In this week’s edition of the weekly wrap-up: SEASON FINALE-PALOOZA!
Episode of the Week
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Johnny and Dora”
What am I going to do without the Nine-Nine in my life for the next several months, you guys? This finale was about as perfect an episode of this show as they’ve ever done, and it’s just going to make the upcoming hiatus seem EVEN LONGER.
The main story this week revolved around the long-simmering romance between Jake and Amy. I have been a huge fan of how the show has handled the pairing – never letting it take over focus on the show, but still having a bit of fun with the will they/won’t they of it all. I was thrilled to see them finally take a step forward in the finale, though, particularly because it was just so much fun.
Amy and Jake found themselves out on assignment trying to track our bad guy for the week, and had to pose as a newlywed couple. This is not fresh territory, by any means (we saw Castle pull a similar move with Kate and Rick before they finally got together), but it worked SO well here. Jake was already so uncomfortable after admitting to Amy that he liked her again that being thrown into what was basically a date made him extra-twitchy. And any time Amy is nervous, she is hilarious – I particularly loved her exclamation of “SUCH A NORMAL TIME!” after she and Jake got back in the van with Rosa and Boyle after kissing to keep up their cover.
After two “totally professional” kisses (and some awfully sincere declarations of feelings at dinner, also to maintain their cover), the actual kiss at the end of the episode seemed all but inevitable, but still made me squeal in excitement. I loved that they got interrupted and didn’t really get to talk about it – it’s the perfect sort of thing to leave unresolved in a season finale, and I can’t wait to see where they’re at when we come back to the show in the fall.
Even beyond Jake and Amy, there was a ton of great stuff happening in this episode. Rosa and Boyle had a terrific storyline involving Rosa’s birthday (which she hates, because of course she does). Throughout the entire episode, Rosa was annoyed with Boyle, under the assumption he was bringing her to a surprise party at the end of the night. Meanwhile, Boyle kept proving just how well he knew Rosa – like her love of Gilmore Girls (Stephanie Beatriz’ frustrated delivery of “I just want Lorelai to be happy!” may be my favorite thing that Rosa’s ever done), among other things. So when the two of them showed up to her “surprise party” – an empty bar Marcus had rented out for just the two of them for the night, at Boyle’s suggestion. It was a very sweet moment and a great bit of development for that relationship as it moves even further away from Boyle’s crush on Rosa earlier in the show’s run.
Back at the precinct during all of this, Holt (with the help of Gina and Terry), was trying to prevent being reassigned to a job at 1PP by his nemesis Madeline Wuntch. If there’s anything to take away from this story, it’s that Terry and Gina should ALWAYS work together. Terry snuck an entire file cabinet past a clueless desk clerk while Gina distracted the guy with questions about bird-watching. It doesn’t get much more entertaining than that.
Of course, their efforts ultimately failed, and Holt was forced to fall on his sword for the good of the Nine-Nine. Wuntch threatened to send every cop in the unit to scattered places around New York City unless Holt accepted the promotion, so of course he did. With very little fanfare, he took his leave of the precinct. We got to see him get as close to emotional as he’s been in two seasons on the show (and it made everyone uncomfortable: “GO BACK TO BEING ROBOT CAPTAIN!”), and it was a perfect moment to lead into Jake and Amy’s first kiss.
Who will the new captain be? How will Holt and Gina find their way back to the Nine-Nine (you know it’s going to happen? What’s going to happen with Jake and Amy? Lots to find out in season 3, and I can’t wait!