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This episode was just alright for me. It was one that suffered from one too many storylines, so though all three setups had potential, none had enough time to reach maximum hilarity or emotional depth.
Detective Pimento’s storyline was the most successful for me, because it did a fairly good job of fleshing that character out in a relatively short amount of time. This show rarely plays with the darker aspects of being a cop, making storylines like this one stand out that much more. Obviously it’s not something that you want on the regular in a comedy, but Adrian’s stories from his time undercover were just on the right side of darkly comedic and didn’t mess with the tone of the episode too much.
I also liked the mentions of Jake’s time undercover, and his reveal that it wasn’t as exciting as he’d hoped it would be was a nice moment of honesty. That storyline also provided the episode’s funniest moments, with Rosa getting weirdly turned on my Pimento but hilariously self-aware of it, and Holt thinking Adrian had returned to work as a far different type of “bagman” than was the case.
Out of the other two storylines, the “Mean Marge” one had the most potential, but I don’t think it came together as well as it could have. Though I did love the trash secrets that Amy, Boyle, and Terry considered shameful, as well as Terry’s line about only dying while saving the president.
Gina’s storyline with Holt and Rosa was funny enough, but not much to write home about. I love seeing Gina step up and surprises the Captain, but honestly, at this point it’s not all that surprising when she does.