TL;DR – A lighter follow up episode that has its moments
Disclosure – I watched this on SBS On-Demand
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Review –
In last week’s The Good Ones, we got a taste of the tone the show will be setting in its final season as we explore what it means to be police in this new era. This week we get a slight course shift back to the comedic as everyone comes together to help one of their own.
So to set the scene, last week Amy (Melissa Fumero) discovered that Raymond (Andre Braugher) and Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson) have separated, and while that was meant to be a secret, now everyone knows. The whole group decided to help Raymond out by going up to his “lake” house and supporting him in this trying time. But Jake (Andy Samberg) has other plans/schemes/stratagems. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
After last week’s quite heavy episode exploring how the black lives matter movement had impacted the squad, having a slightly lighter episode was probably for the best. But what we get here is more of a classic-lite episode of hijinks and mayhem from the moment Kevin walks in the door. While I am not sure that Terry (Terry Crews) hating ledges has come up before, his actions here fit what we know of him as a character. Because Terry loves love but also profoundly cares what Raymond thinks of him. It was fun watching him sort of help Jake heard Kevin and Raymond back together, well, until the bees attack.
While The Parent Trap or Das doppelte Lottchen is going on, there are, of course, two other plotlines happening at the lake house. The first is Amy trying to settle Mac down, who we discover is still not sleeping well. Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) offers to help, and we get a lot of banter back and forth before Charles shows he does no how to settle babies and then promptly accidentally locks Mac in his bedroom. This part of the story was fine, but there was something awkward about it all that I could not quite put my finger on. As well as this, Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) has taken some edibles to deal with all the drama, which leads to her and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) spending the day outside on the patio ranking potato chips. This was actually kind of sweet, so I wish they didn’t walk back from it at the end.
In the end, do we recommend The Lake House? Yes, while it was not the strongest episode, it did still have its amusing moments. It was also just lovely to see them all come together to support Raymond.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Directed by – Kevin Bray
Written by – Neil Campbell & Marcy Jarreau
Created by – Dan Goor & Michael Schur
Production/Distribution Companies – Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal Television, NBCUniversal & SBS.
Starring – Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller & Andre Braugher with Marc Evan Jackson