Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 6, episode 12 recap: Casecation


Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back! In “Casecation,” Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) celebrate their first anniversary, consider becoming parents, and guard a member of the cartel. Let’s recap!

“Casecation” was written by Luke Del Tredici (30 Rock) and directed by Beth McCarthy Miller (Abby’s). The timeline on this season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine continues to move briskly. Only eleven episodes ago Jake and Amy were on their honeymoon. Now they’re talking about having kids on their first anniversary. The world’s most awesome couple remains adorable and in sync, except for the part where Jake doesn’t want to have kids.

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Jake has been working double shifts for weeks. Amy has been cramming for the lieutenant’s exam. There hasn’t been a lot of time for Jake and Amy to have a date night. It doesn’t look like that’ll change anytime soon.

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In order to spend time together for their first anniversary, Jake arranges for himself and Amy to guard a vulnerable member of the cartel while he’s in a coma in hospital. Amy doesn’t think Holt (Andre Braugher) will allow this, but, thanks to Jake’s cultivation of an out-of-control persona, he agrees before Amy can get the question out of her mouth.

At first, things are romantic. Sure, there’s a comatose cartel member in a bed in the middle of the room. But Jake sets up the ICU room like a Parisian restaurant. Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) even serves as a bow-tied waiter. Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) are milling around the hospital having tests done by Dan the Enema Man. It’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine perfection.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Casecation” Episode 612 — Pictured: (l-r) Dirk Blocker as Scully, Joel McKinnon Miller as Hitchcock — (Photo by: John P. Fleenor/NBC)

Things are going great until Pam, played by guest star Julia Sweeney, walks through the anniversary dinner and mentions her twisted bowels. It’s not the twisted bowels or Pam’s guarantee that Jake and Amy will know the smell of the random loose deuce when she drops it that spoil the mood.

Jake thinks that Amy saying she’d like to try for kids soon was just laying unneeded undercover id. But, Amy is for real. Jake is also for real when he says he does not want kids. How else would Brooklyn Nine-Nine attempt to solve this than with Holt moderating a debate in the ICU?

Holt, his husband, and Gail, the head of the union of debaters listen to arguments from Jake and Amy. She wins and Jake earns a fine from Gail for questioning the jurisdiction of the debaters union. In reality, both sides are right. Amy has thought this through and does not want to wait until it’s too late. Jake is afraid that he will become the horrible father his father was to him.

Also, there’s the water park dilemma. Amy had shown Jake a picture of kids at a water park and asked if he wanted to do that. Jake couldn’t wait. But what he thought he was expressing enthusiasm for was going to a water park and not starting a family.

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Terry (Terry Crews) and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) show up because there is intelligence pointing to an imminent attack on the cartel coma guy. They think Jake and Amy are still celebrating their anniversary. They quickly notice the truth. When Amy decides to partner with Rosa at another post, Rosa speaks for the audience when she says, “Damn, Jake!”

Amy commiserates with Rosa. Even though Rosa herself is not sure she wants kids, she understands why Amy wants them and thinks she should do it. The two share a moment and hope that doting father Terry is convincing Jake of the joys of fatherhood. Except he’s not. Terry warns Jake that kids are hard. You’re always sick, cookies are never safe, and you’ll never know how Breaking Bad ends.

Jake is confused. He didn’t think he’d find anyone to back up his side of the argument. Also, he’s scared. It’s not just fear of becoming his dad that shakes Jake to his core. It’s fear of Amy moving on if Jake doesn’t want to have kids. She told him as much. That stuck with me through the rest of the episode. It’s emotional blackmail, but it’s not because Amy is just being honest and unwavering in her truth.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Casecation” Episode 612 — Pictured: (l-r) Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz — (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)

Luckily, Jake gets to confront fear and realize he is able to control it when Pam is revealed to be the assassin hired to kill the cartel coma guy. She’s not as much as an assassin as much as she’s convenient. She’s desperate for money and to help her son. She’s already a patient there. And the bomb is guaranteed to only hurt people in the room when it goes off. Since that would kill her instantly, those twisted bowels must be no joke. Also, don’t trust anyone who tells you they can control the blast radius of a bomb, Pam! Debris kills!

Jake convinces Pam to hand over the bomb. The day is saved. Jake tells Amy that since fear seemed to focus him and turn him into an uber cool man-in-charge, he is okay with starting a family. Also, I still think he’s afraid of losing Amy.

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Amy has gotten the next week off to that she and Jake can celebrate their first anniversary properly. At a water park. Aww. Jake and Amy walk out together with Jake asking for just a little time to get used to the idea of being a father. After all, he did just find out Amy wanted kids a few hours earlier. He has to get at least one night’s sleep in order to realize how perfect his marriage and future look.

Did you like “Casecation?” What are your thoughts on season six of Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Let’s discuss in the comments!