Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 6, episode 2 recap: Hitchcock & Scully


Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back from Jake and Amy’s honeymoon with a very special episode. “Scully & Hitchcock” shows the corrupting power of the evilest gateway drug of them all: chicken wings. Also, a microwave explodes. Let’s recap!

“Scully & Hitchcock” is one of those episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine that has all of the story and plot twists of an ultra-serious police procedural. It fits in half of the time with double the emotional impact and adds tons of laughs. It was written by Lang Fisher (The Mindy Project) and directed by Cortney Carillo (Workaholics).

Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) and Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) are the main story this week. There’s also a war for space going on in the nine-nine bullpen. Terry (Terry Crews) and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) are fed up with the slobbish ways of Amy’s (Melissa Fumero) uniformed officers. Both sides claim the kitchen as their hill. Finally, Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) continues his war for the soul of the NYPD with Commissioner John Kelly (Phil Reeves).

Flat Top and the Freak

The episode starts in 1986. There’s Lethal Weapon saxophone playing even though Lethal Weapon didn’t come out until 1987. That’s because young Scully (Alan Ritchson) and Hitchcock (Wyatt Nash), aka Flat Top and the Freak, were ahead of their time. Deal with it!

Flat Top and the Freak are in deep cover on the incognito tip. They blow their cover on purpose because they can. And also because it’s time to arrest drug lord Gio Costa. They dispatch his henchmen to some funky Gameboy sounding beats. Marissa Costa, Gio’s wife, points to where Gio is hiding. Flat Top and the freak arrest him, confiscate drugs, and three duffel bags of cash.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Hitchcock & Scully” Episode 602 — Pictured: (l-r) Dirk Blocker as Hitchcock, Joel McKinnon Miller as Scully, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

In the present day, Captain Holt assigns Jake (Andy Samberg) and Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) to investigate the old case per Internal Affairs wishes. It is believed that this is more punishment from Commissioner Kelly for Captain Holt’s war on his stop and frisk policy.

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Jake immediately suspects Scully and Hitchcock are guilty in some way. Boyle defends the two and insists Jake is just suspicious of everyone. This is on the heels of Boyle announcing he wants to adopt a young boy named Dragomir, who Jake points out is actually a grown man in his 40s.

Scully and Hitchcock are questioned by Jake and Boyle when it’s discovered that there were actually four duffel bags of money at the crime scene. There’s a missing duffel bag of cash. Plus there’s shady dealings with a confidential informant. Scully and Hitchcock storm off, with Hitchcock declaring that Jake is “fake news.”

Now in an interrogation room, Jake and Boyle learn how crafty Scully and Hitchcock are. In order to gain dominance and blow everyone out of the room, the lactose intolerant Scully has had a bunch of dairy. Per his words, Scully turns the interrogation room into one big Dutch oven.

Changing venues to the roof of the building, with its outdoor abundance of fresh oxygen, Jake and Boyle continue to question Scully and Hitchcock. They want to know how two cops as awesome as they were turned out to be what they are today. Jake insists there is foul play. Boyle insists there isn’t. Hitchcock provided his financial records. Fun facts like Hitchcock renting most of his clothes proves that the two are not only broke. They are destitute.

But, wait! If Scully and Hitchcock don’t even own a car, why are they paying for a parking space! Cut to the parking garage where we find Scully’s sex van that he lives in between divorces. It’s name is in graphics painted onto the side of the van: the Beaver Trap. Many shocking things are found and smelled.

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As Jake and Boyle investigate the inside of the van, the back doors are slammed and locked on them. They are trapped! Jake admits that he and Boyle have become the beavers. Luckily, one of Scully’s sex mannequins is industrial grade. Jake is able to use the giant screw protruding from a dismembered sex mannequin leg to pick the lock and get free of the Beaver Trap.

Because Boyle tracks Jake’s phone, which is totally normal, they are able to track Scully and Hitchcock. They have Jake’s phone because they stole his car. Where are they running to? Canada? Mexico? No. Scully and Hitchcock go to Wing Slutz.

Once there, all is revealed. The shady confidential informant was actually Marissa Costa. After she put herself at great risk turning against her husband, the state did not offer her witness protection. So, Flat Top and the Freak gave her one of the duffel bags of money. She invested it in Wing Slutz. They worked out a system where an extra wing in Flat Top and the Freak’s order would mean everything was ok.

This is what corrupted the perfectly quaffed hair of the Freak and robbed Flat Top of his 18 to 24 pack abs. Chicken wings, folks. They can ruin you if you let them. They just take hold of you and no amount of hot sauce or lemon pepper is ever enough. The perfectly seasoned wing is the dream you chase. It is hard core, bro. Hard. Core.

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Meanwhile, Captain Holt realizes that Internal Affairs had nothing to do with calling an investigation Scully and Hitchcock. That’s odd. Who could’ve ordered it? Well, back at the Wing Slutz, are heroes are surrounded by Gio Costa and his gang. He got out of jail for extremely good behavior. And now he’s here to kill everyone.

Scully and Hitchcock decide to strap large containers of Wing Slutz hot sauce to their bodies because they believe bulletts can not pass through the sauce. They are right. Even though Captain Holt shows up with the Nine-Nine to save the day, Gio Costa does get a couple of rounds off. But the sauce saves the guys.

Even though the money was stolen for a good cause, Scully and Hitchcock are sentenced to one year of desk duty. This is to their not so silent delight.

Upstairs, Downstairs

If you’ve ever worked in an office with one or more people, you know things turn into guerrilla warfare quickly. It’s rarely over the job. It’s over small things, like the community kitchen. As the Nine-Nine bullpen gets used to the forced movement of all personnel to their floor, good will falls quickly.

Rosa and Jake say hi to each other walking on top of desks because there’s no room on the floor. Gina (Chelsea Peretti) has to yell messages across the office. And somebody is messing up the microwave.

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Terry and Rosa declare all of these problems are caused by Amy’s uniformed officers. Terry calls them the Downstairs People. This infuriates Amy, who insists her fellow uni’s are not slobs. Everyone is making the best out of the situation.

But, when someone leaves a particularly foul mess in the microwave, Rosa informs Amy that the microwave is for Upstairs people only. You banned, yo. This infuriates Amy, who takes the initiative to gain the upper hand. She places a fish in the microwave to stink it out. Having witnessed this attack in my real world office, I can attest that this is extremely effective. Not only will the entire office reek of fish, but everything you make for the next few weeks will taste like fish. Fish flavored instant mac and cheese. Nummers!

Man, alive! That fish must have been rancid. Sparks fly and the microwave explodes. The death of the microwave stops and makes the Upstairs and Downstairs people think. It’s like Tony’s death at the end of West Side Story. Ok. Maybe not so much, but Terry and Amy reconcile and agree to make the best of the situation going forward.

Gina Linetti Spaghetti Confetti

Captain Holt is preparing to give an unauthorized on-camera interview to local media questioning Commissioner Kelly’s policies. Gina is prepping him. She suggests he follow her lead and articulate with bold facial expressions. They look like the facial expressions of someone who ran out of cocaine and switched to PCP.

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As the interview is about to commence, Commissioner Kelly shows up to threaten Captain Holt with even more inconveniences for the Nine-Nine if he continues his campaign against him. At first, Captain holt is defiant, but he eventually moves on with his life. But not before giving Kelly ideas and what to attack next.

Gina ends up giving the interview, where she asks the rhetorical question: “What are police?” This episode is easily an instant classic for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. You should check it out if you haven’t. We got some cool information about Scully and Hitchcock via flashbacks that were well done and not overused. The secondary stories were quick, moved the plot along as much as they needed to, and were funny.

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Oh, and Boyle does realize that he is being scammed into adopting a grown man. It will be interesting to see where they go with that storyline, if it even is one. Does Boyle really want to adopt? I can’t wait to find out!

Are you excited that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back? Did you enjoy Scully and Hitchcock? Let’s discuss in the comments!