“The Crime Scene” delivered the traditional focused murder-investigation episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, rife with clever jokes and the winning relationship between Jake and Rosa.
This recap of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6, Episode 6, “The Crime Scene”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
“The Crime Scene” was, as always, a thoroughly hysterical episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It was also something of a tradition for the show; a single, focused half-hour devoted to a murder investigation, and concerning basically just Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his partner of the week, which in this case was Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz). And in true Brooklyn Nine-Nine fashion it was also a couple of other things besides.
First, the murder. A man was killed in his apartment by a perpetrator who was never seen to leave, and the evidence is overwhelming, which Peralta thinks classifies the case as dope. In his excitement, he makes the rookie mistake of promising the victim’s mother than he’ll find her son’s killer; two months later, with the case having been declared cold, solving the crime has become an unhealthy obsession for him. He’s making miniature Rosas out of olives and he thinks the victim’s apartment is talking to him.
“The Crime Scene” plays on the relationship between Jake and Rosa but also the relationship they have with their mothers; Jake made the promise because the victim’s mother reminded him of his single-parent childhood, and Rosa does the same later in the episode because her mum hasn’t spoken to her since she came out as bisexual. There are plenty of riffs on the fact that Peralta and Rosa have seen so many horrific things that they’re emotionally stunted, and thus the victim’s mother is able to get through to their cold, callused hearts – fitting, for a show so explicitly about openness and teamwork and forward-thinking.
Michael Mosley guest stars in “The Crime Scene” as the ludicrously over-the-top crime scene tech Franco McCoy, a broad, one-note caricature designed to satirise shows like CSI. He’s very funny, if a bit underutilised, and the episode’s on-going gag regarding Rosa turning up each day with different hairstyles is hilarious every time it’s brought up, which is virtually all the time.
Thus far, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s NBC run has been absolutely stellar, and that trend continues here in an episode that has as many laughs as it does small character moments that remind us why the Nine-Nine is such a pleasurable place to inhabit, even for only half an hour a week.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.