Holt is leading a precinct meeting with his detectives. A 38-year-old investment banker, named Seth Haggerty, showed up to a hospital E.R. with a broken penis. Thinking its due to Wolf of Wall Street like shenanigans, the precinct begins coming up with outlandish situations on the cause of the injury. Everyone’s fun abruptly ends when they learn a woman coworker was the reason because she defended herself from a sexual assault. Jake and Amy are assigned the case.
[*Spoilers For 6.8 Ahead!]
The duo interviews the two parties, Seth and the victim, Keri Brennan, to figure out what really happened. Sadly, it’s a common workplace story and another he said/she said case. During the investigation, Keri is offered a hefty settlement if she drops the charges and signs an NDA. Amy convinces her to not take the money because it would let a guilty man go free. The detective also doubles her efforts to bring Brennan justice.
This sparks a debate with Diaz on the best way to handle the case. Rosa thinks Keri should have taken the offer so she would at least have something for her pain. Right now, there is no evidence to corroborate the assault so there’s a high possibility Seth goes free. The best case scenario is that the case goes to trial but the victim will be drawn through the mud along the way. It’s a delicate issue and a real woman’s career and life will be affected no matter what. Amy hopes that Keri speaking out will inspire others to do the same. Working the case alongside his wife, Jake begins to realize the difficulties and creepiness women navigate on a daily basis.
The detectives decide to interview coworkers but the lawyers have already coached and rehearsed them on what to say. In addition, the company has revoked their settlement offer and plan to fire her for violence in the workplace. Amy is consumed by the case and she feels guilty for convincing Keri to pass up the payment. It also hits a little too close to home because she too has had a workplace moment. An old mentor was grooming and helping her advance in her career and when she became a detective, he felt he was owed something for her success. She’s kept silent this entire time fearing it might negatively affect her.
Luckily for Jake and Amy, one coworker decides to snitch. He provides text messages from Seth that confirm Keri’s story. When they go to tell Keri the good news, they find her cleaning out her desk. She decided to quit because her work environment has become toxic. She no longer is invited to social outings and her peers view her differently now. Her job is as much about competence as it is relationships because she relies on others for new accounts and promotion opportunities. When the two return to the precinct, Diaz congratulates them on solving the case. She understands it’s a hard and important fight and, in the end, they caught their man. There was also a silver lining because one of Keri’s female coworkers shows up to report her own assault.
Meanwhile, Holt, like Amy, is also influenced by his past experiences. His highest profile accomplishment was catching the notorious Disco Strangler, Ernest Zumowski. When he hears his nemesis passed away in a violent crash during transport, he refuses to accept the story and believes it’s a ruse to mask his escape. As he follows the evidence, the most logical conclusion is that Zumowski is really dead. It’s hard for the captain to accept because it would mean the highlight of his career would finally be closed. Fortunately, Holt’s due diligence pays off as he obtains aerial photos showing the Disco Strangler alive on the run. His sleuthing skills are still on point and he tracks down and apprehends the criminal.
In the time of the #MeToo movement, this episode is quite relevant. Being a comedy, they tried to keep things light but they did not try to sugar coat the graveness of the situation. They provided a realistic look like the repercussions victims face and the uphill battle they encounter from corporate culture. The only reason they obtained evidence was because a coworker turned it over and not because it was the right thing to do but because he wanted Seth’s job. Amy’s own personal experience fueled her determination for justice and it was very touching for Jake to play the supporting spouse after hearing her story. Adding Rosa’s perspective on the matters also served as a good contrast to Amy’s more idealistic views but like as Amy says, they can be different but still want the same thing.
My Favorite 3 Lines:
Keri: I think I have to take it. This is a he said/she said situation. I know how that goes down. No one is going to convict him on my word alone. The system is as broken as Seth’s dong.
Jake: God, how many creeps have I not noticed before? Oh no! The fruit seller guy on the corner, is he a creep?
Amy: No, he’s a real gentleman which is surprising because he’s always holding those two cantaloupes and the opportunity to be gross is right there.
Keri: Hey, Seth attacked me and I’m really proud of myself that I didn’t let him get away with that. So even though it sucks, if I had to do it all again, I would. Especially the broken penis.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursdays at 9:00 pm on NBC.