A full on Marc Evan Jackson guest appearance makes for yet another classic episode.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2: Episode 16: The Wednesday Incident: GRADE: A
Now Brooklyn Nine-Nine is in the homestretch of its second season and they have two things to focus on now, the wedding of Boyle’s dad to Gina’s mom and resolving the Amy and Jake situation so The Wednesday Incident just feels like a filler episode. Nothing wrong with something like that but if you need a placeholder you need to make it a damn good one and thanks in part to more than just a cameo appearance from Marc Evan Jackson, The Wednesday Incident instantly became one of my favorite episodes of the show.
Really what makes The Wednesday Incident such a memorable episode is how tight and fast paced the script and direction is for the episode. There isn’t even really a cold open, the whole story is revolved around the main plot of Jake trying to figure out what has Captain Holt in a bad mood and proving it wasn’t his fault last Wednesday when he accidentally setting off the sprinklers in Holt’s office. Meanwhile Boyle is trying to prove he’s a damn good cop and did indeed crack his bank robbing case while his elderly suspect puts on a show to just outright fuck with Boyle. There’s even a minor sub story of Terry going around and keeping things in order so Holt don’t get angrier. It all ties and fits in so well together.
First to our main plot. As I’ve said in different reviews, I’d love to seen a guest appearance Marc Evan Jackson and Captain Holt’s husband Kevin Cozner since his first appearance last season was a genuine highlight to me and wouldn’t you know we get it this week. Jackson has become a recent favorite person of mine to see pop up from time to time. His straight frowardness in many roles is what is funny but his range and sense of timing just works wonders. I’m always pleased to see him whenever he’s on anything. His chemistry with comedy’s greatest gift this episode, Andre Braugher, still shines, but we get to see him stretch out as most of his screen time is with Gina and Jake trying to retrace Holt’s morning before getting into the office.
This was my favorite thing in the episode among a lot of favorite things in the episode. For as much progress Jake has made this season, there is still a lot to learn, how when and when not to meddle in the affairs of others. Jake’s relationship with the precinct this season has been a running plot point that’s even had its own couple of episodes dedicated to it, this is the case again when he tries to truly understand Captain Holt. They already have admiration and respect for each other but they just aren’t friends. Jake wants to change that. Through this search we get plenty of nice little moments such as Jake’s marveling at the fact Holt paints multiple still lives of a gray rock and how Holt only vents about Jake to those he encounters, and how Jake asks what they’re doing after this. Jake, stop getting everyone to like you so much.
Jake’s persistence almost gets everyone in trouble, including Holt’s marriage, but the way its all handled from character interactions just works. Holt’s confession that he prevented himself from being mugged was an honestly touching little moment that showed regret over something lets us see that Braugher still has got major chops. His bonding with Jake at the end is sweet and feels right given the progress of the characters and the story. As is how Jake makes up to Holt at the end and this is a big reason why I love Brooklyn-Nine-Nine. Also to go back to Braugher, his anger is a joy to look at from his tirade at the crew to a whole level of anger that’s just smiling, I believe this man was made for the stylings of comedy.
Speaking of comedy, Boyle shines this week with his subplot. He finally nails down the bank robber he’s been chasing, who turns out to be an elderly man played by legendary Garry Marshall. This subplot works well because not only do we get to see more Joe Lo Truglio being him. Boyle here isn’t hero worshipping Jake, though we get a quick bit of that, but doing his job. You know with Boyle being Boyle so much its easy to forget how good he is at his job as evidenced in this episode. He puts in about as much work as everyone else around the office.
Garry Marshall’s appearance is also spectacular with how he’ll play with Amy and Rosa asking for a ginger ale one moment then coyly mention to Boyle he did to watch the tellers squirm because he gets off on violence. Even have a tea party with Amy and Rosa, leading Boyle to wonder what they’re doing with the monster. Of course its wrapped up by how he is right since Amy was tipped with one of the stolen bills, but still for all the actors involved with this short and sweet subplot, they all win.
As I mentioned, a minor story of how Terry is again keeping things running by putting out fires all over from breakdancing the silver breakdancer away from the precinct to Rosa’s personal calls and stomping on burning oatmeal while holding a lit road flare. Just Terry doing Terry. He really shines through in small moments here and man I love it.
Again the real star is the script by Laura McCreary and the direction by Claire Scanlon. They melted so perfectly into one another and also the cast was firing on all cylinders from the opening shot. Everything went into one another nicely and just made watching (and re-watching) it a hilarious treat. There is no sophomore slump for Brooklyn Nine-Nine.