No one likes a fraud dog.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 3: Episode 15: The 9-8: GRADE: A
Over the course of three years we’ve seen the men and women of the 9-9 mature and change, its nice, but for as much people changes they can also be stuck in their ways as evidenced in this week’s adventure when the 9-8 has to come over from flooding, but it leads to yet another big season highlight.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has always used their guest stars perfectly and every time they do, I will highlight it because man this show makes everyone work. This week its Damon Wayans Jr. as Jake’s former partner, Steve, which sends us right into overly jealous and protective Boyle, which I had hoped for back when reviewing The Cruise, albeit under different circumstances now. Boyle’s jealously is what helps to drive the main plot and its hilarious. Boyle on some level has a right to be jealous given how seemingly more buddy-buddy Jake seems with Steve, The Beatsie Boys reunion tour in full swing, since its not really all in his head. Its very much in tune with how personal Boyle makes well, everything. His friendships, his family, his food passion, and proper stakeout time, it means a lot to Boyle. Joe Lo Truglio plays it off well and even manages to bounce off Wayans as much as he does Samberg.
Damon Wayans Jr. does come in and steals the show. He’s always been such a gifted comedian and actor with great timing and delivery. He fits well into the mold of the show, which is kinda sad that he turns out to be a dirty cop and his reappearances seem very limited now next to Bill Hader and Paul F. Tomkins, who I forgot to bring up in my review of The Cruise. He has a charisma and way of him that makes his past partner and friendship with Jake believable. The Beatsie Boys flashback in particular had me in stitches. Having Wayans on here was just perfect since he can elevate anything and anyone he’s with. Him rapping with Samberg just felt very right, as well as all three jamming to Toni Braxton at the end of the episode.
As for the rest of the crew the 9-8 coming in is a nightmare. Holt has to share his personal space, Rosa is desked with a chatty Cathy, Amy has to deal with a fraud dog, and Terry tries to be cordial AF (As Frasier). Even Gina seems to weld her own power over the 9-8’s captain assistant. They all clash in perfect little spurts that keeps the episode alive and the notion of them creating a makeshift office on the balcony area was hilarious since it came to be because Hitchcock and Scully were made about the microwave line. In a way this is as close to an alien invasion storyline this show could do because it certainly feels like that which makes the all out brawl at the end of the episode very much worth it and hilarious.
Also the cold open was just exceptionally perfect as well for the auction of a mystery briefcase. Classic 9-9.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine further shakes things up for an episode and bring one of the better installments of an already winning third season. Could we meet the 9-7 someday?