DISCLAIMER: This Brooklyn Nine-Nine recap of “The Crime Scene” contains more spoilers than the number of hairstyles Rosa sports thanks to her new girlfriend. Cosmetology students need practice, and practice makes perfect. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Nine-Niners! Brooklyn Nine-Nine blessed us with an episode highlighting our favorite crime fighting duo’s heroics – Jake and Rosa. Andy Samberg and Stephanie Beatriz have excellent chemistry. Jake and Rosa’s opposing personalities make for terrific comedy. This episode finds our detectives in the throes of a complicated case – one that takes months to solve. Both of them get involved emotionally, and naturally one should remain pragmatic when sifting through the details of a homicide. Rosa finally reunites with her mother, and we see the beginnings of their efforts to mend fences.
Alright, ready to delve into “The Crime Scene?” Just be sure to never deprive Jake of his sour straws. You never know when you’ll be on death’s door and in need of a sour, sugary snack to help you cross that threshold.
We open with Jake (Andy Samberg) and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) arriving at a homicide victim’s apartment. Jake is taken aback by Rosa’s trendy new hairstyle. She explains that her girlfriend is in cosmetology school and is in dire need of practice. Dire need. Our pair enters the victim’s apartment and meets a CSI investigator named Franco (Michael Mosley). Franco is very over-the-top in terms of personality, which rubs the stoic Rosa the wrong way. They learn that the victim’s door was locked from the inside. Not a soul was seen exiting the apartment. This is definitely a super dope case, folks.
Next, Jake and Rosa meet the victim’s grieving mother. She reveals that her son was a kind soul with zero enemies. He was an investigative journalist doing noble work. Jake, feeling sympathetic toward this poor woman, vows to solve her son’s murder. Rosa later chastises Jake for making a promise to a victim’s family member in regards to cracking a case. Number one rookie mistake right there. Jake explains that she reminded him of his own mother, and he allowed his emotions to cloud his judgement.
Then, we see a montage play out of our duo hard at work on the case. Even with mountains of evidence at their finger tips, they find it difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Every turn leads to a dead end. Holt (Andre Braugher) discusses the possibility of giving the case to Major Crimes, but Jake vows to solve the murder. As the weeks go by, Jake slowly begins to mentally unravel. Two and a half months pass and the solution continues to elude Jake and Rosa. Finally, she intervenes and puts the kibosh on the whole investigation. She admits to giving up the case to Major Crimes. Rosa also reveals how worried she is for Jake’s mental well being. He even stopped wearing pants while in the victim’s apartment. We all know pants are essential for proper crime fighting!
Later, back at the precinct, we see Jake recreated the crime scene with Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) in a star-turning role as the victim. Jake uses ketchup as a blood substitute. Rosa reminds him that he’s no longer working the case in an official capacity. When she finds him in a restaurant utilizing food to recreate the crime scene, Rosa strongly urges Jake to tell the victim’s mother the truth – that they’re incapable of solving the murder. Jake is reticent, as he did promise the grieving mother he would crack the case.
Next, we see Jake and Rosa meeting with the victim’s mother. Jake sadly reveals that the case is essentially unsolvable. The mother solemnly informs them that Major Crimes is going to label the homicide as a cold case. However, Rosa finds similarities between this mother and her own, and in a surprise turn she vows to solve the murder. Afterwards, Rosa reveals that she hasn’t spoken to her mom since coming out as bisexual. Thus, Jake and Rosa return to the victim’s apartment.
Unfortunately, they discover that said apartment has been scrubbed clean of all evidence and blood. But, not all hope is lost. They hear a strange sound that wasn’t there previously. Jake discovers an air vent which contains food and beverages. So the perpetrator was already inside the apartment, hiding in the vents before committing murder! Then, the murderer disguised himself as a CSI investigator sporting a hazmat suit, escaping the building amid a plethora of crime scene workers. Hiding in plain sight! Rosa and Jake enlist the aid of Franco, who provides the camera footage from that day. Finally, they spot the murderer in question once he’s outside the building. Success! They bring the killer in for questioning.
Later, Jake and Rosa bring in the victim’s mother to give her the good news – that her son’s murderer is pleading guilty to the crime. Apparently, he was hired from a chicken farmer that the victim was exposing via the media for malpractice. This is why we need journalism, folks. Jake asks Rosa to join him for a celebratory drink at Shaw’s, but the latter reveals that she’s meeting with her mother for the first time since their last tempestuous encounter. Her mom arrives at the precinct and Jake gives them privacy. We see that Rosa and her mother are happy to be reunited. Here’s hoping they can mend their relationship, and Rosa’s mom can finally accept her daughter for who she really is.
Now, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of those rare comedic gems that has layers. It’s smart and nuanced, boasting a lot of heart amid its comedic scenarios. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has the ability to make you laugh one minute, then cry the next. You fall in love with these multi-faceted characters, rooting for them every step of the way. No one is one-note, and the comedy really stems from true-to-life events.
Alright, that’s a wrap on this week’s recap! Nine-Niners, don’t forget to join me next week as I recap Brooklyn Nine-Nine, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursdays at 9pm on your NBC affiliate.