'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Season 6 Episode 6: An unusual case proves Jake and Rosa are friendship goals
In 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Crime Scene', Jake and Rosa are roped into an emotional case where Jake ends up committing the rookie mistake and Rosa accepts her sexuality
Possible spoilers for season 6 episode 6: The Crime Scene
This week's episode of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' season 6 saw two very stellar things: A strong deviation from the usual format of storytelling, and ample depiction of the wholesome friendship between Jake Peralta and Rosa Diaz's.
Being equal parts hilarious and sentimental, as most episodes of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' are, 'The Crime Scene' is a classic throwback to the previous season's episode 'The Box' where the prime element was a pivotal investigation involving two main characters and a minimal appearance by the other mains on the show. Just like 'The Box' featured Jake (Andy Samberg) and Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) in an intense investigation taking up most of their time, in 'The Crime Scene', it is Jake and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) who are roped into an emotional case where Jake ends up committing the rookie mistake of promising the victim's mother that he will solve the case no matter what.
Of course, there are hilarious moments with other officers mocking Jake's mistake and there is ample portrayal of Rosa's bisexuality as she now has a new girlfriend called Jocelyn. What really stands apart in this episode is the bond between Jake and Rosa which is not only about friendship, but also about how good the two of them are at working on cases together.
The core factor behind the emotional bond in this episode are the parental issues both the detectives involved in the case suffer from. While with Jake it is about the similarities he finds between the victim's mother and his own, for Rosa it is even harder as she hasn't spoken to her parents ever since she came out to them in season five.
Also, there are Jake's abandonment issues coming into play when he sees Rosa so torn over a person's mother mourning them — something that helps him relate to her and is yet another throwback to those moments from the preceding season where Rosa had confided in him about her sexuality and asked him to be present when she came out to her parents.
These moments, apart from portraying the bond between the two, also brilliantly showcase just why Rosa Diaz — the stone-cold private Latina bada** — chose a clumsy awkward white guy to stand by her during such an important moment of her life. Sure, we have seen several iconic Jake and Rosa moments in the past, but this one gets the prize when it comes to establishing the two of them as friendship goals. No shade, Boyle (Joe LoTruglio), they both still love you just as much! 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' has once again done what it does best, that is, keep the humor intact without crossing any lines.
Spoiler ahead. In the end, Jake and Rosa realize that this case is absolutely unsolvable and decide to tell the victim's mother just that. And that is when, in a way of repaying his favor, Rosa accompanies Jake to inform the grieving mother because he didn't hesitate from being by her side when she had an equally touching thing to do in season five.
Still, the one thing we can't absolutely overlook in the episode is Rosa's vulnerable side; be it breaking down over her strained relationship with her parents, or the fact that she allows her hairdresser girlfriend to do her hair in quirky, ridiculous styles in almost every new scene. This is a whole new side of Rosa and for that we couldn't be more grateful.
Watching her evolve from the person whose address was known to none of her coworkers to her finally accepting her sexuality publicly; and letting someone get in her hair, literally; this is the character development we have been waiting for and something tells us there is only upwards to go from this point!
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' returns on Thursday, 21 February, at 9/8c, only on NBC.