The bets are in place, and there is plenty of them to go around!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode 5×05, “Bad Beat”, on FOX showed us both a bit of comedy and some seriousness about gambling. Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) reveals his addiction to gambling as he finds himself in trouble with it once more. Terry (Terry Crews) and Jake (Andy Samberg) want to take a bet on themselves that they can get into a private poker game to take their next big bad down. Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) gets into a sitting bet with Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller). Amy (Melissa Fumero) is also betting on her food truck venture with Charles (Joe Lo Truglio).
While Rosa was extremely competitive with Hitchcock and Scully, she also seemed to bond with them in a way like never before. Terry and Jake ran together like a well oiled machine, except when it came to the actual playing of the poker. Captain Holt stepped in to help, but ultimately had to step out when he was sliding back into his gambling addiction. Amy willingly and excitedly invested in Charles’ food truck venture, but then seemed like she wanted out. Ultimately they were able to settle what the problem was and became closer than ever before. Who knew that buying a murder truck could bring two friends closer together than ever before? Not us!
So let’s meet our roundtable of the week and really break it down!
Kaysi (@julietknope) – Trash for good television
Sadie (@BrocadeGhost) – Cat/tiny human Mom, weirdo, Queer, creative, atheist, Certified Pastry Culinarian, Democrat, Hoosier
Aurora (@AurorasBlog) – Marathon runner and equity actress, currently running 882 miles for the 882 daily victims of assault for Project882!
Marilyn (@Marilyn72568293) – Cosmetologist and lover of fun! Enjoy watching the best shows I can find!
Betsy (@RobarBetsy) – Hard worker, proud mom and grandma, lover of good television
1. Does it surprise you to find out that Jake and Terry aren’t good at poker?
Kaysi (@julietknope): Terry not being good at poker surprises me more than Jake not being good at it. His “tell” was hilarious and so perfectly Terry though so it made sense. Jake just has never seemed the type to be into gambling and he definitely proved it this episode.
Sadie (@BrocadeGhost): Jake is often bad at things, so no.
Aurora (@AurorasBlog): I don’t think it would’ve surprised me either way. I could imagine a world in which one of them learned it during some life experience. But I also don’t think it’s weird that they don’t know it. As Holt said, poker is pretty math heavy. That doesn’t seem to be Jake’s favorite thing. Terry seems to be pretty busy between his devotion to his job, his family and his health. I bet he hardly has any time to gamble!
Marilyn (@Marilyn72568293): I was pretty surprised that Terry wasn’t good at poker. Much less surprised about Jake not being good at it. But is it really a bad thing if you aren’t good at bluffing? In day to day situations I would say no. When it comes to trying to get into an underground poker game, it’s definitely a bad thing.
Betsy (@RobarBetsy): I wasn’t surprised that the boys didn’t understand the card part of poker, but I was surprised that neither of them could bluff. They’re cops! They do undercover missions. Isn’t that all about how well you can lie your way in and out of situations?
2. So Charles decided on the ‘murder truck’ for his food truck and Amy doesn’t seem okay with it. What do you think? Is it a good idea or a bad one?
Kaysi: Yeah, I feel like a “murder truck” would not be the best choice. I can’t imagine wanting to go to a food truck where a knee was found in the fryer. I definitely think Amy was right on this one.
Sadie: The Food Truck is a good idea, but the murder truck is too much.
Aurora: It’s hard to say! On the one hand, think of how horrific it is that someone lost their life in there. On the other, we have so many successful things in America themed after zombies, ghosts, serial killers – all stuff in the world of the dead. So, I suppose even though it seems like there’s a gruesome back story, with the right marketing, potentially there could be a giant swath of people really into it.
Marilyn: The food truck idea as a whole seems like a pretty solid idea. Especially if you have Amy backing you up. But trying to sell it on the fact that people were killed in it is probably not such a good idea. Gross.
Betsy: As disgusting as the murder aspect of it is, there are probably a lot of people who would think it was cool. There are all kinds of things out there today that focus on zombies and the undead. This could have been just one more attraction to the whole idea.
3. Why is Rosa feeling so competitive with Scully and Hitchcock about who can stay seated the longest?
Kaysi: I think Rosa is just naturally competitive. Plus, Scully and Hitchcock tend to get on her nerves a lot too. So I think that was extra incentive to try and show them up.
Sadie: She’s always competitive, but she’s also probably bored. Everyone but Scully and Hitchcock had something better to do.
Aurora: Rosa is one of the most competitive people on the planet. I don’t know where that comes from specifically in her, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see her get into a contest over anything. This story line felt so real and so funny, and I loved it!
Marilyn: Rosa is competitive with anyone and everyone, all the time. She loves challenges and is usually a pretty good sport about them, even when she loses. She definitely got more than she bargained for when she challenged the professional sitters though!
Betsy: I know Rosa has always been naturally competitive, but something tells me there is more to it. Maybe she is kind of bored and lonely now that Adrian is gone? It was also really cool to see the way she seemed to bond with Hitchcock and Scully. That’s definitely something I never thought I would see!
4. What do you think made Amy decide to invest in Charles’ food truck venture in the first place?
Kaysi: Amy’s proven time and again that she’s a good and supportive friend, so I’d attribute her teaming up with Charles to that.
Sadie: He doesn’t have time for a restaurant, but is obsessed with food and needs an outlet and Amy wanted to help.
Aurora: I think Amy and Charles are reasonably close already, but Charles is basically a brother to Jake. So now that Amy’s marrying Jake, it makes sense that she and her soon-to-be sort-of-brother-in-law would want to strengthen their connection. Charles has always really loved food. Amy is organized and loves binders and all that. So, I think she’d be good at starting a business. So, to me, all those connections totally make sense!
Marilyn: Amy is the most supportive person on the squad. She probably realized that no one else was going to invest in Charles’ idea and felt bad for him. So she decided that she would be the one to do it. There’s also the fact that with her being the only investor, she has a lot of say in what happens. We all know how much Amy loves that!
Betsy: Maybe she saw it as a way to bond a bit more with Charles. They have had a few team ups in the past and seem to be close. But maybe now that Jake and Amy are getting married, she wants to be sure that Charles never feels left out. I can see Amy thinking like that.
5. This episode dealt with a serious undertone with gambling addiction. Does it surprise you that Holt used to have a problem?
Kaysi: Yeah, I was surprised Holt used to have a gambling problem! He’s always so in control of himself! So to see a different side of him like that was unexpected.
Sadie: They’ve kind of exhausted the possible jokey problems, so it had to happen to someone.
Aurora: Yes and no. I never specifically imagined Holt had a gambling addiction, but humans are so layered and interesting. There isn’t anything I know about him that would lead me to believe he specifically wouldn’t have that problem. I really like that in so many episodes we keep getting more and more layers of these people. Especially when we learn about the weaknesses of characters we love. It’s a nice reminder that we’re all human.
Marilyn: I figured when they brought up that the episode was going to focus on gambling, that there was going to be someone who had it in their past. But honestly, I kind of thought it would be Terry. Captain Holt always seems so in control that it was strange seeing him lose some of that control.
Betsy: It surprised me a bit, but then I thought about it a bit more in depth. I can definitely see it. Especially since Captain Holt seems so tense all the time. People that are that tense need an outlet. Clearly, gambling was Holt’s. He got pretty crazy!
6. Amy is excited when she and Charles get their money back from the truck and Charles calls her out for not wanting to be an investor. Do you think that’s the case? Or did she just expect something different?
Kaysi: I don’t think that was the case. Amy knew they would lose money from the murder truck and it would have sunk their business immediately. I think she was just mostly excited that they no longer had to commit to the truck.
Sadie: She’s an established control freak. Of course she was expecting something different.
Aurora: Amy does seem like someone who likes to play it safe, and anything tangentially related to the restaurant business is a risky investment. So I think it’s possible she had cold feet about being an investor. But I also see how Charles’ decisions would make her pretty nervous, wholly apart from that.
Marilyn: Sometimes I think Amy is just too nice to admit when she doesn’t really like something. The whole thing could have been avoided if she had told Charles she just didn’t agree with the murder truck. Amy could have just told Charles that they were going with a different truck. I don’t think it’s that she doesn’t want to be an investor, she just needs to learn to communicate.
Betsy: Amy was definitely expecting it to be something different. She had no problem being an investor, she just wanted things done right. Amy is an organizer. The food truck investment was supposed to be a lavish and profitable venture for her I’m sure. She was just blindsided by the story of the truck.
7. Terry and Jake made a pretty great and in sync team this week. What did you think of their team up?
Kaysi: I loved it! Jake and Terry are so fun to watch together. I’d love to see more of those two!
Sadie: It was fun! They’re a great team!
Aurora: I loved it! I was going to say they felt like “team empathy,” but everyone in the precinct cares so much for everyone, any two characters could be “team empathy.” It was a very sweet pairing! I love how the B99 writers explored all kinds of different, interesting pairings in this episode. It seems like there’s always more to explore, and I really love that the B99 writers keep seizing opportunities to do that!
Marilyn: I loved their team up! We always get to see that they have a pretty close relationship, but it’s rare that we ever actually get to see them going off and doing something as partners. It was great to watch them on this operation together and I hope we get to see more different team ups as the season goes on.
Betsy: They are one of my all time favorite team ups! I wish we got to see them go off and work together more! I love the relationship and partnership between Jake and Charles. But watching the show switch it up makes it so exciting and also makes it feel really fresh. I’m game for switch ups any time!
Final Verdict: The smaller relationships within the team help make the squad successful.
The writing really seemed to focus on the smaller relationships of the show in this episode. We really got to see Jake and Terry bond a bit more and work as a team. Amy and Charles showed us that loving Jake isn’t the only thing they have in common. Rosa actually found herself enjoying the time she spent with Hitchcock and Scully. Now that’s a relationship that only the impressive writing of this show can make us believe! The smaller side stories are some of our favorites and we are so excited to have them back!
As far as flaws of the episode, we’re still a little stuck on the food truck idea. Even if Amy and Charles are able to get the food truck up off the ground and running, how are they going to run it? The recipes belong to Charles, so we suppose they can just hire someone to make them like him. But Charles really isn’t the type to let other people make his recipes. He really enjoys doing it himself, and he’s made it clear that he isn’t in this for the money. So while it may not really be a flaw, we are certainly left scratching our heads as to what will happen with the whole situation.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns next Tuesday, November 14th at 9:20/8:30c on FOX
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