This week's episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine brough the hilarity again, as Gina tried to help Jake deal with his finances, Rosa and Charles pranked some of the Saturday squad and Captain Holt got the precinct to evaluate themselves.
These were all fun concurrent stories, as we learned a lot about a few characters.
JAKE AND GINA: I think this is the first time that we've had the pairing of Jake and Gina. Maybe I had forgotten, but I had absolutely no idea that she and Jake grew up together. It was a nice touch of history to give these two, and their interactions are hilarious.
I'm pretty sure that no one was surprised that Jake was in dire financial straits. He had mentioned in a previous episode that he was in crushing debt.
However, the extent of his debt and the magnitude of irresponsibility leading to his situation was surprising to me. It's one thing to be a spendthrift (THREE turntables, honestly), but ignoring your mail? All of this led to Jake being evicted from his grandmother's apartment, causing him to enlist Gina's help to rectify his situation.
What didn't surprise me on Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1 Episode 18 was that Gina had it together. We've seen on numerous occasions that Gina is much smarter than she lets on; her insights often catch everyone off guard. It totally made sense that Gina's been saving and watching her pennies - so much so that she could offer to buy Jake's apartment.
I understood Jake's consternation at that proposal. If you're not taught financial responsibility, it often hits you like a brick when you realize that your friends and their wallets have grown up and left you behind. He ultimately realized the value of the offer - and Gina is now Jake's landlord.
This was yet another lesson that Jake had to learn, and he learned it in the best possible way for us viewers. I love their pairing, and the comedic potential of Jake being Gina's tenant is just limitless.
ROSA AND CHARLES: Rosa and Charles had their time to shine as Rosa tried to get back at the Weekend Squad member who uses her desk. I don't blame her. He shaves at her desk. That's absolutely disgusting.
I have to give credit to Stephanie Beatriz and Joe Lo Truglio - they've really done a fantastic job showing how different the dynamic is now between the two detectives, now that Rosa was no longer the object of Charles' affection.
They were both more relaxed; Charles wasn't trying to impress her, and Rosa was genuinely amused by him (even though his sense of humor was really no different). I've never seen Rosa laugh as much as she did at the Tom Selleck impression!
As funny as Charles' unrequited love was, I think this relaxed working relationship they have now is just as great, if not better.
CAPTAIN HOLT'S EVALUATION: It was evaluation time at the precinct, and Captain Holt had the genius idea of getting everyone to evaluate themselves. Sgt Jeffords' enthusiasm about his squad quickly waned as Holt stumped Amy Santiago with one simple question: "What is your biggest flaw?"
When the show started out, Santiago's brown nosing was really over the top and annoying. Lately, though, Melissa Fumero has found a way to make it pathetically charming. Watching her flounder as she tried to figure out what flaw to tell Holt was pretty funny.
He honestly could have just told Santiago what her flaw was, or told Jeffords that he needed to stand up with for his team (which he later did). Instead he messed with them for an entire episode! Holt really is the ultimate troll.
- We have to mention that cold open Peralta calling Holt "Dad" was one of the funniest precinct moments of the show!
- Today in Hitchcock and Scully - I don't know WHAT was going on with poor Scully in Holt's office. Quite frankly, I was surprised that they even had 14 arrests!
- Every time we try to take Holt seriously, they make him do something to undercut that intimidation. Like slurping soup from a bowl - without the spoon.
- Andy Samberg looks good in that uniform. I mean - really good. That is all.
Another solid episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. What did you think?