This season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been darker and more serialized than its predecessors. With the plot arc featuring Jason Mantzoukas’s formerly undercover mob operative, the show has had higher stakes than ever before. And last night’s “Greg and Larry” made that very clear.
The episode was your standard Nine-Nine goodness. Holt being Holt, Rosa being enigmatic, Scully and Hitchcock ingesting questionable substances. Until that ending.
After spending the episode taking down as-yet-unseen mobster Jimmy Figgis’s operation, via his FBI informant (Dennis Haysbert), Jake gets a phone call from a manipulated voice—Figgis—saying he will kill Jake and Holt. One month later, Jake and Holt are living in neighboring homes in Florida as the titular Greg and Larry, having entered the witness protection program.
First of all, my heart goes out to all my fellow Peraltiago lovers, whose hearts were broken by this development moments after Jake and Amy decided to move in together.
Next of all, what does this mean to the show next season?
In an interview with EW, showrunner Dan Goor discussed how much of an impact this will have on season four. This is a half-hour comedy after all. It likely won’t go full Breaking Bad.
With 23 episodes, it’s very hard to do all stand-alone, and it’s very hard to do all serialized, so in our ideal world, it would be a combination of a few serialized episodes to figure out what’s happening in Florida and then maybe some stand-alone episodes…. We like — and people like — watching all of the Nine-Nine together in the precinct and working together and all the combinations that affords, but also we don’t want to short shrift the work we did at the end of the year. So we’ll keep them in this situation for as long as we think it’s fun, and then we’ll figure out a way to make it the Nine-Nine we all know and love. The only thing I want to make sure of is: I really like the balance that the show strikes — doing police action episodes, romance episodes, office episodes — and I don’t want to do anything that too dramatically disrupts it. This arc was so stakes-y, it was very difficult to do too many silly [things]. A silly Jake-Gina story would have been hard to put in, and I always want to make sure we have room for those types of stories as well.
He added that this won’t be like the big finale cliffhanger of last season that was killed (literally) in the season premiere.
We plan on spending some time there. Season 2, we reversed [the situation] in the first episode, right? I think that would be closer to what we did at the start of this season, where they’re going to have to live in this situation for a little while.
Fun fact: Jimmy Figgis was the name of a character on NYPD Blue episode, played by actor Andy McKenzie who was in the movie MacGruber, directed by Jorma Taccone, who is one third of the Lonely Island with Andy Samberg. SUCK IT, KEVIN BACON.