“Casecation” stays true to its characters in a funny episode with a serious heart.
This Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Episode 12 recap for the episode titled “Casecation” contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
This week’s episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine — welcome back! — strips the show down to its essentials. There’s only one location: A hospital, where Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) are using a witness protection detail as an excuse to spend much-needed quality time together. There are no subplots, but the main debate grows to incorporate virtually the entire cast. And it takes a deep, relatable issue and feeds it through the sitcom wringer to develop its characters and their relationships.
Trying to maintain a relationship while also maintaining a career isn’t easy, which is why it’s understandable for Jake and Amy to take whatever time together they can; the “Casecation” of the title is an apt portmanteau, however much portmanteaus of any kind tend to rile me. But that isn’t really what the episode is about. Instead, it gives way to the bigger, more important topic of how to maintain a relationship while maintaining a career and having children.
Amy wants kids; Jake doesn’t. This has, apparently, been discussed already, but in classic fashion was misinterpreted by both parties. So now it’s a major issue, and getting to the bottom of it requires them both to also get to the bottom of what they see in each other. Thankfully none of this gets as heavy as it might, and “Casecation” is able to sustain all the usual goofiness (including a guest-starring Julia Sweeney as a nosy hospital patient with a twisted bowel and, at one point, a bomb.)
Other characters are used to great effect here, especially Captain Holt (Andre Braugher), who turns up to moderate an official debate between Jake and Amy, and Terry (Terry Crews), who issues a stern and relatable warning about how much of a big deal it actually is to become a parent. It’s classic Brooklyn Nine-Nine to give this kind of topic a thorough 20-minute treatment without losing itself or the point, and if there isn’t quite enough space to really make a dent in the subject, there’s enough meat on the bones to ensure that Brooklyn Nine-Nine remains, as ever, much more than just a sitcom.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.