Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Night Shift
October 11, 2016 6:37 PM - Season 4, Episode 4 - Subscribe

After being assigned the dreaded night shift as punishment for last week's Florida adventure, the gang deal with it in different ways: Jake refuses to let the wee hours (or his injured leg) keep Charles and himself from solving cases, Amy suspects Rosa of slacking off on the job, and Holt attempts to raise precinct morale the only way he knows how.

BONUS B99 STUFF: It's Brooklyn Nine-Nine/The New Girl crossover week! Tonight's episodes overlapped for a few key scenes, effectively getting a little bit of New Girl's chocolate in B99's peanut butter and vice versa.

In spite of my fears that this would end up becoming an unwieldy melding of the two shows, B99's features only a brief cameo when Jake commandeers a "crossover" (more of a station wagon, really) driven by New Girl's Jess (Zooey Deschanel), only to crash into a newspaper box, spilling Jess's NYC deli soup in the process. It's short and incidental, and doesn't require any knowledge of NG outside of Jess's character.

The NYC-set episode of New Girl ("Homecoming") is a bit meatier for B99 fans: We see the paperwork-laden aftermath of the car crash back at the precinct with extended cameos from Gina and Holt, each dispensing their own brands of deadpan wisdom. Elsewhere, Charles and Nikolaj ("NI-ko-laahj") turn up to cheer on NG characters Nick (Jake Johnson) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) when they end up busking for subway fare. (I'd be curious to see if these turn up on the B99 season box set later.)
posted by Strange Interlude (8 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
No, it's "NI-ko-laahj".
posted by Etrigan at 8:22 PM on October 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

Fun, but the crossover dragged.
posted by bq at 9:49 PM on October 11, 2016 [3 favorites]

Agree with pretty much everything Sepinwall wrote, in that the crossover was kind of half-hearted and seemed shoved-on.

Also, would have appreciated some later reaction from Boyle to Nikolaj giving Nick and Winston all that money.
posted by General Malaise at 5:44 AM on October 12, 2016

Like I said above, I appreciated the fact that the crossover was mostly incidental in the case of B99, which has its own dynamic that makes it hard to add extra characters.

I'm not a New Girl watcher myself (only so much TV time), so I took Jess and Jake's meeting in the same way that I would if I were reading a Spider-man comic and an unfamiliar character from a different comic showed up for a one-page cameo. It might influence me to go check out that other character's adventures, or I might just take it as the creators having a bit of fun.

As it is, I feel like the NG half of the crossover was more of a showcase for the B99 ensemble, but I do kind of wonder if it was confusing for viewers who were in an opposite situation to myself and weren't specifically familiar with Holt/Gina/Boyle.
posted by Strange Interlude at 9:09 AM on October 12, 2016

ok, I never heard of New Girl, but the crossover bit didn't feel strange to me.
posted by Pendragon at 11:21 AM on October 12, 2016

oh god two of my least favourite things in one episode: zooey deschanel and a child
posted by poffin boffin at 7:56 PM on October 12, 2016 [6 favorites]

People like New Girl? I saw 15 seconds of it and turned it off, and hoo boy, was she unpleasant to watch. WTF?
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:49 AM on October 16, 2016

I didn't notice any crossover dragging or anything- I didn't recognize Zooey Deschanel so I thought it was just a random bit part, and she wasn't written in a way that was unusual for B99.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:59 AM on August 13, 2017

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