Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Hitchcock & Scully” Review
After a solid welcome back from Brooklyn Nine-Nine last week, there was really no telling what we were preparing ourselves for this season. A good feeling when even with a show like this there is a benefit to being surprised. For this week’s episode, we at least knew that something would have to do with Hitchcock and Scully given they are the title of the episode. That means half of this you might take seriously, but the other half without a doubt will be comedy gold.
The minute this episode began, I think we all knew what we were in store for. Considering the kind of situation that Holt created for the Nine-Nine, it made sense the kind of trouble that this would bring to their doorstep. If you want to make Holt look bad, then you target the areas that are the least in his control. Unfortunate for the department, that just so happens to include Hitchcock and Scully. This could have turned into anything about the two, but I think it was wise move that there was a connection to something that mattered rather than going left field. Off the bat, the only thing funnier than the fact that these two were successful detectives in the past was the fact that they looked both normal and decent. It makes you wonder what the heck happened from point A to point B. Nonetheless, I got a laugh out of every advantage that was taken to address how obscure they have become in the present. Part of you wants to cringe, but part of you can’t help but laugh at the embodiment of what it actually looks like to be a mess of a person.
Taking this from the perspective of Jake and Boyle was great as well. This was another enjoyable week for Boyle where his brand of cheese was put into a bottle. Maybe not enough to keep himself dragging himself into another naive situation, but enough where he wasn’t distracting you from everything else going on. In fact, I think what saved their dynamic was the consistency in seeing that Jake could be the guy who is trying to get the job done. In general, what you took from them working with Hitchcock and Scully was a strong contrast in partnership. You would think that Jake and Boyle are a questionable pairing, but it doesn’t get any worse than the work ethic of Hitchcock and Scully.
The reveal of where things went wrong for Hitchcock and Scully made the whole episode worth it. Alan Ritchson and __ did an outstanding job of representing them in their prime. You would not believe that they were once competent at their jobs till you saw it for yourself.
As for the rest of the Nine-Nine, it was entertaining to follow how they all adjusted to the building being forced to work on the same floor. This change created a good callback to the previous season where we first began seeing the tensions between the upstairs and downstairs. Putting them on the same floor only escalated things where a lot of the issues that they have with one another is now brought to the surface rather than spoken in hush tones.
For a character like Holt, having something to focus on is great for his overall appeal. Sometimes when he doesn’t have a goal, he is just there for a quick laugh based on his reactions. However, during times like this he is fun for the fact that he is easily consumed by what he wants to accomplish. Sometimes over the top, but that person can’t always be Amy. The obstacle that he faced this week took him to that next level, and it helped having Gina there to stir the pot. Even if the Nine-Nine suffers for his rebellion, this war that Holt has waged with the commissioner keeps them better tied with the world around them.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Hitchcock & Scully” was not the episode you thought you were ever going to get from this series, but you walk away glad that they did it. Transitioning from last week we now at least know that Holt’s response to not getting the job has bigger consequences. Especially when he’s not ready to go down without a fight.