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Episode of the Week
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Halloween II”
I have always been a big fan of sitcoms that feature a yearly tradition every season – the Ron and Tammy adventures on Parks and Rec, the Dundies on The Office, etc. So I was thrilled to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine call back to last year’s Halloween bet between Jake and Captain Holt, and set it up as an ongoing thing should the show continue past this season.
This year’s bet involved Jake attempting to steal Captain Holt’s watch off of his arm before a particular time. As with last year, Jake offers extra overtime hours for free if he loses – this time, “five-druple” weeks. It is that rather ridiculous claim that lures Holt in – in the way only Andre Braugher can, he agrees with a hearty “we have an accord!”.
It’s from here that things get really fun. Jake’s plan involves an elaborate distraction from the entire precinct and bringing in a real pickpocket (codename: Fingers, because of course) to swipe the real watch and replace it with a fake while Holt is preoccupied. The plan goes off flawlessly – except the criminal Jake hired runs off with the watch. This sends him and Boyle off on a ridiculous wild goose chase through Brooklyn on Halloween that ends with Jake getting arrested.
After bailing him out, Holt reveals his own elaborate plan, which began the day after last year’s Halloween bet. It involved every member of the precinct and even factored in Fingers the pickpocket. When told by Holt in his victorious, but still no-hint-of-fun deadpan, this was utterly hilarious.
In the midst of the Halloween bet shenanigans, Gina was having drama with her dance team (the wonderfully named Floorgasm) because she was missing rehearsals to go to night school. When Terry found out, he offered to join her for the dance competition, giving us the glorious visual of Gina and Terry dancing together as the episode ended.
All in all, a super fun outing for the show, which remains my favorite comedy on TV right now.