The Pontiac Bandit Returns

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"The Pontiac Bandit Returns"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 10
Directed byMax Winkler
Written byMatt O'Brien
Produced by
Featured music"Reunited" by Peaches & Herb
Cinematography byGiovani Lampassi
Editing by
  • Cortney Carrillo
  • Sandra Montiel
Production code210
Original air dateDecember 7, 2014
Running time22 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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"The Pontiac Bandit Returns" is the tenth episode of the second season of the American television police sitcom series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It is the 32nd overall episode of the series and is written by Matt O'Brien and directed by Max Winkler. It aired on Fox in the United States on December 7, 2014.

The show revolves around the fictitious 99th precinct of the New York Police Department in Brooklyn and the officers and detectives that work in the precinct. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) is an immature yet very talented detective in the precinct with an astounding record of crimes solved, putting him in a competition with fellow detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero). The precinct's status changes when the Captain is retiring and a new commanding officer, Cpt. Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) is appointed as the newest Captain. This creates a conflict between Jake and Holt over their respective methods in the field. In the episode, the Pontiac Bandit is finally arrested but he reveals he has inner information regarding the Giggle Pig ring and seeks special treatment in exchange for his cooperation. Meanwhile, Amy finds Holt may have made a mistake during one of his earlier cases and Boyle and Gina find out something regarding their parents' relationship.

The episode was seen by an estimated 4.32 million household viewers and gained a 2.1/6 ratings share among adults aged 18–49, according to Nielsen Media Research. The episode received critical acclaim from critics, who praised Jake's and Judy's dynamic and chemistry, as well as Craig Robinson's performance.


Posing as a Santa, Jake (Andy Samberg) manages to catch Doug Judy (Craig Robinson) with the help of Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz). However, Doug Judy seeks special treatment as he possesses information regarding the ringleader behind the Giggle Pig ring, Tito Ruiz. Despite Jake's skepticism, Holt (Andre Braugher) and Rosa accept his offer.

Judy demands special treatment such as getting an expensive hotel room, meal, and Rosa being nice to him. Jake becomes paranoid at every opportunity, sensing Judy could escape but Judy shrugs it off. Jake, Rosa and Judy arrive at Tito's sting, where they prove their loyalty by having Jake break into a car. After meeting Tito, they raid the sting with operatives. Jake catches Judy before escaping but is forced to let him go when Tito is fleeing. Jake catches Tito, but Judy escapes. Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) shows Gina (Chelsea Peretti) a Christmas gift that his father intended for her mother. They open the gift and find it to be a digital scale. Later, while dining with their parents, they find out their parents are planning to move together. Afterward, Boyle and Gina decide to work to dismantle their relationship.

Meanwhile, Holt (Andre Braugher) invites everyone to a Christmas celebration but maintains a strict "no gift" policy. Nevertheless, Amy (Melissa Fumero) designs a collage about Holt's cases and accomplishments. However, while investigating, she finds out that one of his cases involving an arsonist may end up as a mistake as the arsonist could be innocent. Still, Amy reports the mistake to Holt. Holt then explains to her that he does not accept gifts because he does not like bootlickers and asks her to help him investigate the case.



In its original American broadcast, "The Pontiac Bandit Returns" was seen by an estimated 4.32 million household viewers and gained a 2.1/6 ratings share among adults aged 18–49, according to Nielsen Media Research.[1] This was a slight increase in viewership from the previous episode, which was watched by 3.11 million viewers with a 1.4/3 in the 18-49 demographics.[2] This means that 2.1 percent of all households with televisions watched the episode, while 6 percent of all households watching television at that time watched it. With these ratings, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was the third most watched show on FOX for the night, beating Bob's Burgers but behind Family Guy and The Simpsons, fourth on its timeslot and fifth for the night, behind Family Guy, The Simpsons, Football Night in America, and NBC Sunday Night Football.

Critical reviews[edit]

"The Pontiac Bandit Returns" received critical acclaim from critics. LaToya Ferguson of The A.V. Club gave the episode an "A" grade and wrote, "'The Pontiac Bandit Returns' finally provides this season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine with a sequel episode that works just as well, if not better, than the original, while also adding a little something new to the equation."[3]

Jackson McHenry of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's a show about detectives, which means it's a show about people who are fundamentally unforgiving. Sure, the members of its police squad have a lot of fun, but they're ultimately there to bag thieves and solve crimes—not let people off easy. So the funny thing about the Pontiac Bandit, a.k.a Doug Judy (a.k.a. actor Craig Robinson of The Office, who returns this week after his stellar episode last season), is that he’s the most relaxed character on Brooklyn Nine-Nine."[4] Allie Pape from Vulture gave the show a perfect 5 star rating out of 5 and wrote, "I like the Brooklyn Nine-Nine I have, and I'm sure an entire galaxy of lovable, irascible perps might end up becoming grating, but Robinson's endearing-slacker vibe melds so perfectly with Peralta's (and plays so beautifully off Rosa’s sullen deadpan) that it's hard to resist wanting him to be in every episode."[5]

Alan Sepinwall of HitFix wrote, "The original Pontiac Bandit episode was a highlight of season 1, and it wasn't surprising in the least that Schur, Goor and company would want Craig Robinson to come back and goof around some more with Andy Samberg. What makes the Jake/Doug rivalry work so well is how fundamentally good-natured Doug is, and how simpatico these two men are; if they weren’t on opposite sides of the law, it'd be easy to imagine them as best friends."[6] Andy Crump of Paste gave the episode a 9.0 and wrote, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine has built up a head of steam as it heads into its winter break, and continues to balance a number of different threads and relationships along the way. In light of the second season's uneven start, that newfound inertia is as noticeable as it is welcome. Between drug busts and wacky fun, the show has found its stride once more, and not a moment too soon."[7]


  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 9, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'The Simpsons' & 'Family Guy' Adjusted Up, '60 Minutes' Adjusted Down & Final Football Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 3, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'America's Funniest Home Videos', Resurrection' & 'Once Upon a Time' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Ferguson, LaToya (December 8, 2014). "Brooklyn Nine-Nine: "The Pontiac Bandit Returns"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  4. ^ McHenry, Jackson (December 8, 2014). "Brooklyn Nine-Nine recap: 'The Pontiac Bandit Returns'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Pape, Allie (December 8, 2014). "Brooklyn Nine-Nine Recap: Worthless Man-Hours". Vulture. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (December 7, 2014). "Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' – "The Road Trip": Naughty or nice". HitFix. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Crump, Andy (December 8, 2014). "Brooklyn Nine-Nine Review: "The Pontiac Bandit Returns"". Paste. Retrieved October 28, 2018.

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