DISCLAIMER: This Brooklyn Nine-Nine recap of “Casecation” contains more spoilers than the number of times Jake says “cool cool cool cool” on a daily basis. Everything really is cool cool cool cool. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Nine-Niners! Brooklyn Nine-Nine finally returned to us after a brief hiatus. I was starting to think it might never return, and I’d have to continue my existence with a Brooklyn Nine-Nine shaped hole were my heart used to be. Jake and Amy celebrated their anniversary while on duty, watching over a comatose patient at the hospital. Jake even gave said patient’s room some Parisian flare for the occasion. Super romantic. The prospect of popping out Peraltiago babies came up, which formed a rift between our favorite couple. Jake was on the “nay” side while Amy was all for it. Thankfully, after Jake diffused a perilous situation involving a bomb and an elderly lady with a twisted bowel, Peraltiago made amends.
Alright, ready to delve into “Casecation?” Just be sure to always ask for a debate moderator’s credentials. It keeps things on a professional level, and nothing is more professional than a debate.
We open with Jake (Andy Samberg) meeting with Amy (Melissa Fumero) at a hospital. Jake has been missing his wife and fears they won’t be able to get time off for their upcoming anniversary. Thus, he presents the idea of “casecation,” wherein Amy works a case with the latter at the hospital. Jake has been tasked with overseeing the safety of a comatose patient, who wound up in a coma due to a murder attempt. Amy doesn’t think Holt (Andre Braugher) will go for it, but after ringing up the captain she receives the blessing to keep her husband in check. Jakey stylez!
Later, Jake surprises Amy with a romantic retreat of sorts: he transformed their charge’s room into a Parisian getaway. Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) even provides delicious cheddar cheese bites for the occasion. Our lovebirds decide to list their favorite aspects of their marriage thus far. What I enjoyed about their list is that we haven’t seen these events unfold on screen, which gives us a moment to visualize what Peraltiago’s life is like outside of work.
Suddenly, they’re visited by an eavesdropper – Pam (Julia Sweeney), an elderly patient from the neighboring room. She delightfully pries into our happy couple’s life, asking the usual questions one would ask a happy couple. One question in particular raises a red flag for Jake: do they have children? Amy tells Pam that they’re “trying.” After Pam leaves, Jake reveals that he doesn’t see kids in his future. Uh oh. Amy recalls showing Jake a photo of her nephew at a water park, gushing that she wants a child of her own. Naturally, Jake misconstrues her comment and believes that a water park trip is in their future. Easy mistake. Amy decides that there’s only one way to settle this debacle: a debate. Amy excels at structured debates.
Later, after the two have separately prepared to defend their stances, we see that Holt is on the scene as a moderator. He even presents his moderating credentials so we know he’s legitimate. Jake shares that, due to his father issues, he doesn’t feel he’ll make a good dad. He also reveals that the pressures that follow fatherhood are too much for him to bear. Mistakes can give birth to everlasting repercussions. Amy presents carefully curated rebuttals to each of Jake’s points. Yes, she’s scared too. Of course they can raise a child around their demanding job schedules. One reason why Amy wants to become a lieutenant is so she can manage her own work hours. Bingpot!
Next, the pair concludes their debate after several moderators chime in on the event, including Holt’s hubby Kevin. Jake and Pam converse for a bit, and the latter reveals that her life changed for the better when she had her son. Amy returns and pulls Jake for an aside. She informs him that, since she’s reaching her late thirties, she doesn’t have much longer to feasibly birth children of her own. Jake cites that he needs more time to suss things out, but Amy puts her foot down by giving him an ultimatum. If he doesn’t give her an answer soon, she may need to “start over” with someone who does want kids. No! I don’t like it when Peraltiago fights!
Suddenly, Terry (Terry Crews) and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) arrive with news: the person who attempted to kill the comatose man may try again. In fact, they believe said person is in the hospital right now. Amy decides to team up with Rosa while Jake and Terry partner up. Rosa tells Amy that she’s on the latter’s side 100%. Amy hopes that Terry, the walking poster boy for fatherhood, may be able to convince Jake to join Team Children. However, much to our surprise, Terry gives Jake a laundry list of reasons why the latter shouldn’t have kids.
Meanwhile, Amy and Rosa pin down a man they believe is the attempted murderer. However, Jake and Terry believe that said murderer was a red herring, and the real killer is inside the comatose patient’s room. Jake bursts into the potential victim’s room to find Pam standing over him brandishing a bomb. No, not sweet old Pam!
Next, Jake cautiously attempts to diffuse the tense situation at hand. Pam reveals that a mystery man coerced her into it, claiming that he’d send her son $500,000 for her grandchild. This would ensure that her family would be financially stable. She’s willing to sacrifice her own life for the security of her family. Thankfully, Jake successfully convinces Pam not to blow herself up alongside the comatose patient. He carefully diffuses the bomb. Yay!
Later, we see Pam is being carted off by the police. Amy embraces her husband. Jake reveals that he does want children with Amy despite his crippling fear. He’s not entirely on board yet, but Amy is willing to give him some time to mentally prepare. Amy informs him that she’s going to get time off for their anniversary vacation to…a water park! Now, time for Thai food and a hearty discussion of potential baby names. Oh, and Blaze Peralta is not even in the top five baby names. But Atlas may be a contender, considering Amy’s ardent love of atlases. Atlas Peralta…it has a nice ring to it.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine aired more on the side of heartfelt this week without completely sacrificing its comedic aspects. This is a milestone for Peraltiago, and a discussion that needed to happen. I’ve had a sneaking suspicion for a while that we’d be privy to a children conversation this season. I can’t wait until Amy is pregnant, and we see how said pregnancy affects her and Jake. It will provide a bevy of jokes and potential slapstick comedy. I’m hoping that they christen Holt as the godfather, should they go that route.
Do you think we’ll see a pregnant Amy by the end of this season? Will Atlas Peralta be the lucky baby name? How do you think the rest of the gang will react to a childbearing Peraltiago? 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.