of downright funny scenes, culminating in a fantastic reveal that neatly incorporated a well thought-out master plan, comedy and satisfying character development. Jake has seemed like a bit of a clown in these early episodes, so it was definitely important to show us why he is considered to be such a good detective. This episode showed us why and it changes our perspective of Jake a little bit which is very necessary. The side stories were solid enough as well. Terry and Rosa were fun in their story, and Charles and Amy were pretty enjoyable too. I particularly liked Jake's "title of Amy's sextape" jokes.
The Bad: Nothing that was outright bad.
Best Moment: Jake's big reveal at the end.
Character of the Episode: Jake.
Conclusion: Another excellent episode. This one gelled together a little more as a whole due to the halloween consistency, and I thought the comedy was more original and even a bit stronger than the previous episode. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is on a roll now.
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