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"Balancing" is the 4th episode of Season Eight of the NBC television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.[1]

Episode Synopsis[]

Jake and Amy create a system to balance work and childcare. Rosa gets a new houseguest.[1]


Jake investigates a murder committed by Johnny Franzia, a serial killer he has been trying to pursue for 10 years and is deemed his "white whale". However, Holt removes him from the case, citing that he and Amy may want more time taking care of Mac. Both convince Holt to retain their hours, saying they can take care of Mac and still properly work.

Their plans quickly go awry when there is a lice outbreak at Mac's daycare and without babysitters available, they are forced to have Mac at home and at work. When they have a lead on Franzia, they leave Mac in Scully's care, but Scully injures himself, forcing the couple to take care of Mac themselves. Amy has an important meeting at 1 Police Plaza for a new police reform and is stressed when is she must present it earlier than planned. This coincides with Jake finally discovering Franzia's identity. Jake agrees to let Boyle go after Franzia and Amy successfully pitches her reform to the police. While Boyle explains what happened, Jake is happy to see his son stand up for the first time. He and Amy later talk and despite both losing an important moment of their lives, they agree that working together is a better choice.

Meanwhile, after failing to progress in couples' therapy, Holt moves in with Rosa. However, Rosa is annoyed when Holt only talks about Kevin and takes him out to drink. This lowers the mentions but they find that while drunk, Holt sent a obscene pic to Kevin. They infiltrate Kevin's house to delete the message but Cheddar's barking exposes them as Kevin arrives early, but they manage to escape with an excuse that Kevin buys. Later, Rosa says that Kevin looked sad from his reaction and indicates he misses Holt. Holt decides to talk with him by sending him the picture again and he responds back with a "bar graph with two robust data sets" (most likely a nude from Kevin), indicating that their relationship is stabilizing.


Actor Character
Andy Samberg ... Jake Peralta
Stephanie Beatriz ... Rosa Diaz
Terry Crews ... Terry Jeffords
Melissa Fumero ... Amy Santiago
Joe Lo Truglio ... Charles Boyle
Andre Braugher ... Captain Ray Holt
Dirk Blocker ... Michael Hitchcock (Credit Only)
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Norm Scully
Marc Evan Jackson ... Kevin Cozner
Neil Campbell ... Barry Britches
Eddie Alfano ... Eddie Marsh
Carter Booker ... Seven-year-old Terry
Collin Christopher ... Nerdy Man
Allie Jennings ... Woman
Michael James Lazar ... NYPD Official
Christopher Wolfe ... Austin Grant