Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 3: Episode 21: Maximum Security: GRADE: C+
Two things that make this week’s episode interesting is how the two main female detectives take center stage all the while furthering the main plot that’s ending the third season and that’s about the best praise I can really give it. This not a terrible episode, but it is pretty much place setting for the final episodes that does have some of Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz’s best work on the show.
Now the person most likely wanting Pimento dead is the mob boss he went undercover with, Jimmy Figgs so Rosa will be sent undercover to a maximum security prison to get info from her while a fake funeral is used back home to lure out the Figgs’ guy on the FBI and further sell Pimento’s “demise”. Until Rosa gets recognized by someone she busted in Brooklyn immediately and its Amy Santiago to the rescue.
Amy’s plot is a mess and kinda all over the place. First off the bat, they’ve finally said fuck it and are using Melissa’s Fumero’s real pregnancy to their advantage by sending her undercover as a pregnant woman which can keep her a bit more safe and use Jake and Boyle as prison doctor’s to be her informants. Which sounds good, except again, its kind of a mess. The whole story ravels around people not finding Amy “badass” enough and that Rosa is the more fit choice for the role, which yeah, but after all that time together you’d think they’d all see and know how badass and good at he job Amy is. It doesn’t help this is especially highlighted by Jake, which ups this by the fact that they are now officially a couple. But that’s further complicated by how much Jake and Boyle interfere, more on Boyle in a bit, since Jake is somewhat understandably worried about putting his girlfriend such a dangerous situation and potentially compromises the entire operation. Again he’s been around her enough times to know that she can effectively handle herself and thus makes the smart decision to leave the case and have Boyle overlook her since he’s too attached. Its the one non Amy involve part that honestly works thanks to Samberg and Fumero’s chemistry, but it just really quite click so much for the episode.
Now to Boyle, fuck its overly involved cheerleader mode. Part of Boyle’s charm is how overly involved he is and that can lead to wonderful moments and laughs, but given how way into Jake and Amy as a couple he was this year and how much I hated that, imagine my distain once the fake baby is brought in. He gets dialed way past 11 and I can’t stand it. His instance on Amy caring for the baby, her posture, and also of course wanting Jake and Amy to have their own real child, its just not funny and doing nothing for Boyle and Joe Lo Truglio both. Full creepy Boyle is just not funny and part of why he took a while to evolve and shine in season 2.
This episode is funniest when Melissa Fumero is let off the leash and gets to play it up and she does from being prison tough, yet still very much Amy, to telling off Jake to let her do her job, and yeah even beating on Jake to maintain her cover. It does quite work and the ending feels genuine to what she’ll need to do on the inside. Also having to break her sacred oath as a notary. GOLD!
Now the funeral feels a little more balanced and that too is thanks to its central character is Rosa. Rosa has show emotion and her softer side, but funerals, fuck that man, she’d rather be stuck in a small talk conversation. The idea of staging the funeral, paperwork and Hitchcock as Pimento’s corpse and all, the usual, to draw out the inside FBI guy, solid. Stephanie Beatriz gets to really let Rosa shine here as this is the most emotionally vulnerable we’ve ever seen her and truth does come out in her “eulogy” to Pimento. She’s never been a more determined person than before in trying to get her man back and it shows. Of course Terry has to ring it out of her, but hey hard work does pay off, particularly with how Rosa can make herself fake cry. Plus Captain Holt has grown to enjoy high fives now. Fun!
Another testament is in the short time they’ve been together, I seriously love and do buy her and Pimento so much as a couple. Kudos to the writers on that.
Not one of the show’s better efforts, especially with Boyle, but things are put into motion for the impending finale and the show gets to really spotlight how good its ladies are. Here’s hoping for something better next week.