DC Parlov, the highly successful author of the Skyfire Cycle has gotten in touch with Terry and Jake, asking them for their help after his laptop containing the manuscript for his latest book is stolen and held for ransom. Terry is ecstatic at getting to meet his favorite author again as is Jake, who became a fan after reading all the books in prison. Roping a reluctant Rosa along, the detectives find that the situation is more complicated as Parlov and rival author Landon Lawson point fingers at each other and other authors of the fantasy genre.
Back at the Nine-Nine, Dr. Ronald Yee visits the precinct to teach a course on forensic science. Holt and Amy hope that by doing well in and earning a certification that they will be able receive a grant and set up a crime lab in the Nine-Nine itself. Unfortunately, they have to deal with Charles and his annoying predilection for telling inane, tangential, stories and their attempts at shutting him up make things go from bad to worse. Hilarity Ensues.
This episode provides examples of:
- Character Development:
- Jake becoming more open minded. He mentioned in the previous season he started reading Harry Potter, and he has expanded on his newfound reading habit while in prison and became a fan of the Skyfire Cycle. He happily geeks out with Terry while he was previously dismissive of Terry's fanboying.
- Rosa starts out dismissive of the Fantasy Genre. At the end of the episode, she decides to give it a chance after seeing how her normal clothing was a match for a popular character, and she has become a fan of the genre.
- Jake points out that Terry has become a better cop and detective over his years on the force, and he is sure he'll become a better writer. Additionally, Terry doesn't let the fact that he's a fanboy stop him from realizing Parlov committed a crime.
- Captain Holt originally is focused on the getting the license, but he realizes that Charles' well-being is far more important.
- Did Not Think This Through: Tired of listening to him speak, Holt and Amy hastily slather Charles' face in plaster, neglecting to lubricate his face first, resulting in their having to hide him away in a storage closet to try and keep their mistake away from Dr. Yee.
- Fan Convention: Most of the A-Plot takes place at LegendCon, where Parlov and Lawson are participating in a panel.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Parlov and Lawson spend an hour arguing over the proper pronunciation of "Smaug"
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Jake and Terry are over the moon that they have another investigation involving DC Parlov.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: After discovering that Parlov and Lawson both slept with another author's wife (and accidentally ruining that marriage in the process), Jake and Terry uncomfortably note that the author's kid looks nothing like him.Jake: Ooh! That was an uncomfortable 70 minutes.
Terry: Yeah, buuuuuu...
Jake: That kid looked exactly like Parlov?
Terry: 100 percent!
- Not So Above It All: In the end, Rosa finds herself admitting that Fantasy is actually a pretty good genre and buries herself in a book.
- Oh, Crap!: Holt and Amy's shared reaction when they realize that they majorly screwed up by not applying lubrication before burying Charles' head in plaster.
- Take That!: Rosa dryly notes how the panel on "Diversity in Fantasy" is made up totally of white men.