Brooklyn Nine-Nine (S4E11/S4E12): “The Fugitive”

imageBrooklyn Nine-Nine wraps the first half of their 4th season with an hour long winter finale involving an epic manhunt, callbacks to old episodes, familiar faces, and a shocking ending.

When a prison van crashes and releases 9 criminals–now fugitives, the Nine-Nine are assigned to go on a manhunt looking for the fugitives. In the midst of the fugitives search, Jake & Amy make a bet to take their relationship to the next level, Rosa meets one of her heroes, Gina teaches Charles proper texting etiquette, Terry goes through a crisis, Holt loses something valuable, and Brooklyn’s favorite car thief returns.

The Fugitive is what Brooklyn Nine-Nine is all about! The episode had everything a fan could ask for: non-stop jokes, great action scenes (despite them being short), a lot of callbacks, the return of Doug Judy, and of course, Jake/Amy scenes.

Sadly, however, the one hour format did not work with the show that well. The transition from part 1 to part 2 was noticeable (probably because Fox needs to split the episode into two in future airings), so it’s only fair to review the winter finale as two separate episodes, which are connected by the manhunt and possibly Terry’s midlife crisis. I’ll try to review this without spoilers. Let’s go!

The first part was a fun throwback to the 1st season and Jake & Amy’s competitive days. That aspect pretty much went away after the 1st season, so the return was very welcomed. The first part was like an ensemble piece as everyone was trying to catch these fugitives even though they’re in different locations (Jake, Terry, Amy, and Charles were driving around Brooklyn while Holt, Rosa, and Gina were in the precinct interviewing witnesses.) The show is at its best when it’s an ensemble show and I think the first part of the episode really showed that.

The second part marks the return of everyone’s favorite criminal, Doug Judy. Like the most recent Halloween episode, the second part plays on audience (and character) expectations and predictability. You think you know what Doug Judy’s going to do, or do you? It’s pretty much a rollercoaster from there. And of course, the second part has that shocking ending that would make every viewer go “WHAT THE HELL?”

Overall, The Fugitive is a fun two-parter and a great way to wrap the first half of season 4. When the show comes back from hiatus, hopefully, it’ll come back with an equally strong second half and an answer to the cliffhanger. Farewell for now, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, t’was fun while it lasted.

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