'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!


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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36 Rules Of Life From 'NCIS's' Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sometimes we all need a smack on the back of the head.

I have been watching "NCIS" since the show began back in 2003, and season 15 will be airing this September. It is one of the longest running series and for a good reason, even though a lot of your favorite characters die off in the show they somehow still keep it alive. Anyone who has watched an episode or more knows about the infamous Gibbs's rules. Here's the list that we can gather from the many episodes:

Rule 1: "Never let suspects stay together." - revealed in the Season 1 premiere episode, Yankee White (episode).

Rule 2: "Never screw over your partner." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode). McGee also stated this rule to Ned Dorneget in Need to Know (episode). McGee also mentioned to Abigail Borin in Ships in the Night (episode) that rule number one has been taken twice, showing that he knows that there are two number one rules.

Rule 3: "Always wear gloves at a crime scene." - revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 4: "Don't believe what you're told. Double check." - again revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 5: "Never be unreachable." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Deception (episode) although Gibbs has been known to be intentionally unreachable. The rule was shown in Rule Fifty-One (episode) in the background when Gibbs opens the box.

Rule 6: "The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode)

Rule 7: "You don't waste good." - revealed in the Season 8 episode, Baltimore (episode).

Rule 8: "Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness." - This rule has been mentioned throughout the series, but it wasn't given a specific number until Flesh and Blood (episode). The rule is also a direct reference to John Wayne's catch phrase in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" (John Ford, Director). Wayne said: "Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness." to subordinates in a military situation. DiNozzo notes the connection in Hiatus Part 1 (episode). Mark Harmon's career has paralleled John Wayne's. They both were quarterback of their southern California college football team, both went into acting. (Harmon's father, Tom Harmon, was a Heisman Trophy-winner and actor & announcer as well.) Note: This is continuously told to Tony, Ziva and Tim through a smack to the back of their heads.

Rule 9: "Always be specific when you lie." - revealed in the Season 1 finale episode, Reveille (episode).

Rule 10: "Never take anything for granted." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Probie (episode) although Gibbs also quotes it as being "Never assume" during the Season 9 episode, Rekindled (episode).

Rule 11: "Never go anywhere without a knife." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, One Shot, One Kill (episode)although it's sometimes quoted as "Never leave home without a knife" or "Always carry a knife."

Rule 12: "Never get personally involved in a case." - revealed in the Season 7 episode, Obsession (episode) and again referenced by the new SECNAV Clayton Jarvis in the Season 9 premiere episode, Nature of the Beast (episode) as the number one rule in Washington politics.

Rule 13: "When the job is done, walk away." - revealed in the Season 6 episode, Semper Fidelis (episode).

Rule 14: "Never date a co-worker." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, Enigma (episode).

Rule 15: "Never, ever involve lawyers." - revealed in "Collateral Damage." Rule 51 is written on the back of the card containing Rule 13 in "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 16: "Bend the line, don't break it." - revealed in Anonymous was a Woman (episode).

Rule 17: "Always work as a team." - revealed in Leap of Faith (episode).

Rule 18: "If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it." - revealed in the Season 8 finale episode, Pyramid (episode).

Rule 19: "Never, ever interrupt Gibbs during an interrogation." - revealed in the Season 14 episode, Privileged Information (episode).

Rule 20: "It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission." - revealed in Silver War (episode).

Rule 21: "Always look under." - revealed in The Artful Dodger (episode)

Rule 22: "Never ever bother Gibbs in interrogation." - revealed in Smoked (episode).

Rule 23: "Never mess with a Marine's coffee... if you want to live."- revealed during "Forced Entry."

Rule 24: "There are two ways to follow someone. First way, they never notice you. Second way, they only notice you." - Jack Knife (episode) and "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 25: "When you need help, ask." - revealed during Blood Brothers (episode).

Rule 26: "Always watch the watchers." - revealed in "Baltimore."

Rule 27: "If you feel like you are being played, you probably are." - revealed in Nature of the Beast (episode).

Rule 28: "Your case, your lead." - revealed in Bounce (episode) placing Tony as temporarily in charge of the team, and also in Phoenix (episode) with Ducky as leader.

Rule 29: "There is no such thing as coincidence." - revealed in Obsession (episode) although DiNozzo states that Rule 39A is "There is no such thing as a small world" during Canary (episode).

Rule 30: "If it seems like someone is out to get you, they are." - revealed in Borderland (episode).

Rule 31: "Never accept an apology from someone who just sucker punched you." - revealed in Psych Out (episode).

Rule 32: "First things first, hide the women and children." - This rule number was mentioned in Patriot Down (episode) but was not stated until Rule Fifty-One (episode).

Rule 33: "Clean up the mess that you make." - revealed in "Rule Fifty-One" although it's also stated as "Never leave behind loose ends" in Hiatus Part 2 (episode).

Rule 34: "Sometimes you're wrong." - Created by Gibbs in Rule Fifty-One" by writing it on the back of the card containing Rule 13. It is unknown if his coworkers are aware of this rule.

Rule 35: "Always give people space when they get off an elevator." - revealed in Double Back (episode)

Rule 36: "Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man." - revealed in Devil's Triangle (episode).

While some seem to deal with Gibbs only there are some very great life lessons present. If you haven's started watching "NCIS" I suggest you start soon, it is all on Netflix.

"A slap to the face is an insult - a slap to the back of the head is a wake-up call." Leroy Jethro Gibbs
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5 Reasons You Need To Forking Listen To Me And Watch 'The Good Place' Or You'll End Up In The Bad Place

It has everything you want in a show: great plot, hilarious dialogue and existential philosophy. What more do you need?


"Friends" and "How I Met Your Mother" are held up as comedy gold by our generation. They have a great setting, plots that get the main characters into just the right amount of trouble and a good lesson that ties the episode in a nice little bow. But "The Good Place," produced by NBC, is something completely different from the 90s sitcom formula. Main characters Eleanor and Chidi face incredibly unique conflicts and with the fantastic characterization of each of the main characters, it's hard to stop binging the entire series. But why "The Good Place"? Here are five reasons you should start binging it on Netflix right now.

1. The Concept


Very rarely does America see a comedic show about death, but this show is the outlier. We find out in the first minutes of the pilot that Eleanor Shellstrop, played by Kristen Bell, is dead. She wakes up and is briefed by the architect of her new neighborhood named Michael, played by Ted Danson. Eleanor lives her first few hours in her new heaven and soon realizes that she is in fact not supposed to be in a Good Place. Chaos ensues during the remainder of the season as she meets her fellow neighbors and finds out the hard way that her actions in this heaven-like reality have some major consequences.

2. The Jokes


There's no laugh track to this show, which allows jokes to be more nuanced and witty. One of the running jokes throughout the series is members of Michael's neighborhood can't swear, so profanity is replaced with words like "fork," "ash hole" and "shirt-balls." Not only is it funny, but it's also a clever way to get around the no-profanity rule of public broadcasting.

3. The Philosophical Theories


You may be asking: How is this a reason to watch the show? But I promise it's one of the best parts of the entire series. Chidi, who was a moral philosophy professor when he was alive, attempts to teach Eleanor how to be a better person. Eleanor's lack of interest for the subject is obvious, but Chidi's rants about what's right and what's wrong, makes you really think about how you make decisions.

4. Two Words: Jameela Jamil


Jamil, who plays Tahani on the show, has been in headlines recently for her outspoken posts on social media. She talks about everything concerning women's issues. Her most recent run-in with celebrity drama was when she fought back against a post talking about the weights of the Kardashian sisters. She posted on her Instagram story, saying she weighed in friendship, her great job and more. She's a big fighter for equality and women's rights, and she's hilarious on and off the set.

5. And lastly, the episodes are only half an hour!


It's super easy to binge this show. With storylines that will hook you in and 20-25 minute episodes, you could finish the series in one day if you tried hard enough.

Grab a friend or two, make some delicious food and get watching! You won't regret picking this amazing show and cast to spend a few hours with.

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