When Rosa responds to an active shooter call, the rest of the squad is forced to sit on the sidelines!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5×20, “Show Me Going” on FOX gave us the excitement we love and crave, without even showing much action! It was a loaded episode as Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) responded to an active shooter call without the other members of the squad. While Holt (Andre Braugher) informed the rest of the squad they were to stay put, Jake (Andy Samberg) did his best to distract Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) and himself. But that didn’t work for long and he had Hitchcock (Joel McKinnon Miller) and Scully (Dirk Blocker) create a diversion so he could take gear and go help Rosa. But Holt caught him and let him know the best thing he could do was sit back and help the rest of the squad keep cool, calm, and collected until they had news on Rosa.
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The possibility of Rosa not being okay had Terry (Terry Crews) rethinking his life insurance policy and trying to get it changed. But this was easier said than done as his blood pressure was through the roof due to the stress of worrying about Rosa. Meanwhile, Amy (Melissa Fumero) and Gina (Chelsea Peretti) teamed up to try and fix the bathroom for Rosa when she returned. Something easier said than done as the two women ran into roadblock after roadblock in their attempts. The good news is that it worked as a great distraction for the two women so they didn’t spend their time constantly worrying about Rosa. In the end, Rosa came back safe and sound.
Let’s break it down with our roundtable guests of the week!
Christina (@OddlyUnromantic) –Massive obsessive fan of movies, TV, music, and YouTube.
Kaysi (@lilithsternin) – 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. What do you think about the rivalry between uniformed officers and detectives?
Christina (@OddlyUnromantic): Seems normal enough to me
Kaysi (@lilithsternin): It’s interesting. I was surprised to see that there was so much conflict between the officers and detectives!
Aurora (@AurorasBlog): I’m interested to see if they do more with that/make that more of a future storyline
Marilyn (@Marilyn72568293): I think it was a really interesting little side storyline. One that I would like to see more of.
Pamela (@CharlesonPamela): It wasn’t especially surprising. But I do want to know more about where the rivalry comes from.
2. Things took a serious turn with the active shooter. What did you think about Rosa being one of the officers to respond?
Christina: I would expect nothing less of Rosa. As everyone said in the ep she’s a badass.
Kaysi: It was pretty intense! I was nervous about it, but I also know Rosa is incredibly tough!
Aurora: It’s part of her job. I’d expect nothing less from the super brave Rosa Diaz.
Marilyn: I was definitely scared for her. But I was also a little surprised that Rosa didn’t have anyone from the 99 with her.
Pamela: Typical Rosa. She really isn’t afraid of much. But I was still a bit worried about her.
3. Holt doesn’t act extremely concerned about Rosa. Do you think this is all an act or does he trust that Rosa can take care of herself?
Christina: I think Holt cares for Rosa. They have a special kind of rapport with each other. He knows Rosa is a tough chick and can take care of herself. He’s confident in her as a detective and police officer.
Kaysi: I think it was probably a bit of both. I’m sure he was worried for her but at the same time, he knows what Rosa is capable of and probably figured she would be just fine.
Aurora: I do think he trusts that she can take care of herself. I also think he was concerned, but it’s nearly impossible for us mere mortals to read his emotions.
Marilyn: Holt was definitely hiding his real emotions. There is a pretty close bond between Holt and Rosa. But he had to be the leader and couldn’t show how afraid he was for Rosa’s safety.
Pamela: Maybe a little of both. He definitely trusts that Rosa can take care of herself. But he was totally worried too.
4. Jake really took a stand this week and insisted on helping Rosa. What did you think about seeing a serious Jake?
Christina: Rosa is friend. I think Jake’s seriousness and taking a stand was him feeling helpless. The whole squad felt helpless. But Jake is a good guy with a big heart and he wanted to be there with his friend.
Kaysi: It was great to see. It once again shows how much he has grown over the course of the series
Aurora: Jake always leaps at the chance to help someone, and the squad is his family. I’d expect nothing less from him.
Marilyn: I really loved it. Jake is such a goofball most of the time that these moments of pure and serious emotion really hit me right in the feels.
Pamela: Jake and Rosa have always had a really close friendship, so I completely understood where he was coming from. If there was ever a time to be serious, this would be it.
5. Scully and Hitchcock were actually able to successfully create a distraction. What did you think of their set up fight?
Christina: Their fight had me hysterically laughing! To me, it’s definitely their funniest scene of the series.
Kaysi: Oh my goodness, their fight was hilarious! Scully and Hitchcock are always so wonderfully ridiculous, they never fail to make me laugh.
Aurora: So silly!
Marilyn: In all honesty, I think Scully and Hitchcock have been more important in this season of this show than ever before. I’m loving it! This fight was amazing and successful!
Pamela: I wanted to applaud their success. Well done, men!
6. Holt and Jake don’t seem to agree on what the best mode of action is. Do you think Jake should have gone to the active scene? Or was Holt right about staying at the precinct?
Christina: Holt was definitely right that Jake should’ve stayed. Jake even knew Holt was right, hence why he came back. Jake was going to the scene with a hot head when he needed to be level headed. He would not have been not the greatest help to anyone.
Kaysi: I think they both had good reasons for thinking the way they did. But ultimately, I think Holt was right. I completely understand Jake wanting to go and help out Rosa, but it likely just would have put him in danger rather than helped anything.
Aurora: Holt was right. There’s nothing Jake could’ve done against an active shooter that wasn’t already being done. I know he loves to save the day. We love to watch him do it. But that’s a very serious and specific situation, and the people trained in responding to that knew what to do. Also when they had enough people. It was good to respect that.
Marilyn: I was really conflicted about this. I completely understood Holt and why he said what he did. But I get where Jake was coming from too and why he wanted to help. Jake is very much a man of action. Ultimately, I think Holt’s decision was best.
Pamela: This is a situation where I think the right call would be hard to make. I feel like I would have responded like Jake. But I think there is a reason why Holt is the leader, and it has never been shown more than this episode.
7. Jake seemed to be the only one to calm the squad down about Rosa. Did that surprise you?
Christina: Jake has grown up a lot during the series. I think the squad seeing the jokester calm calmed them all down. It’s like they knew the whole thing was even more serious because Jake got super serious. Once Jake showed he was calm, the squad relaxed a bit.
Kaysi: Not really. I think that over time he has proven to be someone that the squad can count on to be pretty supportive and reliable. He can be a great voice of reason when he wants to be..
Aurora: A little, because he’s not usually a guy who talks about emotions. But not too too much. He’s our hero!
Marilyn: Not super surprised that Jake could do it. But extremely surprised that Holt was not able to.
Pamela: Maybe a little surprised. I would have expected Holt to be able to do it. Or Terry as well. But Jake has always proven to be capable of being a leader when the situation called for it.
Final Verdict: While we love our comedy, it’s great to see the real dangers of the job as well!
We got to see a serious side of everyone in this episode and it was amazing! Something we didn’t even know we needed. There is always comedy, which is something the writers are always being commended for. But when we see situations like this one, it reminds us that they are capable of so much more. The fear we felt for Rosa was as real as what the squad was feeling, and it was incredible. All the different emotions coming out of each member of the squad were displayed flawlessly and realistically. With a show that revolves around comedy, we’re sure it can be difficult to display a situation so serious. But the writers of this show have always exceeded our expectations, and this episode was no different. We loved it!
The only thing that could have made this episode better would have been if we got to actually see some of what Rosa was going through. We know the whole point was to keep us in suspense as to whether or not Rosa was going to be alright. But a little more understanding of the situation and how Rosa ended up being in that area alone would have been great. The suspense factor definitely worked, but it could have been just as successful if we saw what kind of part Rosa was playing in the situation. We know she responded to the call. But was there ever a time when she was on the front lines of the situation, or was she just backup?
Next week is going to prove just as exciting as this week as Amy and Rosa once again team up. This time it’s to catch a killer that has managed to escape the pair for over seven years! Meanwhile, it’s going to be up to Terry to help Jake get the last minute wedding preparations taken care of. We hope finding a new musical act is on that list somewhere! We also get to see more on Holt and his road to becoming Commissioner as he and his arch rival try to find new ways to get the other to back out of the race!