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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Review – Return of Pimento! (4×03)

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE -- "Pimento" -- Episode 703 -- Pictured: Jason Mantzoukas as Adrian Pimento -- (Photo by: Eddy Chen/NBC)

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has its fair share of memorable recurring roles – Doug Judy, the Vulture, and of course Adrian Pimento, who returns in “Pimemento.” Part of what makes a good recurring role is a character (and actor) who can bring something fresh to the series that prompts something new from our standard characters.

“Pimemento” attempts to use Pimento to incite conflict between Jake and Boyle, and while it succeeds in creating that conflict, there is little to no tension that comes from it. Of course, Boyle and Jake’s friendship isn’t truly at stake, not over something as simple as Jake not telling Boyle that he and Amy are trying for a kid. Even Boyle, who would take this secret as an act of betrayal far beyond what most characters in media would, isn’t going to let it seriously threaten his unique and valuable friendship with Jake.

Fortunately, the episode has two weapons that nearly nullify the effect of the lack of real stakes. Firstly, Pimento has become enough of a character in his own right that his presence on the series isn’t necessarily just to incite conflict on the characters around him. I’m invested in Pimento and his health, so the fact that he’s in danger and we don’t know who is after him is enough of a draw to keep the story rolling.

Secondly, a lot of the conflict in Jake and Boyle’s storyline comes not from Jake keeping his secret, but from Jake’s personal struggle with avoiding Boyle and Boyle’s disappointment of not hanging with his best friend.

Boyle’s comment that he’s mostly upset that they haven’t hung out in weeks is the true sting in this storyline, and it’s the sort of issue that real friends go through. By trying to keep Amy happy, Jake accidentally cut Boyle too far out of his life and hurt his friend. Boyle will, of course, forgive Jake, but it’s understandable that Boyle would be hurt by this and want to explain his feelings.

So while this plotline doesn’t soar, it provides an adequate vehicle for the episode and keeps me invested, despite the lack of threat to any relationships.

The B-plot of the episode somewhat mirrors this by having the Nine-Nine devolve into bickering children after a workplace conflict seminar. Everyone has petty grievances with each other – from the way they chew to how often they talk about their children. Again, there are no real stakes here because we know the Nine-Nine isn’t going to let these petty grievances come between each other, and Rosa states as much by the end of the plot.

Yet it dovetails nicely with the A-plot by showing us what sort of grievances we should let go (minor secrets and improperly finishing each other’s sentences), and which issues we need to discuss (when a friend is actively hurting our feelings). I’m not sure how intentional that message is considering the focus of the parallels is on conflict itself and not on the type of conflicts, but it’s still a message I can draw from the episode and I think these plots fit nicely together.

Pimento is a great recurring character who brings a lot of energy to the screen. I’m a little disappointed by how relatively plain this episode is considering a lot of Pimento’s previous appearances, but the “Finding Dory” style memory loss leads to some fantastic moments of what I’m going to call “verbal slapstick,” including Pimento screaming in multiple random locations and forgetting what tables are.

The rescue on the side of the building, however, seems a bit off to me. I’m not a cop and have no training in scaling buildings, but I would assume that everyone gripping arms to shuffle off the side of the building would be bad form because if one of you falls, you all fall, no? There is no narrative link to the physical linking of arms (outside of maybe Boyle and Jake reclaiming their friendship, but it is never really threatened, as stated earlier), so I can’t imagine this is needed from a story standpoint, and it just made me question the intelligence of the move.

All in all, though, “Pimemento” is a fine episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Other Great Thoughts:

  • I was also hoping Pimento’s actual reappearance on screen would be a little more dramatic, especially after his excellent screaming for Jake and Boyle.
  • A seminar that is boring to Amy??? That tells you everything. I always love when a show weighs situations again its characters’ traits. It provides a bar for the audience and keeps the characters feeling alive.
  • Loved Pimento correcting Jake on Nolan’s first film, especially since he has never seen Memento.
  • Obviously, since Jake has been avoiding him, putting Jake and Boyle on a case together is the easiest way to incite conflict into this situation. Using Pimento as the catalyst for the reveal is much more unique, and it very much keeps Jake’s character intact. Jake would never tell someone else before Boyle (Rosa was told by Amy), so Jake feeling free to tell Pimento because of his memory loss allows the conflict to unfold while keeping Jake in character.
  • There is something very creepy about doctors doing harm, even in a show as fun as Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
  • Love when Boyle gets to be a detective and take out some bad guys.
  • The ending tag is one of my favorite tags of the entire series.

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‘The Bachelor’ Just Announced a Second, Olympics-Themed Spinoff

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The Bachelor spinoff Summer Games

The Bachelor is headed to the Olympics… well, their version of it anyway.

There doesn’t seem to be a cap on Bachelor franchise spinoffs because why would there be? We’re going to watch all of them anyway!

Just yesterday, the promo for The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart, a musical spinoff, dropped its first promo, but here we are today talking about an Olympics-themed spinoff.

Following the success of The Bachelor Winter Games, ABC is bringing you the Summer Olympics, a summer version of the athletic spinoff playing off of the fact that the Olympics are happening this July in Tokyo.

The show will essentially feature contestants competing in Olympic-styled sports events, which will just be pure joy, and likely getting involved in drama and hooking up on the side.

“[Summer Games] will be its own thing and it’ll run — it’ll be Bachelorette Summer Games,” ABC’s Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming Rob Mills said on The Ringer’s Bachelor Party podcast on Tuesday.

“What’s nice about Summer Games, is when we did Winter Games, Bachelor was still airing, so it was a lot . . . This is Summer Games, and then Paradise will start . . . There is going to be both,” he explained.

“I think it’s going to be really fun,” he added. “We found a really great place to hold it. I mean, it’s going to be so fun seeing these people in these great, you know, track and field, and swimming. This is a real Olympics. To me, this is the real Olympics.”

Though summer is just a few months away, Mills isn’t sure who is going to be in it.

“I still think we need to look at the creative, and it’s like, do you — if somebody is with somebody or not, can they be in it?” he said. “‘Cause there’s certain people that you’d love to see — I mean, I’d love to see Jordan [Rodgers] or Colton [Underwood].”

All of this basically translates to us living, breathing, and sleeping Bachelor content!

No premiere date has been set for Summer Games yet, but Listen to Your Heart arrives in April!

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The First ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Crossover of 2020 Is Coming – Watch the Promo

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Chicago Fire and Chicago PD crossover Off the Grid 2020

Fans of Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire will have to wait an additional week for new episodes.

The One Chicago universe is taking a break this Wednesday (February 19) as it gears up for the first crossover of 2020.

The two-part crossover excludes Chicago Med, though the series will kick off the hour with an intense episode of its own, and instead, finds PD and Fire teaming up to respond to a national epidemic.

It even brings back a beloved PD character, although, it’s not in a way that you’d expect and might not be all that great for Roman (guest star Brian Geraghty).

Chicago Fire and Chicago PD crossover Off the Grid 2020

CHICAGO P.D. — “Burden of Truth” Episode 716 — Pictured: Brian Geraghty as Sean Roman — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

Here’s what to expect from the crossover airing Wednesday, February 26!

Chicago Fire

In a two-show crossover event with “Chicago P.D.,” a series of teen opioid overdoses sees Severide partner with Sean Roman (Brian Geraghty), but begins to suspect there’s more to the story than his old friend is telling him. Casey tries to be there for Brett as she considers her birth mother’s offer to meet.
Chicago PD
Part 2 of Crossover with Chicago Fire; Intelligence searches for the dealer who caused multiple overdoses and is connected to Roman’s missing sister. The case becomes a homicide investigation when they find the dealer’s dead body. Guest star: Brian Geraghty.
See the promo below!

Previously on Chicago Med, Will Halstead made a questionable decision when he possibly pursued a relationship with Hannah, an addict he met at the clinic. PD found Burgess recovering from her miscarriage following a violent beating from a suspect responsible for sex-trafficking innocent women.

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The Flash Review – Meet Sue Dearbon, and The Woman in the Mirror (6×12)

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The Flash - "A Girl Named Sue" Review

Last week on The Flash, we discover that the real Iris West-Allen was trapped in the mirror dimension and replaced by a mirror clone. In this week’s episode, titled “A Girl Named Sue,” we find out that she is not alone!

Two new characters are introduced this week who seem to have integral parts to play for the rest of the season surrounding the mysterious Black Hole organization.

Eva McCulloch (played by Efrat Dor), a scientist and founder of McCulloch Technologies, is revealed to have been trapped in the mirror-verse (the same one Iris is stuck in) for the past six years – coincidentally, since Harrison Wells / Eobard Thawne’s particle accelerator explosion in the first season of the show.

Then there’s the namesake character of this episode, Sue Dearbon (played by Natalie Dreyfuss), the missing daughter of rich socialites, who Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer) has been trying to track down. As the episode unfolds, though, Sue is revealed to be more than she seems.

Their partnership literally starts off with a bang as Sue lures Ralph into an abandoned apartment rigged with explosives, which kickstarts her convoluted plan to steal a diamond that has ties with the Black Hole group and the metahuman Ultraviolet, whom the couple battle at the latter part of the episode, resulting in Sue escaping with said diamond as Ralph is incapacitated and almost killed before The Flash comes in late to the rescue. Also, she finds out that Ralph is the Elongated Man and threatens to reveal his secret identity if he tries to go after her again– classic villain move.

The chemistry between Dreyfuss and Sawyer is hilarious, and their scenes together elicit a genuine albeit less brooding Batman and Catwoman relationship vibe (speaking of Vibe, where the heck has Cisco been? His absence has really left the comedy to fall a bit flat for the show lately. Besides, who’s going to nickname all the supervillains we’re about to meet? But I digress).

Although Ralph got played for a fool in this episode, while Sue reveals herself to be a badass criminal with mad thieving, and hand-to-hand combat skills to boot. I do think they are worthy of being “shipped” together for the foreseeable future. Maybe as “Dibon” (Dibny + Dearbon)? Or “Suelph”? Okay, maybe not, but there is a couple name here somewhere.

On the other hand (or in this case, the other side of the mirror), Eva McCulloch is the gender-flipped version of Evan McCulloch, a villain from the comics who ends up becoming the 2nd Mirror Master.

McCulloch reveals to Iris that she has tried to escape her mirror prison 1,322 times, and has lost all hope of returning to her normal life. Iris, however, feels the opposite and convinces her to try to escape again. After an ill-conceived failed attempt, the duo discovers that McCulloch is a metahuman with powers connected to the same mirror they are trapped in.

As far as setting up a “big bad” backstory, this version of Mirror Master hits the mark on several key traits.

First, she has ties to the beginning of Flash’s journey via the particle accelerator and has reason to be, at the very least, a bit bitter about it.

Second, her unstable mental state is hinted at when she first meets Iris saying, “I can’t believe I’m talking to another person… it’s been so long.”

Third, she seems to start off as a sympathetic character that we all want to root for, and watching how she turns should be interesting, to say the least.
Last, she poses a legitimate threat to The Flash because she is such an unknown quantity that the potential dangers of her powers, intelligence and motivation combined could make a formidable and unpredictable mix.

Not to mention her husband is Joseph Carver, the CEO of McCulloch Tech, and a member of the enigmatic Black Hole organization.

Overall, this episode is a win, especially for the character arcs of Iris and Ralph. However, Barry Allen, Joe West, Nash Wells, and Cecile Horton were all basically used as glorified cameos in this episode. Furthermore, Frost, Cisco, and Allegra Garcia are all M.I.A. – which makes sense since the episode’s focus is introducing two new characters into the fold.

Still, this installment of The Flash scores a solid 8.5 / 10 rating in my book.

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