The Scully and Hitchcock storyline was the most captivating and, I'd assume, not out of place in a number of police departments. I'm getting a little tired of the joke about how Terry is timid. The Jake storyline wasn't great, but I always enjoy Chris Parnell. Didn't have any character progression except for Scully and Hitchcock , no real stakes, and not enough funny. But stupid Gina and her stupid dancing? Sometimes it is just too ridiculous. But this is Gina, so she's gonna act like a baby until someone apologizes to her. Why did they pair up the two most interesting women only to drive them off-screen together? Overall, fun episode, even if there wasn't too much going on story-wise.
Jake strikes me as being in his late twenties, maybe early thirties, and Gina's supposed to be about his age as they grew up together. She's not funny, she's annoying, and just drags down every scene she's in. In her Gina-esque fashion, of course. This isn't the office and isn't some will-they-won't-they type of show. It was obvious that Jake was being framed, and the stiff way Rosa and Amy denied his suspicions the suspicions of the best detective in the precinct seemed a little canned and forcibly opposing just to drive the story. But damn, they're actually good detectives.
Since these writers love giving mean, selfish, grossly unappealing Gina tons of unearned wins, I hope they let her become a professional dancer---as long as her new career means she's permanently off my screen. Gina was a bit immature but also funny and she really didn't get much screen time. I can abide characters like her in a show where everyone is some level of asshole, such as The League. Gina's more of a ditzy receptionist type, and April was never really ditzy. Here I thought it would be a real criminal, and it's this buffoon of a lawyer. Not snow globes as a friend of mine thought, but globes. But at the same time, Holt's flashbacks seem to put him as a detective sometime in that same time period.
I can't believe that I could have had some Amy and Rosa time and instead I got, once again, far too much Gina. At least if it had been dancing, it might have been funny. She was the older female detective in the pilot that also made good coffee, yes? I thought she got her feelings hurt too easily and overreacted, but I still found a lot of the little remarks she made to be pretty funny. It's not going to have much comedy paydirt and when sitcoms go there, they fail. Chelsea Peretti is 37 years old; not sure how old Gina is supposed to be. ?! Terry's bunny analogy really didn't work for me; Cagney and Lacey are babies who need to be coddled when they're upset. On what level is 30 years of incompetence supposed to be amusing? I honestly thought we knew before this episode that Scully and Hitchcock are secretly competent! And actually, I have liked some episodes with her, when they have given her almost adult feelings.
Gina's B-story was incredibly boring. Since these writers love giving mean, selfish, grossly unappealing Gina tons of unearned wins, I hope they let her become a professional dancer---as long as her new career means she's permanently off my screen. I actually think Gina would really irritate April, but Rosa would be April's role model. First, she has actual passions and interests like dance! I find her incredibly annoying, and at times she verges on ruining this wonderful little show, because everything about her character and the constant unearned wins she gets just grate so much. I mean one of his most famous arrests was the Disco Strangler.
I am so glad they clarified the Scully and Hitchcock issue. I love that one of Holt's hobbies is collecting antique globes. They did amazing work their jobs. Edit: I found the on point with how this episode felt like a miss. I can stand Gina, but agree that she is the weakest character on the show and when you consider Hitchcock and Scully, that's saying something. I've often wondered about her.
I wonder if Jake also bailed or just never said anything. How about solving the mystery of what happened to Daniels? At least Hitchcock and Scully's story had some relevance and explained why they're even still around as detectives. Not surprised they redeemed themselves though; I do think the show always showed signs that they can be good detectives, but they just choose not to be. Useless people, but good detectives. Sometimes it is just too ridiculous. And, I don't really like those characters.
Chris Parnell was funny, but Rosa and Amy just finding Jake so easily rang really false. The way I look at it, the Gina dancing subplot isn't really about Gina, it's about Holt and Terry's different views on lying to spare a person's feelings. Must have made better investments. How long would someone like this actually last in a job in real life? But, it was fun filler and, more importantly, hilarious. Given how difficult it is to even make Detective, I have long wondered how they managed it and how they stayed on the job. I like Gina, but I think the dancing thing makes absolutely no sense and I'd honestly hoped they would drop it and never speak of it again.
Amy could have had her fired for bullying, Terry could have had her fired for sexual harassment, even that one instance of her assaulting Boyle yes, throwing a milkshake over him would class as assault should be enough to get her thrown out of the door. I hope that we'll see Charles react differently to them from now on. I didn't mind Gina's story. Loved Rosa's surprised punch when Jake popped out I usually aren't a huge fan of physical violence as comedy, but this one actually worked , and Amy's reactions to how immature Jake still is. Edited March 17, 2015 by Azaelia Good, but not great.
Chris Parnell is just the perfect type of actor for this, and he and Andy Samberg are always entertaining together. Maybe she should stop being such a huge bitch to everyone else and then, I might give a flip. I'm am so sick and tired of otherwise excellent or at least good shows being brought down so badly by one ill-thought-out, jarring, irritating character. I'm not sure if this is on purpose or not, but it really feels like that Gina basically insults anyone within hearing distance and enjoys it, but any time someone dares to hurt her feelings, she throws a complete hissy fit. They're not Jim and Pam, but they sure as hell arent gonna be plain-and-simple platonic. Otherwise I think the cast is brilliant. They both make flippant deadpan jokes about violence, they both act colder than they really are, etc.