This BROOKLYN NINE-NINE review contains spoilers.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7 Episode 8
It feels like it’s been some time since we’ve had a good bottle episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but “Dillman” essentially keeps our main cast cooped up together, though with an outsider in their midst. J.K. Simmons pops up to play the titular master detective, made out by Holt to be some sort of Hercule Poirot. Simmons’ no-nonsense persona is not only a compliment to Holt’s own dryness, but an added foil for the rest of the squad, particularly Jake.
Jake is desperate to get a referral from Holt to join a new
emergency task force that the Captain is starting, but before he can start
schmoozing Holt for the referral, an explosion goes off on the Nine-Nine bullpen
floor, grabbing everyone’s attention. By appearance, it looks like a glitter-bomb
prank left for Jake malfunctioned and, in the process, caused significant
property damage and destruction of some evidence. Holt is pissed and
immediately wants to know who is responsible, and luckily, the best detective
that he knows is in town from San Francisco visiting and willing to take the
Detective Dillman has the quiet intensity of all of Simmons’
best characters and he immediately starts stepping on Jake’s toes. Jake thinks
that if he can solve the case before Dillman, he’ll prove to Holt that he
belongs on the task force, but Dillman makes a show of stomping out Jake’s
theories. It’s yet another example of Jake being made to look less than competent
this season, which is getting a little old. Dillman decides to start looking
into the officers one by one, humorously sparring with both Terry and Rosa
before clearing them. He then turns his focus to Peralta and deduces that Jake
was responsible for the glitter bomb himself.