We haven’t checked in on Brooklyn Nine-Nine this season because of our political preoccupation this month, nor have we checked in on New Girl, mostly because I haven’t watched it in 2016. To the extent that last night’s crossover episodes were designed to get us to check back in on New Girl, it worked, although the episode itself gave little reason to come back again (Is it just me, or do the dudes on the show look much thinner this season than I remember?)
As crossover episodes go, there really wasn’t much to it. Only Jess appeared briefly in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, when Jake Peralta commandeered her car in pursuit of an arrest, only to crash it into some sidewalk stalls. In fact, after the Florida-set episodes of Nine-Nine, last night’s was something of a letdown, save for Captain Holt’s hilariously sad attempts at smiling in order to raise morale.
The results among the rest of the squad weren’t much better.
Captain Holt continues to be the best reason to watch Nine-Nine.
New Girl, meanwhile, was marginally better, mostly because of the antics of Nick and Winston, who tried to raise money on a subway platform for fare to get to Schmidt’s Long Island high-school reunion (the reason the characters were in New York City). That eventually led to Nick attempting — and failing spectacularly — to jump over an obstacle he and Winston had erected from trash cans and wet-floor cones.
That stunt double bears little resemblance to Jake Johnson.
No one was impressed with Nick’s spectacular fail except for Boyle’s son, who emptied his Dad’s wallet into their coffee can.
Meanwhile, Jess — after her car crash with Jake — wound up in the Nine-Nine where Gina saddled her with a lot of paperwork and Captain Boyle inadvertently gave her a pep talk, which all led to Schmidt giving an embarrassing speech at his reunion.
Honestly, the best part of the episode was the accidental run-in with Damon Wayans, Jr., who left the show a season and a half ago.
And that’s our biannual check-in with New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Keep watching the latter! The former? Eh.