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Recap / Brooklyn Nine-Nine S 6 E 05 "A Tale of Two Bandits"

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Trudy prepares to steal this caption from her brother.

"A Tale of Two Bandits" is the fifth episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's sixth season.

Doug Judy's dead! At least, Jake is under that impression when he goes to Doug Judy's funeral, until he sees the man alive and well. It turns out someone else stole Pontiacs, and Jake has to find the real culprit.

Meanwhile, the firefighters want to claim the NYPD's usual bar hangout. Boyle challenges them to a drinkoff; whoever has the highest tab at midnight keeps the hangout.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Bi: 4-drink Amy, who flirts with Rosa.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Jake tears Doug Judy a new one for Faking the Dead and making him grieve.
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Terry spots Doug Judy enjoying Jake's song at the funeral.
  • Bait-and-Switch: As in previous Doug Judy episodes, everyone sees Jake being set up for yet another betrayal by Doug. However, this time, everyone get's the rug pulled out from under them by Trudy Judy, instead.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Doug Judy has this for Trudy Judy, his little sister. Shame that she exploits it for selfish reasons.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Holt returns to the bar and wins the drinkoff by buying several bottles of "charbonnay" and gulping them down before midnight.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Trudy Judy. Doug believes her story that she only got into car thefts to pay her medical school debts. During her goodbye call, she relates she only attended one class and has been spending years doing online scams and identity theft and been conning them this whole time. Doug is rocked to realize his sister is as big a scam artist as he is.
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  • Blatant Lies: Trudy Judy says that her brother says he knew Jake by rescuing him from a life of homelessness.
  • Brutal Honesty: Trudy Judy tells her brother that she's not a little girl he needs to protect; she has her own life and she's more than happy to pull one on him.
  • Call-Back:
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Doug seems to have lost this, but like his title of "Pontiac Bandit", his sister Trudy seems to have stolen this from him, too.
  • Drinking Contest: Between the Nine-Nine and the FDNY. Winner gets dibs on the bar as their official hangout.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: More like Evil Older Brothers Want Good Little Sisters; Doug never wanted his sister to be a car thief like him.
  • Faking the Dead: Doug Judy faked his own death to get away from a mob boss whose Pontiac was stolen and blamed him.
  • Foreshadowing: After five seasons of being on a Last-Name Basis with each other, Jake and Doug finally get on a First-Name Basis, calling each other "Doug" and "Jake." This is both to show that Doug has finally gone fully straight, and because a new "Judy" is poised to take his place.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Trudy Judy guilts Jake into singing at Doug Judy's funeral, which he does rather than tell a long story about being a homeless man that Doug Judy "rescued".
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • After his sister double-crosses him, hangs up and drives away, Doug Judy asks Jake if he's felt similarly hurt and betrayed for all the times Doug Judy has outwitted Jake.
    • Holt. He tills the nine-nine to write off Shaw's Bar and let the FDNY keep it because it's low-class. After a drunken voicemail from Rosa, he realizes that it's still important to the nine-nine, even if it is kind of a dump. He then helps them take it back by downing multiple bottles of "charobonnay" even though he hates it.
  • The Joy of X: This episode's title uses the A Tale of Two X pattern: "A Tale of Two Bandits".
  • Heel–Face Turn: Doug Judy seems to have fully completed his by this episode. He now has a legitimate job and doesn't betray Jake.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Doug Judy has his sister swindle him the same way he has swindled Jake multiple times.
  • Moral Pragmatist: Doug Judy says he didn't set up the car to be blown up; fire is too dangerous for him.
  • Not Me This Time: Doug Judy didn't steal the Pontiac this time; it was his sister.
  • Only Sane Man: Hitchcock of all people during the final hour of the drink-off
    Holt: My God. Hitchcock, are you the only person still making sense?
    Hitchcock: Yeah. It's bad.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Holt collapses mid-victory speech after downing two bottles of "charbonnay" at once.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Hitchcock and Scully (Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller, respectively), have, unsurprisingly, taken Gina's place in the show's opening credits with her departure.
  • Recycled Script: The way Trudy tricks Jake, Terry, and Doug is similar to how Doug previously used one of his employees to lead them into a trap (pretending to be working for someone else), and then got away during a raid.
  • Rousing Speech: Boyle starts to give one when the others consider giving up the drink-off. It's interrupted when Boyle suddenly starts throwing up.
  • Running Gag: The Amy Santiago Scale of Drunkenness. In this episode, we learn that 9-drink Amy is French.
  • Shout-Out: Amy references Cheers when talking about Shaw's by comparing it to the titular bar.
    Amy: Oh, nothing better after a long shift than coming to Shaw's. It's like Cheers, where everybody knows your name.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: This is the first Doug Judy episode where Jake isn't swindled by Doug Judy. Instead it's Doug's sister.
  • The Unishment: As part of Jake and Terry's bet, Terry has to do 100,000 push-ups - which Terry loves to do. Jake is confounded that he's not even breaking a sweat.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Charles and Holt duck their heads away from the camera when they end up hurling.


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