'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Of High School And Whole Grains

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Of High School And Whole Grains

Therapy is a scam.


We're back with another recap! Well, I'm back with my thoughts on it, anyway.

The third episode is centered around Jake and Gina's high school reunion. While Gina takes this as an opportunity to spin increasingly outrageous lies about her life, Jake is trying to compensate for a junior year incident known as "Tattlegate." Apparently, when one of his buddies was busted for playing hooky and getting sozzled, everyone assumed Jake had been the one to tattle. After this, his popularity plummeted. The name of this miscreant friend? Brandon Bliss.

Seriously, who came up with that name?

Jake is unable to escape the nicknames of his past, however, as the rest of the alumni keep bringing up the incident and his insulting moniker "The Tattler." Amy comes up with the idea of clearing his name, leading the two to launch a mini-investigation. They start off by breaking into admin. Amy gets really into it.

Things come to a head when they realize that the tattler was actually Gina. When Jake confronts her, she explains that she did it to help him out. Gina tells him that Brandon is not living the glamorous life Jake thought he was. In fact, Brandon Bliss is currently on parole in Delaware. She knew that Brandon's crowd wasn't the most savory and wanted to get Jake out before he botched his own future. She also explains later on that she is leaving the Nine-Nine to pursue other things. I'm going to miss Peretti as a regular, but it was a good run.

Back at the precinct, Rosa is currently on the rebound from her ex and playing the field. Both of her dates end up finding out about each other through the wonder that is social media. Now she has to choose and is stumped. So she gets Charles to help her. This takes a turn for the funny when Charles shows up with a decision binder that helps him make decisions about both lunch meat and lovers. Food really is his second love.

When that doesn't pan out, he suspends her from the ceiling like a bat. This doesn't work out either, and after a stunning dismount (it is moments like this that make me want a spy-themed special, where Jake spoofs Bond and Rosa actually pulls it off), she learns that the real Boyle decision-making method is to delay making decisions until "the universe decides."

Now, my takes. Once again, I welcome the chance to see Melissa Fumero in printed dresses. I'll be honest, I love it when any of the characters dress outside their usual wardrobe. Like Holt in sweaters. I still shudder at the memory of Jake's Florida aesthetic, though. Much love to the costuming department.

Speaking of costumes, that unholy wig brought tears to my eyes. If the lighting had been any dimmer and the hair a bit greasier, it would have put Snape to shame.

Stephanie Beatriz's deadpan delivery of the line "I shouldn't Gram so much, but my brunch friends say it's the only way to promote my handmade jewelry line" was definitely a highlight, too. It was a bit too long for the list, so I'm just going to mention it here.

There was also a smaller B-plot where Terry, Scully, and Hitchcock convince Captain Holt to join them in an FM radio contest. As far as B-plots go, this one was not one of the better ones. Nonetheless, Andre Braugher is as funny as always.

On a more personal note, I am a huge biology nerd and the Krebs cycle diagram in the science classroom made me squee due to its accuracy (at least until Jake knocked it over). I love it when TV science is accurate. Jane Eyre was also required reading for my Honors English class and I once did a 68-page single-spaced book report on it overnight. Ah, memories. High school was wild.

See you next week with another recap!

Episode highlights:

1. Jake and Gina's friendship.

2. "Therapy is a scam."

3. The Boyle decision-making method.

4. "Holt heard a crinkle, too."

5. Quinoa and couscous.

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10 TV Shows that were Canceled Before Their Time

They should have been given a real chance.

Television shows have been a staple in many homes around the world for almost 100 years. During that time, multiple shows have come and gone without being given the opportunity to really get on their feet.

Some were of low quality and could have just been pulled because of it; while many others were excellent...but due to low ratings, were canceled by their network. I asked TV junkies on Tumblr and Oh No They Didn't which shows they thought were underserved victims of such an injustice. Here were the top 10.

1. "Pushing Daisies"

This was overwhelmingly named as the top show that got treated dirty by the network, ABC. It was bright and colorful, literally, and had a gripping story of Ned, a piemaker (Lee Pace), who had the ability to bring dead people back to life with just a single touch. He used this talent to help solve murder cases. Throw in dynamic characters, such as the private investigator, played by Chi McBride; and Olive, portrayed by the amazing Kristin Chenoweth, it's a shame this show didn't make it past three seasons. It was canceled in 2009.

2. "Selfie"

This sitcom was another casualty of ABC. It was a modern-day version of "My Fair Lady." Granted, neither its title, nor its pilot, were very appealing, but it really hit its stride on the third episode. Plus, John Cho as the romantic lead? Yes, please. Sadly, the ratings did not improve by midseason. ABC pulled it in 2015 after airing only 13 episodes.

3. "Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23"

Yet another show that ABC canceled (it's not intentional, I swear!). Starring a pre-"Jessica Jones" Krysten Ritter, it centered around Chloe, a party girl who intentionally tries to scare off her roommates. Featuring a fictionalized version of James Van Der Beek (yes, that James Van Der Beek), the series received much praise from critics, but its ratings did not agree. ABC canceled it midseason in January 2013.

4. "Freaks and Geeks"

Moving over to NBC for this one, "Freaks and Geeks" starred young Linda Cardellini, James Franco and Seth Rogen. It followed brother/sister duo Lindsay and Sam Weir as they befriend different groups in their new high school, the "freaks" and the "geeks." Low ratings only allowed NBC to initially air 12 of the 18 episodes in the fall of 1999. Fan outcry caused the network to air the remaining six episodes on the Fox Family Channel in September 2000.

5. "Galavant"

Back to ABC, "Galavant" was campy, fun and musical. With the music and lyrics co-written by Alan Menken (known for conducting much of the Disney songs we know and love), the show centered around a knight called Sir Galavant and his rivalry with King Richard. Comedy and songs throughout made it a fun story, which began airing in the 2015 midseason. Its second season kicked off with an episode poking fun at its low ratings and precarious status before ABC canceled it in spring 2016.

6. "Better Off Ted"

Another ABC sitcom and this is a show that I had never actually heard of, but its title came up a lot in the polls. It was a satire about a single father (Jay Harrington), who was the head of the research and development department at a large corporation. Costarring Portia de Rossi, the series premiered in March 2009, but its ratings dropped each week, forcing a cancellation in Jan. 2010.

7. "Kings"

Not to be confused with a Canadian show with a similar name, "Kings" was on NBC for a mere 12 episodes in 2009. It starred the always terrific Ian McShane in a futuristic version of what was eerily similar to the Bible story of King David. NBC aired the first five episodes in March 2009, then concluded airing its other seven episodes that July before announcing its cancellation.

8. "Firefly"

I was surprised that this one did not make it higher on the list. Even today, fans still talk about the unfair treatment it received from Fox Network. The story took place in the year 2517 on various planets and star systems in space. It centered around a crew aboard the Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship, captained by Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion). It premiered on Fox in September 2002, but then the network announced its cancellation after only 11 episodes were aired. Fan popularity and fan campaigns led to a movie, "Serenity," released in 2005, followed by a fan-made documentary in 2006.

9. "Rome"

The only cable show on this list, "Rome" was a historical drama set in first century BC during the time when ancient Rome was transitioning into an empire. The characters were loosely based on real people from history, but the protagonists were two fictional soldiers by the names of Lucius Vorenus, played by Kevin McKidd, and Titus Pullo, played by Ray Stevenson.

It ran for two seasons on HBO, as well as the British Broadcasting Company, from August 2005 through March 2007. Unlike the other shows on the list, its reason for the cancellation was not because of low ratings but because the show was very expensive to film. Allegedly, there is currently a movie script based on the show being shopped around to different production companies.

10. "My So-Called Life"

Ending this list with, of course, another show canceled by ABC. Though, this one was a drama, not a sitcom. It premiered in August 1994 and starred Claire Danes as Angela Chase, an insecure teenager who encounters hardships in her social circle. The show dealt with heavy issues such as child abuse, homophobia, and school violence. It received acclaim from critics, as well as a Golden Globe win for Danes. However, it succumbed to its low ratings in 1995, after only 19 episodes were aired.

Do you agree with this list? What other shows do you think should have made it on here? Do you feel like going back and watching any of these shows, and then screaming at the unfairness of its network for taking them off the air?

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If You're Rooting For Joe From Netflix's 'You,' Stop

If you like this guy, you're missing the entire point of the show.


I recently finished a Netflix show called "You." And while the show was horrifying, it was also incredibly well made and carried a strong message about how you never know if someone might be manipulating or stalking you.

The show follows the story of Joe Goldberg, a guy who stalks his girlfriend Beck and manipulates her by killing everyone he thinks is standing in her way.

However, the story is told from Joe's perspective, so you get to see a humanized version of him. He helps his neighbor's son Paco deal with his mother getting abused.

The show is so good at making you sympathize with him that sometimes you forget the horrible things he has done.

But in the last episode of season one, it gets even darker and the viewer has to confront the reality of who Joe is.

Once I finished the season, I went to social media like Tumblr and Twitter to read others' opinions on the show. Though lots of people had some interesting things to say, there were also way too many people who were sympathizing with Joe and victim-blaming Beck.

Even more disturbingly, some were even writing about how sexy Joe was and how he was a good boyfriend to her.

And it's true that on a surface level (without knowing about any of the messed up things he was doing), Joe was a pretty good boyfriend.

There was a good side to him. The side that helped Beck and Paco through their personal problems.

That's what this show does so well. Joe is a three-dimensional character. Even though you know how horrible he is, you can't help but feel for him sometimes.

However, there's a huge difference between sympathizing with someone and excusing their actions.

You sympathize with Joe because you know his backstory. You know that he doesn't think he's doing anything wrong. In fact, he thinks he's improving Beck's life.

But no matter how you frame it, Joe is a stalker and a murderer and deserves to be locked up somewhere. There shouldn't be a question about that.

The only reason that people actually like Joe is that he is played by an attractive actor. If Joe were some old man with a neckbeard stalking this beautiful young woman, there would be absolutely no one on his side.

But Joe is a young, fairly handsome man. This has blinded some people into taking the exact opposite message from this show.

And the truth of the matter is that stalkers can be attractive. The whole message of the show is that it can be anyone. A pretty face and a sad backstory should never be used to justify sociopathic behavior.

So it's okay to acknowledge the non-evil parts of him, but if you are rooting for Joe Goldberg, please do yourself and everyone a favor and stop.

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