***Spoiler for Brooklyn 99 S3E5: Winner of The Halloween Heist***
Captain Holt and Jake choose teams, dividing up the squad, but neither of them choose Amy or Scully or Hitchcock. The duo remark at the end that neither of them have been chosen, to which Captain and Jake respond, “Yeah, I’m good.” “Me too.” This would be the third year in a row that they get excluded, but this time the exclusion is active – they held a briefing about the heist, invited S & H, and then didn’t choose them, which is even meaner. I was so happy that Amy found a way to get Hitchcock to help her with her plan, even a tiny task, because that’s all it takes to make someone feel included and it makes a huge difference to that person.
The outcome of the heist is epic every year, but this one is particularly epic because of why it happened. Amy was hurt that Jake and the Captain both refused to have her on their team. Jake saw her as only a detective who would do anything for her Captain’s approval, which hurt her feelings as a friend, but Holt reduced her to her romantic relationship – something which happens often to women in the workplace, and which most certainly happened to Holt himself. By winning the heist, she put them both to shame and proved to be an amazing detective slash genius, not just a girlfriend or a teacher’s pet.
Outside of the heist, though, we know that Holt and Jake don’t really see Amy as just one thing, and perhaps this is why it was so hurtful to her when it happened.
I love how Jake pauses just before announcing Amy’s coronation and allows her to choose her own title “Queen”, leaving room for the possibility that “King” would still have been a fitting title, but he wasn’t sure, so he let her decide.
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