BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is back in full force, well, maybe, unless things go badly with Amy’s ex in this week’s episode, “The Audit.” After a four month hiatus, the gang is back to resume the rest of season four, and while the jokes are on par, the serialization maybe, sort-of, kinda is not. As we discover in the first five seconds of the show (give or take a minute), Gina is alive and well, well, alive at least. Frankly, the show had taken such a long break I’d almost forgotten the last episode’s surprise ending with Gina getting hit by a bus out of the blue.
The show doesn’t go into a lot of depth about Gina’s near-fatal accident, though it certainly milks it for comedic effect. It’s just a strange thing to pick up and drop so quickly for the show, and it leaves me wondering whether or not there will be some future tie back to her accident. If there isn’t, it’s an extremely random plot point to throw into the show, willy-nilly.
As for the rest of the episode, the jokes did not disappoint. The episode proved that four months’ break does not a dull show make. The punchlines were witty and the character antics were at peak comedic level. This is probably partially due to the episode’s premise, putting the nine-nine under scrutiny when the NYPD decides to close down one precinct due to record-low crime rates. With everyone in the precinct terrified they’re about to lose their jobs, frantic worry turns into chaotic problem-solving, giving every character prime opportunity to devolve into absolute ridiculousness, the peak of which might be Boyle in a catsuit, being attacked by coked-out rats.
But to back up a little bit, the episode begins with Gina’s return to the nine-nine. She’s definitely worse-for-wear, still trapped underneath a body brace. Despite Holt’s and Terry’s concerns that perhaps she’s not quite ready to be back at the office, Gina is determined to prove to everyone that she’s perfectly fine, never better in fact, actually, really at the peak of her game, honestly. With a body like the tin man, what more could she ask for?
With that going totally great, Holt receives the good-but-actually-bad news that record-low crime rates means the NYPD is shutting down one of their twenty-two precincts. Worse yet? Amy’s totally boring ex-boyfriend, Teddy, is the officer doing the audit. And still even worse, Teddy is observing a stakeout mission with Amy and Jake. How could this possibly go wrong?
Holt, meanwhile, is certain he has nothing to worry about with his precinct. He runs a pretty tight ship. That is, until Teddy points out that the precinct has had some pretty crazy office expenses, like a twenty-thousand dollar copy machine from Japan that no one can figure out how to use. This anxiety over the one flaw Holt might have overlooked in the management of his precinct sends him in an anxious spiral that involves enlisting Terry to spend hours on the phone saying “Terry is too big for the door,” in Japanese, and using Boyle – who voluntarily wears a catsuit – to round up the rats infesting the nine-nine building.
His efforts surprisingly seem to be successful, with Terry miraculously fixing the copy machine, and the rats presumably subdued. That is, until Boyle gets stuck in the ceiling, and the rats eat some very pure cocaine that was locked up in the evidence locker. The drug-fueled rats take their aggression out on poor Boyle, who’s trapped in the ceiling, until he finally falls through the ceiling tiles on top of the copy machine, effectively destroying everything Holt and the precinct had tried so hard to fix and hide.
Meanwhile, Amy and Jake’s stakeout with Teddy is incredibly awkward. Jake attempts to get on Teddy’s good side by discussing beers that he thinks Teddy likes, but Teddy calls Jake out on his lie. It’s okay, though, because Teddy tells Amy and Jake that when Amy broke up with him, he realized she was right – he was boring – and now he’s taken steps to change that, including by going to ‘Jazz Brunch,’ which is apparently a thing where you eat brunch while a jazz singer sings about you eating brunch. Somehow, it is something that sounds both intriguing and also incredibly torturous, and personally I’m very confused and will likely spend far too much time examining my inward self to try and figure out why that is.
Teddy invites Jake and Amy along, and not wanting to screw things up for the nine-nine, they agree to go. When Teddy leaves the room, though, the two go on a rampage rant about how incredibly boring Teddy is, not realizing until it’s too late that the whole conversation has been recorded on Teddy’s phone. Panicked that by lying to Teddy’s face and calling him boring behind his back will seal the precinct’s fate, the two decide to stage a fight at Jazz Brunch to distract Teddy and give them an opportunity to destroy his phone and never listen to that recording. Unfortunately, they sell the fight so well that Teddy thinks Jake and Amy might be on the verge of breaking up, and confesses that he still loves Amy – even going so far as to propose to her, which she of course says no to. In the end, Jake and Amy fess up, but it winds up not being disastrous for them – Teddy doesn’t seek revenge on them, but instead steps down from being auditor of their precinct. This is a good thing, until it turns out that the replacement auditor is Terry’s ex-girlfriend who is determined to shut the precinct down as revenge for whatever happened between her and Terry. Yikes.
Season 4, Episode 13 (S04E13)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Tuesdays at 8PM on Fox
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