Every Brooklyn Nine-Nine fan was eager for “The Big House, Pt. 2” because we all knew Jake and Rosa would finally be reunited with the rest of the team!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode 5×02, “The Big House, Pt. 2” on FOX gave us what we’ve been waiting for! Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) and Jake (Andy Samberg) were finally released from prison! Even though it was only the second episode, we feel as if we’ve been waiting for this forever! Jake and Amy (Melissa Fumero) fans certainly weren’t disappointed with the couple’s reunion. Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) clearly wasn’t the only one missing Jake. But there is some darkness still swirling around as well. There is definitely more going on as Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) made the deal with Seamus, but didn’t tell the team about it, even when Terry (Terry Crews) asked him how he knew about the pigs.
We are still missing one more important person before our team truly feels complete. We know she is on maternity leave, but boy do we miss Gina (Chelsea Peretti) something fierce! Especially since it’s so easy to imagine the field day she would have had these last two episodes. Just picture all the amazing jokes about Rosa and Jake being in prison with her not being around. Not to mention the weird relationship thing Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) has going on and the typical nonsense with Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) of course. If you’re reading this, Gina, we need you to make a hasty return to the Nine-Nine. The team just isn’t the same without you!
Let’s meet our roundtable!
Megha (@magarwal2002) – I live in the UK and desperately want to be able to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine live!
Denny (@df_t7) – I’m multifandom and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is my new obsession! I also do crafts, read and watch shows.
Kaysi (@julietknope) – Trash for good television.
Sadie (@BrocadeGhost) – Cat/tiny human Mom, weirdo, Queer, creative, atheist, Certified Pastry Culinarian, Democrat, Hoosier
Lii (@curiouslyhale) – Number one Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Taylor Swift and Pretty Little Liars fan girl. Would take a bullet for Amy Santiago.
1. Hitchcock seems to know a strange amount about phones and apps considering who he is. How do you think he knew about the technology?
Megha (@magarwal2002): I think he and his girlfriend have a cheeky streak.
Denny (@df_t7): Like Holt, I’d rather NOT know about it! But, it’s really weird because he had trouble with opening his e-mail in season one. Now he’s an expert at Snapchat. It seems he knows all this from experience. It’s a little creepy, for his track record. Yeah, not knowing is better.
Kaysi (@julietknope): Oh, Hitchcock. So much of what he does is concerning. I honestly don’t want to think about it! I think Holt was right to advise everyone to not ask Hitchcock about his knowledge of those things!
Sadie (@BrocadeGhost): If his girlfriend is in prison, it’s plausible they used Snapchat. It seems like it might be useful in that setting.
Lii (@curiouslyhale): I have this weird theory that his girlfriend has a burner phone in jail and they have no other way to communicate, so they use Snapchat. Unless Hitchcock visits often, then I have no idea. Maybe in his text chain with Gina and Scully, Gina had to teach them the basics of technology so they could exchange more Game of Thrones theories?
2. What did you think of Captain Holt’s undercover performance?
Megha: That man loves his heavy breasts! Heterosexual Holt is a PLAYER and his use of the cap honestly transforms his sexuality.
Denny: Amazing. In a ridiculous way! The weird details he gave, LOL! It’s really great! Andre is an incredible actor. Each episode I admire him more and more!
Kaysi: Oh my goodness, I was rolling! Anytime Holt goes undercover as a straight man is comedy gold.
Sadie: Any gay person Holt’s age should be better at pretending than that. You know he spent too much of his life in the closet to be that obvious. However, it’s also consistent with the straight act he put on in Florida, so it wasn’t surprising.
Lii: Heterosexual Holt is. The. Best. Thing. EVER. If I thought his performance in Coral Palms was good, this just topped it. The thigh gap part had me in tears.
3. Did you know right away that Rosa was imagining breaking through the glass and going after Hawkins?
Megha: I didn’t realize immediately because the constant camera shots to clock didn’t make it too obvious. But when she got Hawkins on the floor, I understood that it was her imagination. #Throwback to season one!
Denny: When she said “time is up” I was thinking it was real. But when she broke the glass, that’s when I knew. It made the scene super enjoyable. If I didn’t realize it, I would have been very worried about her!
Kaysi: Yeah, I figured that was the case. It’s too bad though, because it was totally bad ass!
Sadie: I didn’t. These episodes are darker than usual (because, prison; also, no Gina). They’ve spent the whole series referencing her destructive tendencies. She’s always one second away from hurting somebody, right? Also, that kind of violence would be consistent with any cop show that’s not a straight up comedy like 99. So I’m always half-expecting something heavier to happen. I’ve been listening to the original “Dragnet” radio show, and even that has deadly shootings and fisticuffs.
Lii: I actually didn’t! I don’t tend to notice things until I re-watch them a couple times. Like in the Halloween III episode, I just assumed Hitchcock coming in and opening the blinds was normal. I’m definitely going to be paying more attention to things this season. I WILL predict the Halloween Heist winner.
4. Were you surprised Romero was able to stab Caleb? Shouldn’t one of the guards have noticed his shiv before he was able to hurt someone with it?
Megha: Not surprised. That PRISON is shit!
Denny: Not getting caught didn’t surprise me. But the fact that he stabbed Caleb did. I was thinking “he won’t do it.”.
Kaysi: I was! I mean, Romero is obviously sneaky and has been able to get away with a lot. But he had the shiv out for quite a while before he stabbed Caleb. I would’ve thought the guards would have done something about it before things got too out of hand.
Sadie: That would be assuming the guards cared, which I doubt they would. By being a snitch against the head bad guy, Jake set himself up to be sacrificed by the police. The joke about Jake’s paperwork already being filled out, along with his repeated beatings, demonstrate the attempts of the writers to reveal darker realities without straying too far from the comedy format. They’re really quite good at it.
Lii: I was surprised, it was all so quick that I couldn’t quite understand what was going on until Jake was holding Caleb upright. I think the guards may have noticed but decided not to get involved, if that makes sense? Like they didn’t want to be stabbed, so they didn’t say anything of it. Also, Romero has probably done stuff like this multiple times already, so the guards may have gotten used to it.
5. Do you think Caleb will be in danger from Romero now that Jake is out of prison?
Megha: I don’t think they’ll show anymore scenes in the prison considering the main character is out of jail.
Denny: No. Also, I don’t think we will see the prison again.
Kaysi: Maybe if Romero really sees Caleb as an ally to Jake, he would keep going after him. But he’s far more concerned with Jake than he is Caleb. Caleb just happened to get in the way in this case.
Sadie: It seems likely that he’ll go back to solitary, especially after trying to eat Jake.
Lii: He does get to stay in the hospital until he heals, but I feel like Romero won’t bother with hurting him too seriously. He may get beaten up, but Romero seems solely focused on getting revenge on Jake.
6. Why did Holt take it upon himself to take the help from Seamus and then not tell the rest of the squad?
Megha: He shouldn’t have done that. I think it’s going to end badly. But he probably did it because he wanted to be there for the squad.
Denny: Could be a few things: Pride or shame because he didn’t want to have to do that. Maybe what Seamus wants from Holt is something big and he doesn’t want to worry the squad. I believe it’s the last one. He was very concerned. We could actually read it on his not so stoic face.
Kaysi: The only reason I can think of is that Holt didn’t want the rest of the squad to have to owe anything to Seamus. He probably figures he can handle it and didn’t want to risk putting anyone else in danger.
Sadie: They’re always doing that, being friends first, and cops second. It’s one of the most unbelievable parts of the show.
Lii: In the Coral Palms episodes, Holt said he didn’t need the Nine-Nine to help him because he didn’t want them to get involved. I think that’s what he’s doing right now.
7. Are you excited to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine story lines now that Jake and Rosa are out of prison?
Megha: OBVIOUSLY I AM VERY EXCITED! But I’m sure something is going to happen to Holt for messing around with Seamus. Trouble is going to reign at the 99th precinct.
Denny: In Jake’s voice: “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?” Of course! I’m really looking forward to the Halloween episode!
Kaysi: YES! I love everything about this show but it’s at it’s best when everyone is together back at the precinct.
Sadie: Yes, I’m looking forward to the show lightening up again. I miss Gina, though.
Lii: Yes! I can’t wait to see what these writers come up with next!
Final Verdict: Hawkins may be down, but we have a feeling that she certainly isn’t out!
The writing on this show is truly top notch. Every character remains true to themselves no matter what the situation may be. This is clearly a win as the fan base just continues to grow. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is certainly a hard show to pin to just one or two genres. The writers have made it so many that even though it’s classified as a comedy, it can really be anything. There’s drama, action, romance, and even a little suspense thrown in with all that comedy. The fact that this show is all that and more and continuing as strong as they are is just another testament to the writers.
Even though we could go on for days about the amazing writing, every show has flaws as well. We are ecstatic that Amy and Jake had a reunion kiss, and we understand that it was in front of the rest of the squad. But couldn’t we have had a little bit more passion? Or something? The kiss at the end just seemed a little on the chaste side. We’re also feeling pretty unsure of where the story line with Seamus is going to lead. Which is both good and bad. It’s good because we love that this show can keep us in suspense of things five years later. But it’s bad because we just don’t want any more Hawkins.
We’re sitting with baited breath for next week’s episode and we’re sure you are too! How could you not be with it being the first episode of the season with Jake and Rosa back on the squad where they belong?