REVIEW: Brooklyn Nine Nine S6 E17 – Sicko & S6 E18 – Suicide Squad

This week on Brooklyn Nine Nine, NBC rolled out the final two episodes in one night, as they segue nicely into each other in both main and subplots.

The first episode deals with a serial killer ripping out their victims’ insides sloppily until they get to the heart. Jake and Boyle are put on the case by Holt. Holt hopes to get one over on Commissioner Kelly by solving the case as quickly as possible. Jake seeks information from his old cannibal cellmate Caleb, last seen in the first episodes of season 5. Caleb reveals that he saw someone asking about the best way to take out the human heart on his sub-reddit for cannibals.

Kelly stops by the precinct to plug his new app “Hot Clues,” which allows civilians to make anonymous tips to the NYPD. Holt is insistent that the case be solved the old-fashioned way. However, Kelly entices the two detectives by providing a key clue to the case. They follow the tip where they are caught by Holt. However, Holt sees the usefulness of the tip and how it did in fact lead them to the killer (it was the work of a crime family seeking a transplant for one of the members).

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Sicko” Episode 617 — Pictured: (l-r) Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt, Phil Reeves as Commissioner Kelly — (Photo by: John P. Fleenor/NBC)

Holt apologizes to Commissioner Kelly with Jake and Charles present. However, while at Kelly’s office the three realize that the anonymous tip wasn’t from a civilian but from Kelly’s staff. The civilians aren’t actually civilians and Holt vows to leak that info to the press. Kelly has an ace up his sleeve. He was able to procure texts from anyone within a 3 mile radius, which includes Holt and his desire to bring Kelly down.

While all this is going on, Terry learns that the 99 can’t give him his raise for being a Lieutenant so they are transferring him. Amy and Rosa convince him to inspire a random employee, Brian, to follow his Broadway musical dreams. Terry convinces Brian but quickly takes it back after realizing he has no singing ability.

Jake recruits several old enemies to help bring Kelly down since Holt is compromised, in The Vulture, Wuntch, and Captain “C.J.” Stentley as a suicide squad. The three conspire with Holt, Jake, and Boyle to bring down Kelly. They promise to keep it to themselves but Jake immediately brings Amy in, unable to contain his excitement over the suicide squad.

Holt doesn’t trust Wuntch so he asks Terry (who’s pretending that his transfer isn’t happening) and Rosa to follow her.

Jake’s plan involves “kidnapping” C.J, having The Vulture purposefully botch the investigation and hide incriminating evidence, while Wuntch bugs Kelly. As expected, it all falls apart. C.J. thinks it’s a real kidnapping, The Vulture brings his best detectives (though he doesn’t see them as such because they’re “losers”) who do well in the investigation, and Wuntch spots Rosa and Terry. Wuntch storms out, only coming back when Jake convinces her (and Holt apologizes for everything, including the Michelle Obama incident).

Holt and Wuntch end up at a party seeking to bug Kelly. Wuntch then double crosses Holt, having gone to Kelly in advance and told him about the plan. The Vulture arrests our favorite detectives for the kidnapping. Jake is called into the interrogation room first. Wuntch wants to humiliate Holt so she uses Kelly’s phone to take pictures…or so we think. In addition to the pictures she clones Kelly’s phone and sends it to a secure location.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Suicide Squad” Episode 618 – Pictured: (l-r) Joel McKinnon Miller as Norm Scully, Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta — (Photo by: John P. Fleenor/NBC)

Wuntch becomes acting commissioner while Kelly is fired (and then lands a higher paying job in the private sector). She then reveals she was up to something else as well.

Terry and the squad toast Terry due to his leaving. But Holt reveals that Terry isn’t getting transferred after all. Earlier Holt revealed to Wuntch that he was promoted to detective after only a month as a uniformed cop, and she knows that’s against the rules. So she demoted Holt to a uniformed cop. A traffic patrol cop more specifically. Annnnd….cliffhanger.

Highlights:

Holt’s insults to Wuntch. They never get old.

Boyle missing Amy and Jake’s kiss.

Scully’s description of his basement and the haunted red door.

The cold open where Jake pranks Holt by moving his podium half an inch and Holt being ridiculously amused by it.