Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.21: Unsolvable

“Do you want to know how I actually hurt my wrist? I was Hula Hooping. Kevin and I attend a class for fitness and for fun. I’ve mastered all the moves: the pizza toss, the tornado, the scorpion, the oopsie-doodle…” (more…)

Community Annie and Abed

Community 5.09: VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing

Community thrives on defying sitcom conventions, but tonight’s episode was about as straightforward and sitcom-y as any I can remember. The group is split up pre-credits, as has been the case lately. Jeff, Hickey, and Shirley will clean out an old storage room, and Annie and Abed will have a “double date” night at their apartment with Annie’s awesomely weird brother and Abed’s girlfriend. (more…)

Jake and Charles

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.20: Fancy Brugdom

The Office wasn’t really about selling paper, Parks and Rec is not really about working in the Parks Department (Although Leslie Knope might beg to differ) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine has proven that, like it’s Mike Schur predecessors, it is really a show about relationships. (more…)

Coach Coach

New Girl 3.19: Fired Up

Linda Cardellini is a great actress and I would love to see more of her on TV (or anywhere.) That being said I think it was strange arc for her to be the main character on a show known for the strength of it’s main characters, and I was very much looking forward to a return to normalcy tonight. (more…)

Community 5.06: Analysis of Cork Based Networking

I’ll be honest. I was very worried about Donald Glover’s departure from Community. Troy has been one of the most consistently funny characters, and losing him from the weekly roster has the potential to derail what has been one of the best seasons of the show thus far. By the end of “Analysis of Cork Based Networking”, I found myself forgetting his absence entirely – It was that good.


Community 5.05: Geothermal Escapism

I’ve struggled to come up with an adequate way to recap Donald Glover’s last episode of Community. Here are my quick thoughts and favorite moments, because I am too heartbroken to write a full recap.


Who Won Fox’s Tuesday Night Comedy Block?

Fox’s Tuesday Night comedy block is 75% awesome. We will rank each show accordingly week by week.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – The Ebony Falcon

This week’s episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine was actually an improvement over last week, but still not great. The setup for the case of the week is an undercover sting operation to bust a steroid ring centered at a gym called Brooklyn Total Body. The target is Brandon Jacoby, who Peralta and Boyle believe can lead them to the supplier of the drugs. The plan is to bring Terry, “The Ebony Falcon” in to act as a trainer, since he is ripped and looks like a body-builder anyways. To me Terry Crews will always be The Old Spice Guy. Or the guy from White Chicks who did this. 

Meanwhile, Gina’s apartment has been broken into, and Rosa and Santiago are brought in to work the case. While this plot line kind of sucked overall,  the list of stolen items is worth mentioning:

  • $160 in cash
  • one tv
  • one large painting of a naked lady on a lion
  • one set of Joseph Gordon-Levitt nesting dolls (homemade and irreplaceable)
  • one music box that plays, “She Works Hard for the Money” when opened
  • and one knockoff designer clutch

In the end the case is not solved, but the girls install locks on Gina’s windows and door, and bond over being girls and being afraid. Ugh.

Before going undercover Jake sees Terry’s daughters and fears for his safety. He then goes on to blow the undercover sting operation, and set up another sting operation without the Sergeant’s knowledge. Whether it was allowing the Pontiac Bandit to get away, or messing this case up twice, it seems like Peralta is really terrible at his job. I preferred the version of Brooklyn Nine-Nine where we were on Peralta’s side because even though he was annoying, he was a good cop. Now that he’s annoying and bad at his job, he comes off as completely unlikeable.

2. New Girl – Birthday

New Girl was great this week. In fact, I was ready to put it in the #1 spot until The Mindy Project came in with a “Winter Finale” that forced itself to the top, but we’ll get to that.

The episode opens on the eve of Jess’s birthday, with Cece and Angela from The Office (who I guess is one of Jess’s friends now even though she was a horribly mean coworker?) toasting the birthday girl. It is explained how Jess always spends her birthday alone at the movies, so as not to be inevitably disappointed. This year she is trusting Nick to provide her with a birthday celebration. Unfortunately Nick has only planned the surprise party at night, and nothing leading up to it. He figures he’ll be ok, since they’ll probably sleep in until noon. Then the alarm goes off at 7:00am.

This is the hour of my birth

With no plans, Nick inevitably lets Jess down. Not before she steals a birthday from a young girl in Griffith Park though. She ends up crying and running away to the movie theatre.

Meanwhile, due to a slight mixup with the cake Winston and Coach have an adorable bake off back at the house. These two competing, realizing they care about each other, and then bro’ing out was fun to watch. Not as fun to watch was Cece screwing up her new bartender job but being helped out by Schmidt. Are we to just completely forgetting about Schmidt crashing Cece’s wedding and then cheating on her because he taught her how to make a Manhattan? I guess if Cece can get over it, so should we.

Although the logistics of the movie theatre plan are entirely confusing to me (Was the plan always to go to the movie theatre? No because of the decorations right? Then how did Nick have time to tape letters under every seat? And how did everyone beat Jess there? And how did they get the projectionist to play Nick’s tape? If the plan was always to go to the movies, still, how did everyone beat Jess there?) the outcome was so heartfelt I couldn’t help but smile. The video was beautiful, and Jess’s proclamation that it was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for her felt genuine. Prior to this season there was some worry about if Nick and Jess had been paired off to early, but thus far the show has kept them interesting and avoided the rut that other romantic sitcom pairings has led to.

1. The Mindy Project – The Desert

This was The Mindy Project‘s “Winter Finale” which I did not even know was a thing. But knowing that going in, there was bound to be some fireworks.

Mindy and Danny are still in LA, and Mindy is heartbroken about her recent breakup with Cliff. Honestly, I am a little surprised that she is so heartbroken. I feel like they’ve only been together for a total of 2-3 episodes, and the timeline makes it seem like she could get over this one relatively quickly. At any rate, her plan is to get back to New York as soon as possible to convince Cliff that they belong together.

At the end of the last episode we were left with Danny calling his father. His plan is to go confront his dad and punch him in the face. Not wanting to face him alone he kidnaps Mindy for the trip. When he arrives, he is shocked to find out that he has a sister, Danni Castellano (you would think his brother would have told him about her) and rather than knock his dad out, he wanders out into the desert and gets drunk, like any rational human would do.

Danny calls Mindy, because she is the one he knows he can trust, and she goes and saves him. They fight in the desert before stumbling upon the military base where Danny’s dad cuts hair. In the end, Danny reconnects with his family, and is thankful to Mindy for helping him do so.

Meanwhile, Morgan and Dr. P have been comforting a distraught Cliff, who is heartbroken over losing Mindy. Again, it seems like they dated for a couple months and he dumped her, so I am not sure why he is so upset, but let’s go with it.

And then, there was the plane ride. Danny helps Mindy craft an email to win Cliff back. Adorably,  it is apparent that the feelings Danny is telling Mindy to express are really his own feelings for his colleague. Some slight turbulence helps him to realize his true feelings, and he goes to the back of the plane and kisses Mindy in an extremely passionate manor. As this is the “Winter Finale” we will have to wait until April 1st (or will we? April Fools!) for a resolution. Obviously things are going to get pretty messy as Mindy will now likely be deciding between Danny and Cliff, who at the episode’s end decides he wants Mindy back. The show will also presumably have to plan for a satisfying series finale, as a third season has yet to be announced, and seems unlikely. We will miss you Mindy, see you in a few months.