DISCLAIMER: This recap of Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode “Trying” contains more spoilers than the number of wings Hitchcock and Scully can consume in one sitting. They’re the Wing Slutz Boys, and they know a thing or two about a thing or two. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution. 

Welcome back, Nine-Niners! Brooklyn Nine-Nine aired a solid episode this week with “Trying.” It truly encapsulated what this show is all about – humor and heart. Jake and Amy tried to conceive while guinea pigs at the precinct made over 600 babies under Boyle and Rosa’s watchful eye. Holt picked up Russian while on his usual beat. Hitchcock scoured the Earth for his toothless Cinderella. He also hosted two divorce parties in a span of six months, which must be some kind of record. All in all, this was a major step up from last week. 

Alright, ready to delve into “Trying” Let’s get to it. 


Now, we open with Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) throwing his buddy Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) a divorce party. Hitchcock is forlorn and utterly devastated – that is, until he spots a buxom beauty across the bar. Heart instantly mended!

Still of Andy Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Trying” Episode 706 — Pictured: Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

Next, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) are hopping aboard the Baby Express. Amy has everything mapped out as per her usual. They must abide by a strict conception schedule. However, Jake persuades her to loosen up a bit – go with the flow via The Jake Way (patent pending). Amy acquiesces and the pair embark on their baby-making journey. Then, we see Holt (Andre Braugher) lamenting to Terry (Terry Crews) regarding his usual beat. He asks Terry to move him elsewhere – to make an exception for the former captain. But Terry refuses to play favorites, and reminds Holt that he must walk the same beat for the requisite six months. 

Meanwhile, Hitchcock reveals to Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) and Scully that he had a grand ol’ time with his buxom beauty from the bar. She even scrawled down a legitimate phone number on a now-concealed-with-food-stains napkin! Thankfully, Hitchcock snagged one of her teeth that happened to fall out while they were eating. Scully suggests they try to insert said tooth in all the mouths of every woman in NYC. It’s a modern day Cinderella story!

Then, Jake commences Operation: The Jake Way by coercing Amy back to the apartment with a smattering of role play. The pair start to get it on. Back at the precinct, Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) has a pair of guinea pigs named Claire in his possession. Terry orders him to get rid of said guinea pigs. Rosa swoops in and suggests they hide them in the supply room with all the baby dummies used for CPR. No one would dare enter a room with hundreds of creepy baby dummies!

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Now, Amy believes they tried The Jake Way, but it’s not working. She introduces The Amy Way (also patent pending), wherein there’s rigid schedules to abide by, diets to adhere to, and exercise galore. Back at their apartment, Amy lays out a calendar with her ovulation cycles documented and various other activities for the pair. Jake is reticent, but he agrees to try things her way. Meanwhile, Boyle and Rosa continue to hide the guinea pigs in the supply room unbeknownst to Terry. Suddenly, they notice that the Claires have conceived a slew of baby guinea pigs. Thus, the guinea pig world domination plan is in affect!

Next, a montage plays out with Jake and Amy abiding by The Amy Way. Loads of scheduled coitus, exercise, strict sleep cycles, etc. Both are utterly exhausted, and clearly not having fun. Not to mention, Amy is still not pregnant. Meanwhile, the precinct guinea pigs keep conceiving, and there’s at least 600 babies roaming about the cramped supply room. Hitchcock and Scully are sauntering the streets of New York in search of the former’s buxom beauty. Holt traverses his beat and finds himself enjoying the neighborhood. He even learns Russian from one of the street vendors. 

Still of Andre Braugher, Dirk Blocker and Terry Crews in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Trying” Episode 706 — Pictured: (l-r) Andre Braugher as Raymond Holt, Dirk Blocker as Hitchcock, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

Now, six months have passed since the beginning of the episode. Hitchcock finally located his lady, and the pair are getting married. Not only that, they’re pregnant! Everyone gathers together at Shaw’s for a marriage ceremony. Jake learns that he’s the godfather, albeit reluctantly. Jake convinces Amy to go The Hitchcock Way (also patent pending). Perhaps a night of drunken questionable choices will be the salve for their conception issue. Jake and Amy proceed to get hammered.

Then, the wedding ceremony unfolds, with Scully officiating. It’s a surprisingly beautiful moment. Boyle reveals to Rosa that Hitchcock’s friend is willing to take on the hundreds of guinea pigs. The pair meet with said friend, but the latter is sketchy to the max. It’s abundantly clear he wants to make wigs out of the guinea pigs, so the pair decline his offer. Jake and Amy are sufficiently hammered, so they scamper off to a public locale for some coitus. Suddenly, Hitchcock’s bride and her sister are arguing in Russian. Amy accidentally revealed that the bride is pregnant, which was unknown to her family. Holt translates the conversation since he picked up the language. Apparently, the bride cheated on Hitchcock and the baby’s father is the husband of her sister. Plot twist! 

Still of Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Trying” Episode 706 — Pictured: (l-r) Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

Meanwhile, Jake and Amy find they have an audience in Hitchcock’s sketchy friend, so they make a break for the precinct. They stumble into the baby dummy supply room and are startled to find a slew of guinea pigs running rampant out of their cages. Oh, and the creepy dummies. But that goes without saying. 

Later, Terry discovers the guinea pigs. He finds someone willing to take them on – a lab wherein said pigs will be taught how to run through mazes. No testing of any kind. Boyle and Rosa agree to this choice. Amy reveals to Jake that she’s done trying for a baby. They’ve been at it for six months, and she’s still not pregnant. Jake is disappointed. 

Then, we see the gang all together at Shaw’s for Hitchcock’s second divorce party in six months. Yay! He’s now at eight divorces, and that must be a record, right? Despite his broken heart, Hitchcock is content to have his partner in crime Scully around. Hitchcock and Scully forever. 

Still of Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Trying” Episode 706 — Pictured: (l-r) Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

Next, Jake reassures Amy that he loves her no matter what. They could get a surrogate or look into adoption. He wholeheartedly believes they’re a family regardless if they have children or not. As long as he’s with her, Jake is content. God, this scene tugged at my heartstrings. Peraltiago is proof that true love does exist. Then, our favorite couple falls into each other’s arms and an unexpected night of love blossoms. Unfortunately, Amy takes another test and it comes out negative. 

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This episode made me believe in love again. Jake and Amy’s baby struggles and their willingness to stick it out no matter what is inspiring. Now, I still feel we’ll get a Peraltiago baby at some point this season. Perhaps not in the way we think i.e. adoption or surrogacy, but we will. Overall, this episode had a nice flow to it. Everything seamlessly melded together, and I love how the individual plots had an overarching theme. 

Do you think a Peraltiago baby is inevitable? Will we see Holt reinstated as captain during this season? Will Hitchcock find love again? Join me next week as I recap Brooklyn Nine-Nine, here on Geek Girl Authority. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursdays at 8:30pm on your NBC affiliate. 


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