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Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1×11 “Pontiac Bandit” Recap

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By Tim O’Halloran

Well Brooklyn Nine-Nine finally came back from its winter hiatus. Over the break, the show received some great news, but we’ll save that for later. For now, let’s get into this week’s new episode, “The Pontiac Bandit.”

We left the 9-9 right after they’d teamed up to take down one of Captain Holt’s former criminals who was out and looking for revenge. They teamed up and were able to take the guy down, but not without Boyle suffering a shot to the butt. This week, Boyle was back, and using his mother’s power scooter to get around due to his butt cast. We also had Jake and Rosa team up with a criminal, played by Craig Robinson, in order to try and nab, “The Pontiac Bandit.”

I was really excited to see Craig Robinson show. His character and comedic voice really fit into the show seamlessly and I’m hoping that he keeps coming back. Rosa had originally collared him for identity theft and other charges, but Jake convinces her to let them use him to finally nab the Pontiac Bandit, a perp that Jake has been chasing for years.

Back at the precinct, Boyle, in every attempt to be self-reliant is being a real nuisance for everyone else. Even down to his choice for Sudanese for lunch, which brings us to maybe one of the grossest things I’ve ever seen on television. Watching Boyle suck the marrow out of a hoof was the worst – hilarious, but also the worst.

Doug Judy (Robinson) leads them slowly towards the Pontiac Bandit. Rosa isn’t sure, but Jake tells her “One Thousand Push-Ups,” their own phrase for “trust me” and she goes along. A nice quick bit character development between the two.

After countless Boyle incidents, everyone ends up in the evidence lock-up hiding. Boyle finds out about it because Gina has been live tweeting the entire thing. Captain Holt goes and yells at them for abandoning someone who got shot for them.

Doug continues to lead them on a wild goose chase and ends up having to go in alone to catch this guy. Rosa continues to have bad feelings about the whole thing, and for good reason. Turns out, Doug was the Pontiac Bandit the whole time and while he was “going in alone” he was really just escaping.

This is an interesting move by the Brooklyn writing staff. It would seem to be that they’re going to keep this storyline about Doug going for at least one more episode, which means more Craig Robinson. Honestly, I think it’s a good move on their part. It will open up more avenues and we can see how they handle more than just one off criminals.

Now, as I’m sure you’ve all heard, BK99 has gotten a couple Golden Globe noms – the show itself for “Best Comedy/Musical” and Andy Samberg for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy/Musical. I’m a big fan of the show, but I was pretty surprised. I don’t think it has a good shot at winning, and feel like the show is still growing. I’d say it has a better shot at getting some awards come their *fingers crossed* second season.

Memorable Moments

  • Watching Captain Holt scream while holding two puppies. It was perfection.
  • Jake: “Do I look like a cop now?”
    Rosa: “No, you look like a Boyz II Men Easter album.”

Grade: B+