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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 3: Episode 10: Yippie Kayak: GRADE: A
Its taken three seasons but we now have Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Die Hard episode and I’m glad we waited this long. First season, we were still getting to know the characters, but the influence of the greatest Christmas movie ever (shut up, it is) has been seen on Jake as to who he is and his professional career. Season 2 maybe, but honestly then we wouldn’t have gotten the return of the Pontiac Bandit. But now, now is the time for Jake to live out his fantasy in being a full Die Hard situation. The episode is perfectly setup for character dynamics that needed time to be fleshed out to make this work and that’s what makes this such a great episode.
Choosing Jake, Boyle, and Gina as the ones in the building is perfect given their now interconnectivity with Jake and Gina being childhood friends, Jake and Boyle being best friends, and Boyle and Gina being family now. All have had great chemistry together and within the pairings I’ve said. Gifting circumstances all bring them to the same department store they sneak into in get said gifts only to find themselves in a Die Hard situation much to their bad luck and Jake’s sick delight of the situation. Jake takes too much of his cop attitude from Die Hard above all other cop fiction and Samberg plays it up so well to keep Jake being honestly serious about the situation and feeling a sincere delight that this is happening. Jake is a damn good cop and goes above and beyond to prove it, even when upset its Canadians with names like Mike robbing the store, but the gang does definitely have its own Hans Gruber, but still you know, Canadian.
Jake and Boyle being a team as they take down the crooks is a delight next to Gina’s insistence of being useful to them, but mainly through the uses of a flame thrower. The show makes the best out of what its homaging, while still feeling true to what makes this show the show it is. Jake might be in control and aware, but he to a certain degree even deep down knows he is in over his head, which makes some sense that he’s not the hero at the end, but Boyle who gets to have the total McClane moment and ruin the quoting of his catchphrase, which silently kills Jake inside horribly. The show going full Die Hard just worked better than you could imagine.
Now for Amy who needs to make up for accidentally leaving what was perceived to be a bomb on Holt’s desk in a not-so-clever way to give him a Christmas gift. Amy tries to resolve the conflict that is only in her head by joining him and Rosa for for a Polar Swim. Amy tries to prove she’s not a wimp when no one really even called her one. This is the deep rooted insecurity of someone needing approval would do and for Amy, its just another day for her with that. Melissa Fumero really keeps playing this character very well and adds some nicely done layers. This is great character work since its better than having Holt and Rosa goat her on, but we’re in year three now and they’ve gotten beyond doing something like that would it to happen in more so season one. Jake is amped about his situation, Amy isn’t, but at least seeing Jake’s text about the store leads her to travel into the water, yell at Holt to shut up, and get them down to the store.
Terry has to deal with his Christmas being ruined after dealing the whole squad no one is to disrupt his dinner plans, which are then ruined, but for good reason and after telling off deadbeat brother-in-law Zeke, which obviously made Terry’s holiday, he becomes the point man on the outside and has to deal with The Vulture who is in charge of the situation. Terry swallowed his pride when Vulture was the captain, but now a whole different dynamic opens up and makes for some nicely done back and fourth. Terry won’t take shit, especially with the lives of his friends on the line. So Terry literally dumping him in the trash makes logical sense where the story goes and its worth the suspension and Holt urging Terry to take the upcoming lieutenant’s exams.
Even Hitchcock and Scully get in on the fine by helping Terry corner the getaway point of all the robbers. Also hostage situations would make me very hungry too. Also Gina waving her flame thrower is amazing. I had to work that in somehow. Its just amazing.
An inevitable Brooklyn Nine-Nine gimmick episode turns out to be a real Christmas treat and one of the shows finest episodes yet. So lets all get together, have a few laughs, and watch Die Hard again.