5 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Episodes That Got Way Too Real
More and more people are turned to fans as this gem continues to gain recognition for its comedic genius and inspired way of tackling relevant social issues today. While we wait for Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Season 7 premiere, let’s look back at some episodes where the show got way too real. Be warned: SPOILERS AHEAD.
The Tagger (S01E02)
Second episode in and we already see what the show promises. It starts with Jake and Captain Holt catching the culprit from several reports of vandalism on police cars. Much to their surprise, the perp turned out to be the son of the deputy commissioner which leaves Jake standing on thin ice. The episode was about choosing to do the right thing, regardless of the consequences.
Old School (S01E08) This one featured Detective Peralta’s favorite cop author, Jimmy Brogan. As Jake tries to impress Brogan, he unintentionally tells him distasteful things about Captain Holt. The next day, we see Jake trying to convince Brogan not to post those comments and him returning to the precinct where he tells Amy that he just punched Brogan. Captain Holt suspends Jake for the day as punishment. Amy explains to the Captain that Jake only punched Brogan because he made a homophobic slur about Holt despite agreeing to drop the comments. It didn’t end perfectly, of course, but we see the two policemen getting closer and realizing they have each other’s backs.
Game Night (S05E10) After coming out as bisexual to the squad, Rosa asks for Jake’s help to come out to her parents. This episode showed the real challenge of coming out to people that you love, portrayed by an actress who is a bi herself. The authenticity of the topic was on-point and the scenes were relatable to the queer community as well as straight viewers.
Show Me Going (S05E20) This ingenious episode showed the other side to being a police officer who made an oath to protect others. Rosa responds to an active shooter situation, putting herself in grave danger while the rest of the squad were forced to wait for updates and further instructions. We didn’t see the active shooting but we did, however, see how members of the squad tried to cope with the crisis in their own ways. This episode portrays the gravity of shooting situations in the eyes of officers that can’t actively help out.
Moo Moo (S04E16)
Possibly Terry Jeffords’ most memorable scene yet, we see the off-duty Sergeant out in his neighborhood looking for her daughter’s blanket “Moo Moo” when a cop suddenly stops him. The officer turns hostile despite Terry’s assurance and plea to check his badge so he can prove that he’s also a cop. The episode shed light on the serious issue of racial profiling, portrayed by an actor who’s a well-known advocate of black people’s rights. Without going overboard with the topic, this is easily one of the best and most important episodes to date.