Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 2 Episode 10 Review: The Pontiac Bandit Returns

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Last year brought us one of the best episodes of the season with The Pontiac Bandit and on Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 2 Episode 10 Doug Judy (guest stat Craig Robinson) returns and is looking to make a deal.

But will Jake be able to make a deal when his emotions are involved? When Amy notices a mistake made by Capt. Holt, will she be able to come clean?

Boyle and Gina team up to stop their parents from becoming an item? But will their scheming work or blow up in their faces? Merry Christmas everyone and let's dig into this episode!

During Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1, no episode was more successful and hilarious than Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1 Episode 12, "The Pontiac Bandit."

It featured Craig Robinson from The Office as Doug Judy, a career criminal who had stolen hundreds of cars over the years and alluded capture for over 8 years. He not only proved he was a good thief, but also a con man as he managed to win Jake over before stabbing him in the back and escaping. Jake hasn't forgotten and he's definitely holding a grudge that leads to a raucous exchange in an outdoor Christmas tree market. 

Take a good look kids. This is what happens when you're naughty!


Meanwhile back at the 99, Capt. Holt again stresses how trading gifts will not be permitted which Amy immediately ignores, deciding that a cost-free collage does not constitute as a gift.

My prayers were answered. I ended my review for Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 2 Episode 9 by stating that the audience wanted answers regarding the budding relationship between Boyle's dad Lynn and Gina's mom Darlene. Those two crazy kids aren't just hooking up; it looks like things are getting serious when Boyle finds a gift his daplans to give Darlene.


Boyle: Gina, you need to see this.
Gina: Oh Charles, I can't take that. It's clearly not cash and I don't have time in my life to return things.

To be honest, I've never found Amy alone to be particularly funny. She's often outshone by other characters and her best time onscreen is when she's interacting with someone else. However, this week Amy's desire to brown nose didn't reach a creepy level like it sometimes does, but a funny one.

How cute was the name of her scrapbook "From Ray to Z"? I do agree "Keep Holtin' On" sounded like something you'd give to someone who was sick, but Amy is a master at bad puns and Capt. Holt seems to be the only one enjoying them.

Doug Judy being the lifelong criminal that he is made friends with some of the wrong people, including the boss of the gigglepig operation Tito Ruiz. Did anyone else recognize Luis Moncada as Tito Ruiz? He's made the rounds on several TV shows over the past few years but none is more memorable than his role as Marco Salamanca, one of the twin assassins on Breaking Bad after Walter White. It seems as if he's comfortable playing criminals. Why shouldn't he be? He's very good at it.

Back to Doug Judy. It's funny how someone who's made his living stealing cars and identities has a firm moral stance against drugs which is why he's willing to sell out Tito Ruiz. He does, however, make an exception for certain substances.

I said no because drugs are stupid, except for weed and sex pills. A man has his needs.

Doug Judy

While Jake may have thought he learned his lesson, he hasn't. As soon as he and Doug put on the robes, sang "Reunited" by Peaches and Herb and ate lobster, I knew it was all over. They even joined together to concoct Jake's outlandish cover when meeting Tito Ruiz.

Jake: I've already got my cover story worked out. My name is Dante Thunderstone. I stole my first car at the tender age of nine.
Doug Judy: You had to fend for yourself since your mother was struck by lightening...
Jake: While she was pregnant with me. She passed. I lived. Some say that makes Zeus my dad.

At the end of the day, Jake may be a great detective but he's also vulnerable. He has no friends outside of work and there's a part of him always looking to make a new friend, even if he is The Pontiac Bandit. Doug could see this weakness inside Jake and used it against him twice.

By episode's end, Jake had Tito Ruiz but Doug Judy had once again gotten away. This opens up the possibility for more run-ins with Jake and Rosa and I'm all for that, especially if it features more scenes like this one.

Doug Judy: This is my bodyguard, Selena. We're doing it on the DL.
Rosa: He's an amazing lover. I'm pregnant.
Doug Judy: Awww nice!

Back at the 99, Amy notices that Capt. Holt's greatest nemesis, an arsonist named The Brooklyn Broiler, could not have set all the fires he was convicted of starting. Though initially reluctant, Amy tells this to the Captain, using her scrapbook as evidence.

I don't think there's ever been a verbal exchange this funny that included the word "peruse." Capt. Holt respects Amy for coming clean and invites her on board with the case so they both can find the other arsonist. Maybe this development will help Amy from constantly seeking Holt's approval. We can dream, can't we?

Despite all attempts by Boyle and Gina at sabotage, their parents are in it for the long haul and even thanked them for the "fun Christmas four way," a phrase no one should ever hear from their mother, by the way. Lynn and Darlene are moving in together and I cannot wait for whatever schemes Boyle and Gina come up to split them up. For now, I can bask in the utter grossness of TV's kinkiest couple.

Perhaps a great ending for this terrific episode was seeing Rosa grinning like an idiot because she closed her case and being completely perplexed by it.

Seriously, I cannot stop smiling. How do people do this with their faces?


This was definitely the best episode so far of the season. TV Fanatics, please tune in and watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine online! Until the next episode, my friends!

The Pontiac Bandit Returns Review

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