DISCLAIMER: This Brooklyn Nine-Nine recap of “The Bimbo” contains more spoilers than the number of times Holt exclaims “Bingpot!” on any given day. If you really love the words “bingo” and “jackpot,” then why not get the best of both worlds? You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Nine-Niners! Brooklyn Nine-Nine blessed us with another Jake and Holt adventure this week. We witnessed a version of Holt that we’re usually not privy to – one that feels inadequate and refers to himself as Kevin’s “bimbo.” Surrounding yourself with university types is bound to lower your self-esteem a bit. Thankfully, Holt and Jake solved the case at Kevin’s university, proving all those naysayers wrong. Holt is more than just a bimbo. He’s Captain Bimbo Holt of the 99th precinct, with the hardest brain there ever was. Meanwhile, Amy and Terry faced off, sergeant to sergeant, on who could provide a better lunch experience for the squad. As per usual, things escalated quickly and deviated in an unforeseen direction.
Alright, ready to delve into “The Bimbo?” Just be sure to refrain from calling Jake “Hitchcock.” He’s very self-conscious about it.
We open with Kevin Cozner (Marc Evan Jackson) arriving at the precinct, feigning an innocent visit to his husband Holt (Andre Braugher). After saying his goodbyes to Holt, he sneaks off into the restroom to meet with Jake (Andy Samberg). There’s been a theft at Kevin’s university, one involving ancient coins. Kevin beseeches Jake to investigate said theft, but leave Holt out of the proceedings. We see a flashback to a university Christmas party, wherein an intoxicated Holt causes a “kerfuffle” among Kevin’s colleagues. We know how much Kevin hates kerfuffles.
Meanwhile, Amy (Melissa Fumero) offers to take the squad out for lunch as a morale booster. She reveals she’ll pay for pizza for everyone. Terry (Terry Crews) steps in with an offer of his own – he’ll take half of the squad out for sushi, also in the name of boosting morale. Amy sees this as a potential challenge. A sergeant vs. sergeant battle, perhaps? After lunch, Terry and Amy decide to engage in friendly competition – seeing who can provide the best lunch experience for the squad. Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) somehow managed to attend both lunches. In Scully’s words, “life finds a way.” Or was that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?
Next, we see Holt finds Kevin and Jake at the university. Holt grew suspicious when Kevin claimed he didn’t care where they sat for an orchestral performance. Nonsense. Everyone cares about seating arrangements! Holt is upset that Kevin concealed this case from him. We learn that Kevin’s professorial colleagues look down on Holt for working in law enforcement. Holt claims they only view him as “Kevin’s working class bimbo.” Jake lifts Holt’s spirits up and convinces his captain to work the theft case with him. Show those professors that Holt is more than just a dumb, hot piece of arse.
Later, we see a dry erase board with the two lunch teams posted. Each day, Amy and Terry will attempt to top the other with lunch break fun. To keep things kosher, Hitchcock and Scully will act as judges of lunchtime cuisine. Finally, a job that only they can carry out with stunning expertise. Nobody knows food better than these two.
Meanwhile, Holt and Jake meet with the dean of the university. He turns his nose up at Holt, poking fun at him for being a police captain. Jake attempts to frame Holt in the best light possible, showering compliments on his captain. However, Holt nervously freezes in front of the dean.
Then, we see Terry and his team enjoying delicious cupcakes post lunch. Suddenly, Amy and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) pull up in a limousine. Hitchcock claims that Amy’s team wins the culinary challenge. Scully also crowns Amy the winner, although Terry’s cupcakes are mighty good. Scully and Hitchcock’s collective ability to be in two places at once when food is involved is admirable.
Next, Holt and Jake investigate the scene of the crime. Holt discovers an incriminating footprint, and our duo believes they’re one step closer to cracking the case. That is, until the dean arrives and claims that a janitor actually found the ancient coinage in the trash bin of a professor. Case closed?
Not even close. Holt smells something suspicious, and claims that the only way to get back at the dean is to arrest him. Jake and Holt pursue the dean in civilian clothing. They duck into an acapella group belting out a Harry Potter rendition of “Don’t You Forget About Me,” and it’s a niche musical genre that I never knew I needed. After the dean leaves, Holt notices a footprint left in the former’s wake. It appears to match the footprint at the crime scene. Bingpot!
Later, we see the lunch challenge has escalated too quickly. Now, Amy is taking her team out for paintball. Terry hopes to best Amy by presenting his team with a fun physical game as well. Their teams escape and are seen hiding behind the glorious Gina statue outside. One policeman states that enough is enough, and the squad wants Amy and Terry to leave them be.
Meanwhile, Holt and Jake approach the dean with their incriminating evidence. A footprint at the scene of the crime complete with the dean’s footprint from outside. Dean, you just got served Jakey and Holt stylez. That is, until the dean reveals that everyone received the same pair of shoes during the university Christmas party. Kevin doesn’t possess a pair because he left early to tend to an inebriated Holt.
Next, Jake attempts to assuage Holt’s bruised ego. He reveals that Amy’s parents also look down on him. However, they don’t have to be defined by what others think of them. Suddenly, Holt has an epiphany – what if the thief was someone who flew under the radar, who wasn’t a classical professor?
Then, Amy and Terry present the squad with the perfect break room complete with outlets to charge phones and noise cancelling headphones. The squad is appeased, and everyone is happy about eating lunch in total silence while staring at their phones. Yay technology and its diminishing of social skills!
Later, Holt and Jake inform the dean that the janitor who claimed to find the coins in the trash was actually the one who committed the theft. Apparently, he was stealing from university archives for years. Despite this success, however, the dean still insults Holt. That’s when one Kevin Cozner steps in to defend his husband, throwing down the gauntlet and bringing the dean down to size. Go Kevin! Holt is touched by his husband’s defense, and all is right with the world.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is on a roll, and this episode is proof of that. “The Bimbo” is one of my favorites of this season, and the show’s razor sharp humor is in top form here. Of course, Samberg and Braugher are a comedy dream team. Any episode including a Holt and Jake partnering is sure to be a stellar one.
With only five episodes left, do you think the story with Commissioner Kelly will be resolved? Will we get a Peraltiago baby announcement soon? Will we get to see Rosa’s girlfriend again? Join me next week as I continue to recap Brooklyn Nine-Nine, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursdays at 9pm on your NBC affiliate.
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