DISCLAIMER: This Brooklyn Nine-Nine recap of “Sicko” and “Suicide Squad” contains more spoilers than the number of times Jake has used “title of your sex tape” as a comeback. Hey, it may be an oldie but it’s definitely a goodie. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Nine-Niners! Brooklyn Nine-Nine blessed us with a memorable season finale, ending on a cliffhanger that’ll keep the wheels in my mind turning for weeks. A slew of recurring characters made appearances, including the inimitable Tim Meadows as Jake’s cannibal friend Caleb. The feud between Holt and Wuntch reached new heights. Terry almost left the nine-nine, but thankfully his cushy lieutenant job was saved. However, there was a price to pay. Holt took the fall, relegated by Wuntch to patrolling the streets. Which begs the question: who is captain of the nine-nine now?
Alright, ready to delve into “Sicko” and “Suicide Squad?” Just be sure to never cut office birthday cakes from the precinct budget. Otherwise, you’ll have an angry mob on your back in the form of one Norm Scully.
We open with Holt (Andre Braugher) informing the team of a serial killer on the loose. Jake (Andy Samberg) and Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) are tasked with the case. Apparently, Commissioner Kelly will be watching them like a hawk, so Holt urges our boys to be on their best behavior. Jake Peralta is a consummate professional, and that’s the truth.
Later, Terry (Terry Crews) is eager to take on his new responsibilities as lieutenant. He tells Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) that his promotion comes with a significant raise. However, the nine-nine doesn’t have enough funds within its budget to supplement Terry’s raise. Thus, he’s going to be transferred to another precinct. No! Nothing can break up the band, y’all.
Meanwhile, Jake and Boyle are at the morgue sniffing out clues. The serial killer has one trademark – ripping out the hearts of their victims. Holt and Commissioner Kelly (Phil Reeves) pay our duo a visit. Holt and Kelly verbally spar, throwing subtle jabs at each other. Kelly offers Jake and Boyle assistance with the case via his new app “Hot Clues,” wherein civilians can submit tips anonymously. Holt scoffs at this, citing that it gives a bad name to real, honest police work.
Next, we see Terry revealing the location of his new precinct – Staten Island. In New York terms, it’s essentially the middle of nowhere compared to Brooklyn and Manhattan. Rosa and Amy decide to take matters into their own hands. What if they could trim the fat off the nine-nine budget, thus ensuring that Terry could stay?
Later, Jake and Boyle make a pit stop at prison to chat with Caleb (Tim Meadows). If you’ll recall, Caleb was Jake’s cannibal friend while the latter served his wrongful sentence in Season 5. Jake believes they must enter the mind of a serial killer – take a walk in their shoes. As long as they don’t go method. Leave that to Daniel Day-Lewis. Anyway, Caleb mentions an online chatroom that he runs where cannibals can safely discuss their, um, urges. He reveals that someone was particularly interested in how one would extract a heart from someone’s chest. Jake and Boyle can trace this user’s IP address, and therein track down the killer. Bingpot!
Meanwhile, Terry is meticulously picking apart the nine-nine budget. Rosa and Amy suggest that he “encourage” an employee to quit. Amy mentions a man in accounting that has dreams of gracing the Broadway stage. All Terry has to do is urge this man to follow his dreams. Then, Broadway Brian will quit, leaving that space open for Terry to stay.
Next, we see Jake and Boyle pouring over case files, attempting to lock down a culprit. Holt, accompanied by Kelly, checks in on the pair to get a status update. Kelly reveals that an anonymous civilian left a tip via Hot Clues, one that discloses the killer’s location. Said civilian supposedly witnessed the serial killer’s latest murder. Once Holt leaves, Jake and Boyle eagerly scoop up said tip from Kelly.
Later, Terry pays Brian (Travis Coles) a visit in accounting. He urges Brian to quit the nine-nine, really go big or go home. Follow that Broadway dream to the stage! Brian contemplates Terry’s words.
Then, Jake and Boyle follow Kelly’s tip to the serial killer’s kill room. Unfortunately, the perpetrator escaped before our duo could catch him. Jake, Boyle and Holt pay Caleb a visit again. They show him a photo of the killer’s space, complete with a table covered in blood and surgical tools. Caleb mentions that those tools are only available in hospitals. Jake and Holt share an epiphany – the killer was stealing hearts for a transplant. Bingpot!
Meanwhile, Brian bids adieu to the nine-nine. Before departing, he belts out a song as a farewell. He’s…not good. At all. Terry feels immense guilt for encouraging this man with multiple children, no savings and no talent to quit his job. He urges Brian to stay, citing that the latter may not have the chops to survive the cold world of theater. Terry realizes that he’ll be transferring to Staten Island whether he likes it or not.
Next, Jake, Boyle and Holt finally catch the killer. They barge in on a heart transplant taking place, which confirms Jake and Holt’s theory from earlier. Later, they meet with Kelly in the latter’s office. There, they learn that the anonymous tip was supplanted by Kelly’s assistant. Not to mention, Kelly has been “receiving tips” via under the table sources. Oh, and he’s keeping tabs on civilians’ private information. Essentially, Kelly is up to some shady stuff. Holt vows to take down Kelly, to bring the dirty commissioner to justice. Kelly’s control of information is nothing short of police state.
Then, Jake and Boyle find Holt sitting in the dark, consuming a pint of ice cream. They decide to take matters into their own hands – combine forces to take down Kelly.
Later, we see the Vulture (Dean Winters), Jason Stentley (Ken Marino) and Madeleine Wuntch (Kyra Sedgwick) sitting together in the meeting room. Jake dubs them all the “Suicide Squad,” and I’m 100% sure this version is much better than the DC film of the same name. Sure, our team is joining forces with their enemies. However, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. It’s going to take a lot of combined power to dethrone Kelly.
Next, everyone meets at the Vulture’s pad, including Amy. Jake divulges the plan, which really hinges on Wuntch’s participation. They’ll pretend to kidnap Jason. The Vulture will arrive on the scene and feign discovering incriminating evidence. They’ll hold Jason hostage, and a policeman of his stature will surely make the news. This should lure Kelly out of hiding. Wuntch will meet with Kelly at Plaza One and plant a bug on the latter.
Now, we see the plan is in full swing. However, Jason botches up his role by forgetting that Amy and Jake are not really kidnapping him. The Vulture accidentally sends his best detectives in to scoop up the evidence, which incriminates Jake and Amy. Meanwhile, Holt tasks Rosa and Terry with an assignment – follow Wuntch. Holt doesn’t trust her to do her part. We see Rosa and Terry at Plaza One donning disguises as Wuntch is chatting with Kelly. However, she fails to plant the bug on him.
Later, Wuntch and Holt feud over the latter’s surveillance efforts. Wuntch storms out, withdrawing from the Suicide Squad. Jake convinces her to rejoin their little team that could. Jake also urges Holt to apologize to Wuntch for his part in their decades-long rivalry. Wuntch then informs Holt that he’ll be attending the police ball as her plus one. Revenge is a dish best served on the dance floor.
Meanwhile, Jake asks Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) regarding which of them has the creepiest basement. Hitchcock comes out on top, and the Suicide Squad decides to film Jason’s kidnapping video for the press in the former’s basement. Somehow, Jason manages to fumble take after take while they’re shooting said video. Needless to say, things haven’t been going well for the Suicide Squad.
Next, we see Holt and Wuntch attending the ball in full formal regalia. They even take to the dance floor. I’ve loved Braugher and Sedgwick’s chemistry from the get-go. This episode is chock full of that sizzling attraction, complete with snappy one-liners and plenty of monster jokes at Wuntch’s expense. Perfection.
Suddenly, as Wuntch saunters over to Kelly to plant the bug, the tables turn. Wuntch reveals that she’s on Team Kelly, and she confirms Holt’s previous suspicions. Then, we see the Vulture barge in on the Suicide Squad and arrest them. The double-cross to end all double-crosses!
Later, Holt is standing alongside the traitor Wuntch and Kelly while our Suicide Squad sits forlornly in holding. Jake is sitting handcuffed inside the interrogation room while Kelly taunts Holt. However, Wuntch and Holt do some table-turning of their own on Kelly. Wuntch has been on the Suicide Squad all along, but she concocted a plan with Holt to really stick it to Kelly. Wuntch informs Kelly that they have everything on tape and access to all of his files. He’s going away for good. Our crew is released from holding and all is well. Hooray!
Next, we see acting Commissioner Wuntch sitting behind her new desk in her opulent office. Holt is perched before her. He asks Wuntch to grant Terry permission to stay with the nine-nine. She acquiesces but, naturally, Holt must give her something in return. Now, what could that be?
Then, the gang is gathered at Shaw’s for Terry’s going away festivities. Terry is deeply in denial about his leaving, and our crew promises to visit him on Staten Island. Well, more like he can visit them in Brooklyn. Holt reveals that Terry’s position within the nine-nine is safe. Terry is staying! Kelly has been dethroned! Surely there’s a lot to celebrate, right?
Later, we see Holt patrolling in an intersection. Wuntch always thought it strange that Holt only patrolled for a month before being promoted to detective. Essentially, Wuntch is having Holt serve out the remainder of his required patrol time. Which means that our cap has been demoted. So who’s running the nine-nine now?
My overall grade for Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6? I’d say a B+ will suffice. There’s always room for improvement in any medium, but I’m incredibly satisfied with this season. My only major complaint: not enough Hitchcock and Scully. I hope we see more of them in Season 7.
Do you think Holt was truly demoted as captain? If so, who do you think is running ship at the nine-nine? Will we finally get a Peraltiago baby in Season 7? We’ll have to wait til next year to find out! In the meantime, let us binge away, my Nine-Niners. Binge watch Seasons 1-6 until our eyes pop out of our skulls.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine will return for Season 7 in 2020 on your NBC affiliate.