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Recap / Brooklyn Nine Nine S 4 E 01 Coral Palms Part One

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Coral Palms, Part 1 is the premiere episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's fourth season.

It's been six months since Jake and Holt had to go into Witness Protection after crime boss Jimmy Figgis put out a hit on their lives. Now, under the pseudonyms "Greg" (Holt) and "Larry" (Jake), the two try and make themselves at home in the town of Coral Palms, Florida.

Holt finds adjusting to his new life to be fairly easy, cheerfully power walking with the neighborhood women while working at a kids' amusement arcade, bringing his typical drive to what should otherwise be a dead-end job. Jake, on the other hand, is miserable, having spent the past six months doing little more than crying in a hot tub while drinking beer and eating burritos. Things seem to be looking up for Jake, though, as he finds a job as an ATV salesman and starts cheering up.


As it turns out, though, Jake has begun his own investigation into the Figgis case while trying to keep it a secret from Holt and the US Marshal overseeing their case (guest star Maya Rudolph).

Also, Jake and Holt have to deal with a local hick who's captured compromising video of the two of them and try and stop her before she uploads it onto the internet and potentially blowing their covers.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher are the only two regular cast members to appear in this episode.
  • Bad Boss: Invoked and played with; Jake deliberately gets a job as assistant manager at the amusement arcade where Holt works so that he can force Holt to do all the demeaning jobs, thus attempting to extort him for the return of the files on Figgis. Of course, since the amusement arcade isn't exactly the height of professionalism, to everyone else he seems pretty cool.
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  • Briefcase Full of Money: Jake prepares one for Jordan to buy her phone, filling it with used corn dog coupons covered with single twenty dollar bills to try and hide the fact that he doesn't have the amount she asked for.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Among other lies on his resume, Jake claims to have been the pilot who landed Flight 1549 on the Hudson.
    • Jake's attempt to pretend he'd gotten a job at the ATV store would also have been a lot more successful had he demonstrated even basic knowledge about ATVs.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Implied with Holt's power walking friends; they give an appreciative once-over to "Larry", "Greg's" young, casually dressed, ATV-driving neighbor.
  • Goofy Suit: Jake makes Holt stand by the go-kart track in a corn dog costume, instructing him to shout "Me so corny!" whenever someone passes by.
  • Gossipy Hens: The ladies from Holt's power walking group enjoy talking about their acquaintances' love lives and playing matchmaker.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Captain Holt's cover is that he is a widower whose wife recently passed away. He doesn't do a very good job pretending that he's heterosexual.
    Holt: You know I'm still getting over the tragic loss of my wife. She was such a strong, female, woman. With nice heavy breasts.
  • He's Back: Holt spends most of the episode insisting he and Peralta should make the best of their situation, stick to their cover identities and let the feds handle Figgis. After a day of actual detective work, he decides that "making the best of it sucks" and hatches a plan to lure Figgis to them.
    Jake: I like the way you're thinking, Greg.
    Holt: It's Holt. Captain Raymond Holt. Now come and get us, Figgis.
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Holt and Jake try to stop Jordan from posting the video of them being hit by go-karts, not so much for the humiliation but to avoid blowing their cover.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Taylor, Holt's boss at the amusement arcade, is played by Jorma Taccone, who is Andy Samberg's co-member in The Lonely Island. Their two characters, while not exactly old friends, clearly hit it off in the episode.
  • Money, Dear Boy: In-Universe. Jordan Crafton, the local woman who took the video of Jake and Holt being hit by go-karts wants to upload it onto the internet because the ad revenue from a viral video will let her buy a tanning bed for her house.
    Jordan: I don't care about you! A good viral video like that can fetch me ten grand! And do you know what type of tanning bed I could get for that kind of money? A mid-range one!
  • Room Full of Crazy: Jake starts to create one in a storage unit. Holt initially disapproves but eventually joins Jake upon realizing that they're the only ones who'll put in the effort to actually close the case.
  • Satchel Switcheroo: The deal for Jordan's phone goes south and she takes it back... except that Jake had switched the phones by then.
  • Serious Business: Don't mess with "Greg's" power-walking group.
  • Take That!:
    • The episode does not exactly portray Florida in a flattering light, being a culturally dead wasteland filled with moronic, drunken hicks which is, in Jake's (quoted) words, "America's stinky butt".
    • Among the many indignities that Jake's time undercover has inflicted on him, as part of his character he is forced to pretend that the Matthew McConaughey/Sarah Jessica Parker movie Failure to Launch is his favourite movie.
    • Jake says that ATVs are super fun and much safer than people think... if you're standing next to one.
      Jake: If you're driving it, it's actually much more dangerous than you can possibly imagine.
  • Took A Short Cut: Holt, on foot, somehow manages to beat the ATV-riding Jake to his hideout.
    Jake: How did you get here so fast?! You were walking!
    Holt: I was power-walking.
  • Troll: Holt casually reveals that he has a tattoo - then immediately declares he will never mention it again. You can see Jake's agony.

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