'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: History Of The Dynamic Dodo Duo

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: A Short History Of The Dynamic Dodo Duo

Second ep, here we come!

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We're back with another recap! Well, I'm back with my personal thoughts, anyway. There are a lot of names in this piece, so buckle up. *Spoilers below*

The second episode opens with a throwback to the '80s, when jazz was apparently the background music of choice. We see a much younger Hitchcock and Scully capturing big-shot cocaine dealer Gio Costa, complete with epic take-downs and a toast.

In the present day, Captain Holt's efforts to push back on the new commissioner's stop-and-frisk initiative has led the commissioner to close down certain parts of the precinct building. This results in the "downstairs" and "upstairs" officers being forced to cooperate (in the most literal sense of the word). Tensions are running high due to the overcrowding, and the office kitchen becomes ground zero for the conflict. Specifically, the office microwave.

When Sergeants Amy and Terry try and take their conflict to the Captain, he is busy preparing for an interview criticizing the new initiative and tells them the resolve it between themselves, with a reference to last episode's Hoots. On a side note, "Gina-Linetti-Spaghetti-Confetti" is one of those small jokes that make the show so entertaining.

Boyle is also considering adopting another child; specifically, a 40-something-year-old Latvian hunter who claims he is Nikolaj's half-brother. Needless to say, Jake is skeptical. The simmering tensions resulting from this come to a head when they learn that Internal Affairs has opened an investigation into one of Scully and Hitchcock's old cocaine bust. When Jake finds a picture revealing that a duffle bag full of cash is unaccounted for in the case report, Charles accuses Jake of being needlessly suspicious. Jake claims Charles is letting his emotions get the better of his reasoning, and both bicker their way through the first half of the investigation.

Things reach a head (a mannequin head, to be more precise) when they are locked in the back of Hitchcock and Scully's old van. Being stuck in the small space forces them to air out their grievances (and some unsavory-smelling cloth) in order to escape. Using a tracker Charles placed on Jake's phone, they manage to track the other two down to their favorite restaurant. When they move to cuff the older pair, the restaurant manager Marissa "Donna" Costa intervenes. It turns out that she was an informant in the drug case, and that the money in the missing duffle bag was used to help her go into hiding when the government refused to place her in witness protection.

The four are reconciling when a call from Captain Holt reveals that there was no investigation, after all. It was simply a ploy to help the recently released drug dealer and his goons suss out Marissa's hiding place. However, the combined efforts of the Nine-Nine and two tubs of "Slut Sauce" (it is a slightly less disturbing name in context) prevent Gio from enacting his revenge. He is recaptured in another epic take-down sequence, this time featuring Terry.

Meanwhile, at the precinct, the fight for bullpen supremacy has escalated into war. This culminates in Amy leading a decoy mission to allow her uniformed officers to plant a fish-bomb in the microwave. Of course, it turns out that Commissioner Kelly has chosen just that day to come to confront Holt about his interview. He then leaves, but not before making a few more threatening statements about how much worse things could get for the precinct if Holt continues in his path of most resistance. Upset by the toll his actions have taken on his staff, Captain Holt promises to account for their well-being in future efforts to dismantle the initiatives. Hitchcock and Scully are also given a year of desk duty in punishment for stealing the money, much to their poorly-concealed glee.

It was interesting getting a bit more backstory on the duo. We've had glimpses, or even entire episodes focusing on the histories of pretty much every other member of the squad except for these two. Yet Scully and Hitchcock have always been little more than punchlines. The perv and the peculiar.

We also learn exactly how the pair went from a highly-lauded, crime-fighting, clever-quipping duo to the lazy desk-lovers they are today. Unsurprisingly, it involves a bucket of wings. Although, it might not be entirely because of this; close viewers may remember their successes in Season 2 Episode 19 when they explain to Charles that most of their bumbling incompetence is a means of avoiding field duty. The two are perfectly content to remain behind their desks, scarfing down potato chips and commiserating about their home lives. The show has thus come full circle, with each of the character's having undergone character development (or in this particular case, character redevelopment), except Gina.*

Young Scully and Hitchcock also vaguely remind me of John Cena and That Kid from every white prep school murder mystery movie ever. I have no idea why. Must be the hair.

More recaps to come!

Here are some episode highlights:

1. Rosa's highlights. Rosa's jacket. Rosa's entire aesthetic.

2. Amy's posh accent.

3. "Yep, that's definitely the language of the innocent."**

4. The microwave contract.

5. Captain Dad.

*But Gina is so quintessentially Gina that it is hard to imagine her as anything else.

**I cannot believe that the show took such a direct potshot and at the same time am hardly surprised it did. Have I mentioned how great "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is? Because it is very great.

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Not only am I disappointed by such a great show's dangerous decision, I'm upset by the fact that no one has corrected it.

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Like many, "Stranger Things" is one of my favorite shows. But after extensive research, I feel like it's my moral responsibility to refrain from watching the upcoming third season of a show that encourages fans to starve themselves.

This article uses potentially triggering language related to eating disorders.

Natalia Dyer is an actress best known for her role as Nancy Wheeler in Netflix's original show, "Stranger Things." Despite its enthralling plot, the first time I watched it, I found myself distracted by her unusually thin frame. While I know many naturally skinny women and actresses, I've never seen someone whose skeleton was so prominent.

Flickr- Natalia Dyer (left)

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While I didn't find any direct quotes from Natalia about suffering from an eating disorder, I did stumble upon pictures of her from the 2009 premiere of "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and was shocked at how drastically different she looks today.

Youtube- "Hannah Montana: The Movie" Premiere

In 2014, Natalia starred in "I believe in Unicorns," where promotional pictures also illustrate how much she's changed. For those who believe she's "naturally thin," these past films, as well as pictures from her childhood prove that she wasn't always this skinny.

Youtube- "I Believe in Unicorns" 2014

When I first researched Natalia, I found forums in which people who have battled with eating disorders discuss the physical signs of anorexia and bulimia that Natalia exhibits. The most obvious being her frame, visible bones underneath thin skin, sunken-in eyes, "hollow" face, as well as more subtle signs, like scabs on her knuckles (called Russell's sign), white or blue fingernails, and lines around the mouth that seem to age her face.

I am fortunate enough to have never suffered from an eating disorder, so I did a lot of research to keep from jumping to conclusions about Natalia's health. What I've found is that symptoms of eating disorders closely mimic those of gastrointestinal diseases, such as Celiac and Crohn's disease. In this sense, it's possible that those who criticize her for disordered eating are evaluating the body of someone with a dysfunctional digestive system (though the aforementioned physical signs pointed out by people who have had anorexia convince me that this likely isn't the case).

Youtube- Natalia Dyer 2017

While there's little factual information about if Natalia has an eating disorder, there is much speculation that she does, both from those who have overcome such disorders, and those still struggling.

During my search for information, I found several "pro-ana" websites—a contraction of "pro-anorexia," used to admire eating disorders in a positive light—idolizing Natalia's weight loss and expressing jealousy of her outrageously thin frame. In one particular forum, people describe her in "Hannah Montana: The Movie" as "on her way to chunky town," and "mad chunky" in "I Believe in Unicorns." Even going a step further by stating that Natalia's "Stranger Things" co-star Shannon Purser "needs to take pointers from [Natalia]."

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Finding this forum made my blood boil. Not because of the responsibilities of its participants (that's an article for another day), but because of the irresponsibility the casting director—Carmen Cuba—and creators of "Stranger Things" have exhibited in casting a potentially anorexic actress, and Netflix's lack of opposition to this choice.

As a rule of corporate management, businesses have what's called "corporate social responsibility" (CSR) which is defined as "the idea that businesses should balance profit-making activities with activities that benefit society. It involves developing businesses with a positive relationship to the society in which they operate."

From my point of view, Cuba's casting choice for the character Nancy violated the sense of CSR that such a popular show should have, given that she's provided fans who struggle with body dysmorphia a potentially dangerous source of "thinspiration."

Youtube- Natalia Dyer at ages 17 (left) and 20 (right)

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There are still many facets of this issue I have yet to discuss, but until then, if you believe that you, a friend, or a relative have an eating disorder, contact an eating disorder hotline now.

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