BROOKLYN NINE-NINE continues its fourth season with “Coral Palms Pt. 2”, the second in a three-episode arc addressing the time Captain Holt and Jake spend stuck in Florida. When we left the show last episode, Jake and Holt had unleashed a viral video of themselves upon the internet in the hopes of catching Jimmy “The Butcher” Figgis and finally being able to return home to the nine-nine.
When the episode starts we find out that Figgis has found the video – his men have called Frank’s Fun Zone (Holt’s place of work) asking to meet the two men from the video. Jake and Holt get ready for the show-down of a lifetime by stocking up on as many guns and “buckets of ammo” they can get their hands on – which is easy, because this is Florida (as Jake puts it, “Our country is broken.”). Meanwhile, back in New York, the nine-nine is getting a new captain, much to Amy’s dismay. Unfortunately for her, (but fortunately for everyone else) the new guy is totally inept. It seems he just stumbled in on a giant crime operation and somehow accidentally got everyone to surrender. And then he became a captain. Who knows how those two things are actually connected. Gina, who never hesitates at seizing an opportunity, takes advantage of the new captain’s total oblivion and gets everyone – except Amy – everything their frivolous hearts desire.
Back in Florida, Holt runs a stoplight and gets pulled over. When the Sheriff sees the weapons stashed carelessly in the back seat, he takes Holt and Jake in for questioning. They can’t convince him of their innocence, so they try telling him the truth about their identities in the Witness Protection Program. The Sheriff doesn’t believe them, and when they try having him call their case manager to confirm, Jake discovers it’s actually Figgis on the line, and he’s coming for them.
Meanwhile, Amy is determined to get the new captain removed and have him replaced with someone a little more competent. Gina and the office fight her on this – Gina now has an assistant, Rosa has barricaded herself inside her desk with dividers, Boyle has a treadmill desk, Terry has a yogurt fridge, and nobody wants to give up their goodies. Amy insists they fight for a new captain, or at least get the current one to try doing his job. Finally, the office agrees, reluctantly.
In the Sheriff’s office, Jake and Holt have decided to pull a jailbreak. With a little help from their criminal counterparts, and the Sheriff’s homophobia, they manage to escape. But with no guns and nowhere to run, Jake and Holt decide to call in reinforcements from the nine-nine. Unfortunately for everybody, Amy has just convince the new captain to stop saying yes to everything they ask for, and when the team asks for time off (so they can go help Jake and Holt) the captain says no. Womp, womp.
Though not as crammed with one-liners and humorous cutaways as the first episode, this season is on a promising trajectory. The pacing has been great, and the Holt-Jake duo continues in its antics and hilarity. We get another fabulously funny scene with Maya Rudolph and then spend the rest of the episode feeling delightfully frustrated with the regressively sexist, homophobic Sheriff, played by the always-charming Jim O’Heir (aka Jerry/Gary/Larry from Parks and Rec). This episode we also jumped back into the show’s typical ensemble format, finally having a chance to catch up on what’s been happening in the nine-nine (here’s a hint: nothing’s changed). If the rest of the season plays out as strong as these two episodes have, this could be B99’s greatest season yet.
Season 4, Episode 2 (S04E02)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Tuesdays at 8PM on Fox
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