BROOKLYN NINE-NINE wraps up its three-part season debut with “Coral Palms Pt. 3”, covering Jake and Holt’s time spent in Florida under the Witness Protection Program. When we left last episode, Holt and Jake had just escaped from jail, and the nine-nine was having trouble getting permission to go to Florida to help the two convicts on the run. This episode brings the nine-nine back together finally, and the jokes continue to pop as much as Jake’s frosted tips.
The episode opens on a local Florida news channel where we find out that Holt and Jake are now fugitives on the run. Also, could the number 67 be one of the Powerball numbers for this week? The Florida jokes hit their peak in this episode, in a depiction of the state that utilizes the best kinds of humor B99 has to offer.
The strong cold open leads us into a solid episode storyline. There is a lot to cover in the span of this one episode (as is typical of most B99 episodes). But the episode never feels rushed. At this point, we know the characters well enough that it doesn’t take a lot of buildup or establishing story to tell us what we need to know and to believe it.
Jake and Holt are trying to stock up on supplies while they hide out from the police and Jimmy “The Butcher” Figgis. While in a gas station, they almost get discovered and have to hightail it out of there. They jump a fence to get away, and Holt impales his leg on a stray pike. This is a surprising change in the usual turn of events for B99; characters have gotten injured before, but typically in the campy, physical comedy-style of injuries, where nothing is ever really seen, and the seriousness of the injuries is never really addressed. This injury is something straight out of E.R., and we have the cringe-worthy pleasure of seeing the pike impaled through Holt’s leg. However, the comedic pace of the show doesn’t skip a beat, and of course, Jake is the one who is freaking out over the injury, while Holt acts as though ‘tis but a mere flesh wound.
Back at the nine-nine, the rest of team is planning to defy their new Captain’s orders, after several attempts at getting him to change his mind and give them permission to go to Florida (he’s an adamant no, every time). There’s no more plane tickets left to purchase, so it looks like it’s a family road trip for the team. To our delight, throwing the team in tight quarters makes for a hilarious five minutes, until Terry doesn’t see the car in front of him braking and suddenly they’ve crashed the car!
We cut back to Holt and Jake, who are hiding out in the storage unit Jake’s been using to track Figgis down. Jake’s acquired some medical supplies from a vet’s office, and Holt is patching himself up. They wonder how long it will be until the rest of the nine-nine gets there to help them and worry they’ve been discovered. But when someone comes knocking on their storage unit door, it turns out to be Amy and the team! (Guess the car wreck wasn’t that bad after all.)
Together again at last, the team makes plans to lure Figgis to Frank’s Fun Zone, leaving the injured Holt behind and Gina to look after him. Jake and Amy try to rekindle their relationship after six months of no contact, but they aren’t quite syncing up. Their reunion is turning out to be as awkward as Jake feared. The team sets up their booby-trap for Figgis and his men and then lay out the bait. When Figgis shows up, everything is going according to plan: Scully and Hitchcock are the eyes and ears for the rest of the team, clueing them into where Figgis’s men are in the arcade as Rosa, Terry, and Boyle take them out, one by one. Jake corners Figgis and is just about to arrest him when the Sheriff shows up, forcing Jake to surrender his weapon on the promise that the Sheriff will arrest Figgis as well.
Unfortunately for both of them, Figgis has been hiding a gun and shoots the Sheriff. He takes Jake hostage and is about to get away when Amy stops him. She winds up shooting Jake in the leg to get Figgis to relinquish him as a hostage, but Figgis is still about to escape in his car when Gina and Holt arrive on the scene in a moving truck, and ram into Figgis’s car just in the nick of time!
With Figgis in custody, the nine-nine is able to return as a complete unit. But the fun isn’t over; inept Captain C.J. has decided to put the whole team on night-shift duty as punishment for directly disobeying his orders. The episode ends with Terry in a rightful fit.
The solid conclusion to this three-episode arc, I’m excited to see what will happen next in this new, more-serialized version of the show. How will the team get off the night-shift? What will happen while they’re on the night-shift? I can’t wait to find out in next week’s episode.
Season 4, Episode 3 (S04E03)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Tuesdays at 8PM on Fox
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