Fox’s hit police sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine had their fourth season premiere this past Tuesday. Fans are excited to see their favorite detectives back in action, solving crimes and spouting hilarious one-liners. However, this latest episode doesn’t start out at the familiar 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department. Instead, it opens in a quiet neighborhood in the fictional suburban town of Coral Palms, Florida, where two of the main characters, Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Capt. Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) are living their new pedestrian lives in hiding. At the end of the previous season, the two learned that a notorious crime boss named Jimmy “The Butcher” Figgis had put a hit out on them. Consequently, they were both put into the Witness Protection Program and had to take new names, jobs, and identities.
The episode shows that, while Holt has made his best efforts to adapt to his new surroundings, Peralta desperately wants to go back to his old life. In an amusing scene involving a Witness Protection officer (Maya Rudolph), it is clear that the detective is unhappy living in Florida. For that reason, he has taken it upon himself to find Figgis so things can go back to normal. While Holt is firmly against the illegal investigation, by the end of the episode, he comes around and decides to help Peralta by luring the gangster to them. Presumably, this will lead to a confrontation between the cops and Figgis’s men, which should prove to be very entertaining.
This major change of scenery carries the tradition that the other seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine followed. Each finale threw a monkey wrench into the overarching story of the show. In the first season, Peralta went undercover to foil a crime organization. At the end of the second season, Holt was forced to leave his position as captain of the precinct. Now, this plot point strikes a major blow the show’s characters. However, what sets this apart from the other changes is that Peralta and Holt are completely separated from the rest of the cast. In this premiere episode, none of the other members of the Nine-Nine are present. Furthermore, they had to sever all ties with their previous lives. For the first time in the series’ run, they are completely isolated from their friends. Obviously, it is inevitable that Peralta and Holt will find their way out of their situation. Still, we have no idea about what has been going on back in Brooklyn during their absence. It is unknown if things will go back to the way they were when they return. As it may turn out, this arc might have caused the most drastic changes that the show has ever had. These thoughts are all speculative at this point, of course. There is still a high likelihood that the show will simply pick up where they left off, and continue as the humorous police comedy that fans know and love. In fact, there was an announcement that one of the upcoming episodes will be a crossover with fellow Fox sitcom, New Girl (for better or worse, depending on who you ask). No matter what happens going forward, the main expectation is that Brooklyn Nine-Nine will have the same unique brand of humor that has kept viewers entertained for the past three years.