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Recap / Brooklyn Nine Nine S 3 E 22 Bureau

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Annderson and Holt, back in the day. "We're going to be here a while. Would you like to talk?" "I'd rather not." "Agreed."

Bureau is the twenty-second episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's third season.

With Amy and Charles busy trying to get close to Maura Figgis in Texas, the rest of the Nine-Nine tries to make progress in identifying Jake's unidentified corrupt FBI agent. Holt calls in Special Agent Bob Anderson (Dennis Haysbert) to help them out. But when traditional surveillance doesn't yield any useful information, Jake comes up with a novel plan: break into the FBI's New York office!

Meanwhile, Amy has successfully infiltrated Maura's prison gang but can't get Maura to open up. Charles, however, unexpectedly finds himself in Maura's crosshairs.

Also, Terry suspects that someone at the Nine-Nine is leaking information to the press and enlists Gina's help in finding the culprit.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Air-Vent Passageway: Jake uses the air vent to sneak into the FBI's file room.
  • All There in the Manual: The closing credits reveal that Bob's surname is spelled with three "n"'s. This is explicitly mentioned (and made a minor plot point) in the following episode.
  • Birds of a Feather: Non-romantic example. Holt and Annderson are almost exactly alike in demeanor. The major difference being that Annderson is more willing to go along with Jake's crazy plan.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Holt describes Annderson as being an incredible stickler for rules and regulations.
    Holt: He once picked up a penny off the street, which he then reported on his taxes.
  • The Caper: The team plan a heist into the FBI to retrieve the suspect's file.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends with Rosa and Jake realising that Bob is The Mole and trying to contact Holt — who has at that moment discovered that Bob has murdered Figgis's other mole and is being held at gunpoint by him.
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  • Comically Serious: Holt and Annderson are both deadpan and deadly serious characters. Not that this stops them from getting some of the biggest laughs in the episode.
    Holt: Hello, Bob. Good to see you.
    Annderson: And you. Apologies. It's inappropriate for me to partake in such informal conversation in front of your detectives.
    Holt: It's all right. I am equally to blame.
    Jake: [stunned] Oh, my God. There's two of them.
  • Darker and Edgier: Surprisingly, the ending of the episode is not Played for Laughs.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Bob picks up the envelope Jake placed on the cart, he's holding in the crook of his arm a bunch of files with a stack of papers on the outside, a brown folder in the middle, and a yellow envelope on the inside. When he turns around from the guard's desk, however, he's holding the brown folder on the outside and the stack of papers in the middle. This becomes very important later.
  • Hidden Depths: Rosa, the surly and hyper-violent detective who scares everyone, does yoga to keep herself centered.
    Jake: You do yoga?
    Rosa: Helps keep me centered. If you ask me about it again, I’ll hunt you down and rip your face off.
  • Hired to Hunt Yourself: Two examples, one Played for Drama, the other Played for Laughs.
    • Holt gets his former partner Bob Annderson to help find Figgis' mole within the FBI, unaware that it's Bob himself.
    • Terry becomes obsessed with finding out who leaked the precinct's arrest numbers to the press. He later finds out that he had accidentally leaked the numbers by posting a photo of himself with the numbers in the background.
  • The Mole: FBI Special Agent Annderson.
  • Overly Long Gag: Holt and Annderson share a moment that goes on for so long that Jake, of all people, puts a stop to it.
    Holt: Let's break into the FBI
    Jake: C'mon, Captain! This is such a big moment! Say it with more gusto!
    Annderson: Indeed. Like this: [Completely deadpan] Let's break into the FBI.
    Holt: Oh, I see. [Completely deadpan] Let's break into the FBI.
    Annderson: No...Let's break into the FBI.
    Holt: Let's break into the FBI.
    Annderson: Let's break into the FBI.
    Holt: Let's break into the FBI. I feel like I'm doing it.
    Annderson: Let's break into the FBI.
    Holt: Let's break into the-
    Jake: OK! I think we got it. OK...Now, LET'S BREAK INTO THE FBI!
  • Planning with Props: Holt's team plan the heist with the contents of their pockets, but the only props available are pieces of lint from Jake's pocket.
    Annderson: My lint is round. My lint is approximately one centimeter in diamter. My lint is blue.
    Holt: My lint is oblong. My lint is approximately half a centimeter in length. My lint is also blue.
  • Power Walk: Holt, Annderson, Jake and Rosa do an epic one of these after pulling off the FBI office heist.
    • Which Jake promptly ruins by whooping and crowing about their success not 5 yards out of the door.
  • Shout-Out: A twofer, actually:
    • Holt talks about Sex and the City with a security guard...
    • a series of 24-style pop-ups show the gang in action in the meanwhile.
  • Too Much Information: Yet again, Charles goes into waaay too much detail while speaking to an unwilling listener. This time, Amy's the unfortunate victim.
    Charles: You see, the art of seduction is all about making people wait!
    Amy: Right.
    Charles: Genevieve and I often begin-
    Amy: Oh no...
    Charles: -our love making sessions with hours upon hours of delicate-
    Amy: Okay...please! Stop! GUARD!
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Maura is attracted to Charles because he's a Nice Guy, unlike the bad boys she typically dates (and then kills).
  • Training Montage: Consists of Terry helping Jake with doing pull-ups, Rosa doing yoga, and Gina teaching Holt about Sex and the City.
  • Wham Episode: For the first time, an episode of the show ends with a character in genuine peril.
  • Wham Line: After the team apprehends Wheelan, Amy gets Maura to reveal some personal information and presents Jake with some shocking news.
    Amy: Did you get the other guy?
    Jake: What other guy?
    Amy: Someone named "Bob Annderson".


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