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"Boyle's Hunch" is the 3rd episode of Season Three of the FOX television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It aired on October 11, 2015.

Episode Synopsis[]

Jake thinks Boyle might have met his soulmate in Genevieve, an art gallery owner, and he tries to help set them up. Meanwhile, Rosa deals with inter-precinct theft and Holt seeks Amy’s help with an image campaign.

Plot Summary[]

Jake Peralta enters the bullpen excitedly announcing that a drug bust he conducted recovered 4 kilos in cocaine, 200,000 dollars in cash and a tarantula, before brandishing the tarantula in a cage. Jake tells them he has decided to keep the tarantula as a pet but Amy Santiago tells him that she refuses to ever visit his apartment if the tarantula is there, prompting Jake to decide to keep the tarantula at work, before realizing that it has escaped. As the squad, except Rosa Diaz who brandishes a baton, begins to panic, Terry Jeffords tells Jake that he is leaving until the tarantula is found. Terry then heads to the elevator before the tarantula is revealed to be crawling on Terry's head. Terry then screams as the elevator doors close.


Charles meets Genevieve

Jake and Charles Boyle are waiting at the courthouse an hour before they have to testify, as Charles tells Jake that he is eating Takoyaki to cope with his recent lack of success in online dating. A woman approaches them drawn by the scent of Takoyaki, and she and Boyle appear to have many things in common. As Boyle nervously ends the conversation, Jake throws a Takoyaki ball at the woman to draw her attention so Boyle can approach her again. Boyle offers to share Takoyaki with her which she accepts. At One Police Plaza, Captain Raymond Holt meets with Amy and Gina Linetti to address the image problem of the NYPD, with his solution being to display posters showing some of the NYPD's best officers, the first series showcasing Amy. Gina protests this idea, as "putting up a bunch of photos of smiling cops isn't going to change how people feel about us", but her concerns are ignored by Amy and Holt. At the bullpen, Rosa angrily asks Terry for permission to arrest Hitchcock and Scully after they ate her ice cream. Terry tells her that he knows they have been stealing desserts, but has been unable to find proof and the two of them decide to work together to do so. At the courthouse, Boyle reveals that he and the woman, named Genevieve, really hit it off but she was called into court before he could ask her out. As she exits the courtroom, Boyle expresses his feelings to her before being stopped by Jake who points out that Genevieve is in handcuffs. Genevieve reveals that she has been sentenced to 10 years in prison before being led away.

Genevieve impressed by Charles

Genevieve impressed by Boyle

The next day, Jake attempts to cheer Boyle up, but the latter is in a good mood. Boyle explains that after investigating, he believes that Genevieve is innocent of the art theft she is accused of, and that she was badly represented by her lawyer. Boyle shares his theory that Genevieve was framed, possibly by an ex lover, and convinces Jake to help him prove it. At One Police Plaza, Amy is about to pose for her picture for the posters, as Gina once again warns her and Holt that this campaign is a bad idea. Holt once again dismisses Gina's concerns and tells her to leave if she does not plan to support the campaign. Meanwhile at the bullpen, Terry tells Rosa that he found an ice cream spoon in Hitchcock and Scully's trashcan and they proceed to angrily confront the pair. Scully tells them the spoon was used for medication purposes, and Rosa and Terry withdraw temporarily until they can prove that the spoon was used for ice cream. At the women's prison where Genevieve is being held, Boyle is unable to remain professional, prompting Jake to take over the questioning. Genevieve suggests that her ex boyfriend Nick may have set her up, since he was always in debt. At Boyle's insistence, Jake tells Genevieve that Boyle had the same theory which greatly impresses her. Jake then hands the visiting phone back to Boyle and leaves the room so that Boyle can continue his flirting with Genevieve, before Boyle follows out after him moments later as their flirting caused the guard to become nauseous. Jake tells Boyle that Nick just bought a brand new gallery to showcase his art, which is suspicious since he was supposed to always be in debt. The two of them then celebrate with a small dance that Boyle's hunch was correct.

Gina told you so

"Gina Told You So."

At the art gallery, Jake and Boyle go undercover as art enthusiasts and are greeted by a woman dressed in latex as part of the art exhibit. The pair approach Nick on the pretense of appreciating his art, before Boyle inquires about a painting titled "Genevieve 416" and Nick reveals that April 16th was the day he and Genevieve covered themselves and made love on the canvas for 24 hours to produce the painting. In a fit of jealously, Boyle blows their cover, prompting Nick to tell them to leave. In the precinct break room, Rosa and Terry confront Hitchcock and Scully after forensics revealed that the spoon they found was used for ice cream, but Hitchcock and Scully claims that they are lactose intolerant. Rosa and Terry insist they are lying but since no one has ever been able to look at Hitchcock and Scully eat, no one can prove that they have ever consumed dairy. At the art gallery, Jake and Boyle find it suspicious that Nick was defensive when the woman that greeted them approaches them and introduces herself as Dvora, Nick's assistant. She insists that Nick would never frame Genevieve since he still loves her, and still keeps boxes of Genevieve's belongings which she allows Jake and Boyle to take away. She also reveals that for the entire month of July when the burglary was conducted, Nick lived in a cage on the street as performance art and filmed the entire process. At One Police Plaza, Amy tells Holt that her posters have been vandalized. Holt suggests that he could release a statement warning that vandals will be prosecuted, but Amy reveals that some of the graffiti were genuine complaints about police issues such as stop and frisk, racial profiling and unlawful arrests. They realize Gina was right, and Gina enters the office with "Gina told you so" written on the back of her shirt. At the precinct, Nick's alibi is confirmed, leading Jake and Boyle to search through Genevieve's belongings for clues. Jake finds a receipt for a storage unit that Genevieve did not tell them about and the two decide to look into it, only to discover all of the stolen art inside the storage unit.

Boyle hugs Jake

Boyle hugs Jake

The next day, Boyle tells Jake that he has resigned himself to a life of solitude and decided to adopt two more dogs. Jake stops him and suggests that Boyle keep looking for someone, but the latter is still heartbroken as he had imagined a future for Genevieve and himself. At One Police Plaza, Holt and Amy meet with Gina to apologize for dismissing her opinion on the campaign. Holt asks for Gina's opinion on his new campaign, which involves asking the public to provide feedback directly to Holt's work email on how the NYPD can improve, an idea that Gina endorses. At the bullpen, Terry and Diaz trick Hitchcock and Scully into eating free pizza, to prove that they are not lactose intolerant. Scully insists that they are, but "some things are just delicious enough to suffer the consequences." At Rosa's insistence, they finally admit they ate her ice cream, before rushing to the bathroom while still eating the pizza. The following day, Jake tells Boyle to look at the holding cell, where Dvora is being held. Jake tells Boyle that the date for renting the storage locker was April 16th, the day that Genevieve spent with Nick. Dvora was in love with Nick and jealous of Genevieve, and framed Genevieve with a latex cast of her hand. Boyle tells Jake that he is touched the latter kept working the case long after he himself had given up and excitedly hugs Jake, telling him "next time you see me, I'm going to be all out of orgasms", greatly disgusting Jake.


Actor Character
Andy Samberg ... Jake Peralta
Stephanie Beatriz ... Rosa Diaz
Terry Crews ... Terry Jeffords
Melissa Fumero ... Amy Santiago
Joe Lo Truglio ... Charles Boyle
Chelsea Peretti ... Gina Linetti
Andre Braugher ... Captain Ray Holt
Dirk Blocker ... Michael Hitchcock
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Norm Scully
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Genevieve Mirren-Carter
James Urbaniak ... Nick Lingeman
Gabe Liedman ... Dr. Oliver Cox
Vahe Bejan ... Osif
Martin Garcia ... Matt Blarkn
Stormi Henley ... Dvora


  • This is the first episode of the series where the incumbent captain of the 99th Precinct isn't seen.
  • Nick Lingerman is played by James Urbaniak, who previously played Rolf in The Office. Urbaniak is the 7th star from The Office to appear on the show.


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