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The Night Shift is the 4th episode of the 4th season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

It forms the first part of a two-part crossover with New Girl. The second part of the crossover is officially a New Girl episode entitled "Homecoming" which aired immediately after this episode, at 8:30 PM.

Episode Synopsis[]

As Jake struggles with his first case back at the precinct, he encounters Jess Day (NEW GIRL guest star Zooey Deschanel), who is visiting New York, and enlists her to help him find his suspect. Meanwhile, Holt researches ways to increase office morale and Amy tries to figure out why Rosa keeps taking such long breaks.[1]

Plot[]

The squad is in a bad mood due to being assigned to the night shift, with Jake being the only optimistic one as he's excited to go back to work.

Jake and Boyle find that due to the night shift, many of their assistance services are not available and makes it much more difficult in finding the thief. When their shift is over, Boyle leaves to take care of his son, Nikolaj, which disappoints Jake as he tries to catch the thief. After finding him in a house, the thief escapes, forcing Jake to commandeer a pedestrian car, however he ends up crashing it. After getting advice from Detective Lohank, Jake explains his worries to Boyle and both make up, and Boyle lets Jake play with Nikolaj.

Meanwhile, noting the pessimistic environment, Holt decides to help the precinct lift their spirits with many methods, such as making them smile, forcing laughs and throwing a dull party. After Holt expresses that he also hates the night shift, the squad decides to make a better effort in showing their support. Also, Amy finds Rosa spending time at a bench in the park instead of going to the restroom and making Amy finish the paperwork. After confronting her, Rosa reveals that she was waiting in the bench for Adrian to come back. Amy apologizes for her attitude and agrees to help Rosa with her paperwork.

Cast[]

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
Zooey Deschanel ... Jessica Day
Matt Walsh ... Detective Lohank
Juan Alfonso ... Mel Szerian
Adwin Brown ... Dylan
Neil Campbell ... Ian Britches
Antonio Raul Corbo ... Nikolaj
Minerva Garcia ... Jennifer
Norma Michaels ... Mildred Lench

Trivia[]

  • This episode is tied with Captain Latvia as the lowest rated episode of Season Four with a rating of 7.5 on IMDb.
  • Jess Day is the only character from New Girl to appear in this first part of the crossover that is officially a Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode. Jake Peralta, Gina Linetti, Captain Ray Holt, Charles Boyle and Nikolaj all appear in the second part of the crossover which is a New Girl episode.
  • Jake says that New York is the "concrete jungle where dreams are made of," which refers to the song "Empire State of Mind" by Jay Z & Alicia Keys.
  • From this episode to episode 9, The Overmining, the name tags on the squad's tables are not theirs but the night shift's. They are mostly named from the Brooklyn 99 staff and they are the following:
    • Sgt. Colleen Larson (Sgt. Terry Jeffords) - Assistant Art Director
    • Det. Beth Rosenbaum (Det. Amy Santiago) - On-set Dresser
    • Det. Kory Goetzman (Det. Jake Peralta) - Assistant Property Master
    • Det. Amy Barnett (Det. Rosa Diaz) - Set Designer
    • Det. Alexis Jacks (empty seat in front of Rosa) - Costume Supervisor
    • Crystal Chavarria (Gina Linetti) - Art Department Coordinator
    • Det. Chris Merlin (Det. Michael Hitchcock)
    • Det. Otto Lundgren (Det. Norman Scully)
  • This is the first official appearance of Nikolaj
  • Jess Day says "It's a crossover" referring to the vehicle Jake Peralta is trying to commandeer (a Subaru Outback -- a crossover station wagon/SUV), this is also a meta reference to the crossover episode.
  • After talking to Lohank, Jake exclaims “Oh no, we’re in the Upsider Down,” referring to the Netflix series “Stanger Things” which debuted July 15, 2016.

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