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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Throws A Fall Finale Manhunt; We Throw A Gif Party!

We've collected all the best visual gags from 'The Fugitive'!

That Brooklyn Nine-Nine's midseason finale is titled "The Fugitive" might have filled fans' hearts with hope for another straight movie homage like last year's Die Hard-flavoured Christmas episode. But other than the fact that there's a prison break, there isn't much in "The Fugitive" to remind you of The Fugitive unless I'm forgetting a subplot in which Tommy Lee Jones and Joe Pantoliano bet on which is going to move into the other's apartment, and I'm pretty sure I'm not: like all people in this country, I've seen The Fugitive about a thousand times, because it's GREAT.

Anyway: a prison bus crashes; a bunch of prisoners bust out; the Nine-Nine has to track them all down (in the process of which Jake teams with Terry and Amy with Boyle, each trying to bring in more escapees and force the other to give up his or her place, as referenced above). The last runner, George, turns out to have a foster brother well-known to the squad: Doug Judy, the Pontiac Bandit himself. Offered immunity for all his past crimes -- and there have been a bunch -- Doug agrees to help Jake and Holt bring George in, and even manages to throw in a triple-cross for funsies. Doug's life as a law-abiding citizen is probably short-lived...

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...but seeing him on the right side of the law at least makes for a change.

Along the way, there are jokes! Here are the episode's best lines and visual gags.

Marshawn Lynch Has Opinions About Mexican Food

I don't follow football so I had no idea who this was.

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But I do read headlines, so when I heard Holt say the name Marshawn Lynch (Rosa: "Marshawn Lynch the football player?!" Holt: "I don't know his hobbies, it just says here he's unemployed." Rosa: "RETIRED"), I could appreciate why it would be an especially big deal for Rosa to get to ask him what he witnessed when the bus crashed: "You're not getting anything out of him. He's always getting fined for refusing to talk to the press. He's kind of one of my heroes." Unfortunately, Lynch didn't see anything because he was too focused on his uncondimented quesadilla -- and even more unfortunately for Rosa, all that taciturnity around the media has left him pent up and eager to talk about everything that crosses his mind.

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Terry Still Paints; Kids Still Ruin Lives

In the car to try to track down the fugitives, Terry tells Jake he absolutely supports Jake's mission to keep his own place. When Terry was single, he had his own painting studio in his apartment. Now, his art has been shunted aside to make room for his wife and children, surely silencing his muse in the process.

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Jake Has Hygiene Problems

We already heard, when Jake and Amy made their apartment bet, which was the obvious choice.

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But Jake's weird affection for his towel makes it an obvious target for Amy's escalating trash talk when she and Boyle pull ahead in the fugitive-capture rankings.

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Eventually, Jake calls off the bet and says he wants to move in with Amy. I choose to believe this science experiment is a big part of why.

Parkour!

When you're in pursuit of a fugitive from justice, you can't always count on finding stairs. But Terry discovers there's one wall that can't be scaled by any human.

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OR DOES HE?!

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Terry is astonished at Rosa's agility, whereupon she gives him (and us) a brief peek at her "dark past."

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When Terry still can't do it after hours of trying, he gets depressed about his encroaching mortality...

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...but Rosa's offhand crack about getting him a wheelchair helps him figure out that a suspect snuck out of a seniors' residence disguised as an old lady, and Terry decides he's ready to embrace his advancing age.

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As someone who routinely goes to bed before 9 PM, I approve.

Boyle Can't Text

In non-case news, Boyle discovers that there are several group text chains currently ongoing among members of the squad...

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...and that he hasn't been invited to join any of them. There's a good reason for this, which is that he sucks at texting, in that he does it WAY TOO MUCH. Amy takes pity on him and adds him to one -- a privilege he immediately abuses so badly...

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...that intervention is required.

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With some intense text training, Boyle does manage to impress even his toughest tutor, though unfortunately, her moment of triumph doesn't last long.

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But now at least everyone will find out whether what had seemed to be a hyperbolic statement about Boyle's texts has been proved literally true.

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