As Jake and Terry drag Rosa along to a fantasy convention, a situation arises with Charles, Amy, and Captain Holt!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5×08 “Return to Skyfire” on FOX had us laughing at the antics of the entire squad! Jake (Andy Samberg) and Terry (Terry Crews) prepare to meet their favorite author to solve the mystery of his missing manuscript. They connive Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) into going with them, even though she clearly isn’t amused. Well, not in the beginning anyway. She comes around in time. Meanwhile, we’re still trying to wrap our heads around the fact that Jake actually read an entire series of books. Not to mention the fact that Terry himself is writing one!
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Rosa isn’t the only one impressed as Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) express their concerns over Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) participating in a forensics class. It seems they don’t trust his uncontrollable word vomit habit. Something that they are correct about, but also gets them into a situation that Gina (Chelsea Peretti) would love. Charles gets his head stuck in a plaster cast because Holt and Amy were so quick to seal his mouth shut, they forgot to lube his face. Lucky it was Charles who got stuck in the plaster, as not many others would be as calm and understanding as he was.
Let’s meet our roundtable guests before the plaster dries!
Denny (@Df_t7) – I’m multi-fandom and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is my new obsession! I also do crafts, read and watch shows.
Kaysi (@julietknope) – Trash for good television.
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!
Pamela (@CharlesonPamela) – Teacher, aunt, and sister who also loves watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine!
1. We really got to see how close Terry and Jake are in this episode. Was it surprising to see how much they had in common?
Denny (@Df_t7): Yes! We already saw some, but this was crazy! Well, they both are crazy too (in the good way)!
Kaysi (@julietknope): Yeah, it was a bit surprising. It’s been really nice seeing more of their friendship, especially over these last few episodes.
Aurora (@aurorasblog): Not really. I feel like we’ve seen them bonding before. They explained in the episode how Jake came to finally read the books as well in jail. We already knew from last season how Terry got into the books. So, I feel like it all made sense. Plus it made sense that in jail, Jake would gravitate toward books Terry liked. In the first Skyfire episode, Jake told Terry, “you’re who I wanna be when I group up, Terry,” and “you’re my hero.”.
Marilyn (@Marilyn72568293): I have always known they were close, but it was kind of surprising to see how much they really do have in common. It was adorable to see them geeking out together!
Pamela (@CharlesonPamela): We’ve been seeing them get closer and closer over the years as Jake has grown up, but it was kind of surprising to see them acting like kids in this episode. It’s great that they got so excited!
2. If Rosa was that annoyed by the fantasy con, and everything in general, why did she agree to go undercover with Terry and Jake?
Denny: I think that once she was in this case, she wanted to go with it to the end.
Kaysi: Either Rosa wanted an opportunity to laugh at Terry and Jake or she really always has been a secret nerd.
Aurora: I think she’d do anything for them, even if she thought it was kinda dumb. Also, she’s good at her job, and not every assignment is going to be one you’re initially stoked about.
Marilyn: I’m not sure why she agreed at first. Maybe she has secretly been a nerd all this time. It’s hard to get a read on Rosa. Even after five years of watching!
Pamela: I thought that was kind of strange too. It was clear Jake and Terry didn’t really need extra assistance, they just wanted her to join. Maybe she just wanted to spend time with them.
3. Did it surprise you to discover that Terry has been working on writing a book?
Denny: No, because he already wrote a book for Cagney and Lacey. But his writing being that bad did surprise me!
Kaysi: It did! It was definitely unexpected.
Aurora: Not especially. He’s a creative guy. We’ve seen him draw really well. He also loves to read, which sometimes makes people interested in writing. At the end of the last Skyfire episode, he reiterated, “We write our own stories,”. He wasn’t being literal. Nonetheless, I could see how if that’s one of the phrases you live by, you may want to literally write one at some point.
Marilyn: I feel like we get to see Terry’s artistic side more and more. We know how well he can draw. Then he wrote the book for his daughters. I was definitely surprised he was doing a whole novel.
Pamela: I was kind of surprised that he was writing a book. But he didn’t seem to want a publisher to see it or a published author to read it. So my question would be what he was writing it for.
4. We all know how Charles is, and while we love him for it, why did Holt and Amy agree to let him participate in the forensics class?
Denny: He was so enthusiastic about it and he’s very dedicated in everything he does.
Kaysi: I feel like, out of anyone in the precinct, Boyle is the most willing to cooperate in something like that. He loves to be useful so he would jump at the chance to help Holt and Amy. Even though they’d know he could get on their nerves, they know he would gladly comply.
Aurora: I have no idea! Right?! I feel the same way that it’s like, sure, we love him, but come on!
Marilyn: I think everyone always tries to include Charles in things because they do love him and he is so sensitive. But Holt and Amy had to know that was a bad idea right from the start.
Pamela: I really don’t know. Anyone could see that it wasn’t going to end well. I mean, it was ultimately Holt and Amy that kind of messed it up, but still.
5. What did you think of the costumes Jake and Terry seemed to have on hand?
Denny: Terry’s was ok. Some serious ‘Halloween II’ vibes, but Jake was very ridiculous! So funny!
Kaysi: They were definitely interesting and I kind of love that they just had them available.
Aurora: They were fun!
Marilyn: Terry’s looked a lot like the one he wore in the first Skyfire episode. But Jake’s was hilarious! Were they just planning on wearing them that whole time and then didn’t because of Rosa or what? They just had them lying around.
Pamela: I loved them! I also loved how they were so prepared to wear them.
6. Lawson and Parlov were responsible for the entire theft setup, did you see that coming?Jake and Amy’s parents were able to come together when it was important. Do you think the peace between them will last?
Denny: No! That was like they said: they were enemies so it was unthinkable.
Kaysi: I kind of had a feeling they might have set it up once we realized both of their novels had been stolen.
Aurora: Sort of. At the beginning, I was kind of thinking it might be them. Then I thought that probably wouldn’t be the twist. After I saw that indeed Lawson and Parlov were the thieves, I thought I should have trusted my gut!
Marilyn: That was one twist I really didn’t see coming. A lot of times, this show can be kind of predictable because it is just a short, fun comedy. But then there are times like these where I get completely blindsided!
Pamela: I thought Parlov was behind it, then I thought Lawson was behind it. When Jake and Terry found out Lawson’s manuscript had been stolen too is when I started to get suspicious. But they kept me guessing for a bit in the beginning!
7. Jake ends up giving Terry a bit of a pep talk. A pretty wise one. Does it surprise you how much Jake has grown? Would he have been able to give a pep talk like this five years ago?
Denny: It’s not exactly a surprise, we already saw his maturity in other situations. About the “pep talk”: five years ago, he just would thrown some jokes instead.
Kaysi: Not really. Jake has gotten so close to everyone in the precinct and he’s been through so much with each of them that his growth has been pretty natural. I don’t really think he could have given much of a pep talk five years ago because he was a lot more immature then.
Aurora: Hmm, I suppose quite possibly not, but hard to say. It’s very nice to watch his journey!
Marilyn: Jake growing up didn’t surprise me as much, just because that seems to be the focus point of this season. But Jake giving Terry the pep talk? Definitely a shocker. If he even thought to give a pep talk five years ago, it would have been extremely awkward.
Pamela: It’s always surprising for me to see how much Jake just keeps on maturing. But it really got me when he gave Terry the pep talk at the end. It was done so well and I felt like a proud parent!
Final Verdict: This has been a season for delving deeper into our characters and learning more about them than ever!
This was a nicely done episode. We got to learn a bit more about the characters and the writers really showed us how far they’ve come in the past five years. Not only do we get to see how close Terry and Jake have become, but we get to see Jake be the one to encourage Terry instead of the other way around. Then we also got to see Holt and Amy stand up for the way Charles tends to go on tangents and off topic. The writing was phenomenal and really showed us how they were annoyed with it at the beginning, but realized it was all just a part of who Charles is. It was great watching them not only accept it, but defend it as well. We love the family moments within this squad!
It seems like we are getting a lot of separation within the squad. They used to all work on things together, and lately it seems they’ve been splitting off into a few different directions. Maybe it’s because Gina isn’t around. Who knows? Maybe she really is the sarcastic glue that holds our favorite team together. Speaking of Gina, we know she had a baby on and off screen, but it has just been forever since she’s been on the show. We suppose that technically isn’t a flaw, but we have certainly noticed her absence, and our hearts have definitely grown fonder.
Next week is all about change as Holt finds out he’s up for the position of Chief Commissioner. Something he has wanted from the beginning. But the problem is, he and the rest of the squad are in LA for a funeral and now Holt may not be able to make it back to Brooklyn on time for the interview. There are also going to be some new developments as Charles makes a discovery about something personal to Rosa. Meanwhile, Amy is once again trying to convince the others that she can be relaxed and laid back. Who died? What will happen if Holt gets the job? What has Charles found out about Rosa? Stick with us as our roundtable continues to put everything together!