Just like Mike Schur’s other projects – The Office and Parks and Recreation – the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast is what makes the show work so well. Both “Undercover” and “Chocolate Milk” prove this is where the sitcom’s strengths lie.
Season 2 premiered in a new time slot: Sunday night at 8:30 PM. (The fact that a lot of people probably didn’t know this disturbs me.)
Titled “Undercover,” the episode opened with Jake (Andy Samberg) still in undercover mode, having infiltrated a notorious mafia. His story is that he’s an ex-cop and – amusingly enough – he’s been welcomed into the mafia like family. The cold open ends with a police raid and Jake’s undercover work coming to a close, signaling his return to both the 99th precinct and our TV screens.
There’s a few things the premiere had to touch on from last season’s finale. “Charges and Specs” ended with Jake confessing his feelings to Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) and their fate as a potential romantic couple was left up in the air. We quickly find out in “Undercover” that Amy is still seeing her boyfriend Teddy. I’m certainly not opposed to Jake and Amy becoming an item but I am worried about how Amy knowing Jake has feelings for her will impact their relationship from here on out.
The highlight of the episode, of course, was Captain Holt (Andre Braugher). After being robbed of an Emmy this past summer, Braugher’s deadpan humor elevated an otherwise lackluster premiere episode.
The second episode of Season 2 paired Jake with Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews). Their storyline mainly dealt with Jake’s friendship with Terry, and Jake trying to prove that he’s more than just a work friend by trying to convince Terry not to go through with his vasectomy (which lends itself to some vasectomy-related puns throughout the episode).
Boyle also had a minor storyline where he was trying to get a date for his ex-wife’s wedding. Turns out he has to go to the wedding because his ex-wife also happens to be his landlord. He tries and fails to get Gina to go with him. Eventually, Rosa cancels a date she had so she can help Boyle.
Gina: “I did not strike you when you said ‘knocking boots.’ But ‘bone bros’? I cannot abide.”
Last season, Boyle’s crush on Rosa was a recurring topic and I really hope the show doesn’t go there, especially now that Boyle has slept with Gina on at least two occasions.
But, once again, Captain Holt stole the episode. The Closer‘s Kyra Sedgwick guest starred as Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch, a colleague and rival from Holt’s past who’s been sent to evaluate the precinct. Holt assumes she hates him for being gay but it turns out her beef with him has to do with an embarrassing encounter with Derek Jeter. (The way Holt says, “You embarrassed yourself in front of Derek Jeter” is priceless. Also the way he says “bed her” in reference to Wuntch.)
Terrified of losing Captain Holt as a mentor, Santiago has a spectacular moment where she confronts Holt about his behavior toward Wuntch. The look on Melissa Fumero’s face when she walks away, realizing what she’s just done, is hilarious.
“Chocolate Milk” as a whole is a testament to the talent level of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s cast.